There are some who do not like the idea of playing the Super Bowl in a cold weather climate. Count Hall of Fame coach Don Shula as one of them.
In a recent interview with Ian O'Connor of ESPNNewYork.com, Shula expressed his complaints about having the Super Bowl played in New Jersey this year.
“Why?” Shula said. “That was pretty much my reaction. I certainly believe that when you get to a game of that magnitude, you want to play it in conditions where weather won’t be or might not be something that affects the outcome. So that’s why I think Miami, New Orleans, San Diego, all those warm-weather cities are the best cities for a game of that magnitude.
“Plus, the fans. You’ve got to give the fans an opportunity to come in ahead of time, enjoy what the town has to offer, enjoy the game and then stay for a couple of days afterwards, and enjoy everything. So if it’s a brutal weather condition in New York, you’re not going to do that.”
Aside from the weather negatively affecting fans, Shula also believes the conditions could alter the way the Seahawks and Broncos play the game itself.
“Certainly it will take away from their ability to play the game to the best of their talent,” he said, “and you don’t want the weather to influence a game that much. Perhaps it won’t, but the odds are that it could be a factor in the outcome if it’s brutal weather conditions.”
This year's Super Bowl is primed to go down as the coldest on record. However, the 1972 game in New Orleans currently holds that title, as it was a chilly 39 degrees at kickoff. Who was the losing coach of the game? Don Shula. So, perhaps the old coach is just having flashbacks when it comes to coaching in bad weather Super Bowls.
Via Pro Football Talk