Top 5 Signs That The Football Gods Are Angry With Jerry Jones

How about that Super Bowl? Was it awesome or what? The Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers. Two of the NFL’s most storied franchises. And this year, the Super Bowl was hosted by Dallas, which just so happens to be the home of another NFL franchise, the Dallas Cowboys, aka America’s Team. And everything is bigger in Texas, right? Yep. Super Bowl 45 had everything necessary for a great week and an even better game. Hell, it even ended with the Packers winning in a close game. The Lombardi Trophy is going home. It doesn’t get any more fitting than that!

But, despite all those great factors, the week and the game were marred by odd happenings and events. In fact, there were so many things going wrong, it got me wondering about the ‘Football Gods’. Granted, the Football Gods are mythical (or ARE they?), and they probably didn’t play a role in any of the craziness this week. But something was going on. Call it fate. Call it karma. Or call it coincidence. Something was going on. Personally, I think the Football Gods were pissed about something. And the first person that came to mind was: Jerry Jones.

A lot of people in the Dallas Fort Worth area will joke about Jerry Jones selling his soul to the devil. Now, I don’t know if he’s some sports version of Robert Johnson, but it is something that is joked about around town and on various sports radio stations. Going along with this idea, I thought it would be interesting to point out some of the odd things that cast a shadow over Super Bowl 45. Are these things courtesy of the Football Gods? Are they really pissed at Jerry Jones? I don’t know. I’ll let you decide. But here are my top 5 signs that the Football Gods are pissed at Jerry Jones:

Can the Football Gods Create This Type of Winter Storm?
Can the Football Gods Create This Type of Winter Storm?

1. Snowpocalypse 2011 Ice Storm Shuts Down DFW Travel for 3 Straight Days
The ice storm that hit North Texas on Monday night was the worst winter storm I have ever seen in this area. I spoke with people who have lived here for 30+ years, and not one of them had ever seen this much ice on the ground for 3-4 straight days. It crippled traffic. Temperatures were in the teens most of the week, and in some places, the wind chill was below zero at night. Many of the NFL activities and parties that were scheduled for the week were canceled. And local businesses, who were counting on record revenue for the week, were left with profits that were probably lower than regular weeks. The sun finally came out on Friday afternoon, and that’s when most people got to actually get out and go have some fun in DFW. All in all, not a total loss, but definitely a fail on a lot of levels.

Ice Falling Off the Roof at Dallas Cowboys Stadium? Really?
Ice Falling Off the Roof at Dallas Cowboys Stadium? Really?

2. Ice Falls Off Dallas Cowboys Stadium Roof, Injuring Several People
This one had the potential to be tragic. When the Great Thaw of 2011 began on Friday, everyone was superduper excited. Finally, we could get out and have some fun. But some people who were out and about at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington would ultimately find themselves in imminent danger.  It turns out that there was a lot of  ice on the roof of the stadium. And as it melted, it began to slide down the sloping roof, ultimately falling off the sides – falling 200 feet to the ground. And in one spot, several people were injured when the ice fell directly on them. Luckily – and I mean *luckily* – no one died from this horrible accident. But really, this was a terrible thing to have happen. And it’s super creepy, like something from one of those ‘Final Destination’ movies. [Video link]

3. Several Hundred Stadium Seats Deemed Unsafe, Ticket Holders Turned Away
This is crazy sounding, but let me try to explain. Dallas was selected to host Super Bowl 45 about 4 years ago. Also, the Cowboys haven’t had a home game in the stadium since about 50 days before the Super Bowl. So…Dallas had 4 years to plan for this thing and then 50 days to get the stadium ready. But somehow there were about 1,250 fans who showed up to the game and eventually told that their seats were unavailable. The seats were there, but they had just been set up. According to some reports, the Fire Marshall had not approved the temporary seats. The NFL said that about 400 of these fans were ultimately left without a seat or a place to watch the game. The NFL issued a statement that these 400 ticketholders would be reimbursed 3x the face value of the tickets. Bummer. I feel bad for these people. Packers fans and Steelers fans are known to be die hard, rabid fans. I can only imagine what it must have been like to be turned away at the gates. OMFG. Not LOL.

Somewhere, Wayne Brady was like, "Hey, Christina Aguilera. Don't forget the lyrics to the National Anthem."
Somewhere, Wayne Brady was like, "Hey, Christina Aguilera. Don't forget the lyrics to the National Anthem."

4. Christina Aguilera Forgets Words to the National Anthem
This was utterly disappointing. Best summed up here:

Instead of “O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming,” Aguilera belted out, “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last reaming.” That line was a repeat of one she had sung a few seconds earlier, with the word “gleaming” being replaced by “reaming.”

I actually felt really bad for her. She’s got an amazing voice. But now it’s another negative news headline during a time when Dallas really didn’t need any more of them.

5. Jerry Goes All Out to Set Super Bowl Attendance Record, Misses by 766
The official attendance for Super Bowl 45 is 103,219. Damn, that’s a lot of people! But it’s short of the all-time Super Bowl attendance record of 103,985 which was set at the Rose Bowl back in 1980. Everyone know that Jerry Jones really wanted this record. To miss it by such a small margin is almost laughable, especially considering the 1,250 people who were not able to get into the stadium. So close. Wow. BTW, Super Bowl 45 isn’t even the biggest game in Dallas Cowboys Stadium history. The attendance record was set back in 2009 during the stadium first ever regular season game. That official attendance was 105,121. How about that?

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Half-Time show with the Black Eyed Peas was pretty average at best (Yahoo! slams the half-time show)
  • The Taxi Cab Strike during Super Bowl week (link)
  • Rolling blackouts caused brief power outage at NFL headquarters hotel on Wednesday
Tony Romo and the Cowboys gun for the Super Bowl
Tony Romo and the Cowboys gun for the Super Bowl

And finally, let’s just take a look at Jerry’s team, the Dallas Cowboys. They went nearly a decade without winning a playoff game. And over the last  few years, they have routinely been picked by sports writers to go to the Super Bowl. Yet, each year ends with massive disappointment and failed smile.

In the end, I’m not sure if any of this was brought on by the Football Gods. But you gotta admit, something was at play here. And it wasn’t just the Packers and Steelers.

Joey Chestnut Defeats Takeru Kobayashi at Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest 2009

Joey Chestnut Celebrates 3 Years in a Row as Champion at Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest (July 4, 2009)
Joey Chestnut Celebrates 3 Years in a Row as Champion at Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest (July 4, 2009)

Today is July 4th! You know what that means, right? It was time for Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island in New York. Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA had to down 68 hot dogs to hold off six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi of Japan. Even though Kobayashi finished with a personal best of 64.5 hot dogs, the day belonged to Joey Chestnut.

Six-Time Champion Takeru Kobayashi of Japan
Six-Time Champion Takeru Kobayashi of Japan

As you can see in the picture, Takeru Kobayashi wore a shirt that was signed by many of Japan’s Olympic athletes. With six world titles under his belt, Kobayashi has an immense fanbase at this competition. In my opinion, Takeru Kobayashi is the Tiger Woods of hot dog eating competitions. If Kobayashi is there, you know there will be a crowd. He makes me tune in every year without fail. Even when he’s not winning the yellow belt, Kobayashi makes the competition more exciting. God bless him.

But alas, 2009 is in the history books. Joey Chestnut is the champion. Maybe next year someone will break the 70-hotdog mark. Goodness. That will be a sight to see.

2009 Champion Joey Chestnut Eats 68 Hot Dogs at Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest (July 4, 2009)
2009 Champion Joey Chestnut Eats 68 Hot Dogs at Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest (July 4, 2009)


Mr. T Sings Take Me Out To The Ball Game At Wrigley Field on Memorial Day

This has been a jam-packed news week. Just in case you missed them, here are some of the lead stories:

  • North Korea tested a nuclear bomb at an underground facility and also test fired a bunch of short range missiles. (more)
  • Iran sent 6 warships into international waters. They said it was to protect their sea vessels against pirates. (more)
  • The California Supreme Court upheld the ban on gay marriage, but then said all gay marriages that occurred before Prop 8 will remain valid. (more)
  • President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. She would be the first Hispanic and third ever woman Justice. (more)

That is an incredible news week in my book. Bombs going off. Battleships in hostile territory. Supreme Court indecision decision. Minority nominated for US Supreme Court. What an incredible news week! However, all of those stories pale in comparison to this one: Mr. T threw out the first pitch and sang “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Memorial Day:

In the midst of all of that world news, I just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss Mr. T throwing a baseball and singing the beloved 7th inning stretch classic. Harry Caray would be proud. Yep. He would.

New Dallas Cowboys Stadium Features World’s Largest HDTV

Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision HDTV at Dallas Cowboys Stadium
Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision HDTV at Dallas Cowboys Stadium

Have you ever seen anything like that before today? That Mitsubishi 1080p HDTV is the world’s largest HDTV, and it’s sitting right here in our backyard of Arlington, TX. I guess the old cliché is actually true: Everything is bigger in Texas.

Could it be that the release of Terrell Owens freed up some of the budget for Jerry Jones? Probably not. But you are probably wondering how much that TV cost Mr. Jones? And just how big is it? Well, you are in luck! I did some research. Here’s the skinny on the new Mitsubishi HDTV at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX:

  • Built by Mitsubishi
  • Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision System
  • Made up of 4 video boards
  • The main video board is approx. 53 yards wide
  • The endzone video boards are approx. 23.6 yards wide
  • 25,000 square feet of display
  • Each sideline board contains 10.5 million light emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • 1 year to build it
  • 4 months to install it
  • 30 million light bulbs
  • Price tag: $40 million
  • Weight: 600 tons (approx. 220,000 lbs)
  • Hangs 90 feet over the center of the field
World's Largest HDTV at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium
World's Largest HDTV at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium

I don’t know about you, but I think that TV is amazingly awesome. It looks like the entire display stretches from one 20 yard line to the other 20 yard line. Goodness. And you know that some drunk girl from the Mid Cities is totally going to take her top off and be seen on that display. And then we’ll really see how everything is bigger in Texas! Laters.