There's weather-induced chaos in Atlanta. Freezing weather in the plains. And the forecast at game time Sunday in New Jersey is 40 degrees and overcast.
Three of the first five Super Bowls were played in Miami -- and 10 of the big games overall. And here, on Sunday night, it is supposed to be 75 degrees with clear skies and virtually no chance of rain.
So come on New York media, where would you rather be? The Meadowlands or South Beach?
Just a couple days ago, Dan Marino told the New York Post, "To me, I know everyone is excited about it being in New York, but it should be in Miami every year.You work so hard to get in that position and then for weather to be a factor, that's tough. We all know it's part of football, but it's not ideal. I guess I'm biased."
Agreed. Marino's old coach, Don Shula, said pretty much the same thing. "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."
Indeed, it is a fact that passes and kicks will go less far in the cold weather. Just listen to Dr. Eric Goff, a professor of physics at Lynchburg College.
Quarterbacks and kickers will face about 8 percent more air drag in East Rutherford, [N.J.] compared to Miami. Peyton Manning plays in Denver, which had lower air density than at sea level where the Super Bowl will be played," Goff said. "On paper, Manning might be affected by more air drag than a quarterback who plays at sea level...He'll have to adapt.
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In any case, we have some time to wait. Steven Ross' plan to have taxpayers foot part of the bill to refit
Joe Robbie, Pro Player, Dolphin, whatever they are calling that damn place these days was a problem. And the next couple Super Bowls are headed to San Francisco and Houston.
I am no Joan Rivers fan, but here is how she describes the weather in her hometown:
It is so cold here in New York, this morning while my dog was licking himself, his tongue froze to his crotch.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) January 7, 2014