Much ado about nothing or something? That could be the question we ask as we ponder the next Super Bowl. I know, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers haven’t even gotten on the field yet, so why am I thinking about next year’s big game you might ask? Perhaps because it is going to be played in MetLife stadium, my team’s home turf (oh yeah, we do “share” that with the NY Giants). The prospects of Super Bowl XLVIII being played so close to home are exciting for all Jets and Giants fans, and anyone else who lives in the New York City area.
This is not to say that this choice of venues is not without controversy. Many people have questioned why the NFL would choose to have the contest in a “snow zone.” Commissioner Roger Goodell says he is “prepared” for snow for the game day, but what kind of snow are we talking about? Long-time New Yorkers know that February can deliver some of the worst snowstorms in this area – sometimes of the two to three foot variety. Can the NFL be ready for that?
It is not just snow that the NFL has to worry about. How about cold? We’re talking numbing, Arctic-like temperatures. We get very cold around here in February. We could be talking anywhere from 32 to 0 degrees in February. This certainly puts an entirely different spin on how the game will be played for sure, not to mention how it will be viewed by the fans in the stands.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t mince words when asked about the impending ice bowl. He said, “I think it’s retarded.” Of course, not the most politically correct response from an NFL player, but we have come to expect such things these days. However, he called for what makes sense when he said, “put a retractable dome” on MetLife Stadium. Of course, there are no plans in the works for that, and it seems that everyone will have to be praying for good weather on February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.