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Sebastian Maniscalco has a perfect matchup in mind for the Super
 Bears vs. Texans.Could happen.The native of Chicago and lifelong Bears fan also is close friends with Houston star defensive end J.J. Watt.So what could be better for the popular standup comedian than his favorite team facing off with his football buddy in the big game?"We were just talking about that http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/benny-snell-jr.-jersey-cheap , a friend and me, talking about going to the Super Bowl this year. It could be a Watt/Bears extravaganza," says Maniscalco, who also is an actor and author. "It would be nice."The last time the Bears were this good with this kind of swagger about them and a lot of confidence, they were doing the 'Super Bowl Shuffle.' "Maniscalco is headed for Madison Square Garden for four shows on Jan. 19-20 that nearly are sold out. The Garden is a natural spot for comedy -- have you seen the Knicks lately? -- and Maniscalco recognizes the tie-ins between sports and funniness."Madison Square Garden is the epicenter for lots of great events," he notes. "Comedy and sports definitely go together, though it's not something I build my standup around. I tailor my act to whoever is there. It is something for me that I always loved, incorporating some sort of sports material into my act, some of it's improvisational."You're out there and exposed in both. If people are not out there laughing, you are out there like a pitcher who cannot throw strikes. Comedy is very naked and very exposed. So is anybody who is kind of doing something on an individual level, like in sports."Maniscalco, who threw out the first pitch for a Mets game at Citi Field last season and enjoyed the camaraderie of hanging out in the dugout, was a soccer player as a youngster. Part of his comedy routine -- he has a Netflix special that premieres on Jan. 15 --centers on his father, who would come to Sebastian's games with a legal pad, write down what he saw, then break down what his son did and didn't do.His father would sit away from the other parents in the stands."No one knew who he was," he jokes. "They were saying, 'Hey, does someone owe money here?' He looked like he was coming to collect a debt."Now, Maniscalco says Zach Gentry Jersey , dad comes to his shows and does the same critiquing of the comedy.Much of Maniscalco's material focuses on family relationships and stuff people go through in their daily lives. He steers clear of politics, despite the deep well of potential material there."The recipe for success to me is staying true to who I am, to my family, and sharing experiences people can relate to," he says.His friendship with Watt started through Twitter when the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year said he was a fan of Maniscalco since high school. The comic and his family have visited with Watt when they were in Houston, and marveled at the impact Watt has had in the community."He is like a leader. He inspires people," Maniscalco says, noting Watt's fundraising role after Houston was hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. "If something needs to get done, he gets it done. You kind of strive to do the things he does. It makes you a better person."So if Watt and the Texans play his beloved Bears in the Super Bowl, where will Maniscalco's allegiance be?Well, he isn't quite saying. But, though he has lived in Los Angeles for 20 years, he still roots for all the Chicago teams.If the Texans and Bears get to Atlanta, and you see a guy on the street wearing a Watt jersey and Bears jacket and hat, it might be Maniscalco.No kidding. Build it and the Super Bowl will come.While that's not exactly how the sites of the NFL's championship extravaganza are determined, it sure doesn't hurt to have a brand new, billion-dollar facility in your city.Including the 2004 game in Houston, the league will have staged nine Super Bowls in metropolitan areas with new stadiums in the past 15 years: Detroit, Phoenix, Dallas Chris Lindstrom Jersey , Indianapolis, New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis and, now, Atlanta. Arizona and Houston actually have hosted twice, but obviously neither of those buildings was new the second time around.There's nothing written on a game plan sheet guaranteeing such an award from the NFL, it's more a nodding agreement it will happen. And it will once more in Los Angeles in 2022, and very likely in Las Vegas before the end of the next decade."It really depends, but a world-class stadium is critical, and we are going through a run with Minnesota and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and other new buildings," says Peter O'Reilly, the NFL's senior vice president of events. "There are lots of factors that come into it in determining where and when we go and what is the right sequence. So that's not necessarily a truism ... though certainly there is a track record of a number of recent buildings that have been built that are incredible facilities."Atlanta last hosted a Super Bowl in 2000, when it was hit with severe weather, including ice storms that nearly shut down the city. The NFL didn't go back until this year, in part because the Georgia Dome no longer was a state-of-the-art venue, and in part because of memories of 2000.Since Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in 2017, Atlanta has been the site of several major sporting events, including the college football playoff. Atlanta United of MLS has set all sorts of attendance records in the building.Those successes matter in the Super Bowl race."We do attend and we watch all those events that are coming into a venue," says O'Reilly http://www.falconscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-kaleb-mcgary-jersey , who also oversees the staging of the draft that has become a traveling show and heads to Nashville this April and Las Vegas next year."Part of the reason we have a policy in place that we don't play a Super Bowl in the first year after a building opens is you understand and learn from the events and the games in there. One of the positives is a number of the key vendors who work on the Super Bowl work on other major events. Clearly, in this community it's a really collaborative spirit."Of course, hosting a Super Bowl is about a lot more than spirit. It's about dollars, millions of dollars.Economic impact studies tend to show the value of the NFL's big show ranges from $200 million to $500 million for a city. Plus, more than 100 million viewers across the country are seeing that city being showcased. Minnesota might not have been a winter vacation destination to many people before it was spotlighted for last year's game.Naturally, Minneapolis wouldn't have gotten the Super Bowl without having built an ultramodern indoor stadium. The only outdoor game in a cold weather city was in 2014 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and that was a given once the Giants and Jets agreed to foot most of the bill for the facility.With a wink and a nod, Detroit was destined for a Super Bowl once Ford Field was ready and the Lions moved back downtown from the suburbs. Indianapolis, which put on a sensational Super Bowl week, never would have been considered without Lucas Oil Stadium being constructed."There's nothing formal," explains Marc Ganis, president of Sportscorp, a Chicago-based consulting firm, and an adviser to several team owners. "It is an understanding that if you build a new stadium and have the facilities for a Super Bowl and the community gets behind it, you will get a Super Bowl. Maybe you will only get one, like Indianapolis -- as great a job as Indianapolis did, it's really on the edge of a community that can support a Super Bowl. They made up for it with the great community support."It is not an issue of how well a franchise is run, either. It's an issue of the market, the hotel rooms and the stadium. So we know that Miami (2020), Tampa (2021) Kendall Sheffield Jersey , New Orleans (2024), Texas, Arizona (2023), LA and Las Vegas will get them."The process for securing a Super Bowl has changed. No longer do cities bid against each other -- Ganis notes that a so-called loser in the bidding could be embarrassed despite putting up a very strong presentation, and that a lengthy series of ballots doesn't look good for anyone.Now, O'Reilly and the owners' Super Bowl committee go to each club seeking an expression of interest in hosting the game. Many cities know they have no chance, perhaps because of weather concerns at an outdoor stadium -- it's unlikely any such venue in the Northeast except MetLife would be considered -- or lack of stadium size or insufficient infrastructure or hotel space.The committee identifies a city that fits best for a particular year and asks it for specifics for hosting."We end up with optimizing the sequences, avoid a scenario where multiple cities are spending significant time and resources on a bid and ultimately they're not rewarded," O'Reilly says.Suggestions that the game could wind up in London seem farfetched, and the NFL certainly would need a franchise there before it could happen. Besides, Ganis says there will never be a shortage of U.S. locales interested in hosting."I focus on the tremendous amount of new money coming into the community, and not just the week of the Super Bowl, but all the planning and the attention that takes place, and the money spent from outside (the venue) on that. Those things are almost impossible to put a price tag on, as is the visibility over a number of years focused on those two weeks in your city. It is almost always very positive."