Basking in cold weather

It was a good week for cold-weather enthusiasts as the NHL announced plans for a pair of outdoor games, with the fourth-annual Heritage Classic slated for New Year’s Day at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field and a second Heritage Classic scheduled for February at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.
Having two outdoor games in one season certainly is a testament to the popularity of the event, which will feature the Pittsburgh Penguins battling the Washington Capitals and then the Calgary Flames hosting the Montreal Canadiens.
And perhaps the NFL looked at these outdoor games when deciding to award the 2014 Super Bowl to the new Meadowlands Stadium just outside of New York City.
The league bypassed a rule where all Super Bowls are required to be played in warm climates or domed stadiums, which resulted in the big game regularly being held in the three Florida cities or places like San Diego and Phoenix.
While those warm-weather locales certainly were a welcome getaway for northern snowbirds taking advantage of the location to get some sun and some football, as someone who likely isn’t going to see the Super Bowl live for decades (if ever), I’m applauding the move.
A major concern is whether the white-collar attendees, an overwhelming number of fans at the Super Bowl, will forego the game if the weather is not to their liking—leaving an embarrassing number of empty seats for the billions watching the game worldwide.
It’s a consideration, but unless NFL commissioner Roger Goodell manages to enlarge the hole in the ozone layer tenfold, the chilling salvo is this: It’s going to be cold, you have four years to prepare.
Given the astronomical number of people who would go through with the removal of vital organs for a chance to see the Super Bowl live, here’s hoping any cold-fearing suits will do the right thing and give a few average Joes the chance to live out their dream.

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