SPORTS WATCH
It's About Time for a Snowy Super Bowl
by Gus Jarvis
May 27, 2010 | 2096 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After hearing Tuesday’s announcement that the National Football League has awarded the 2014 Super Bowl to New York-New Jersey as its host site, all I could say was, “It’s about time.” This reaction isn’t because I have any specific connection to that region or any special place in my heart for the New York area. I am simply pleased the Super Bowl will actually be played in an outdoor stadium where winter weather could become a factor in the game.

This crazy idea of having the New York area hosting an outdoor Super Bowl is about four years old, when, according to The New York Times, the Giants and the Jets decided to join together and build a $1.6 billion stadium in the swampy Meadowlands. While it didn’t seem like a great idea at the time, Jets owner Woody Johnson remained relentless in his efforts to bring the world’s biggest spectacle the area. He tried, tried and tried again.

By having the game in the New York area, proponents said there would be huge entertainment opportunities unique to the area, like a Super Bowl float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

On Tuesday Johnson and Giants co-owner John Mara were victorious in the securing the Super Bowl when their new stadium received four owner ballots to gain the needed simple majority in the secret vote.

“I do believe New York is a unique market,” Commissioner HYPERLINK "http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/g/roger_goodell/index.html?inline=nyt-per" Roger Goodell told The Times. “It’s the No. 1 market in our country and in many cases around the world. It will be a great experience for our fans and a great experience for the NFL.”

Now, of course, there are those who are really, really against this idea of having a cold Super Bowl. Mainly it’s the members of the media that object; they are the ones who are flown out on their publisher/network’s dime for a week of fun in the sun leading up to the each year’s Super Bowl in places like Miami, Tampa and San Diego. Those poor writers and analysts need that Super Bowl week of bikinis and beach volleyball, I know. It has become a regular calendar event for some of them.

Let’s face it here. Who gets to go to the Super Bowl? Members of the media and corporate sponsors. The real fans will be watching on the big screen at home, so really no fan should be complaining about this move at all. There are those who say a snow game will take away from the grandness of the two championship teams competing. I say if the teams are that good, they can adjust. Run the ball. Isn’t football a game of adjustments?

What if the weather is so bad nobody can make it the stadium? Come on people, it’s the Super Bowl. If I had a ticket and there was a Washington D.C.-style crippling blizzard, I would find a way. Think of Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Where there is a will there is always a way.

My hope is that this will open the door to other outdoor stadiums for the Super Bowl. There was a time when NFL players were the symbol of toughness and grit. Does anyone remember a time in pro football when players played with broken wrists, noses and swollen eyes? Now, anytime a player feels like he pulled a right earlobe or little toe, he is out for three to four weeks. Sure, these modern day players are stronger and bigger but they don’t seem to have that grit that players used to have.

A winter Super Bowl in a frigid atmosphere where players are doing everything they can to win in 10-degree weather would be great for fans like myself. That’s real football.

I’m not saying that every Super Bowl needs to be in a blizzard, but I am saying every Super Bowl shouldn’t be in sunny Florida or places like it. Have a couple of warm weather destinations then throw in a Chicago or a Green Bay or hell, how about Denver?

Invesco Field at Mile High can be a beautiful place in early February, maybe even balmy compared to a Chicago or a Washington, D.C.

There was once a sweet time in my life when I lived off my parents and they had Broncos season tickets. While the earlier games in the season were always fun, everybody couldn’t wait for the first snow game of the year where fans deck themselves in Carhartt coveralls and load themselves down with flasks of Rumplemintz and have a great time at the game. They were often better and more exciting games to be a part of then the earlier, warmer games.

Hats off to the Giants and the Jets owners for breaking up the logjam and getting a Super Bowl up north. It’s going to be good for the game and every other city with outdoor stadiums. Now they have a chance to bring the game and all the money to their economies as well.
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