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“NYC Super Bowl”

The National Football League owners have decided that the 2014 Super Bowl will be played in the Meadowlands of New Jersey, in the yet-to-be built stadium.

The New York Daily News and the New York Post are excited. So, as a New Yorker and a Giants fan, I’m supposed to be too. But I’m not. First of all, it’s slightly annoying that everyone keeps referring to it as the “New York Super Bowl” or “NYC Super Bowl”. I know the Giants and Jets are still called New York teams, but the reality is that this game will be taking place in New Jersey, not New York. (So stop chirping Michael Bloomberg, Governor Christie is right about this basic geography question).

But my real problem is that the selection of the Meadowlands is that it has unleashed a mind-numbingly dull discussion about how the weather will impact the game. This will be the first time the Super Bowl will be played in un-domed stadium in a northern, cold-weather city (of course, before the Super Bowl, the NFL championships were held in northern cities – including the old Yankee Stadium). In January, there’s a very good chance the weather will be very cold, and will be a factor in the game itself.

I will watch, and I hope it turns out to be a home game for the Giants - and, who knows, maybe I'll change my mind. But right now I am dreading the talk about the weather.

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