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Blood donor gets her Bowl tickets The Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman who became a regular blood donor to repay the units used by her late husband has won a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis because of her generosity. Carol Sikler, 50, of Lafayette won the tickets from the Indiana Blood Center. Sikler was as surprised as anyone when she found out she'd be attending football's biggest event next Sunday. "I'm not the kind of person who wins things," she

told the Journal & Courier ( 8PLga ) for a story published Sunday. But those around her said no one is more deserving. "She's a good example of what people should do," said Dee Duncan, a phlebotomist at the Indiana Blood Center in Lafayette. Giving blood has also helped her deal with the grief of losing her husband, Chuck Sikler, a former pastor at Baptist Temple in Logansport. He died in 2003, after having his colon removed 2½ years earlier. She won the tickets for donating blood or blood products at least four times

in three months. She recently passed 143 donated units of either whole blood or platelets, matching the number of units her late husband used before he died. "It's a way for me to do something for someone that can't ever thank me or pay me back personally. It's giving without expectation," she said. About a year after her husband's death, Sikler and her daughter moved to Lafayette to be closer to her job at Purdue University, where she's worked in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department for 14 years.

On one of her early donation visits, she was asked to be a platelet donor. The platelet donation process takes longer, as much as two hours each time, because the blood is taken out and platelets are separated through a machine. The red blood cells and most of the plasma, or liquid in the blood, are then returned. The replenishment to the donor means people can give platelets more often, some every seven days. Duncan, who's worked closely with Sikler at the Lafayette donation center, called her one of the most dynamic women she's ever met. "When she walks into a room, she's boisterous and

vivacious. There's a little bit of country in her, which is charming," Duncan said. "She's very dedicated to her church, to her daughter. And she's very dedicated to donating blood." Wendy Mehringer, chief marketing officer for Indiana Blood Center, said contests such as the Super Bowl ticket giveaway are designed to encourage more donors to follow Sikler's example. The organization is trying to increase donation volume by pushing people to give at least twice each year. "You can donate every 56 days, but that's not the case most people," for Mehringer said. "We don't see most people twice."

More frequent visits from the blood center's 110,000 unique donors would go a long way toward stabilizing the state's supply. Plus, Mehringer said platelet donations are always needed because the product has only a five-day shelf life. Mehringer said Sikler's trip to the Super Bowl is well-deserved. And as a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Sikler plans to root for Eli Manning and the New York Giants. "We only have one person going to the game, but (Sikler's) carrying the flag for all of us at the blood center," Mehringer said. "We could not be more excited for her."

Group of protesters march through Super Bowl Village By CARRIE SCHEDLER The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A mix of union members and Occupy protesters from across Indiana marched through Super Bowl Village on Saturday in opposition to the state's proposed right-to-work legislation. About 75 marchers weaved through packed crowds at the pre-game street fair in downtown Indianapolis in the first of what could be several such

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torial barbaric nature of things like the Super Bowl." Gerard Michon isn't much of a football fan, either, but he keeps a close eye on Super Bowls over at, where he dissects math and physics and discusses the Roman system ad nauseam. Starting with Super Bowl XLI in 2007, he has been getting an abnormal number of game-day visits from football fans with a sudden interest in Roman numerals. On the day of last year's Super Bowl XLV, so many people visited that Michon's little server crashed. When the dust cleared, he had logged 15,278 hits, more than 90 percent landing on "XLV." "Last year was total madness," Michon said, in part "because so many people were wondering why VL

protests before the big game Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The protesters chanted "Occupy the Super Bowl" and carried signs that read "Fight the Lie" and "Workers United Will Prevail." Saturday was the second straight day of right-towork protests in the Super Bowl Village. About 40 people picketed the opening of a zip line in the Village. Most onlookers stared in silence as the protesters walked past them, but some like Jason Leibowitz of

Jamestown were upset about their outing being interrupted. "There's a place and a time for this," Leibowitz said. "This isn't it." Organizers of the march say the protests will likely continue if Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signs the divisive bill. Supporters of the legislation insist the measure helps create a pro-business climate that attracts employers and increases jobs. Opponents say the measure only leads to lower wages and poorer quality jobs.

isn't a correct replacement for XLV." When the Super Bowl started, the games were assigned simple Roman numerals "that everybody knows," he said. Now "it looks kind of mysterious." The use of Roman numerals to designate Super Bowls began with game V in 1971, won by the Baltimore Colts over the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 on Jim O'Brien's 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining. Numerals I through IV were added later for the first four Super Bowls. "The NFL didn't model after the Olympics," said Dan Masonson, director of the league's corporate communications. Instead, he said, the Roman system was adopted to avoid any confusion that might occur because of the way the Super Bowl is held in a different year from the one in which most of the regular season is played. Bob Moore, historian for the Kansas City Chiefs,

credits the idea of using Roman numerals to Lamar Hunt, the late Chiefs owner and one of the godfathers of the modern NFL. (History also credits Hunt with coming up with the name "Super Bowl" for the big game.) "The Roman numerals made it much more important," Moore said. "It's much more magisterial." Or as Michon put it: Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur — "Anything stated in Latin looks important." Linsey Knerl, who is homeschooling her five children in Tekamah, Neb., is teaching them Roman numerals, showing her oldest — who is 13 — how to decipher chapter numbers while reading "Oliver Twist." "I realize that it may not seem to be the most culturally relevant thing you can teach kids these days," she said. "But if kids can get what LOL and ROFL mean, things like XXII should be a piece of cake."

A pre-Super Bowl refresher on Roman numerals The Associated Press With Super Bowl XLVI approaching, a primer on Roman numerals: I equals 1; V equals 5; X equals 10; L equals 50; C equals 100; D equals 500; M equals 1,000 Roman numerals are usually arranged in descending value and added up from left to right. But when a smaller number is placed before a larger one, the smaller value is subtracted from the larger one to the right. For example: IV is 4, XL is 40 and CM equals 900. So MCMXLIV is 1944. There are certain restrictions when subtracting. For example, 45 is written as XLV, not VL. And 49 is XLIX, not IL.

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