Sunday, January 20, 2008

Too Cold

This post is in agreement to Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury, who wrote a column today about the absurdity of the weather in today's AFC and NFC Championship football games.

This Article can be found here: The NFL's frozen conundrum

Remember back in September, October, and even November, when there were beautiful weather games in New England, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New York, and Philadelphia? Wasn't it great how in those games there was the potential to see great football? Crisp Passes. Deep routes. Sharp cuts. A greater display of athleticism. I certainly do!

I find it sad that the biggest and most meaningful games of the season have to be played in such poor conditions. In NewEngland today the weather will be hovering right around zero degress, and in Green Bay, it will be negative 20! Not only is this condusive to a poorer brand of football, but it's a little dangerous. The stakes today are higher than they've been all year and they have to play in frozen, miserable, weather. Wouldn't it be better if the elements impact on the game weren't such a determining factor on the outcome? Isn't this supposed to be about who plays the best football - not who plays the best "cold-weather" fooball?

Keep in mind that football was never meant to be a January sport. The superbowl used to be played in early December, but the growth and success of the league has resulted in a longer season, and here we are. It was meant to be an Autumn game, not a winter one. Thankfully the Super Bowl is at least played in a southern state or a dome.

As a fan, I want to see a fair game, and I want to see great athletes make great plays. Unfortunately, because these two huge games have to be played in two of the coldest regions of our country, this is unlikely. These games will likely be grind-it-out, slower moving, and more prone to mistakes. Ideally fans are supposed to wish they were the ones playing or at the game. I sure won't be envious of any of the Giants or Packer players or the fans today when I'm watching the game.

I am fully aware of the argument against this.
-This is what makes football different from other sports
-This is what home field advantage is all about

I buy neither of them, but unfortunately I have no real solution for this problem either. You have to reward the best records with home-field advantage, and you can't tell Green Bay or Massachusetts that they can't have a team anymore. Mark Purdy says the games should be played in the closest domes, but even that seems silly.

It's one thing to be 20 degrees, but negative 20 degrees!? I'm glad when I'm watching the game I'll be in California, indoors, with the heater turned on.

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