On Weather The Super Bowl Belongs Outdoors

Could you imagine someone saying that poor people don’t have money woes, because they have no money?

It sounds like something that would come out of the mouth of a reality star who inherited all their wealth and has never worked a day in their life.

Obviously, the lack of money can have as big an impact on someone’s life as the abundance of it.

I bring this up, because with the Super Bowl being held outdoors in New York this year, there are some who seem to forget that the lack of of weather can have just as big an impact as the abundance of it.

Critics of holding the NFL’s biggest game in the elements have argued that the best way to let players’ talents shine is to hold this game in the south or in a dome. However, that’s assuming that all talents flourish equally in the most ideal of conditions, and there’s no skill set that is more accentuated by the snow or rain or cold.

Might Jim Kelly’s Buffalo Bills have actually won if they hadn’t played in Tampa Bay, Minneapolis, Pasadena and Atlanta? Okay, unless Scott Norwood was kept away from the stadium by a blizzard, maybe not. But certainly there are some teams whose construction causes them to excel most when Mother Nature is at her worst.

And wouldn’t snow be a real test of a team’s resilience? With toughness one of the virtues of the sport, you’d think the NFL would want to highlight this…from time to time anyway. Always holding the game in northern climes is no more fair than never doing so.

Fan comfort and player safety might be reasonable justifications for making certain cities out of bounds when it comes to hosting a Super Bowl. Although it certainly seems that fans are flocking to Super Bowl XLVIII, and players can and do get hurt in all weather. However, pretending that the game itself depends on it being sunny and 72 degrees? As anyone who’s ever been without cash can tell you, that’s pretty poor logic.

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2 Responses to On Weather The Super Bowl Belongs Outdoors

  1. pete goegan says:

    I agree with your main point, Lori: the game should be a test of all elements of a team’s makeup, including it’s ability to deal with difficult weather conditions. The roots of the sport are here in the midwest and autumn weather can be difficult and unpredictable. It’s part of the game.

    On the other hand, the Super Bowl is not just a football game, it’s a major cultural entertainment event. Personally, I have no interest in paying the rediculous prices asked for tickets to the show and then spending four hours in cold and snow. I watched the legendary Ice Bowl game from the comfort of my living room. I would not have wanted to be part of that memorable event, in person!

    • Lori Schmidt says:

      I’m totally with you on that!I Your point is exceptionally valid given that the way the NFL focused on building its TV audience in recent years seems to have come at the expense of actual attendance.The league needs to continue to work on ways to improve the in-stadium experience.

      Having granted that, I wonder if fans robbed of seats in Dallas, or who sat through a power outage in Louisiana would trade their tickets for a chance to watch Super Bowl 48? (That last remark is half in jest, by the way.)

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