Could Astrodome keep Super Bowl from returning?

Could Astrodome keep Super Bowl from returning?
February 26, 2013, 5:45 pm
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If social security is the third rail of national politics, the Astrodome is the third rail of local politics.

But despite the universal reluctance to discuss it, Texans owner Bob McNair came as close as anyone with influence to publicly talk about tearing down the Astrodome. After the necessary denial, Texans owner Bob McNair expressed concern that the Dome, by its mere presence, could prevent Houston from getting another Super Bowl at Reliant Stadium.

“I’m not saying (tear it down). I’m just saying you never know what might be the difference in your bid and we should do everything we can to make our bid as attractive as possible,” Sports Radio 610’s Nick and Lopez played McNair saying Tuesday. “And that includes making Reliant Park as attractive as possible.”

That McNair’s version of coach speak. The literal translation is blow the sucker up.

 “I know the commissioners and the judge will be looking at a report that they’ll have soon, that will speak to the Astrodome,” McNair said. “And I know that they’ll want to do everything they can to help us secure this bid and that’ll include making Reliant Park as attractive as possible.”

McNair provided county officials with a reason and cover for one of them to stand up and say what everyone wants them to say.

The question is, now that it’s out there, who will be the first to find out whether there is still a third rail when it comes to the Astrodome.