The Super Bowl deserves sunshine.
It doesn’t deserve snow or sleet or wind gusts or sub-freezing temperatures that make it hurt just to breathe. It doesn’t deserve Dallas in February.
You want to know where they should stage the Super Bowl? The answer is as clear as the icicles falling from Jerry Jones’ chin: San Diego, Miami, Tampa, Phoenix and Los Angeles/Pasadena. There’s nothing wrong with New Orleans, either.
Indianapolis? Forget it. New Jersey? No way. And although there’s nothing wrong with Dallas, which typically averages 61 degrees in February, this week’s frigid wave only emphasizes the importance of playing the Super Bowl in warm-weather cities.
It only makes sense. The Super Bowl isn’t just a game; it’s parties, it’s people, it’s weeklong events designed to create an outdoor extravaganza. You can’t enjoy a city’s tourist offerings when you’re bundled up in a parka and thinking of excuses to stay in your hotel room.
It’s just bad luck that Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, is going to show off his oversized and lavish new stadium on a day that’s going to be very, very cold. At the same time, cities like Miami, San Diego and Los Angeles (which hasn’t hosted a Super Bowl since 1993) are basking in clear skies and sunshine.
Of course, this isn’t normal weather for Dallas. As Jones said, “This is an inordinate weather event for this area.” True, but you think Tampa ever has to be concerned about snow or icy roads?
The thing is, Jones is hoping to get Dallas into the regular rotation of SB venues, along with the current lineup of Miami, Tampa, Phoenix and New Orleans. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, asked if this week’s brutal weather might affect Dallas’ chances of hosting future games, predictably said, “I don't believe so. This isn't the only part of the country being affecting by this weather. This community has responded favorably and we're excited to be here.”
So we can assume Goodell will be equally excited next year when the Super Bowl is held in Indianapolis. And in 2014, when the New Jersey Meadowlands hosts the game. A little snow and sleet isn’t so bad, right?
It just doesn’t make sense. Football’s biggest game should be an event the fans enjoy as much as the players. It should be outdoors (with New Orleans the only exception) in picture-perfect weather.
But instead of soaking up sunshine, Jones is talking about foul conditions and how well maintenance workers are managing to keep the roads clear.
“I’ve seen a lot of salt, a lot of sand, out there,” he said.
From now on, let’s keep the sand on the beaches.
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