Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Second place to the Big D

As noted by Torpor below, the NFL voted today on which city would play host to the Super Bowl in 2011. You probably know by now that the Circle City finished second to Dallas. According to the Star the final vote gave the Big D the edge 17-15. It is the second time Indy has been turned down for the Super Bowl having lost its bid in the 80's to Minnesota.

It is certainly disappointing and I have no doubt that the leaders in charge of the city's bid handled it very well. It probably came down to the all mighty dollar. Dallas' new stadium will be the largest in North America. More seats equals more money for the "cash strapped" NFL.

Some I have spoken to have indicated our status as a cold weather city probably had some effect. That I don't doubt. But Detroit got the Super Bowl two years ago and it is colder than Indy. Plus its downtown looks like a war zone, which is a stark contrast to Indy's downtown.

Detroit got the Super Bowl two years ago as a reward for building a new stadium. It would be a disturbing turn of events for Indy to not get the game as a reward for its stepping up to get Lucas Oil Stadium built. Personally I just wished the NFL leaders took Dallas and Indy aside and flipped a coin. Whoever one the first flip got the big game in 2011 and the loser the Super Bowl in 2012.

If anything our Colts have taught us, sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get the prize. Hopefully the city will take another stab at hosting the Super Bowl.

2 Comments:

Blogger torporindy said...

I really thought the other owners would not want to do Jerry Jones any favors.

May 24, 2007  
Blogger Jason266 said...

Yeah, I thought the Jerry Jones factor would have doomed Dallas' bid. I'm looking at Indy 2012. 2 votes is all that seperated Indy from Dallas. We need to turn around and do it again.

May 25, 2007  

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