Raining on the parade

Raining on the parade

Credit: AP

Fe Gillies, left, visiting from Australia, poses for a photo for her daughter Dina Gillies in front of a giant Super BowlXLV sign in Dallas, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Five days before the Super Bowl, a wintry blast dumps snow and ice on the Dallas area. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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by TED MADDEN / WFAA-TV

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Posted on February 3, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 3 at 5:44 PM

The weather has been an issue this entire week. Despite the fact that what we're getting is a once-in-a-generation phenomenon (when you combine the rain/freezing rain/snow with the three straight days of sub-freezing weather), the people visiting the Metroplex for the Super Bowl don't care -- all they know is that they're cold, they're uncomfortable, and they would rather be in Miami or San Diego.

On Tuesday, I asked a few people whether the conditions would hurt North Texas' chances of getting another Super Bowl in the future, and they didn't think so. Jamie Dukes from the NFL Network was especially sure of it, citing the stadium as the number one reason why the Super Bowl is here, and why it will come back. My opinion was that this weather is so unique to North Texas that it would not be held against us in the future.

After more talk throughout the week, I'm starting to re-think that position. Sure, this weather we're getting is about as rare as a zebra in Texas (those are rare, aren't they? I've only seen one in my 8 1/2 years here). But what we're getting is possible -- obviously. This kind of weather is not possible in San Diego, Miami, or Los Angeles. So I get that argument -- why hold a Super Bowl in the north, or North Texas, where cold weather is a possibility, when they can guarantee good weather every time by holding it in one of those other cities?

Even though I understand that point, I don't agree with it, and I don't think the NFL does either. I would guess that North Texas has just as good a chance as anyone for getting Super Bowl 50 (or "L" if you prefer Roman numerals), mostly because of Cowboys Stadium.

Regardless of what happens in the future, it's still very difficult to process what's happening now. We've gotten a worst-case weather scenario, during the worst week possible. Very ironic, and very unfortunate.

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