Sniff sniff.....I promised myself I wouldn't get emotional this morning! But if this video doesn't tug at your heart strings I don't know what will. Child's first birthday video? High school graduation video? Pfft. I'll take this documentary on the Ice Bowl every day of the week and THREE times on Sunday. See what I did there? That catch phrase just jumped up a notch.
So I was patroling the 'NFL' section of ESPN's website as a part of my 'show prep' this morning (gotta love this gig, I'm the only one in any of my fantasy leagues who's job is an ADVANTAGE to making roster moves) and saw that at the NFL's yearly meetings today they are going to vote on whether or not to have a Super Bowl in New York's new stadium in 2014. All they need is a majority of the 32 teams to vote yes, so if they get the required (carry the 7...) 17 votes this should come to fruition. So why make the title "Super Bowl at Lambeau?" Well #1 because it's an attention grabber. Headline writing 101. But second of all this vote would set a precedent heretofore unheard of; a Super Bowl in a cold weather stadium. And if that happens Lambeau field will 300% host a Super Bowl before the decade is over. It's such a crime that it hasn't already to be honest. Lambeau is like the Vatican of football. Not hosting the Super Bowl there would be like Pope Benedict XVI deciding to host Easter service in Guam instead of St. Peter's Square. In an unrelated story I'm dropping some serious Catholic knowledge bombs on you right now. Thank you Google.
So to anyone that's ever said "why won't the NFL ever put the Super Bowl in a cold weather city with an open air stadium" the NFL is about to say "Why not." Which is how it should be anyway. Honestly at least 80% of teams in the NFL have to deal with some kind of inclement weather from November-January in order to make the playoffs. Wouldn't it make sense to keep them in those conditions come Super Bowl time in February? Come to think of it, the NFL's stance on this to this point has been a little bonkers. When you think of all of the legendary games in the NFL you think of the Snow Bowl, or the Ice Bowl, or the Fog Bowl in '88. No one remembers those epic battles between in the Dolphins and Chargers on a calm, cloudless 80 degree day in San Diego. The NFL Films guy doesn't say (cue NFL Film guy's epic voice) "the calm summer day sets the stage for an apathetic battle between...." you here him say "the autumn wind is a pirate, blustering in from sea, with a rollicking song he sweeps along, swaggering boisterously."
So you can bet the mortgage that when this passes, Lambeau will be the next in line to host a Super Bowl. (shudders) Ugh....could you imagine Brett Favre playing in a Super Bowl at Lambeau for the Vikings? BWHAHAHA, nevermind. If this passes it will probably be the end of Favre for good. If he potentially has to play in a meaningful game in cold weather it will be game, set, match for his retirement. Another good reason for owners to vote on the "pro" side. Bonus word: cold.