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Published January 24, 2013
BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Jonathan Clegg writes as temperatures in N.Y. have "dipped into the teens this week, the idea of playing an outdoor Super Bowl in the North has sent a chill through the NFL coaches and executives huddled in Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl." Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said, "I think the weather up there would be an issue. For what that game has become, with all the festivities and the hoopla, it will be hard." Falcons coach Mike Smith said, "I think everybody is hoping it won't be the type of weather they're having now." Clegg notes chilly weather "doesn't always put a downer on the Super Bowl." Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI last year, and "though it was played inside a dome, the 40-degree weather during the week didn't stop the city from earning rave reviews" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/24). ESPN's Adam Schefter notes some of the NFL's greatest games "have been played outdoors in frigid conditions," but the Super Bowl is "more than just a game." Schefter: "It’s a week-long gala affair. It's for all the sponsors, all the corporate people that follow the NFL. It's a week-long list of activities for everybody that comes. To do it in New York and New Jersey in a week like this where it's 11, 12 degrees below, I can't imagine that a lot of people are going to enjoy being outdoors” ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 1/24). CSNBayArea.com’s Andy Dolich said, “The Super Bowl is an ultimate party and if I’m going to a party I want flip-flops, I wants shorts, I want drinks with little umbrellas in them. I don’t want parkas” ("Chronicle Live," Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 1/23).