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?