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Super Bowl host city shouldn't leave you cold

Posted by Bob Ryan, Globe Staff  February 7, 2011 01:02 PM

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The verdict is unanimous. No Super Bowl should be in anything other than a drop-dead warm weather locale.

Or New Orleans.

People come for a getaway, not an ordeal. I'm not talking media. We get shuttled around in buses. We have things to do. But the fans and sponsors who congregate at a Super Bowl expect a nice little February warm-weather junket. Good Lord, they pay enough to get one.

This does restrict the field to Miami, San Diego and New Orleans, at least until LA gets a proper stadium. And since Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego is clearly inadequate to the task, that whittles it down to Miami and New Orleans.

So?

At least next year in Indianapolis no one will be terribly inconvenienced by bad weather because everything is within walking distance. Don't even think about what a debacle the 2014 Super Bowl in the Meadlowlands could become.

I'll say this about Cowboys Stadium: the gigunda video screen is mesmerizing. The clarity is astonishing. You can easily find yourself watching the screen for several plays at a time and not even thinking about casting your eyes on the field. That's a plus. Other than that, it's a new stadium, no better or worse in any significant way than any other.

The national anthem was best summed up by 11-year old Amelia Ryan.

"Seriously, it's a disgrace to the country, it really is" she e-mailed.

Such spot-on wisdom from an 11-year old. Forget about Christina Aguilera botching the words. Like countless others before her, she confused the national anthem with a torch song, occasionally screeching needless extension of notes, turning the anthem into an ordeal lasting more than a minute and fifty seconds. Trust me: anything clocking in over 1:30 is sure to be a disaster. Were she an auditioning contestant on "American Idol," Randy would have told her she was "pitchy," and I doubt if they would have sent her to LA.

Listen to Amelia Ryan. That's a young lady who's going places.

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