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Super Bowl Blog: Snowstorm Tangles DFW

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By Eric Nelson, WCCO-TV

DALLAS (WCCO) - Super Bowl XLV nuggets from the winter wonderland of the south:

• Welcome to the land of ice and snow. A mini-blizzard late Thursday night was the latest dose of North Pole-like weather to hit North Texas…

• Dallas was the epicenter of the storm, getting 5-7 inches of powder. The snow crippled the metroplex Friday morning, which is still trying to get back to normal after ice paralyzed DFW earlier this week…

• Vancouver, B.C. is probably jealous. The Canadian city that hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics in unusually mild weather would have loved these chilly Texas temps…

• This is a worst-case scenario for the NFL. The winter blast has ruined the normal Super Bowl buzz. Bars and restaurants hoping to cash in on the crush of fans have suffered and will lose money…

• In a normal Super Bowl week local media hypes the game on a daily basis, but this week the weather has dwarfed the Super saturation as DFW TV stations focus on the ice, snow and cold. The good news is I was able to go for a morning jog because the snow covered the ice and slipping was not an issue…

• The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel ran an article Thursday mocking the frigid North Texas weather and bragging about the sun-drenched 80 degree days this week in South Florida…

• By the way, snowplows in Texas are a rumor. The state is ill-equipped to deal with winter weather…

• Green Bay running backs coach Edgar Bennett played on the Packers Super Bowl XXXI team that won a Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. Bennett believes that Packer Nation will someday again embrace Brett Favre, despite his acrimonious divorce from the team. Said Bennett: “I think they definitely will. I think he will always be a Packer without a doubt…”

• Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is very impressed with Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “He’s a leader, he’s the focal point,” Taylor said. “He’s the guy on that offense. he’s the guy on that team…”

• It’s faith, family and football in Texas and not necessarily in that order. Thursday’s Dallas Morning News devoted seven pages to national signing day. Texas produces football players like grapefruits…

• Allen H.S., located in a Dallas suburb, is building a $60 million stadium. The venue includes a video scoreboard and will have a seating capacity of 18,000…

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