Are you ready for Super Bowl Tuesday??
Listen up, NFL. It's bad enough you messed with my Super Bowl. Now you're messing with messing with it.
In words never before uttered by Roger Goodell: Just stop already.
It weirded us out when the NFL blasted A/C over our usual tropical Super Bowl by moving it outdoors to the eastern seaboard in February. That took some getting used to. Kind of a no-no-well-maybe-not so bad-OK let's play! pastiche of emotions.
I like a good conspiracy theory as much as anyone, and I've previously given you my underground hypothesis here for what the outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl shuffle is really all about.
But I'm resigned to the reality by now. And I'm actually looking forward to it, given the excitement we saw from snowy games in Philly and Baltimore on Dec. 9, the same day snow also impacted play in Washington and Green Bay. I'm even anxious to see Bruno Mars dance in a halftime snowstorm.
So, we're good. Right?
Hold the phone.
The NFL said Wednesday that the big game could be postponed if snow becomes a real issue when kickoff comes Feb. 2 in New Jersey.
Postponed. Just when you thought it couldn't get more ridiculous than canceling a World Series due to a labor impasse (1994), we now have Goodell with a shovel on Super Bowl Sunday.
Here's what we know:
I neither care if play is impacted by snow, nor believe it will impact the game's entirety. The Eagles' LeSean McCoy set a franchise record by rushing for 217 yards in that Philly-Detroit game in heavy snow a couple weeks back. Besides, the NFL knew play could be impacted by scheduling an outdoor Super Bowl, so tough. No crying now.
The league's big fear, more so even than play on the field, is butts in the seats. If snowfall impacts travel, the last thing the NFL wants (or can afford) is a half-empty stadium without its usual Super throng of account executives who grease their way into tickets but would never fan-up enough to sit through snow.
The closer the date gets, the more easily to predict the forecast. It's looking more and more like snow is a real probability for MetLife Stadium that day. Another clue is the NFL machine cranking up its PR campaign a month and a half early to warn everyone that, hey, this could be a problem. How much snow will impact logistics remains to be seen. But postponing or moving the biggest day in sports is on the table.
"There are contingency plans for multiple different days," Frank Supovitz, senior VP of events for the NFL said Wednesday. "There is the potential of a move-up scenario, there is the potential of a move-back scenario, depending on what we are seeing coming. It could potentially be on a Saturday or it could be on the Monday or Tuesday."
The NFL knew the risk it was taking when it scheduled an outdoor Super Bowl in a cold weather city. It anticipated fans' reactions, and then likely wiped a collective brow of relief when fans started embracing the change.
Now the league is laying ground work in case back-peddling becomes their playbook. The thought of a giant hit in TV ratings if the game is played on a Tuesday should petrify the revenue-driven Goodell. To say nothing of the embarrassment of a Goodell decision gone horribly wrong.
To say nothing of messing with our national holiday!
To paraphrase Arthur Jensen, you are meddling with the primal forces of nature, and I won't have it. You will atone!