Blizzard Bowl In 2014? Major Winter Storm Has Some Asking, ‘What If?’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two weeks ago, with the Tri-State area locked in a deep freeze, we talked about the possibility of a Su-brrr Bowl next year in East Rutherford, N.J.
Then the Superdome went dark during Super Bowl XLVII, and we wondered if that could happen at MetLife Stadium.
Now? Well, there’s a blizzard warning for much of the area as a major winter storm is expected bring heavy snow and intense winds Friday into Saturday.
That brings us back to the NFL’s first outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl, set for Feb. 2, 2014, at the home of the Giants and Jets. Get ready to debate the league’s historic decision for the next 359 days.
“This right now, this weather, is the NFL’s worst nightmare for next year,” WFAN co-host Craig Carton said Friday.
What if a blizzard — similar to the storm bearing down on the Northeast — were to hit on Super Sunday? Morning show co-host Boomer Esiason thinks Commissioner Roger Goodell would be forced to postpone the game, possibly to the following day, if conditions were poor enough.
“How about if you have people going to the Meadowlands, driving in buses, buses skidding off-road, all sorts of — trains are not working, trains are down, all those different things. It all depends on the level of the storm. Today? If the storm were like this? I don’t know,” Esiason said, adding that focus and efforts would be on maintaining essential services, not football.
Goodell said last week that Super Bowl XLVIII will “have an impact on future decisions for open-air, cold-weather sites,” and admitted he hopes the weather is “not extreme.”
Maybe the commish should stay away from the yet-to-be-published 2014 Farmer’s Almanac, which predicts “an intense storm, heavy rain, snow and strong winds” on Feb. 2, according to the New York Daily News.
That said, the weather wasn’t too frightful less than a week ago on Feb. 2, 2013.
“East Rutherford, N.J., exactly one year before kickoff for Super Bowl 48: 30 degrees, cloudy, 10 mph wind, 35% humidity,” Neil Best of Newsday tweeted on Saturday.
After a Dec. 2010 game between the Vikings and Eagles in Philadelphia was delayed for two days due to a major winter storm, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello was asked if the league had any regrets about awarding a Super Bowl to MetLife Stadium.
“No,” Aiello told Pro Football Talk. “We are the ultimate reality show.”
Aiello tweeted Friday that a “Snow Bowl would be fun.”
But what about a Blizzard Bowl?
OK, football fans. Let’s say there’s a forecast for Snowmageddon — postpone the Super Bowl or play it? Discuss…