Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is not shy about saying exactly what is on his mind. While preparing for Super Bowl XLVII, he made it known he doesn't like the fact that next year's big game will take place at MetLife Stadium.
Talking to reporters (via ESPN.com) after the Ravens arrived in New Orleans, Flacco made controversial comments about the decision to play the biggest NFL game of the year in the sure-to-be frigid-cold temperatures in New Jersey.
I think it's retarded. 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.
First, Flacco made an idiotic statement at the beginning of the quote above that he should have known better than to say.
Where should the Super Bowl be played?
Second, when did it become this mandate that the Super Bowl had to be played in certain weather conditions?
When the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, the weather in Miami was terrible. Even warm cities, like Miami, have poor weather at times.
And the Ravens had to win three games in cold weather just to get to this Super Bowl. Does it really matter if you play one more game in the cold as long as you are playing for a championship?
The only people who really care about the weather, aside from Flacco, are the media, because they are so accustomed to taking a nice trip to a warm-weather city for this game.
If you are an NFL higher-up and you have a chance to ensure that the league's biggest game is played in the New York market, aren't you going to take it?
Flacco might not have a filter for the things that he says, but he really should think a little longer before he says something like this. Cold weather or not, both teams have to play in it and the best one on that day will win.