The weather outside of City Hall was more to the liking of Gus the polar bear at the Central Park Zoo. But inside the Blue Room, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were holding a noon press conference on Thursday, it was warm and toasty.
Flanked by Jets owner Woody Johnson, Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch and Giants co-owner, president and CEO John Mara, Bloomberg and Goodell announced a broad overview of the events planned around Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be held at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014.
As Bloomberg, who won't be mayor when the Super Bowl rolls into town, tap-danced around questions about the possibility of weather-related disruptions, and Goodell deflected questions about lawsuits related to head injuries by former NFL players and their families, you wished they could have bottled up some of that hot air to be released during the outdoor festivities next year.
If the temperature next year approaches the ones this area has been shivering through this week, then the hottest official NFL gear for Super Bowl XLVIII will be thermal underwear.
No one other than the host committees and mayors in chilly cities are in favor of cold-weather Super Bowls. Yes, fans will make the best of the situation as they have done in Detroit and Indianapolis (which have domes) — host of the last two cold weather Super Bowls. But a trip to the Super Bowl should not include a free case of frostbite. New Orleans, Miami, San Diego. Now those are Super Bowl cities.
Bloomberg and Goodell laughed in the face of the elements.
"The weather, whatever it is, will be the same on both ends of the stadium," Bloomberg said. "The best game I think I went to — I was 16 years old — was the Colts-Giants at Yankee Stadium. I went to games at Yankee Stadium all the time. Sometimes it was cold and sometimes it wasn't. I grew up in the days when football was played outside in the weather."
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At press conference for Super Bowl XLVIII in New York next year, pundits blow hot air, dodge cold weater questions
New York Daily News | Jan 25