Monday, January 31, 2011
Looking Like Packer-Steeler Weather Here Already!
Greetings from Dallas!
The NFL, for reasons only known to them, are pushing this year's "location" as being "North Texas."
It all smells like Dallas to me.
Yes, the new JerrahWorld is indeed, in ARLINGTON, Texas, which is it's own distinct CITY, that has nothing to do with Dallas, other than the fact that it's only 20 minutes away.
And yes, Arlington residents ponied up something like $236 million to help Jerry build his palace. So I get why they are a touch sensitive.
Here are the associated slogans with all of the satellite cities here in the Dallas area.
Addison: "We're Glad Your Here!"
Arlington: "And The Crowd Goes Wild"
Dallas: "Live Large. Thing Big."
Denton: "Discover Denton."
Fort Worth: "City of Cowboys and Culture."
Frisco: "Texas's Rising Star."
Lewisville: "Deep Roots, Broad Wings, Bright Future."
And then these places had no slogan, or at least not any that were part of their official "logo."
Plano, Richardson, Grapevine, Irving, and Farmers Branch CVB.
This is like last year's Super Bowl, which was called "South Florida" and NOT Miami. Geographically, this was accurate, but pointless. Who cares if the Media Center is in Ft. Lauderdale, and Joe Robbie Stadium is in suburban Miami Gardens, and all the great parties with the smokin' hot 20-something's are in South Beach?
Just call it, Miami.
Next year, the Super Bowl lands in Indianapolis. Not because it would be a good place to be for a week in February, if you are covering the event. It's there only because the NFL has been rewarding anybody with a new stadium, with a Super Bowl at some point in the near future.
When the built Lucas Oil Stadium, you just knew a Super Bowl was coming.
Ditto the new Meadowlands.
Of course, every year here in the media room, the next year's city sets up a "visitor's booth" just in case you need to secure a dinner reservation 371 days in advance.
Indy now has a booth set up, where there slogan for next year's game is this: "Get Your Winter On. It's Cool."
Okay, so they are no trying to hide the obvious. Take a perceived weakness, and turn it into a strength.
But seriously. "Get Your Winter On?"
With due respect, Indianapolis, most of us have been wearing our winter for some time now, and we're fucking sick of it.
The Super Bowl should be played in the following cities, on a rotating basis. Period. Ready?
San Diego, Tampa, Miami, New Orleans, and Arizona.
Then just rotate.
These cities provide either an excellent chance of good weather, and sufficient things to do for media and fans who decide to spend some vacation time in advance, leading up to the game.
The league won't do this, however, because they like the ongoing bribery of cities throwing themselves at the league's feet to host such a game.
This week, and this city, could be very good, however. JerrahWorld was simply BUILT to hold this game, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area (yes, "north Texas", groan) has plenty of things to do for a week.
The weather, however, is not cooperating.
Next three days: HIGH temps of 31, 24, and 28 degrees.
And, did I mention that there is a cabbie strike going on right now? Apparently, Dallas decided to let electric/hybrid cabs cut to the front of the line at the airport. Great.
Should be a fun week. We'll keep you posted.