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Column: Nothing to fear from a snowy Super Bowl

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm •  Published: February 9, 2013
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Giving one to the New York area was always a little dicey, which is why it took four votes by owners a few years back to give the game to the Meadowlands over bids by warm weather sites Tampa and South Florida. It came after organizers urged them to "Make Some History" and showed a video that included clips from historic cold-weather games.

Trust the NFL to pull this one off. This is a league, after all, that is so untouchable that a 34-minute power outage in New Orleans not only turned a rout into a competitive game but made TV ratings go up around the country.

And the time it rained at a Super Bowl? You may not remember the game, but probably do remember Prince playing "Purple Rain" as it came down in Miami in 2007.

Nothing can dent the NFL's widespread popularity. Not a lockout, replacement referees, or even brain injuries.

Certainly not a little cold and snow.

"The plans that have been developed for the Super Bowl, I think, are extraordinary, and they're just beginning to be released," Goodell said in New Orleans. "We will be prepared for the weather factors."

Actually, the NFL has some issues to worry about other than the weather at the Meadowlands. Hotel rooms will surely be in short supply even at exorbitant prices, and transportation for teams, support staff, media and volunteers will be a challenge.

There are also a ton of logistical worries that go along with putting the most watched sporting event in America in the most congested area in the country, and not everyone is cooperating. The mayors of at least two towns near MetLife Stadium, upset that their towns don't get some benefit from the facility, threatened in a recent press release not to help with police, fire or other municipal services needed for the Super Bowl unless the NFL starts writing some checks.

"With one of (the) world's largest sporting events coming to the East Rutherford venue, there is little doubt that the mayors will be expecting a call that their services are needed," Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli said in the statement. "The answer will be clear: Don't ask."

The Super Bowl will not be without problems. Even the NFL can't make everyone happy, not matter what the weather is like.

But let a little cold and snow mess up the first — and quite possibly only — Super Bowl in the New York area?

Fuhggedaboutit.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg