INDIANAPOLIS -- It's Super Bowl week and there's no reason to think the Patriots and New York Giants are the only organizations with something to showcase.
In fact, the entire state of Indiana is being showcased. You can tell as much when the governor of the state, Mitch Daniels, the host city's mayor, Greg Ballard, and Colts owner Jim Irsay are on hand to tout the work being put in place for Super Bowl XLVI.
Whether it's the super scarves that have been handcrafted around the world, the baskets of hope for children's hospitals or raising awareness of the breast tissue center in the city, community relations have been at the forefront. Irsay evoked John F. Kennedy when talking about the efforts the state's residents have put forth with the eyes of the world on this midwest city.
"The thing that I've said, and I believe about this event, is ask not what the Super Bowl can do for you, but what you can do for the Super Bowl when you're in this community," Irsay said. "Because to me this isn't about the Colts. This is about Indianapolis, about Indiana. And we're really excited to show everyone what we're about.
"And I know being on the Super Bowl committee, which I've been on for years, I know that the way we're prepared, the way that we've controlled the weather -- which has been hard, but we have certain techniques we're gonna keep hidden and I hope they hold -- we're really excited. It's something that I know we're going to do an outstanding job."
Irsay and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard both hope they can attract another Super Bowl, despite the city being deemed a cold-weather town.
"I think that people feel that the regular cycle, for regular teams, of four to five years, may not be the best way to go," Ballard said. "I think eight to 10 years is doable. And I think we can get on a regular rotation. I hope to get on a regular rotation."
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