Anti-Indy sentiment persists

May 20, 2008
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There are still plenty of people in NFL circles who think Indianapolis is no place for a Super Bowl. And yes, some of those are among the 32 team owners and other team executives. Indianapolis remains a favorite today to win the bid for the 2012 Super Bowl, but people inside and outside the league haven’t stopped taking shots at our beloved Circle City this week in Atlanta.

The latest shrapnel comes from a prominent Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist whose parents are Hoosiers. Terence Moore wrote a column on the J-C’s front page of the sports section today, saying Indianapolis is too cold and local leaders don’t know enough about conducting business as a resort destination.

Notably, Moore is bitter because Atlanta has been rebuffed in its last several attempts to host the Super Bowl. When the Peachtree City hosted the big game in 2000, the city was plagued by an ice storm that still has the owners shivering. Falcons owner Arthur Blank declined to say yesterday that a vote for Indianapolis is a vote against Atlanta. But that rumbling has made its way through NFL’s inner circles.

Moore goes on to write that the only way Indianapolis deserves the 2012 Super Bowl is if the city relocates to California, Texas, Louisiana or Florida.

“… but if it is Indianapolis, Moore wrote, “it would be because Indianapolis is having a brand new stadium built, and also because 95 percent of it is paid for by the public.”

Mark Miles and the rest of the Indianapolis leaders here to make a pitch this afternoon to host the Super Bowl, might beg to differ.
  • Moore writes: Indianapolis is too cold and local leaders don’t know enough about conducting business as a resort destination. Interesting and funny, since Atlanta is NOT a resort town either. Yes it has warmer weather in February than Indy. I would also not call Houston a resort town. Moore seems very bitter and lucky him he has a place to spew his bitterness - his own newspaper column.
  • What a bitter man. Atlanta had a chance and blew it. Like Dallas, they get shut down with a dusting of snow. They do not have the connectivity of Indy and if Indy gets this, they will be moved further down the Superbowl ladder. Sad that he wants to spew the venom. Something from the Indy bid that is very telling. Indy has hosted more major sporting events in the last 25 years than any other city. Pretty impressive. It would explain the sour grapes from lesser cities.
  • Were in General Goerge Sherman when we need him !
  • I think some of you need to think back to a year about bitter? I couldn't believe my eyes reading all the bitter Indpls postings after the loss to Dallas. This Moore character just knows what it is like here in Feb. It can be brutal. Sure, to those of us who grew up here and are used to it, it's not a big deal, but to those folks coming in from warmer climates and expecting a big party - it will be a challenge. That is all he is saying, most people in smaller, cold climate areas would love to see Indy host the big game and so would I, but you just have to accept the fact that when most people think of going to such an event in February - they want to get away from the cold, not dive right into it...just saying..Calm down, they are not insulting you personally, just being practical.
  • Well, for those that doubted our chances, or even hated the fact Indianapolis might actually be selected... HAHA!!!!!!!

    SB XLVI Indianapolis!!!!!!!

    I am proud and very excited that we get a chance to showcase our great city, weather and all. This is yet another feather in our cap.
  • Hurray indeed. Besides wasn't there a murder or two during the Super Bowl weekend in Atlanta? Why yes there was, and I think the Ravens' Ray Lewis was even involved. Better beef up IPD.

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