Souhan: Super Bowl Boulevard just another NYC attraction

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 1, 2014 - 12:33 AM

The NFL’s Super Bowl eminent domain barely moves the needle in a metropolis full of big draws.

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hookshotFeb. 1, 14 9:29 AM

So NY is too big of a city for a Super Bowl, so Minnesota shouldn't host a Super Bowl? We already held a Super Bowl, and I don't recall many wondering why we live here. Didn't Indianapolis just host one? Is there a hidden rule you must have palm trees to host? Didn't understand your article, Jim.

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bdthompsonFeb. 1, 14 9:30 AM

Right on! Having spent a fair amount of time in both NY and NJ, New Jersey is just there to provide 'expansion room' for New York. Just so long as they don't try to close off access to the bridge and tunnels to try to keep the people in New Jersey. As an interesting point, you have to pay to leave New Jersey, but you don't have to pay to leave New York. Interesting, no?

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Izzy96Feb. 1, 1411:41 AM

Wow. Revelation. The surrounding Super Bowl week province is best suited for NYC if the game is being played in New Jersey. Way to go Jim Souhan. You've hit on something: the Super Bowl should not be played in cold-weather climates if we, meaning you the journalists, prefer warmer climates because it's all about you, Jim. That story line, if that is what you can call your sports "writing", is just old, Jim. Would you be capable of producing a fresh story line; maybe something we don't read every Super Bowl week in Minnesota? Obviously, and despite your best efforts, we Minnesotans do not feel bad about living in the sporadic cold of Minnesota. We don't measure our worth based on your retread story lines. I'd be willing to bet the people of New Jersey don't feel like you, either, and in a little over 24 hours most of the television-capable homes and sports bars in the developed world will be tuning into the Super Bowl game being played IN New Jersey. Don't forget your Pacs and nifty ski jacket, Jim.

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tigers42Feb. 1, 14 2:57 PM

This column makes no sense other than the over and over use of weak, senseless metaphors. --seems to be arguing that New York’s lights acted as the siren that caused the NFL to crash upon Jersey’s rocks. --If you walked into Rosie O’Grady’s tavern this week — it’s tricky, finding an Irish bar in New York — you might find a few Seahawks or Broncos jerseys, but not many And on and on. Ending with “Adding the Super Bowl is like adding jalapeños to curry.” How can you write this stuff? Have you really experienced New York City? I think a previous commenter hit it on the head—why is about you. Sports columnist seem to think its about them and not the sport or the athlete. Who cares if you have commute on bus or take walks over freezing streets. Everyone knows the Super Bowl venue isn’t for the fan—like Seattle’s 12th Man—it’s a corporate perk. The majority of the fans can’t afford to go and watch it on TV. And “fans” that are lucky enough and can afford to attend—don’t get there until a Thursday or Friday before the game. Who really vacations at the Super Bowl? Write a column to enlighten the fan. Writing a column like this has the great NY columnist Red Smith looking down and wondering what in the hell has happened to sports journalism.

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