Everything's dumber in Dallas


Everything's dumber in Dallas

By Jon Fucile

Multiple-choice question time. Pretend you are Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. You just built a billion dollar stadium and you are hosting the Super Bowl there.

Dallas winters are not as bad as New England winters, obviously, but ice storms for this time of year are not unheard of. When you were building the stadium would you:

A) Make sure the building is equipped to handle an ice storm, just in case
B) If not equipped, have a plan in place to handle an ice storm
C) Do nothing

Not sure A or B applies usually because the Cowboys like to choke, but just play along.

Weather reports came in a week before the Super Bowl predicting an ice storm. The storm hits as predicted, but you still have a few days to clean everything up and get the icicles off the sides of the building so they dont fall and hit people. Would you:

A) Pay to make sure the ice and snow is being removed properly in time for the game
B) Take measures to ensure that fans are not in danger and that everyone gets into the game smoothly.
C) Do nothing and hope no one sues if injured

In an attempt to feed your ego and set an attendance record for a Super Bowl, you have a temporary seating structure built to fit more fans into your stadium. A fire marshal does not have time to approve the structure and determine if it would pose a safety hazard to fans, and thus it is banned from being used. Would you:

A) Pay to fix that section since you can quite obviously afford to and make it safe for human habitation
B) Make arrangements for people who would sit in those seats to be seated somewhere else prior to the game
C) Ignore the problem, who cares about these peon fans

Now pretend youre the NFL. You know at least a week ahead of time that this temporary seating structure has not been approved by a fire marshal. Would you:

A) Not sell tickets for that section
B) Contact the people who bought tickets in that section and offer them seating in another section of the stadium
C) Sell the tickets anyway, let those people make travel plans and laugh all the way to the bank

If you answered C to all three questions, congratulations! You have the same go-get-em, ignore-the-fans, we-super-duper-love-money attitude as Jerry Jones and the NFL!

Yes, the same league that hates touchdown celebrations, hitting, and basic fun struck again this past week by producing one of the biggest Super Bowl fails of all time.

First seven people were injured, one critically, when melting ice and snow fell from the roof of Cowboy Stadium and struck the poor unsuspecting people.

Yes, despite knowing about the storm the NFL and the Cowboys did nothing and people were injured when people were way too incompetent to clean up. High fives guys!

Then because of the melting snow and ice and risk for further injury, several of the entrances to Cowboy Stadium were shut down, causing waits of up to an hour and forty-five minutes just to get into the game. Super Bowl fever! CATCH IT!

But thats not all! No, not even close.

The NFL, knowing the temporary seating structure the Cowboys built was not approved by a fire marshal sold the tickets anyway, seats with a face value of 800 that were surely sold for at least double and then prevented over 1200 people who held tickets to that section from entering the game.

850 fans were eventually supposedly given better or equal seats. What about the remaining 400?

Fans of both the Steelers and Packers who had spent lots of money and lots of time traveling to Texas just to see their favorite team in the Super Bowl were simply told too bad, go home, your section might kill you and we dont really care.

A league led by a commissioner who is trying to crack down on player conduct basically knowingly and willingly stole from fans. Sure, some of the fans that didnt get in were giving triple the face value of their ticket and tickets to next years Super Bowl but many of these fans paid triple face value anyway, paid travel expenses getting to Dallas and were there for the memories of watching their favorite team in the Super Bowl.

The league is making the best of a bad situation, but the bad situation was completely of its own doing. It wasn't an unforeseen circumstance that led to these folks getting kicked out of the stadium. It was a baffling oversight by whoever was in charge of getting the seats ready, said Chris Chase of Yahoo.

So lets recap . . . the NFL sold these tickets, let these people wait almost two hours in line and then said 'Hahahahahaha! thanks for the money, you cant get in.'

From an article on Yahoo.com:
Others said they had paid up to 3,000 for their seats and were not happy about the NFLs offer to give them three times the amount in a refund.What about our travel and hotel expenses? one man shouted.

Has there been a bigger bunch of idiots since the city of Philadelphia was first built?

Who knows? Maybe the NFL was just practicing for the lockout when they kept those fans out of the game. Way to keep it classy. 'The No Fun League' just took on a whole new meaning.

Red Wings' Vanek, Nielsen score in 6-5 SO win over Bruins


Red Wings' Vanek, Nielsen score in 6-5 SO win over Bruins

DETROIT - Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen scored in a shootout, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a comeback 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

The Red Wings rallied from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits in the first period, and with 3:04 remaining in regulation, Gustav Nyquist scored to pull them into a tie.

In the shootout, Tuukka Rask and Petr Mrazek stopped the first shots they faced before Vanek scored for the Red Wings and Brad Marchand countered with a goal for the Bruins. Nielsen, who like Vanek joined the team last summer as a free agent, scored on the team's third attempt and Vatrano missed the net with a chance to extend the 1-on-1 duels.

The Bruins were dominant early before blowing a chance to keep Detroit at a distance in the Atlantic Division standings.

Stars, studs and duds: Celtics 'pummeled on the glass' by Knicks

Stars, studs and duds: Celtics 'pummeled on the glass' by Knicks

BOSTON – It seems to not matter whether teams go big or small against the Boston Celtics, rebounding remains a problem.

The Knicks proved that on Wednesday in handing the Boston Celtics a 117-106 loss which snapped Boston’s season-best seven game winning streak at home.

In the past, conversations regarding Boston’s rebounding problems centered around them playing against teams that just had more size and muscle in the frontcourt.

That was not the case against the Knicks (19-24) who out-rebounded Boston 57-33 despite playing smaller lineups than most of the Celtics’ past opponents.

“They were small tonight, so it’s not like that should’ve been a big excuse from a size standpoint,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “Not that you should ever get out-rebounded by 24. But we weren’t much different; in fact we were bigger for most of the game and we still got … we just got pummeled on the glass.”

When it comes to rebounding with a small lineup, often it’s just a matter of who wants the ball more.

And the Celtics (26-16) had to acknowledge on Wednesday that most of Wednesday night, it was the Knicks.

“They played harder than us, they out-rebounded us, they played more physical than us,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “You’re not going to beat anybody the way they manhandled us.”

Celtics forward Jae Crowder echoed similar sentiments.

“They wanted it more than we did,” Crowder said.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Wednesday’s game.



Derrick Rose

It was very much a hot tub time machine kind of night for Rose, who looked very much like the dominant player who won the league’s MVP award in 2011. Rose led the Knicks with a team-high 30 points, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter.

Isaiah Thomas

While Thomas had yet another strong showing in the fourth quarter, this was one of those nights when he needed more help than usual. That said, he still led all scorers with 39 points, eight of which came in the fourth quarter.



Willy Hernangomez

No player better personified the struggles Boston had on the boards all game, than Hernangomez. He came off the Knicks bench to score 17 points and grab a game-high 11 rebounds – four on the offensive glass.

Jae Crowder

There were a lot of things to like about Crowder’s play on Wednesday, especially his defense on Carmelo Anthony (13 points, 5-for-14 shooting). But Crowder also delivered on the offensive end, scoring 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting with five rebounds and an assist.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Another unsung hero for New York on Wednesday, he had 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting with six rebounds and two assists.

Jaylen Brown

It was a rough night for most of the Celtics, but Brown did provide a bit of lift when he was in the game. He finished with 12 points on 3-for-6 shooting to go with four rebounds and a blocked shot.



Al Horford

This was one of those games that Horford would be wise to forget as soon as he can. He scored a season-low five points and shot just  2-for-14 which was the worst shooting game of his career.