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This blog is in response to some of my buddies pointing out the neumerous deficientcies  in this yeas Superbowl.  This is not a list of excuses, just pointing out the responsible parties.

If anyone has additional or more current facts, please feel free to add in comments.

Dallas hosted the Superbowl.  I thought the game was pretty good, the Steelers were in it until the end.  There has been some constructive critisism of the planning and delivery of the product.  Let's get the first complaint out of the way.  The weather.  In Dallas, we have maybe 6 weeks of winter.  Sometimes we go several years without ice and snow.  When we do get precip, it's usually ice and no more than an inch or so.  Snow plows aren't as effective on ice so TXDoT doesn't have them here.  They use mainly sand and not salt because when we do get this mess, it usually lasts a day or 2 at the most, then the sun comes out, temp get's up to 60 again and it all goes away (also salt is corrosive and not good to put into the public water supply).  Neither JJ, nor the NFL could control the weather.

The next complaint was transportation and the next falling dominoes.  Because of poor planning by the utility providers, there were rolling blackouts.  More on this later.  Because of that, DART rail was shut down the first day.  The next dominoe was that the Taxi Driver's Union took this time to go on strike.  I don't agree with thier timing, but it is their right to strike.  The Metroplex is spread out resulting in some significant distances between venues.  Throw in the bad weather and it's really amamzing so many people were ABLE to get where they wanted to go.

Rolling blackouts were a result of very poor planning by the utility companies and the bad weather.  There were multiple coal plants that were that were poorly designed with equipment outdoors that were taken out by the weather.  When they went to fire up the natural gas plants, because of the extreme cold, they lost pressure in the pipelines.  Ther'ye plan was to schedule rolling blackouts to lessen the stess on the power grid.  They also asked for commercial an residential customers to conserve.  That's why a lot of venues cut back on heat.

Last, the long security lines in.  Again, there were multiple reasons that caused this.  One weather related and the other security related.  Ice fell from the roof injuring several people, 1 critically.  The shut down the entrances until they could remove the ice from those areas of the roof.  The security issue was thet there were many VIPs in attendance, including a former President.  They tightened up security because they didn't want to se him or any of the other big wigs taken out on worldwide TV in front of 111 million people.

The last snafu was that the contractor for the additional seating didn't perform and actually walked off the job.  You can blame JJ and the NFL for wanting to break records, but haven't we all had contractors that didn't perform?

I'm not trying to make excuses, just share some of the unrelated events that went into the outcome.  Hopefully everyone learned something from this to be better prepared for the outdoor Superbowl in the new Giant's Stadium.

Peace out guys, till next time!

 

February 9, 2011  10:58 PM ET

An event like the Super Bowl takes a lot of planning and resources to run smoothly. Lines (security), some transportation problems (parking), and other things are going to be annoyances in the best of times. Throw in snow/ice in an area that is not used to it, and add in a significant amount of snow/ice, then yes that is going to drain resources from that are already running thin because of the game. People need to **** up and forgive and forget, because its going to happen especially when weather is involved.

That being said, the seating thing is a glaring black eye. Yes the contractors should be held accountable along with those already involved. The stadium seats X number of people, then that's how many tickets should be sold. There is no need to cram as many people as possible just to sit there and pat yourself on the back for attendance while going to the bank to cash the massive paycheck. I think we have only begun to see the ramifications of this debacle.

I didn't watch the game, so I can't comment on the quality of the National Anthem, the game play itself, or the halftime show.

February 10, 2011  08:48 AM ET

The 1st comment is spot on. I thought the game was pretty good as well, the Super Bowl never lives up to the hype however !

February 10, 2011  09:58 AM ET

Part of the reason the seating snafu is so big is the NFL offer Face Value for the tickets + cash ....but one local station in Milwaukee interview someone who got the shaft .... took vacation time to go to Dallas, payed more then Face Value for the tickets, payed jack up hotel rates in Dallas, so the Total Cost is More then the RICH NFL is offering .... and the guy bottom line was he could have stay home for the weather, etc, and save the money.

February 10, 2011  01:05 PM ET

the game was a good one. many SBs aren't so we were given a great show by the packers and steelers - couldn't ask for more. i live about 90 miles from dallas and the weather that week was unusual. yes dallas does get minimal snow/ice some yrs, but the temps were extreme and that helped to create transportation problems. the national anthem/half time got some complaints.... i watched some of the national anthem, but not too close and didn't actually catch the errors (had 10 folks over so sound was lower on tv) didn't know people watched the half time much...... that's when we refill plates and beer mugs LOL. the seating issue is a tough one. these temp seats should have been installed much, much earlier so if the contractor walks there is time to get other qualified crews to finish - no excuse here on that one. this is the SUPER BOWL!! it brings hundreds of millions to this area and the NFL or JJ or whoever should not have had seating issues under any circumstance. people travel from all over the country... spend many, many thousands to get here plus tickets and this should not happen to anyone. HUGE BLUNDER here. and i don't recall any other SB where there were issues with folks buying tickets that ended up being turned away or had to watch the game on some HDTV in the stadium. i hear there is a $5 million dollar law suit on this mess..... someone dropped the ball on this one and it's really the only major problem with this event that should have been avoided. hope it doesn't affect future chanced for dallas to host this event..... and can you imagine how the SB will look - weather wise, when it's played in NY in a few yrs..... what a poor decision that was to award NY this game with an outdoor stadium.

February 10, 2011  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Part of the reason the seating snafu is so big is the NFL offer Face Value for the tickets + cash ....but one local station in Milwaukee interview someone who got the shaft .... took vacation time to go to Dallas, payed more then Face Value for the tickets, payed jack up hotel rates in Dallas, so the Total Cost is More then the RICH NFL is offering .... and the guy bottom line was he could have stay home for the weather, etc, and save the money.

I would go as far to say the NFL should have added the hotel and flight costs to the reimbursement deal. The vacation time from work would be like going to the beach and having it rain the entire vacation there is not much that the NFL can reimburse there.

What I don't feel for the guy is that he paid more then face value for the tickets. If he paid $3000 for the marked $800 seat and is only getting $2400 then that is his problem. And really how do we know where he got those ticket from and for the price he is claiming without a receipt. To me that sounds like he bought it off of Ebay or somewhere else from a third party, and in any other third part transaction the original party is not responsible for my stupidity of paying more then the original worth of the object. I can't buy a car used from someone and return to the dealer demanding new sticker price because a wheel fell off.

February 10, 2011  05:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I would go as far to say the NFL should have added the hotel and flight costs to the reimbursement deal. The vacation time from work would be like going to the beach and having it rain the entire vacation there is not much that the NFL can reimburse there. What I don't feel for the guy is that he paid more then face value for the tickets. If he paid $3000 for the marked $800 seat and is only getting $2400 then that is his problem. And really how do we know where he got those ticket from and for the price he is claiming without a receipt. To me that sounds like he bought it off of Ebay or somewhere else from a third party, and in any other third part transaction the original party is not responsible for my stupidity of paying more then the original worth of the object. I can't buy a car used from someone and return to the dealer demanding new sticker price because a wheel fell off.

I heard that flight and hotels were part of the deal. But it's been put on hold until they find out what to do with the other over 2,000 people who had seat issues. And I'll bet the looming Law suit is probably on the NFL's mind as well...

February 10, 2011  10:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I heard that flight and hotels were part of the deal. But it's been put on hold until they find out what to do with the other over 2,000 people who had seat issues. And I'll bet the looming Law suit is probably on the NFL's mind as well...

Well all I hear about was the triple face value of the tickets. If hotel and air is included in the original deal then good for the NFL. But from all the media I've seen and heard nothing has been mentioned about hotel and air.

But I still stand by the "It's not the NFL's fault you paid more then face value for your ticket" mentality.

February 12, 2011  01:12 AM ET

Great game, terrible half time show!!!

 
February 14, 2011  11:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

But I still stand by the "It's not the NFL's fault you paid more then face value for your ticket" mentality.

is there a face value for a SB ticket???? there might be, but wonder who actually pays this cheap price?

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