Out in the Cold

The New York Post recently reported that the NFL was considering scrapping the halftime show for Super Bowl 48 because it might be cold in the host city of New York.

No, I’m not kidding.

They honestly quoted an anonymous source as saying, “It’s not only the acts and the singers but [also] the crews that have to put the stage together…You just can’t assemble the stage and break it down fast enough in the cold.”

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy appropriately responded, “Chill out.”

After pointing out that Prince has performed “Purple Rain” in the rain, McCarthy noted that they’ve already mapped out plans for pregame and halftime.

But it’s not just the festivities surrounding the game. There are plenty of fans objecting to the NFL’s biggest game itself being played outdoors.

Their logic is that weather shouldn’t impact the result of the championship. Would these same fans argue that because it was sunny, the weather didn’t affect their wedding…even though their photos were taken outside?

In some cases, these are the same fans who think that rules changes that are designed with player safety in mind are ruining the game. These players sure aren’t as tough as they used to be, they’ll mourn, even as they argue they shouldn’t have to tough out a few snowflakes.

Of course, it may be more than a few snowflakes. Just this weekend, we’ve seen how Nemo has blanketed the New York area. That could happen next year. However, holding the Super Bowl in a domed stadium or warm weather destination doesn’t guarantee perfect conditions either.

There was a blackout in the Superdome, after all. The 1989 World Series featuring the Athletics and Giants, was interrupted by an earthquake.

Add to all that the fact that the NFL is a league which is popular in part due to its parity. Isn’t it incongruous to believe that we love the NFL because anyone can win the Super Bowl, and yet contend that not just anyone can host the Super Bowl?

So to those giving the North and the Midwest the cold shoulder when it comes to hosting big games, McCarthy probably said it best: “Chill out.”


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