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McNair wants to end Super Bowl hosting curse


No team hosting a Super Bowl in its own stadium has ever played in the game. Some think there’s actually a curse associated with hosting the game.

Regardless, with the torch now passed from San Francisco to Houston, Texans owner Bob McNair wants his team to be the first to qualify for a home game in the Super Bowl.

“It’s never happened that the host city, host team, played in the Super Bowl, so we’d like to break that record,” McNair said Thursday, at the unveiling of a Super Bowl countdown clock. “That would be wonderful and anything is possible.”

McNair likely had to grit his teeth a bit when praising coaches he had run out of Houston for winning a Super Bowl with the Broncos.

“We’re delighted to see the guys up in Denver succeed and you saw that they did it with their defense,” McNair said. “That’s what we’ve been working towards and we have a chance, so hopefully we’ll have that opportunity.”

But while defense clearly wins championships, an offense is at some point necessary to get there. The Texans have struggled at quarterback, and in a division with three potential franchise quarterbacks on the rosters of Houston’s primary rivals, it’s going to get harder, not easier, to win the division.

Two teams have come close to a Super Bowl home game. In Super Bowl XIV, the Rams played the Steelers in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. In Super Bowl XIX, the 49ers faced the Dolphins at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto.

Amazingly, no team hosting the Super Bowl in its home stadium has even made it to the conference championship round.

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34 Responses to “McNair wants to end Super Bowl hosting curse”
  1. gregbrotz95 says: Feb 11, 2016 9:11 PM

    I like the Texans and yet I’ll still be pretty shocked if they make the playoffs next year.

  2. subliminalsteeler says: Feb 11, 2016 9:13 PM

    Well…the steelers will keep you from doing that. The curse lives on!!

  3. patsxsaintsfan says: Feb 11, 2016 9:13 PM

    how do Texans fans feel about their team drafting clowney and some olineman instead of Derek car. Houstons a playoff team with Carr..

  4. oiler1980 says: Feb 11, 2016 9:15 PM

    The curse won’t end until the NFL decides to have the Super Bowl played in Foxboro Massachusetts.

    Go Pats!!!!!

  5. ronfai says: Feb 11, 2016 9:16 PM

    The hosting curse is pretty dumb considering 49ers played a Superbowl at Stanford and the LA Rams played a SB at the Rose bowl. There’s no curse. McNair’s quote is inaccurate. Either way, the Texans are not going to have to worry about it, because they ain’t getting in.

  6. fttr2013 says: Feb 11, 2016 9:30 PM

    Houston Texans Vs Dallas Cowboys and Super Bowl LI officially renamed to Superbowl TX

  7. bearssuck says: Feb 11, 2016 9:31 PM

    Ok but you don’t have a QB!? Your goose is cooked buddy.

  8. typicalnipple says: Feb 11, 2016 9:32 PM

    They are gonna need Big John Football.

  9. lightofkolob says: Feb 11, 2016 9:39 PM

    The Texans won’t sniff the superbowl untl they lose their allergy to drafting Quarterbacks. Watching Denver win a Superbowl will justify another first round DL pick for the Texans

  10. txndave says: Feb 11, 2016 9:52 PM

    As a Texans fan, I’m tired of hearing McNair yap. Let’s get our franchise quarterback already!

  11. pastabelly says: Feb 11, 2016 9:56 PM

    Super Bowl LI
    Date: Feb. 5th, 2017
    Reliant Stadium
    Houston, Tx.

    Super Bowl LII
    Date: Feb. 4th 2018*
    Minneapolis, MN.

    2019 & 2020 Super Bowls – The four finalists for each year are Atlanta, Tampa Bay, New Orleans & Miami
    I think this record is safe until 2021 at the very least.

  12. bubbasmithguy says: Feb 11, 2016 9:59 PM

    That will all change for Super Bowl LII which will be played in 2018 in Minnesota.

  13. babyjunkie says: Feb 11, 2016 10:08 PM

    It’s not a curse. It’s Goodell. Ask the Saints.

  14. kevpft says: Feb 11, 2016 10:14 PM

    The 11th-best team in the AFC just might make it!

  15. nightrain42 says: Feb 11, 2016 10:22 PM

    Unless Watt can play qb and offensive line at the same time….ain’t gonna happen

  16. yesser12 says: Feb 11, 2016 10:29 PM

    It isn’t a curse.

    Just something that hasn’t happened.

  17. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 11, 2016 10:29 PM

    Just say no.

  18. bigdawg24 says: Feb 11, 2016 10:42 PM

    Texans would be a force to be reckoned with if they had a QB.

  19. raiderapologist says: Feb 11, 2016 10:50 PM

    Suck it, Bob.

  20. purpleandgoldforever says: Feb 11, 2016 10:53 PM

    It won’t happen in Houston (sorry H-town, even though I use to live there), but it will happen with the Vikings the following year!

  21. bonecrushinghits says: Feb 11, 2016 11:00 PM

    Peyton Manning gets 3rd ring leading the Houston Texans?

  22. joejags28 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:37 PM

    He meant SB 82…….

  23. briscocountyjr says: Feb 12, 2016 12:13 AM

    Superstitious, religious thought process.

  24. damcmp says: Feb 12, 2016 12:25 AM

    McNair is an idiot.. from day one, the expansion draft to the way Carr was handled to the Kubiak fiasco, to O’Brien to Clowney to keeping Rick Smith to popping off before his brain goes in gear…..

  25. thefatlazygamer says: Feb 12, 2016 1:07 AM

    I’d say Minnesota has a better chance than Houston. Maybe Houston finds a cant miss guy in the draft but based upon their history, not going to happen. Should have bought a new Carr last year.

  26. daveshingle says: Feb 12, 2016 1:43 AM


  27. tralfaz1127 says: Feb 12, 2016 4:24 AM

    Bengals, are cursed so guaranteed they play in SB51

  28. ohand16 says: Feb 12, 2016 6:08 AM

    They could move the Super Bowl to Buffalo permanently and it still won’t happen

  29. raidernation210 says: Feb 12, 2016 7:54 AM

    as long as he is the owner this franchise will always suck

  30. mark1021 says: Feb 12, 2016 8:02 AM

    bubbasmithguy says:
    Feb 11, 2016 9:59 PM

    That will all change for Super Bowl LII which will be played in 2018 in Minnesota.

    What you mean is that Super Bowl LII will be like a home game for Green Bay with the way the Packer fans always take over the Minny crowd. Love hearing the Go-Pack-Go cheers coming from the Minny stadium.

  31. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 12, 2016 9:43 AM

    Obviously, it’s unlikely to happen because getting to the Super Bowl is really hard, but if you don’t think the Vikings will be a Super Bowl contender in two years then you don’t know much about football or you’re a Packer fan. Sorry for the redundancy.

  32. iamedreed says: Feb 12, 2016 9:59 AM

    this is an unfair competitive advantage for teams who just happen to be geographically located in warmer climates

    can you please tell me what on earth makes Huston more capable of hosting a SB than some other northern metropolises? That field is a joke and i can’t wait untill some player pops his ACL on that notoriously bad turf

    make the SB rotate among the 32 teams

  33. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 12, 2016 1:34 PM

    Well, if you and your fellow, conniving and corrupt owners want to make it happen, it just might.

  34. pondbridge says: Feb 14, 2016 11:19 AM

    Yes, I suppose Pasadena is completely separate from Los Angeles (Rams-Steelers)

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