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Brandon Benson

Brandon Benson is the lead blogger at Acme Packing Company.

Not your average Super Bowl


The NFL may play the Super Bowl in New Jersey? Outside? I've read headlines for weeks about the joint bid by the Giants and Jets to host it in 2014, but I didn't read any further. While it makes sense to showcase their new stadium with a championship game, the fact that no Super Bowl has ever been played outdoors in cold weather seemed to make it a safe assumption that it would never happen.

But what seemed impossible to me is on the verge of becoming a reality. Apparently many teams are in favor of the proposal, and I've even read a report that the Green Bay Packers are in favor of it too (naturally). I'm surprised to read that so many other teams are eager to sign on but I can see why they find it appealing to host the Super Bowl (near) New York City. I'm just not sure they've thought this bad weather thing through.

Arguably the most famous cold weather playoff game is the "Ice Bowl" played in Green Bay on December 31, 1967. The Packers hosted the Dallas Cowboys for the NFL Championship and, according to, the "kickoff temperature was 13 below zero and the wind chill was minus-46." The game winning play was the ever exciting quarterback sneak. The teams combined for 387 yards of offense (96 of which came on two plays) and six fumbles. Two weeks later, the Packers beat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II in Miami and the two teams combined for 615 yards of offense. If scoring is exciting football then the Super Bowl should stay in a warm weather city (or under a dome). If a battle under difficult conditions is the better style then there should be nothing wrong with a cold weather game. That's the main problem with his discussion: it's a matter of opinion. What's your preference? There is no right or wrong answer here.

Maybe this successful cold weather bid will encourage the Packers to propose hosting a Super Bowl in Green Bay? Or maybe any number of cold weather teams will apply if they are trying to build a new stadium and want to add a Super Bowl to the stadium proposal? The Vikings could certainly use it to sweeten the deal as they negotiate with the Minnesota legislature.

But there is only one New York. Asking the big spenders and power players to travel to New York in February is one thing, and asking them to go to Minneapolis is another. While the Giants and Jets are on the verge of turning one incredible dream into a reality that doesn't make the dream any closer for the cities of Minneapolis or Chicago (or Green Bay).

By Brandon Benson  |  May 25, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  | Category:  NFL , New York Giants , New York Jets , Roger Goodell , Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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If you're concerned only with entertaining the folks who are on expense accounts, sure.

But your argument relates to weather affecting the quality of play itself.

People forget that for most of its history, the Super Bowl games themselves were considered underwhelming bores... and all were played in the warm-weather sites.

The Ice Bowl may have lacked a lot of "exciting, scoring football."

But I seriously doubt that 40 years from now, they'll be making a motion picture with A-list actors dramatizing each of the 48 points scored in the last Super Bowl.

Posted by: Leon999 | May 25, 2010 12:54 PM

The first comment has it right on. If you're worried about the Gucci group getting their Bruno Magli's messy, then pack them in the tent.

In fact, I don't think you should be allowed in a superbowl unless you have your face painted, are wearing a team jersey, a funny hat, and a great big hand with one finger showing.

Let the fans have their fun. You see anybody in Green Bay running for the exits when the skies get dark?

Posted by: webman2 | May 26, 2010 9:46 AM

Rotate it from city to city using some kind of plan, alphabetical, east to west, north to south, whatever.

Either that, or go to the city every year, and make sure that city doesn't have a franchise.

Home field advantage is prized during the playoffs. If the SB is in a city w/ a franchise that just happens to make it to the game, it gives the "home" team an advantage.

Posted by: BEEPEE | May 26, 2010 9:35 PM

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