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Will Winter Weather Hurt North Texas' Bid To Land A Future Super Bowl?
Published February 7, 2011
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COMMISH'S STAMP OF APPROVAL: Goodell Friday said the Dallas-Ft. Worth area "has done an extraordinary job under some very difficult circumstances that are across this country" as a result of the weather. Goodell: "There are very few communities in the country right now who have not been impacted by this storm. I think this community has pulled together and done an extraordinary job. My hat's off to them" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 2/4). But in Boston, Greg Bedard wrote, "For Goodell to say that 'North Texas was prepared if this happened' … is categorically false." The league and the host committee "should be condemned for their lack of action," as it is "one thing to have bad weather … it’s another to not be prepared for it." If the NFL is "going to play its biggest game in places where weather could be an issue, it must mandate in the bids that the host committee have the proper equipment at the ready, even if it is not used." There were "no salt trucks nor snow plows on the Dallas roads" last week. Bedard: "If there were, they did a terrible job" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/6). In Jacksonville, Vito Stellino wrote though Goodell "kept defending the city's handling of the storm, not enough trucks were available to salt and sand the roads and Dallas was virtually shut down" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 2/6). In N.Y., Mike Vaccaro wrote Dallas-Ft. Worth "in theory" should have been a "fine place to hold a Super Bowl." It was "more bad luck than a bad idea" (N.Y. POST, 2/6). Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert said of the weather, "Clearly, with all the visibility that we had, that's not what we wanted. The rest of the country is getting socked, too, but the rest of the country isn't hosting the Super Bowl" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/6).
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: On Long Island, Bob Glauber wrote the "chances are much greater that the New York/New Jersey area won't experience these kinds of logistical nightmares" when New Meadowlands Stadium hosts Super Bowl XLVIII in '14. Snow on game day "is a concern, especially a freakishly big storm." Glauber: "But you'd better believe that there will be an unprecedented mobilization of forces to pull off a successful New York/New Jersey experience" (NEWSDAY, 2/5). In Toronto, Cathal Kelly wrote it "may snow in New York in February 2014," but it "doesn't matter if it's coming down in waves, it won't paralyze Gotham the way a couple of inches have closed down Dallas" (TORONTO STAR, 2/6). New Meadowlands Stadium Co. President & CEO Mark Lamping: "There's a fundamental difference between us and Dallas. We're assuming we're going to get bad weather; all of our plans are based on us having bad weather. Down here, they planned for bad weather, but those were contingency plans." Goodell noted, "In New York, not only are they prepared, they're probably planning on this type of weather. The fact is they are going to be prepared for this" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 2/5). Meanwhile, Indianapolis will host next year's Super Bowl XLVI, and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said he feels "a little sorry" for Dallas-Ft. Worth "because they don't have the equipment, they don't have the expertise" to deal with winter weather. Ballard: "If something like this happens to us, we'll have 80 trucks out there going 24 hours a day, plus some smaller trucks to get into places where the big trucks can't get into. We know how to handle this very, very well" (DALLASNEWS.com, 2/5).
MAKING A LIST: YAHOO SPORTS' Dan Wetzel wrote, "If you're going to stage Super Bowls in locales that are immune to inclement weather then your list of host cities is Miami, Tampa and San Diego, with Phoenix, where it gets cold, but not icy, as a borderline option. That's it" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/4). ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski wrote under the header, "Cold Reality: SB Doesn't Belong Here." The Super Bowl "should never be awarded to a city where you can see your breath in February," as fans "want to sit by the pool, not by a space heater." Miami, San Diego, Phoenix, Tampa and New Orleans are the "places where the Super Bowl ought to be." Wojciechowski: "In fact, always should be. Warm, inviting places" (ESPN.com, 2/4).
HEADED NORTH? Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Friday "once again floated his idea of a New England Super Bowl," and his "point was that if Dallas could handle snow and sleet, so could Foxboro." Kraft: "I'm thinking about it, maybe we should have a Super Bowl in New England, maybe we should get on the list" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/5). Former Dolphins Exec VP/Football Operations Bill Parcells said he thinks "some of the cities that were founders -- the Chicagos, the Philadelphias, Pittsburgh, New York City -- why wouldn't they deserve to have a Super Bowl?" Parcells: "If the elements are a little adverse, that's what part of football has always been. … I'm not worried about the cocktail parties myself. The social aspect of the Super Bowl, I don't have any interest in that" (N.Y. POST, 2/6).