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Peter King gives the Super Bowl scoop

By Danielle Paquette, Special to CNN
Sportswriter Peter King, left, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Harry Carson attend a Sports Illustrated party in New York.
Sportswriter Peter King, left, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Harry Carson attend a Sports Illustrated party in New York.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sports journalist Peter King has attended every Super Bowl since 1985
  • King recommends using public transportation to get around icy Dallas this year
  • He predicts Pittsburgh will defeat Green Bay, 33 to 27
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(CNN) -- After penning two decades of NFL columns for Sports Illustrated, legendary sports journalist and best-selling author Peter King has garnered more Super Bowl wisdom than the average fan.

CNN asked him to share some of his insights on the biggest game in football.

How many Super Bowls have you attended?

Every one since 1985, so 27.

Any favorites in mind?

Well, I always like when the Super Bowl is in San Diego. It's the perfect city to host the game. You can walk around comfortably any time, day or night. It's easy to get around the town. It's just a good atmosphere for the festivities that go along with the Super Bowl.

As for fun, excitement, everything being in one spot -- New Orleans is always great because you don't have to get a car. You just stay downtown and pretty much walk to everything that happens, which will be the case in Indianapolis next year.

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Least favorites?

I wasn't crazy about having the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. You could never go outside. It was freezing all of the time. But I'm not one of those people who rail against whatever city the Super Bowl is in.

How do you make the most of your Super Bowl experience, wherever it is?

When you go to the Super Bowl, don't try to schedule everything. Let things happen to you. Enjoy life. A lot of parties are exclusive and hosted by a celebrity, but a good deal of things are open to the public. There's always activity information at the city's airports and hotels.

I've been to the NFL Experience two or three times over the years and would recommend it. It's a $20 ticket to go in and spend your day in there. Your kids can kick field goals, throw passes, do video stuff -- it's like a winter amusement park for families. Everyone who goes to the Super Bowl should try it.

Also, this year, take a tour of the stadium. It's a remarkable place. The video screen is, in essence, a high definition TV that is 180 feet wide. Think about that. That's a big TV. It's a classic example of everything's bigger in Texas.

Yes, and everything's icier in Texas this year. How would you advise getting to the big game safely?

This is going to be a weird week because there's bad weather all over the United States. But there's a tremendous amount of public transportation to consider in Dallas and Fort Worth. There's a little known fact about Metroplex Dallas/Fort Worth. You can take a train nonstop from downtown Fort Worth to the area in downtown Dallas where the basketball and hockey arena is. Especially at a time when the weather is horrible. Right now, as I drive from Fort Worth to Dallas, it's a 7-degree wind chill out. Public transportation is better than driving a car around interstate highways that are sheets of ice.

When it comes to leaving, many times over the years I've flown out of airports other than the Super Bowl city's major airport. On the Monday after the game, a lot of people want to get back to where they live and get in a half day at work. For instance, if I needed to get out of Dallas quickly and avoid the crowds, I'd get up early and drive three hours to the Oklahoma City airport. Nobody does that. You'll save money on the trip itself and the congestion would be microscopic compared to what's at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport.

What should all Super Bowl fans bring to Arlington on Sunday?

Money. You'll get a lot of events that will nickel and dime you so you'll need some money. But what I would bring most is a sense of adventure, because you don't know what's going to happen, what you feel like doing, what the opportunities are. Something's going to appeal to you. There's going to be at least 40 things to do.

Like what?

My personal favorite thing to do in Dallas is tour the Texas School Book Depository -- one of the greatest living, breathing history museums you can go to in the United States. You get emotional. You get chills. You're standing in the same spot where Lee Harvey Oswald escaped. It's a bit eerie but they do a fantastic job in making you realize exactly what happened when Kennedy was assassinated. That's one of the things you absolutely have to do here. You'll go home talking about that as much as you were talking about the game.

For dinner, I recommend Bob's Steak and Chop House. It's the best Steakhouse in the U.S., in my opinion. Absolutely fantastic. You sit down at the table and they bring you a gigantic carrot. It's a really cute, really nice place.

And now for the big question. Who do you want to see win?

I always take the attitude that there are good stories no matter who plays. I never root in a game like this, or any game. But, before the season started, I predicted the Pittsburgh Steelers would meet Green Bay in the Super Bowl and Pittsburgh would win 33 to 27 over Green Bay. So, I guess if I had a preference, I wouldn't mind if the Steelers won the game 33 to 27.