I suppose you can’t control an ice storm, but that wasn’t the only issue in Dallas this week, as The host city of Super Bowl XLV (that’s the number 45 in roman numerals, folks) encountered a number of problems. It was enough to prompt someone to create superbowlsuit.com, a site designed for disgruntled attendees of last night’s game to share their grievances.
So let us recap what went wrong:
- A major ice storm hit the Dallas/Fort Worth area early in the week, forcing the temporary close of their international airport. It also caused intense travel problems. Here are some photos of the storm, to paint a better picture for you. However, Super Bowl Media Day did go on as planned, so all was not lost. Whose fault was it?: Mother Nature – she’s been a pain in everyone’s ass this winter. Thank God that groundhog stepped in… he just better follow through.
- Six people were injured when ice fell off the roof of Cowboys Stadium just two days before the Super Bowl. A new round of snow and ice led to the incident. The six injured were all contractors for the event. Whose fault was it?: Jerry Jones – he’s the guy who wanted this all this to happen. He built the stadium for this very purpose. With the snow and ice being a threat for the majority of Super Bowl week, the necessary precautions should have been and needed to be taken. Ultimately, he becomes responsible.
- Injuries on the Cowboys turf: Steelers rookie wide receiver Emmaunel Sanders was carted off the field in the second quarter after injuring his foot. Donald Driver sprained his ankle. Charles Woodson broke his collarbone. Bryant McFadden and Flozell Adams suffered less serious injuries and returned. You could argue it was the icing on the cake of a terrible week, but you have to ask honestly Whose fault was it?: Football. Blame football, and the NFL, where injuries happen. I hate the Cowboys, folks. But this one wasn’t on them.
- The Seating Issues: About 1,250 fans were relocated after temporary seating areas in Cowboys stadium were deemed unsafe. Now, the Dallas Morning News is reporting that the NFL and the Cowboys both knew that the temps could have been unusable. Wowsah. This is the icing on the cake, folks. Eric Grubman is the NFL’s executive vice president of business ventures. He said, “The attendance record was not the goal. The goal was to use this great building in a way that showcased the NFL, showcased North Texas and showcased the great players we have in the NFL.”… bullshit. Whose fault was it?: The NFL and the Dallas Cowboys. You can’t go out on a limb with something like this. And refunding those affected with three times what they paid for their ticket doesn’t really make it better.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star reflected on some of the other issues, including rolling blackouts and canceled events. The length of cab rides between Dallas and Arlington was apparently 45 minutes long, too. He also claims that Indianapolis will be plenty more prepared for the Super Bowl in 2012 (if there is one).
It’s just nice to see Dallas have a terrible season, and then flounder as the host of the 2011 Super Bowl.
It makes being an Eagles fan a bit more tolerable this time of year…
Other observations from this weekend:
- It’s really hard not to like Aaron Rodgers. Congratulations to the Packers
- I had no idea in September that we were playing our first game against the Super Bowl Champions.
- Nine catches for Jordy Nelson, but don’t forget about those drops.
- Greg Jennings looked good last night
- So did Mike Wallace. That kid’s future is nothing but bright.
- Was it me, or did Ben Roethlisberger look like a completely different quarterback after his first interception? My confidence in him faltered from that point forward, even after 14 unanswered.
- I was in bed last night when this Jon Gruden fiasco began, and I had to get out of it to share it with you. I initially wasn’t happy about it.
- The Sixers-Knicks game was frustrating to watch. They fought like hell and got close several times in the second half, but Amar’e Stoudemire is a freakin’ beast.
- Glad to hear Anthony Gargano back on the radio after a bout with pneumonia. I’ve been through that before and that is NOTHING you want. We missed ya, cuz.
- A source is reporting that the Rangers Michael Young wants to be traded. H’es been moved three times on the field in his 11-year career in Texas and now is slated to be the team’s designated hitter. I think Young is right in wanting to part ways. Their captain should have been treated better.
- The Super Bowl had the most viewers of all-time. In other news, no shit.
- Six days away from pitchers and catchers reporting and it feels longer than it did when we were 60 days away.
- Had a great time seeing LeCompt twice on Friday. Once at Wing Bowl and once at The Buck Hotel in Feasterville, PA.
- I actually feel bad about everything that has happened to the New York Mets. I don’t even consider them a rival anymore.
- Watching the Flyers on Saturday night was actually relaxing. I never was under the impression that the team lost control of the game.
- With Malkin out for the season, and no definitive timetable for the return of the concussed Sidney Crosby, I have to just say… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
- Howard Eskin is really making an ass out of himself lately. First, he attacks Roy Halladay, and then he attacks Paul Domowitch from the Philadelphia Daily News in an accusatory fashion. The link will send you to Crossing Broad, where you can read all about it.
- I was largely unimpressed by the Super Bowl commercials this year, but this one was special.
- And so was this one.
- Enjoy Monday, folks!