Roger Staubach Says Super Bowl Seat Fiasco Was "a Horrible Mistake," But NFL Assured Him of Second Chance for North Texas

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Roger Staubach at City Hall this morning
As reporters gathered around Roger Staubach following this morning's launch of Mike Rawlings's mayoral campaign at Dallas City Hall, questions inevitably shifted to his thoughts about the approximately 400 fans that were denied seats at Super Bowl XLV because portions of the temporary seating weren't installed prior to game time.

"It's a shame what happened," said the chair of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. "And those human beings -- whether it's two or 400 or how many -- it's not good. But, you put that in perspective. It was a heckuva game. I know The New York Times put that issue ahead of the game itself. That's the way life is. It was a mistake and shouldn't have happened."

The Hall of Fame quarterback was quick to absolve himself of any blame for the seating fiasco.

"If I was involved with the seats, I would have admitted it, but I wasn't involved with the seats," he said. "So, there was a horrible mistake made, and the NFL is owning up to it."

And while he admitted the weather was far from ideal during the week leading up to the game, Staubach said it didn't prevent fans from enjoying their visit to North Texas.

"The stadium is one of the premier entertainment facilities in the world, and I think it showed very well," he said. "There were some long lines there security-wise. Everyone was worried about security, but on an overall basis, I think we had a very, very good Super Bowl."

Staubach also claimed the region should receive credit for its efforts during the icy conditions that plagued roads throughout the area.

"We had equipment here that we got from all over Texas," he said. "[North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation director] Michael Morris anticipated the bad weather. I said, 'Mike, we don't need all that equipment here,' so you never know. But we had tons of equipment here."

While he said he's "kinda retired" and won't serve on a future bid committee, Staubach is confident that North Texas will host the game again.

"[The NFL] will be back," he said. "They told me that."

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Maustin
Maustin

This is why my only concern prior to the SB was trying to keep my pipes from freezing. For years I have avoided and ignored the pre-game and off season crap that is spewed by non-football talking heads. It don't mean shit after the opening kickoff. It was a good game and since the 'Boys folded under the pre-SB pressure, last Sept., I was glad the Pack won. Uncle Jerry will ALWAYS get his money and there ain't jack we can do about it. GO COWBOYS...ALL HAIL TO SAINT ROGER!!!!!

Robert Chatmon
Robert Chatmon

No one has mentioned the rolling blackouts before the Super Bowl, where the power to hospitals was turned off for hours at a time, but the Stadium was never without lights, because of 'security' concerns. No kidding, I guess someone could have gotten seriously injured around the dark stadium and have to go to one of those hospitals that didn't have power...

LaceyB
LaceyB

Whatever happened to the high schools playing the half-time show? Wasn't that supposed to happen...your TJHS pride?

cp
cp

I'm just tired of seeing Roger's face, palling around with all the local politicos all the time. Did he get elected to the shadow city council and I just missed it?

Montemalone
Montemalone

The Shadow City Council isn't elected, it's self-appointed.

Derelict
Derelict

this guy is starting to get annoying

Natalie
Natalie

Until they realize that the motto of Dallas County is "You are all white people - go to hell." And we give the Keys to the City to convicted felons.

reality check
reality check

"The stadium is one of the premier entertainment facilities in the world". Translation. The billionaire NFL owners that have seen their teams' value double in the past ten years are going to crap on the players with a lockout, mangle human brain cells and limbs with an 18 game regular season, will revisit the sterile interior of the inflated condom in an Arlington industrial park because that's where they generate the most revenue. For atmosphere, drama, tradition, and character, you might want to go elsewhere to watch some football: http://tinyurl.com/4psbxb9

disgusted
disgusted

Certainly, Capt America did not install seats, hire the contractor or other related items, but what he fails to acknowledge as does Bill "leader of the Band" Lively, is that they are indeed complicit. How you might ask - they - host committee hire "pros" experienced in stadium ops - Glenn Menard - and others - to support their responsibilities. In partnership with the Dallas Cowboys Stadium Management - Jack Hill & Jerry Jones, they obligated themselves to provide seating - permanent and temporary. They all knew there was a problem with the seating installation, but hide their heads in the sand. They are just as tagged with the problems as the Dallas Cowboys, Stadium Mgmt and Seating Solutions. They ALL knew there was a problem, but DID NOTHING. So for Roger the Dodger to suggest what he would have done is indeed noble, but lame. Further, the NFL allowed, repeat allowed Dallas Cowboys Stadium Mgmt to undertake roles and responsibilities that should never have happened at a Super Bowl. Dallas Cowboys Stadium Mgmt and Cowboys organization scrabbled to get the job done, while the City of Arlington tried to CYA through e-mails and protestations, YET FAILED to go public when they knew this issue was not going to be resolved by game time. It is a house of cards.......it is amazing that NO ONE steps forward to say - I or We screwed up.....Bill the Leader of the Band Lively will be off to his new gig............Jerry Jones will hid behind his Highland Park Home walled compound, Glenn Mennard will be off the payroll.....and Mayor the Chicken Cluck will protect his buddy Jerry Jones............it all STINKS To HIGH HEAVEN. And now Capt America tries to say what he would have done..........will someone stand up and say "WE SCREWED UP".......North Texas Host Committee, City of Arlington and Dallas Cowboys...incredible -Man up

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

I think Roger has started talking to Imaginary Friends....

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I am amazed that the NFL can promise such a thing.

Guest
Guest

I'm sure they were just being polite.

The owners vote on Super Bowl locations, and it took several rounds of balloting for Dallas to get this Super Bowl.

I'm sure Dallas will bid again, but who knows what kind of bids we'd be up against, and who knows which way the owners will vote when the time actually comes.

Montemalone
Montemalone

We could have had a volcano open up at I-30 and 360 and these people would have claimed it as a halftime show.Greed is good, fuck those "human beings" that spent a measly few hundred dollars for a folding chair that wasn't installed in time.It's all good. Jerry made a mint. NFL made a mint. And Roger made a mint.

Ed D.
Ed D.

That volcano would have been more entertaining than the actual halftime show, as (poorly) delivered by the Black Eyed Peas and the Tron: Legacy Dancers.

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

Roger Staubach was a great Cowboy, but he's part of the elite that couldn't care less what effect a 35-mile wide carnival has on the rest of us. It wasn't a great event for our area despite what the Park Cities Baghdad Bobs say. So what the NFL said they'd be back for a "North Texas" Super Bowl. They also said that the owners and the players would make a new labor deal...we'll see.

Regionalism has a dark side and we all saw it the first week in February. Without an axis, the Super Bowl is an unwieldy morass of idiotic people looking for a party. But all is not lost, I've never forgotten the former Arlington mayor who had the brilliant thought that "North Texas" could host a SUMMER Olympics. At least we wouldn't have to worry about ice and snow.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Imagine all those fools traipsing around Dallas in 104 degree heat. They'd be praying for an ice storm.

John_McKee
John_McKee

Does North Texas want them back? Some awfully big promises were made in exchange for some major local, state and federal expenses and inconveniences for North Texans, now it's time to see actual numbers. All inclusive numbers, I want to see numbers from all the people that stayed home to avoid the promised crowds, numbers that include all the related scams like house rentals, numbers for roads that weren't sanded all over to make sure there was enough sand and sand trucks for the game.

Show us you made good on your big promises, then we will talk about doing it again.

Clark
Clark

From the business perspective, it was alot of friggin smoke in a lot of mirrors.

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