On Tuesday May 26th, 2010, The NFL Finally took a step back into its roots with the awarding of the 2014 Super Bowl to New York/New Jersey, to be played in the new Meadowlands Stadium. Of course we, the general public were immediately deluged with doomsday predictions of blizzards and bad game play from writers and certain former players (Darryl "Moose" Johnston). We were even told by the owner of the Baltimore Ravens Steve Bisciotti "How are we going to get fans to the game in a two foot blizzard?"
Why does the Super Bowl "HAVE" to be played in perfect weather? FOOTBALL has been played in all kinds of weather in the NFL since 1925. Some of the greatest games have been played in "less than perfect" weather. Lets look back at some of the GREAT playoff games, in inclement weather.
1934 NFL Championship Game between the NY Giants & Chicago Bears - This game is better known as "the sneakers game". It was played on December 2, 1934. A freezing winter rain froze the field of the Polo Grounds. After a player remarked that sneakers might provide better traction, Giants coach Steve Owen sent Equipment Manager Abe Cohen to buy some sneakers. Cohen borrowed 9 pairs from Manhattan College. After the Giants trailed 10-3 they changed into sneakers. After falling behind 13-3, the Giants stormed back to win the game 30-3. Most players interviewed about the game, say the Giants choice of footwear led to their dominance.
Jon Tessler is a Jabberhead and a contributing author at Sports Jabber.
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