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North Texas hosting another Super Bowl in five years? Good luck with that

It doesn't look like Cowboys Stadium will host the Super Bowl again in five years after a week of blunders, columnist Jenni Carlson writes.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: February 8, 2011 at 9:06 am •  Published: February 7, 2011
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Still, about 400 folks ended up with nowhere to sit.

The NFL offered them the option of watching the game on monitors in the field clubs or from standing room platforms in the stadium. Free merchandise, food and beverage were provided as well as a chance to go on the field after the game.

Our man Jason Kersey talked to one displaced fan at the game, however, who said he had to pay for his food and drink.

Also, the NFL offered free tickets to next year's Super Bowl in addition to refunding triple the face value of the tickets, which was $800. Similar seats were selling for much more online, and hey, if you came all the way from Green Bay or Pittsburgh to watch the game, it wouldn't matter how much the refund was.

There hasn't been a football game in the stadium since the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 7. Why weren't those bleachers built sooner and inspected sooner? Why wasn't the problem fixed well before the game?

The NFL takes over the stadium in the days leading up to a Super Bowl, and Monday morning, Goodell fell on his sword over the issue.

“We apologize to those fans that were impacted by this,” he said. “We are going to work with them, and we are going to do better in the future. We will certainly do a thorough review and get to the bottom of why it all occurred, but we take full responsibility for that as putting on this game.”

The affected sections were covered in massive black curtains during the game, sticking out like a sore thumb, looking like the black eye that they were.

Things only got worse when Christina Aguilera took the microphone for the national anthem. When she got to the part about the ramparts, well, she never actually got to it. She left out the “O'er the ramparts we watched” line.

She then combined a couple lines, singing “What so proudly we watched” instead of “What so proudly we hailed.”

At least the jets didn't clip the top of JerryWorld on the flyover.

Listen, Cowboys Stadium is a fantastic venue, and the folks in North Texas are outstanding hosts, but the disasters that befell Super Bowl XLV will be fresh in the memory of the NFL when it awards Super Bowl L.

North Texas will be a no.

Some day, the Super Bowl will return here.

May I suggest a date in May?

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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