Monday, March 22, 2010
Did coin toss hurt N.Y.'s Super Bowl bid?
By Dan Graziano
ORLANDO, Fla. -- As you might have heard, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wasn't exactly thrilled with being called out by Jets owner Woody Johnson after the league bungled a coin flip to decide which team would host the first regular-season home game at the new stadium in the Meadowlands. As Gary Myers of the Daily News has indicated, there's some thought that the controversy could have a negative effect on New York's bid to host the 2014 Super Bowl. Giants co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara might have to do some troubleshooting this week at the NFL owners meetings.
"I'd like to think it's not that big a deal," Tisch told the Daily News on Sunday. "I'm optimistic that based on the merits on our bid, our proposal, our presentation, that we will generate the support we need. I think it really merits a lot of consideration by the 30 other owners. I know we are going to make a very compelling, memorable presentation. I would like the other owners to vote on that next month and not a personal issue."
Tisch said that he and Mara would be "Giants cheerleaders" over the next three days. I'll keep you updated on their progress. And something tells me that Mara didn't sign off on Tisch's choice of words.