We are a week and a half away from the Super Bowl and the parties have already started lining up. Have you gotten your party invitation secured? I am working on mine. Rest assured it is going to happen. I will be eating my share of chicken wings, also! As for the game, it should be a great game. If you are a long time reader of The Sports Debates, you know that I love great offenses and these two teams definitely have great offenses, built largely around the passing game and both being led by Pro Bowl quarterbacks. It is going to be played in Miami, Florida where (barring rain) it is likely going to be a pleasant evening. Now, close your eyes and imagine this game being played in Buffalo! Yikes!!!
Listen, I am all for football being played in cold weather. I know it really does not get that cold in Georgia (though that did not stop school systems across the state from cancelling classes a couple of weeks ago due to “cold” conditions), but I kind of like going to football games when the temperature is in the 30s. But, that first Sunday in February is not just another day. It is Super Bowl Sunday, and inclement weather should not have any impact on the game.
It is too early to check the forecast at various “cold weather” cities for Super Bowl Sunday, but let’s check today’s forecast. The high today in Buffalo, New York is 27 degrees, with snow showers likely. Eeek!!! It gets better. Let’s take a quick look at the conditions in Green Bay, Wisconsin where the forecast for today calls for a high of 15 degrees and snow showers, essentially proving that a warm front is going through Buffalo! Imagine the Colts and Saints, two pass happy teams, playing in these conditions. The entire complexion of the game changes. Not only does the game change but what about other events around the Super Bowl like the halftime show? The halftime entertainment this year features The Who! Can you see those guys singing “I Can See For Miles” in the middle of a snowstorm? I can’t see them doing that because they would be lying themselves. It would almost be as big of a nightmare as that little incident six years ago at Super Bowl XXXVII involving Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.
I am even suggesting that the Super Bowl not be played in a northern city that has a dome, such as Minneapolis. Today’s forecast looks promising. It’s partly cloudy! Yay! That is great tailgating weather, right? Perfect conditions for those corporate big wigs that like to raid the Super Bowl every year! But do those big wigs really want to do that when the high in Minneapolis is a frigid 12 degrees, which is what it is today? I don’t think so!!! I is a just a bad idea!
The Super Bowl is the most watched event of the year, every year. Fans deserve a show. The teams that play in the game deserve a chance to win it in ideal playing conditions. Play the game in a place like Miami or San Diego. It is in everyone’s best interest.