Originally written February 03, 2013 on The Other Paper:
Roger Goodell has been saying that the 2014 New Jersey-New York Super Bowl will be a barometer for other open-air stadiums in cold weather cities to host future Super Bowl games or  make Jersey's own Joe Flacco stop whining. According to Goodell — comfortably from the 70-degrees New Orleans temps and climate-controlled Mercedes-Benz Super Dome — he hopes temperatures at next year's Super Bowl game at MetLife Stadium "are not extreme." Well, let's say we get a head start for next year's big game and pretend it was held in swamps of Jersey tonight — fans better forewarned to bring their parkas, boots and wear long johns under their team colors. After a light dusting of snow this morning, The Weather Channel predicts temperatures of about 30-degrees at the opening kick-off and a few snow showers during the game. By the time one team is holding up the Lombardi trophy, the temps will drop to 28-degrees but it will feel like an arctic 21-degrees out by Paterson-Plank Road. Romantics may find the cold and the snow reminiscent of the great NFL and AFL Championship games before the first Super Bowl.  Warm weather fans might just wish they were back in the bars of Bourbon Street or the beaches in Miami. Remember, those old games were played during the daytime, before television networks took over the show. As someone who has spent many games shivering through a Sunday night Giants game, let me tell you it gets friggin' cold out in the Meadowlands — especially when the wind churns up and they shut down the bars at halftime. Hopefully, visitors to New York next year will just chalk up a cold spell as part of the Super Bowl experience. The worst part of the cold weather is that it probably means the singing acts will all be lip-synching.  Sorry Beyonce.
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