An exciting Super Bowl game couldn't rescue North Texas from a disastrous Super Bowl week.

Packers 31, Steelers 25, North Texas 0.

This pains me to write because I know a lot of good people did a lot of great work in preparing for Super Bowl XLV coming to the metroplex. But as the thousands of visitors left our towns in the wake of last Sunday's ultimate NFL game, they packed this perception: Everything is bigger in Texas. Even Super Bowl disasters.

The big week was so littered with fumbles and fuck-ups that we even forgot that our beloved Dallas Cowboys weren't playing as we once all expected. No way around it, Super Bowl XLV in our backyard was a failure.

Christina Aguilera's flub of the national anthem was just one of many fumbles during Super Bowl week.
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Christina Aguilera's flub of the national anthem was just one of many fumbles during Super Bowl week.

Where to start? Oh yeah. How about, right off the bat, getting kicked in the ice.

Somehow Old Man Winter got an all-access pass to XLV. And I know, three years of planning and praying can't stop a bizarre ice storm, followed by an uncharacteristic snow dump. But it wasn't the action, it was the paltry reaction.

Snapshot of XLV: After watching media members gingerly tip-toeing on the ice outside the NFL Media Center—the downtown Sheraton—for days, the help came too little, too late. Seriously, the ice storm arrived late Monday night. For the next four days dangerously slippery sidewalks outside the hotel made us all navigate the treacherous terrain by walking in tiny disjointed steps not unlike Tim Conway's old man character on the old Carol Burnett Show. Then, last Saturday afternoon, with maintenance crews breaking down tables and packing up boxes and with the temperature finally over 32 after 103 consecutive sub-freezing hours (our longest stretch since 1997), guess who showed up? Yep. Street crews that began shoveling snow.

Sorry. That barn door had long been ajar. And those horses forever ago scattered. I've never heard so many folks utter the term "rock salt" preceded by so many colorful adjectives.

Speaking of the weather, also a horrible week for our forecasting gurus. They didn't foresee the initial storm's strength (something about not accounting for all the Gulf of Mexico moisture) and then on Super Sunday, they missed temperatures—predicted to stay in the 30s, it topped out in the 50s—by a whopping 20 degrees.

North Texas Super Bowl XLV organizers knew that transportation would be a key to their event's success. Not a lot they can do about icy roads, a situation exacerbated by temporary closures of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and DART and, yikes, a taxi drivers' strike. I was told by media folks that two-hour waits for cabs were not uncommon, reducing hotel lobbies from exotic launching pads to drab destinations. Others in downtown hotels—in the midst of sub-zero wind chills—lost power and/or heat while caught in the middle of rolling blackouts throughout the area.

And that cutesy outdoor experience in Fort Worth's Sundance Square? By Thursday ESPN radio had moved indoors to Dallas for a warm, cozy spot along radio row. At least we were spared the locusts.

Tweeted veteran NFL writer Peter King of Sports Illustrated about the ramp-up to XLV: "debacle."

And just when we thought the worst was over, somebody almost got killed. Last Friday as the ice began to melt, large chunks fell from the roof of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and landed...on people. Six were injured, the most severe a photographer for Getty Images who suffered a broken shoulder and immediately flew home to Washington, D.C., for surgery. Again, if you're going to host America's biggest sporting event and you have three years to plan, don't you think of everything and then triple-check it twice?

Ice on the roof shouldn't have surprised anyone. A year ago on an early February weekend it snowed during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Dallas and Arlington. So yeah, it can and does happen. Also, wasn't it just a month or so ago that the Minneapolis Metrodome's roof caved in under the weight of a snowstorm? How this could be excused as an unpredictable act of Mother Nature is disingenuous. And, yes, the sight of firemen literally trying to chip ice off the stadium roof after the injuries—using a 2-by-4, no less—magnifies the image of us all being country bumpkins. And I almost forgot, the roof leaked on a stadium concourse during the game.

The weather even affected our Super Bowl parties and canceled some events. Rapper Ludacris and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's dedication of a new football facility in Pleasant Grove was postponed three times. An ice-covered tent collapsed at the Cotton Bowl, canceling a concert. And then there was The Event, a concert featuring Prince and Erykah Badu. Tickets were sold for $1,500 a pop to the party, which was originally scheduled under a tent on Reunion Arena's old site, then moved to Addison's Hotel Intercontinental and then ultimately canceled when Prince simply failed to show up. Again, that one isn't the fault of anyone officially connected with XLV. It just looks bad, ya know?

As does Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway inexplicably awarding a key to our city to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and notorious dog killer Michael Vick. If everything else hadn't fallen apart, this would be making bigger headlines. So I guess there is a silver lining.

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jebwebs
jebwebs

So sad to see a little of the misery Jones has arrogantly ladled out since he bought the franchise, coming full circle to bite him in the butt. Seems to me, the man might have taken a closer look at the details from the git go.

There are only a handful of cities capable of hosting the Super Bowl and guarantee the possibility of good weather in February, (Miami, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, New Orleans and Dallas) and even those locations suffer severe weather events. As for that week in Dallas, well there are some things in life one simple must 'suck up' and not dwell on unnecessarily, such as the laments of writer Whitt. As for his prediction, he is flat wrong. Having done it 'wrong' Jones is now placed in the position of having to 'get it right'. As Jason Garrett builds the team on the field, know Jones will be working hard toward the day he can set this right and show how it can be done in North Texas. Should he sell the team it would become a part of the 'inherited obligations' of the new owner. It's not that we're a prideful bunch, but it's just so much more fun when its done the right way.

The screw ups around the show aside; a singer who couldn't, a sound system that wouldn't and I'm filing this Super Bowl as a 'Great Contest of Wills'. None can argue we were not provided 60 minutes of fine football. What detracted from the game were sub-par performances by those bringing us the show around the game and by Ol'Man Weather playing a most cruel joke.

Russell Jones1952
Russell Jones1952

I think it worked out GREAT ! Jerry gets screwed and we damned sure don't need ant more yankees. STAY HOME !

fitzgerald
fitzgerald

Hindsight might be everything. Here are my two-four cents worth on the Super Bowl. Blame game............ Arlington has no public transportation to Cowboys Stadium. Super Bowl events not staged in one location. No adequate snow/ice removal equipment ready to move in and eliminate some problems. No reason to try for the attendance record. No more flubbing the Star Spangled Banner...........if cards are needed to read then do it. And, most of all, I didn't have a ticket to the Super Bowl. Better the Packers won than the Steelers. Now, I can crawl back into my hole.

Mike
Mike

I for one am glad that Jerry's spectacle ended up like his football team, A total clusterfuck! Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor? Proof he does, when mother nature hooked Jerry up!

I watched that hillbilly sitting with dignitaries, and heads up state, and thought to myself, this is what the US, and the world think of Dallas, Texas. Jerry fucking Jones! Made me want to bury my head in the sand rather than tell people I'm from Dallas. May he slide under a gas truck and catch fire!

justsayin
justsayin

Houston's super bowl was much better planned and executed flawlessly. All the parties were held in a 7 block area in downtown Houston instead of being spread over a 40 mile radius. Also their transit trains delivered fans very close to the stadium. Wow! Houston deserves another Super Bowl far sooner than Dallas does...

busterkeaton
busterkeaton

Bet ya, a few of the folks, who were permanently relocated(eminent domained) out of their homes, to give way to that monstrous eyesore, better known as "The Death Star", are getting a few chuckles out of all this.

UGuest
UGuest

Most everything mentioned here was weather related to some degree (pun intended). Cowboy Stadium is an awesome spectacle. So if Jerry Jones gets to host another Super Bowl in 2016, hell will freeze over- again.

a debacle
a debacle

About sums it up..........with one exception - as I understand the temporary seating selection, installation, etc - certainly came to the NFL for approval as it manifested tickets, but again, as I understand - this installation was totally a Dallas Cowboys and stadium management project - start to finish. Doesn't mean the NFL isn't involved on some level, but maybe not to the level you stated. Again, agree with your article's tone and tenor.............

jebwebs
jebwebs

PS, would have been fun being a fly on the wall of Jone's office for the last week.

 
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