Superstition Post: No. 12 Gets the Super Bowl to Dallas in the Wrong Year!

Roger StaubachWe received reports today that Super Bowl XLV will be played at the new Cowboys stadium following the 2010 season. And we can thank our hero Roger Staubach [and, er, Jerry] for making the winning bid.

Although no team has ever played a Super Bowl in its home stadium (save perhaps the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XIX, which was played in Palo Alto), the next decade should bring better luck. Why? Well, because Dallas is an every-other-decade type of team– the 1970s vs. the 1960s? the 1990s vs. the 1980s. See, I’m not so pessimistic after all.

But how could I possibly be disappointed in this news? You see, if you knew anything about me, you would know that I believe number 12 is a sacred number. We know who wore #12. We know that Dallas won Super Bowl XII. That’s just the start of it. Both Roger Staubach and I were born on February 5, and February 5 in 2012 falls on a Sunday. So my thought was, how much better could it get than to have the former #12 champion the Cowboys’ cause to bring a Super Bowl played on February 5, 2012?

Then again, I also thought that the fact that I was born in the same town that Tony Romo played college football meant something. That was before his biggest blunder came as a kick holder…

Back to reality, here’s the Super Bowl story:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The new Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington will host the 2011 Super Bowl, the National Football League announced Tuesday.

NFL owners, in a secret ballot, chose North Texas over bids from Arizona and Indianapolis.

The game is not only expected to turn the world’s attention to the Dallas area – nearly 140 million people watched all or part of this year’s Super Bowl, played in Miami – but also to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits to North Texas cities and businesses.

“This is going to be a wonderful, wonderful event,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said following the announcement. “The Super Bowl asked us to do what we could do to take it to another level. When you’re talking about a Super Bowl, that’s a pretty challenging commitment.”

The new Cowboys stadium will hold almost 100,000 people, and far more visitors than that will flock to North Texas for Super Bowl XLV and the week of lavish events that will precede it.

In Arlington, Mayor Robert Cluck rushed into City Council Chambers to take a call from Mr. Jones on the speaker phone.

“We’re going to have the Super Bowl,” Mr. Jones said from Nashville. “You’re my first call. We just walked out. We got the vote.”

“I knew we’d do that,” Dr. Cluck said.

“I’m glad you did,” Mr. Jones laughed.

And with that, the celebration in Arlington began. Out came the blue, white and silver balloons. Out came a huge banner saying “Arlington Welcomes Super Bowl XLV in 2011.” And out came caps with similar sentiments for all the council members.

“This is a remarkable development,” Dr. Cluck said. “It’s a big day for Arlington and a big day for North Texas. It shows what can happen when we all work together.”

Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving and other area cities also expect to share in the largesse.

“I’m extremely pleased for North Texas that we have been chosen to host the Super Bowl,” Dallas Mayor Laura Miller said in a statement “It will bring enormous economic benefits to our region — not to mention be a point of pride and a whole lot of fun.”

Bill Blaydes, chairman of the Dallas City Council’s Economic Development and Housing Committee, said he’s uncertain what the game’s overall economic effect will be, “but having your city on TV screens for 30 straight days leading up — you can’t pay for that kind of advertisement.”

But landing the Superbowl is somewhat bittersweet, since Dallas’ Fair Park — not Arlington — should have played home to the Cowboys’ new stadium, Mr. Blaydes said. In 2004, public financing negotiations among Mr. Jones and Dallas county and city leaders failed, prompting the Cowboys to approach Arlington’s city government.

“It’s fantastic. Fantastic for the area. I just wish it were in Dallas,” Mr. Blaydes said. “But all of us will enjoy the operation. I’m glad we’ve got it.”

Securing a Super Bowl was a priority of Mr. Jones when he announced plans to build a retractable-roof stadium in Arlington. Neither Texas Stadium in Irving, the Cowboys’ current home, nor the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park is suitable for the game, because neither has a roof that closes – an NFL requirement for cities where the weather is likely to be inclement in January and February.

Mr. Jones and his advisers wisely chose Roger Staubach – an immensely popular Hall of Fame quarterback whose name is synonymous with the Cowboys’ glory days — as the public face of the North Texas Super Bowl bid. Mr. Staubach led the closed-door presentation to NFL owners this morning.

Arizona was considered a long shot to win the 2011 game, since it’s already hosting next year’s Super Bowl. In Indianapolis, a new, domed stadium is being built downtown for the Indianapolis Colts.

North Texas has never hosted a Super Bowl. Houston has hosted two – Super Bowl VII in 1974, which was played at Rice University Stadium, and Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, at Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans.

Today’s Feature: Mild Defense of Both Parcells and Switzer

Today I stumbled across two interesting and unrelated pieces that focus on former coaches. While I have been guilty of criticizing Bill Parcells, I have been known to defend Barry Switzer (even if I generally lose the debate . . .).

Barry SwitzerESPN ran a piece on Switzer, giving him a little bit [emphasis on little] of credit for the 1995 season:

Barry Switzer enjoyed a triumphant career which spanned four decades. He spent a total of 32 seasons patrolling the sidelines in the college and professional ranks. While his methods were sometimes questioned, few could argue with the results . . .

. . .Switzer. . .etched his name in the NFL history books, leading the Cowboys to victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. He became only the second coach to win both a college football national championship and a Super Bowl. The other, ironically, was Jimmy Johnson, whom Switzer had replaced in Dallas in 1994.

After compiling a 45-26 record in four seasons with the Cowboys, Switzer decided to call it quits on a remarkable career, but is still willing to lend a helping hand to owner Jerry Jones.

“Jerry calls me every now and then and asks me to take a look at film of a running back,” Switzer said. “I guess because we had so many No. 1 picks.”

“Remarkable career” wasn’t anything uttered after the 1997 season, but still an interesting take.

Here is a video to accompany the story.

Gil LeBreton had a piece about the recent blame-fest that has surrounded former coach Bill Parcells. I’ve been guilty of jumping on this bandwagon. With this post, perhaps I’m off.

Let’s all blame Bill, shall we?

Blame Bill Parcells for the Cowboys’ four seasons of mostly disappointment. Blame him for the wasted draft picks. Blame him for Drew Henson, Chad Hutchinson, and as long as we’re at it, for Drew Bledsoe.

Blame Parcells for failing to recognize the inner saintliness of Terrell Owens. Blame him for the fumbled field goal snap in Seattle. Blame him for global warming.

And the latest — let’s all blame Bill Parcells for making Julius Jones run “like a robot.” Whatever that means.

Jones unloaded on his former head coach on a TV show on the BET network called Ballers. I must have been watching that Bob Barker retirement special.

Jones told BET, “No disrespect to coach Parcells, but you can’t really tell a running back where to run, or he’s going to be out there looking like a robot. That’s what I was doing last year.”

No disrespect to Parcells? Maybe I’m missin’ my dissin’.

It’s all about the disrespect. For most modern, underachieving athletes, it’s all about passing the blame and teeing up the head coach, whenever possible, as the scapegoat.

We media love this. When there’s a change at head coach, we trawl, trawl, trawl the locker room for dissenters, hoping to find the slightest answer that smacks of previous dissatisfaction with Life Under Bill.

Trivia: Winning and Losing

Here are a few trivia questions focusing on win-loss records of the Cowboys, along with a few other topics. The focus is still mostly on the 1960s. (1) True or False: The Cowboys have not had a tie in a regular season game since the decade of the 1960s. (2) How many ties (regular season) […]

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Cowboys Haven’t Impressed Everyone

It’s probably a mistake to look outside of Cowboys circles for feedback on how the team has done or is doing, but a few stories have popped up lately that aren’t quite as optimistic as what we are hearing from the Cowboys’ faithful. This is from the Washington Times, noting that the Cowboys did not […]

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Romo: Still Master of the Second-Person Narrative

Wikipedia describes a second-person narrative as follows: Second-person narration is a narrative technique in which the protagonist or another main character is referred to by employment of second-person personal pronouns and other kinds of addressing forms, for example the English second-person pronoun “you”. This brings us to our friend Romo, who somewhat famously escorted Carrie […]

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A Big Page of Cowboys News

Nobody may be any more interested in this than anyone is about the history of Cowboys kick holders, but I’ve become a bit addicted to this site called Pageflakes (and no, this is not an ad). I created a page that has RSS feeds from a number of different sources. If anyone knows of a […]

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A Somewhat Incomplete History of Dallas Kick Holders

I read in the last “short shot” in an article by Josh Ellis of that there is a three-man battle for kick holder on this year’s squad. Here is the blurb: Special teams coach Bruce Read said receiver Jerheme Urban figures into the holder competition in addition to Brad Johnson and punter Mat McBriar. […]

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Leaner (and Meaner?) Linebackers

The Dallas Morning News blog, which has provided outstanding coverage of the mini-camp thus far, had an interesting blurb about the Cowboys’ linebackers today: ** The linebackers all look like they lost a bunch of pounds. Bradie James said he played part of last year around 265 pounds but is now 245. Akin Ayodele is […]

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Owens Shows Up Not Only in Headlines, but also at the Mini-Camp!

Terrell Owens continues to find himself in the headlines, though he really hasn’t done much to find himself there. First, there was a post on the AOL blog indicating that Owens could be a great teammate when he wants to be. Please visit that site if you are dying to know why. Second, Tom Orsborn […]

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MOP Award for 1969: Dennis Homan

I received an email last evening from a former reader who indicated that my blog (or recent post, perhaps) is “sTUPID!” Well, at the heart of this blog’s stupidity is my feature known as the Most Obscure Player Award… so now is as good a time as any for our final installment of the 1960s. […]

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