I've covered 10 Super Bowls. The best of them were in San Diego and New Orleans.
I'm not talking about the games. I'm talking about the quality of the event. San Diego and New Orleans have the facilities and the experience, the hotels, restaurants, conference rooms and bars, to accommodate fans, officials, media and everybody else who shows up.
Atlanta was overmatched by the Super Bowl, and cold.
Jacksonville was overmatched, and Jacksonville.
Phoenix wasn't bad, although Phoenix had little to do with the game. Many of us stayed downtown. But the festivities were in Scottsdale and the game was in Glendale.
I checked into a Miami hotel for my first Super bowl, told the woman behind the desk I wanted to run and asked her which direction I should go.
"Don't," she said.
Miami offered an ideal climate and decent amentities, although the game was played so far away we could have flown there. The Dolphins might be in the same league as the Chargers and Saints. But when it comes to hosting an event I wouldn't put Miami in the same league as San Diego and New Orleans.
Detroit was good. Cool to hold a game that attracts glamour and stars in a beer and a shot town.
But the Super Bowl is supposed to be a reward for sponsors and for the miniscule number of fans that are able to find a ticket. Cold isn't a reward.
New York City is not a reward. I like New York. I've had numerous assignments there and three times visited on vacation. But it's a stupid site for a Super Bowl. The game won't have nearly the impact there it does anywhere else. And the elements in an outdoor stadium could skew the result.
I loved watching the snow game in Philadelphia Sunday. I grew up playing football in the snow. Snow football is entertaining. But we didn't play the Super Bowl in the snow. I don't want snow to help determine the best team in the league. I don't want to see elite quarterbacks hampered by a wet slippery field and I don't want to see white stuff between them and their receivers.
It's a nice idea, rewarding cities that build stadiums with the premier event in U.S. Sports. But it doesn't work.
I'm if the NFL, I put the Super Bowl in San Diego in even years and New Orleans in odd ones. Maybe work Miami and perhaps Phoenix into the rotation -- every fifth year Miami gets it and every sixth year Phoenix does.
I'm fine to eliminate them, too. The Super Bowl is a reward for teams and it ought to be a reward for everybody else, too.