ARLINGTON, Texas — Our good friends in North Texas want the Super Bowl back in five years, want to host the biggest spectacle in sports again, want to be the site of the game's momentous 50th anniversary.
Good luck with that.
The dress rehearsal for Super Bowl L didn't go so well this past week.
Super Bowl XLV?
More like Blunder Bowl.
Everything that could go wrong did. Some of it was out of anyone's control — who could've foreseen not one but two snowstorms rolling through the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Super Bowl week? — but plenty of other things were man-made disasters.
“Any time you're putting on an event of this magnitude, you have your challenges,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said during a day-after press conference. “We've had them this week.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
Things got off to an ominous start from the beginning. The Metroplex was hit by the same snowstorm that walloped Oklahoma early in the week. While the snowfall wasn't as significant as Oklahoma City or Tulsa, folks south of the Red River don't quite know what to do with the white stuff.
When a second wave of winter rolled through Friday, it nearly crippled the city.
The NFL can't blame the weather on anyone. When it picked JerryWorld for the Super Bowl, the league knew it was taking a chance with the North Texas weather. Still, the NFL will think twice about putting the game here again because of how much it impacted everything that's part of Super Bowl week.
Snow and ice sliding off the stadium's retractable roof and injuring a few folks didn't help matters either.
With all the bad stuff going on outside, Jerry Jones and Co. had to be looking forward to the action moving inside Sunday where the climate was controlled.
Then came Seatgate.
Temporary seats in four midlevel sections inside the stadium weren't set up properly. The NFL called it “incomplete installation,” but everyone else called it a complete mess.
The seats were unusable and left about 1,250 fans without anywhere to sit.
About 850 were relocated to other seats. The league always holds back a few Super Bowl tickets in case there's a problem, and some NFL and Dallas Cowboy staffers gave up tickets to accommodate the seatless.
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?