Big Chill Sends Shivers Through Dallas
Cold, wind, ice, snow, wind chill, and treacherous all dominated the city's word balloon.
Folks in Dallas were horrified by ice on the roads (shown right) and temperatures in the 20s. Roads were open, but covered with a half-inch to an inch of ice. Much of the Metroplex -- that's what it's called here -- was shut down. Overpasses and hills were especially tricky.
But not too tricky for the NFL. For the king of the sports leagues, the show (almost) always goes on.
NFL VP Greg Aiello even tweeted that early in the morning: "The show goes on," he wrote.
Did anyone really doubt?
"Media day is on schedule," he continued. "Drive carefully. The stadium roof is closed."
Thank goodness for that small favor -- though Green Bay's Donald Driver, placed in the corner of the field by a tunnel, shivered through his interview as wind bore through the door.
For some of the players, this paralyzing Texas weather was really no big deal.
"Coming from Green Bay where there was a blizzard, this wasn't anything," safety Atari Bigby said. "I didn't even wear sleeves today."
Ahem. Most did.
Yes, all is relative, but ice is never relative. Especially while driving on it (without chains). Traffic moved at 20 miles per hour -- maximum -- on the highway. Too, weather had closed not just Dallas but several airports across the country, which meant travelers making the trek for the Super Bowl festivities early in the week found the going pretty much impossible.
But while this is a story to the people covering the Super Bowl, it should be kept in perspective. First, everything is a story to the people covering the Super Bowl.
Too, other cities in the country were being hit much harder by the storm. Chicago was being hammered by record snow, Indianapolis and St. Louis were frozen and schools were shut down throughout Ohio. Not to mention the folks in the Northeast who have been digging out of record snow since winter started.
"This will last about six, seven hours," a waiter at Mia's, a well-known Tex-Mex restaurant in Dallas, said Monday night. "By the next day you won't know it was here."
If only the entire country could say that.