Super Bowl XLV Media Party: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. The House of Blues put on a pretty nifty show, but $30 for valet parking? I was as gouged as I was cold.

9. After gorging on sausage, blackened catfish, brisket, fajitas, beans-n-rice and then repeating the process, I will not be eating today.

8. I've never even met Baltimore radio guy Nasty Nestor Aparicio, but just from being in his presence this week I can totally see how the boys over 1310 AM The Ticket could have run-ins with him. He's just ... laughably ridiculous.

7. Sorry, but I don't get the Old 97s. Nice guys. Their music just doesn't move me. Certain I'm wrong here because most Dallasites love them.

6. Very cool to see Daryl Johnston and Michael Johnson on stage together. We have ice this week, but we also have star power.

5. Emerald City is one of the coolest all-time bands in Dallas. And I'm not just saying that because they played my wedding at the Four Seasons once upon a time. Also caught a bit of Mike Rhyner's Petty Theft last night for the first time. Not bad. Not bad at all.

4. With Pat Summerall, Frank Luksa and Dan Jenkins getting Blackie Sherrod Award honors presented by the likes of Randy Galloway, it reminded me how lucky I am to have grown up in this rich media culture. I always wanted to write and talk sports, and I'm sure growing up in a three-newspaper environment helped. I remember tapping my foot waiting for the Dallas Times Herald to hit our driveway in the afternoon, hours, of course, after I'd already devoured the Dallas Morning News. I grew up on Blackie and Galloway and Skip Bayless and Jim Dent. But to me, Luksa is the shit.

3. With food and music in every room last night, XLV put on a show. Still, it doesn't compare to the XXVII party in Pasadena where the media was given the run of the place at Universal Studios.

2. Saddest sight of the night was legendary Texas running back Earl Campbell struggling -- with a walker -- to make it 20 feet to get in an elevator. Took him 10 painful minutes. And to think, he used to run over linebackers at will. The NFL giveth, and taketh away.

1. The three coldest moments of my life: 2001 -- Riding a ski lift on my way to the top of a mountain in Whistler, Canada. 1998 -- Waiting for a cab outside the old Chicago Stadium. February 1, 2011 -- Standing in the valet line at House of Blues. When I got into my car the themometer read 13 degrees. The drive to McKinney was, to say the least, a white-knuckler.


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Valet in la
Valet in la

In each and every city parking is a big problem.The resolution has not yet been given by the any of the company.The proper resolution must be there.

Pam@Pitt
Pam@Pitt

The Snow didn't keep keep world famous SNOW'S BBQ away, WOW Texas is Great!!! This was part of my media project, Texas BBQ.

McDoom
McDoom

Chicago Stadium was demolished in '95.

cleveridea
cleveridea

I don't "get" sports media folks don't understand how much their annual bragging about their media kickback party makes them appear to be pure prostitutes. Way to admit sucking off The Man all year media!

Which is also why no one should believe anything out of the sports media folks about the pending lockout. Just see who writes the checks for the fancy parties to know where their loyalties reside.

P1Steven
P1Steven

I wouldnt be surprised if you ask Earl Cambell if he would do it all again,( IF he knew what he would have to live) I wouldnt be surprised to hear him say HELL YA MOFO.

Jim R
Jim R

Emerald City is a cover band. Old 97s are a rock band.

BIG DIFFERENCE.

Which is why the 97s were on The Tonight Show a month ago and Emerald City was playing Big D NYE.

Keith
Keith

You don't get the the Old 97's, and rave on Emerald City. I'm speechless. No wonder you raved about the food, your taste is in your mouth.

MB Tank
MB Tank

Man, not sure if I can be Facebook friends with a guy who "doesn't get" the Old 97's. Guess there's no accounting for taste.

Scott
Scott

Don't you think that all of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are laughing at us with the reports being sent in by their media who are probably here on how Texas handles the snow and cold?

Just Me
Just Me

Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Pete Stein.

therrick
therrick

Now I do like the Old 97s. I think Petty Theft sucks.

Rooster
Rooster

Old 97s - I don't get them either. I guess it pays to have a lot of friends in the media?

Emerald City - I'd have a lot more respect for them if they weren't playing to a Karoke track. When you have a dozen or so people in your band, do you really need a backing track?

Sherrod was, and always will be, the shit.

Booger
Booger

And why Emerald City made more money playing Big D NYE than the Old 97's will make in the next 6 months?

Caver
Caver

Yeah, but they'll have to go back next week.

Meanwhile, here in the DFW area, it'll be back in the 60's.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

We'll get to point and laugh come summer when they freak out at a 99 degree "heat wave"

Rooster
Rooster

Like I'd care. If Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are so fucking great, why did they all move down here. Good gosh. I'm surprised those cities had anyone left living there drive down here to the Superbowl.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Petty Theft does suck. So does Rhyner on the radio since the Hammer was canned.

phe_75034
phe_75034

What kind of frickin moron are you? A. Not true, and B. What difference does that make? Arguing the merits of Emerald City vs Old 97s is like arguing the merits of a coloring book vs a novel. It's a waste of time.

Richie, I try to have your back, and I've been a fan of yours for a long time, but you have lost all kinds of credibility with me by making these statements. I hate to tell you this, but it makes you sound like a shallow douche.

Keith
Keith

God knows in the music biz, the more money you make the better you are.

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