Bowl reaction from elsewhere

May 21, 2008
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Many a back was slapped in Indianapolis and among the Indy troops in Atlanta yesterday when the NFL team owners opted for Indianapolis over Phoenix and Houston to host the 2012 Super Bowl.

Elsewhere, though, the reaction was mixed.

The Arizona Republic and Houston Chronicle carried news of the decision, but it wasnâ??t long before the stories and commentary were pushed deep within their Internet sites.

In Houston, which now has been passed over three times after having hosted the event in 2004, Houston Chronicle blogger Richard Justice complained of losing to â??white bread and meatloafâ?? Indianapolis. â??To big hair and people that would take Damon Bailey over Kobe Bryant? Honestly, this is tough to take,â?? Justice said.

But he added that Indianapolis deserved the nod, what with the cityâ??s â??fabulousâ?? Lucas Oil Stadium, hotels going up and â??impressiveâ?? downtown revitalization in recent years.

The Arizona Republic in Phoenix played up the 17-15 vote, with the Phoenix suburb of Glendale finally losing on the fourth ballot. In a short article citing some of its information from The Indianapolis Star, a sister paper within the Gannett newspaper chain, the Republic reported that Phoenix will patiently try again.

At AZ Sports Hub, writer Vince Marotta dwelled on of the â??miserableâ?? winter weather in Indianapolis. â??That noise you hear is the collective groan from media, fans and generally everyone remotely close to the NFL who has a chance of attending Super Bowl XLVIâ?¦ I can tell you that the Super Bowl belongs in warm-weather climates.â??

Any surprises to you? Whatâ??s your take?
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  • Why does the superbowl belong in warm weather climates?

    Football is a cold weather sport and the Superbowl takes place in late January- early February (the coldest part of the year).
  • I think they're just sore losers. Besides, our winters here are not that bad. It's not like Buffalo NY where they get 20 inches of snow every week. We're lucky to get 2 good snowfalls the entire season. They just wanna whine.
  • It's a free-bee to these guys. Their tickets are bought; lodging is provided; meals are included. They are talking heads who bloviate, prognosticate, and try to stupify anyone with in ear-shot. They would complain if hung with a new rope.
  • As if Houston is a foodies delight...and their downtown sits in a sea of parking lots and is a tomb at night... on the other hand Pheonix has skin cancer.
  • And to those who must complain about our weather - at least it won't rain on the game field like it did in Miami!! We can guarantee a perfect climate inside the Luke!!
  • Texas calling Indianapolis 'big hair'? Wow. That's like Minneapolis saying Nashville is too cold.
  • You're justifying indy's weather by comparing it to Buffalo's? Whatever makes you feel better...and if football is a cold weather sport, why is Indianapolis building its second domed stadium to house an NFL team?
  • victory......it has a RETRACTABLE ROOF so we can attract the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Fours. You haven't been paying attention to this project, have you?
  • Who cares what anybody else says! It's going to be cold as sh...

    ...BUT WE GOT IT! YEAH! :-)
  • sour grapes make a special kind of whine.
  • Some fill- in host on Jim Rome is burning, dissed Indy on the Friday show as well. This guy acted like the Superbowl in Indy was the worst thing ever. I am sick an tired of these left coast jerk-weeds in the sports journalism business. They should actually come here and see how great of a city we have, instead of dissing us to the whole country. I would like to shove Kobe up there a**. Diss Indy and that is my Hossier hospitality.........B*t*h
  • That should be Hoosier Hospitality.....sorry for the typo!
  • I don't understand the comment of whitebread and meatloaf.
    I rather like meatloaf thank you. I guess we arent elite enough for Houston out of all cities. Houston is a great city, but it lacks the beauty, life, and charm of our downtown.
    A lot of the people saying such negative things about Indianapolis and the state of Indiana probably never stepped foot in our state.

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