Today, I went on a field trip for silverandblueblood.com to check out the scene in Cowtown. I am happy to report that Super Bowl XLV fever is alive and well in Sundance Square.
Fort Worth, the Super Bowl home of the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers, has done an outstanding job of preparing for the craziness that is the Super Bowl. The square at the heart of Sundance Square is the mobile home of ESPN for the week. The large SportsCenter stage is the focal point, with a slightly smaller stage to the side where Sports Nation is broadcasting live. Traffic flow is pretty good, all things considered, and the law enforcement presence is…well, a real presence.
The Cradle of Champions sculpture is a real work of art, a thing of beauty. I was told by a police officer that, when the Super Bowl celebration is done, it will find a home somewhere around TCU’s Amon Carter stadium. It will serve as a reminder of Super Bowl XLV for generations to come.
I was a little bummed that I had just missed seeing Tony Dorsett on the stage of ESPN’s Sports Nation. I did, however, get to see Cowboys great Darren Woodson, Texas natives Akin and Remi Ayodele, and TCU quarterback Andy Dalton. The show was entertaining and energetic and the crowd was into it.
Local media outlets like KTXA 21 and ESPN radio 103.3 were also on hand. Randy Galloway and company interviewed Cowboys’ legendary middle linebacker Lee Roy Jordan while I was there. Unfortunately, Jordan was interviewed by phone, so I got to hear the interview, but did not get to see him.
There were plenty of Steelers and Packers fans on hand, with the Steelers fans a bit more numerous and much more vocal. I am happy to report, however, that, if you combined the folks sporting Steelers and Packers gear, they would have still been outnumbered by those sporting the jerseys and caps of the Dallas Cowboys.
There is some debate as to whether the Cowboys remain America’s team. (I think they are. No other NFL team transcends borders and remains popular among fans nationwide— even when they are not playing the best football— the way the Cowboys do.) There is no doubt they remain Fort Worth’s team.
On Thursday morning, I will be traveling to Frisco to interview Hall of Fame defensive tackle Randy White, reverently called “The Manster” by millions of Cowboys fans. Later that evening, I will go to Arlington to sit down with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ legendary running back, Jerome “the Bus” Bettis.
Stay tuned for these special reports.