How about this bucket of cold water in the face of every Dolfan: NFL owners have voted to send the 2013-14 championship game to freezing cold New York City. Does anybody else think this is a ridiculous idea?
The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the other two teams bidding for the game (both of which makes sense), but instead teams voted that Super Bowl XLVIII (yeah, that’s 48, I looked it up) will be played in the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands stadium which is home to the New York Jets and Giants.
Yeah, that’s right, it will be played outdoors, too….in February.
It is the first time the NFL has picked a known cold-weather site that doesn’t have a dome. The current Super Bowl’s record for lowest temperatures is 39, which happened at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in 1972. Remember that game, Dolfans? That was the one where we lost to the Dallas Cowboys 24-3.
The temperatures in East Rutherford, N.J., will no doubt be lower than 39 degrees in mid-February, instead of a comfortable 75 degrees in Miami. The bid also immediately gives an advantage to cold-weather teams, not that I’m complaining about that, but who really wants to be on the field if it’s icy and -3 degrees?
While I think it’s wrong to discriminate against northern teams, I think it could make for a sloppy game, which in turn could hurt the ratings. They could atleast invest money into a dome.
You’ve gotta believe the NFL considered that when they made the decision, but I still would rather have the big game be played in a newly refurnished Sun Life Stadium….at 75 degrees….and without a bunch of angry New Yorkers in the background. Wouldn’t you?