The Super Bowl cannot be won or lost in May, but the bid to host the big game can. The cities of San Francisco and Houston were rejoicing this afternoon after they were awarded the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls, respectively.
The Bay Area will be hosting Super Bowl L, which is the 50th year. San Francisco has not hosted the game since 1985, but a brand new stadium in Santa Clara set to open in 2014 helped secure the bid. Meanwhile, Houston gets Super Bowl LI after hosting the game in 1974 and 2004. Miami was the runner-up to the bids.
One player hoping to one day get a Super Bowl appearance under his belt is Tony Romo, and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback was in the news today after he was declared out for OTAs due to a cyst removal surgery he had just before the NFL draft. The cyst was removed from his back, and Romo expects to be ready for minicamp in June. He added that he could play today if it were the regular season.
Elsewhere on the quarterback front, the New York Jets could decide on a starting quarterback before training camp begins. The decision should come down to Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith, and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg suggested that it's possible a starter could be named by the end of OTAs. Gang Green Nation took some time to breakdown Mornhinweg's comments and what it means for the Jets.
While Sanchez and Smith are just trying to get some playing time, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan wants some money and security. Ryan is in the last year of a six-year contract, and Falcons' owner Arthur Blank wants a deal done 'as soon as possible." Ryan's current deal was for $66 million, but this contract is expected to be over $100 million.
And finally, the Detroit Lions have made sure that they will be represented in the postseason -- by sponsoring a bowl game. The Lions are expected to replace Little Caesers in 2014 as the host of the bowl game that takes place at Ford Field. The game will likely be between ACC and Big Ten teams. Pride of Detroit takes a look at the unique decision made by the Lions franchise.