Les wrote this article (pops) for Yahoo Sports...and as a football fan, I'm stumped.
He's attempting to chastise the NFL, Roger Goodell, and all that is football by saying that the Super Bowl should not be played in "cold" or "bad" weather. This after a freak snow storm affecting the Eastern half of the US complicates travel on Media Day (Tuesday).
Did I mention the Super Bowl is in Dallas this year? Yes, Dallas, Texas. DALLAS...TEXAS! Any, and I mean ANY other week and this article would not exist...but, Mother Nature sends a winter greeting to Dallas 5 days before the Super Bowl. Whoop-dee-doo. Other than Florida, and maybe California, can anyone think of a state with much better weather than Texas?
Now for the part about football. Football should be played in warm weather, or under a dome, right?
Quick, name some of the most memorable games or moments in football. The following might have crossed your mind:
The Ice Bowl (I or II), The Sneakers Game, Red Wright 88, The Immaculate Reception, The Catch, The Tuck Rule Game--for a well-versed Bears fan, Gale Sayers' 6-TD game.
Any shared characteristics between these? They were all played...OUTDOORS...in "BAD" WEATHER! And as an addendum to the Tuck Rule game, Adam Vinatieri was asked about which of his postseason kicks was more difficult: the 2001 48-yd SB-winner or the 2001 45-yd Divisional-round game-tying FG in a blizzard. His answer? The latter.
Football was meant to be played in the elements. You don't see the dome equivalent of the Frozen Tundra anwhere.
Though I digress...from Les' points. He even slams the NFL for letting Jones host the SB in his brand-new DOME...in DALLAS...in TEXAS...because of bad weather. WOW. I've almost never seen an element-affected game I that I didn't like...this years Bears-Pats being a notable exception, and only cuz i'm a Bears fan. You gotta wonder if this guy really gets football...or if he's more interested in the marketing/money aspect of the NFL.