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NFL: Impact of Weather on Super Bowl

| by Off The Record

Not that you would know it, but the Super Bowl is set to be played this weekend between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.  For all we know, we’re merely watching a glorified weather channel celebration based out of Arlington, Texas. 

Every other minute is a mention of the weather and how it is affecting the team’s preparation.  Granted it’s Texas and you would expect it to be much warmer than it is, but the overwhelming reality is that leading up to game day all the attention has been placed on the climate conditions and not the two teams playing. 

The NFL has an “out” in this case because Cowboy Stadium has a retractable roof that will nullify the elements and put the focus back on Pittsburgh and Green Bay.  But what happens in 2014?

In case you forgot, New York won the bid to host the 2014 Super Bowl…in February.  Take a look outside your window and tell me you want a Super Bowl played in this weather.  I have always been a proponent of warm weather Super Bowls because it allows two teams to do what they do best and whoever does it better…wins.  Moving it outdoors will completely sway the 2014 Super Bowl based on style of offense and nothing more.

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For example, let’s say this game was to be played right now in New York.  With all the talk about how Rodgers will have to have a nice game in order to win, do any of us really think he would be able to pass for 300 yards in snow and ice?  It nullifies what they are great at… spreading the defense and allowing Rodgers and his weapons to pass his way down the field.

To give it more perspective, let’s say during the snow storm hell freezes over and the Eagles make it to the big dance in 2014.  Mike Vick leads and explosive passing attack that racks up yards and points in the air.  Their opponent is the run first New York Jets who lead the league in rushing and are built on physical, run  first offensive line play.  It is set to be a showdown of two completely different offenses and whoever executes their game plan will hoist the Lombardi Trophy. 

Now factor in the 2 feet of snow in New York and the freezing rain leading up to game day.  Think that will dramatically affect the game plan, style and outcome of the game?  You bet.  The Super Bowl is about execution of the best talent on the field for one day and one game, not whether it snows or not and how cold it is. 

Granted, teams have to contend with the weather during the playoffs, but that is why home field advantage becomes a factor.  Handle your business during the regular season and teams will have to come to your house, deal with your elements and beat you at it.  But this is the Super Bowl where there is no home field advantage.  Let’s not create an inherent one.

With all the attention leading up to this year’s Super Bowl, you would hope it would open some people’s eyes to the reality of it all.  Sure, it sounds nice to get a Super Bowl in the largest media market, but not when it detracts from the validity of the game itself.  Let this week be your warning of things to come.