Mike Ditka is a throwback. He is identified with tough, old-school football. Ditka played and coached in Chicago for decades.
But count the Super Bowl-winning coach and Hall of Fame player as one of the people who doesn't like the idea of the Super Bowl being played outdoors in cold weather.
Ditka told the Detroit Free Press that playing Super Bowl XLVIII in what could be bad weather on Sunday at MetLife Stadium is a bad idea.
“The weather’s going to be a problem,” Ditka said. “They made a big mistake. The game shouldn’t be there. I mean, it’s stupid.”
So there you have it. Ditka's not known as a word mincer.
Early reports suggest the weather might not be that bad, with temperatures in the 30s and a slight chance of precipitation. Still, Ditka says it hurts the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks players who are trying to put on a show on the biggest stage.
“First of all, it’s not fair to the players,” Ditka said. “It’s not going to be fair to the fans. It’s not going to be that enjoyable.
“I mean, I understand it’s the Super Bowl and it’s a privilege to play in the Super Bowl," Ditka said. "It’d be nice to be playing in Miami or San Diego or New Orleans or somewhere the weather is conducive to guys being able to show their talents.”
Ditka believes the lack of ideal conditions for the game would not allow it to be played at the highest level. In his era, playing in mud and sleet and snow was a necessary evil. But Ditka thinks it's a different era and that even with extreme measures being taken to provide the best playing elements, the league is making a mistake this weekend.
“I’m just saying, if you get extreme cold or you get snow during the game, then it’s unfair to the fans, to the players, to everybody,” Ditka said. “You’re not going to be able to perform at near the level you’re used to. And the element of luck comes into it, and it shouldn’t happen in that game. That game should be based on the people on the field who make the plays.”
What do you think? Is Ditka right about this? Should the game be played somewhere warmer?
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