Super Bowl games are meant to be played in places where the weather will not impact the play on the field. That is what most critics of this year’s Super Bowl believe. With temperatures expected to dip down to 31 degrees around game time, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is not happy. According to CBS Sports on Jan. 27, Ditka says having the game in a cold weather climate is “stupid”.
Ditka is used to frigid conditions; he did coach for a team that played in very cold conditions. But for the NFL’s biggest game, he believes the players involved deserve to have the game on the field decided by skill and execution and not have the results impacted by the weather.
He told the Detroit Free Press:
“The weather’s going to be a problem. They made a big mistake. The game shouldn’t be there. I mean, it’s stupid.”
Not only will the game be impacted, the week leading up to the big game has greeted members of the media with cold conditions. Ditka believes that the expected elements of Super Bowl XLVIII is not fair to the fans either, because they have to sit in the cold for a few hours as spectators. Between the players and fans, Mike Ditka doesn’t believe this Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will be “enjoyable”.
“First of all, it’s not fair to the players. It’s not going to be fair to the fans. It’s not going to be that enjoyable. I mean, I understand it’s the Super Bowl and it’s a privilege to play in the Super Bowl. It’d be nice to be playing in Miami or San Diego or New Orleans or somewhere the weather is conductive to guys being able to show their talents.”
As the location of this year’s Super Bowl has been debated, both teams have had experience playing in even harsher conditions and both teams will have the time to adjust and prepare so the product on the field should still be enjoyable. Perhaps it will be most enjoyable for those watching the game indoors.
With all the backlash and possibly more to come depending on the game, it is safe to assume that there will not be another cold weather, outdoor Super Bowl anytime soon.
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