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As a player, Terry Bradshaw played in plenty of bad-weather games as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he never played in a cold or snowy Super Bowl, and doesn't think anyone else should either.
The Hall of Fame quarterback sounded off on Wednesday about this season's Super Bowl being held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It will be the first Super Bowl held outdoors in a cold-weather city.
Bradshaw did not like it and he expressed this on the “Joe & Evan Show” on WFAN in New York (via CBS New York's website):
“Thank you commissioner, thank you Super Bowl committee for putting us in New York,” Bradshaw said. “And we all know why we’re in New York, it’s because they were paid for that stupid stadium in New Jersey … By the way, not a gorgeous stadium either.”
Bradshaw does have a point about the cold and sterile MetLife Stadium one of the worst stadiums built in any sport in recent memory. Then he started to swing away at the possibility of snow and cold-weather having an effect on the game.
“It’s freakin’ outside in New York, are you kidding me? Not even New York — New Jersey. It’s not like Minnesota, it’s a dome. It’s not like it’s Detroit, it’s a dome. It’s not like it’s Indy, it’s a dome,” Bradshaw said. “I don’t want it to be bad, cause I’m there. I want it to be nice, but I don’t think you should be putting Super Bowls in northern cities in the winter time.”
The entirety of Bradshaw's 14-year NFL career – a career that included four Super Bowl titles and three Pro Bowl selections – was spent in Pittsburgh where the average winter weather is routinely below freezing.
He then went on to use some logic that simply doesn't hold up.
“You should be in Florida or California or Arizona, where there is no excuses,” Bradshaw said. “What if the Saints make it there? What if Seattle? Bradshaw said. “Teams that run the football will have a bigger advantage than teams that throw the football. What if we get two passing teams? What if they get Denver there? What if it’s pouring down snow? You get a bad game."
On the flip side, playing in a dome or in a warm climate helps passing teams that make the Super Bowl and can hurt “teams that run the football.”
There's also the fallacy behind the weather hurting a passing team. Super Bowl XLI, played on Feb. 4, 2007 in a downpour, saw the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17. The Colts had the league's second best passing offense and still won despite the heavy rain.
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Kristian R. Dyer covers the Jets for Metro New York and also contributes to Yahoo Sports. He can be followed for news and random tweetingson Twitter @KristianRDyer
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