Thanks to the NFL hype machine, that will most likely be your reality come 2014. In an alleged “power move,” all the team’s owners voted to host Super Bowl XLVIII at the state-of-the-art new stomping grounds of the New York Giants and Jets.
It’s the first time the league has gone to a cold weather site that doesn’t have a dome; until now, those places couldn’t even bid on the big game. It’s billed as a one-time exception, but just a few years ago, the NHL experimented with an outdoor game on New Year’s Day, and it came off so perfectly that teams now fight to host what’s become the annual Winter Classic. Maybe this will work out that well, too.
“I think it will turn out to be a great event,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.
This ain’t a playoff series, Mr. Goodell. When winner takes all in a 60 minute battle, the key is to level the playing field in a neutral atmosphere so outside advantages are at minimum. If an already-favored Patriots or Steelers team goes into the Big Dance facing sub-zero temperatures, it’ll be cold hell for their NFC counterparts who are accustomed to superdomes. Who knows, maybe the Rams will be good by then. Don’t they deserve a fightin’ chance?
I haven’t found the correlation yet, but somewhere underneath all the hoopla, that Jay-Z guy has a stake in all this (again!). Desperate New Yorkers want their teams to thrive in all sports, no matter the cost.