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The Problem with a Cold Weather Super Bowl

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First of all, I'm a homer. I love Tampa Bay and would love to see the Super Bowl return to Tampa. However, if the game was going to be played in the cold, New York is the spot. The parties will be epic, the city will shine, and the big city seems like a natural spot for the big game. I do find it sort of funny that New York was able to land the bid because owners of other cold weather cities backed them, thinking they may be able to get the big game as well. You know, Super Bowl 54 in Cleveland! Or #55 in Boston! New York is one of a kind, and I highly doubt the NFL will carry its showcase game anywhere else in the Northeast or Midwest (unless there's a dome involved). All that said, I am very opposed to playing the game in the cold. Jerry Jones (who voted NYC) said something like, ‘Why shouldn't the Super Bowl be played outdoors, in a cold weather city?' pointing out that many of the playoff games leading up to it are played in awful conditions. Well Jerry, I'll tell you why not. The Super Bowl is supposed to be played on a neutral site. The site of the other playoff games is determined by the team that earns home field during the regular season. This allows for Buffalo or Green Bay to construct a team which is suited for playing in poor weather. Think the Yankees and the "short porch" in right field. The Yankees attempt to construct a team that will take advantage of their home stadium. If the Super Bowl were held in the summer months, many of the traditional sites (including Tampa) would make for an awful choice because the heat and humidity would provide for poor conditions and

could give one side an advantage. Imagine a scenario that plays out like in 2002, when the Bucs faced the Raiders in the Super Bowl. The Bucs came in with the league's top defense and the Raiders its number one offense. The Raiders loved to throw the ball and Rich Gannon was one of the league's top quarterbacks. Oakland has fairly mild weather and the Raiders were able to play playoff games at home by virtue of their record in the regular season. Now imagine that Super Bowl is in New York and not San Diego. With a little snow and a 20 degree temperature at kickoff, the high flying Raiders offense should skip the trip and head to Tijuana. How about this year's game, Drew Brees vs. Peyton Manning: Anyone want to watch two of the highest flying offenses in the snow? And more importantly, wouldn't it provide conditions unlikely to show who the better team was? Bad weather is a part of football but it should be avoided (to the best of the leagues ability) when a game is set for a NEUTRAL site. The NFL once again has demonstrated fairness on the field is not its number one concern. You know, like when they gave the Bucs 7 home games and 9 road games one year so they could make a few extra Pounds. Oh yeah, one more thing. I don't want to freeze my ass off while I'm watching Josh Freeman find Arealous Benn for the game winning TD in XLVIII. O well... At least we got the Republican national convention, I guess.