I really hadn’t planned on continuing to examine the recent Super Bowl. So I won’t.
Let’s look closely, instead, at next year’s Super Bowl XLIX, to be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
OK, everybody’s west-side sensitivities satisfied? The game will be played in Glendale. Everything else will be everywhere else. But isn’t that exactly what just happened with Super Bowl XVIII? The game was played at Met Life stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., which proudly brands itself as “not Newark.”
Essentially, East Rutherford has … a stadium. It is not necessary for East Rutherfordians to write and remind me that they have some nice restaurants, schools and other things to be proud of. The most important thing they didn’t have in New Jersey is … New York. That’s across the river with every seductive attraction known to man.
Glendale, you’ve staged big games before, and you’ve done so very successfully. But don’t be offended if the whole Valley wants the love to be spread around — and the cost should be spread around too.
I’m Pat McMahon.