I thought my little rant about Dallas a couple of weeks ago would be sufficient. Most people already knew that Laura Miller, the Dallas city council and the Dallas County commissioners had cost Dallas the Cowboys last year.

I naively assumed that they had recognized their blunder after losing the Cotton Bowl and facing the probability of losing Texas/OU.

Boy, was I ever wrong. Ignorance runs deep and must be harder to exorcise than a horde of demons. I’ve always known that ignorance runs rampant, but I guess I assumed that economic reality would trump stupidity.

I grew up equidistant from Dallas and Ft. Worth. I always went to Dallas. Back in the days of $.25 gas, I thought Big D was a progressive model metropolitan area. Perhaps it was back then, but, my how things change.

I’m sure most of you know that Jerry World is bidding for the 2011 Super Bowl. The bid committee is headed up by Roger Staubach, Hall of Fame quarterback, local hero and mega-business man.

While to those of us on the outside might consider it a slam dunk (considering Jerry World will be the finest stadium ever built), it’s not even a guaranteed lay up.

To even be considered for the selection process, the prospective Super Bowl site must be able to show the NFL a site for NFL Headquarters with at least 900 rooms under one roof, a location with a minimum of 125,000 sq. ft. of space for 5,000 guests for the commissioner’s party, 850,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space for the NFL Experience which should draw 200,000 visitors and a media center which can accommodate 3,400 journalists.

The Dallas Convention Center is the only place that can accommodate the NFL Experience. Four of the five hotels in the area with at least 900 rooms are in Dallas (the fifth is the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine). I could/would be a boon for the city who rejected housing America’s Team. They turned away the Cowboys, but would still reap the benefits.

But, nooooo. The same arrogance that forced Jerry to move to Arlington may deprive North Texas of a Super Bowl.

According to the Ft. Worth Star Telegram, Dallas councilman Steve Salazar said, “We’re the 800-pound gorilla. Without us, there is no bid.” Somehow, that seems like an extremely accurate metaphor.

The Dallas city council wants preferential treatment for Super Bowl related events. Without it they might just cut off their own noses to spite their faces.

The provincially minded politicos want the Gaylord Texan left off of the bid list, leaving only Dallas venues to choose from. Laura Miller (who still reminds me of the villainess from “101 Dalmatians”) said they couldn’t leave the Texan off the list, but insisted that the four Dallas hotels be listed first. “That’s not negotiable.” Miller insisted.

The Super Bowl is expected to bring in $300 to $400 million. Simply because of the facilities available in Dallas, they would be expected to get the lion’s share of that. But, apparently that’s not good enough.

Personally, I have no reason to go to Dallas (except for an occasional Campisi’s pizza). Anything Dallas can offer, I can find in Cowtown or one of the suburbs. And, you know what, that’s just where I’ll go.


Ron Morgan is a columnist for the Corsicana Daily Sun.

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