Super (?) News & Notes: From Cotton Bowl to Coliseum, Power (For Now!) and Shut Up, Baby

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The latest Oncor outage map. As always, updates available here.
That's the latest Oncor outage map above -- and it appears quite a bit busier than yesterday's at-this-time look-see. (Which might explain the fleet of tree-removal trucks that just passed in front of the house?) Still, ERCOT and Oncor insist no need for rolling blackouts this morning, despite the expectation that a "winter record [is] expected this morning," along with one of the worst cases of cabin fever ever. ...

Sorry to tell you, but that Cotton Bowl jamboree planned for tomorrow and Saturday nights has been moved inside after all -- can't imagine why. Last night, Ariana Hajibashi, the publicist for the XLV Party, sent word that it's been moved from the Cotton Bowl to the under-used-anyway Fair Park Coliseum. Not because of issues with un-tented tent, says Jason Hutchins, the guy putting this on, but because "the entrance tunnel has been covered in a thick layer of ice." Fun! Still. Drowning Pool's been added to the Saturday-night show -- as an enticement of some kind? Tix now $59. Or free ...

And, finally, a few Friends of Unfair Park have passed along this piece posted last night by NBC Sports' Mike Florio, in which he writes the weather's one thing, but Dallas's response to the ice is a whole 'nother problem: "The Dallas indifference to the extensive presence of ice creates a sense that North Texas simply doesn't care much about the fact that the Super Bowl is in town, possibly an accurate observation since the local team won't be playing in the game." And so, he insists: "We can't and won't support a return of the league's championship game to any point north of Houston." We who, sir? You and Richie?

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us175guy
us175guy

And, to think, we actually tried for the 2012 Summer Olympics here. We probably wouldn't have been ready for that, either.

Embarrased
Embarrased

A big event, such as a Super Bowl, is an opportunity for a city/region to:

1. Showcase the city/region to the rest of the country (with the potential benefit being more business being done here in the future).

2. Give the economy a shot in the arm as a result of large, incremental spending from those visiting the region.

It is really simple. It doesn't matter if you are a football fan, CEO fan or a provincial dumb ass Texan, this "opportunity" is a big black eye for the region. It has nothing to do with the weather which, of course, cannot be controlled, and everything to do with being competent and performing effectively with what you can control.

And don’t give us this crap about these stroms representing a once in a lifetime confluence of events. The fact is we seem to have stroms like this at least once per year. Surely, it would have been worth it to invest in salt and a few more snow plows.

Yeesh, what a bunch of yahoos!

TheMapman
TheMapman

Places north of Houston no longer eligible for the Super Bowl, according to Mike Florio: New Orleans, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and just about every American city that's not Miami, Tampa, or Orlando (or Houston). Okay, sure.

LaceyB
LaceyB

I have to say that my usual response would be that Dallas is a big bag of pussies for hiding in this weather...if there weren't a ginormo block of ice on both exits of my apartment building.

Went to return my redbox (on time, for once), and my fellow returner warned me that both machines were broken and frozen. I nearly ice-skated home on the unsalted curbs.

Cabin fever day 3 blows. And, for once, I am helpless against it.

Is it like "The Lost Weekend" up there at Chez W.? It all seems so very easy to do...

Latest Update
Latest Update

Ercot: No need for rolling blackoutsOncor: No need for rolling blackoutsOrca: I kicked Jaws ass plenty good now.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Well to Texas!

Public services are great if your a Power, Wealthy, Politically connected corporation or individual.

If not, enjoy paying the highest utility bills in the country for service.

Love seeing the local yahoos cry over their Potemkin Village getting knocked down by an ice storm.

Don't understand why I'm suppose be excited about an orgy of CEO flying into town for their tax deductible weekend of fun, to busy trying to find a job and health insurance.

Most people realized that pep rallies suck after they leave Jr. High.

Daniel
Daniel

I don't laugh at my own city's misfortune, but I do laugh at the misfortune of Kyle McWhorter of 3309 Claremont Avenue. Because he's an ass!

Mrwiizrd
Mrwiizrd

Good grief, it's simple economics people. You're in Texas, not Alaska. With how infrequently these storms occur, it doesn't make sense for the municipalities to have a fleet of plows on stand-by all winter.

Even if they did, I'm guessing most of you would still be bitching until a plow showed up at your driveway ready to escort you wherever you wanted to go...

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Dallas, hell the whole region, has dropped the ball. This is an embarrassment of the highest order that this area cant get it together to take care of simple things, such as keeping the lights on or salting down the sidewalks. It appears that the No. TX Superbowl Committee didnt actually prepare for this actuality, again the region takes a black eye for the stupidity of a few. Good Going Guys!

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Well well well .I guess the big week end to do the Towns Popular Kids are having is not going quite as well as they planned .

I think most of the areas population realizes "WE" relegated to the areas beyond Barricades and red carpets . Having been included out from the beginning . The POPULAR' S have told us..... Yes the big game is coming and Yes "WE" will be there but you don't even think about getting a ticket .

Please allow us the regular KIDS a chance have a little laugh at the expense of the folks who Have made such a production of back slapping each other about how well they had things planned and under control.

Montemalone
Montemalone

They should have the super bowl in August

John_McKee
John_McKee

He's right, I don't care. All I have seen is an expensive headache that hasn't met the lofty expectations promised us.

Before we consider a second game I want to see an independent audit of the actual economic impact after the massive security and infrastructure expenses including all the lost revenue from the many people like me that are staying in this weekend to avoid all of this mess.

Guest
Guest

Florio is right. Nature dealt north Texas a blow Tuesday morning. Everything since -- untreated roads, rolling blackouts, natural gas shortages, real or rumored -- have been man-made disasters. Blame the weather if you want, but it's the area's response to the weather that will cost north Texas in the long run.

McDoom
McDoom

Two things. #1, I could care less about the Super Bowl being here or ever coming back. #2, there's nothing worse than out of town media pissing and moaning about the weather at a Super Bowl host city. You get an all expenses paid trip, a badass free party from the NFL, plus you get in the game (most of them do at least). And in return, the ink stained wretches bitch that it's not Palm Springs. This is why the masses hate the media.

Cc76
Cc76

It's not about the game, it's about the week leading up to the game. That's when businesses are supposed to make their money. I've lived in TX for 10 years and i must say the response to the ice problem has been pathetic and embarrassing.

I actually heard a TXDot rep on tv last night say they shouldn't put salt down because it could be damaging for cars. Nice priorities there.

I love a lot about texas but the laid back "lets just wish for the best and see what happens" attitude has gone too far. Fifty five power plants down due to lack of planning? Those in charge need to assume and plan for the worst. Period

Dr. D
Dr. D

He's right about one thing - the National Guard, the Texas Rangers (both sets, probably), and the Kilgore Rangerettes would've been called in to treat the roads if the Cowboys were in the game..,

Ellum08
Ellum08

Just think how much the media would be bitching if this year's game had been awarded to Indianapolis, which was in the running with Dallas.

He does have a point, though. Most large cities still have questionable weather this time of year. He also has no patience. Still three days until the game and weather is to improve ten fold. 50's Saturday and Sunday.

Ellum08
Ellum08

Yeah, I guess four years of planning couldn't anticipate the worst weather to hit the area in almost twenty years.

Ellum08
Ellum08

This 'regular kid' never thought I was going to be privy to all the parties, much less the game. I was looking forward to having a lot of people in town spending as much money as they could. Which may still happen, just in a shorter period of time.

You won't be laughing so much when additional city services are cut because sales tax revenue isn't as much as it could have been.

I guess I just don't understand the mentality of enjoying your own City's misfortune. Could someone explain that to me? Or am I on the wrong blog?

Steve
Steve

Um, you do realize that before this, the worst weather to hit the area in twenty years was, you know, last year when we had record snowfalls and almost week long power outages. You'd think that would have been a clue for them to get their shit together, from the way they've responded though, they're still clueless.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

I live in Oak Cliff what other services can they cut ? And yes I am enjoying this whole situation.

ONE AND DONE !

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