First of all, I hope everyone at Camelclutchblog.com, and all our readers had a great Christmas. For those who do not celebrate, I hope you enjoyed your day off, or just had a relaxing day. However, you spent December 25th, I hope and pray everyone of you stayed safe. I saw the film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” It is a great film with Leonardo DiCaprio at his best. Man, has that guy grown into a top actor. The film is one of director’s Martin Scorcese’s best. I highly recommend it.
That being said, we are well into the period that I call, “Playoff Migraine,” season. I came up with that name because I get massive “migraines” from keeping up with playoff scenarios. The last few weeks have been crazy. Such and such a team can get in if they win, and other team loses, etc. That just gives me a headache. I don’t even know how the announcers and coaches keep it straight.
I personally just think trying to keep up with all that information is just insane. Once the playoff teams are set in their brackets, they fight it all out in the playoffs in January, until two teams are left. The two teams that are left, the NFC team and the AFC team play in the Super Bowl.
Now, you are wondering why I am telling you all this. After all, you know how this works. After the NFC and AFC Conference games, both AFC and NFC reps go to some nice stadium in Florida, or in some closed dome, and fight it out. After the game, the winner gets to kiss the Lombardi Trophy. QUEEN’s “We Are the Champions” gets played. The confetti falls. You know that. I know that.
There is a reason I went through that exercise. The 2013-14 Super Bowl is going to be a bit different than most, even though there is precedent. What is going to be different? Well, it might SNOW for the big game, per the Farmer’s Almanac. Not only is the Farmer’s Almanac predicting snow, it is predicting a blizzard. The game has not arrived yet, and media types are already having cows over it.
On February 2, 2014, Super Bowl XLVIII will take place at Met Life Stadium, in East Rutherford, NJ. The NFL calls it the NJ/NY SB, but it is technically in my home state of New Jersey. Ever since the site was selected, fans, press, ESPN, and the like were whining about the Super Bowl being placed in the NY Tri-state area. Now that the event is looming, the commentators on both NFL Network and ESPN are stepping up their objections, which center around the aforementioned Farmer’s Almanac’s prediction of a possible major snowstorm that may hit the area that weekend, and the implications.
In this blog, I am going to discuss why I think, to paraphrase the Christmas Carol, “White Christmas,” all this screaming about a white Super Bowl is much ado about nothing. I am going to list a few of the main objections I have heard, and give my two cents.
OBJECTION #1: THE WEATHER MAY AFFECT THE GAME
The main complaint is that there “may not be a neutral field.” The “experts” claim that the possible snow and cold will have such a terrible affect on the game. Players will be sliding, and the ball will be slipping out of their hands, etc. The commentators crying about this upcoming Super Bowl claim that this game has to be played in a dome for the “best team to win.”
MY REPLY: Well, with the exception of the “Dome Teams,” such as the Rams, Colts, Saints, etc., doesn’t the weather outside affect all the other games? Can’t a Week 3 Game in the heat be affected by the weather, as well as a Divisional Round game played in the dead of winter? A player trying to catch a ball could easily lose sight of it by the blinding sun in that Week 3 game , just as well as have the ball slip out of his hands in a snowy Divisional Round game played in January?
I’d think so. In fact, I have seen plenty of players lose sight of footballs either kicked to them, or thrown to them in a very sunny day. I have also seen snowy, and rainy weather interfere with the grip on the ball. This type of complaint reminds me of a horse trainer saying his horse didn’t win because he/she didn’t like the track.
Besides, I don’t remember people complaining when Super Bowl XLI was played in South Florida, and it was raining from kickoff to the last gun. Players were slipping around. The ball was slipping out of players hands, and such. The winner of that Super Bowl was the 2006 Indianapolis Colts. They defeated the Chicago Bears. Were the Colts the best team of the two? You bet. Would the Colts have beaten the Bears on a Sunny day, or in a dome? I think they would have, especially since the Bears had that Rex Grossman as QB. In this case, the best team won.
Another championship game was the famed Ice Bowl, between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. Again, in horridly cold and frigid temperatures, thanks to OL Jerry Kramer, QB Bart Starr made that TD, and won the Super Bowl over the Cowboys. Had that game been on a so called “neutral field,” I still think the Packers would have won. The game is a classic.
A Super Bowl team to me is going to be a team that can win under any kind of circumstances. There can be no excuses. The winner has to be strong enough physically and mentally to overcome a possible snowstorm. The best team will win the Super Bowl no matter what the weather is.
OBJECTION #2: HOW ARE TEAMS LIKE THE BRONCOS GOING TO WIN IN THAT WEATHER?
I was watching the NFL Network on Sunday morning one week, and Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk were going at it concerning playing the Super Bowl in the snow. These two, along with Warren Sapp were having fits, as if they never played in inclement weather before. During the Patriots vs. Broncos game, CBS Sports columnist Pete Prisco stated on his Twitter page that he was concerned that Peyton Manning was not going to be able to be Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl.
MY REPLY: Wow. I had no idea that the ONLY team and the ONLY QB that was going to be playing in the Super Bowl was Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Right from the beginning of the season, NFL Network and ESPN (especially ESPN) were just pushing Manning and the Broncos. Why don’t we just cancel the NFL Season, and just hand over the Super Bowl trophy to Peyton Manning and the Broncos. It seems every year, the media just wants Peyton Manning in that Super Bowl.
Look, I realize he had done so much for the NFL. He had had an excellent season at the age of 37, and all that. I got it. However, this reminds me of the hullabaloo over that mare, Zenyatta, except the fuss over Peyton Manning is the Zenyatta craze multiplied by 100. It is just out of control.
The playoffs are like the Breeders’ Cup. Anything can happen. Who says Peyton Manning (9-11 in the playoffs) and the Broncos are even going to REACH the Super Bowl? Hey, if they do, God Bless them, but I am just wondering why the media has this love affair with Peyton Manning. If the Broncos, or a similarly built team, say the Saints (high powered offense, halfway decent defense) make it to the Super Bowl, they are going to have to adjust to the weather like their opponents. Just because Peyton Manning can’t operate under 32 degrees doesn’t mean we cancel the Super Bowl. The media should stop worrying about whether the Broncos get there.
OBJECTION #3: IF GAME NEEDS TO BE RESCHEDULED, FANS WILL BE INCONVENIENCED
The NFL has a contingency plan if the weather conditions make it unsafe to play the game. The game could be played on Saturday, or Monday. Their aim IS to play the game on time. The objection is obviously that people coming in for the game (contest winners, corporate people, etc.) could be inconvenienced, as far as flights, hotels, etc. Many have made plans, which were very expensive. The hotels have jacked up their prices, and it costs a lot of money to buy a ticket as well.
MY REPLY: I somewhat sympathize. However, I think the NFL is doing the right thing here. This is the most important game of the entire year. All 32 teams work all year to win it all. However, their safety, and the fans’ safety have to be paramount. I know those who got tickets and who made plans will be inconvenienced, should the contingency plans go into effect. Just remember the recent fiasco that was Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, when a surprise ice storm hit. What a mess.
MY LAST WORD: I honestly don’t know what the fuss over possibly playing a Super Bowl in the snow. The final two teams who are the best in each conference are going to fight it out. If they are the best, they can play in anything. I just think there is a lot of hypocrisy when I hear folks like Warren Sapp, and others complaining about the NFL going “soft” with these new tackle rules, but then they are crying about playing in the SNOW? Really?
I am honestly tired of these perfect-looking Super Bowls played in Domes. The OTHER NFL games are played in all sorts of weather. Football is an outdoor game that is meant to be played in the elements. If they play every other game in the elements, I think the Super Bowl should be included. While I understand it is the championship game, and both sides should get a “fair chance” to compete, if the teams are playing in games LEADING UP to the Super Bowl that can be affected by the elements (and other things that are out of the players’ hands), the Super Bowl should ALSO be played in the elements.
One final thing: What if the Farmer’s Almanac’s prediction turns out to be wrong, and all this worrying and bellyaching is for nothing?
Hope you enjoyed the blog.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan
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