Published: February 2nd, 2011 | Tags: Super Bowl XLVI,
DALLAS — You may not have heard this, but it’s rather cold in Dallas. Freezing, literally. But this news might have flown under the radar because the media typically does not complain about the elements in the Super Bowl.
Oh that’s right, the cold is the only thing they are talking about. I’m not sure what we would do if it wasn’t for the cold and Brett Keisel‘s beard.
But you can imagine what an uncomfortable position you must be in if you are working the Indianapolis Super Bowl booth at the media center, with so many people already upset about the cold. You couldn’t be less popular if you booked Mel Gibson to appear at your kid’s Bar Mitzvah.
Give the Indiana Sports Corp credit, though. They are taking it all in stride, handing out beanies and having volunteers knit scarves. VP of communications John Dedman notes that Indianapolis has the advantage because it is prepared for the cold weather. And it won’t be pulling in salt trucks from out of state.
“We expect all of our airports and streets to be fully functional during Super Bowl week,” Dedman said.
About that, has Indianapolis installed some of the modern conveniences, like traffic lights, yet?
“We even have four-way stops now, too,” Dedman shot back. Touche.
Another advantage for Indianapolis is that most of the downtown area is connected by skywalks. Meaning most people won’t even need to step foot outside, let alone drive. But do you have to go outside to get to St. Elmo’s Steakhouse?
“About 20 seconds,” Dedman said.
But there’s the rub. One restaurant worth going to in Indianapolis? How crowded is the Applebee’s, TGI Fridays and Chili’s going to be downtown?
“There are more than 200 bars and restaurants downtown, and St. Elmo’s opened a new restaurant called Harry & Izzy’s,” Dedman said.
Well, that is great, two worthy restaurants in a downtown area. But I have to relent a little, the Indianapolis group does make a compelling argument. What with the sky walks and two whole restaurants worth eating at. You did good, Mr. Dedman. A compelling defense of Indianapolis. After this Super Bowl, you could make a mint rehabbing Charlie Sheen‘s image.
But come on, it’s 70 degrees in Los Angeles right now. The temperatures at the Rose Bowl will be 80 degrees on Sunday. It is not too late to do the right thing and pass on the Super Bowl and move this thing out to Los Angeles. What do you say?
“No way, we fought like hell to get this Super Bowl,” Dedman said. “We want to do such a good job hosting a Super Bowl that we will get another one after this one. We are not hiding from the weather.”
Oh no, does that mean they will open the roof at Lucas Oil Stadium for Super Bowl XLVI?
“That’s not our call, if the NFL says to open it, we will open it,” Dedman said.
Well, the NFL has some other things to take care of first.