This long-time Minnesota Vikings fan — who fondly remembers Metropolitan Stadium, purple overcoats and breath clouds billowing from gray face masks — loves that the NFL chose an open-air stadium in a cold-weather market for this season’s Super Bowl.
And I don’t get arguments against it. To put it in Southern terms, the NFL should cite NASCAR logic.
Talladega, which is not themost popular track among teams, is nonetheless part of the Chase for the Championship. Why?
The sport’s biggest, fastest and most exciting track, which holds two races a year, was part of the process that led to the Chase. It was a unique challenge in what NASCAR considers its regular season, so why shouldn’t Talladega be part of the postseason?
NFL teams have played in cold weather and snow for decades and did this season. It was part of the challenge of getting to the Super Bowl, so why rule out open-air stadiums in cold-weather markets for the league’s championship game?
And if the NFL has a case of corporate-brain, worrying how the product will look on TV, well, don’t. Does anyone tire of “Ice Bowl” footage on NFL Films?
As for our little patch of paradise, enough surprise snow already.
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