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Doug Farrar

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Don't Expect It Beyond New York

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While I'm quite sure the NFL will vote to bring the Super Bowl to New York in 2014, I don't see it becoming a trend. Owners in Denver and Seattle and New England and Philly will petition the league to bring a Super Bowl to their cold-weather, domeless stadiums, and the NFL will politely claim that the first snowy Super Bowl was a mistake, and that it's going back to the way it was. But when the two NFL teams residing in the biggest media market in the country put a combined $1.6 billion into a new stadium -- well, that's part of Roger Goodell's job; to reward such proactive spending with the ultimate prize.

However, I don't see that happening beyond that first time, unless the New Meadowlands somehow hosts a Super Bowl with unseasonably warm weather. The festivities relating to the game itself generally have more to do with a favorable climate, and while the novelty of the Big Apple will keep the big-wigs and the media happy, I can't see those same people "enduring" a smaller city with weather issues without supreme protest.

Personally, I like the idea of a rotating site with the occasional weather issues -- the most famous playoff game in NFL history, the 1967 NFL Championship, took place in --13 degree weather. Conference championships are frequently played in horrible conditions -- it's the nature of the beast when you've got games in late January. But as much as I would love to see a snowglobe Super Bowl in Lambeau Field, I think the vote is far more about finally giving New York a Super Bowl than it is about a revised league policy re: the more temperate climes we're used to.

By Doug Farrar  |  May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  NFL , New York Giants , New York Jets , Roger Goodell , Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Back in the 50's and 60's I can remember watching such quarterbacks as Sonny Jurgensen slinging 50-yard passes downfield in the snow at Griffith Stadium and DC Stadium. Now, as a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, my best memory of a football game was a playoff game at Foxboro where, after a touchdown, the receiver made a snow angel in the end zone under the lights. Green Bay, Chicago and New England all have the right, and the right stuff, to host Super Bowls.

Posted by: OldTimer7 | May 25, 2010 10:34 AM

You want a game played in "optimum conditions?" Watch one that has to quality teams, each of which is determined to win.

It isn't the "Comfort Bowl." It's the professional football equivalent to the world championship in its sport.

On the other hand, the NFL better have a "snow date" in the event the game is postponed due to weather.

What seems to be missing in many commentaries I've read is the possibility that, despite (or as a result of) the weather, the game may still be a very good view, maybe even a classic, unlike most past Super Bowls, virtually all of which were played in "optimum conditions."

In the event the game becomes a classic, or even approaches one, then cold-weather cities will have an even stronger case to host the game.

Finally, why go back to "the way it was," despite how poorly or well the game is played?

If a city, any city, offers a good proposal, and if the owners like the proposal, then why should Green Bay, e.g., be denied?

If having another Super Bowl in a cold weather city is objectionable after 2014, then the owners will vote it down. It simply isn't fair to exclude some cities just because it may snow in New Jersey four years from now, even if the weather influences the way the game is played and its outcome.

It's the Super Bowl. More than anything else, talent and desire influence the outcome; not the weather.

Posted by: NYScientist | May 25, 2010 12:45 PM

Sonny Jurgensen slinging 50-yard passes downfield in the snow at Griffith Stadium and DC Stadium. SONNY NEVER THREW PASSES AT GRIFFITH STADIUM FOR THE EAGLES OR REDSKINS...
LONG-TIME SEASON TICKET-HOLDER

Posted by: allenlevi | May 26, 2010 8:00 AM

It's interesting that you mention the 1967 Packers-Cowboys game. I hope you realize that many of the players (Bart Starr, Jethro Pugh, Leroy Jordan, and others) in that game suffered frostbite and nerve damage that remained with them for the rest of their lives. It was so cold that the refs couldn't use their metal whistles because they got frozen to their lips! There is a point at which cold becomes a very real danger to both the players and the fans.

Posted by: kguy1 | May 26, 2010 1:30 PM

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