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Best Beach

Sick of cutting your feet on shells? Annoyed by the inevitable close encounters with jellyfish? Tired of wading through brackish water that looks like it was just churned out of the treatment plant? Head to Moody Gardens. The Galveston Island attraction/resort has created a new, improved beach, and it's charging guests a fee to enjoy it. The three-acre Palm Beach accommodates up to 2,500 people and features freshwater lagoons, white sand beaches, palm trees, lifeguards, paddleboats, Jacuzzis and regulation sand volleyball. Fooling yourself into enjoying a fake beach (at the beach) makes for an ironically amusing escape possible only in Galveston. The downside is that it's open only during the summer.

Best Hype

The sign at the entrance of Bush Intercontinental is already touting it. A number of nightclubs are already booked up for it. One Midtown comedy spot has already been bought out for the entire week of Super Bowl XXXVIII by an out-of-town corporation that wants a private place to drink and have a laugh every night. Tours of Enchantment, a local exclusive vacation planner that sends people across the globe on fantasy trips, has been making all sorts of arrangements for visitors who want to see the game up close and have a good time before and after. And, of course, construction teams are "racing" to complete the light rail system in time for the big event.

Best Hype

The sign at the entrance of Bush Intercontinental is already touting it. A number of nightclubs are already booked up for it. One Midtown comedy spot has already been bought out for the entire week of Super Bowl XXXVIII by an out-of-town corporation that wants a private place to drink and have a laugh every night. Tours of Enchantment, a local exclusive vacation planner that sends people across the globe on fantasy trips, has been making all sorts of arrangements for visitors who want to see the game up close and have a good time before and after. And, of course, construction teams are "racing" to complete the light rail system in time for the big event.

Best Texan

After seven seasons of frigid Decembers in the windswept New Jersey Meadowlands with the New York Jets, cornerback Aaron Glenn was happy to return to his home town of Houston in 2002 as a newly minted Texan. And Houston was equally glad to welcome him back. Glenn, who went to Nimitz High School and Texas A&M, joined Texan teammate Gary Walker as the only players from an expansion team to be named All-Pro since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970. (It marked Glenn's third All-Pro nod.) Covering the league's top receivers, Glenn is incredibly quick and durable, and -- luckily for the Texans' anemic offense -- he can even put points on the board, returning two interceptions for touchdowns against Pittsburgh last year. He's also scoring karma points: Upon coming back to Houston, he founded the Aaron Glenn Foundation, which raises cash and funnels it to existing charitable groups that help young people.

Best Texan

After seven seasons of frigid Decembers in the windswept New Jersey Meadowlands with the New York Jets, cornerback Aaron Glenn was happy to return to his home town of Houston in 2002 as a newly minted Texan. And Houston was equally glad to welcome him back. Glenn, who went to Nimitz High School and Texas A&M, joined Texan teammate Gary Walker as the only players from an expansion team to be named All-Pro since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970. (It marked Glenn's third All-Pro nod.) Covering the league's top receivers, Glenn is incredibly quick and durable, and -- luckily for the Texans' anemic offense -- he can even put points on the board, returning two interceptions for touchdowns against Pittsburgh last year. He's also scoring karma points: Upon coming back to Houston, he founded the Aaron Glenn Foundation, which raises cash and funnels it to existing charitable groups that help young people.

Best Way to Park at Reliant Stadium

Parking at Reliant Stadium is a joke. A nightmare. Impossible almost, especially considering the high price you're paying. And once the game's over, you have to sit idling in your car for more than an hour because of traffic. So why even try it? Go to your local Metro Park & Ride lot and take one of the game day shuttles. Let the Metro drivers handle the traffic, and save your dough for the food and souvenirs. After the game, what's standing in line for a few minutes? While you're there, you can watch the drunken buffoons get into parking lot fights. Then soar right on down the road to your car while the police throw them in the slammer. Metro, it's the only way to go.

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