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Super Bowl XLV: The Weirdest Week Ever

Posted 5:33pm on Monday, Feb. 07, 2011

Did that really just happen?

That question seems like the only appropriate response to a week of snow-covered roads and rolling blackouts, restless crowds and falling icicles, TMZ following Ben Roethlisberger through downtown Fort Worth and makeshift stadium seats that weren't installed in time.

Oh, and that's not even mentioning the scandal-plagued charity event that was supposed to feature Prince, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler cavorting for the ESPN cameras in Sundance Square, and the curious sight of George W. Bush, John Madden and Condoleezza Rice sitting side-by-side in Jerry Jones' luxury suite inside Cowboys Stadium.

Sure, we knew Super Bowl week would turn North Texas into a carnival.

But we never could have predicted this: The weirdest week ever, where the fates of football fans rose and fell with sub-freezing temperatures; a week that had many of us looking over our shoulders, searching for a camera crew and wondering if we were being Punk'd.

And yet, if Super Bowl Week XLV will go down as one of the oddest in history, it won't go down in ignominy. Because after all the chaos and confusion, the Big Game finally came off Sunday afternoon. Not necessarily without a hitch (sorry, 400 people whose seats couldn't be properly installed in time). Not without a few embarrassing moments (um, Christina, the words to the national anthem aren't THAT hard to remember).

But with the characteristic mixture of spectacle, scale, down-home charm and big-time ambition that defines North Texas.

So join us for one last trip through the strange twists and turns of Super Bowl week. We'll never know what might have been had the weather cooperated. Then again, the memories from this utterly eccentric Super Bowl week will likely last us much longer.

Yes, it really did happen. And you're going to be talking about it for decades.

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