I think it started during the football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Green Bay is not exactly known for its balmy weather and tropical beaches. It’s the midwest. It’s frickin cold out there. Even fans of the Packers joke about how many layers they need to wear. I wish I could find it, but the point has been moot for me, there was an article in the New York Times a few years back about a fan who wore several layers in preparation for late seasons and playoffs games. It’s a ritual, and something accepted amongst football fans in cold weather climates. Think: Buffalo, Green Bay, Chicago.
Prior to their playoff game on January 5th, everyone was beside themselves. OOOOOH, it’s gonna be freezing…in Wisconsin…in January.
Is it really that big of a deal that it’s cold in Green Bay today? It’s January in Wisconsin. Guess what? ITS COLD THERE
— The Coop (@Coopz22) January 5, 2014
I was surprised. I mean, isn’t it a given that it’s an occupational not to mention a spectator “hazard” that if you work or watch an outdoor sport, unless you are in a dome, you’re going to be exposed to the elements? I mean, shit, football doesn’t even have postponements or delays related to rain (unless, of course, there is lightning). You play through that shit.
The beginning of 2014 hasn’t exactly been boastful of an unseasonably warm climate, especially in the northeast, where we’ve had the phrase Polar Vortex become an essential part of our lexicon. It’s snowed quite a few times, and I’ve even joked around with my friends about how the cold isn’t so bad, but factor in wind and snow elements, I’m over it.
We chat about the weather with total strangers. We joke about not wanting to be outside in the elements. People buy dog booties for their dog walks. We get bundled up to walk to the corner store or even to drive somewhere. It goes with the territory.
But I draw the line at people complaining about it being cold at a voluntary outdoor sporting event. Really? I mean, REALLY, guys? It’s January, and it’s in the northeast.
IT’S GONNA BE COLD HERE.
I will give fans who attended the game credit: I didn’t see many people complaining on that end about the Stadium Series on Sunday. Most of the folks there are die hard. They do get the fact that one needs to bundle up to enjoy the game. Yet, I see tweets like this that get my blood boiling.
@coutinho9 it’s voluntary. It’s also January and outdoors in the Bronx. Guess what? ITS COLD THERE
— The Coop (@Coopz22) January 26, 2014
Every single person in that stadium yesterday was there voluntarily. Each person presumably bought a ticket, and attended on their own free will.
The players, however, get paid a very handsome salary to play these games. The night before, a game was played in Los Angeles, not exactly a hotbed (pun not intended) of perfect outdoor ice hockey activity. We didn’t hear one problem with the “ice.” But in the Bronx in January by the goddamn Harlem River, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur blames the ice on his poor performance (The Rangers scored 6 goals against him before he was taken out of the game…mind you the Devils also scored 3 goals in the first period…no one had a problem with the ice before then??)
Martin Brodeur says Yankee Stadium’s rink was “the worst ice I ever played hockey on.” Sure, Marty. http://t.co/Qe2adm3x33
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) January 27, 2014
Brodeur after pregame warmups: “My vision is fine, the ice is fine, the conditions are not a problem at all” wha happened? #NYR
— Mike (@MikeNYR2) January 27, 2014
Someone needs to give Uncle Daddy a WAAAHmburger. STFU
— The Coop (@Coopz22) January 27, 2014
Oh, but there’s more. This week, Super Bowl XLVIII will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Now, all the cold weather crybabies are reporting on the nonstory that “WAHHH! It’s gonna be COLD and elemental in New Jersey IN JANUARY. WAHHHHHHHHH!”
This time around, it’s not Uncle Daddy or any of the players crying about the weather or potential hazard of it. It’s mostly the sportswriters who all of a sudden have a sympathy for the players who get paid millions of dollars to play on the big stage…in the snow, rain, or sleet. Shit, I’ve seen frickin beautiful days here with low temps. Has anyone considered that the Super Bowl could be played in something like THAT??!
The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks kind of corner the market on playing in the elements. Denver gets snow. Seattle gets rain. The only people I see “inconvenienced” with the weather are people who have to sit in the stands (who are paying around $2,000 for an upper bowl seat) and the writers who are subscribing to some of the laziest journalism I have ever borne witness.
Their headlines are akin to chatting about the weather. Is this the state of sports writing today?
I just have a tough time believing that when New York/New Jersey was chosen as the Super Bowl venue, that no one considered weather factors.
It’s January in the Northeast. Guess what?
It’s cold here.