If you even casually watched any NFL games this weekend, you might have noticed we had some weather.
Of course, with weather (especially snow) comes endless amounts of complaining about the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl.
Because it’s outside and oh my you can’t have weather impact a Super Bowl.
Let’s ignore the one in Miami which was played in a torrential downpour, because it ruins the narrative.
The biggest argument folks trot out when saying weather shouldn’t be a factor in a Super Bowl is that the two best teams should be able to play at 100 percent.
That they shouldn’t have to contend with things like weather because you want them to be able to do whatever they do best and have no outside forces impact that.
Let’s forget for a moment that part of winning a Super Bowl involves things like game planning and coaching. Let’s ignore the idea that if you knew there might be snow, you might have an alternate plan in place to negate or take advantage of it.
I mean, I get that if you throw the ball well, a blizzard puts a crimp in your plans. But knowing there is a chance it happens, a good coach – a Super Bowl winning coach – plans for it. Like all the injuries and other distractions which impact the game.
But again, let’s put that aside. You don’t want to have weather affect a Championship game. I hear you.
But here’s something you don’t realize.
It already has.
And this is why a cold-weather or snowy football environment isn’t the end of the world. There’s a good chance at least one of the playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl was played in poor weather.
Which means some team had to adjust it’s strategy or didn’t and lost. Which means there is a good chance the best team lost because of weather.
Now you may feel like this is supporting your “no weather” argument, but it doesn’t.
Because unless you stick every playoff game in a dome, you will never, ever have an even playing field. Ever.
Weather and the environment will always play a factor.
And guess what? It hasn’t ruined a Super Bowl yet. At no point have you looked at the Super Bowl and said “Man, if only team X hadn’t played in the rain/snow/fog they’d be here instead of team Y. This blows”
You’ve accepted the fact that the two teams in the Super Bowl got there, forget how, and now play. They may not be the best two teams in the NFL or playoffs and quite often they aren’t.
But the games are still great.
Despite the weather already impacting the playoffs and therefore, the Super Bowl.
And by the way, we keep talking about weather holding back a Peyton Manning or Drew Brees. How it’s unfair that snow might hamper their offense.
What about a team built for foul weather? What about Seattle or Carolina?
Why is it OK to make things favorable for some teams but not others?
I know the answer – it’s a passing league, we want passing.
But even in perfect weather we don’t always get it.
Why shouldn’t a team built for rough weather have the advantage?
And if it does – why is that a horrible thing?
The truth is, it isn’t. Football has always been an all-weather sport. It plays as well in the snow as it does in 75 degrees and still winds.
Part of the greatness of football is overcoming the elements in your quest for success.
Maybe Thurston and Lovie Howell might not enjoy their $17,000 seats in the snow.
But I would, and a lot of fans would enjoy watching it in the comfort of their own homes.
Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at FootballGuys.com and the NFL writer at CheeseheadTV.com. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.