A number of people don’t think that playing a cold weather Super Bowl in New York is a good idea, and according to ProFootballTalk, Don Shula can be added to that number.
“Why?” Shula said, via Ian O’Connor of ESPNNewYork.com. “That was pretty much my reaction. I certainly believe that when you get to a game of that magnitude, you want to play it in conditions where weather won’t be or might not be something that affects the outcome. So that’s why I think Miami, New Orleans, San Diego, all those warm-weather cities are the best cities for a game of that magnitude.
“Plus, the fans. You’ve got to give the fans an opportunity to come in ahead of time, enjoy what the town has to offer, enjoy the game and then stay for a couple of days afterwards, and enjoy everything. So if it’s a brutal weather condition in New York, you’re not going to do that.”
Shula also isn’t a fan of the idea of the weather having an impact on the game – an opinion probably echoed by one P. Manning:
“Certainly it will take away from their ability to play the game to the best of their talent,” he said, “and you don’t want the weather to influence a game that much. Perhaps it won’t, but the odds are that it could be a factor in the outcome if it’s brutal weather conditions.”
Shula has form when it comes to cold weather Super Bowls, having lost the 1972 game in New Orleans which was 39 degrees at kickoff, a record which is surely going to be smashed this Sunday.