And after about an hour-and-a-half of (absurd?) build-up, the New York/New Jersey contingent was just selected to host Super Bowl XLVII. And in front of a live national audience.
The Patriots supported the measure, and Jonathan Kraft cast his ballot for the group.
"Ever since 9/11, Iíve hoped that something like this could happen," Robert Kraft told the Globe yesterday. "Itís just reaffirming support for that great city and region, New Jersey and New York. ... I see two major things: Payback to the people of that region in bringing what I think is the greatest sporting event in the world, to host it, and thank them for whatís gone on almost a decade later; And then also a thank you to the owners who stepped up and took one out there with real financial stakes."