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January 29 2003

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SUPER BOWL XXXVII VICTORY EXTENDS 989 SPORTS® GAME BEFORE THE GAME® RECORD TO UNPRECEDENTED 8-0

Press Release - Game Before the Game 8-0 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUPER BOWL XXXVII VICTORY EXTENDS 989 SPORTS® GAME BEFORE THE GAME® RECORD TO UNPRECEDENTED 8-0

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Victory in Super Bowl XXXVII Makes 989 Sports Game Before the Game a Perfect 8 for 8 in Correctly Predicting the Super Bowl Winner

SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 29, 2003 – With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ dominating win over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, 989 Sports® Game Before the Game® extended its winning streak to a perfect eight for eight in correctly predicting the winner of the Super Bowl. On Wednesday, January 22, at the Eighth Annual Game Before the Game, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ receiver Keenan McCardell led his team to a convincing and prophetic 28-8 victory over Charlie Garner, running back for the Oakland Raiders, in NFL GameDay™ 2003 on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. This Bucs victory set the stage for its equally convincing win in Super Bowl XXXVII, as going into the title match-up a perfect seven of the previous seven winners of the Game Before the Game had gone on to victory in the Super Bowl.

Billed as the “leading Super Bowl indicator” by NFL Hall-of-Famer and Game Before the Game co-host, Lynn Swann, the Eighth Annual Game Before the Game was played in front of a packed house at the W Hotel in downtown San Diego, where celebrity onlookers included Trista Rehn (The Bachelorette), Joey Fatone (‘NSync), Carson Daly (MTV) and sports stars such as Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders and Marcus Allen. The standing room only crowd was treated to a remarkable display of foreshadowing as McCardell and the Buccaneers’ top ranked defense proved to be too much for Garner and the Raiders’ top ranked offense, with an unstoppable pass rush and timely interceptions. Equally prophetic were McCardell’s two touchdown catches in the Game Before the Game, the same number of scoring receptions he would log in Super Bowl XXXVII, en route to leading his Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title and a perfect 8-0 record for the Game Before the Game.

Game Before the Game –Year by Year Results

Year

Winner

Loser

Super Bowl Champion

2003

Keenan McCardell
(TB)

Charlie Garner
(Oak)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2002

Troy Brown
(NE)

Isaac Bruce
(StL)

New England Patriots

2001

Qadry Ismail
(Balt)

Jason Sehorn
(NYG)

Baltimore Ravens

2000

Marshall Faulk
(StL)

Frank Wycheck
(Tenn)

St. Louis Rams

1999

John Mobley
(Den)

Terance Mathis
(Atl)

Denver Broncos

1998

Terrell Davis
(Den)

Robert Brooks
(GB)

Denver Broncos

1997

Edgar Bennet
(GB)

Terry Glenn
(NE)

Green Bay Packers

1996

Charles Haley
(Dal)

Carnell Lake
(Pitt)

Dallas Cowboys

About 989 Sports

989 Sports® is the sports software brand of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Known for its top-selling sports franchise titles such as NFL GameDay™, MLB™, NBA ShootOut, NHL FaceOff™, NCAA® Final Four® and NCAA® GameBreaker™, 989 Sports is committed to developing authentic and innovative sports games to appeal to both the professional athlete and hard-core sports videogame fan.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.