Cold Super Bowl: Frozen Memories

So, as expected, the NFL owners decided to award the 2014 Super Bowl to New York/New Jersey or New Jersey/New York, however you want to phrase it. The move already has been attacked because of the danger of bad weather conditions, but let's add a first-hand perspective of what it's like to watch a championship game when it's cold outside.

The year was 1977 and yours truly was a 15-year-old sports enthusiast living in Montreal, Canada. Don't remember how, but my father wound up getting his hands on two tickets to the Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League championship game, between the hometown Montreal Alouettes and the Edmonton Eskimos.

The game was scheduled for Olympic Stadium with a start time, as I recall, of about 3 p.m. The date was somewhere around the 20th of November, not quite the middle of winter.

My memories of that game, some 32-plus years later?

Spending the entire game trying to find a way to keep from freezing to death ... and not having much success.

I remember pounding the hot chocolate to see if it would help, but only getting temporarily relief from the unrelenting cold.

Montreal won that day in a rout, 41-6, which was bad news for me because I somehow was a fan of the Eskimos even though I lived just outside of Montreal.

Still, I couldn't tell you one single play from that game, and maybe that's because some of my brain cells froze that day.

Bottom line: There no absolutely no question whatsoever that unless the NFL gets lucky and the weather is tolerable when the game kicks off at 6:20 p.m., there will be some fans, possibly a large percentage of the fans, whose enjoyment of the game will be diminished because keeping warm will matter more to them than anything else.

From somebody who's already been there, done that, a championship game in cold weather is just a bad idea. The CFL doesn't have much choice because all its teams are in cold-weather cities; the NFL did have a choice and blew it.


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