A disclaimer—yes, I'm bitter.
The Super Bowl will be played about twenty miles from my house in just a few hours. The Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex has been the focus of national news and weather reports for the past week or more. Luckily, I was out of town at a conference, so I managed to miss most of the hype.
So, today, the biggest spectacle in sports is played in a suburb of my hometown, in the stadium of my home team. Here's an issue for me—I don't care. I don't follow the Packers or the Steelers (except for the various arrest reports), so it's just a football game. Who wins really doesn't matter to me. Maybe that means I'm not a "true" fan, but that's just me.
I know there are thousands of people paying extraordinary amounts of money to sit in JerryWorld and see the game live (or on Jerry's big screen). Millions will watch around the globe. However, the people that will actually enjoy the game the most are the actual fans of the two teams involved. How many of them are here?
This is the second championship being played in Arlington in the past year—the World Series was played here last fall. Why? Because our local team (Go Rangers!) made it to the championship. Hometown fans could go to some of the games because it was at home.
Should the Super Bowl be in one of the playing team's cities?
The Super Bowl this year should be in Green Bay or Pittsburgh. Based on MLB rules, I suppose the NFL would have to use the previous year's Pro Bowl (ugh) to choose the home team if they followed baseball's lead.
I understand the business aspects of the Super Bowl—it's only one day that provides at least a week of potential money for the host city. You need a city that has enough activities to keep people amused before the game. You need a place with decent weather (oops). You need a stadium that holds a lot of revenue (I mean people). You need a game committee willing to give the NFL whatever they demand to get the game (tickets, hotels, drinks, tax exemptions, control of the stadium and more).
However, shouldn't the home town of one of the teams that made it to the championship reap the alleged benefits? Granted, the planning for Super Bowl XLV started eons ago, but seriously, it's a football game. Every NFL team has a stadium, or they wouldn't have home games. They would have two weeks notice to get ready. The home team would be home and the away team would have to deal with the weather/location/problems of the host city.
Call me bitter, but it annoys me that Jerry Jones is making a bucket of money after putting an atrocious team on the field this year. Dallas has received a black eye for its weather, as if we have any control over the weather. Arlington is probably very annoyed every time Dallas is mentioned, since they sold their souls to have the stadium as a blight on their skyline (sic).
So, I'll be watching because it's a national requirement. I won't be at the stadium because I won't give up a couple of mortgage payments on tickets to one game between two teams I don't follow. (I'm also not stupid enough to pay $200 to watch TV standing in a parking lot).
Welcome to the Metroplex, to all the Packers and Steelers fans. I'm sorry you had to travel so far to see your teams in a championship.