Cloudy and rainy in Phoenix. Not the sort of weather we'd want when legions of visitors are here for the Super Bowl but it's probably an improvement over the frozen areas many escaped. There are hopes that the skies will clear tomorrow.
My wife and I were in a coffee shop this morning when a Sea Hawks fan asked for directions to downtown Phoenix. He was immediately given three different ways by people around him, complete with corrections, translations, and footnotes. The proprietor eventually provided a nifty sheet she'd prepared as well as a bunch of football-related goodies. [This is a friendly city.]
There has been a lot of press attention given to the security precautions. I did some management consulting with a fire department on the last Super Bowl; a job which included the chance to sit in on some very interesting meetings. Coordinating the Who does What and When if something dangerous happens is no small challenge for the multitude of police and fire departments and hospitals. Each time you can build on the previous plans and yet there is always something new.
In this bizarre world, an event of this nature becomes a huge training exercise for the people who work behind-the-scenes.
Let's hope that is all it becomes.