For weeks leading up to the 2014 Super Bowl, there was an active discussion regarding the wisdom, or lack thereof, in choosing a location in the Northeast, or any non-warm weather city for that matter, for the big game. In the age of the Super Bowl era, which began in 1967, prior to 2014, organizers scheduled all Super Bowls in warm weather cities or domes stadiums.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in explaining the Selection Committee’s decision to choose MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey as the venue for this past Sunday’s event, Super Bowl XXXXVIII, said the committee decided it would be good to spread the opportunity to host the game all across the country. The New York-Newark area undoubtedly made a compelling case for hosting the event. Still, there is a reason the League opted not to hold its signature event outside in the elements, in a cold weather city. Only time would tell if deviating from the tried and true model was merely a mistake, or a miscalculation of “gi-normous” proportion.
In the week prior to the Big Game, an unusual phenomenon known as the Polar Vortex generated the coldest temperatures in 20 years for half the United States, including Metropolitan New York and New Jersey, which coincidentally was set to host the Super Bowl. In the days, leading up to Super Sunday, staff and contractors executed what amounted to snow and ice removal drills at MetLife Stadium. By middle of last week, meteorologists’ weather models projected that the game time temperatures would be in the 40’s with no precipitation.
In deed, that is just what happened. The game was played in conditions about as ideal as could be expected for the first weekend in February at MetLife Stadium. However, according to the New York Daily News, snow hit the Greater New York area just hours after the Super Bowl, starting around 4:00 a.m. Monday. The storm blanketed the stadium with snow on Monday, but more important, airlines canceled more than 2,150 flights nationally, according to the website FlightAware. After reviewing the situation, I have one simple question. “Is God a Football Fan?” While I do not even purport to process and answer that query, I did conclude one thing. He does not root for the Broncos, at least not this season.
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