The “Big Game” in the Big “D” – Weather Permitting
As the entire universe knows, Dallas-Fort Worth (Arlington to be exact), is about to host “the Big Game” (a.k.a. Super Bowl, but we aren’t allowed to say that unless we pay millions of dollars). And, as you all know, unless you’ve been living under a rock or frozen in ice – (haha get it?) that DFW has been hit by one of the worst winter storms in over 20 years. This predicament has caused many to question the NFL’s decision to hold the Sup…I mean, Big Game, in DFW. The fact is, “worst winter storm in over 20 years,” isn’t being truly considered here. The normal temperature this time of year in DFW is mid-50′s which isn’t nearly as bad as Indianapolis (2012 host) and New York (2013 host).
ESPN columnist, Gene Wojciechowsk went on a rant, much like many others, recently about how bad the SB doesn’t belong here. He goes on to talk about how warm it is in places like Miami, San Diego, Phoenix and New Orleans. For the record, Phoenix is also seeing some of its coldest temperatures in years. They have caused for numerous delays in the Phoenix Open this week due to frozen conditions. Now, I know, cold temperatures are one thing, those don’t cause accidents the way a mammoth ice storm does, but my point is that you can’t predict the weather. I mean, hell, it was 75 last Saturday. Had they not added another week in between the playoffs and the “Game,” this whole issue never would have even come up. In fact, they would be talking about the next time DFW would host, not if it will ever host again.
People have been going on about the lack of salt trucks in the DFW area. DFW doesn’t have salt trucks the way other cities in the midwest do. Would you, as a tax payer, want your city to put money into the equipment (trucks and salt- which is not cheap) for an ice storm that may or may not come once a year? I would think not.
I moved here to the DFW area almost 4 years ago. I have seen 2 of these ice storms since I’ve been here, and would definitely say this one was the worst. I have never, even in all my time living in Michigan, seen a storm debilitate a city the way this one has, and with the temperatures as low as they were, I’m really not sure salt trucks would have helped much. One thing I learned in Michigan is that the salt only works above a certain temperature.
I guess the point of my rant is in rebuttal of all those that are saying Dallas isn’t worthy of a Super Bowl – I mean “Big Game.” I could care less about Jerry Jones and the millions of dollars he will make off this event, but I do care about the money it will bring to our communities. If one day the NFL decides to put the game on a rotating schedule with “warmer” cities, then so be it, and honestly, I wouldn’t blame them. They need to get owners off this kick though of trying to use drawing the game to their city by means of building a new stadium. How the hell else do you think Detroit got one and that the next two are in Indy and then New York?