Monday, January 27, 2014

Don Shula voices his discontent with the Super Bowl being played in cold weather


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

13 comments:

  1. As for Don and his comments football was meant to be played outside and both teams will have the same conditions adapt to the conditions the team that does that the best will win. As for the fools that pay outrageous prices for tickets I hope they freeze their behinds off. The average fan cannot afford a ticket to the game so who care if the rich folks have to suffer a little bit of cold weather

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    1. Outdoors....sure, just not in cold weather. Cold weather city wants a super bowl.....build a dome or shut up.

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  2. I agree with you coach Shula. A game of this magnitude along with all the electric atmosphere should be favorable for players as well as fans.

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  3. Hopefully never again! Hey why not play pro bowl in Jersey next year?

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  4. Football is meant to be played outdoors. It's ok to play any other round of the playoffs in the elements so why should the SB be an exception? As far as the fans go...when tickets in the 300 sections are selling for $1500 plus on the secondary market it show that the NFL is not at all worried about the average fan going to this game or being able to sell it out.

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    1. That might have something to do with this little thing called Home Team Advantage that doesn't exist in the Superbowl. Seriously?

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  5. pro bowl has been a joke for years till they put it back to AFTER the soper bowl I won't watch it again!!! the super bowl has ANOTHER crappy 1/2 time show again so who cares about the super bowl??? LET 'EM FREEZE!!!

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  6. I agree with Don Shula shocking as that may be. Who wants to go and hang out in an area thats so cold and snowy you are running from your hotel to a car and back? I would rather be someplace warm so you can walk around in comfort and get there early.

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  7. Shula has no credibility on this matter. When the Jets played his Dolphins in the AFC championship game in 83 (in Miami) the field was never covered before the game. It poured before and during the game. The Jets running game got stuck in the mud. I don't have a problem with cold weather cities having the game, but I think it should be in a dome. Indy, Det., etc. Rain and wind can often be as bad as cold weather.

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    1. Yeah because Don is responsible for tarping the field. Derp. You just sound like a bitter Jet fan who lost and needed somethioing to blame it on. Bring back Rich Kotite!

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  8. I very much agree with his point of view, if the football shirts http://www.wysjg.com can be more warm, I will buy more

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