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Have you ever played this game: Pick any three bands that if you had your way, you could see in concert in present day. It’s the old reliable that my buddies and I like to engage in when we get together. And almost always, unless we stick parameters on the game, someone will say Jimi Hendrix, someone else will say the Doors, and someone else will say the Grateful Dead. I used to hear the Eagles, but that reunion happened. Then there was Jane’s Addiction, but that reunion happened too. Creedence Clearwater Revival still comes up, but John Fogerty hates his bandmates way too much to even entertain the notion of a reunion.

For the past few years, I’ve brought up the Jayhawks. If you’ve never heard of them, you will if you click here, because harmonists Mark Olson and Gary Louris are bringing back some of that good stuff. Just as the Bobs in Office Space say that for their money, it doesn’t get any better than when Michael Bolton sings “When a Man Loves a Woman,” for me, it doesn’t get any better than when the Jayhawks sing “Tampa to Tulsa.”

More on point for this issue of American Way, though, are you folks going from Tulsa to Tampa -- or from anywhere to Tampa. On February 1, the eyes of the sporting world will be on Tampa Bay, Florida, for Super Bowl XLIII. And we marked the occasion by featuring Florida’s largest estuary on our cover. This is the first time we’ve done a celebrity-less destination cover in almost two decades . But it won’t be the last.

Moving forward, American Way, which is still the only inflight magazine published every two weeks, will begin featuring destinations . We’re not doing away with celebrities altogether, though. After all, I’m still quite curious about what makes Paula Abdul tick (you and I will both find out in our February 1 issue). But we staffers here agree that it’s time to get back to our roots. We do a heck of a job bringing you the stars of stage, screen, and radio, in my humble opinion, but chances are you’re destined for Kansas City today, not for a rendezvous with Charlize Theron. Both will be on future covers, so if I’m wrong and you are heading out to L.A. and Charlize’s house, I’m still covered.

And you Tampa locals: I don’t want you to think that the only reason we’re kicking off our destination covers with your city is the Super Bowl. We started with you because, quite frankly, I love Tampa -- especially the food. I’ll take the Pepsi challenge and put the Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant on South Howard Street up against any tapas joint the world over. To that end, there’s no better place to chow down after a big game than at Bern’s Steak House. For my money, it doesn’t get any better than a foodie weekend in Tampa. Unless I’m listening to the Jayhawks on the way down, that is. From Tulsa.

Okay, for my money, it doesn’t get any better than listening to the Jayhawks while on a plane from Tulsa to Tampa in order to watch the Super Bowl on February 1, after I’ve finished watching Office Space at Charlize Theron’s house. With Paula Abdul. And Jimi Hendrix. Yep, for my money, it doesn’t get any better than that.

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