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infantrycak
01-26-2005, 10:57 AM
Right after Chad Lewis caught that touchdown pass with about four minutes to go, the touchdown that cemented the victory and ensured the Philadelphia Eagles would be in the Super Bowl, some guy in the stands joyfully held up a sign that said, "We're Going To Jacksonville."

And I thought: What on earth is second prize? You have to build there?

How did Jacksonville get the Super Bowl? What, Tuscaloosa was booked?

Link (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6868851/)

Now this guy is a tool and basically admits he only wants the super bowl in Miami, New Orleans or San Diego (he also takes a couple shots at Houston), but this is kind of funny.

TexansTrueFan
01-26-2005, 11:20 AM
thats the funniest thing i ever heard, but whats all this talk about "why a super bowl in houston, what are you thinking ?" we have beautiful city and beautiful stadium !

WWJD
01-26-2005, 11:22 AM
Sorry. For me he's way too mean spirited to be funny or entertaining.

JPPT1974
01-26-2005, 11:24 AM
I heard that Alltell Stadium is beautiful from what the critics and audiences alike have been saying.

infantrycak
01-26-2005, 11:28 AM
Sorry. For me he's way too mean spirited to be funny or entertaining.

Some of these guys are po'd they aren't getting their annual free trip to the traditional three SB locations and so slam everything else. I do wonder how Jax is going to accomodate the parties etc. that were held here in Houston. There were hundreds of them and I don't think Jax has enough venues. The league needs to get more cities in the rotation, but some cities really aren't set up for something this big--not just the event itself, but all the accompanying events.

nunusguy
01-26-2005, 11:37 AM
I've never been to Jacksonville, but I think it may be a bit on the smallish
side for the biggest annual sports event in this country. It just doesn't have
the infrastucture in terms of hotel accomadations, airline connections/airport,
entertainment facilities, etc.
Houston of course made a positive impression this past year and we have got
a lot going for us in our efforts to get a repeat SB in coming years, though
its hard to compete with SD and South Florida. On the other hand, the last time I was in NO it was a scary place and its probably getting worse all the
time and they don't really have the facilities/infrastructures that we do.

gwallaia
01-26-2005, 11:45 AM
One thing is for sure, the Jacksonville Super Bowl will have a much better half-time performance. Paul McCartney for crying out loud!! Houston got stuck with Justin Timberlake and Janet "Nipple" Jackson.

TexansTrueFan
01-26-2005, 12:19 PM
and the srippers dont forget,,, :hmmm: nevermind my mistake that was just janet :heh: .

ours was entertaining for those people who dont even really like football,,,,streakers, strippers, a nail biting down to the last second game. And now just 1 year later the NFL goes off and does this, lombardi would be ashamed :thud:

Nawzer
01-26-2005, 12:39 PM
I just hope the people in Jacksonville have as much as we did here in Houston last year. I don't wish them any bad luck or anything. The Super Bowl is a time for celebration and I hope the people there will enjoy it regardless of what some writer says.

dan7
01-26-2005, 03:40 PM
I heard that Alltell Stadium is beautiful from what the critics and audiences alike have been saying.

Alltell has a lot more seats than Reliant Stadium...and I'm sure NFL politics played some kind of a role in giving Jacksonville their first Super Bowl...

texan279
01-26-2005, 03:46 PM
Alltell has a lot more seats than Reliant Stadium...and I'm sure NFL politics played some kind of a role in giving Jacksonville their first Super Bowl...

They had covered about 15,000 seats to prevent the Jags games from being blacked out on local TV because they could not seelout a game and I think Budweiser paid to have those seats uncovered for the Super Bowl. And I am not sure but I think Alltell only has about 3-5,000 more seats than Reliant, I can't remember though.

TexanExile
01-26-2005, 08:30 PM
The proposed renovations to Pro Player Stadium in Miami (now rechristened "Dolphins Stadium"), when completed, might make Miami an even stronger regular contender for the SB in a few years. Bigger stadium, and probably a retractable roof, too. And it's all being done with private financing, which I appreciate--too bad NFL cities are willing to be financially molested to support a few hundred boutique jobs for a corporate franchise.

The down side is that the Dolphins will STILL probably be trying to convice us that A.J. Feeley can play. Heh.

MarleyFan
01-26-2005, 11:28 PM
I heard Jacksonville was a nice city!!! Hope everything goes well.

TheOgre
01-27-2005, 08:59 AM
I actually found the article funny. Of course you have to realize that Tony K. (who wrote that) is your stereotypical New Yorker. He doesn't see the finer things in a place like Houston, Detroit or Minneapolis. I somewhat agree with him. I think they should have the Super Bowl in one of those three sites every other year. I don't think they should have back-to-back "test" cities like Houston and Jacksonville these past two years. There is a decent change that two "test" cities could suck in a row.

Fortunately for us, Houston was considered a success.

JustBonee
01-27-2005, 10:03 AM
I remember when Jim Rome said on his radio show from the SB last year that Houston was so flat that if you stand on a beer can, you can watch your dog run away for three days. ... don't know why that has stuck with me!
Anyone else remember that?

Nawzer
01-27-2005, 01:24 PM
Well Houston is a flat city! There's nothing we can do about it and if people don't like it they are welcome to leave anytime.

JustBonee
01-27-2005, 07:19 PM
Well Houston is a flat city! There's nothing we can do about it and if people don't like it they are welcome to leave anytime.
I just get a kick out of his picturesque language. Thought it was funny.

MarleyFan
01-27-2005, 07:45 PM
Before I moved to Houston in 1994, someone told me you can roll a bowling ball across Texas.

edo783
01-27-2005, 09:52 PM
If ya drill 6 holes, you have a pretty fair pool table!

keyfro
01-27-2005, 11:31 PM
i agree with the article...the superbowl needs to be played in a huge city that can handle the needs of the superbowl...although i think houston did a fine job of that last year...cities like san diego, miami, new orleans, and soon the L.A. franchises are probably best suited for this event...now...cities like detriot, chicago, new york, and san fransico would be nice but they would have to have domed stadiums so that everyone could enjoy the game...and you couldn't have the superbowl clouded with bad weather...but jacksonville come one...there are plenty of better stadiums in the nfl to host this game

YodAa
01-27-2005, 11:40 PM
I can't wait til 2009 when we hav e Super Bowl XLIII! any one go to last yrs SB?

THEFUTURE
01-28-2005, 02:07 AM
Jacksonville is a horrible city for a SB... i have been there three times most recently last summer, it doesnt have much in the way of being an interesting city, plus its humid as all hell there. horrible... Jacksonville is really a lot of old run down stuff from what i had seen... they would basically have to demolish the whole city and start from scratch to make this city entertaining

SheTexan
01-28-2005, 07:56 AM
I can't wait til 2009 when we hav e Super Bowl XLIII! any one go to last yrs SB?

I went to last years SB and Houston did a fantastic job of hosting the event. I will have to admit it was a WIERD feeling walking into Reliant and seeing it all decked out for someone else. Turning our beautiful stadium over to two other teams was somewhat depressing, esp since the Pats fans turned out to be some of the most obnoxious and rude fans I have ever been around. It would be AWESOME to have the SB in our city WHEN the Texans make it there. Folks would have to break the bank to get a ticket!

nunusguy
01-28-2005, 09:36 AM
plus its humid as all hell there.
Not like that cool, dry weather we have here in Houston, huh ?

THEFUTURE
01-28-2005, 12:03 PM
i live in frisco, never been to houston, wouldnt know... but good of you to make an assumtion, care to make any more?

wags
01-28-2005, 02:46 PM
Destin Florida

I was there when they tested the MOAB at Eglin. I heard this loud boom and was like "what the hell was that?"

I vote for New Orleans as most humid. I have been there in the summers and it's absolutely miserable.

ledzeppelin229
01-28-2005, 03:23 PM
I was there when they tested the MOAB at Eglin. I heard this loud boom and was like "what the hell was that?"

I vote for New Orleans as most humid. I have been there in the summers and it's absolutely miserable.

When was that thing tested? We were in Fort Morgan, Alabama and I heard something similar (I think it was around 11 am but I sleep in late so I really have no idea) that shook the beachhouse. I just remember waking up, realized I wasn't blown up and decided there was nothing I could do so I just went back to sleep.

wags
01-28-2005, 03:32 PM
When was that thing tested? We were in Fort Morgan, Alabama and I heard something similar (I think it was around 11 am but I sleep in late so I really have no idea) that shook the beachhouse. I just remember waking up, realized I wasn't blown up and decided there was nothing I could do so I just went back to sleep.

It was a couple of years ago, right before Afghanistan. I thought it was thunder when I heard it, but the weather was perfect that day. I figured something was probably up at Eglin, but little did I know it was the "mother of them all."

nunusguy
01-28-2005, 05:06 PM
I vote for New Orleans as most humid. I have been there in the summers and it's absolutely miserable.
My only visit to NO was in the winter and it was enjoyable weather, like our
Houston winters. But Houston & NO have virtually the same latitude and are
on the Gulf Coast (with those prevailing southerly winds - hence the humidity), and they therefor probably have nearly identical climates for those reasons. Historical statistics reveal that summer months in Houston are
2-3 degrees >, so perhaps the summer "heat indexs" here may be even higher
than those in NO.

JustBonee
01-28-2005, 08:12 PM
Posted on Thu, Jan. 27, 2005
By Frank Fitzpatrick
Inquirer Staff Writer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee will spend 10 times the amount it originally budgeted for security. Fifty-three public-safety agenicies will provide manpower. A fence has been raised around Alltel Stadium's perimeter. The Coast Guard is patrolling the St. Johns River.
And yet, while describing the city's elaborate security plans for Super Bowl XXXIX, Laurie-Ellen Smith had one lingering concern:

"Is it true that a lot of fans from Philadelphia might just drive down here for the heck of it even if they don't have a room or a ticket?" asked Smith, the public-information officer for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Told that, yes, green-shirted hordes were likely to descend on her city like ants to a picnic, Smith could only say, "Oh, my."
No one is quite certain how large and rowdy the Philadelphia and New England fans who come here in advance of the Feb. 6 game will be. And since the Super Bowl might be the world's most commercialized event, no one involved with the event here wants to prevent them from having a good time and spending their money.

But, like Smith, there is a serious curiosity among local officials about just what to expect from passionate Northern visitors to this city's first Super Bowl.
"I tell people here that while they might all be football fans, there's a difference between Northern fans and Southern ones," said Steve Arledge, a 36-year-old Cherry Hill native who has lived here for nearly 20 years. "I mean Gators [University of Florida] fans can be crazy, too, but I think there's a little more bitterness in the fans from the North. Maybe that's because, in Philadelphia anyway, it's been so long since they won anything."

The Eagles and Patriots will distribute a combined 28,000 Super Bowl tickets, but organizers expect far more fans from Boston and Philadelphia than that.

"Statistics tell us that there will be 40,000 people who show up with no ticket or prayer of getting a ticket," said Peter Rummell, the committee's cochairman. "They're looking for a cold beer and a good time. Typically, they're people on a mission. They just want to be where the other 80,000 people are."
Despite her question, Smith said Jacksonville police were not overly concerned about the football fans. There are, of course, more serious issues in this post-9/11 world than young men vomiting.

"We want everyone to feel welcome here," she said. "And as long as they behave themselves, they have no reason to expect any trouble."
Local authorities do have considerable experience dealing with football rowdies. The Gator Bowl is played here each January. And every October, Florida and Georgia meet here in a heated traditional rivalry.

While that Florida-Georgia game is known as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, this Super Bowl pairing of two teams from tough old Northeastern cities will probably more closely resemble the World's Largest Outdoor Beef and Beer.

"We fully expect that Eagles fans might be taking a few extra sips of the rowdy juice while they're here. But that's OK," said John Keane, a retired Jacksonville policeman and now the executive director of the Police and Firemen's Pension Fund. "Hollering and screaming are fine. We just don't want any public urinating and stuff like that."

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/sports/10743252.htm?1c

nunusguy
01-29-2005, 07:21 AM
Chron story reporting that McNair will be lobbying hard this week in
Jacksonville to land the SB for Houston in 2009. The article claims that
Houstons biggest competition may come from Atlanta. Keeping with
our meteorological topic in this thread, they are having an icestorm in North
Georgia (Atlanta), this weekend as they did on SB weekend in Atlanta in 2000. If cities competing for SBs use negative campaigning, this may find
its way into McNair's Houston pitch, since ice storms are fairly common events for winter weather in Atlanta.
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/sports/3014815

D-ReK
01-29-2005, 07:19 PM
Now this guy is a tool and basically admits he only wants the super bowl in Miami, New Orleans or San Diego (he also takes a couple shots at Houston), but this is kind of funny.

On this subject, I was watching Around The Horn on ESPN yesterday, and Jay Mariotti was basically trashing Houston and J-Ville...

He said something along the lines of, "Why the hell would anyone want to go to a Super Bowl in Jacksonville or Houston? You can't give a Super Bowl to everyone with a new or renovated stadium. There should be a 3 city rotation of San Diego, New Orleans, and Miami."


:listening

bigfan77801
01-29-2005, 09:08 PM
Why not just rotate it through all 32 cities?

Tedc
01-29-2005, 11:09 PM
2009 will be in Houston.

The committee that decides it were wooed by our city and that is all that matters.

Do you think they even care what fans that have no chance of going to the game think about thier selections?

StarStruck
01-30-2005, 12:19 AM
Why not just rotate it through all 32 cities?

My son just went to Atlanta for a battle of the bands in Atlanta, only for the event to be postponed a day due to inclimate weather. Then I though back to when the Super Bowl was in Atlanta, and the same type of weather made getting to the Super Bowl a tremendous challenge. Thinking back to last year, Houston was ideal. The weather was nice for the season, which afforded the city an opportunity to participate in the week-long activities, and on game day, no ice and snow, as well as an indoor stadium for the comfort of all attending.

Houston is my first preference for obvious reasons, but San Diego, New Orleans, Miami, Phoenix are all great locations for the big game. I don't know enough about Jacksonville to comment, but it seems to be a better location than Detroit.

Grid
01-30-2005, 12:33 AM
Houston is the only stadium where you have the choice of an indoor or outdoor game :). it wont be like that forever, but we have the advantage for the moment.

About the only weather you gotta worry about in Houston is Rain.. and Feb isnt our rainy season.

Id say we have a good chance.. and Mariotti is an asshat. dont trust a yankee when it comes to picking an SB city in the south.. if they havent seen it on TV, they wouldnt know the first thing about it. Apparently they think going down south is "slumming it".

Tedc
01-30-2005, 06:23 AM
.. and Mariotti is an asshat.


Not sure what that means.

I would best describe him as a "jackhole". I just feel that it fits him best.

THEFUTURE
01-31-2005, 02:37 AM
Looks like you are the one who made the assumption. I've lived from Japan to Destin Florida to Houston, and outside of Tokyo, Houston is the most humid place on the planet. It's kind of hard for Houston Texans to knock Jacksonville as a wretched place due to humidity when we have a more humid city.

like i said, i live in san fran,CA i have never been to Houston, so if i have never been there, how am i supposed to be able to say which is worse? all i stated is my thoughts on the city of Jacksonville... i never stated Houston was any better or worse, just what i thought of one city. I really dont care, all i said, is that for me, a person not used to any humidity, jacksonville was hell...thats all, any problem with that statment?

WWJD
01-31-2005, 12:33 PM
Just to interject what I thought..you posted that you lived in "Frisco".

There is a Frisco, Texas and I thought you meant that which would mean you would know about the humidity in Texas in certain cities.

THEFUTURE
01-31-2005, 01:19 PM
but its just not real bright since our humidity is worse.
LIKE I SAID... i dont know what Houston's weather is like, i have never stepped foot into Texas... so i couldnt compare the two, all i know is about jacksonville, never made a statement that it was any better or worse then Houston, people were making statements what they thought about the city, and so did I, and in my opinion, Jacksonville was a humid city... that has no direct or indirect comparison to Houston