Sunday, January 18

Chill out at the Super Bowl

Football is a game best played and enjoyed in cold weather. Yet its biggest game, the Super Bowl, is played in a warm-weather city (such as Tampa) or in a domed stadium (such as Detroit's Ford Field). This must change, and here is why:

1. Football is a physical, even brutal, game. Part of the test is the ability to play within the elements. What better test of a team than to require them to take the field on a brutally cold day? The team that can "man up" to the weather deserves to benefit from this feat of strength.

2. True fans love cold weather. Many of those in attendance at a chilly game revel in the conditions by wearing facepaint and little else. It's a show of bravery and devotion, albeit sometimes grotesque as well.

3. TV viewers, sitting in the comfort of their own homes, love watching a cold-weather game. A Super Bowl played amid snow flurries would be more interesting to see than one played in the sterile environment of a dome.

4. The history of the NFL is steeped in cold weather. The most storied game in the lore of the league is the Ice Bowl between Green Bay and Dallas. It gave rise to the delightfully redundant phrase "frozen tundra of Lambeau Field." That phrase has become a part of our popular culture.

For these reasons, we propose that the Super Bowl be played in a cruel, cold environment. Here are some possible host cities known for their miserable winters:

— Boise, Idaho
— Buffalo, New York
— Chicago, Illinois
— Lincoln, Nebraska
— New York, New York
— Washington, D.C.

More on cold weather and pro football here.

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