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Not everyone fixated on Super Bowl Sunday

2/4/2013

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

More than 100 million people watched the Super Bowl last year, the seventh straight time viewership has increased.

Millions across the U.S. again watched Sunday's Super Bowl -- but there were at least a few holdouts in Hays.

Hastings Books Music & Video, 3300 Vine, was a ghost town an hour before kickoff, with but a handful of customers inside the store.

"I think for the most part we're slower on Super Bowl Sunday," said lifestyles manager Stephanie Schwager. "Everybody's home watching the game."

In the DVD rentals section were Ryan Marshall and his wife, Rebakha, and their friend, Evan Straub, who had a handful of DVDs they planned to watch. For their viewing pleasure was "House at the End of the Street," "Resident Evil," "Dredd" and "The Hunger Games."

"We're football fans; just not fans of the two in there this year, just not 49ers or Ravens fans," said Rebakha Marshall, who originally is from Jacksonville, Fla., so her favorite team is the Jaguars.

Ryan Marshall is a frustrated Dallas Cowboys fan.

"We get to the playoffs, shoot ourselves in the foot," he said.

Straub has three younger brothers interested in sports, a passion he does not share.

"Never was into sports, so I rent movies and watch movies all the time," he said.

Wenchao Liu, a Fort Hays State University graduate student from China, is fascinated with American culture, but not football. Basketball is the most popular sport in his homeland, followed by soccer.

"I heard American people love sports and entertainment," he said. "People always talk about sports."

Liu was in a comfortable chair reading magazines before checking out with some CDs he planned to purchase, among them Smashing Pumpkins and The Doors.

Liu didn't have to hurry to get into the checkout line. There were almost as many employees as customers in the store as kickoff neared.

"It's dead in here," Straub said, "very dead."