Ed Driscoll

Hell, Not to Mention New Jersey, Freezes Over

The Ice Bowl Redux? The Miracle in the Meadowlands Part II? In any case, come 2014, New Jersey(!) gets a Super Bowl:

There can be but one explanation, my friends: Christiemania.

NFL owners have voted to put the championship game in the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands stadium that’s about to become home to the New York Jets and Giants. It does not have a roof and it will be February.

It is the first time the NFL has picked a known cold-weather site to hold the game outdoors. The 48th Super Bowl in East Rutherford, N.J., will almost certainly be colder than the Super Bowl’s record low of 39 degrees at kickoff. That came at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in 1972.

The usual rule is that they won’t give the game to a city whose average temp in February is below 50 degrees, but they’re making a “one-time exception.” Or so they say: Obviously, everything will depend on how good the game is. If it’s a smashmouth classic a la the Ice Bowl, they’ll be playing the game in Anchorage in a few years. If it ends 3-0 on a field goal during a snowstorm after 11 fumbles, not so much. I’m going to guess that most readers dig the idea, partly for the novelty and partly for the purist appeal of cold-weather football, but there’s only one way to find out.

According to report, Fox will be broadcasting the game, which in a way is too bad: NBC turned the lights off during a Cowboys/Eagles night game in 2007; this would have been their chance to turn the heat off as well.