The weather will work against the Giants and Jets

FRANK GRAY

NY GIANTS PAGE ADMIN

This week, both New York football teams combined their efforts. In a rare show of unity, the Giants and the Jets brought players and owners to the new stadium for a press conference to make a plea for a Super Bowl bid. It would be in 2014.

They have a major obstacle and an argument for that obstacle. The weather. It is a well known fact that New York has not only some of the best fans in the world, but also a tremendously large fan base to draw from for an event of this magnitude. When the city of New York takes the big stage in a sporting event, they do so with style, class and a flare that no other city can pull off.

A case in point, the World Series. In the past few years, the city has hosted several World Series games, all with wonderful feedback and results for the city. Another example would be the parades that the city stages for their winning teams. No other city throws a party like New York.

They throw parties all year and end the year with one in the middle of the universe in Time’s Square. No other city can boast that. The city of New York has a mystique and an elegance that no other city can match. There are images branded into our collective subconscious of the city that no other place on Earth can boast.

If I were to go to an impoverished country in the Eastern Block, and show someone a photo of the Statue of Liberty, they would think of America. They would think of New York. Try doing that with a photo of the Sears Tower in Chicago. No other city can claim such notoriety. The prominence that the city carries is unmatched by anyone, anywhere.

There is an old Chinese saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”. In this case the memories that we all have of New York from our collective minds are worth an encyclopedia. The teams have boasted of the tourism in cold weather months. The city has so many events to partake in during the harsh months of the winter.

These are all wonderful arguments. They are all true and necessary to use in order for the city to properly show themselves off. When a city is requesting a bid for an event of this magnitude, they have to show themselves off. I think of the Olympics. How many times do we see a major city in the world unify and rally behind each other for the chance to showcase their city to the world for a few weeks.

This is no different. The Super Bowl is seen by millions all over the world. It is a wonderful opportunity to show New York to the rest of the masses. However, it is not the proper time to show it. It is true that New York has such a massive draw of tourists and events in the cold of winter, but it is also true that the Super Bowl has always been in warm weather.

When the owners first decided on different locations to host the yearly event, they did so with the integrity of the sport in mind. I, like many of the readers of this, think that cold weather not only is the best way to play the sport of football, but it defines the sport of football. It is football.

In cold weather, teams must rely more on the physicality of their offensive lines and the running game of the offense. It is true football, the way football was always meant to be played. However, the league seems to have two factors in choosing Super Bowl sites: perfect conditions and an attempt at neutral ground.

The first, perfect conditions, is the biggest factor in why the league may not accept the city’s bid. The league wants the biggest game of the year to be as close to perfect as possible, for the sake of the league’s image. The league also wants a competitive game. That means that both teams must be at full strength, thus the week off to rest before the game.

Both teams must be able to play to their strengths without outside elements effecting that game plan. If a team is a pass dominating offense, the elements will not help them. Therefore, that such team will be rendered weaker and the result will be lopsided. This is the main fear of the league.

The league figures that all things being even, the best team will win. Therefore, they try to make all things as equal as possible, that includes the conditions. Imagine if the city had the type of winter in 2014 that they had this past one. The game would be held with multiple feet of snow plowed into mountains along the sidelines and the field conditions themselves would be icy at best.

This makes for a sloppy and slow game. There would be little scoring and little interest. The league owners would be embarrassed. True, it would make an even game as both teams would be susceptible to the elements, but if one of the teams is not built to play on those elements, it would be a one-sided affair.

The second point is to have the game on the most neutral site as possible. There is one major reason for this, as far as the league is concerned: image. All the talk about the fairness of the game to the players and crowd noise is all true, but it is not the league’s primary rationality.

The image of the league is the primary motivation for the league. Make no mistake about that, it is a business and it must market the best possible product to the best of their ability. The NFL wants a host city to be attractive to visitors so that they will spend more money.

The league will always speak highly of protecting the integrity of the game and keeping it sacred, but in the end, what is more sacred to them is profit. I just can’t see New York city in February getting the type of fan turnouts that a Miami or a Tampa Bay would in the same time period, if the activities are outdoors.

Fans spend more money when they are happy, warm and comfortable. It is psychological. The league would have to move all events indoors and that would be a more expensive process for the league that may make them less potential money. They are not interested in spending, only making.

I would like to think that the NFL cares about the fans, but if given the option between large crowds outdoors in beautiful weather and great game conditions or large crowds indoors in cold weather game conditions, I believe the NFL would choose the great conditions. That is actually the choice that they will have before them very soon. We will find out.

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