As we look back on what’s been a whirlwind week+ of Super Bowl fun; it goes without saying to the Super Bowl Host committee, volunteers, public safety, and anyone who had a part in putting this together–an outstanding accomplishment, all.
But while we’ve basked in Super Bowl glory—and the accolades from an appreciative NFL and world press—lets not forget the fans who deserve OUR appreciation.
We set out to make them welcome–whoever “they” were. When we found out we’d be hosting New Yorkers and New Englanders (nay, the Patriots!) did we all not feel a little nervous about whether they’d live up to their reputation ( or perhaps stereotype is the more appropriate word) for being rowdy, pushy, or just plain rude?
My experience is that they were just the opposite.
Take the airport today for example. I met several Giants and Pats fans on their way out of town. Each and every one complimentary of this city and its hosting duties. Even the Pats fans, who had every reason to pout–shrugged off the loss and instead focused on the fun they had here in Indy.
This weekend, when most o the out-of-towners showed up, I was met with smiles, friendly greetings, and good old fashioned competitive fun.
A police blotter would show no brawls, fights, riots or real trouble of any kind (none out of the ordinary)—not even after the game.
Everyone seemed on their best behavior. Respectful of their host the way any good party guests would be.
So to the fans—Giants and Patriots alike—I say THANK YOU. Thank you for a “super” week; for a superb game; and for giving Hoosiers a chance to see you in a new (likely more accurate) light.
I hope to see you again soon.