Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Let me $ee

I'm trying to figure out why the NFL would $end it$ mo$t important game -- the $uper Bowl to New Jer$ey.

What could po$$ibly prompt the idea of playing thi$ game in a cold, northern outdoor $tadium?

First, a short report from The New York Times:

National Football League owners, lured by playing the sport's biggest game on the largest stage, combined with the promise that snow would not grind the event to a halt, awarded the 2014 Super Bowl to New York on Tuesday afternoon, making the New Meadowlands Stadium the host of what will be the first cold-weather Super Bowl.

The New York-New Jersey bid beat out proposals from Tampa, Fla., and South Florida -- two traditional hosts -- in part to reward the Giants and the Jets for building a new billion-dollar stadium together, a tactic the N.F.L. has used when they have placed the game in Detroit, Dallas and Indianapolis.

Will someone tell me how the organizing committee will ensure that snow will not "grind the event to a halt"? More importantly, even if there is no snow that day (and let's also acknowledge that no one wants to see much of it during the week leading up to the game), how could the league's owners not recognize that New Jersey on a late February afternoon is probably not the best place to be when attempting to determine the best team in the league?

And let's also not ignore that the league's Pro Bowl game, now scheduled for the Sunday before the Super Bowl, also will be held in New Jersey. No offense to anyone, but I can't imagine any player being thrilled about playing that game there.

I'm not bashing New Jersey here. I'd be making the same "this is a stupid idea" comments whether it had been Philadelphia, Boston or Washington, geographically close to New York cities with outdoor football stadiums.

Granted, the league has held the Super Bowl in cold cities before (and will again in 2012), but those locations had domed stadiums that do not influence the play-calling and decision-making abilities of the coaches.

Let's remember that the Super Bowl is in large measure an opportunity for the league's marketers, business partners, owners and other VIPs to have an enjoyable week as they get ready for America's unofficial national holiday. The New York area without question will provide amenities comparable to any previous or future Super Bowl host city. And those "big shots" also will watch the game from a comfy stadium suite; they won't be freezing as the league's best teams battle for a championship.

Look, the league's owners made this decision simply because New York is New York. And as we know, you either love that city or you despise it.

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