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Old 01-29-2013, 09:10 AM  
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Joe Flacco admits that he's a wimp who doesn't appreciate football.

At least, that's my reading of his statement.

What kind of nation have we become? Football players, who by tradition are the manliest of men, now are afraid to play outside because it's cold? BECAUSE IT'S COLD? This is an insult to anyone who ever watched the film of Bob Lilly and Jethro Pugh kicking the frozen turf to get a foothold. It's an insult to anyone who saw Derrick Thomas sitting in the deluge in Arrowhead Stadium against Seattle. It's an insult to anyone who didn't quite see the fog game in Chicago.

Football is an outdoor sport. It's an OUTDOOR sport. Mud and snow and grass are part of the game. If you want an inside job, Joe Flacco, I would recommend that you put your physical education degree to use and get a job in some office somewhere.

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Joe Flacco blasts cold-weather Bowl
Updated: January 29, 2013, 10:12 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn't mask his feelings Monday when he was asked about the NFL's championship being decided next year at MetLife Stadium, the first outdoor Super Bowl at a cold-weather site.

"I think it's retarded. I probably shouldn't say that. I think it's stupid," he told reporters after the Ravens arrived in New Orleans for Sunday's Super Bowl. "If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one.

"Other than that I don't really like the idea. I don't think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather," he said.


Next year's Super Bowl will be held Feb. 2, 2014, at the building shared by the Giants and Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.

The record low for a Super Bowl kickoff is 39 degrees when Dallas beat Miami in January 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. It'll be a lot warmer in the Big Easy when the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers tangle Sunday. They'll be inside the Superdome.

The National Weather Service said the average high in nearby Newark, N.J., on Feb. 2 is 39.8 degrees and the low is 24.2. The average precipitation on that date going back to 1931 is about one-eighth of an inch.

Last week, on a 24-degree Thursday in Manhattan that felt a lot colder because of the wind, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is "thrilled" that next year's Super Bowl is being hosted in the New York region, while adding that they'll be "prepared" in the event of harsh weather conditions.

"We made this decision [to play the game here], obviously not knowing what the weather would be, but football is made to be played in the elements," Goodell said Thursday during a news conference at City Hall, adding that temperatures are forecast to be about 50 degrees next week.

"We're gonna celebrate the game here. We're gonna celebrate the weather here. We're gonna make it a great experience," he said.

No city is immune to rugged weather. Even though Green Bay and Pittsburgh played inside Cowboys Stadium two years, snow and ice blanketed the lead-up events.

The only significant precipitation during a Super Bowl came in February 2007 at Miami. Playing in a rainstorm, Indianapolis and Chicago committed four turnovers in the first quarter.

Expect ticket sales to be brisk next year, StubHub spokesman Glenn Lehrman said last week. He predicted the 2014 Super Bowl would create the largest demand "we've ever had."

"I think people want to be part of a first-time experience. Whatever it is," he said.

Lehrman said because so many people live on the East Coast -- within driving distance of the stadium, not needing pricey hotel rooms -- cold weather wouldn't have a chilling effect.

Goodell and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week gave an overview of plans and events leading up to the game, highlighted by the creation of a "Super Bowl Boulevard," a massive fan event with free admission in midtown Manhattan that will take place from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1. Fans will be able to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy, catch nightly concerts and check out NFL-themed exhibits.

The NFC team will work out at the Giants' practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J., while the AFC team will practice at the Jets' facility in Florham Park, N.J. Both teams will stay at hotels in New Jersey.

One study projected that the economic impact to the region would add $550 million to $600 million.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:33 AM   #16
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I am not really a fan of these new artificial turf fields with the little rubber pellets that get kicked up everywhere. I much prefer the grass fields that get worn, muddy, and sloppy.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:34 AM   #17
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Could KC handle an event like that? Jacksonville was a disaster and it has a bigger metro area.
There was a Super Bowl in Jacksonville?
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:34 AM   #18
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So refresh my memory. Kansas City couldn't host a Super Bowl because we have an open-air, old, stadium in a Midwest city that gets chilly in early February. Unlike like New York.

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Joe Flacco plays in Baltimore. He doesn't have any problem with the elements.

Having the Super Bowl in New York, in February, absolutely IS stupid.
Why should all the warm weather cities get to reap the benefits?
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:36 AM   #20
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The stadium is brand-spanking new with its renovations.

The NFL doesn't have problems putting the Super Bowl in AIDS-riddled cesspools like Detroit and Indianapolis. Why the hell not KC (besides the closed roof issue)?

If city sexiness matters in the Super Bowl site, then Kansas City is a SIGNIFICANT upgrade from those two hell holes.
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Have any of you BEEN to downtown Indianapolis where Lucas Oil Field is? That city smells like a ****ing sewer. It's disgusting.

Yeah, let's put everybody THAT city. They have a new stadium! That's a greeeeaaaaat idea
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:38 AM   #22
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The stadium is brand-spanking new with its renovations.

The NFL doesn't have problems putting the Super Bowl in AIDS-riddled cesspools like Detroit and Indianapolis. Why the hell not KC (besides the closed roof issue)?

If city sexiness matters in the Super Bowl site, then Kansas City is a SIGNIFICANT upgrade from those two hell holes.
Detroit & Indy built NEW stadiums. KC renovated an OLD stadium. Should it matter? No. Does it? Yes.

IMO, Super Bowls should only be played in Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, LA, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, and maybe Dallas or Houston.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:39 AM   #23
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Have any of you BEEN to downtown Indianapolis where Lucas Oil Field is? That city smells like a ****ing sewer. It's disgusting.

Yeah, let's put everybody THAT city. They have a new stadium! That's a greeeeaaaaat idea
Yes - I have. Having the SB in Indy & Detroit & NY/NJ is stupid. Just as having it in KC would be stupid.
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This isn't 1975.

The Super Bowl is an event that draws THOUSANDS of people from all over the country.

Letting them freeze in New York or Detroit is just stupid.

All of those nostaligic scenarios you're talking about happened when championship games WEREN'T played on neutral fields.

If you want Super Bowls to be played in the cold and snow, go back to having them played on somebody's home field and don't make it a 2-week all-out media extravaganza.
Okay, we have a deal. Home field it is.

I recognize the marketing value of letting rich people who don't know about football sit in the stands for three quarters at $5,000 per person. But in the long term, the next generation of real fans needs their own nostalgic scenarios or their appreciation of the game will fade. The Super Bowl has been a short-term marketing game played at the expense of long-term market loyalty, and at some point it's going to be a losing proposition. But every commissioner looks at it in the short term and kicks the can down the road for the next guy to worry about.
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Detroit & Indy built NEW stadiums. KC renovated an OLD stadium. Should it matter? No. Does it? Yes.

IMO, Super Bowls should only be played in Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, LA, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, and maybe Dallas or Houston.

Be honest. That's just because you don't own a coat.
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IMO, Super Bowls should only be played in Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, LA, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, and maybe Dallas or Houston.
Pussy.

Why?
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Why should all the warm weather cities get to reap the benefits?
Come on man.

Does Cleveland bitch when everybody vacations in Boca Raton?

Sometimes "practical" takes precedence over "fair".
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Pussy.

Why?
Because nobody wants to spend 2 weeks in February in Kansas City.

It is what it is.
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This isn't 1975.

The Super Bowl is an event that draws THOUSANDS of people from all over the country.

Letting them freeze in New York or Detroit is just stupid.

All of those nostaligic scenarios you're talking about happened when championship games WEREN'T played on neutral fields.

If you want Super Bowls to be played in the cold and snow, go back to having them played on somebody's home field and don't make it a 2-week all-out media extravaganza.
Completely agree. As I was reading this thread, I figured I'd be the first one to post a dissenting opinion, and that I'd get blasted for being a wimp who doesn't appreciate real football. I'm glad htismaqe beat me to it.

I want the Super Bowl to decide who the best team is, and the way you guarantee that is to play the game in a warm weather site or in a dome. I don't want extreme weather conditions to decide the Super Bowl winner.

Don't get me wrong, I love watching regular season games played in blizzards (as long as I get to watch it on my HDTV), and I have no problem with playoff games being played in blizzards and ice as well. But the Super Bowl is a two-week extravaganza. Flacco is right: it's retarded to play the game in a cold-weather city.

I hope next year's Super Bowl is played in zero degree temperatures, blinding snow, and perhaps even an ice storm. It will be fun to watch from the comfort of my living room, and the NFL may just learn something from the experience.
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Come on man.

Does Cleveland bitch when everybody vacations in Boca Raton?

Sometimes "practical" takes precedence over "fair".
Last I checked, Boca doesn't have an NFL team.
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