Tag:Super Bowl XLV
Posted on: June 4, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 1:36 pm

Packers fans upset at ring ceremony exclusion

Green Bay fans are upset at being excluded from the ring ceremony.Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For their Super Bowl XLV ring ceremony, scheduled for June 16, the Packers have announced they’ll keep it private, meaning no fans or, most likely, media will be there to witness it. This decision has upset many Green Bay fans, and NFL.com’s Vic Carucci can understand why.

As Carucci writes, “Packers fans aren't just fans. Many are shareholders and, consequently, feel entitled to be a part of certain ‘official’ team functions, especially those of the celebratory variety. To them, the ring ceremony isn't a whole lot different than attending the annual shareholders meeting, such as the one held last summer at Lambeau Field.

“But to the Packers, it is very different. To the Packers, it is supposed to be something that only players, coaches and front-office staff members should share together without the presence of anyone who isn't part of the "family" as it exists inside the confines of the team facility. They're citing ‘past practices’ as a reason to go with the private ceremony.”

But the “past practices” excuse doesn’t make Packers fans feel any better about the decision.

Wrote one commenter on the Green Bay Press-Gazette website: "’Because we did it this way last time'? OH! Well I guess you can't argue with that. Just because I can't figure out why you would not want to fill Lambeau with happy fans, with all the implications for the local economy, is no reason to do it differently.”

To those who aren’t Packers fans, the private ceremony doesn’t feel like a big deal – after all, it’s not like the annual shareholders get to be team insiders (it’s not like they have a say in who Green Bay drafts every year or who will start the next time QB Aaron Rodgers sustains a concussion).

But Carucci makes a good point at the end of his column, writing, “Still, there's a part of me that also wonders, particularly during these frustrating times of lockout limbo, if it would have been possible to at least involve the shareholders so they could feel that added sense of attachment to their favorite team.”

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Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:12 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 3:17 pm

Jones, NFL want SB ticket suit dismissed

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might recall the small matter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the NFL selling seats to Super Bowl XLV that didn’t exactly exist by gametime. And you might remember that the fans who didn’t get to sit where they assumed they would (after buying the tickets and all) were not pleased about it.

Ticket-gate fallout
Two fans filed a class-action lawsuit in February, and on Thursday, Jones and the NFL asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit because they say reimbursement offers to the fans were more than adequate.

Via the Fort Worth Star Telegram, in their court filing, Jones and the NFL said, “These offers were made to be accommodating to the NFL's valued fans, but in fact, they exceed the amount to which any of the ticket-holders is entitled.”

The lawsuit filed said fans suffered damages totaling more than $5 million, and the league says it has offered to pay fans between $4.5 and $9.3 million.

You know, as the lockout continues and fans continue to get angrier and angrier, it makes perfect sense that Jones and the NFL would use the court system to make sure they don’t have to give the fans their just due.

As fans spent thousands of dollars to travel to the Super Bowl for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, only to get completely screwed by Jones and the NFL, perhaps the NFL should think about doing more than what is legally adequate to compensate them.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 10:48 pm

Aaron Rodgers tells a Super Bowl story

Posted by Andy Benoit

Aaron Rodgers recently appeared on ESPN Milwaukee 1450 and shared a few good Super Bowl stories. He talked about Christina Aguilera botching the National Anthem (Rodgers says he was one of the few Packers who actually noticed it at the time) and, more interestingly, about how he watched things get heated between two photographers just prior to the coin toss.
We’ll let RA. Rodgers (US Presswire)odgers tell the full story:

"We walked out to the coin toss. The Super Bowl, there are these long TV timeouts. So we go out for the coin toss as one of the captains, there are five of us, and the Steelers guys are standing over there. And we're just standing there looking at each other for a good three minutes.

"Well, over to the left, about 10 cameramen have been trying to get in place to get the best shot, and two of them are fighting. They're yelling at each other in different languages, flipping each other off. The one guy is flipping him off, and the other guy below him is just taking all these pictures of it....

"So they're screaming at each other. The up guy is flipping him off and the down guy is taking all these pictures of him. So then the [low] guy stands up and he starts taking pictures of him. So they're both screaming at each other taking pictures of each other for a good minute and a half.

"And I'm tapping A.J. [Hawk], 'Look at that! Look at that! It's unbelievable!"

If we’re allowed to play psychologist and read into these stories (and, this being a blog, we most certainly are), then the takeaway here is that Rodgers clearly sounds as if he was preternaturally calm in the final moments leading up to the biggest game of his life.

In fact, in the same interview, Rodgers said of the Super Bowl, “It felt like a normal game. Is that bad? It felt like a normal game."

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 1:59 pm

Super Bowl ticket-gate fallout continues

Cowboys Stadium

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might recall how there were some problems with some temporary seats at Super Bowl XLV. It wasn’t a big deal or anything, but the people who were in those seats had to wait in lines for hours and then weren’t allowed to sit at the spot where the ticket they bought said they could.

It was a minor controversy that was quickly forgotten once the game started. Heck, you probably don’t even remember what I’m talking about, right?

Oh, that’s right. It was a huge deal – very embarrassing to the NFL and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones – with lawsuits and livid fans, and the fallout continues even three months later.
Ticket-gate fallout

The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Jack Hill, the stadium manager for Cowboys Stadium, has resigned and will leave his position June 1.

Though Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the Super Bowl fiasco didn’t play a part in Hill’s decision to leave – and maybe it didn’t, as Jones implied Hill is more of a stadium builder than a stadium manager – there’s little doubt that Hill took much of the blame for the massive Super Bowl screw-up.

Hill was the one who asked for the permits to install the temporary seating, and he assured Arlington, Texas city leaders that he would use extra workers to make sure the job was complete, you know, before the game started.

That obviously didn’t happen. Not that it was a big deal or anything.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:37 am

Packers finally moving forward with SB rings

Posted by Andy Benoit

While no trip to the White House has been accepted yet, thanks to the lockout, the Green Bay Packers are at least moving forward with ordering their Super Bowl rings. In March, it was reported that they were not able to pursue the jewelry because they couldn’t be in contact with players to get ring sizes.

That changed Tuesday. Pro Football Talk wrote that the team announced that Jostens has been hired to produce the rings. The Packers either took care of this business right away when the lockout was temporarily lifted last week, or they just decided to move forward without knowing players’ exact ring sizes.

The NFL gives teams $750,000 to spend on rings (the thinking is a maximum of $5,000 for 150 rings). Any overdraft costs are paid for by the team.

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Posted on: March 6, 2011 11:42 pm

Schlichter: 'Embarrassed that I have hurt anyone'

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Columbus Dispatch scored a sitdown jailhouse interview with former Ohio State star quarterback Art Schlichter, who will face felony theft charges relating to Super Bowl tickets that allegedly were paid for by clients but never delivered by Schlichter.

In reality, it’s more of the same old, same old from Schlichter, an admitted gambling addict who always says (from his jail cell or when he's released) that he wants to learn from his transgressions and help those in need.

Apparently, this time around, he’s cost at least one person – a central Ohio widow – more than $1 million in his latest alleged scheme. Schlichter, as has been well-documented (especially in his own book) , is a gambling addict who has landed in jail more than 40 times since his Ohio State days.

"I'm embarrassed that I have hurt anyone, and I would give anything to make it right," Schlichter told the Dispatch . "I want to make amends to the people that I have harmed in some way. I wanted to reach out and apologize to people before I came (to jail), but I was advised not to contact them. That was the hardest part for me."

It’s not just the wealthy widow he allegedly duped. Schlichter apparently has more problems than simply that.

From the story:

He's likely to face many other charges stemming from local and federal investigations into a ticket-selling scheme that began at least 18 months ago.

Schlichter reportedly would tell people that he could make money by selling tickets to Ohio State football games and the Super Bowl. But in many cases, those who lent him money were never repaid, and others did not receive the tickets they were promised.

In a new development, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said authorities have identified 20 victims. Nine of them have filed police reports, O'Brien said. The others have not because they have said they see no hope of recovering the money that was lost.

Although Schlichter admitted he has an addiction, he didn’t use the word “gambling” in his interview. Which should be strange. But with Schlichter, it’s not unusual at all.

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 11:55 pm

Jerry Jones takes responsibility for SB woes

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

All Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanted was to play host to the greatest Super Bowl ever to be experienced and to have his team participate in it. Unfortunately for him, neither circumstance occurred.

Jones hasn’t had much to say since Super Bowl XLV and all of the limitations faced by the Metroplex and (surprisingly) Cowboys Stadium and the fans who wanted to be inside of it.

But on Friday, he spoke to a group of reporters, including the Dallas Morning News, in his Indianapolis hotel room, and he said he and the NFL both share responsibility for the mistakes that were made in regards to the seats that, you know, weren’t available for use (even though people paid good money for them).

“I do, along with the NFL, take responsibility for the seating issue,” Jones said. “Some of the things we would like to improve on regarding the seating issue, informing the fans that were involved, all of those areas, the NFL and I take responsibility for.

“You always like to look at areas you can be better, get better. We certainly intend to and will get much better in terms of the seating and how that is handled. I don’t have a lot of details for you, relative to specifics, but that’s part of the process of the work ahead to do it better.”

Although Jones declined to specifically discuss why the seats weren’t ready, he also said he believe the NFL will give him another shot at hosting the Super Bowl (he, of course, is 100 percent accurate about that).

“While those challenges have been focused on, I think our opportunity for a Super Bowl in the future are very outstanding, very good, because of the venue we have and because of the way the Super Bowl was supported and if you will, worked,’’ Jones said.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:29 pm

Pittsburgh's mayor gets to shoveling

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I’m not usually a huge fan of the “my mayor is betting your mayor before the big game and the loser has to honor the winner” kind of wager. But if physical labor is involved, count me in.

That’s what happened Tuesday morning when Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl – still reeling from the Steelers loss to the Packers in Super Bowl XLV – had to pay off his bet to Green Bay, Wis., mayor Jim Schmitt.

That’s why Ravenstahl was spotted, clad in a Packers sweat shirt, shoveling the snow around the sidewalks of St. Rosalia Parish, which happens to be the church that the parents of Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy’s parents attend.

When Ravenstahl was finished, he had to hang a Packers flag on the City-County building.

“If there’s any consolation in the Steelers loss, it’s that we lost to the McCarthy family,” Ravenstahl told reporters. “It’s still a tough one to swallow a few weeks after the fact.”

If you’d like to see video of Ravenstahl grinding it out (or if you want to study his snow-shoveling technique), check out what the Pittsburgh Post Gazette had to offer on its website.

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