Unless you have far too much disposable income and have ponied up the equivalent of my student loan for a Super Bowl ticket, you could probably care less about the weather in Dallas right about now.
You’ll sit in your office chair, or your warm living room as you gaze at your own winter wonderland somewhere in the northeast, and you’ll yawn at those poor Super Bowl attendees and media members. They’re now forced to drink Patron and laugh amidst the lingering smog of cigar smoke at indoor parties, instead of frolicking outdoors.
Yep, between the snow and stripper shortages, those Texans really have it tough. This is about a football game, and normal people struggle with the weather every day. So what if the inclement and icy conditions for north Texas in February have turned the city into one massive skating rink.
The fact that the Super Bowl is more than merely a game on a Sunday evening, and is a week-long business venture and football media convention probably isn’t going to change that opinion. Events being cancelled, and shifted along with logistical nightmares for organizers and travellers probably won’t register a quiver on your Richter scale either.
Well, how about injuries due to giant sheets of falling ice directly outside of Cowboys Stadium?
That area is right above one of the main entrances to Jerry’s place. Falling ice left seven people hurt, one of whom was taken to nearby JPS Hospital in Fort Worth with critical injuries. Following the barrage of ice all entrances to the stadium were closed except one. Local fire spokesman Pedro Arevalo told the Dallas Morning news the weather has thrown a litany of scenarios at organizers and emergency workers that weren’t expected. Add falling ice to the list.
Gagnon has moaned about the weather all week, but he’s not alone. With the Super Bowl slated for Indianapolis next year, and the highly hyped first open-air game set for New York in 2014, Super Bowl weather is becoming a sensitive issue for anyone connected to football. Over 100 flights in Dallas have been cancelled since Tuesday’s ice storm, and five more inches of snow fell today.
Officials in Indianapolis are working to spin Dallas’ lemons into their lemonade, saying that watching the Lone Star State struggle with the flaky white stuff gives the Super Bowl’s next host city an easy act to top. Mark Miles, the chairman of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee who doesn’t mind messing with Texas, said Indy has a “higher standard” than the Super Bowl’s current home.
Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard conceded that poor weather is an even greater possibility with the Super Bowl moving further north, but said the snow battle would be over much quicker with Indy’s resources.
“I think this can make us look good. I understand that Dallas doesn’t have the tools Indy has on a routine basis. This could happen in Indianapolis, but if it did, it would only happen for a few hours, because we’d be able to clear it up very quickly.”
Settle down you feisty Hoosiers, there’s no need to rub it in. It’s already bad enough that God can’t watch his team on Sunday.