Point-counterpoint: New Super Bowl venue

first_imgAckerstein:With football holding firm as the last major sport still dominatedby Americans, it only makes sense that the Super Bowl be played right in theheartland of the United States, Nebraska?s Memorial Stadium.Holding the most-watched sporting event of the year in acity not traditionally viewed as glamorous may seem out of line with the recentnorm, but it is just what the NFL needs to restore the true meaning of theSuper Bowl: football.Playing the game in Nebraska is the remedy the event needsto get back to its roots now that it has become just as much of a party as ithas a football game. When recent hosts like Miami, Phoenix and Houston hold thegame, there are plenty of glitzy places for the stars to hold parties, takingattention away from the game itself. Sure Maxim, Victoria?s Secret and Playboy can still hosttheir star-studded Super Bowl parties in Nebraska, but good luck finding hiphangouts loaded with paparazzi in Lincoln, and just try convincing Paris Hiltonand John Mayer to make the trip out to a state that has about as many hotnightclubs as it does beaches.Unlike other sites, in Nebraska it is Tom, and not Ozzy,Kelly or Jack, who?s the most likely Osborne to have his picture taken.With fewer people coming to the Super Bowl for the parties,more tickets become available for real fans, bringing the sport?s mostimportant game back to the people who matter most.Plus, playing the game in a state without a professionalteam eliminates the possibility that a team has a home-field advantage in thebig game, although only having it in Detroit, Miami and Phoenix practicallyguarantees that as well. Less glitz and more hits. Nebraska for the win.Mason:Nebraska? Are you kidding me? Who on earth would want totravel to Lincoln for the Super Bowl?I’ve got to rack my brain to think of things to do inNebraska. Right now, all I can think to do there is husk corn. Good luckgetting the media, fans, Playboy and Victoria’s Secret models there for aweek-long excursion, especially in early February. (It could be as cold as 26degrees on Super Bowl Sunday in Lincoln this weekend.)So if not Nebraska, then where should the next big game be played?Simple: Hawaii.But wait, isn’t the Pro Bowl already played there? Yes,which is why I say we do away with the Pro Bowl and just have Honolulu host theSuper Bowl instead. Football’s version of an all-star game is one of the leastentertaining to watch anyway.And what’s wrong with the fact that the Super Bowl hasturned into a media frenzy and party central? That’s half the fun of the weeklongpreparation for the game.Just picture pregame tailgates with pigs roasting on spits,hula dancers shaking their grass skirts and plenty of poi and tropical drinksto go around. Plus, you can’t beat the Hawaiian weather, no matter what time ofyear it is.And Mike wants a state without a professional team, he says.What a coincidence, because Hawaii has zero pro sports franchises.As far as travel is concerned, I realize Honolulu is a bitfarther than Lincoln to travel to for most people. But if you’re going to spendan exorbitant amount of money to go to the game, you might as well make itworth your while and travel somewhere enjoyable. Super Bowl XLIII in Hawaii. Aloha.last_img read more

LVG: Age and inexperience should not hamper Marcus Rashford’s Euro 2016 hopes

first_img1 Marcus Rashford has swiftly risen from unknown to an Old Trafford favourite Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal does not believe inexperience should prevent breakthrough star Marcus Rashford from securing a surprise, late place in England’s Euro 2016 squad.The 18-year-old has swiftly risen from unknown to an Old Trafford favourite, having followed-up a debut brace against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League with another double during an even better performance at home to Arsenal.Rashford produced another solid display as United eked out a 1-0 win against Watford in midweek – just the third senior appearance of his career, but a match followed by talk of a Euro 2016 place.England boss Roy Hodgson was keen to keep the pressure off when quizzed about the teenager in Paris, but refused to rule the striker in or out of selection for this summer’s tournament.Van Gaal bristled when those comments were put to him at the press conference previewing Sunday’s trip to West Brom, although the United boss underlined his belief that quality is more important than experience.“I think that Mr Hodgson has answered the question of the media and now you are asking again,” he said.“Who is paying a lot of attention to that? It is the media, it is not Hodgson or I. We have to answer the questions.“This is my answer to you – you are putting the question and then you are saying Hodgson is telling something. No, he is answering questions.”When asked again whether England recognition would be too much, too soon for Rashford, Van Gaal added: “It is never too early. I have said it also a lot of times in my press conferences.“Age is not important, I have said that. Maybe you remember that? Age is not important, it is the quality.”SEE HERE – Joe Cole tells talkSPORT: Marcus Rashford is something special… he could be England’s surprise package at Euro 2016last_img read more