I’m assuming many (if not all) of you have heard New York wants to host an upcoming Super Bowl. It doesn’t seem to be getting a whole ton of media attention from my perspective. As I read these articles on the subject, as well as the fan comments that follow, I’m shocked over the way the public is responding to this bid.
While it seems public opinion favors the idea, I’m shocked to see how little it’s favored by. Taking an educated guess, I’d say it’s about a 65% to a 35 % split IN FAVOR of a possibility. This shocks me. For those of you who are 40+, do you remember the old T.V. game show CARD SHARKS? If the host asked me “Out of 100 American sports fans, how many would be in favor of a northern, cold weather Super Bowl?” Before seeing this debate played out, my guess would have been “89”! I'm now convinced I would have been way high.
Obviously, the big factor…. WEATHER
This aggravates me because I personally believe the term “good football weather” is one that has abstract value ONLY and describes NOTHING. Meaning….. It means the same to hear a guy walk out onto his porch and says “This is going to be an excellent day for a beating heart!” The way I see it, there is no such thing as “bad football weather” because it’s designed for, and played in ALL conditions….. Preparing for those conditions is what favors the most well rounded of teams.
When one thinks about the heart of the NFL, and the storied franchises that coincide with its history, it’s easy to admit three quarters are from cold weather communities. Pittsburgh, Chicago, Green Bay, Kansas City, New England and yes…. New York, all come to mind. Last time I checked, I don’t think these franchises have had difficulty putting people in the seats and they seem pretty stable financially…… Speaking for myself, the only factor that bums me out about attending a cold weather game are the “fully dressed cheerleaders”! Outside of that, I fully embrace everything about it. I'm not specifically advocating for the cold. I personally believe the 100 temps of AZ, The brutal winds of CHI, not to mention the frigid temps of GB are all quite acceptable for football. Even the "big game". Have we collectively become pansies here folks?
I agree there are many things that go into the big dance! The infrastructure of the surrounding community is the biggest. There have to be enough hotels, restaurants, parking and transportation to accommodate the event. That’s why locations like New England and Green Bay (despite having great qualities), would never be considered. I get that! But in this case, New York City is considered one of the centers (if not the center) of the globe.
Maybe it all comes down to the fact the networks won’t see Kim Kardashian at the game…. Or… Jimmy Buffet performing halftime. I think the majority of us can live with that. Did the city of Vancouver have difficulty with the Winter Olympics? Did the fans stay away because of the weather or temperatures? Did the cold weather hurt the TV ratings or anything? I’m getting more aggravated as I write!
I’d love to hear from the rest of Pats Pulpit on this one. Especially if you’re one of those who disagree with northern venues. BE BOLD….. DEFEND YOUR POSITION!