Media note: Mark Albert has limited availability on Tuesday and Thursday and will be unavailable after Jan. 30, as he will be in Kansas City.
DENTON (UNT), Texas — Mark Albert can’t remember a time when he wasn’t a Kansas City Chiefs fan.
“Watching games with my family when I was a kid was a blast, and now my brothers and sisters and I each have at least two kids, so when we all come together...there's a lot of red on game days,” he said. “I remember the excitement at home when we all were watching Joe Montana take us to the Chief's first AFC Championship game in '93. It was amazing to have one of the greats join us for a few seasons and take us there.”
Albert, an assistant professor in the University of North Texas’ Computer Science and Engineering department and a core faculty member in the artificial intelligence program starting in Fall 2020, grew up outside of Kansas City with his six siblings.
Now that he’s at UNT —and firmly in Dallas Cowboys country —he and his brother, who lives near Fort Worth, get together and give their children some of the love of the Chiefs they grew up with.
“The plan is that my two girls grow up to be Chiefs fans, but it'll be okay if they end up Cowboys fans, too,” he said.
After the Chiefs won a spot in the Super Bowl, Albert was able to adjust his flight to the International Conference on Semantic Computing to stay in Kansas City to watch the game with several of his siblings and their families, noting that it’s a big party whenever they all get together.
UNT also has several experts who can speak about a variety of Super Bowl topics including:
- Chefs who can discuss popular Super Bowl party foods and healthy options
- Broadcast advertising and marketing experts who can offer insight on this year’s Super Bowl ads
- An economist who can discuss the economic impact an event like the Super Bowl has on the host city
- The director of the Center of Sports Psychology who can discuss how athletes prepare and keep their focus during competitions that attract national and international attention