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The Super Bowl is Set
January 23, 2014 - Al Stephenson
With Peyton Manning being too much for the New England Patriots to handle and Richard Sherman showing why he is considered the best cornerback in the league - if not the most egotistical - the Super Bowl matchup has been set. The thought of Manning matching wits with Sherman is very appealing to me. The chances that we may never see this byplay is very real. For that you can thank the NFL.
In what many consider questionable wisdom, the NFL decided to let Met Life Stadium in New York City (yeah I know it's New Jersey) host this year's extravaganza. The fact that Mother Nature may determine the winner rather than either team makes me sad. Because of the potential for bad weather, the NFL has contingency plans to hold the game a day early or a day later. I don't know what kind of headaches that will hold for the people who actually attend the game, but I'm glad I don't hold a Super Bowl party. Do you tell your guests I'll see you Saturday, or Sunday, or Monday or whenever they decide they can safely hold the game?
I am aware of the fact that football games will often be affected by the elements. The Detroit Lions-Philadelphia Eagles game was entertaining as it is hard to forget the image of Calvin Johnson coming off the ground with a helmet full of snow after attempting to catch a pass. That game was a regular reason game however. When it comes down to deciding the best team in the NFL, I would prefer that the teams settle it, not the weather. For years the NFL held the Super Bowl in warm weather cities. Why have they changed that. The weather has a chance to make this year's spectacle, well, just that... a spectacle that people will not take kindly to.
If the NFL wanted to give this game a cartoon flavor they should have done what Ohio does when it comes to scheduling playoff football games. The Buckeye State selects a site somewhere between the two schools that are playing. Using this philosophy we would need a field between Denver and Seattle. I've got it. Boise State! Playing the game on the blue "smurf" field in Idaho would give the game the comic aspect that we are after. The NFL may even have a better chance of getting snow, ice and freezing temperatures there.
The view from my seat suggests that the NFL may get away with this decision as the weather may hold and the game will not be negatively affected. I hope it is however, so the powers to be don't make the same mistake in the future. Put the game in Miami, Los Angeles or in a domed stadium. Let the teams decide the outcome and let the fans enjoy the game.
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