***The blog below was originally posted on 2/13/13 on: http://sportsnuthub.com/ The site is no longer up so I am re-posting on my personal blog.
Just as instant replay was long overdue by the time the NFL adopted it, so too is it overdue to play the super bowl in the big bad northeast and other cold climates. Still a year away, the sports world is abuzz with the 2014 big game being scheduled at MetLife stadium in New Jersey.
I’m excited about it. And so should fans of cold weather teams who don’t play in domes. Why? Because for the first time since the SB’s inception these fans can dream about the possibility of their team playing at home in the big game.
The two main reasons being offered as to why the super bowl should not be held in cold weather include:
- You don’t want the game decided by bad weather and the elements.
- The super bowl is not just a game it is an event and the weather could wreak havoc for travelers and the events leading up to the game.
If the first reason were true then football should never be played in cold weather, and all cold weather cities should be required to have a dome stadium. Not going to happen, nor should it. Football’s history is rich in cold weather tradition. Does the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field ring any bells?
In essence, changing the rules or standards of play for the final game is ridiculous and unfair. If it is okay for the 1981 San Diego Chargers to lose a conference championship game in –59 degrees with wind-chill, its okay for the super bowl to possibly be played with some snowflakes and cold.
Oftentimes, teams will build their franchise around: their stadium, the climate, or team strengths. As a fan of northeast football growing up the saying was: passing is fine in September but to win in December and January you have to be able to run the ball. By denying the cold locations its fair turn in the SB, you’re manipulating the game’s outcome.
Imagine if this year’s MVP, Adrian Peterson, and comeback player of the year, Peyton Manning, were to square off in next year’s super bowl. If the game is in Miami, clear advantage to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Since the game is in New Jersey with cold and windy conditions? That tips the scale to Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings.
Till now, the passing teams have always had the unearned advantage in the super bowl and that is not fair. Now the door is open for each team to have a lottery ticket with regards to the surface, and the conditions, playing to their advantage in the year they make it to the SB.
Another question I have is when did this collision sport, football, become so pristine?
Baseball doesn’t put the World Series in a dome so wind blowing in or out of the stadium doesn’t cause or rob home runs– thus having an effect on the game’s outcome.
Tennis, “a gentleman’s game”, determines two of its four major championships, Wimbledon and The French Open, on clay and grass. Two surfaces that can give uneven bounces and can be inconsistent. But tennis doesn’t switch to a hard court for the finals to get a truer bounce and prevent a bad bounce from determining anything.
As for the SB being an “event” not suited for cold weather, I have two words for you: Winter Olympics. Somehow people manage to go where the games are and rough the elements.
I suppose we could hold the Winter Olympics in June or in California but then it wouldn’t be the Winter Olympics! What it boils down to is football a warm or cold weather sport?
The truth is, it is a great game in both and there is no reason to ignore the cold weather dome-less cities. It will bring a new exciting buildup to the game, and lord knows the talking heads need some new angles to talk about.
Besides, with this year’s power outage in New Orleans, the possibility of earthquakes in California, (see the 1989 world series) and the fact that more storms hit Florida than any other state, there are no guarantees no matter where you play the game. To avoid the cold out of fear is UN-NFL like, and UN-American.
An actual trivial third reason I heard ESPN’s Colin Cowherd talking about on the radio is: what about the halftime show and the notion you can’t do it in cold weather. The halftime show? Really?? Too Cowherd’s credit, he nailed the response here when he commented that the show doesn’t have to be at the stadium. Cut to Radio City, cut to the planet Mars, just don’t let halftime show considerations get in the way of what is right.
Final thought on the 2014 super bowl being played in the home of the New York Football Giants: to quote, Bart Scott, “Can’t Wait”.
About the Author:
Formally the host/executive producer of the live web show Filmnut, http://thestream.tv/filmnut, Jeff Schubert now turns his research and writing abilities to sports. In the last couple of years, Schubert started a sports blog on Yahoo and WordPress. Schubert grew up in New York City where he became a fan of the empire (N.Y Yankees) at an early age. The New York Football Giants would soon become his favorite team lead by his favorite athlete, Phil Simms. His favorite sports are Pro football, baseball, basketball, and tennis. As a blogger, Schubert is no homer. Nor does he just stick to writing about players and teams. Like many other fan of sports, the arrogance the blowhards on TV and radio display gets on his nerves. They think they know more then they really do and they need to be held accountable… And then God said let there be a blogosphere!