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Don’t you think? Roger Goodell refers to criticism of outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl as ‘ironic’


With a mere few weeks left before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium kicks off in what should be some of the chilliest environments ever seen for a Super Bowl in the modern era, Commissioner Roger Goodell framed the criticism of the NFL’s decision to hold The Big Game at an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather clime by comparing it to the praise that is heaped upon NHL hockey games played outdoors.

On Jan. 26 and Jan. 29, the NHL will host two games at Yankee Stadium as part of the league’s “Stadium Series,” and Goodell finds it “ironic” how the NHL is commended for taking its game outdoors and the NFL is ripped for keeping its game outdoors.

“It’s ironic that an indoor sport playing outdoors and they’re all talking about how wonderful that it is. We’re an outdoors sport playing outdoors and people are saying ‘well, I don’t know about that,'” Goodell said Thursday inside Madison Square Garden at a Super Bowl Teammate Rally that 1,200 people who will work during Super Bowl festivities attended. “This is what we’re all about. I actually think the teams are excited about it. We’re proud of what we’re about to accomplish.”

Like it or not, the NFL has spoiled teams, fans and those who spend megabucks attending the game by primarily hosting games in warm-weather cities. And when the Super Bowl was held in colder climates, Minneapolis for Super Bowl XXVI in 1992 and Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI in 2006 most notably, the game was played in an indoor facility. The Indianapolis Super Bowl was universally praised for how well-organized and prepared the city was to host such a monumental event and there’s little doubt things will go off without a hitch at MetLife Stadium…

Unless the game is postponed due to inclement weather, a possibility the NFL has considered and devised a contingency plan to deal with should such a dire situation develop.

A championship game for a sport traditionally played outdoors canceled because of the unpredictable role the weather could play because the game is being played outdoors. Now that would be ironic. Don’t you think?