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Weather forcing cancellations at Super Bowl

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This won’t be a post where we complain about the weather.   I agree with a point MDS made at dinner last night: bitching about Super Bowl weather is the activity that makes fans dislike sports reporters more than anything else.

(We know we’re damn lucky to be here covering football for a living.)

With that out of the way, the rough weather here is a story for the organizers of many Super Bowl events.   An NFL Youth Outreach program was canceled Tuesday.   There was supposed to be a kids program at the NFL Experience Wednesday that was canceled.

A coat of ice covers almost all streets in Dallas, making travel slow and treacherous.  A cab strike in the city has made it difficult to get around unless you are in the media and can travel by shuttle.

There are reports of businesses and restaurants being closed for the weather.  The hotel where the FOX media is located is enduring rolling blackouts.   Host Committee member Troy Aikman said the weather has been a disappointment.

There’s no doubt that money is being lost and fan experiences dampened with flight issues coming into the city.

While media griping about the weather is deeply annoying, we understand how fans, local businesses, and the Dallas Super Bowl organizers are cursing some missed opportunities.

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  1. jerruhjones says: Feb 2, 2011 2:03 PM

    “A cab strike in the city has made it difficult to get around unless you are in the media and can travel by shuttle.”

    I think DFW airport still rents cars.

  2. BC says: Feb 2, 2011 2:04 PM

    Ah, get over it folks. I remember the Cotton Bowl (when it was relevant) having snow or ice seemingly every other year in the 70′s and 80′s. And there was no dome. Suck it up folks.

  3. steelernation1 says: Feb 2, 2011 2:05 PM

    who cares the roof will be closed anyway…

  4. cletusvandam says: Feb 2, 2011 2:08 PM

    You think thats bad? wait until Indy next year. It’s horrible here. We didn’t even get it as bad as they thought we would.

  5. wallyhorse says: Feb 2, 2011 2:08 PM

    This is just one of this unfortunate situations:

    While Dallas has its share of winter weather every year, it’s NOTHING like those of us in the northeast and midwest are used to, and it’s been said this is the coldest weather Dallas has had in 25 years. You know it’s unusual when Dallas is considerably colder than New York and Philadelphia.

    New Orleans (which hosts the game in 2013) also would have been adversely affected if the game were there this year, albeit by a very cold heavy rain.

  6. steelersmichele says: Feb 2, 2011 2:10 PM

    You mean Jerry Jones can’t control the weather :)

  7. nygiantstones says: Feb 2, 2011 2:14 PM

    I’d like to think that a city up North would be better prepared to handle this kind of weather during the Super Bowl. It’s ironic that all the reporters that piss and moan about bad weather Super Bowls are eating it in an ice storm in Dallas. Dallas of all places.

  8. toe4 says: Feb 2, 2011 2:15 PM

    a cab strike during Super Bowl week?!

    Balsy move by that union! Now that is a travel story I’d like to hear more about!

  9. contract says: Feb 2, 2011 2:16 PM

    Keep the Super Bowl in Miami and LA and you won’t have to worry about this mess. I remember when they complained about a little rain during the Super Bowl in Miami. lol :)

  10. gamby5150 says: Feb 2, 2011 2:17 PM

    yup, gotta love that cold weather .. sb belongs in warm cities ……….. lost money for local business not going to be made up…

  11. rdssc says: Feb 2, 2011 2:19 PM

    This is a message from the gods to the NFL negotiating team and big market owners led by Jerry Jones. Play nice with the small markets and get a labor deal done or you will pay.

  12. contra74 says: Feb 2, 2011 2:19 PM

    I believe Goodell will be postponing the SB until a later time when the sun is shining and when the field is lined with pillows. pansy!

  13. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Feb 2, 2011 2:20 PM

    Blame Jerry Jones.

  14. giablommi says: Feb 2, 2011 2:21 PM

    Hmmm…with all this “Global Warming” disguised as wintry weather, it seems like this is a good reason to permanently place future Super Bowls in northern cities that are prepared to deal with snow, ice and cold (this excludes Philadelphia, obviously).

  15. giablommi says: Feb 2, 2011 2:22 PM

    P.S. actual football fans don’t care about any of the tangential lead up to the actual game.

    Unless the game is being played outdoors, then we DO NOT CARE what the weather is like in the Super Bowl city.

    I repeat, DO NOT CARE

  16. lucky5927 says: Feb 2, 2011 2:22 PM

    Think of the snow storms hitting the midwest and upper east coast this week. Good thing were having the superbowl in NY in a couple years. Not that they don’t deserve it, but good luck trying to reschedule that game due to a snow storm.

  17. hobartbaker says: Feb 2, 2011 2:24 PM

    LOL, with my two least favorite teams meeting in the SB I was thinking I’d just watch the Weather Channel instead. Hoping for an impending natural disaster in the Dallas area.

    No thumbs down or I’ma summon up some hellacious winds.

  18. xxwhodatxx says: Feb 2, 2011 2:27 PM

    Can’t wait to see that 2014 NY Super Bowl!!!

  19. toe4 says: Feb 2, 2011 2:29 PM

    Super Bowl week in Detroit was AWESOME!

    So take that Texas!

  20. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 2, 2011 2:31 PM

    Super Bowls should ONLY be in Miami, San Diego, etc. With the weather in Texas and Indy and NJ then someone give me a reason Minn cant have one? Assuming they still have a team….)

  21. ratedrsuperstar1331 says: Feb 2, 2011 2:34 PM

    Anyone still worried about hosting the Super Bowl in the north east?

  22. mark0226 says: Feb 2, 2011 2:34 PM

    Just wait until the SB is in New York.

  23. jerruhjones says: Feb 2, 2011 2:36 PM

    There has to a joke here somewhere-

    Hell freezing over.

    Cowboys.

    Superbowl.

  24. wallyhorse says: Feb 2, 2011 2:37 PM

    Contract said:

    >>Keep the Super Bowl in Miami and LA and you won’t have to worry about this mess. I remember when they complained about a little rain during the Super Bowl in Miami. lol >>

    Has it occurred to you that if you have a Super Bowl in LA, you run the risk of a massive rain storm similar to what actually hit there in late December, when 14″ of rain hit over a few days? The NFL was very lucky to never encounter the kind of rain LA can get during the winter during a Super Bowl there.

    This as noted was simply a freak storm and cold snap that hit Dallas. It’s very rare for Dallas to be experiencing the kind of temps they currently are.

  25. bleedsoe9mm says: Feb 2, 2011 2:37 PM

    i’m sure they won’t have any of these problem when the super bowl is in new york

  26. lhaveprettyfeet says: Feb 2, 2011 2:42 PM

    Imagine paying $200 to watch the game on a big screen outside of the stadium while sitting in the rain/snow/ice . . . FAIL

  27. brutus9448 says: Feb 2, 2011 2:45 PM

    keep the game in miami permenantley. 70′s and 80′s all week

  28. BC says: Feb 2, 2011 2:48 PM

    Play the Super Bowl in San Diego or Hawaii every year. Then I might actually get motivated to go one year.

  29. pack15forever says: Feb 2, 2011 2:48 PM

    Can’t wait for the Super Bowl at the new Meadow Lands in New Jersey.

  30. superhawk12 says: Feb 2, 2011 2:49 PM

    Wild weather. Must be God angry that the Stealers are in another Superbowl.
    HaHaHaHaHa

  31. doogieslap says: Feb 2, 2011 2:49 PM

    Phoenix’s temps are in the 30′s, including today.
    New Orleans is in the 20s and 30s and rainy.
    Houston is cold.
    Atlanta is cold.
    San Diego has an unfit stadium.
    LA has no fit stadiums.
    If certain media folk (like ESPN’s NFL panel of former players) stop complaining about the weather, they’d see that right now, with a once-a-quarter-century winter storm bearing down on half the country, that only Tampa and Miami could be fit to host a Super Bowl, based on their own ideaological scenarios.
    Jeez. Give it up. It’s a winter storm in Dallas, with temps they haven’t seen in 15 years.
    Besides, the NFL’s coming back to JerryWorld. Where else can the league rake in $1 million by just selling outside-the-stadium-plaza tickets???

  32. nygiantstones says: Feb 2, 2011 2:52 PM

    Yeah great, can’t wait for the Superbowl riots, er game, to be played in LA. Those people are worse than Philly fans. Any Championship level game is an excuse for them to turn over cars, set things on fire, and who knows what else.

  33. brucehumbert says: Feb 2, 2011 2:54 PM

    Here’s an idea…

    The NFL should build a 100,000 seat stadium in LA – go to a 17 game season and each team gets a game in LA and the Super Bowl is held there every year…

  34. jimmysee says: Feb 2, 2011 2:57 PM

    68 and sunny here in ol’ L.A.

    Get Farmers Field up and running and they will come.

    First the Vikings, then the Super Bowl.

  35. timbo51 says: Feb 2, 2011 3:01 PM

    Here in San Diego it should be about 70 degrees and sunny on Sunday. Sure we have an old stadium, but what would you rather have? An old stadium and sunny warm weather for all the SB festivities ? or A brand new billion dollar stadium and snow and ice cancelling travel plans and festivities?

  36. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 2, 2011 3:08 PM

    This sure makes that Northern Superbowl sound like such a great idea huh?

    Don’t F up the Superbowl NFL, keep it in the South/warm weather climates where the weather is warm and people spend money: New Orleans, Miami, Phoenix, rotate.

  37. raiders4life says: Feb 2, 2011 3:11 PM

    Once Los Angeles gets it’s new Farmers Field and City of Industry Stadiums erected, all Super Bowls should be played there permanently, rotating annually for each venue of course. No place on Earth like football in Southern California. All LA haters can moan and whine all you want that we don’t deserve football. Well it’s coming like it or not. LA Raiders in one stadium repping the AFC and the NFC’s LA Vikings in the other. The countdown is on haters hahaha

  38. scytherius says: Feb 2, 2011 3:14 PM

    Put the thing in a warm weather location permanently. And they wanna add 2 games and put the SB in NY? Well, no one accused the owners of being smart.

  39. stairwayto7 says: Feb 2, 2011 3:19 PM

    Have Super Bowl in Glendale Az every year! New stadium, indoors, real grass and a many things to do!

  40. yesiamasteelerfan says: Feb 2, 2011 3:20 PM

    i remember reading a story about how Atlanta refused a NFL request to clear the streets Super Bowl week and Taglibue said they would never go back. Am i crazy? does anybody else remember this and will this happen to Dallas?

  41. Bubby Brister says: Feb 2, 2011 3:22 PM

    It’s not ice. It’s actually only dandruff.

  42. righthereisay says: Feb 2, 2011 3:26 PM

    They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let ‘em freeze.

  43. gridassassin says: Feb 2, 2011 3:31 PM

    THIS is the cherry ATP the Jerry Jones crap-sundae of a season. Dallas more than likely won’t be a rotational site for future Super Bowls. Time for the NFL to crawl back to San Diego, unless they plan on moving a team to L.A.

  44. shallowfan says: Feb 2, 2011 3:38 PM

    I can’t wait until the NY Super Bowl…outdoors in that weather (very possibly). How many sb activities are going to be cancelled then?

  45. dryzzt23 says: Feb 2, 2011 3:39 PM

    Why have all those cabbies not been fired yet? If I were running a taxi service, I’d fire all those cabbies and hire non-union cab drivers.

    This is why unions are what is ruining America

  46. sdb0ltz says: Feb 2, 2011 3:40 PM

    L.A is a dump. I call it SmelL.A. Chocolate Mocha sunsets from the smog with a nice scent of a Pacific Beach dumpster throughout the city.

    Come to San Diego baby. Beautiful landscape, clean air and the best weather (and girls) in the nation. Not to mention our population is about 60% less than L.A (1.26 million vs. 4.13 million).

    60-70 degree winters. Do eeeeet.

  47. twindaddy says: Feb 2, 2011 3:44 PM

    But, but, this is why they don’t have Superbowls in the north. Who cares? This is nature’s way of saying FU to everyone who got bent out of shape about a Superbowl being played in New York.

    COLD WEATHER IS PART OF THE GAME!!! GET OVER IT!

  48. rcali says: Feb 2, 2011 3:45 PM

    You know, 99.9% of footballs fans won’t be there so we really don’t care about anything except what happens after kick-off. Put the game on the north pole for all I care.

  49. nokoolaidcowboy says: Feb 2, 2011 3:48 PM

    God doesn’t want Super Bowls played indoors. Period.

  50. rooneyruleblues says: Feb 2, 2011 4:03 PM

    Texas is such a hell hole. What would be better than blackouts on Sunday so that place is pitch black. Blacker than the heart of Goodell and his TV cronies. Greed has taken over and is tarnishing the sport that the actual “game” has taken a back seat to all this other crap.

    Rather than talk about the game all we hear about now is Owners and Money, and TV ratings. New Stadiums in LA for teams not yet named. Discrace.

    Just remember what the cameras wont show on Sunday when Goodell is slapping high fives with the Rooney family every time the Steelers make a big play, along with the occasional wink and a nod to the officiating booth if Big Ben comes up short on a sneak at the goal line to give the Steelers the edge.

    The casinos will give people just enough hope that Greenbay actually has a chance in this one and steal your money right from under your nose at the last minute. The Las Vegas skyline will continue to grow and Goodell and his TV friends pockets will get fatter. Slap in a black eyed peas performance to further distract everyone at halftime and you got yourself the perfect con. Its become wrestling, only difference is they have gotten good enough to actually make people believe it is real.

    Welcome to the Modern Day NFL.

  51. tommytd says: Feb 2, 2011 4:09 PM

    The nerve of mother nature snowing on the NFL’s money machine and cutting into their obscene profits…it breaks my freakin’ heart. Surely there’s somebody somewhere that Goodell can fine for the inconvenience! Oh, and BTW don’t forget to shut down those church groups that are showing the game in their recreation rooms! LOL

  52. broncobourque says: Feb 2, 2011 4:18 PM

    This is unfortunate timing for the city of Dallas and Jerry Jones but nothing more. This isn’t typical weather for the area and even if cold and snow were typical of the area, who cares? They play the rest of the season and playoffs with weather so why not play the Super Bowl with weather?

  53. rrrobertson says: Feb 2, 2011 4:21 PM

    it’s a dome so that won’t hinder anything.
    but a cab strike- that’ll create some major problems especially if a large number of fans are from the area & are inexperienced “winter weather” drivers.
    bet it won’t stop a GB fan though.

  54. antneejay2 says: Feb 2, 2011 4:41 PM

    Karma

  55. lanflfan says: Feb 2, 2011 4:46 PM

    As one LA NFL fan, I want no part of the Vikings. I’d love a team here, but not at the expense of another city’s team (and definitely not that dysfunctional one).

  56. contra74 says: Feb 2, 2011 4:48 PM

    sdb0ltz says:
    Feb 2, 2011 3:40 PM
    L.A is a dump. I call it SmelL.A. Chocolate Mocha sunsets from the smog with a nice scent of a Pacific Beach dumpster throughout the city.

    Come to San Diego baby. Beautiful landscape, clean air and the best weather (and girls) in the nation. Not to mention our population is about 60% less than L.A (1.26 million vs. 4.13 million).

    60-70 degree winters. Do eeeeet.
    ——-
    Ok lets break down your argument:
    Apparently the “Pacific Beach Dumpster” is only within the LA border and the Pacific beach does not touch SD – your argument = FAIL

    LA’s increased population can in no way contribute as much revenue as SD’s lowered populations – your argument = FAIL

    Its no wonder that even L.A. does not want the Chargers to move up there. L.A. always has and always will look down on San Diego. My argument = WIN

  57. marektoisami says: Feb 2, 2011 4:49 PM

    I work at the Hotel where FOX media is staying and the NFL headquarters. There were no rolling blackouts.

  58. 8man says: Feb 2, 2011 4:56 PM

    Barring a power outage or a transmission problem the weather won’t create any cancellations for me.

    Wifey and I will watch it in the comfort of our own home..where there are no lines for beer or bathrooms…and no charge…

    And I suspect that millions of other people will be similarly unaffected.

    No worries.

  59. steelernation1 says: Feb 2, 2011 5:04 PM

    you know i am sick of this crap where people say super bowl should be in warm weather,,,all these teams play in the cold at some point during a season,,,i would prefer to see it cold and snowing for the game than hot and dry,the cold weather is what fottball is all about…or all teams would be in the south. who cares about the sponsors most of them dotn go to the game or sit in closed section anyway

  60. byteme999 says: Feb 2, 2011 5:05 PM

    How much are we looking forward to a New York (New Jersey) SB, perhaps with a 50 year storm hitting that weekend dumping 40″ of snow, dropping temps to -45f or so, and the 45-70mph winds setting 7′ drifts..
    I am sure it will be an exciting game to watch..
    Sure am glad they are never gonna give the beautiful facility in Seattle a SB, I mean they might have showers..

  61. nunpuncher says: Feb 2, 2011 5:10 PM

    I had a problem with the weather while living in Tampa today. When I walked to the mailbox to get the mail a slight wind blew some sand into my flipflop. Very annoying.

  62. worstwebsiteever says: Feb 2, 2011 5:14 PM

    wallyhorse says: Feb 2, 2011 2:37 PM

    Has it occurred to you that if you have a Super Bowl in LA, you run the risk of a massive rain storm similar to what actually hit there in late December, when 14″ of rain hit over a few days? The NFL was very lucky to never encounter the kind of rain LA can get during the winter during a Super Bowl there.

    _______________________________

    You do realize that Southern California is a desert right?
    We average less than 10 inches of rain a year.

    Who cares though, LA sucks. Time for the San Diego politicians to get their collective heads out of their a$$ and get a new Super Bowl caliber stadium built before it’s too late.

  63. contra74 says: Feb 2, 2011 5:22 PM

    worstwebsiteever says:
    Feb 2, 2011 5:14 PM
    wallyhorse says: Feb 2, 2011 2:37 PM

    Has it occurred to you that if you have a Super Bowl in LA, you run the risk of a massive rain storm similar to what actually hit there in late December, when 14″ of rain hit over a few days? The NFL was very lucky to never encounter the kind of rain LA can get during the winter during a Super Bowl there.

    _______________________________

    You do realize that Southern California is a desert right?
    We average less than 10 inches of rain a year.

    Who cares though, LA sucks. Time for the San Diego politicians to get their collective heads out of their a$$ and get a new Super Bowl caliber stadium built before it’s too late.
    ———–
    Well when you cant have a Super Bowl caliber team you might as well have a Super Bowl caliber stadium instead hahahaha.

  64. cintiphil says: Feb 2, 2011 5:51 PM

    This talk is all so stupid. Does anyone think the ice in Dallas is going to last more than a day or two at the most? I will bet it will be above 45 degrees by Saturday or Sunday. And, they play indoors.

  65. laxer37 says: Feb 2, 2011 5:55 PM

    Who cares about the weather?

    80% of those that attend the game are corporate and could care less who wins. Make them sit in the elements and maybe tickets would be availble for the real fans.

  66. cintiphil says: Feb 2, 2011 5:59 PM

    stairwayto7 says: Feb 2, 2011 3:19 PM

    A Super Bowl in Glendale every year may be a good idea. It may be a permanent neutral field. You guys are probably as likely to see another one for the Cardinals as are the Bengals and Lions. No Chance!

  67. bnwpnw says: Feb 2, 2011 9:37 PM

    A cab strike? During the SUPER BOWL?

    Move it to Miami. It’s not too late.

  68. chiefjay4 says: Feb 3, 2011 3:00 PM

    THe whole state of Texas sucks. The people are the worst and they think everything about Texas is better than anything else….Give it back to Mexico… As far as the superbowl, I can tell most of have never gone to one. There is tons of outdoor stuff to do all week, thats part of it. It should only be in: Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, or LA. Not in Dallas or is it Arlington or is it Ft. Worth?

  69. newreality1 says: Feb 4, 2011 5:07 PM

    The more news storys I hear about Dallas and the superbowl the more it sounds like Im reading about a 3rd world nation . Power outages/rolling outages, business closed , no cabs and a lap dancer shortage . I guess even the headaches are bigger in texas YeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeHaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  70. chiefjay4 says: Feb 5, 2011 9:28 AM

    Let me add one other thing…Dallas IS NOT AMERICAS TEAM…..I live in miami now and I havent seen one Dallas sticker/jersey/anything not one. Go to a sports bar on sunday….not one dallas fan….every other team fans everywhere…..Another bigger than life myth created by Texas…Go succeed if you really want….we wont miss your uneducated and dirty air…..or your ex-president who cant speak in sentences……

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