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The bid South Florida offered Tuesday essentially reflected that the current stadium wouldn't be significantly changed by 2014.
"We made no apologies about that," Dee said. "We put our best foot forward with the facility that we have today."
Still, the memory of the Super Bowl in February 2007 is tough to shake -- fans running for cover as a strong South Florida rain came down early in the Colts-Bears title game.
"We feel we will win 2015 or 2016," Barreto said. "Hey, we're top of the hill. We're Humpty Dumpty. Everyone's trying to knock us off the wall."
There also could be a sense of Sunshine State ennui.
Including the New Orleans-Indianapolis matchup 3 1/2 months ago, four of the past six Super Bowls have taken place in the state of Florida, with Jacksonville hosting in 2005, Tampa in 2009 and Miami in both 2007 and 2010.
On three other occasions (1972-75, 1980-83, 1985-88), the NFL held four consecutive Super Bowls without a Florida stop. The league is now set to do that for a fourth time, with the 2011 game in Dallas, 2012 in Indianapolis, 2013 in New Orleans (when it'll host its 10th Super Bowl, tying Miami for the most ever) and 2014 heading to the new home of the Giants and Jets.
Arizona is expected to bid for the 2015 Super Bowl, along with Miami, while Tampa said it is mulling its next move.
"They did everything right, but I think the cards were stacked against the typical sunshine climate for the Super Bowl and the tradition we've had in the past," said Sandy McKinnon, chair of Tampa's host committee. "I think they'll wait and see how this one turns out in 2014 before they'll do it again."
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