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Written by Reg Henry on .

     To follow up on the subject of football, I offer an AP story that to me is welcome news. Before that, though, a correction/clarification: In my last posting, I said the three goofs who tried to get into Heinz Field were Middle Eastern.
    However, a reporter here has since told me that one of the defendants was an American born citizen of Indian descent, which makes it even less likely that terrorism was a motivation (to my best knowledge, rarely if ever has there been a case of even an Indian born in India found to be mixed up with al-Qaida, despite India’s large Muslim population. It is a remarkable thing. Some Pakistanis have been so implicated but not Indians.)
   Here’s the story....

      IRVING, Texas (AP) — Steam coming from the quarterback’s mouth. The Statue of Liberty in the distance. NFL championship at stake.
      Live from new Meadowlands Stadium, it’s Super Bowl 2014.
      NFL owners voted Tuesday for a title game that could be like no other. While there have been sub-40s temperatures for an outdoor Super Bowl, and it’s snowed outside a domed stadium on game day, never has the league chosen to hold its marquee event in a place where players and fans could be freezing at kickoff.
      They decided it was worth the risk to bring the Super Bowl to the New York area, and to the new $1.6 billion stadium that this season will become home to the New York Jets and Giants.
      “We promise the greatest game in the greatest venue in the greatest city,” Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said. “Now we’ve got to deliver.”
        The NFL has required an average temperature of 50 degrees or a dome for a team to even bid on hosting the Super Bowl, but the league bent the rule to let New York bid.
        “Everyone knows it’s risky,” said Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, one of two Florida teams whose bids were rejected.
         “We’ll all pray that it doesn’t snow that day,” Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said.
          The coldest kickoff temperature in Super Bowl history was 39 degrees, and that would be considered a warm February day in East Rutherford, N.J. Average February temperatures there are 24 to 40 degrees, with several inches of rain, according to the bid documents.
          Remember, the game kicks off after the sun goes down in the Eastern time zone, so temperatures would be dropping throughout the night.
          So, why take the chance?
          “I do believe that New York is a unique market and the membership recognized that,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose offices are in Manhattan. “I think it will turn out to be a great event.” ....

         Never mind that New Yorker market stuff. The idea that there might be a Super Bowl played in the snow is very appealing, at least to me. I am of the opinion that football is a down and dirty game best played in mud and snow and sleet and rain. It is an elemental game, so let the elements play their part. So say I, watching cozily from home in front of a roaring fire.
        To me, playing a football game on fake grass in the artificial climate of a dome is its own travesty. Maybe a future Super Bowl could be held at Heinz Field, provided that the field isn't invaded by suspicious snowmen.
    Ceijai, regarding your comment: All change is difficult. Neither the hits nor the comments match what they were before this blog shifted to its new server, Joomla, land of mystery. I think the Reg-ulators will get used to it over time and I sympathize with them entirely for not immediately figuring it out. I haven’t entirely figured it out myself.

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