Jan 28, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA;Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco during a Super Bowl XLVII press conference at the Hilton Riverside Hotel. Super Bowl XLVII will be played between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Flacco may be at the top of his game as a quarterback, but I think he might want to take back his media comments.
While meeting with the media yesterday at the site of Super Bowl XLVII, he was asked by a columnist from the Denver Post about his feelings regarding next year’s Super Bowl being held in a cold weather city, right here at MetLife stadium:
“Yeah, I think it’s retarded,” Flacco said at his Super Bowl press gathering Monday. “I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid. If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one. Other than that I don’t really like the idea. I don’t think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather.”
That’s an interesting response from a person that I have learned is a representative of the Maryland Special Olympics.
The R word may have been just a slip of the tongue, but clearly he is overreacting to the issue. Football is played in the cold weather all the time. Yes, people are used to the perfect weather in the Super Bowl, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The amount of money that the league can make by having the Super Bowl in the tri-state area is enormous. The NFL is a business, and money is what makes them go. Fiscally, having the game here makes sense, despite what Flacco says.
Are there weather risks? Absolutely, but they are worth it.