We are now one week away from Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the first Super Bowl to be held outdoors in a cold-weather climate.
New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica says that the weather forecast will overshadow everything else when it comes to talking about the matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Lupica writes:
I was on board with the idea of bringing the Super Bowl to Jersey when it was first announced because it was the same as bringing the whole thing to New York. It seemed crazy to me — even with the potential for Iditarod-like weather — that the biggest event in American sports would never be played here.
But the closer we have gotten to Super Sunday, Jersey-style, it has been fair to ask all who tell us that football is a cold-weather, bad-weather sport and why shouldn’t the Super Bowl be played in cold, bad weather this question:
If this is such a great idea, how come it took 48 Super Bowls to put this theory into play?
One person who definitely is not crazy about the idea of playing the Super Bowl in inclement weather is Hall of Fame coach Don Shula:
"Why?" Shula said. "That was pretty much my reaction. I certainly believe that when you get to a game of that magnitude, you want to play it in conditions where weather won't be or might not be something that affects the outcome. So that's why I think Miami, New Orleans, San Diego, all those warm-weather cities are the best cities for a game of that magnitude.
"Plus, the fans. You've got to give the fans an opportunity to come in ahead of time, enjoy what the town has to offer, enjoy the game and then stay for a couple of days afterwards, and enjoy everything. So if it's a brutal weather condition in New York, you're not going to do that."
The Weather Channel has the full forecast for Super Bowl Week.
There has been much talk about contingency plans in the event the weather is so bad the game has to be postponed. Yahoo Sports calls moving the game to a different day a "very, very very remote possibility."
Still hoping to find tickets to the game? Well, apparently the cold weather is causing ticket prices to plummet.
If you are heading to New Jersey for the game -- of the Super Bowl Week festivities -- Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi has some advice on how not to upset the very friendly New Jersey residents.