Let the Snow Bowl Happen
I cannot get over all of the conjecture about what the NFL is going to do if snow is predicted for this year’s Super Bowl in New Jersey. It seems like everyone’s a TV weatherperson all of a sudden. In the past couple of days everyone from Roger Goodell to Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to anonymous TV sources is weighing in on the topic.
Though Goodell is taking the Keep Calm and Carry On approach to questions about the potential for snow on the day of the Super Bowl, others, including NFL Senior VP of events Frank Supovitz, say that the league has contingency plans in place to move the date of the game (think Monday or Tuesday) in the event of unmanageable weather. An anonymous TV source told the New York Daily News that the game would not be moved up to a Saturday because “it’s a traditionally poor day for television ratings” and that FOX, who is broadcasting the game, would prefer it to be played on the following Tuesday. For his part, Hawks CB Sherman thinks that Jersey was a bad choice and that there’s no way they should allow the game to be played in the snow. Says Sherman, “It’s the league’s responsibility to show its audience the best possible product, and this can’t happen in the snow.” Yeah… whatever.
I’m sorry Sherms, but part of being a great football team is being able to play the game in different locations, conditions, and on various types of surfaces. Besides, football games played in the snow are nothing short of awesome. Sure, the ball can be hard to handle and the passing game becomes something of a crap shoot, but who cares? Seriously, is there anyone who doesn’t like watching a snow game? So then what’s so bad about the Super Bowl being played in the snow? Will it be tougher for fans to make it out to the game? Maybe, but just leave early enough so it’s not an issue. Wouldn’t the bigger issue for ticket holders be moving the game to a different day? Hell yes. We’re talking messing with flight and hotel reservations, not to mention work and family commitments. Besides, people who buy tickets for an outdoor Super Bowl in New Jersey in February must have some inking that snow’s a possibility. Another added bonus of a snowy Super Bowl would be the havoc it would wreak with Vegas odds makers. Unpredictable weather messes with everything from the point spread and over/under number to just about every prop bet on the board. It’s great when Vegas and the betting public are on equal clueless footing.
The bottom line is this: If the NFL decides to reschedule the Super Bowl due to weather they’ll be doing the game and its history a disservice. For decades players have been forced to play in all types of extreme conditions with many of those games—The Ice Bowl, The Mud Bowl, The Tuck Rule Game, to name a few—becoming part of the league’s lore. I’m sure if you polled fans, a great majority of them would love to see a snowy Super Bowl. For all of those fans, as well as myself, play the game on its scheduled date and (with any luck) let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.