Once again, Houston has lost out on landing a second Super Bowl.
Houston and Atlanta may want to get out of the Super Bowl business after being rejected a second time in less than five months in favor of a Florida city.
In May, Houston and Atlanta were considered the favorites to land the 2009 Super Bowl that was awarded to Tampa, Fla. — the long shot going in.
On Thursday, NFL owners voted the 2010 Super Bowl to Miami, even though the city has been awarded the 2007 Super Bowl as well.
Once again, Houston and Atlanta were considered the favorites. South Florida media were so certain that Miami had no chance that not one outlet sent a reporter to suburban Detroit for Thursday's vote.
"I was feeling pretty good until (Dolphins owner) Wayne Huizenga said everybody was going to get a yacht for a week," Texans owner Bob McNair said, laughing at a South Florida bid enhancement. "And he guaranteed they'd all be over 100 feet long.
"I offered quail hunting, but that didn't quite compete."
Owners representing the three finalists made five-minute speeches to their partners Thursday morning. During his presentation on Miami's behalf, Huizenga disclosed that the other 31 owners would be given free use of a yacht at Super Bowl XLIV.
"When Wayne said it, a collective gasp kind of went around the room," McNair said. "That was a last-minute addition that kind of changed the dynamics.
"We're not giving up, though. Hopefully, the next time there's a vote, we won't run into another regatta."
Falcons owner Arthur Blank was frustrated because, once again, Atlanta's weather was the biggest factor working against his city. The owners haven't forgotten that freezing temperature and icy conditions put a damper on Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta.
"I guess the only way we might get another Super Bowl is if we build a stadium in Puerto Rico so the weather won't be a factor," Blank said. "It's very clear that the ownership wants the game where the weather's generally warmer."
Knowing the outcome of Thursday's vote, Blank was asked what he would have done differently.
"I'd take Atlanta and move it to the Caribbean," he said.