This is breaking news to you, right? You had no idea, I’m sure. You’re just wondering who shot J.R.? But yeah, unless you’ve been in a coma, you know Indianapolis was awarded the 2012 Super Bowl yesterday as NFL bigwigs gathered in Atlanta.
The bid was a culmination of efforts from the state’s public and private sectors, and serves as an all-around "atta-boy!" and testament to the capital city’s progress over the years. Granted, the video presentation by Dennis Hopper likely didn’t hurt. Although most of us know him for his Academy Award-nominated performance in "Hoosiers," it looks like Shooter has cleaned up his act and made a very articulate presentation. Better yet, he didn’t even fire his shotgun at any strangers … "IDENTIFYYYYYYYY!" (If you don’t get that reference, you simply haven’t watched "Hoosiers" enough and are docked 10 points on your Indiana citizenship exam.)
All told, the economic benefit for the area is estimated by Mayor Greg Ballard to be at least $100 million and up to $20 million in tax revenue (although this Ball State study claims the benefits could be much higher). Let’s all just hope the entire state and its business community can benefit from this remarkable achievement.
In the meantime, kudos to Indianapolis, the Colts franchise, and to our great state for this honor.