Civilization ends: 2014 Super Bowl to be played in … New Jersey

posted at 5:17 pm on May 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

There can be but one explanation, my friends: Christiemania.

NFL owners have voted to put the championship game in the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands stadium that’s about to become home to the New York Jets and Giants. It does not have a roof and it will be February.

It is the first time the NFL has picked a known cold-weather site to hold the game outdoors. The 48th Super Bowl in East Rutherford, N.J., will almost certainly be colder than the Super Bowl’s record low of 39 degrees at kickoff. That came at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in 1972.

The usual rule is that they won’t give the game to a city whose average temp in February is below 50 degrees, but they’re making a “one-time exception.” Or so they say: Obviously, everything will depend on how good the game is. If it’s a smashmouth classic a la the Ice Bowl, they’ll be playing the game in Anchorage in a few years. If it ends 3-0 on a field goal during a snowstorm after 11 fumbles, not so much. I’m going to guess that most readers dig the idea, partly for the novelty and partly for the purist appeal of cold-weather football, but there’s only one way to find out. Take the poll below, but not until after you’ve watched the embedded clip for the counterarguments. The guy’s right — no matter how good the 2014 game is, eventually there will be a frosty Super Bowl clusterfark that ensures no one ever thinks of doing this again. The only question is how long it’ll take before it happens. Exit quotation: “Inside, Giants lineman Chris Snee, Jets Center Nick Mangold and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were all on hand to hear the announcement.”


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I like the idea of another Ice Bowl!

dczombie on May 25, 2010 at 5:19 PM

The world ends in 2012, so what’s the big deal?

keep the change on May 25, 2010 at 5:20 PM

“the idea leaves me cold”

that level of corniness can only be found in a chuck norris or arnold movie.

sheesh

blatantblue on May 25, 2010 at 5:20 PM

When it is cold in East Rutherford, it is brutally cold, owing to the wind over water and plains.

SlimyBill on May 25, 2010 at 5:21 PM

They’re sending it the home of Governor Christie? Shocking!
But good news, NJ could use the build up

clnurnberg on May 25, 2010 at 5:21 PM

I like the idea of another Ice Bowl!

dczombie on May 25, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Me too.
Packers win!

Sefton on May 25, 2010 at 5:23 PM

This outrageously outrage is obviously Allahpundits fault, if only he weren’t so enamored of iphones and iPads and other such iStuff this would never be happening… ;p

doriangrey on May 25, 2010 at 5:24 PM

“Man up Nancy boys. Johnny Unitas, and Knute Rockne would have played the Super Bowl in the North Pole and not whined about it.” -Grandpa

portlandon on May 25, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Al Gore told them NJ Feb. temps will be in the 80s by then.

itsnotaboutme on May 25, 2010 at 5:25 PM

I think it’s a good idea. The Super Bowl should be played at a variety of venues, including some of the colder northern states. At any rate, football should never ever be played in a friggin’ dome. Just my opinion.

ddrintn on May 25, 2010 at 5:26 PM

President Sarah Palin will mush out to the 50 yard line on a dog sled to do the opening coin toss, with Vice President Christie looking on proudly and smiling.

Oh yes.

Fallen Sparrow on May 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM

no phuckin way!

moonbatkiller on May 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM

I hope it snows. I love snow games.

El_Terrible on May 25, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Look on the brightside,its in 2014,which means,after 2012
Earth will still be traveling through the galatic plane,
and the Suns solar flares should warm the earth a bit more!!

Could be a win/win(snark).

canopfor on May 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Awesome!

terryannonline on May 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

One of my favorite games was between the Patriots and Raiders. Tons of snow, tons of memories.

El_Terrible on May 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Exit quotation: “Inside, Giants lineman Chris Snee, Jets Center Nick Mangold and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were all on hand to hear the announcement.”

That’s a lot of meat, right there.

Abby Adams on May 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

This is the way football used to be played. No covered domes. Ya got to take the weather as you get it. Buck up …

sandee on May 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

It will be great.

The evidence? Grey Cups. In November. In Edmonton/Calgary/the ‘Peg/and,best of all,Regina.

Trust the Blaiser on this…you’ll love it.

Blaise on May 25, 2010 at 5:33 PM

I wonder if the guards at Leavenworth will wheel a little tv in front of Convict 167523 (aka former POTUS Barack Obama) isolation cell and allow him to watch the game?

Bishop on May 25, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I think part of the excitement that I have, is that so much can go wrong. It throws the teams a curve ball, and if its a team like the Packers, Steelers, or Patriots, well, I guess they’ll have the upper hand in those conditions.

El_Terrible on May 25, 2010 at 5:34 PM

And oh yeah, I’d like to see more college bowl games played up north. As an SEC guy, I’m tired of hearing these Big Ten types whine about having to play in warm weather in the post-season. :D

ddrintn on May 25, 2010 at 5:34 PM

When it is cold in East Rutherford, it is brutally cold, owing to the wind over water and plains.

SlimyBill on May 25, 2010 at 5:21 PM

The mean temperature there in February is right around freezing, with an average minimum low only a few degrees colder than that. That may be “brutally cold” to you Jersey folks, but it’s balmy to us folks from Northern New England.

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2010 at 5:36 PM

This is the way football used to be played. No covered domes. Ya got to take the weather as you get it. Buck up …

sandee on May 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Exactly. No heaters or AC. No waitresses running around with Gatorade. Just a bench and a horse blanket. Like this.

DaydreamBeliever on May 25, 2010 at 5:38 PM

I think part of the excitement that I have, is that so much can go wrong. It throws the teams a curve ball, and if its a team like the Packers, Steelers, or Patriots, well, I guess they’ll have the upper hand in those conditions.

El_Terrible on May 25, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Don’t forget Da Bearz!

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Manhattan is pretty damn fun and also pretty close.

rob verdi on May 25, 2010 at 5:40 PM

By 2014 it will be Christie’s second Super Bowl as POTUS.

For the halftime show he’ll eat some union goons.

JammieWearingFool on May 25, 2010 at 5:40 PM

The evidence? Grey Cups. In November. In Edmonton/Calgary/the ‘Peg/and,best of all,Regina.

What did Hamilton ever do to you?

YYZ on May 25, 2010 at 5:40 PM

The owners just want sit cozy and warm in the plush executive sky boxes of the new stadium…

… whilst watching the ‘little people’ freeze below.

It’s the little things in life that make it all worth it!

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Packers win.

You bunch of pansies. :P

MadisonConservative on May 25, 2010 at 5:41 PM

…but global warming should make Feb. in Jersey a balmy 60 degrees….or it that all horse hockey?
Thank you Mr. Governor. Perhaps he can move to California in eight years and dig them out of their financial hole.

RobCon on May 25, 2010 at 5:42 PM

For the halftime show he’ll eat some union goons.

JammieWearingFool on May 25, 2010 at 5:40 PM

We lost Jim Treacher, but we still have JWF.

DaydreamBeliever on May 25, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Thank you Governor Chris Christie for the Super Bowl! This is awesome news for our businesses. Our economy is going to be so good under his leadership.

cubachi on May 25, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Special added bonus: Giants win the first Super Bowl in their own building!

JammieWearingFool on May 25, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Yes, nothing says Super Bowl like endless three-and-outs, swirling cross-wings, and a field goal or two. As a Giants fan and an NFL geek, worst idea since the impending ’11 lockout.

elcapt on May 25, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Will seperate the men from the boys.

SouthernGent on May 25, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Jerseylicious

faraway on May 25, 2010 at 5:50 PM

“NFL owners have voted to put the championship game in the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands stadium that’s about to become home to the New York Jets and Giants. It does not have a roof and it will be February.”

More microcosm views of BIG LABOR.

Union workers, (along with their Democratic Party leaders and champions) with their slush funds, habit of robbing the taxpayers blind with “legacy” costs , their “Cadillac” health plans and ever so sweet, fat pensions that the PUBLIC has to pay for is how a State can spend 1.8 BILLION DOLLARS and end up with a stadium WITH NO FREAKIN’ ROOF!

Opposite Day on May 25, 2010 at 5:50 PM

When it is cold in East Rutherford, it is brutally cold, owing to the wind over water and plains.

SlimyBill on May 25, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Played at the meadowlands with my flag team the day after Christmas in 1995 .

It was the coldest I have ever been . Game time temp was 13 degree’s with a steady 20-30 MPH wind . Not fit for humans and unplayable for football .

The reason the Giants got the land so cheap was NOBODY WANTED TO LIVE THERE . It is BRUTAL in the winter .

DeweyWins on May 25, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Best thing about this: the place will be filled with actual fans, not just rich jerks who show up for 10 minutes just so they can brag to their friends that they went to a Super Bowl.

Will truly suck for the Chargers or any of the dome teams though.

rockmom on May 25, 2010 at 5:51 PM

I prefer to remember games for what actually happened in the game, not for the weather they were played in. Is anyone going to be all that excited about a Super Bowl that ends as a 7-3 snoozefest because it was played in a blizzard?

Conversely, were any of the Super Bowl thrillers of the last decade or so any less compelling because they were played in warm weather or domes?

This is a dumb idea.

thirteen28 on May 25, 2010 at 5:53 PM

I bet the half time entertainers will love it

faraway on May 25, 2010 at 5:53 PM

watch all the little weenies who don’t like the cold whine.

grins.

upinak on May 25, 2010 at 5:54 PM

I’m still contemplating renting out rooms in my house for when the Super Bowl comes to Arlington Texas.

GoodBoy on May 25, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Let me be first to impart a New Jersey greeting to the NFL:
“Hey, I got yer Supah Bowl right here, pal.”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 25, 2010 at 5:58 PM

YESS!! We can have a Jersey Shore themed Super Bowl party and us girls can get spray tans, fake nails, and wear Bumpits! This is going to be epic.

NTWR on May 25, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Having grew up watching snow & rain games I love it…the game was meant to be played outdoors…and they won’t have any problem filling those seats regardless the weather…although I do have to admit having seen a few games and concerts in the Meadowlands it does get windy…but just another element both teams will have to deal with…great move NFL…and they’ll be talking about it for the next four years…

DCJeff on May 25, 2010 at 6:12 PM

I’m still contemplating renting out rooms in my house for when the Super Bowl comes to Arlington Texas.

GoodBoy on May 25, 2010 at 5:58 PM

It’s just a matter of time. You could fit the entire population of Rhode Island inside that bad boy.

NoLeftTurn on May 25, 2010 at 6:20 PM

A Super Bowl in Jersey? It’s like a formal state dinner at Barney’s Bar,

MaiDee on May 25, 2010 at 6:25 PM

AC/DC knows how this happened-*c/mon c/mon listen to the money talk*

ginaswo on May 25, 2010 at 6:36 PM

If you can have the NFC championship in Lambeau in January, you can have the Superbowl in Jersey in February.

rbj on May 25, 2010 at 6:36 PM

ahhhh many a good concert time had in the old Meadlowlands in the 80s..the M80s fired in the audience had some good warming fires going at a few shows…

ginaswo on May 25, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Actually if you want to be a real traditionalist, football season is supposed to end before Christmas.

Football is supposed to be played in Fall, with Fall weather not Winter with Winter weather.

Wind and rain sure.

Snow drifts and sub-zero temperatures no.

Captain Kirock on May 25, 2010 at 6:42 PM

The pussification of the Super Bowl is among America’s most egregious mistakes. You know why Al Qaeda thought we would fold like a wet blanket if they knocked down the Twin Towers? Because our most important cold-weather sporting event, the biggest, shiniest piece of American culture we broadast to the world, is played either in a temperature-controlled bubble or in comfortable maybe-a-sweater-vest weather.

Fuck that.

The gridiron is where we celebrate courage and strength and savagery and trickery. This is a game where most of the rules are in place because there were too many deaths in the early days. This is war for sport.

We play football in the ice and snow because that’s how Washington marched through Valley Forge — and his army did it without shoes or timeouts. It’s a disgrace to their memory to say we can’t sit in the cold for a few hours with seatwarmers and Gore-Tex. If we can’t hold the Super Bowl outdoors then civilization has already collapsed.

TallDave on May 25, 2010 at 6:54 PM

The pussification of the Super Bowl is among America’s most egregious mistakes. You know why Al Qaeda thought we would fold like a wet blanket if they knocked down the Twin Towers? Because our most important cold-weather sporting event, the biggest, shiniest piece of American culture we broadast to the world, is played either in a f**king temperature-controlled bubble or in comfortable maybe-a-sweater-vest weather.

F**k that.

The gridiron is where we celebrate courage and strength and savagery and trickery. This is a game where most of the rules are in place because there were too many deaths in the early days. This is war for sport.

We play football in the ice and snow because that’s how Washington marched through Valley Forge — and his army did it without shoes or timeouts. It’s a disgrace to their memory to say we can’t sit in the cold for a few hours with seatwarmers and Gore-Tex. If we can’t hold the Super Bowl outdoors then civilization has already collapsed.

TallDave on May 25, 2010 at 6:55 PM

I love football games played in the ice and mud, but the only reason it’s being played in NY/NJ is to give a middle finger to terrorists. And just wait until the security measures for this game come out. Imagine the security nightmare of guards searching all those parka wearing fans.

JavelinaBomb on May 25, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Maybe the NFL is counting on Al Gore being right about global warming. It could be a balmy 85 degrees in NJ at that time of year. Or at least that’s what the Goracle said would happen more than ten years ago.

JavelinaBomb on May 25, 2010 at 7:05 PM

F**k that.

The gridiron is where we celebrate courage and strength and savagery and trickery. This is a game where most of the rules are in place because there were too many deaths in the early days. This is war for sport.

We play football in the ice and snow because that’s how Washington marched through Valley Forge — and his army did it without shoes or timeouts. It’s a disgrace to their memory to say we can’t sit in the cold for a few hours with seatwarmers and Gore-Tex. If we can’t hold the Super Bowl outdoors then civilization has already collapsed.

TallDave on May 25, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Just….. WOW

paragon27x on May 25, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Actually if you want to be a real traditionalist, football season is supposed to end before Christmas.

Football is supposed to be played in Fall, with Fall weather not Winter with Winter weather.

Wind and rain sure.

Snow drifts and sub-zero temperatures no.

Captain Kirock on May 25, 2010 at 6:42 PM

But money changes things….

ScottG on May 25, 2010 at 7:06 PM

It’s about time! The northern states have been dissed for too long. I don’t care where it is played as long as it isn’t inside in some climate controlled plastic stadium. BORING! Bringing football indoors all but neuters the game.

paraff on May 25, 2010 at 7:40 PM

About time! Green Bay, Buffalo, Chicago, New York and New Jersey play regular season games when the temperature is well below freezing.

So the Big Wig CEOs and their courtiers have to wear long pants and heavy coats. If they don’t want to come, sell the seats to real people.

SeniorD on May 25, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Going to be the most boring Super Bowl in history. I hate cold weather football. No passing, turnovers, overly covered cheer leaders. This is going to suck.

Vigilante on May 25, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Antidotal, I always say that February in Jersey has at least 2 weeks of sub-freezing temps, but after checking just now here it’s more like 3 weeks…
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Then again, I use to go camping year round… Cold AND windy really sucks… On an average February day in Newark the wind-chill makes it seem in the mid 20s to low teens… Really! That is awesome! Paybacks for Rush being bullied out of the game.
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Now snow… well that helps make it even more interesting… About a 30% chance for some snow, and big snow is always possible, mis-forecast as 4 to 6… make that 22″ 28″ 30″… Sweet!
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This could be epic!
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RalphyBoy on May 25, 2010 at 7:46 PM

DOPES!!!

If they want assurance of cold and snow they should have picked Invesco Stadium at Mile High, home of the Broncos.

No dome. Just the best elements that Mother Nature has to offer in late January.

bannedbyhuffpo on May 25, 2010 at 7:47 PM

If it was up to me the team that wins the Super Bowl hosts the next year. That way it will rotate cities and the league/host city still has a year to plan. That also gives the winning team one more reason to fight to get back. The shear wussitude of having the game only in warm weather cities is an affront to the sport. I still remember the media complaining when they had to walk around outside during the last Super Bowl in the Metrodome. Man-up people.

cobrakai99 on May 25, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Yo! Git dafugowdahea!

TheSitRep on May 25, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Would be ironic to see Minnesota as the NFC team in that game – eh, Ed.

churchill995 on May 25, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Anything which gives The New England Patriots an advantage is warm to me.

BKennedy on May 25, 2010 at 8:22 PM

As a lifetime Steelers fan, I’ve always believed Super Bowls should be played in the winter elements. I’ve been so sick of seeing a complete season of hard-nose football turn into a week of wine-sipping pussies working on their tan and chatting about about whatever washed-up performer will be doing the halftime show that year.

ButterflyDragon on May 25, 2010 at 8:42 PM

When it is cold in East Rutherford, it is brutally cold, owing to the wind over water and plains.

SlimyBill on May 25, 2010 at 5:21 PM
Played at the meadowlands with my flag team the day after Christmas in 1995 .

It was the coldest I have ever been . Game time temp was 13 degree’s with a steady 20-30 MPH wind . Not fit for humans and unplayable for football .

The reason the Giants got the land so cheap was NOBODY WANTED TO LIVE THERE . It is BRUTAL in the winter .

DeweyWins on May 25, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Man, you guys are a bunch of weenies! I’ve lived in NJ practically my whole life, and while it can be a very cold day, if you look at the statistics of that day in February, the high would be around 40!

I’ve been there for playoff games in January…it’s cold but not brutal.

Now, if you want to put the game in Chicago, that would be BRUTAL!

asc85 on May 25, 2010 at 9:35 PM

I hope and pray that its two warm weather teams that make it to Jersey and stink up the game. This idea stinks on ice. Literally.

Sugar Land on May 25, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Suck it fair weather fans. You’ll have to deal with weather instead of playing in the sun. Prediction: Giants v. Jets in SuperBowl XLVIII. Giants win 42-3

DailyDanet on May 26, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Snow/ice games are great entertainment. I love the idea, especially since I’ll be watching from the comfort of my couch!

Desert Gardens on May 26, 2010 at 2:54 AM

Think Snooki dressed as a snow bunny

Alden Pyle on May 26, 2010 at 6:48 AM

And ATX gets the F1 race. Weird day.

TexasDan on May 26, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Finally, football played like it was supposed to be played – outside in the mud and on turf/tundra and in whatever environment that mother nature had planned for that day.

Under those conditions you will find out who is really the Worlds finest football team.

MSGTAS on May 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM

One of my favorite games was between the Patriots and Raiders. Tons of snow, tons of memories.

El_Terrible on May 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

And the worst call EVAH!!! Tuck you, Walt Coleman!

Anything which gives The New England Patriots an advantage is warm to me.

BKennedy on May 25, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Again — Tuck you, Walt Coleman!

DOOF on May 26, 2010 at 12:05 PM