When you think of the Super Bowl, you might think of sunshine, short sleeves and dresses, parties, cold drinks and, sorry, Vikings losses.
On Tuesday, though, that image could get a temporary big chill. That's when NFL owners are meeting in Texas to vote on the site for the 2014 Super Bowl. Those in the know seem to think the New Meadowlands Stadium -- yes, the one in East Rutherford, N.J. -- is far and away the leading candidate to land the game.
And yes, as far as we can tell, they still plan to hold the Super Bowl in the dead of winter (likely Feb. 2 in this case, though the date hasn't been officially announced). What would a cold-weather Super Bowl look like? Hard to say. It's never really happened. Every other previous Super Bowl has either been in an indoor venue or outside in a warm-weather spot.
The lowest recorded temperature during the big game was 39 degrees for Super Bowl VI between the Cowboys and Dolphins at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. It rained for the first time during Super Bowl XLI a few years back, when the Colts defeated the Bears in South Florida. But it was still 67 degrees. Usually, sunshine and pleasant temperatures rule the day.
According to weather.com, the average high temperature on Feb. 2 in East Rutherford is 37 degrees. The average low is 22. If you're looking for a local comparison, those are the same average highs and lows in Minneapolis on Nov. 21. So yes, it will be plenty chilly. And it certainly could snow.
But don't worry -- the organizers have a plan! According to the New York Daily News, the plan includes: hand and feet warmers; thousands of blankets; roughly 1,000 people armed with shovels to whisk away pesky snow; the possibility of heated seat cushions; and measures to cut down on wind chill.
So the question: Is this a disaster waiting to happen or the greatest thing ever? The answer: yes. In other words, it could be both of those things. The thought of corporate types shivering while die-hards start a well-meaning snowball fight is appealing. The thought of two warm-weather teams slipping around in a snowy, chilly game ... well that doesn't sound so great.
Even if owners make this official, we really won't know how it will come off until the actual day. That has to be alternately frightening and intriguing for the NFL.