Top 5 Reasons We Hope it Snows on the Super Bowl
Mike Ditka may be a legendary coach and Hall of Famer in the NFL, but he also happens to be the modern day embodiment of Scrooge. Why? Because he’s badmouthing this cold weather Super Bowl – NFL’s Christmas, essentially – calling it “stupid.” Well, Ebenezer, here’s my top five reasons why you’re wrong.
#1. If the Broncos win, Peyton Manning erases the “cold weather” narrative for good.
You know what really grinds my gears? People who say “grinds my gears.” But people who argue that Manning freezes up in cold weather are a close second. It’s correlation without causation. The sample size of games is too small. The temperature cutoff is arbitrary. The list goes on and on. Here’s hoping Peyton silences those critics in the “Snow Bowl.”
#2. Legion of Boom lays the wood, per usual – except add snow.
Hmmm, how can we make the NFL even better? Here’s a thought: add explosions. You know what explodes? The snow, when players get slammed into it. We’ve all done it in our backyards, and earlier this year, when Calvin Johnson got slammed playing the Eagles, we all cheered. Because it was awesome. Let’s keep it going in the Super Bowl.
#3. Some of the most memorable games of all time happened in bad weather.
The Ice Bowl, the Tuck Rule Game, the Fog Bowl, and this year’s Wild Card Game at Lambeau are just a few of the classics, and you better believe a big part of what made them so memorable was the weather they were played in. Let’s say the Ice Bowl was played in sunny South Florida. Sure, it might have still been good, but there’s no way it’s remembered along side the all-time great games. No way. I’m not saying the Super Bowl needs to be in cold weather every year, but we need Super Bowl’s like this at least once a decade.
#4. …And that brings me to my next point.
Thanks to all the whiners about this cold weather Super Bowl, there’s this very real, very unfortunate reality: It might not happen again for a very long time. Mike Ditka and the rest of the media have made the weather the focal point of the past two weeks, leaving the actual game to take a backseat. Um, WHAT?! This is the Super Bowl, not the Weather Bowl. Call me old fashioned, but I tend to think grown men who willingly throw themselves at each other (albeit for large sums of money) are also willing to do so in cold weather. And we, as fans of these displays of masculinity in the form of sport, should also be willing to root for these men in cold weather. Still, the sad truth is that Roger Goodell will have to think very carefully before giving a Super Bowl to a cold weather city.
#5. You know what happens when you add snow to a football game?
It weeds out the fans from the rich folk. The data doesn’t lie: based on observations we’ve seen from the Wild Card round matchup between the 49ers and Packers in this year’s NFL Playoffs, a major winter storm could severely crimp the ticket market for the Super Bowl. Packers home tickets have had the 7th most expensive home tickets in the NFL in 2013, yet due to the weekend’s massive snowstorm and cold front, average ticket prices for their matchup with San Francisco at Lambeau Field dropped 55% in a week. To that we say: let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.