One of the biggest considerations the NFL faced when discussing giving a Super Bowl to the New York/New Jersey area was the weather.
Although conference championships and other key playoff games have been blanketed by snow since the dawn of the NFL, the idea of having a Super Bowl — with all its pomp and circumstance — snowed on somehow felt different. But the league says it would lie down and do snow angels (virtually speaking, naturally) if it happened this coming February in the NFL's first cold-weather Super Bowl, according to the Associated Press.
"It would be disappointing if it didn't, quite frankly," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the AP. "Weather and the elements are part of the game. And we are embracing it."
There will be roughly 78,000 game attendees who are at risk of getting frozen, but they are only part of the Super equation. There is the FOX broadcast crew, which typically places a stage on the field (or close to it) for the game. There are the pregame and halftime shows (better put on your mittens, Bruno Mars!), which require an incredible level of technical precision to pull off, even in dry, warm weather.
And then there is the overflow of media members covering the game, often 4,000 to 5,000 credentialed for the game but too many to fit in the press box, many of whom likely will be outdoors typing during the game (you're getting a wool hat for Christmas, Frank Schwab!).
But the host committee sees no problems with these things. In fact, in lieu of the Farmers' Almanac predicting a Snow-a-palooza for that weekend, the committee has decided to embrace the cold-weather idea — even creating a logo that includes a snowflake.
"It could mean windy. It could mean snow. We're not sure, obviously, what Mother Nature will throw our way," head of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee Al Kelly said.
The committee's tagline? S'cute: "Join the world's biggest huddle."
How to put this ... a Super Bowl crowd is typically different from your normal NFL game. It's largely corporate. It's more of a white-collar crowd, you might say. So will they mind getting whited out?
After all, what we all want is a great game. And you can't argue with the fact that some of the classic moments in NFL history have come adorned with snow.
So assuming you're not carrying a bunch of gold cards, here's the question: If you paid $2,600 apiece for tickets, or way more (we're looking at you Jay-Z ...), would you be cool getting dumped on during the game? Would it make it better or worse?
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