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Just in case you don't have anything to do on February 2, 2014 you can always tune in to Super Bowl XLVIII.  Oh but this Super Bowl will be very different from the previous XLVII: it will be the first Super Bowl held outdoors in northern climate.  The NFL announced Tuesday that New York will host the NFL's championship event and I want to go on record as being all for it.  For those of you complaining that weather might affect the outcome I'll say this: stop whining!  You sound like a bunch of Californians.


The argument is that wintery weather could give a cold weather team an unfair advantage as dome and southern teams won't be used to playing in such conditions.  Let's dispel this myth right away.  Did cold weather prevent dome teams Minnesota and Atlanta from coming to Lambeau Field in January and winning?  How much of an advantage did Philadelphia have over Tampa Bay in the 2002 NFC Championship Game with the game time temperature at 26° with a wind chill of 16?  Where were the complaints when the sun-soaked Jacksonville Jaguars won at Buffalo and Denver on the way to the '96 AFC Championship Game?  Was that really the Indianapolis Colts beating the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in balmy 14° weather in the '95 playoffs?  Cold weather affects everybody, not just the teams that aren't used to it.  You still have to go out and win.


So let's say it is snowing (it's worth noting the average amount of snowfall in New York City in February is 8.4 inches so the chances of a blizzard as some of the worrywarts predict are slim).  What's wrong with that?  Some of the NFL's most memorable games were played in picturesque snow.  How about the 2008 Snow Globe Game between the Packers and Seahawks?  A few people who watched it might remember that it was Charles Woodson blitzing Tom Brady from the corner, forcing what appeared to be a fumble  in the 2001 AFC playoffs.  But everybody remembers that the infamous Tuck Rule Game was played during a New England blizzard.  Isn't that football weather?  Isn't it about watching guys brave the elements to achieve football greatness?  Name me one football fan who doesn't think the Ice Bowl was one of the greatest games played, partially because of the freezing temperatures.  The average temperature in New York in February is 34° and the last time New York hosted a playoff game in January, 2009 the temperature at kickoff was 30°.  Not ideal for a neutral setting but not exactly arctic either.


Oh and what if the weather is bad, won't it keep the crowds away?  As Chad Ochocinco might say, child please!  Did a steady rainfall keep the crowd away during Super Bowl XLI (hey who won on that rainy night?  The outdoor Bears or the indoor Colts?)  Folks, it's the Super Bowl.  You don't think the NFL will be able to find 82,000 New Yorkers willing to watch NFL history?  Of course, there's always the chance that game time temps will be in the mid-40's, which ironically would not be the coldest Super Bowl ever played.  It was 39° at kickoff for Super Bowl VI.  In that case, no one will have anything to complain about weather-wise.  Don't think it'll be that warm in New York?  It sure was on January 8, 2006 when the Giants hosted Carolina in a wild card playoff team.  Wanna guess how the warm weather Panthers did?

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