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The folks in Indianapolis must have loved the events in North Texas over the last week. They have to be thinking: No matter how cold it gets here in February 2012, we’re bound to be an improvement over Dallas as a Super Bowl host city.

North Texas is being widely panned as a Super Bowl host, calling into question whether Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will get his wish to make his billion-dollar football palace a regular host of America’s biggest sporting event. Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post has a good column today taking aim at the excesses of what she refers to as “Jerry World,” while Jarrett Bell of USA Today points out that Dallas made a lot of mistakes it will need to learn from if it’s ever going to host another Super Bowl.

I point out the reports from Jenkins and Bell because they’re particularly well done, but you’ve no doubt seen plenty of similar reports. At this point it would be easy to dismiss all of us in the media as whiny sports writers who don’t realize how lucky we are to get free trips to the Super Bowl. I would counter that we feel fortunate to have jobs that send us to the Super Bowl. But we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t challenge statements like Roger Goodell claiming that the North Texas “community has responded favorably” to the bad weather. That claim simply doesn’t hold up to the facts on the ground of streets and sidewalks that remained an icy mess for days after the Tuesday storm.

It bears repeating that this is not a complaint about the weather. Goodell is correct when he says that the host city can’t be blamed for a storm that affected most of the country. But he’s wrong when he says that the response to the weather was acceptable. It wasn’t, unless you think the correct response to an ice storm is, “Wait until the temperature gets above freezing.”

And even if the weather had been perfect, there were all kinds of other problems in North Texas over the last week. The broken hotel elevators. The false fire alarms. The bus drivers getting lost on the way to the stadium. Almost everyone who attended has a horror story to tell about getting stuck somewhere, getting lost somewhere, getting treated badly somewhere. Are all of those Dallas’s fault? Of course not. My horror story involved shoddy treatment by a security guard at the Dallas airport who works for a company called Flight Services & Systems. That same shoddy treatment could have happened at any airport staffed by Flight Services & Systems. And yet it seemed like you couldn’t talk to a soul in Dallas without hearing a similar story during Super Bowl week.

When we found out on Super Bowl Sunday that 400 ticket holders wouldn’t have seats for the big game, that felt like a fitting end to a bad week.

Jones will continue to claim that the last week was “an experience that will begin the process of bringing future Super Bowls to North Texas.” That’s fine. No one should expect anything different from the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

But for the the vast majority of visitors, this Super Bowl will be remembered as a great game coming at the end of a week that North Texas botched.

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57 Responses to “North Texas widely panned as Super Bowl host”
  1. profootballwalk says: Feb 8, 2011 1:40 PM

    Typical whiny sports media.

  2. zaggs says: Feb 8, 2011 1:46 PM

    Yet before all the problems with the Super Bowl came to light other sites like the New Meadowlands had already been planning for bad weather and no additional seating for their super bowls.
    Makes one wonder what the hell was wrong with jerry.

  3. daback9 says: Feb 8, 2011 1:47 PM

    What happened in North Texas last week won’t matter one bit the next time JJ hosts a superbowl, and he will. The loonies and wannabes will flock to where ever the NFL decides to stage the BIG SHOW!

  4. godofwine330 says: Feb 8, 2011 1:49 PM

    I had the best seat I could dream of…in front of my Samsung UN55C8000 with surround sound blasting.

  5. Rob Murphy says: Feb 8, 2011 1:49 PM

    Jersey, with voice of Nicholson: Wait til they get a load of me.

  6. baddegg says: Feb 8, 2011 1:49 PM

    I agree with your article here. The response to the weather was actually not acceptable. What’s funny to me is so many are just quick to say, “Well, we don’t get snow or ice in Texas…so we’re not ready for it.” The problem with that is it wasn’t just snow and ice on any old week — it was the week of the SUPER BOWL. As soon as you saw the weather forecast and knew there was even a HINT of trouble, you should have mobilized resources to be prepared.

    It’s easy after the fact to tell everyone to be patient. It’s harder to be proactive and not to have to ask for patience. If you are going to be given a Super Bowl, you really need to go the extra mile…

  7. dboom says: Feb 8, 2011 1:58 PM

    Outside of Austin, Texas is one huge, conservative dump…

  8. igottz5onit says: Feb 8, 2011 1:59 PM

    What really gets me is how many sports writers were praising the halftime show (eg. Greg garber and clark judge). How could anyone think that was anything but terrible? It was a complete abomination from the shoddy technical mishaps to the crappy cover songs and wierd theme. It was in texas, i don’t even like country music but that would have at least been appropriate for the setting. Instead it was just pure awfulness.

  9. johnelwayismydad says: Feb 8, 2011 1:59 PM

    Simple solution. Have the Super Bowl in Miami every year.

  10. mvp43 says: Feb 8, 2011 2:03 PM

    The Superbowl should only be held in warm weather cities. LA, SD, Miami, Phoenix. Rotate between those cities every year. At leats you’ll have warm temps with no woory about snow & ice. Indy may be more prepared, but its still cold. NY must have the NFL shivering in its boots…

  11. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 8, 2011 2:09 PM

    That is not a good location for a Superbowl. Everything is too far spread out. There is no “central location” like when they go to New Orleans or Miami. Spreading out everything over 3 cities spreads the women out too far. Athletes go to the parties to get the best selection of high grade booty and when you spread them thin the selection gets diluted.

    Keep it in areas that are close to the entertainment centers, don’t go to these sprawled out, suburban stadiums that are as far as going to the moon.

  12. 63sixtythree says: Feb 8, 2011 2:12 PM

    I do believe that Phoenix Arizona is the place to have the SB every year… Awesome weather.. Easy Access, state of the art facility, natural turf field, plenty of accomodations, golf, plenty to see and do …

  13. tellmeaboutitbaby says: Feb 8, 2011 2:12 PM

    Better solution. Rotate the SuperBowl amongst the stadiums of every team in the NFL. Yes, some years that means that you play outside in the rain or snow or whatever…. You know – like real football is played the entire rest of the season.

  14. Jay says: Feb 8, 2011 2:18 PM

    “mvp43 says:
    Feb 8, 2011 2:03 PM
    The Superbowl should only be held in warm weather cities. LA, SD, Miami, Phoenix. Rotate between those cities every year. ”

    Right. Because just last night the Suns had to delay their game due to frost. Good call.

  15. joelvis72 says: Feb 8, 2011 2:18 PM

    Unless I missed something, neither of the columnists linked in the second paragraph actually attended the game itself. And Ms. Jenkins loses a little credibilitiy when she decries the amount of public money spent on the Super Bowl while public education in Texas supposedly languishes.

  16. gridassassin says: Feb 8, 2011 2:28 PM

    Serves the NFL right for the treatment Tagliabue gave to the city of San Diego the last time the Super Bowl was there. Build a new stadium or San Diego will never host another Super Bowl”

    San Diego enjoyed their weather last week…

    Lol at the NFL and their strong arm tactics

  17. nawlinsraider says: Feb 8, 2011 2:34 PM

    Just hold on till 2013…. the Super Bowl comes to the best event city… The NFL should realize that New Orleans has perfect proximity of hotels and convention space to the stadium, a world class arena (that is still on par with just about any NFL stadium even though it opened in 1975), and as far as atmosphere (Mardi Gras 9 days later)….. well, ’nuff said!!!

  18. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    North Texas looks a lot like Afghanistan.
    Lots and lots of dirt, in all directions.

  19. goodjet says: Feb 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    You know every time Roger Goodell opens his mouth these days the only thing you can really expect to come out of it is just an out right lie — I mean it really is unbelievable — You expect the guy to tell some half truths from time to time but the guy has really just become a pathological liar —- I mean you really just can’t believe a word the guy says anymore

  20. emperorzero says: Feb 8, 2011 2:46 PM

    If I hear or read “on the ground” one more time from a reporter I might just snap. Where the hell else would be? Lazy, lazy writing.

  21. 1bigtex says: Feb 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    Okay, I send this one off knowing that you won’t post it the same as several others I’ve sent. Guys, there might not be 100 snow plows in the whole State of Texas. What did you want them to do? It isn’t possible to supply every member of the media with their own personal sand truck. How are supposed to truck in all the salt and sand needed when the highways are iced over for hundreds of miles. The average temperature for DFW this time of year is in the mid 50′s. So we got hit by a once every 20 year storm. Schools were closed. Businesses were closed. City services were crippled. Local citizens lost millions and millions of dollars from time missed from work. Yet time and again, we get to read about how the owner of this site didn’t get his room cleaned regularly or how his hotel decided the roads were too dangerous to chauffer him around.

    Do you really think the best course of action is for the State of Texas to invest some 60K a vehicle for several hundred vehicles that might be needed once every 20 years? You got to go to an event that many Americans spend thousands and thousands to attend. I’m guessing that your admittance was free and that there was an ample amount of complimentary food. I’d also be willing to bet that alot of people in the entertainment business in the DFW area didn’t realize anywhere near the money that they could have because of the weather. Quit whining. It’s getting really, really old.

  22. lemmam says: Feb 8, 2011 2:56 PM

    dboom said – Outside of Austin, Texas is one huge, conservative dump

    and that is EXACTLY what makes the rest of Texas great. typical libber/austinite who probably loves vince young

  23. manderson367 says: Feb 8, 2011 2:59 PM

    Seriously? Texas gets this type of weather once in blue moon and you morons want them to spend taxpayer money on the “proper equipment” for all the crap that happens BEFORE the game?
    Last I checked both teams were there for kickoff and everyone was able to make it TO THE GAME. That’s what’s important.
    I hope and pray that both Indy and NYC get hammered with a once in a decade storm like Dallas did last week during their Super Bowls and lets see how well they do.
    Some of the stupidity of you people amazes me. If you don’t like Texas or Jerry Jones or the Cowboys that’s fine, but at least have a little common sense about a football GAME.

  24. elvoid says: Feb 8, 2011 3:24 PM

    First, a disclaimer: I hate the Cowboys (as any good Redskin fan is trained to do from birth) and am no fan of Jerry Jones; so for me to be defending him here is just a bit on the painful side for me.

    Everyone complaining about the response to the weather being a problem just shut the hell up, please.

    You say “They saw it coming, they should have mustered resources to handle it.” Well, here’s a newsflash, oh-not-so-bright ones: North Texas has NO RESOURCES to muster for such a storm. New York does. Minneapolis does. Green Bay does. Pittsburgh does. Philadelphia does. North Texas does not, plain and simple – and they shouldn’t be expected to, either.

    I live in the south. We get three inches of snow, and schools close! Why? Because we don’t have or maintain the budget – and therefore the resources – for serious snow/ice removal. Northern cities get a foot of snow and everything remains open because they budget the resources – they deal with it every year, they know it’s coming, and it is not a problem for them. This storm would have been a blip in a northern city.

    But a state with minimal budget, equipment or agencies to handle snow and ice removal on the scale that storm produced is supposed to make it happen out of thin air?

    All you whiners have a better chance of making monkeys fly out your hindquarters. Grow up.

  25. steelersmichele says: Feb 8, 2011 3:29 PM

    baddegg says: The problem with that is it wasn’t just snow and ice on any old week — it was the week of the SUPER BOWL. As soon as you saw the weather forecast and knew there was even a HINT of trouble, you should have mobilized resources to be prepared.

    I agree. It’s the biggest event of the year, pull your resources and plan ahead. They should have had a contingency plan in place for anything that could have happened–preparing for the worst. For the Winter Classic, the NHL had a plan in place for rain, excessive snow, and warm weather.

  26. steelerfan12 says: Feb 8, 2011 3:30 PM

    Screw the South and the West.

    Each NFL city should have a chance to host the Super Bowl. Start from the oldest NFL franchise and work backwards so that EVERY city hosts a Super Bowl at least once every 32 years, regardless of weather. If the NFL is good enough to have a team in those cities, then those cities are good enough to host a Super Bowl roughly once per generation.

    What would beat a February Super Bowl in Green Bay, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, etc.?

  27. russrpm says: Feb 8, 2011 3:35 PM

    Mistakes were made, the ticket issue was unforgiveable, but I believe if you pull the sportswriters comment from the Detroit Superbowl you will find the same kind of comments you are seeing this year. Football writers are used to their working warm-weather vaction every year, and are mad they didn’t get it this time. Throw in their disdain for Jerry Jones, and watch them attack.

  28. nokoolaidcowboy says: Feb 8, 2011 3:45 PM

    What would GOD-ell know about airlines and icey sidewalks?
    Jerry “PT Barnum” Jones would part the seas for him.

  29. jamaltimore says: Feb 8, 2011 3:52 PM

    God: Jerry I liked the stadium when it had the hole in it so I could watch the cowboys anytime I want.

    Jerry: Too bad, the Cowboys suck this year and the corporate schmucks don’t like it that way. I’ve been able to cheat the taxpayers out of more money so i can build a roof that will BE CLOSED for the superbowl!

    God: Ok then I’ll Bring on the Ice and Snow.

    KARMA! I think the superbowl worked out just great for Jerry and the rest of us who got to sit home and watch a great game, highlighted by a Steelers loss, without having to step foot or spend a nickel in North Texas!

  30. coachstram says: Feb 8, 2011 3:52 PM

    How bout giving Jerrah a dose of the real world….

    Ignore him.

    With all the consultants at his disposal and the DFW Metroplex fawning all over him, giving him anything and everything to bring the Super Bowl to DFW – this is the best they could do?

    He had his chance.

    Why does it seem like a crime to tell this self absorbed raisin, no!!!???

  31. east96st says: Feb 8, 2011 3:54 PM

    I despise Jerruh and sincerely believe he’s bad for football. However, there is NO question in my mind he gets numerous other Super Bowls to be played in his stadium. It’s painfully obvious that Rodger is his lap dog and sits and rolls over at Jerruh’s command. Why do you think Rodger was dishing out praise? He didn’t want to get hit in the nose with a rolled up newspaper by his master.

  32. elvoid says: Feb 8, 2011 3:56 PM

    Steelersmichele says:

    “For the Winter Classic, the NHL had a plan in place for rain, excessive snow, and warm weather.”

    Seriously? You do know that their “contingency plan” consisted of a flexible time to play the game on that day – scheduled at 1:00, but could be played at a later time if need be – or the game was to be rescheduled to another date entirely. THAT was the “contingency plan.” And you relate this to Super Bowl how exactly?

    A state/city/county can not “mobilize resources” it does not have. North Texas does not budget much at all (if any) for snow removal – and for good reason, in that 95 percent of the time it would be an enormous waste of resources.

    Why are so many people that are probably otherwise reasonably intelligent people having such a hard time understanding this?

  33. tombrookshire says: Feb 8, 2011 4:01 PM

    I wonder if the same conditions would have been allowed to exist if the Dallas area was hosting the Winter Olympics. Yeah, they had bad weather, but their sin was in not anticipating, and then not doing enough to mitigate it after the fact. A chance to showcase the region, which is actually pretty cool, was lost. The worst crime of all, however, was in knowing that up to 900 people would not have a place to sit in the stadium, and they were allowed to come anyway and be blindsided by it, blaming it on the fire marshal. There is simply no excuse for the way these folks were treated. But you know what? In a few days it will be old news and we will have collectively moved on to the next thing to get our panties all in a twist over. Face it. We have no life.

  34. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 8, 2011 4:10 PM

    Yes you are a whiny idiot. Anyone who expects a city in the south that virtually never gets this type of bad weather to maintain a fleet of snow and ice removal vehicles just in case at enormous expense is just plain stupid.

    Its called a clue, you need to get one.

  35. jfrogwi says: Feb 8, 2011 4:34 PM

    “unless you think the correct response to an ice storm is, ‘Wait until the temperature gets above freezing.’ ”

    Yes, this is perfectly acceptable, given the scenario. It’s a snow and ice storm in Texas at an inopportune time. Man up and deal with it.

  36. expatpittsburghgirl says: Feb 8, 2011 4:37 PM

    I guess I may be one of the lucky few who really didn’t experience any problems or difficulties while in the Dallas area for the Super Bowl. People were friendly and helpful to us, we had no difficulties getting into the stadium and while we did experience some ice on roadways in parts, it was nothing major or what we couldn’t deal with. We planned ahead by having directions to everywhere we wanted to visit, selected the earliest possible entry time to the NFL Experience and just went with it. Was everything perfect? Not in the least — my team did lose. Overall, though, I had a great experience and wouldn’t change anything except the result of the game. There is too much in this world that is crazy and out of control, I’m not one to let traffic, bad roads, messed up lyrics, spilt beer ruin an amazing opportunity and experience. That’s just me.

  37. stanklepoot says: Feb 8, 2011 4:50 PM

    mvp43 says: Feb 8, 2011 2:03 PM

    The Superbowl should only be held in warm weather cities. LA, SD, Miami, Phoenix. Rotate between those cities every year. At leats you’ll have warm temps with no woory about snow & ice. Indy may be more prepared, but its still cold. NY must have the NFL shivering in its boots…
    __________________________
    I doubt it. You see, we here in the North East (as well as people in the Mid-West) actually know how to deal with bad weather. The problem in North Texas wasn’t the weather, it was a complete lack of preparation and timely response across the board. The 10 day forecast indicated what was likely coming. Instead of making sure they had some salt or ice melt on hand and maybe renting some snow plows, they had no snow plows and only a sand mixture to deal with the ice. Sand doesn’t melt ice well. At best it may help give a little more traction, although when you’re dealing with a sheet of ice it’s a minimal improvement. Then there was the failure to clear off the ice around some of the entrances, forcing them to shut down 4 of the 11 entrances to the stadium. Even with the reduced number of open entrances, there was a shortage of workers to man the open ones. Then there’s the seating issue, which they knew about in advance and chose to warn no one about. None of this needed to happen, as the solutions were simple. Plow and salt the streets. Clear off the ice around the entrances so that you don’t put people at risk of being injured by falling ice. Either don’t add temporary seating to the largest stadium in the NFL in order to milk every penny from the game, or make sure the seating is finished and approved before hand.

  38. stanklepoot says: Feb 8, 2011 4:54 PM

    harrisonhits2 says: Feb 8, 2011 4:10 PM

    Yes you are a whiny idiot. Anyone who expects a city in the south that virtually never gets this type of bad weather to maintain a fleet of snow and ice removal vehicles just in case at enormous expense is just plain stupid.

    Its called a clue, you need to get one.
    _________________________
    First of all, the storm didn’t come by surprise. They knew about it ahead of time and did nothing to prepare for it. As for their response, they don’t have to buy and maintain a fleet of plows and salt laying vehicles. They can rent them for the period leading up to the SB. All they had to do was call up the nearest rental companies and order some equipment for a week, as well as enough salt to handle what the 10 day forecast said was on its way.

  39. murrayh81 says: Feb 8, 2011 5:04 PM

    To those who are posting regarding the innability of southern cities to remove snow/ice – I think we all get the fact that most southern cities are not prepared, and lack the resources to deal effectively with snow & ice.
    However, the city awarded the Superbowl has two things those other cities do not.
    1) Plenty of warning of the event taking place to budget for any contingency. I am actually surprised that this is (apparently) not part of the bid process.
    2) A financial incentive to “get it right”. Host cities are “alleged” to be recipients of a financial windfall. That is how the deal is sold to those cities. Why on earth would a city not be as prepared as possible to be a great host and put themselves in-line for future assured consideration?

  40. elvoid says: Feb 8, 2011 5:04 PM

    Hey, stanklepoot:

    Why don’t you call up the nearest rental companies in North Texas and let us know how many “plows and salt laying vehicles” they can muster on 10 days notice?

    Since they don’t exactly keep things like that on hand in Texas; and since the odds of them finding any plows/salt laying vehicles anywhere else across the middle of the country (they were a little bit busy in their own areas dealing with that storm, don’t you think?) I’m thinking you won’t have much success.

    I’ll await your report.

  41. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 8, 2011 5:08 PM

    Texas sucks

  42. 1bigtex says: Feb 8, 2011 5:11 PM

    @stanklepoot

    Are you implying that my local United Rental has a fleet of snow plows to rent? Really??? Wouldn’t it just as dumb for United (or Sunbelt or NationsRent) to maintain a fleet of rental snow plows in Texas? The duration of the storm (which was not part of the long term forecast) was the biggest issue.

  43. liquidalfa says: Feb 8, 2011 5:13 PM

    The WAPO article was a real eye opener. $900 to park? Insanity.

    Sometimes I think a lockout/strike would be a good thing so the league would get a reality check.

  44. scytherius says: Feb 8, 2011 5:19 PM

    They made basic mistake that you would think, after 44 Super Bowls from which to learn, they would not have made.

    Jerry’s gonna screw up the CBA too.

    Morons have taken over the NFL ownership.

  45. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 8, 2011 5:21 PM

    elvoid says: Feb 8, 2011 3:56 PM

    “Why are so many people that are probably otherwise reasonably intelligent people having such a hard time understanding this?”

    It’s not hard to understand at all.
    As a taxpayer I think I’d be a little PO’d if my local DPW was spending my tax dollars on plows and salt trucks when it only snowed there once every ten years.

    That makes about as much sense as a bobsled team in Jamaica.

    ..oh, wait…

  46. abninf says: Feb 8, 2011 5:21 PM

    Since NYC didn’t respond well to a blizzard I guess they shouldn’t have got a Super Bowl. JJ broke a sacred tradition bringing the SB here. Except for local businesses, no one really wanted it. I knew the outsiders would come and whine and cry about something, no matter what the weather was. “sniff sniff, plows should have been rented just for us”. We don’t want you here. Don’t come back.

  47. stanklepoot says: Feb 8, 2011 5:34 PM

    1bigtex says: Feb 8, 2011 5:11 PM

    @stanklepoot

    Are you implying that my local United Rental has a fleet of snow plows to rent? Really??? Wouldn’t it just as dumb for United (or Sunbelt or NationsRent) to maintain a fleet of rental snow plows in Texas? The duration of the storm (which was not part of the long term forecast) was the biggest issue.
    _____________________
    Wasn’t saying that at all. I was referring to regional companies that lease and/or rent such equipment out to both public and private customers. The equipment would have to be moved to Texas, but there was enough time had they acted when the upcoming storm was first reported. I was simply replying to those that were saying it wasn’t possible for there to have been a proper response to the ice storm.

  48. vinnide64 says: Feb 8, 2011 5:41 PM

    To tom brookshire and all those other people who think that DFW should had anticipated this and should have done a better job and that 400 people that didnt get in the game was just unacceptable HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW! First of all to tom and the other guys yall should all have jobs in the media cus yall sound as bias as they tend to do I mean COM’ON MAN! prepared for a storm who does that! The weather can only be dealt with and not prepared for you deal with it as it COMES! Can you prepare for a TORNADO? HELL NAW! you just hope you live through it and that it does as little damage as possible! can you prepare for a FLASH FLOOD? HELL NAW! you again hope to get through it with little collateral damage! can you prepare for a HURRICANE? DEFINATELY HELL NAW! you can evacuate and get out of it’s path and hope your house and property is there when it passes.

    The point is I don’t care what you do you can’t prepare for things that you don’t know the whole scope of, the NWS can tell us that TORNADOES are possible and even let us know if one is in our county but they can’t tell us how bad or exactly what it’s gonna do. It’s a known that TORNADOES do freakish things like blow down two houses and leave one with only broken glass so how does a region prepare for something (Tom) that we, ( YES I’M FROM FORT WORTH!) see maybe two to three times a winter? and with other places in the state needing those same resorces what would have been said about THAT! “DALLAS/FT.WORTH GETS ALL THE RESOURCES WHILE THE THE REST OF THE STATE GOT NONE” A super bowl doesnt mean that everyone else gets neglected but yall (tom) make it sound like there are trillions of tons of sand and salt just waiting on the the winter weather NOT! NEWS FLASH! YALL GOT IT CONFUSED! WE ARE NOT THE NORTH WE ARE NORTH TEXAS! a big difference.

    And finally those so called 400 poor people that were not able to get in the game well remember this (tom and da others) the super bowl is not for poor people anyway so I dont have much sympathy on that, and anyone who has $3,000.00 to blow on three hours of sports has money but unless you’ve been made aware of the fact they get THREE times the value of the ticket in refunds and a free ticket to Super Bowl XLVI so they ain’t that bad off and they can sell um’ at FIVE times of face value so did they really come off as victims? who knows they may have even worst weather in Indy next year.

    Hey just speaking up the big DFW that’s all!
    vinnide64

  49. quadryismail says: Feb 8, 2011 5:46 PM

    Jerry Jones is an idiot. Just like the vast majority of people from Texas.

  50. jsratx says: Feb 8, 2011 6:01 PM

    I don’t know why anyone was surprised by any of this. This was after all, the Dallas Metroplex. Famous for…

    Style over substance.

    The personal accounts this article and many others speak of represent the area perfectly. Style over substance.

    And the illusion Jerry keeps trying to sell only reinforces the facts.

  51. tucknrolle says: Feb 8, 2011 6:31 PM

    @vinnide64
    Bro.. Hush.. 99% of what you just said had nothing to do with the article.. Dummy

  52. vinnide64 says: Feb 8, 2011 7:13 PM

    @ truckrolle

    Appararently you must have a 3rd grade education or can’t read or understand CUS if you really read my article it wasn’t towards the PERSON WHO WROTE the article as much as it was towards the people who made responses to the article like YOU! WITHOUT A CLUE! Learn to read and get and understanding CUS I even named names and YOU still didn’t get it and for your information oh this is to much for your level of reasoning so I better stop before I cause you to have a stroke trying to figure out what I said.

    and one last parting shot…
    I hope you don’t drive trucks CUS if you do how do you get around not knowing how to read the signs or understand directions DUH?

  53. tdj968 says: Feb 8, 2011 7:57 PM

    I am from Texas and also wonder how you expect us to prepare for winter weather when that is something that rarely happens in Texas. Also the the author of the original article, I found it very interesting that you have a bad experience with one employee of a company and based on that you blame the company. I have traveled many times through DFW airport and have never had any bad experiences with Flight Services & Systems employees.

  54. tootired6 says: Feb 8, 2011 9:17 PM

    Why yes, you are a whiny sports writer. People spent thousands of dollars to get to that game and you got paid for it.
    And by the way. football was meant to be played in the sun, snow, rain and mud. But, to paraphrase Howard Cossell: you never played the game.

  55. hillshirefarmsgomeat says: Feb 8, 2011 10:00 PM

    Ok, so North Texas doesn’t get enough snow to justify owning snow removal equipment. Should the tax payers be expected to fork over money for equipment that seldom gets used? No. But, they also shouldn’t expect to get to host world class events if they aren’t prepared for all things that can go wrong. I know they can’t PREVENT the weather, but if they aren’t going to do anything about for a week after it happens when they knew about it 10 days before it happened maybe they shouldn’t expect to host such events. Maybe, the people of North Texas weren’t too excited about hosting it in the first place. Maybe Jerrah is the only one that was excited about it. I have no doubt that Arlington will get to host more Super Bowls. I can only hope they all go as smoothly as this one, minus the people getting hurt by the falling ice. And about the falling ice, I hate Jerrah as much as the next guy, but ice/snow falling off of the roof of a building is science not negligence.

  56. goldsteel says: Feb 8, 2011 11:30 PM

    It appears that all was not well at Jerry’s Cow Palace In Dallas. Parts of the night were humorous. All the celebrities texting instead of watching the game. It looks like Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell couldn’t organize a two car funeral procession.

  57. dallasc228 says: Feb 9, 2011 12:00 AM

    Perhaps if the negotioation for Collective Bargain Agreement with the owners and players was signed before the season ended, Mr. Jones and the NFL would have a chance to oversee all the operation.

    I used to live in DFW metropolitan area and you couldn’t find better people. The media is so anti Jerry that they are using the weather and 400 seating mishap to be little a great Metropolitan area.

    Jerry is not perfect I’m sure some of the media personnel are still pissed about what Jerry did over 20 years ago.

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