Super Bowl = Ice Bowl? Brace Yourself

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First the Dallas Cowboys aren't playing in Super Bowl XLV inside their own friggin' stadium. And now, as the world descends upon the metroplex for the biggest, most important media event in our area since JFK, apparently the Ice Age is on its way too.

Temperatures dipping into the teens. Wind chills below zero. Rain-sleet-snow.

Supposed to be decent weather by Sunday, which really won't matter since the roof will be closed. But, still, nothing like watching women shiver and jiggle in their lil' black party dresses.

During last year's NBA All-Star Game I remember a snowstorm dampened travel and spirits, but this is the kind of thing that will have the NFL thinking twice about a return visit to our area.

Atlanta, rememember, hasn't hosted a game since it suffered an ice storm in advance of XXXIV.

So please, drive slowly. And carefully. Let's don't be too freaked out by conditions that a lot of the visiting media deal with on a weekly basis.

And, c'mon, Ron Jackson. We can do better than this!

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284E
284E

Breaking that attendance record will go a long way in getting the region another SB. Though it wouldn't be surprising if the SB never comes back.

Robm
Robm

Richie, if you still read these, I have a topic for you.

Greggo was right. I don't know where he got the idea, but if the NFLPA was smart it would boycott the Super Bowl. The NFL would certainlu sign a deal tomorrow rather than lose a Super Bowl after it had already been prepared.

The players should demand:- No Pro Bowl. It's a joke designed to bring in more money for the NFL. Have a skills competition instead.

- Stick to 16 games. No reason to kill the players or the record books. If you want to add games, expand the playoffs to 16 teams.

- Eliminate two preseason weeks. The preseason is another joke designed to increase revenue for the NFL.

- End the exclusive licenses. The NFL is a legalized monopoly, so exclusive contracts are free trade murder. Let the players wear safer equipment from other manufacturers. Anyone else think it's weird football players have basically been using the same safety equipment for decades? Ending exclusive contracts would also let players make more money by endorsing other brands, and it would force the lazy Madden video game franchise to compete.

- Have a summer league. If the NFL wants more revenue, have an eight game minor league in the summer, with minor league teams attached to the big teams. People would watch, and it would get them through the summer.

These demands may seem outrageous, but the NFL has the weakest players union of any of the four major North. American team sports. It should be gaining ground on the owners, not losing it.

kergo
kergo

Great, it may "rain" this week.......now when I go to the grocery store, I'm guaranteed not to find any milk, bread and water as you all get ready for Snowmageddon. Note to the natives: just stay off the roads, leave the driving to us Yanks! I can see it now, it'll snow for 20 minutes and effectively shut down this city; and then our SB vistors will think we are backwoods F's. It's just snow, it doesn't burn, and there is no chance it will maim you.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

"Let's don't be too freaked out by conditions that a lot of the visiting media deal with on a weekly basis."

Driving on properly treated, and plowed, roads is totally different than driving on a sheet of ice, Richie Whitt. Pitt and GB deal with snow, which is completely different than having to deal with a sheet of ice.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Atlanta also has a mediocre venue. The game is Sunday, things will be fine by then, and it will give the entitled something to talk about that isn't whining about downtown Dallas or going with the generic "I expected to see JR get out of a Caddy with horns on the grill next to horses hitched up in front of an oil well!" stereotypical BS.

It'd be different if Jerruh's precious plaza was an ice rink around 5 pm Sunday and all the "attendees" were shivering and falling on their asses.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Well Considering its going to be this bad here, can you imagine the weather in New York for a the Super Bowl. They have been having nor'easters every other week with feet of snow falling each time. Lets get through the ice day tomorrow and we will all be fine. Its not like it the cities fault that mother nature decided to have the worst ice storm in 20 years this week. Steve McCauley/Delkus are my choice when it comes to the weather.

Robm
Robm

I forgot one otherr demand. Agents should be attorneys or CPAs. No more buddies representing players. Players need agents who at least meet a minimum level of competency. Agents should also lose their license in the NFLif a certain percentage of their clients file for bankruptcy within ten years of playing in the NFL.

Players should also have to attend a mandatory orientation hosted by former players and coaches in which the realities of NFL life are explained to them, including finances, bankruptcy statistics, health care, injuries, extramarital pregnancies, crime statistics, gun ownership, etc.

Players need to hear about the problems they will face and the people who will try to take advantage of them from voices they trust.

Rooster
Rooster

Players are under contract. If they "boycott" the Superbowl, you won't be able to count the nanoseconds it would take the owners to file a lawsuit against the NFLPA and bankrupt their union.

Robm
Robm

I don't know what remedies the owners have, but short of being able to hit the players in their personal wallets, none of the remedies would be effective.

They can't hire replacement players, and if they can only sue the union, even if they win, it's only a nominal victory.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Take away the boycott and I don't think the other ideas are necessarily bad ideas.

Rooster
Rooster

Bankrupting their union and possibly the players involved, who would be sued for breach of contract, would be "nominal"?

You and Greggo might want to brush up on your contract law....

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