He’s also has been to the last 19 Super Bowls as part of the Taste of the NFL fundraiser, so he comes to this topic with plenty of experience. And with a good point: Only two of 32 teams play in the Super Bowl, and only one of 32 can host. Getting those to overlap should be rare.
“Sooner or later, it may happen,” he said.
There’s another tidbit that fuels the jinx theory, and that’s what happened in those seven Super Bowls played at non-NFL stadiums.
Twice, the local club made it: the Los Angeles Rams, who lost to the Steelers at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., in the game following the 1979 season; and the San Francisco 49ers, who beat the Dolphins to cap the ‘84 season at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif.
Notice how the Dolphins keep coming up? Well, they should.
Miami has hosted the championship 10 times, most of all clubs. The Dolphins also have played in the game five times, trailing only the quartet of cold-weather sites mentioned previously. They are tied with the 49ers, Raiders and Redskins for fifth-most appearances in league history.
Timing is everything, though, and they just haven’t had it.
Miami hosted Super Bowls following the 1967, ‘68, ‘70 and ‘75 seasons, and the Bob Griese-led clubs played in Super Bowls following the ‘71, ‘72 and ‘73 seasons.
“Bookends,” Anderson said, laughing.
David Woodley guided the Dolphins back in ‘82, then Dan Marino in ‘84. Alas, Miami was in its midst of its longest gap between host stints (1978-88).
The second-most popular site is New Orleans, with nine.
New Orleans was the easy compromise candidate in ‘71 not because of Bourbon Street, but because the Saints were so lousy that everyone knew they wouldn’t be contenders. They were doormats most every year before winning it all last season. They’re also a big reason those 37 host teams are a combined 240-327-4, just a .424 winning percentage.
The 2010 Cowboys are the ninth team going into their Super Bowl host year coming off a trip to the playoffs. They are the rare host team going into the season with realistic Super Bowl dreams.
Roger Staubach is certainly hoping they pull it off.
Staubach was part of four Super Bowl teams for the Cowboys, winning twice. He was the MVP of that game at New Orleans, which also was Dallas’ first Super Bowl title. Now he’s the chairman of the committee overseeing the upcoming Super Bowl.