2014 Super Bowl goes to NY-NJ: I think it’s great

May 25, 2010 | Drew Forrester

So the big game is moving to the Big Apple in 2014.

I say that’s fine.

In fact, I think it’s a terrific idea.

With the NFL announcing late this afternoon that the 2014 Super Bowl will be played at the “new” Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey, a REAL football game will finally be played to determine the champion of the league.

No indoor turf to benefit the speed team.

2014 will be about football.  May the best team win.

Whatever the weather is, that’s what they’ll play in.

Anyone bellyaching about the possibility of bad weather doesn’t really understand how the game works.  The tickets will ALL be sold the day they’re made available.  So if you’re a worry-wart about the weather, have no fear, because every seat will be sold whether it’s 55 and partly cloudy or 23 with 5 inches of snow on the ground and more on the way.

“But what if there’s a blizzard on the Friday before?” someone will ask.

Well, that’s a good point.  What if there’s a blizzard the Friday before the AFC or NFC title game?  What happens then?  I know…they do their best to get the stadium ready and they play the game.

Yes, I know, it’s the Super Bowl.  They have concerts and pre-game festivities and a half-time show and all that jazz.  I get it.  And I completely understand that the game itself is a “made-for-TV” event and that it takes the better part of 3 hours and 45 minutes to play because of all the extra stuff that’s associated with it.  And I see how that might make it uncomfortable for folks in the stands who are forced to sit there from 6:38 until 10:12 pm to watch the game in person.   I also know those folks in Miami who got soaked by a game-long rain four years ago were miserable too. But guess what?  They survived.

The weather is the weather is the weather.  It’s football, not chess.  It’s SUPPOSED to be played outdoors.

It seems like everyone has forgotten that, what with the advent of these indoor palaces that have been built in Indianapolis and Dallas and Arizona over the last decade.

Play the Super Bowl outdoors and by all means, play it in New York in 2014 and in Boston in 2019 and in Washington DC in 2021.

New York is the best sports city in America.  Honestly, it might be the best sports city in the world.

Like it or not – and we, in Baltimore, are mostly “not” when it comes to this – when a big time event is played in New York, it’s better.  It just is. The U.S. Open tennis tournament is better because it’s in New York.  A heavyweight title fight is more exciting at The Garden.  It’s hard to admit, but the World Series last year was more exciting because the Yankees were in it.  Lord knows the NBA is DYING for the Knickerbockers to get good again.

The Super Bowl in New York-New Jersey will be a smashing success.  With ten teams located within an 8-hour drive of New York City, all you need are one or both of the 2014 title contenders to come from the eastern region of the country and you won’t be able to get into Manhattan by Wednesday afternoon of Super Bowl week.  That’s what the NFL wants.  They want to own the city for a week.  They’ll OWN New York for a week.

I love the idea.

In fact, I think it’s long overdue.

It’s certainly better than hosting the game in, say, drabs-ville Detroit or in-over-their-head Jacksonville…right?

It’s New York City.

You ever been there?

They know how to throw a party.

In fact, they know how to do it better than anyone.

And that’s why the 2014 Super Bowl in New York will be a winner.

If nothing else, just keep in mind ANY Super Bowl, ANYWHERE is better than having it in Philadelphia.