Why Was Cowboys Stadium Exempt From Blackouts?

By Jack Fink, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As brief power outages rolled across the state on Wednesday, certain places were intended to be exempt from a temporary loss of electricity. That included hospitals, nursing homes, fire stations, police stations, other emergency response facilities… and Cowboys Stadium?

When officials with Oncor said that the Arlington site of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV would not be a part of the rolling outages, many residents became furious. But this was not entirely a choice made by the local utility company.

With thousands of reporters huddled in North Texas hotels and thousands of rabid football fans attending the NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center, and two football teams preparing to do battle on the field of Cowboys Stadium this Sunday, the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee had a big request to make. “It is vitally important we don’t have blackouts,” said committee vice president Tony Fay.

Fay asked the City of Dallas, the City of Fort Worth and the City of Arlington to ensure that rolling blackouts did not prevent planned events from happening at Super Bowl venues. That news really steamed up some homeowners who were left without power for hours. “We’re not prioritizing,” said frustrated Plano resident Allen Hooser. “Hospitals and the grocery store, which is out. But for a PR stunt, where you can go throw a football, you have power and heat.”

“Not because of any preferential treatment. Not because we’re trying to protect VIPs or celebrities,” Fay explained. “It is a public safety issue.” According to Fay, if there was to be a blackout at an NFL venue, then there would be no way to screen for security.

Oncor is among the utility companies which are implementing rolling blackouts. Company spokeswoman Megan Wright said that public safety is crucial. “The Central Business District in Dallas has multiple high rises where there could be lots of people,” Wright explained. “If they lose power, it could be a bad safety situation.”

But there is another, unavoidable reason that Cowboys Stadium will not experience a blackout. That venue sits on multiple power grids. If one goes out, another flips on seamlessly, without any interruption to power. So, although one grid might see a blackout, the rolling outage process ensures that the stadium is always receiving power from another grid.

Downtown Dallas and Fort Worth are also on multiple, redundant power grids.

According to Oncor, businesses and residents can pay extra money to be on multiple power grids, but it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for the infrastructure to be set up. And even then, technically, rolling blackouts could still be possible to those people.

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One Comment

  1. nugy says:

    sports is more important than keeping the kids warm

    1. befitz says:

      nugy, you may purchase a generator at home depot. They were open yesterday, I went myself. And for as little as $500, an electrician can supply you with the connection to keep your gas heated house warm and refrigerator cold during future blackouts. YOU ARE A FOOL to think that you a priority to your power company(or your government, for that matter). Learn to take care of your own problems and emergencies. You will be glad you did.

      1. Deborah says:

        befitz, not everyone has $500.00 laying around these days to run to home depot and buy a generator and hire an electrician. So I think keeping the hospitals electricity on is far more important than keeping Super Bowl business going. Homes should then be the next priority to keep warm.

      2. Tax Slave says:

        Shouldn’t the STADIUM buy it’s own backup generators?

      3. ron says:

        Right on sounds like a true self efficient American. Very few these days. What is sad that a Hospital with all the millions they make does not have back generators. They cause their own problems.

      4. DHD says:

        Good job Befitz. Everyone doesn’t have $500 to buy a generator on the fly, but if they are working and own a home then they should be able to save that up throughout the year and make that type of investment.
        People have gotten to the point that they expect everything to be given to them. I don’t have one yet, but it’s been part of my plan for home improvement. Cut that cable/satellite, coach purse, video games etc.. out for a just a little bit. Work a little overtime.
        If they don’t want to do that. Here’s another. WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN.

      5. Epstein's Mother says:

        @DHD, I don’t think it’s that people want things given to them. I think they want what they pay for. If I’m paying a lot for my electric bill, why should I have to go out and spend $500 on a backup generator? You seem to be confusing a private service contracted and paid for with some kind of gov’t largesse. Try to pay more attention to what’s actually going on, rather than jumping to some confusion based on some radio talk show host you really weren’t listening to that closely anyway.

      6. happy says:

        hello epsteins mother.
        The reason one buys a generator is the same reason one buys insurance. There are no guarantees in life. Evenif you are paying tremendous amounts of money for electricity, like all things the supply system is not infallable. I personally live 3 miles from the largest nuke gen site in the country(Palo Verde) and alawys suffer blackouts for 10 mins to a couple days.
        Grow up and take responsibility for your necessitys in life.

      7. nunyabiz says:

        @Epstein’s Mother from that take. Don’t you think that the Stadium Owner, The NFL and whoever is involved has paid much much much more than you? As the article said they HAVE paid for the infrastructure so that they would be much less likely to lose power. So by your own reasoning they would get the service first shouldn’t they?

      8. Chris says:

        It’s not about if I had power- or if YOU had power.. who has a generator- who doesnt.. go get your own generator…you’re missing the point!!
        the TRUE question is: WHY did they CHOOSE to cut the power to two of the largest hospitals in the state (one of them being CHILDREN’S) instead of cutting the power to the Stadium… ?? If given a choice- I would have HAPPILY sacrificed my power for the ENTIRE day to keep the lights on at the hospital… for the Super Bowl?? not so much.. sure people at home- fend for yourselves!! but people in the hospital?? truely SHAMEFUL!!

      9. x man says:

        Epstein’s Mother… you pay for electricity used. If it’s not working, you’re not paying! Chew on that!

      10. mitch says:

        Excellent reply!!!!

      11. Johnny Yank says:

        When are you rednecks down in Texas going to realize that the Super Bowl is more important to the rest of the country than your stupid people?

      12. Epstein's Mother says:

        It’s a contract. The electric companies don’t offer to provide me electricity when they feel like it, or as long as someone else doesn’t pay them more. They offer to provide me with electricity absent something preventing them from doing so.

        And, yes, the NFL is probably paying them more. But I’d bet any one of you good money that they are paying a lot less per kilowatt.

        Chew on that

      13. Rick says:

        With our current idiot in chief, does anyone really have any extra money lying around? I think it all went to illegal immigrants medical coverage, welfare, and affirmative action. After all those taxes, I’m wiped out.

      14. Cowboy says:

        What hospital does not have a backup generator???

      15. dee says:

        now if only jerry jones had $500 to buy backup generators. but jerry has never taken care of his own problems on his own dime, too many willing taxpayers to pay for him.

      16. CONCERNED says:

        The VALUE AND WORTH of humans lives are beeing ignored for the sake of a dollar. Without a notice a dialysis clinic lost it’s electricity during a blackout, 12 people were stranded with blood circulating on NON-FUNCTIONING machines while the Cowboy Stadium was being supplied with electricity…..ERCOT,by laws, must inform the public that a blackout would occur.PLEASE THINK ABOUT, If conserving electricity was an issue, the Cowboy Stadium and ALL Superbowl Venue would have been included…..MAJOR HOSPITALS which care for critically ill patients barely hanging on to life were including in the rolling blackout, but SUPERBOWL VENUES remained suppled. COWBOYS STADIUM USES ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO SUPPLY 21 Super Wal-marts and more electicity than most mid-size cities. Factor in the amount of electriciy used to supply the numerous Superbowl venues….THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT PEOPLE SUFFERED DURING THE ROLLING BLACKOUT FOR THE SAKE OF A DOLLAR……HUMAN LIFES OR SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT…..YOU CAN NEVER PUT A PRICE ON A PERSON’S LIVE

    2. Patrick says:

      The NFL will soon be reduced to what it truly is…..trivial, irrelevant, ….a vulgar display of the old economy.

      1. Heartland Patriot says:

        So, the “old economy”, huh? What is the NEW economy, the one that Obama and the Democrat Party and their liberal progressive friends want? And do you think everyone is going to turn into soccer fans? YOU are a joke, indeed.

      2. European American says:

        You’re absolutely right, Patrick. The “Old Economy” is based on selfishness and greed. It doesn’t work. Clearly we are headed into the abyss unfortunately most Americans haven’t got a clue what’s massively looming on the horizon.

        The Normalcy Bias

        The normalcy bias refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of the government to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred that it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs.

        People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before.

        People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

      3. European American says:

        And Heartland Patriot.

        You are caught up thinking that if one is not a Neo Con then they are a Socialist Liberal. Sorry, but both sides are part of that same failing “old economy”. You are a dying breed HP and the sooner you snap out of Denial, the better chance you will have to survive when the lights go out.

        For you HP and those on both the Left and Right

        Denial is a defense mechanism, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. The subject may use:
        simple denial – deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether
        minimisation – admit the fact but deny its seriousness
        projection- admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility.

      4. TJ The anti-Jeryy says:

        oh God…Its another hang out at starbucks all day, pseudo-intelectual…here to tell us all how stupid we are along with the European American…Its so bad here yetthey left Europe and want to write here how stupid you are for not thinking the way they do…Yes, bash me for misspellings since you two are smarter and more Obama loving.

        The stadium didnt lose power because of security?Weak reasoning…They would actuall y have to do good old fashioned police like work and put the laptop down…Isnt that why the terrorists are winning?They are low tech..

      5. Cowboy says:

        “old economy”

        That’s funny…

    3. frank says:

      They are thinking of the MILLIONS of dollars around the world that are at stake…..the money trial has taken over the importance of a sport where the two bests compete but somewhere along the line, it got off track, or allowed itself to. Yes I will watch anyhow from up here in snowbound MA

      1. larry says:

        MA is the breading cesspool for the entire situation this country is in -that toilet should be flushed permanently.

      2. corn says:

        How would you decide on this? We must protect the nursing home old folks, or we must protect the millionaires over in the stadium? How about this then, we must protect the folks in surgery with open hearts now going on, or the folks in the stadium with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake here?

      3. Kristy says:

        Oh please, the hospitals have power and so do the nursing homes. Don’t be so dramatic.

      4. Chris says:

        I must say- that the idea of Parkland Hospital && Childrens going without power for any ammount of time, not only calls for a public out cry, but a change of electric policy. Drama? no not so much. If YOUR baby was 9 weeks premature, & on a respirator…how would YOU feel about say..the power going out and it taking the hospitals generator between 30seconds and 2 minutes to come on?? Do you think your baby would survive that?? Sure the hospitals have generators, but they do take awhile to turn on. if it was MY child, there would be a lot more than DRAMA to deal with. But, you know… so long as the celebrities at the Super Bowl stay warm..that makes you feel better right?

      5. KayleighBear says:

        Larry, I’m not sure what a “breading cess pool” is, but our bread in Massachusetts is DELICIOUS. So, I would take my anti-Massachusetts comments elsewhere buddy. We love our bread up here and we don’t want your kind BREEDING and eating all of our delicious, scrumptous bread. Oh, one more thing, Laaaaarry…Please offers examples of how Massachusetts is what you say it is. You don’t back up your statement at all, really poor argument.😉

      6. Darrell says:

        ALL hospitals and nursing homes have back up generators and automatic transfer switches that automaticall kick in whenever there is a power loss.

        These are tested monthly to make sure they are in working order.

        Beyond that Hospitals and Nursing homes are normally exempt from any rolling balck outs and I would assume this to be the case here.

      7. Cowboy says:

        Actually. across the country “the sport” still gets played for nothing but pride and competition.

    4. Beth says:

      Because Jerry Jones doesn’t have to follow ANY of the rules around here! As a matter of fact, he gets to make up his own rules! It’s complete BS and I am sick of it! Go back to Arkansas Jerry Jones! You’re not wanted here.

      1. Cowboy says:

        The 4,000 or so people employed by the stadium being there probably disagree…

      2. Tommy Chapman says:

        Jerry has no say since the Cotton Bowl, NFL has had complete control….

    5. bigfoot says:

      Jerry Jones and Company will keep the power on at all costs…until the one day that maybe his team can once again rule the super Bowl…

      when will we all wake up…money speaks..and if you dont have any..then you lost your right to complain

    6. Scott Martin says:

      Why didn’t Jerry just call GOD and tell him to warm things up? Stop blaming Jerry Jones, stop blaming the rich. It all comes down to rotten favors done by dirty politicians. Politics kept the power on, to ensure Dallas has a future chance at hosting a Super Bowl. Perhaps they will rebuild the houses that burned out due to the blackouts and the health care for the children that got sick.

      1. corn says:

        THE BUCK STOPS HERE! Damocratic President Obama! Let’s not forget that Americans put a Kenyan citizen in the White House…..You have’nt seen nothing yet folks!

      2. Tj says:

        exactly…Im sick of the fake,self serving do gooding pr by the slant 45 ilk…Once the game is over, so is the care for the community…Its all so fake.

    7. Ashley says:

      Fact is, LIFE IS NOT FAIR! So instead of sitting here complaining and whining, suck it up, get over it, and move on! Who cares if they didn’t blackout the stadium for the Super Bowl, is this really the most important thing in your life right now??? Looks like we have our priorities mixed up because this is petty nonsense. Because in the end IT IS WHAT IT IS! The sooner you realize this the happier you will be.

    8. jb says:

      I think the irony and sarcasm of your post escaped notice.

      1. jb says:

        this is in reference to the comment by NUGY

    9. KS H says:

      I worked for a utility company, and what is probably true here is that the business customers come first because they pay higher rates and are open using electricity during peak rate hours – like cell phone plans.

    10. Dr. Boo says:

      “I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.” ~ H. L. Mencken


    11. Jeff says:

      That’s exactly right. Football fanatics are truly twisted. They think the world revoved around a child’s game played by overgrown children with an epic sense of entitlement. Then they revel in violence while cities build billions dollar stadiums with tax dollars but won’t build schools.

      1. Cowboy says:

        It’s a “child’s game” when played by children.

        It’s an entertainment business that employs many Americans when played by grown-ups.

    12. TJ says:

      yes…at least to those and the fake slant 45 crew.

    13. John Connor says:

      Boycott the Superbowl. Stop the New world order.

      1. Cowboy says:

        On 2.


    14. vernon Todd says:

      How would they sedate the sheeple and distract them from world events without the distraction of football, basketball, hockey, etc.? American morons deserve what is coming.

      1. Cowboy says:

        What is coming is the Superbowl.

        And disappointed anti-Americans.

      2. BigWi says:

        Whats coming is a Packer Win

    15. rusky says:

      Typical comment. They must keep the power or they would have mayhem. Why can’t family, friends and neighbors get together and aide themselves anymore??? This has become such a pansy nation.

    16. rusky says:

      Typical comment. They must keep the power or they would have mayhem. Why can’t family, friends and neighbors get together and aide themselves anymore??? This has become such a pansy nation.

    17. T.M. Harmony says:

      I am a teacher – I’m not in the Dallas area – but close enough. Our power went out FIVE times and one of them for a pretty long time. Public safety issue? Call it what you want. It is about POWER and not electricity. What about the public safety of what’s really important? Our Texas school children. And seriously — their health. A children’s hospital and schools without power vs. Jerry’s World. Fail. Whomever made this decision gets an “F.”

  2. Linda Bailey says:

    Follow the money and the wealthy. That’s why the stadium still has power,

    1. sean says:

      Exactly right Linda. Money and the wealthy unfortunately speak very LOUDLY in this country. forget the families with small children. They don’t need power. Just make sure this celebrity obsessed culture of ours can keep up to date on what these overpaid morons are up to the week leading up to the game.

      1. Cowboy says:

        Tell it to all the vendors, ticket takers, ushers, parking attendants, …

    2. respectprivacy says:

      You are so ignorant! How much money are you making from the Superbowl? Neither am I! Yet your tax dollars are being used to make out-of-towners, Jerry Jones and our politicians carpet bag our tax dollars! You bet I’m a “cry baby” when it comes to my tax dollars to profit non-taxpayers! If we don’t “cry” about it, then we just accept it! You are a good sheep.

      1. the right says:

        Your city is making a MILLIONS on this superbowl so shut up.

      2. Jahnke says:

        And the taxpayers pay BILLIONS for services, so, learn to speak English properly, use correct punctuation … and shut up.

      3. Doofus says:

        But how comes you not know how to spell your name right ?

        HuhJunky, what you be on today, you look like you all strung out on English bro

      4. Bus Driver says:

        Dude, get a grip, you need to step back and look at the BIG PICTURE. Jerry’s Palace attracts new and repeat BUSINESS to the immediate area via Hotel, Shopping, Gas, etc that draw very large Tax gains that easily offset Stadium subsides given to Jerry. Jerry makes NO money from all those additional shoppers at the local stores, those new hotel reservations, all those gallons of gasoline bought nearby. In the overall scheme of things the Taxpayers will make out like bandits, you can thank me later.

        Consider yourself “schooled” and there will be absolutely no charge for this lesson as I consider it a public service.
        They call me the BUS DRIVER because I take everyone to school.

      5. timmy o t says:

        thank god there is no charge…..the lesson was void of any real world truth and completely misses the bigger picture of whats going on globally.

    3. Chooch Badoosh says:

      Dave, stop defending an ideal that doesn’t apply to you. Unless you can shell out $4,000 a ticket, you are simply defending the super rich and a game over the well-being of your fellow man.

      And if the event shuts down the economy will be just fine. It’s not like DFW needed the Super Bowl in order to keep us afloat in 2011.

    4. A Conservative says:

      Well, the argument for building this ridiculous stadium was the economy.
      They’ll bring the SuperBowl to Arlington. Of course, the fact that the Superbowl takes place when N Texas weather is the MOST unpredictable makes SO much sense. Now residents are home bound and cannot get out for all this Superbowl Celebrations. Mark my word, the press may never report it, but this will cost the metroplex money in the long run.

      And those silly whiners whose land was ruled “Eminent domain ” so Jerry Jones could have his stadium. And whiney critical care hospitals expecting to exempt, as they were promised, from rolling blackouts. But,hey, who needs critical care during an ice storm?
      Ever think of the businesses affected by hour long outages? Wow….really helpful for the economy. Oh wait, I forgot. They are just liberal old whiney whiners, aren’t they Dave?

      1. HT says:

        you forgot to mention the fact that this is a sick representation of how we as America conduct our lives, we care more about a football game than our neighbors life or our local jobs….what is wrong with us? no wonder we have people around the globe chanting “jihad” and spewing their hatred of America (ns)

    5. jack says:

      Dave the best part of you ran down your mother’s leg.

    6. Hemroidious says:

      dave probably likes to sniff Jocky straps.

    7. BB says:

      That is a lovely idealistic perspective but we have people here who did not have power for more than 18 hours during the coldest days in 15 years here. My elderly inlaws had to stay with us last night because of this and they not only needed heat but electricity for oxygen. That stadium should have been part of that “energy saving” rolling blackout just like everyone else. It’s a little more complicated than ‘putting on a coat’. Not everyone has family they can got to and the hotels are overpriced and booked for the game. This city’s priorities are out of whack. Just like the school districts that build giant football stadiums for the schools but don’t supply enough textbooks. There is more to life than football.

      1. JM says:

        I am so ashamed of our city and our Govt. It no longer is about the people!! It is about money and greed!! When a city has rolling black outs that include hospitals, emergency serv and homes where the elderly, sick and our children are and the SUPER DOME is not effected or encluded in the rolling black out because they might loose money!!!! This is so sad!!! I do not care if I ever see another football game!!

    8. Patrick says:

      @dave….so you play the Patriot Act card.

    9. CONCERNED says:

      THE VALUE OF A HUMAN LIFE IS BEING SACRIFICED FOR A DOLLAR……The truth and the reality of the matter is BEING IGNORED. I would have NEVER imagined that MAJOR HOSPITALS that care for CRITICALLY ill patients on were INCLUDED in the rolling blackout….The Superbowl committee raised the questions of public safety, BUT EVERYTIHING SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. Where is the safety for the MAJOR HOSPITALS? Where was the safety for the concerned grandmother that used the heat lamp of her grandaugher’s rockwall hospital room to warm her VULNERABLE NEW BORN GRANDCHILD…..Where was the conern for the elderly low income families that live in inadequate housing and must use electrical heaters to keep warm? THE REALTIY OF THE MATTER IS THAT HUMAN LIVES WERE BEING IGNORED FOR THE SAKE OF A DOLLAR……What is the aftermath? According to wfaa, a local news company, ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS COULD PAY DEARLY FOR BLACKOUTS. Without electricity for 15 minutes to 2 hours, electricity restored for 30 minutes and cycle continues for 8 hours, the result for MANY LOW INCOME FAMILIES, and many others COULD BE A LOST OF ELECTRICITY…..Low income families struggle to pay bills, with an increase it really mean living without electricity. Yet I ask, WHERE IS TTHE SAFETY AND SECURITY?

  3. Greg Hackworth says:

    and there safety is more important than ours?

    1. LauraJean says:

      Perhaps they are referring to the possibility of terrorist activity at the Super Bowl? That is a definite possibility, so I can definitely see the need to be vigilant in advance of the event. However, someone else’s suggestion regarding Jerry Jones providing his own backup power for that stadium seems right on to me.

      1. Ana says:

        I agree with you that the concern is perhaps preventing a possible terrorist activity.

      2. European American says:

        Terrorist attack? If you believe that then you believe arabs flew planes into the twin towers. LOL

        Wake up Americans!


    2. tj says:

      yes it is…Now your getting it.

      1. Bob says:

        I believe Arab terrorists did in fact fly planes into both main towers at the WTC, but not into Building 7, which nobody wants to address because it raises too many questions. This is why we know the investigation was a whitewash, and the terrorists who hit the twin towers were essentially allowed to do so. People who lost loved ones on 9-11 to this day run commercials in NYC inquiring about Building 7’s implosion. However, no action is taken by authorities on the local, state or federal levels.

  4. Golfnut6 says:

    All caused by frozen pipes at two coal fired electric generating plants where backup gas fired plants failed to take up the slack.

  5. Jane says:

    I hate the NFL, I am not not watching the stupid superbowl!!

    1. Person says:

      The Superbowl hates you and is happy you aren’t watching. Goodbye

      1. tj says:

        and loves you because you buy their garbage and fake good intentions.

    2. Patrick says:

      Careful Jane…you might be put on a “watch list”.

    3. tom says:

      Spare us! The Superbowl brings millions of dollars into the community its played in. Millions of tax dollars spent on hospitals that have backup generators to begin with. Football is a large part of our culture whether you like it or not. Now go back to hanging out with your cats.

  6. concerned says:

    They say it is a safety issue, however I would think hospitals, fire and police stations, nursing homes would carry a higher safety concern. Whatever they say the NFL and the host committee is only concerned about their game and image.

    1. Jeff says:

      They are only concerned about the television advertising revenue. If a few hundred thousand people are left in the cold and dark, that’s acceptable. But the loss of a footbally game is unthinkable to the moronic fans and the greedy players and owners.

      1. Cowboy says:

        The stadium workers say otherwise…

  7. eanmdphd says:

    Regarding the need for electricity reference “security” at the NFL event: Don’t they have generators at the security points?

    Surely if you rely on generators for hospitals, you can rely on them for security.

    1. kentex1146 says:

      The problem with your premise is that it makes sense.

      1. eanmdphd says:

        Being sensible has its limits.

      2. Mike says:


      3. Heartland Patriot says:

        The problem with you is that you are a disgruntled Bill White loving loser who wants to stir up trouble…sorry your little pal lost the election…get OVER IT!

  8. kentex1146 says:

    Originally there was an attempt to obfuscate the truth by saying that the reason the stadium wasn’t affected by the rolling blackouts was because the sophisticated internal electrical system at Jerry’s Death Star could overcome a disruption of power to the stadium.

    Which was complete, utter nonsense and the obfuscation didn’t sell.

    1. befitz says:

      I do not doubt for a second that a backup power plan is in place at the Jerryworld. And for a few extra thousand dollars, I’d bet that today Mr. Jones could produce close to 80% of all the electricity he needs. It’s the cost of doing business. Read my post above. Learn to take care of yourself and quit complaining.

    2. DHD says:

      Doesn’t the article state that the stadium is on multiple power grids? Something any homeowner can have added if they wish to incur the cost.
      This was done so that they would not lose power in the event of an unexpected power outage on any occasion.
      It seems to me that the represenative was requesting that during these rolling blackouts the stadium not be completely without power from all electical grids at the same time.

      1. Anthony Madrid says:

        It might, but Oncor already came out and said they specifically gave the place an exemption.

  9. Steve says:

    If we black out the site of the Super Bowl the terrorists will win!

    1. Sherri V says:

      Cowboy fans will win too if Jerry is located on site

    2. pnamajck says:

      the terrorist wins ONLY when every opposition ceases to exist . . . i.e. when everyone else is dead. there will always be terrorists . . . it the perpetuation lies within the human genome.

      if you get rid of the muslim extremists (and other religious apartheid) . . . common “bullies” will take up the directive and become terrorists.

      as for jerry jones . . . he needs to be committed to an insane asylum . . . literally . . . he is way out of control.

      1. Person says:

        WOW, you really went out there didn’t you? Does anybody have a valium for this guy?

    3. Patrick says:

      Yes, and if we don’t bail out Wall Street the terrorists win.

      1. Sherri V says:

        The Wall STreet Terrorists did win.

  10. Knowledge says:

    Bread and circuses in this caes just circuses

  11. cgnnightmare says:

    Hey now. You have to watch the cheerleaders jump and jiggle. It keeps a body warm.

    1. beemer says:

      There are no cheerleaders to this superbowl. They look more like prostitutes nowadays, I don’t see anything of importance they bring to a game, except their dance moves that are more appropriate for poll dances.

      1. yerstoopid says:

        would those be exit polls you halfwit?

  12. Barry Bin Inhalin says:

    The going rate for a SB tic is now an average price of $4653. Dallas is choosing who gets to eat cake.

  13. Colleen says:

    I think people should shut it and be thankful for all of the money coming to your city for hosting the Superbowl. These people have to eat and sleep somewhere!!!

    1. Chooch Badoosh says:

      Show me the proof this revenue is benefiting the common man. The money is lining the pockets of the super rich and no one else. Citing additional revenues for local businesses is exactly how Jerry Jones fleeced the city of Arlington. There has been no proof local businesses are better off today. The only person that is better off is Jerry Jones and that’s a fact.

      1. DB says:

        Of course it’s tough to “prove”, but I think the businesses in the area (hotels that are full to capacity, restaurants that are full, other retail outlets that are experiencing upticks in business) would probably support the theory. As far as ‘benefiting the common man’, there are taxes being paid by these people on the hotels, rental cars, meals, etc.

      2. Kristy says:

        Not to mention all the people who are employed are getting a paycheck and probably some pretty dang good tips.

      3. Ladymud says:

        The “super rich” pay taxes too. The only thing you can’t track is what your local and state governments do with all the tax revenue being generated this week.

      4. PD says:

        Yeah, no. It has been consistently proven that the net effect of these mega-stadiums is a drain on the local economy. The whole “we’ll bring in outside dollars” is a myth made by the owners who benefit from the pampering, and perpetuated by the dullards who follow them.

      5. Kristy says:

        PD, prove it. I live right here in Arlington and I see lots of people that have jobs because of this event. Prove that this isn’t benefiting them.

    2. tj says:

      so how much of that money do you get?

  14. Sinstar says:

    What do yo expect when most of America thinks that it is okay to pay athletes and entertainers millions of dollars/yr? Priorities in this country are ass backwards.

    1. fmcart says:

      Who makes that decision? It’s the sports fans and the moviegoers. People are putting their money where it will do THEM the most good. The allocation you want amounts to government redistribution.

  15. Good Neighbor says:

    Maybe if you people would not have intervened in all those power plants that were planned for your state you wouldn’t even have this problem. The people of Texas have nobody but themselves to blame. Do you remember all those coal plants that were cancelled, do you remember why they were cancelled? You people need to direct your ire to the right cause. This is not a rich vs. poor issue, you people need to wake up. Also, the plants you have were not designed for these kind of cold conditiions and durations. But, hey, maybe a new plant or two could have kept up with the demand.

    1. Sherri V says:

      You can blame our fine legislators. AS far as the people, even in Texas, we really don’t have a vote. Our government, Federal and State, is NOT about the people any more. It’s about their own pocket book and their buddies.

      1. wussy says:

        Only because you prefer to whine about it rather than do something about it

      2. Sherri V says:

        Tell us how oh mighty one? We rallied against TARP, they still ignored us.

  16. BobB says:

    Here’s a thought. You’ve already screened the people who are inside. If you have a blackout, close the doors and don’t let anyone come past the security checkpoints until the power is back on. Let them wait, and tell them that it’s for their own safety. Is that so tough to comprehend?

    1. Sherri V says:

      Too logical. Makes way too much sense. Much easier to keep Jerry World afloat at the expense of grandma’s respirator.

      1. BB says:

        You all are exactly right.

      2. twit says:

        Why didn’t you buy grandma a generator -seems to me you dropped the ball. You leech.

  17. Alicia says:

    From what I saw on my tv from Houston, there was quite a bit of inclement weather going on in Dallas yesterday so I am wondering how many people actually came to the NFL stuff anyway, as opposed to ALL the people in the hospitals, police and fire stations NEEDING the electricity to SAVE LIVES!!! The prima Donna attitudes of all things NFL continues to infuriate me and causes me to have great contempt for everything about them! I’m not watching the Super Bowl, never do, but I WILL watch the half time show where the REAL talent will be on display!

    1. Ranger says:

      REAL talent? You mean the Black Eyed Peas who will be lip syncing to a soundtrack?

  18. speedy says:

    if the lights go out in the stadium and football is disrupted riots will break out and many drunken football fans will beat their wifes and girlfriends. football is for drunken lowlife morons.

    1. Alicia says:

      That’s hilarious!!!

  19. Chooch Badoosh says:

    I can’t believe people aren’t more up in arms about this. I love how the term “security” is thrown around, but in actuality it’s about protecting the investment of the super rich at the expense of the common man.

    Yet the common man gives the Superbowl a pass even though they would have to bankrupt themselves to attend.

    No wonder this country has a one way ticket to serfdom.

    1. Sherri V says:

      If we tried to complain, they would throw us in jail. We are just dust particles on their boots.

      1. just askin says:

        Ummm, pretty much this whole comment trail is people complaining. Anybody been thrown in jail yet?

  20. Robert Kauffman says:

    You all need help…What is the big deal. The Superbowl is a major event and shouldn’t be effected if at all possible. The power was normally not out for more than 15 minutes. Yes I was effected, lost some work on my computer I was doing, and I was mad I lost it, but quit looking like a bunch of cry babies acting like your rights were violated. You have a right to breath and speak but quit being a cry baby, noone froze for the limited time they had the power out for.

    1. Sinstar says:

      The big deal is that sporting events should not be a priority during emergencies — hospitals, and other emergency take precedence over a freaking football game. You are one of those individuals I speak of that have their priorities reversed.

    2. respectprivacy says:

      YOU need help! You’ll just accept any half-baked explanation won’t you? Sure, I’ll be fine. No crying about the cold. My power was off for much longer than 15 minutes, so you’re way off here. Just bend-over and accept your tax dollars being used to make out-of-towners, Jerry Jones and politicians even more rich! You’re a good sheep!

      1. Robert says:

        You are more of a sheepal then I since alot of money that these out of towners and media and Jerry Jones is going back into the surrounding areas. Providing jobs for people, money for businesses and good press for our cities. You do realize we live in america, and there is nothing wrong with making money, this is not a rich or poor thing, it is common sense economics. Rich people got their power turned off just like us normal folks. The electric companies did try to take care of all emergency services and people first.

    3. Chooch Badoosh says:

      New flash, Robert. You can’t afford to go to the Superbowl. You will be watching it on the TV like you would whether it was here or anywhere else. Why are you happy to give preferential treatment to a luxury you will never be part of when peoples lives are at risk?

      1. fmcart says:

        Why should anyone’s ability to afford something should affect their opinion of it?

  21. NOOWNS says:


    1. Robb Nunya says:

      You really shouldn’t drink and post…

    2. KLC says:

      MAN IT TEXAS? Dumb A#$ your the poster child
      for the internet kill switch just yours that is

  22. Carl says:

    Given roadway conditions plus the electricity situation, people in non-time sensitive jobs like office workers or those at a manufacturing plant should not have been at work. Yes, there are tall buildings in downtown, many that should have been empty. With smart meters, you would think they could selectively cut off some big, non-essential users like the GM plant, Convention Centers, Cowboys stadium, and the Bank of America tower to just name a few. You don’t need security if you’re not using the facility. Better to disappoint the NFL and lose our shot at another Super Bowl later than have 6 month olds and 85 year olds shivering in their homes.

  23. Go Steelers says:

    Do folks really believe a billion dollar facility like this would be built without independent power sources? Rolling blackouts have no effect on the stadium.

    A better question is why hospitals and nursing homes didn’t immediately switch to generators. Modern generators have line sensors that start the generator immediately.

    “The stadium is the largest domed stadium in the world and has the world’s largest column-free interior. The Statue of Liberty and its base would fit inside the stadium without touching the retractable roof. The stadium requires three electrical power substations plus backup generators”

    1. Sherri V says:

      Yep and the lights went out last year. OOps.

  24. TfromTexas says:

    Thank peolpe like the President who hates coal. Locally you can thank Laura Miller and her band of tree hugging lefties that stonewall the construction of new coal fired plants. Laura Miller protested new plant a few years back – only 2-3 of proposed 12 were approved, and who knows if those are underway. We had to get power from MEXICO to supplement Texas.

    1. respectprivacy says:

      Man! You are out of it! “Tree Huggers” have no power in Texas. You need to learn the way things work in Texas. The blame goes to the oil and gas industry. They are the ones who enjoy the benefits of an inefficient power grid! If you knew have much power is lost from our archaic grid! Read this carefully: The oil and gas industry run Texas! Study it, Learn it. Mining of Coal is much more costly and less safe than oil and gas. Are you one of those who is ignorant to “clean coal?” Do you really believe it is “clean?” Blame those who drag their feet on implement more public transit, and alternative energy. We are so behind the rest of the developed world.

      1. Good Neighbor says:

        How’s that alternative energy wind power working out for you????? Clean coal (coal gasificatoin) is as cost-prohibitive as wind and solar. As for the grid, Its not that the grid is archaic, it is the characteristics of the the beast, there are line losses on any means to transmit electricity analogis to pumping water in a pipe line. Tell us why all those coal plants got cancelled and when was the last natural gas plant built in Texas. Yes the state has fallen to the tree huggers. Study and learn the cost of power production from the various sources of generation, you may learn the facts. A coal plant with scrubbers and SCR really is pretty clean, but those facts would get in the way of the liberal march toward communal living and mass transit.

      2. waaaawaaaa says:

        pretty stupid to boot from what I just read, not to mention whiney and wusses – put a fireplace in your self built home and cut some firewood you marshmallow

  25. Oglethorpe Cleopater says:

    A stadium where a hundred thousand people may be gathered under one roof
    should be designed to be on multiple power grids and have preferential treatment with power allocation. Use your brains, people. It’s fair and it’s common sense. Conservatives understand these things.

    1. Chooch Badoosh says:

      A hundred thousand people is a blip on the radar. Last I checked the DFW area has nearly 1.3 million people. This is all about taking from the people and giving preferential treatment to the super rich so they can watch their investment in comfort. Stop defending something that is far out of your reach.

      1. Scotch Brand says:

        Your class warfare BS is really wearing thin…

  26. Go Pack Go says:

    Are the people complaining the same group of people charging visitors $700 per night to stay in a $50 motel room or $1000 for a parking spot for a 3 hour game?

    1. Sherri V says:

      Well I was complaining about hte price gouging, but nobody listens. Of course our fine governor was all hell bent on talkoing a good game about price gouging (oh yeah that’s when gas was over $4 a gallon), but he never did anything. It might have affected his rich f buddies.

  27. C Winchester says:

    I don’t believe “Jerry World” should have enough power to determine they should not be without power. There are far more citizens of the city that will be here long after the Superbowl is gone. Don’t forget about them…..

    I will have the superbowl on my tv (provided I have powe!) but since the Cowboys aren’t playing, I will only have it on for the noise…and Troy Aikman.

  28. hillcoguy says:

    Because it’s JERRYS HOUSE…..that the taxpayers are paying for. Talk about billionaire welfare!

  29. Big S Ranch says:

    Read the last paragraph and you find this is a completely bogus story. Cowboy’ Stadium is on MULTIPLE power grids, so a rolling blackout on any one grid does not affect the stadium. This is a non-story.

    That said, SOMEBODY needs to be fired for this lack of preparedness. It’s not like we didn’t know for a WEEK that the cold was coming. There is no excuse for needing blackouts and Mexican power to make it through a couple of cold days.

    1. SinisterMatt says:

      The fact that the stadium has backup facilities is irrelevant The problem lies with the fact that the stadium called the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth and asked for an exception to the rolling blackouts. And, faced with a backlash like what happened in New York in December when they canceled a football game, they kowtowed to the NFL. Crony capitalism at its finest.

      If the stadium doesn’t need power from the city to run during emergencies, then why did they call and beg?

  30. Kristy says:

    Thousands of people have come to our city to spend a ton of money at our businesses and we are complaining? I say make them comfortable, let them spend their money. It can only be good for us.

    1. Chooch Badoosh says:

      How will it be good for us? It’s an empty promise. It will line the pockets of the rich and all that will be left for the common man will be crumbs (or a pothole or two fixed).

    2. respectprivacy says:

      It’s not good for “us!” Our tax dollars are being used to make Jerry Jones, Out of towners and politicians rich. How are YOU benefiting? Don’t be a sheep!

    3. Sherri V says:

      and how will you profit by all these out of towners? I see no benefit to me in north Dallas. The hotel owners might make some money, but that’s just going to float up to the CEO for a week and then it’s business as usual and an empty hotel next week.

      1. Kristy says:

        What about the business charging $1000 for one parking spot. I am not a sheep because I disagree with your point of view. And I am sorry your argument is so week that you have to resort to name calling as your only defense. What about all the people who are employed earning money in the travel industry. All the employees at hotels and restaurants. All the limo services and vendors, that is a lot of jobs for a lot of people. If you aren’t creative enough to figure out a way to earn money from this event, then it is your own problem. The rolling blackouts would have happened regardless of whether or not the superbowl were here and as the article said, the stadium is on multiple power grids, the power wouldn’t go out there no matter what.

    4. Carl says:

      If tourism was the way to prosperity, why is our average income higher than Miami, New Orleans, or Las Vegas despite our lower living costs?

      1. Kristy says:

        Again, you are complaining because…?

  31. bill says:

    Flash protest the Superbowl. Use your text to gather citizens together for something of importance instead 0f dancing at the mall. Show your government what is important. Return the power to the people. Pun intended

  32. naynay says:

    I am so glad that Jerry Jones is still benefiting from all this. That team cares nothing about its fans. They should have stood up and said shut it down to help residental homes keep heat. Their are babies, children, and elderly that need heat all the time!! The cowboys are not America’s team any more. They are all about how can we make a dollar!

    1. Sherri V says:

      Not the fan’s fault.

  33. The Truth Hurts says:

    Why don’t you Texans just use your oil to keep the lights and the heat on? It’s about time you were punished for your boy GWBush 8 years of idiocy.

    1. Martin says:

      You’re an idiot.

  34. LLG says:

    Please are you kidding me, put patrols all around the building and turn out the lights-burned more than a small city, while hospitals, nursing homes etc. had rollouts-pitiful !! Can’t wait for Monday to get here and this circus be over!!

  35. Chris says:

    Do you know what I’ve learned from these comments? Texans are horrible spellers.

    1. Kelly Barnes Jeffords says:

      That is exactly what I was thinking Chris.

  36. MrRoxx says:

    having electricity is not a right….

    1. Chooch Badoosh says:

      … and the award for the dumbest comment goes to MrRoxx!

      1. Blade says:

        No, yours is the dumbest comment stupid.

      2. liberalism is a mental disorder says:

        its not a right you arrogant liberal moron. where in the constitution does it say, all americans will always have power. you silly moron liberal. you are the reason why this country is failing.

    2. Rocky says:

      It is, however, an essential utility.

    3. C Winchester says:

      I guess that is a valid statement, however, we pay for our usage…….when we have it

    4. A Conservative says:

      last time I checked MrRoxx, I was paying for it.

  37. Detter says:

    Yeah, they diverted the elec from the hospitals to the dome.

    I learned that Chris is overly critical.

  38. Melvin says:

    People, what are we some third world stink hole that cannot even supply itself with electricity? Have the environmental terrorists done such a good job at preventing nuclear or coal fired power plants from being built that we cannot even provide for ourselves anymore.
    But then again isn’t it odd that GE projects are being affected by the Environmental terrorists?

  39. johngol says:

    hosting the superbowl will earn the city hundereds of millions of dollars….this is the first time they have hosted the game and i am sure they want to do it again

  40. Chuk A Spear says:

    Jerry Jones and our negro gladiators need power

  41. Ed Jackson says:

    The North Texas Stupid Bowl Committee is just the scapegoat for Jerry Jones and the NFL. They do what they are told, in this case taking the PR ‘heat’ for keeping that tax payer funded pink elephant in Arlington with all the electrical power they need. Even if that power comes from Mexico, that’s right folks, Mexico is supplying electric power to Texas for the cold weather. Meanwhile people freeze in their homes, and hospitals go on emergency generators for power. But, Jerry’s family jewels are warm and cozy. The only reason why we have the Superbowl is because Jerry wanted it in his house. If we didn’t get it, that place would be locked up tight right now. We would not loose one cent to the DFW economy, we just wouldn’t be making any.

    What has the numerous Superbowls don’t for New Orlean’s economy? NOTHING!!!

    As for the weak excuse they need power for security, that’s BS. Hand held wands are battery powered, and if security is the real reason, then close the park down. Then those who have to live in it’s shadow will not be a target.

    I am just happy that the Cowboys suck so bad they have been shut out of the SB for many years now, and I hope many more. God knows that if the Cowboys ever make it to the bug gane again, Jerry will be lobbying for a change of venue to Arlington, no matter where that game is planned to be at.

    1. C Winchester says:

      Agreed Ed!

  42. Wait, don’t hospitals have backup generators for this type of even? I’m pretty sure that they do.


    1. And as a follow-up, I bet the stadium has backup generators as well.

  43. jackie_gt says:

    On the surface it it does seem unfair that Cowboys Stadium had no rolling blackouts. IF this building has electric heat (and a lot of big builidngs do), then thermal inertia due to the sheer size of the building would make it impossible to warm it up once it hits a point of no return (temperature gets down too low and the heaters are ineffective). Electric heat can’t generate enough BTU’s to overcome this kind of cold. They’d lose the building to the elements until the weather warmed up outside. We don’t have that problem with a residence because it’s small enough to keep it above that lower temperature threshold even with rolling blackouts AND most houses have gas heat which does overcome this. A generator from Home Depot will keep a house warm but it would have no effect on a building the size of the stadium. Unfair as this seems, they made the right decision. Would any of these folks complaining be willing to go to Cowboys stadium and help clean up IF the (I’m guessing 6 INCH) fire sprinkler pipes froze? No, I didn’t think so.

    1. Sherri V says:

      Supposedly these blackouts weren’t supposed to last more than 15 minutes (lie number 1); therefore Jerry World could have withstood that amount of time in the dark. Your theory wouldn’t pan out if Oncor had stayed true to their word.

  44. funyuns says:

    Security is the standard answer now isnt it? Like many I used to believe in terrorists jumping out like the boogyman to hurt people etc. Now that I have gained a bit of clarity, I realize that terrorists are the current way to control the population. We are losing freedoms and rights everyday to that mythical monster. You are more likely to die from the local police shooting you than terrorism and yet we gave them drones to spy on us and bigger guns to kill us with. We have traded America for something quite different havent we? What we let a few zealots do to our country, we should be ashamed of ourselves.

  45. VLOXY says:

    The issue here is the Super Bowl is claiming to be the greenest in history. Yesterday, media and energy companies were begging people to turn out lights and conserve energy. The Super Bowl could have done some effort to explain that they were going to comply with the rolling blackouts and due their part by reducing energy. Instead, they begged to be left alone. That is clearly a contradiction of their green Super Bowl. But, that is typically how it goes with wannabe environmentalists, “Always you and not me!”

  46. C Winchester says:

    Besides, a REAL Superbowl should be played in cold elements. That’s “watt” makes it a FOOTBALL game. So if a generator can’t get the temperature back up to 72 cozy degrees….so what? Is everybody going to freeze? Really?

  47. Kris in Frisco says:


    I thought that when we eliminated choice & competition, setup a deregulated monopoly, gave them everything they wanted including paying up to double and let them tack on fees amounting to billions upon billion of additional profits each year THERE WOULDN’T BE ANY RATIONING!

    Yesterday was RATIONING.

    Despite a rigged monopoly and windfall profits apparently they didn’t make enough profits to spend a few dollars winterizing their plants.

    I know, the legislature needs to pass a few more bills, like their previous bills since deregulation, where they can tack on more fees bilking Texans out of a few more billion dollars each year and maybe, one day, it will be enough to clear just enough to invest IN their business.

    Who am I kidding… the Texas legislature will pass a bill subsidizing winterizing the power plants, meaning you and I can pay for it, IN ADDITION TO adding on more fees because that is how business as usual is done… and why the citizens, the state and the nation is BROKE… while the special interests who bankroll politicians are enjoying record profits.

    1. Chooch Badoosh says:

      Post of the day, folks! Now if only the people cared as much about this as the “big game” we would be set.

    2. Johnny Mac says:

      One problem about that deregulation scheme I don’t like is that every single time one of those yahoos (i.e. Utility Company, Insurance Company, Phone Company, etc) asks the commission to raise rates, they almost always say YES without question. And mind you these are not small incremental rates these are price-gouging greed-is-good rate increases !

      I am a Ronald Reagan fan but there are some industries that just should not be private run-for-profit setups like the electric, phone and internet to name a few. De-regulation has its place in many OTHER areas though but not here not EVER again ! IT IS TIME TO HEAVILY REGULATE OR JUST TAKE OVER VITAL SERVICES THAT WE ALL DEPEND ON without going to far like Obama’s nose-dive into socialism.

  48. glenna says:

    maybe someone was on life support ( the cowboys) the money grubbing saggy eyed sob that owns arlington ( by the way the statium is is ARLINGTON not dallas i wish they still were) has a way to get around all the stuff that ordianary people have to dael with , just look what he got arlington to do for him , roads reworked, traffic form hell, more drunk drivers on the roads. some good may come we will just have to see what the cleanup will entail. nobody thinks about the after , my city is dirty enough as it is

    1. Sherri V says:

      They have not been in Dallas since the Cotton Bowl days. That was a LONG time ago.

  49. CabinFever says:

    Just for the record…..the stadium is in ARLINGTON….not Dallas. On another note, take a look at an ariel view of the stadium….see that A – shaped complex immediately to the south? It’s less than 1/2 mile from the stadium and it’s a Senior Citizen apartment complex. They had black outs…..twice. Nice…..a whole complex of senior citizens with no electricity or heat in sub zero temps….but Jerry’s world is secure. Priorities.

    1. Mayor Consultant says:

      Glad you brought that to my attention. I plan on bringing this topic up for discussion at the next city council meeting. This is a very bad location for old folk and they need to be moved to a more suitable place for sure. I propose we invoke imminent domain and get those blue hairs out of there ASAP. Thanks for the heads up my friend. I wish we had more people who are as observant as you. Thanks.

  50. joshbot says:

    Gosh, I hope there is a right I can give up so that the government can prevent in the future… Please, come into my home and micromanage my life government to protect me from this. Please force me to take the “eco” smartboxes that control my homes temperature. Perhaps there is a vaccine-tax-medication combo program to keep my grandparents extra safe from this… Please save us government!!!

    1. Best POTUS says:

      Like Ronald Reagan once said, the most 9 most dangerous words you will ever hear in your lifetime are (and i quote):

      I’m from the government and I’m here to help

  51. Walter Buck says:

    Its Football! That’s more important than Bubba and refrigerator.

  52. Andrew Sinclair says:

    You don’t need a rolling blackout to save electricity. Did the electrical utility ask the Stadium to voluntarily reduce its electrical usage? If so, did the people there respond positively? (They didn’t have to turn off everything — security could stay up; they would just shed non-security load.) How about the shopping malls — were they asked to voluntarily participate in a power-down? Did they? I recall reports saying that the utilities were asking everyone to reduce consumption until the generation problem could be solved. Did YOU?

    1. Sherri V says:

      My thermostat is always lowerd to 60 during the day. All major appliances turned off. so yes.

    2. Final Solution says:

      Wrong Answer!
      We have unlimited supply of coal and natural gas in this country and we simply need the EPA to step aside and finally get those new powerplants (clean coal and ng powered) up and running asap. The EPA has stopped this from happening for YEARS!
      This debacle is 100 Percent caused by decisions made by the U.S. EPA located in the Fountain Place on Ross Ave in downtown Dallas. 13th Floor is where the actual dunderheads that make these decisions reside last time I visited the place. (Note: the 6th thru 13th floors of that 55-story all-glass building are where the EPA Region 6 worker bees generate their honey from and the Queen bee is holed up on the top floor)

  53. sandals51 says:

    My daughter is a teacher just outside Austin. Their school was without power until noontime yesterday! They huddled the students (Middle School) in classrooms where there were windows for light. There was no way to communicate if an emergency occured (intercom didn’t work) and they had to escort individual students to the bathroom by flashlight. I live in MA and she called me to check out any news about what was happening by going to the school district web site. The Super Bowl was protected from black outs but a SCHOOL (and I’m sure many others had the same issues) was left in the dark. WAY TO GO TEXAS….and with your idiot Gov.Perry,it’s only going to get worse for students and educators in your state! It also is unbelievable that hospitals were also included in the rolling blackouts. I’m an RN and to me that is just umimaginable! Good luck,you’re going to need it down there.

    1. tom says:

      ever watch little house on the prarie, few hrs without heat wont kill ya, light a cow paddie

    2. Righteous Dude says:

      OMG, I hoped those students were not traumatized for life. I am sure they will have scars from this which I hope will eventually heal. I feel your pain.
      Jerry & Company need to be aware of what is happening in the real world. This is the ugly truth about decision makers who are totally out of touch with reality and make bad decision which affect the lives of our precious children forever!
      For the love of our children we cannot let this abomination ever happen again. I implore all you politician to do something about this and never ever let this stuff happen to our children.
      My heart is broken and I will pray for those students tonight !
      – Dude

  54. LauraJean says:

    Someone suggested Jerry Jones should have his own backup power for that stadium. I’d say that is exactly right. He should be REQUIRED to do that. However, since he apparently has not done that, I can understand why we need to keep the power going there for security purposes. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sports events in the world, and I can definitely see the need for extra vigilance against possible terrorism.

    1. Chooch Badoosh says:

      Blah, blah, blah… the fear of POSSIBLE terrorism. How about the 100% guarantee peoples lives are at risk because of rolling blackouts? When will people like you realize the possibility of terrorism is nearly zero? Maybe I should start making personal policy decisions in case I win the lottery.

  55. Buddy In Pa says:

    Dallas the Home of President Killers and Now they are trying to KILL the Superbowl…

    Cry Babies Complaining about it just because they are not in it.

    What Ever happened to the Texas Hospitality that was supposed to be there for the fans…

    Guess Texans can’t distinguish between Hostility and Hospitality

  56. Justin says:

    No one believes that it wasn’t preferential treatment. That is a lie. Do they think we are that stupid?

  57. Dewey says:

    Looks like ERCOT, Oncor and Jerry are all on the infamous “Death Panel”.
    If obumer – care kicks in you will see this repeated on a daily basis.

  58. Elmer says:

    The stadium has emergency generators for life safety circuits and security. Fay is not being honest.

  59. Jay says:

    We’re leaving the power on at the stadium because…. of…. security… security… right… THAT”S THE TICKET!

  60. Irene Marquez says:

    I see a story on here about the hospitals having to go through the black outs… hospitals with people sick, dying and having babies, etc. I’m not sure why the stadium did not have to go through these blackouts. But since there had to be a unnecessary sacrifice , maybe the Mr. Cowboy can donate some of his new found billions to the hospitals who did make a lot of sacrifices and lost patients during this cold time, and buy them the necessary back up generators.
    That I believe would be very chivalrous.

  61. merle gough says:

    Everyone pretty much agrees that the superbowl big-wigs managed to buy/pressure/cajole their way into an exemption for whatever reason. By my thinking the FIRST places to go should be places of entertainment, regardless of who owns it or how much money have be at risk. So the argument has been made that it is not safe to cut them off, as they will just pull power from elsewhere or the hazards of evacuation or security issues or whatever, but who says it has to be done from outside the facility? Why can’t they just TURN IT OFF ? I do not know who could force that, if anyone, but I do know that the decision makers could TURN IT DOWN, at least, as a gesture of good will and faith. If the vendors within the facility were required to turn of any un-necessary lights or appliances, like lit advertisements or some of the excessive music or sound systems, if the maint. dept made an effort to ensure that lights were off in empty rooms, for instance, and if these extravagant AV systems were limited to times where the demand was not at a peak, it would help. Maybe there would be no need for some of the neighborhoods to lose their heat so SOME people could party, SOME businesses (including the entertainment and sports and assorted vendors) could make MORE money. But, as it stands, everyone associated with the stadium and the many other superbowl related facilities/parties/whatever all just LOOK like the greedy, self-serving, heartless people we all love to hate. It CAN be done without force. A good effort will suffice.

  62. Some Guy in Arizona says:

    Ever think about the multi-millions in betting that is tied to this game? The Mafia contols the betting and the Mafia never loses. So, the game will go on despite all the complaints.

  63. bigfoot says:

    Jerry Jones and Company will keep the power on at all costs…until the one day that maybe his team can once again rule the super Bowl…

    when will we all wake up…money speaks..and if you dont have any..then you lost your right to complain

  64. Susan says:

    As a fairly new resident to the state, I attended one event at the new stadium last year. NEVER AGAIN. TO ME THE DESIGN IS FATALLY FLAWED. If there was an emergency of any kind…it would take forever to move the crowd to safety. I WILL NEVER TAKE MY FAMILY OR FRIENDS THERE AGAIN.

  65. ready2fight says:

    Welcome to the world of Socialism and Big Brother. We the people do not matter except to pay high taxes for the wealthy to be entertained. We are not important to this government and until the people fight back nothing will change. We need to wake up and get our priorities straight. If you are not going to fight back prepare for a ugly road.

  66. Chaz says:

    Let this be the first and LAST superbowl in North Texas! We DONT WANT the NFL coming in here and having special contracts with the cities giving priority to a private money-making enterprise to the detriment of the RESIDENTS who live here and pay taxes here year round. NO MORE SUPERBOWLS!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Irene Marquez says:

    I would of much rather given the energy they reserved from my home, to run a life support machine at least for a little while, than to run the stadium. It takes necessary energy to keep someone a live. You can play football in the cold…like they “used to” .

  68. Heartland Patriot says:

    I guess some folks can’t READ, but they can write? The article says that the stadium, just like downtown in both Ft. Worth and Dallas, is covered by MULTIPLE GRIDS. The power can’t go off in any of those locations unless they shut off all or most of the power in the area…so some of you can get your wish that the stadium be without power, do you want the majority of DFW Metroplex to be without power, as well? Silly, indeed…but hey, that is liberal progressive propaganda at its finest…misinformation and “social justice”…stupid.

    1. Irene Marquez says:

      Yeah but Jerry Jones has fingers and he knows he could of turned off the power himself…

    2. Nathan says:

      Well, if that’s the case, why do we have the vice head of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee explaining why they asked the Power Companies to exempt the Stadium from blackouts? That makes no sense at all.

      I don’t hear many people complaining about the blackouts, simply people question why a sports complex is exempt?

    3. Scotch Brand says:

      Right on.

  69. TGC says:

    I hope this weather keeps the NFL from ever having another SB in north Texas…I’ve been dreading this stupid thing since it was announced. The sooner it’s over the better!

  70. tom says:

    go steelers, Quit crying, we are from Pittsburgh down here spending tons of money to help your local economy. Get a set Texas, thought you had cowboy mentallity,cuddle up with a horse for a night.

  71. HT says:

    hey if Jerry Jones can except the fact that he is taking power away from the 88-year old woman who needs life support to live at Parkland to power his 4,000+ HDTVS, then by all means…..

    what a sick pathetic man

  72. vicki says:

    The people of Dallas wanted the superbowl and all of the tourism that it brings to the city. They expect to be able to have the superbowl on Sunday. If you do not want them in Dallas, do not bid for a superbowl.

  73. Sensible says:

    Why are these whiners wasting electricity blogging when there is an energy crisis. If everyone conserves energy, does not waste time with unnecessary electronics, does not run the laundry machine then the crisis will not be as tough. It is a self fulfilling prophecy. Now go turn your computers off.

  74. Grannie says:

    Can we get a donation from the Cowboys Stadium (like a box set aside somewhere) for our upcoming power bills that you know won’t be discounted because of the outages.

  75. smfic in NJ says:

    Geez, what happened to TX? I thought you all were rough and tumble, and did things big/Texas sized. Maybe these complainers are all immigrants from New Orleans or NYC?

    If a rolling blackout is going to kick your ass this badly and make your head spin around some grand conspiracy, then in your own house I would suggest you buy 2 backup generators (in case one fails), install your own solar and wind farm for electricity off the grid, install second central a/c unit, second boiler, second washing machine and dryer, another cooktop range, another fridge, etc. etc. etc.
    See how quickly this gets ridiculous? We all make economic decisions about how risk averse we are and our own mini business continuity plans. Some of us have none, some save money to buy what we need as things break (and choose to accept the downtime), and some spend money on having redundant systems.

    1. revgdl says:

      The best I’ve hear yet, smfic. You are exactly right. You can pay for as much or al little risk as you want…but don’t complain when you get called on your lack of preparation (or parinoid redundancy). Go with the flow and suck it up. That is what Texans were like when I was young. I am still here and proud. We are not used to the cold like this, but get over it and let it go. It’s no big deal.

    2. Chris says:

      we arent complaining about losing our power at our homes! we are complaining because the electric companies CHOSE to shut off the power to the 2 biggest hospitals in north TX. Parkland &&& Childrens Hospital…but the power NEVER went out at the “Deathstar”… go figure..

  76. tom says:

    Save electricity, RIDE a cowboy, or a Steeler fan

  77. tom says:

    Just hire some illegals to cut some wood and keep a fire burning all night

  78. Roger Y says:

    In Texas they care more for football than they due about educating their children.

    1. revgdl says:

      That is stupid, Roger. I think you are generalizing just a bit. You are telling us more about your education…or lack ot education, than anything else in your comment.

    2. Jahnke says:

      It is spelled, “do,” you moron.

  79. Tom says:

    You are all Village Idiot’s!

    1. Jahnke says:

      Says the man who can’t spell “idiots” correctly.

  80. Nathan Steinmetz says:

    Were not supposed to have the Super Bowl because of the weather? Give me a break. This would be a disaster for the economy and we havent recovered W’s damage yet. You football haters should join up with the 911 truther and birther loons and look for President Obama’s birth certificate some more. Maybe factcheckorg can help you with that and theyll help you with youre 911 fantasys too.As for hospitals electric problems, if the wingnuts hadnt stopped national health care theyre wouldnt be a problem with that today. America is about sports. Get over it and if you cant go and join youre muslim buddys.

    1. revgdl says:

      You’re not a blazing liberal, Nathan. Get a life…go kill a seal, or a whale, and cut down a tree for good measure.

    2. revgdl says:

      You’re not a blazing liberal, Nathan. Get a life. Go cut down a tree, or go hunt whales, or something. Or, take your own suggestion and go to your favorite website…moveon.org, and get more talking points from Soros (a foreigner who sticks his nose in our countries business), the crook.

  81. george says:

    Bread and circus folks. Even as Rome was crumbling, Caesar continued the games in the colliseum to keep the people distracted from the fact their empire was falling

  82. Lee Yarbrough says:

    How many HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS is this game going to bring into your area this year? How many BILLIONS has Jerry Jones put into your area and provided jobs? You are typical American’s. Bite the hands that feed you. Put a coat on and stop complaining. I guess you have power, you are on your computers making fools of yourself.

  83. Saint Pitbull says:

    What a lying article! The local power company, the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, and “millionaires” didn’t have one iota of influence on this. It was the Dept. of Homeland Security and the FBI who made the call. Period. Read a little bit.

  84. les says:

    chris ;: check your facts . hospital generators are required to start and go online in 15sec. by the way jj s####

  85. Dave, Tampa, FL says:

    The real issue is this:

    We should NEVER have rolling blackouts… ever!!

    There is only one reason some states do: environmentalists have blocked advancement of the power grid in this country for 4 decades.

    No new oil refineries.

    No new Nuclear facilities; even though it is the safest, cheapest, and cleanest energy ever produced.

    Hardly anything in new in the energy industry other than their idiotic notion that everything could be replaced by wind and solar (both of which would not have worked the last few days: solar needs sun and windmills around the world have froze up under less harsh conditions)

    Every truck in America should be joyfully driving goods across the country running on CHEAP, CLEAN natural gas… but alas, that has been blocked and delayed every step of the way as well.

    That is the issue at hand. I do agree, however, that the stadium should NOT have been exempt the last few days. The day of the SB I could understand, but not for media day….

    1. Steel Curtain says:

      CNG is unrealistic for long distances. Do you know how big that tank would have to be to get the range of currently diesels in 18-wheelers ? Impractical. This is why CNG is primarily used for fleets of trucks, buses that only roam short distances from a central refill station.

      As for allowing blackouts on Media Day but not on Game Day. Due media day is needed to whip the fans into a mass frenzy so they drop more coin in the host city. Enjoy the Game. Go Steelers. And yes we the only team that “owns” the Cowboys on the field anyways.😉

  86. George says:

    In all fairness who really cares if a few democrats are without power for a few hours so media day can be completed. And serious HT who really cares what muslims think about anything. Only the most simple minds follow that disgusting and vile hate mongering religion.

  87. the right says:

    Wow this is a no brainer. Stop complaining that a facility invested money to be on multiple grids. Its Liberals fault anyways that there isn’t enough power supply companies going up anyway. Don’t blame the NFL for something that starts from Liberalism

  88. Mike says:

    It’s not just about a football game. With all the reporrters it’s about the city’s image, too. In the grand scheme of things, Cowboy Stadium doesn’t draw that much power, anyway.

  89. Chris says:

    I must say- that the idea of Parkland Hospital && Childrens going without power for any ammount of time, not only calls for a public out cry, but a change of electric policy. Drama? no not so much. If YOUR baby was 9 weeks premature, & on a respirator…how would YOU feel about say..the power going out and it taking the hospitals generator between 30seconds and 2 minutes to come on?? Do you think your baby would survive that?? Sure the hospitals have generators, but they do take awhile to turn on. if it was MY child, there would be a lot more than DRAMA to deal with. But, you know… so long as the celebrities at the Super Bowl stay warm..that makes you feel better right?

  90. NFL!!! says:

    Superbowl is most important Sunday.

  91. barry1817 says:

    Must be nice to know that you are experiencing severe global warming in Dallas at this time of the year. LOL

    Makes one feel all warm and fuzzy.

  92. Jacakalope says:

    Oh no, my car wouldn’t start today and I couldn’t get to work. Will one of you whining liberals come take me to work? I work in a hospital so you can understand how important it is and how you should pay for me to get to work. No public transportation around my house, so it’s up to you commies to sacrifice for me.

  93. Jim in Houston says:

    Everyone knows you can’t inconvenience the NFL and their play ground for low IQ millionaires.

  94. Cu says:

    Because J J has a LOT of MONEY, why else would they have electricity

  95. Jay says:

    I pay over 10000 dollars a year to the gov and what do I get in return??? NOTHING!!! I still have to pay taxes on my money 18 more times….I have to pay to have my street paved….the whole system is a joke and you idiots keep voting all these morons into office….

  96. dave says:

    Why do we not have teh capacity to deal with a cold snap? The real problem is the short minded nature of governemetn and buisness. We need to invest in infrastructure for future power needs.. Conservation only takes us so far but at some point reserve generation capacity for emergency needs and growth will require investment.

    1. Flat Forehead says:

      Good Idea, why didn’t I think of this first [slapping my forehead again…]

      The problem here is too many incompetents at the controls.

      Planning..we don’t need no stupid planning.
      Reserve Generation, Emergency Needs, Growth…WHAT IS THAT ?
      These yahoos cannot plan beyond their nose.

      Do you see what we are dealing with here ? (I thought so)

  97. Bocephus Williams says:

    Obviously Texas Stadium is a State Treasure or more appropriately the State Jewel of Texas and should be afforded all relevant preferences and priorities. We are not talking about just another building like a Hosptal, Hospice, Daycare, Police..etc. NO This is the Eight Wonder of the World, without a doubt, so you peeps need to chill out wit Stadium trashing and Jerry bashing. This building will do more for the State of Texas than any other in its history, not to mention all the free publicity it attracts. As for Exempt from Blackout, NO the blackouts occurred in the immediate area but because they could afford an option for multiple connections to its primary substation (at a cost paid by Jerry & friends) their internal infrastructure automatically re-routed around the blackout. Nobody has programmed Texas Stadium to get power BEFORE any hospital or otherwise. This multiple connect option has been available to many business for YEARS ! Grow up people this is Bidness and Cowboy business is GOOD FOR EVERYONE !

    Be Proud and get on the Jerry train to greatness. All aboard…as this train is leaving the station…

  98. Paul Evans says:

    #1 The hospitals power was not supposed to go out, anyone arguing that they are giving power to a stadium instead of the hospitals in a fool.\

    #2 A long blackout in a stadium, especially during a huge event with chaotic crowds could be a disaster.

    #3 They are on multiple power grids, they paid extra for that and because of it the rolling blackouts don’t effect them even if the power company denied the super bowl special privledges.

    Stop being fools.

    1. Read First says:

      Some of you peeps posting here are about two beers short of a six-pack !
      Others seem to be a fry short of a Happy Meal and I don’t even want to know how many of you are a sandwich short of a picnic.

      And for the record, all of you alls are not the sharpest tools in the shed if you knows what I means.😦


  99. T Aikman says:

    Listen to me now and BELIEVE ME LATER:

    Those fools in Dallas like the former mayor Laura Miller and her corrupt City Council regret their decision to prevent Jerry from building in Dallas. These idiots have costs the City of Dallas BILLION$ in future revenue with their short-sighted thinking (if they are even capable of rational thinking).

    Arlington has already received hundreds of millions on city infrastructure (i.e. new, expanded and improved highways and more coming) directly related to Texas Stadium. Also many new businesses are moving closer to Stadium and don’t mention all the free publicity reaped for the City by Jerry’s World.

    The Stadium is a Goldmine and it will be GIVING for years, actually decades to come!

    So everybody here should be thanking Jerry for allowing Arlington the opportunity to host his World Renowned Landmark here and quit whining already.

  100. Zack Lee Wright says:

    I am sure this won’t be the last SuperBowl in this huge Stadium that Jerry Jones built. Look for many more and with it a lot more juice($$$) for the fine city of Arlington to enjoy.
    IMO what is good for Jerry’s Stadium is good for the whole area and will only get better year after year. I suspect Jerry is actually losing money on the deal in the short run but once the economy recovers and he finally sells the Naming Rights (harvesting $200 million or more) everything will balance out very nicely indeed. It’s a Win-Win-Win , Win for the City, Win for Jerry, Win for Texas.

  101. Jeff Faulkner says:

    Bus Driver, you can take your self professed “schooling ” and shove it up your ignorant ARSE. I live three minutes from Jerry’s DEATHSTAR and am soo sick of everybody giving this Idiot everything he wants. I will do everything I can to make sure we do not end up with a city full of thugs, wannebe playboys and pedophiles again.

  102. king Jerry say says:

    King Jerry Jones I

    The nerve and absolute gall of you people ou people to complain about some electricity today! I am trying to help fill my pocket,I mean your local economy with a football game in my “death star” styled stadium that I got you to build for me.
    Of course Dallas city office an the convention center need to stay on… People won’t spend money for me if they are cold or in the dark!
    You need to understand your place as te little people or peasants,or as my code word for you,FANS, that I am trying to make an obscene amount of money for me. Politicians in Arlington aren’t cheap,especially the double talking mayor. Bribes aren’t free for the mayor of ft worth either. Tired of hearing the whining from you FANS about no heat…this is for my own,I mean, your own good that I get it all I need.

  103. It's the economy stu.... says:

    Sports, sports, sports! That’s what drives the entire USA economy. They should not have had the Superbowl in Texas because there’s too many stupid rednecks there that talk big and can’t even take a 30 minute power outage for the sake of their own economy.

    The hospitals are only complaining because with Pres. Obama’s new healthcase plan, hospitals just aren’t going to have as many patients and they’re just trying to make a bidg deal outa nothing.

    If you rednecks don’t watch sports then get a real life or move to North Korea.

    The Superbowl is gona keep their power on. Get over it and move on.

    1. General Lee says:

      We don’t have Rednecks in Texas. We call them Roughnecks over here.

      The main thing we have in common with the Rednecks (which are mainly in the Deep South) is that we was both part of the Confederacy. And we will rise again!

      You must be one of them Yankees !
      Or even worse one of them Damn Yankees (one that came down here to stay).

  104. Dakota R. Jones says:

    99% of real Americans love football. WHY should we have to suffer because 1% of the sissies were not prepared for the colder weather – weather which WAS predicted by 100% of Manmade Global Warming Scientists. If you are not prepared for the changing climate then don’t complain. No one is listening to you fools.

  105. Al Gore [URGENT] says:

    While all you humble posters are enjoying posting via the Information Superhighway I personally built just for you (and you can thank me later with a kind donation) please be reminded that Global Warming cannot and will not be ignored as you have been witness to what rapid change in the weather it can bring. Please join me in this fight against global warming so that we can prevent another one of these harsh weather episodes from occurring again in your Dallas neighborhood. Donations gladly accepted via PayPal.
    Al Gore V.P.
    Your Friend and The Global Warming Champion

  106. John Connor says:

    Boycott the super bowl. Fight the New World Order. Stop letting junk tv dumb you down. Join the resistance and open your mind to the police state we live in. We can all boycott the game and concentrate our energy on standing up for our rights and start working towards regaining our freedom from a represive goverment. The goverment sits back and laughs as we are all distacted, and they work all day everyday to enslave us. Wake up America and start focusing on why we are being controlled like sheep.

    1. Dakota R. Jones says:

      You need to get back on your meds. New world order? That’s just another conspiracy theory like Obama not being eligible because he was born in Kenya and lived in Indonesia, and that 9-11 was an inside job.

      99% of Americans love football and 1% love conspiracy theorys. Manmade Global Warming is not a conspiracy theory and that’s why you can’t accept it. This 2011 blizzard 100% proves that Manmade Global Warming is a fact. You can’t handle the truth. No one is listening to you.

  107. Confuscious says:

    Last time I checked Electricity was still being sold for Dollar$. In translation for those that are comprehension challenged:

    This is how the world turns…deal with it.

  108. Dr. Phil says:

    Everybody needs to calm down and cool your jets.
    If we could somehow harness the heat generated by all these emotional posts we could have a nice warm and fuzzy blanket over the whole D/FW.

    The first problem is the Title of this article is misleading because by the end of the article it clearly states that the Stadium was never “exempt” in the first place. So many of you got your blood boiling just from the heading which is a shame. Relax and enjoy the game. Release any negative fibes and free your mind. After the game you will thank me because you will realize what a wonderful place the new Cowboys Stadium really really is to provide such wonderful entertainment for you and your loved ones to enjoy and remember the rest of your lives. Jerry sends his hugs and kisses. And yes I am sure you will finally agree it was worth every penny too.🙂

  109. Maurice says:

    Oh please. If your lousy, over-rated, one-playoff-game-in-the-last-20-years team was playing in the Super Bowl as they arrogantly boasted they would in pre-season, you’d be aaaaaaall for it.

  110. SuperBowl Visitor says:

    I am in town for the Superbowl and me and some friends are dropping several thousand dollars in the area. I think you should be very grateful to Jerry for bringing such a great Stadium to the Metroplex. It will be a magnet for many many more lifetime events that will prove an invaluable asset to the citizens at least as much as Jerrry Jones. I think much of the complaints about Jerry and favoritism are unwarranted and derive mostly from jealousy. Unfortunately in the USA the old cliches like “It takes money to make money” or “The Golden Rule = He who has the gold makes the rule” ring so true and no need to bash people of wealth when they use their wealth for good use. Remember if Jerry used nothing but his own money then you prolly wouldn’t have such a landmark building and you certainly would have higher prices and only Jerry would be making money from sales in and around the Stadium you can be sure. In reality he is spreading the wealth around whether you want to believe it or not. BTW, I am sure I will be back in Arlington spending more bucks for future NBA, NCAA, Olympics and hopefully a few more Superbowls so enjoy my money North Texas !

  111. Cowboy Up says:

    After much thought and a few tokes and some Texas beers I finally have my predication of the SuperBowl. Be advised all you cowpokes still got some time to place your bets:

    Pittbull Steelers 24
    Dallas Cowboys 48

    That my predication and I am stuck to it. And this is my total lock so place your bet b4 it too late. And no I ain’t even no redneck of neckcar fan. I am totally edumecated and Longhorn proud.

    Cowboy Out

  112. Bob Forsberg says:

    Hey guys, move to Mexico. California is being infested with illegals. Must be a lot of open space in warm Mexico for you to hole-up.

  113. wayne of Ohio says:

    If you want someone to blame it would be the groups who opposed Gov Perry’s request to have more power plants built.

    1. Dakota R. Jones says:

      No, we don’t need any more power plants. We have enough Manmade Global Warming already.

      If the world stop building power plants then the climate will stabelize and we won’t have any more freak weather, super blizzards, super hurricanes and super tornados.

      2010 was the worst year ever for hurricanes, tornnados, floods and blizzards. 2011 looks worse. Already too much volcanos, blizzards floods and in south Pacific these giant hurricanes. Add to that he fact that 2000-2010 was the warmest decade in earths history, 1990-1999 was the second warmest and 1980-1989 was third warmest. Why is that? Because of too many power plants.

      Stop building stupid power plants and you wont get freak weather in Texas anymore.

      My prediction is
      PIT 27
      Dallas 44

      GO GO GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. R J says:

        Sorry to break the news to you Dakota, but volcanoes are not man made

      2. Dakota R. Jones says:

        That’s too bad for you RJ. Get a life. GOT FOOTBALL?

    2. Cowboy says:

      We need more power plants, not more global-warming Kool-Aid drinkers…

      1. Dakota R. Jones says:

        I don’t drink koolaid.

        GOT FOOTBALL ????

        PITS 30 – DALLAS 44

        Let’s talk about football instead.

  114. Dakota R. Jones says:

    Jerrry Jones is the smartest guy in the country. There should be a vote to make him President for life. If we did that, and if congress voted to dissolve and let Jerry make the decisions then inside 5 years anyone who wanted a job would have a good one, there would be no more national debt, taxes would be almost nonexistant and we’d make progress.

    1. Sane person says:

      See what happens when you cut power to hospitals? Nut jobs like Dakota escape we should have atleast kept the mental ward powered.

      Manmade global warning! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      Dakota please return to the hospital the next batch of kool-aid is ready!!!

      1. Dakota R. Jones says:

        Go ahead, call me a kool-aid drinking mental case. It’s a free country and you’re certainly free to say something like that if you want to. In return, I wont say anything bad to you. I’m glad you’re sane, ok.

        I think the problem is when someone who actually knows how to manage money, get things done and make a profit for everyone comes along, some people don’t like it. They are afraid of progress and they are really afraid of Jerry Jones.

        Yes, we are having global warMing, that’s a 100% fact. Warm air in the polar regions is pushing cold air south, and it’s combining with moist air being pushed north due to cold air sinking at the equator area and that’s why they are having the worst floods in world history in Africa, South America, Australia and Asia. 20 years ago, VP Al Gore correctly predicted this possibility. We should have listened to him back then. If we had, the weather would be much different right now.

        I suggest you go back and tell a prayer to whatever supernatural being you think is hovering around and maybe that will comfort you in this cold weather.

        My prediction is
        PIT 27
        Dallas 44

        GO DALLAS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      2. Dakota R. Jones says:

        PS Maybe you could spend your time better looking for President Obama’s Birth Certificate,. I’ll give you a hint. It’s in Hawaii.

      3. Cowboy says:

        Says a man-made global-warming Kool-Aid drinker…

      4. Dakota R. Jones says:

        says a Birther.

        Obama was born in Hawaii. Get over it.

  115. StevenC says:

    Hmmmm. I thought people in Texas were bad ass? Maybe you need to re-read the last paragraph of the article. They PAID for the infrastructure. (I.E. the redundant power grid connection for those of you in Rio Linda.) Besides, Dallas stands to make MILLIONS off of the Super Bowl. Now, if you would rather give up that privilege, I’m sure the Mayor of Cleveland would be thrilled to hold the Super Bowl in Cleveland. After all, Pittsburgh and Green Bay are both northern teams and snow is not a problem for them. Y’all need to quit whinen!

    1. Dakota R. Jones says:

      StevenC thanks for bringing some real sanity back to this thread. I agree with you 100%. The 1% of the people in Texas who are complaining about the Superbowl need to stop polluting the air with their CO2 and stop polluting the ground with their fake tears.

  116. Rich says:

    This shouldn’t be news to you. Wealthy people do favors for other wealthy people.

    1. Cowboy says:

      Not to mention for all of the people who will be working at or because of the game.

  117. wayne says:

    you people need to learn to take care of yourselves buy a generator your looking at onlt 1000 to 2000 for something basic get your lives in order its not the goverments place to take care of you or the utilitys these games bring in so much revenue to a city they should go out of their way maby most of you should live within your means not have so many kids you cant feed or cloth them on with the game its americas sport may the smart and strong prevail

  118. Dan says:

    You would think that with the storm and extreme cold. That Cowboy Stadium would have at least one Semi Trailer Generator System in the parking lot for emergency power. Sound like someone is a little inept in the planning side. Or perhaps it is Special treatment.

    Remember folks you can SUE a Municipality if you are endangered Health wise and the government knowingly allows it to continue. IE the electrical black out but favors a venue cowboy stadium

    1. Dakota R. Jones says:

      Hey. If you want a generator, why don’t you buy one yourself.

      The Stadium paid more in property tax than you will in the next 10 billion years. Shouldn’t they get the electric power they need to make billions of people around the globe happy this weekend??????????? For their contribution? What about the JOBS? WELL? Like duh!

      Your not going to put a clamp on football. Football is here to stay. Get over it.

      PITS 30 – DALLAS 44 – You saw it here first! Remember that.

    2. Cowboy says:

      Anybody can SUE anybody for anything with just $100 and a pen..

      Winning is another matter.

  119. Pete says:

    Would Dallas actually like to look more foolish than Jacksonville at hosting the Super Bowl?
    At least they were not big enough to have enough rooms for the guest that came.

    It is the most watched supporting event. Does Dallas actually want to be the butt of jokes for the next year? SERIOUSLY!

  120. kbworkman says:

    Follow the money.

    Who stands to benefit from power for the super bowl venue?
    Not the residents.

    Who doesn’t have enough influence to keep their hospitals and homes powered.
    The residents.

    I guess the elites in Dallas haven’t been watching what is happening on the national front when the PEOPLE don’t think their elites are listening.

    1. Dakota R. Jones says:

      Hey. You got that backwards pal. It’s the residents who benefit the most. We’re spending our money there. You’re not spending here. Why don’t you just admit you hate football. Football is here to stay. Get over it.

      PITS 30 – DALLAS 44 – I’ll bet you have no idea what that means🙂

    2. Cowboy says:

      “Who stands to benefit from power for the super bowl venue?”

      Food vendors, t-shirt sellers, t-shirt makers, parking attendants, ushers, security people, stadium janitors, local bars, local restaurants, ticket takers, grounds keepers …

      1. Dakota R. Jones says:

        Exactly! These workers you mentioned are the Metroplex residents. Thank’s Cowboy for agreeing with me on this, and no, I don’t drink the koolaid.

        Have a great super Sunday!

  121. Mathilda says:

    Is Life Always This Unfair ?

    Famous question asked by Mathilda in Leon-The-Professional
    [watch the movie for Leon’s answer and always where a beanie so you won’t catch a cold !

  122. Amirite Orwhat says:

    Okay I think we all now realize that the Power Switch to North Texas runs directly through Jerry’s House !
    Any Questions ? That about covers it, i know.

    JJ +1

  123. Bootie Call says:

    I seriously want JJ to hookup my house as I just don’t trust these ERCOT fellas.

  124. jerry johnson says:

    didn’t anyone read? cowboys stadium is on multiple electrical grids!, why do you think jones spent all that money? jeez!

  125. Dakota R. Jones says:


    PITS 30 – DALLAS 44

    I’ve got this THRILL up my leg. LESS THAN 48 HOURS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!

    GO DALLAS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Dakota R. Jones says:

      This and Obama getting elected are THE two best things that ever happened to me. This WILL be the total best superbowl of the millenium !!!!! GO DALLAS GO !!!!

      1. Cowboy says:

        Well, your going to only be half disappointed next year…

  126. Ed Hino says:

    football used to be enjoy by bubba six poack on sunday but its gotten so expensive bubba cant afford game tickets much less asix pack at texas stadium its agame og millionare foot ballplayuers an billionare owners i dont get excited by the waythe sauper bowl is played any more and jerry jones sucks eggs along with gw bush

  127. Glen D Christensen says:

    How about we build some more power plants?

    1. Dakota R. Jones says:

      How about some more Manmade Global Warming? Yuck!

      1. Cowboy says:

        By “Manmade Global Warming:you mean “Redistribution”

  128. Cowboy says:

    January 31, 2011
    Texas Agency Grants Power Plant Permit Over EPA Objections


    1. Dakota R. Jones says:

      Homeland Security needs to come down there and smack them but good. EPA says no, then power plant must go! Texas pours enough CO2 into my air already.

      Let’s talk about how the Cowboys are going to WIN the superbowl instead!

      1. Cowboy says:

        It is the EPA that is about to ‘go’, along with Obamacare. No more ruling by Obama decree.

      2. Dakota R. Jones says:

        If that born in Panama McCain was president, you’d be payin $10 for gas by now. At least give thanks to President Obama that gas is still under $3 despite the middle east flareup, which he’s spent 2 years trying to stop.

  129. Cowboy says:

    “Dave, stop defending an ideal that doesn’t apply to you. Unless you can shell out $4,000 a ticket, you are simply defending the super rich and a game over the well-being of your fellow man.”

    Dave’s money does not belong to “fellow man”. However, by spending it at the Superbowl, it goes to taxes, food vendors, drink vendors, people who make t-shirts, people who print t-shirts. ticket takers, game security people, ushers, parking attendants, the guy who paints the lines on the field, grounds-keepers, janitorial staff and quite a few other people who need it. The catch is that they actually have to work to get it.

  130. Lee says:

    Anyone truly expect Jonestown to have to play by the rules?

  131. Smashmouth Football says:

    I won’t complain if they just Cancel the Superbowl this year. After all the Cheeseheads done hijacked OUR SUPERBOWL man ! This was supposed to be the Dallas Cowboys Year of Glory. New Stadium New Super Bowl rings. It was all set. I even bought my Superbowl gear in preparation. Now I done look like the fool. Jerry’s fool. Maybe next year we can straighten this mess out. With big red in charge and Ryan blood on D we might have a chance before the gang gets too old. Better hurry up JJ the fans are restless for another title and I am sure you need some more jack to pay those hefty utility bills on that shiny new gridiron you got there. And don’t worry about the player’s union strike they will come around or we will just cut the power on those clowns and freeze the out !

    1. Dakota R. Jones says:

      Cancel it?????? Players strike???? Just admit it — you hate football. Football is here to stay forever. You cannot stop it. You cannot ignore it. Get over it.

  132. There are no cowboys in Texas says:

    For people who hate gays, Texans sure do like taking it up the a$$.

    1. Dakota R. Jones says:

      Just admit it — you hate football too. Football is here to stay forever. You cannot stop it. You cannot ignore it. Get over it.

      Jerry Jones is $uccessful. You don’t like that either. I’m so sorry for you.

  133. Deep Thinker says:

    I plan to create a blog following this to try to end the support of football in America. It has damaged us as a country! We waste our resources on this mindless game over and over for absolutely no reason other than the cheap thrill of watching a very boring game with each other. I don’t understand why we picked this sport but any sport taken to the extreme of endangering the elderly while they are on machine generated oxygen or something of that sort is inexcusable.

    When will we begin to value the mind instead of raw strength and speed? If we cannot learn to do that then our country is sure to fail, so help me, America will fall in part because of sport obsessions. It will fall because the people will not be educated to the degree they should be, because it is more important to excel at sports. Is that what you really want? Well if so, you are getting your wishes but don’t blame me when some other country takes over who actually obsessed over engineering instead of a sport. I don’t have a problem with having fun but when our school funding goes to the best football team so daddy can relive his little highschool dream then I think we have a problem.

    You know most Asian countries have far higher math even in highschool than we do in college. It isn’t that they genetically do math better, it is their curriculum which we traded in for ramming heads into each other, this is a sport that the very ancient Chinese did with each other and evolved beyond some 3000 years ago. How embarrassing.

  134. Rick Daniels says:

    Sure, hospitals should have back-up generators, but they shouldn’t be cut-off to have a football game. I think if Gramma was in the hospital and dies because of the lack of electricity, the family should get HUGE pay-offs from the stadium & Cowboys.

    It’s VERY hard for me to write that because lawyers make me want to puke, but Gramma v game?

    btw, why doesn’t this billions $ stadium have generators?

  135. hymie says:

    why doesn’t texas have nuclear power plants?

  136. dee says:

    our newspaper and local news shows are about nothing but the super bowl. only three more days to endure before the winners and losers will leave town, but the wrapups will continue for weeks. it is a good thing that nothing of importance is going on in the world.

  137. waycoolsnoopy says:

    What a bunch of silly, stupid, anencephalic sheep! You idiot morons and your “bread and circuses.” Instead of worrying about some pathetic display of gladiatorial diversion, you should be wondering what the hell happened to your country, culture, standard-of-living, etc. The last time I turned off a football game was when they started wearing those ridiculous, Predator-looking wigs. If you could only see how stupid you all are… The Romans fell for the same buffonery 2000 years ago while their city was on fire. Those who don’t know history…

  138. Eileen Heath says:

    Keep talking – doesn’t change the fact that some hospitals DID lose power.

  139. K_in_SJ_CA says:

    If you read the story, you should notice that there was no mention from officials that hospitals were cut off, but on the exemption list. It was the frustrated resident who said it, It seemed like he was more upset that the grocery store was out anyway. When you need a snack….you need a snack right now. I think the question was Why does the stadium get power, when residents have to experience them. Jump to the bottom of the articles and it says, they can pay extra to be on an additional grid. The stadium is on multiple grids – it was planned that way, just like downtown Dallas. I would think that security would be a problem if the power was cut at the superbowl, not for the initial screening in, but the panic of some at the time of game play. Panic can be contagious, and without enough light, it can escalate into something deadly extremely fast.
    I don’t know if it is a requirement for a hospital, but with all of the ridiculous items they include on building codes I would expect that having an adequate generator or 2 (depending on the number of rooms) would be required – if not, it would strike me as strange – but I am not an expert so…….
    thanks for reading my long-winded comment!

  140. John HImes says:

    Maybe the issue is we do not have an infrastructure to support an ever increasing demand becasue power plants and stations have not been built in the last couple of decades. This problem will get worse before it gets better. Energy is a nessesary aspect of modern life in the “old economy” and it will be a nessesary part of the “new economy”. But if we don’t continue to sustain and develop the resources and infrastructure to delver it there will be no economy.

  141. peasant in New Mexico says:

    Because of the rolling blackouts in Texas from which a sports event is exempt, gas pumped from Texas to New Mexico is now not getting to us. Three towns have already been completely shut down because of this leaving at least 20,000 people without heat of any kind for two days. All government offices and all schools in the state are closed today because of this debacle, but God forbid the Super Bowl ‘experience’ should suffer. If the concern is safety, then shut down the stadium. The ‘safety’ concerns of a few do not outweigh the threat to life posed to so many in Texas or new Mexico. But as Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake”. That appears to be the whining attitude of stadium officials.

  142. timmy o t says:

    welcome to globalism…..Gotta keep the gladiator area fired up for the sheep.

  143. timmy o t says:

    “European American

    And Heartland Patriot.

    You are caught up thinking that if one is not a Neo Con then they are a Socialist Liberal. Sorry, but both sides are part of that same failing “old economy”. You are a dying breed HP and the sooner you snap out of Denial, the better chance you will have to survive when the lights go out.

    For you HP and those on both the Left and Right

    Denial is a defense mechanism, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. The subject may use:
    simple denial – deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether
    minimisation – admit the fact but deny its seriousness
    projection- admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility.”

    I am quoting this because it needs to be restated…its well said and accurate….

    Listening to some of you old world left/right people is pathetic…you’re so full of your own s…and you don’t even know it. You are void of any real knowledge of how the world is really run.

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