> All the northern domes are there for good reason. Remember the Fogbowl
>at Chicago a couple of years ago? Also, it gets *** around here in Nov.,
>Dec. I'm glad the Rose Bowl (which we'll go to again this year, sigh) is in
>Cal. I wouldnt want to be at Michigan Stadium in January. BRRRRR!!!
What was the matter with the Fog Bowl? Football is an outdoor
sport. If only one half of a field experienced weather and the teams
didn't switch sides after quarters, then playing in the elements might
be unfair, but it's not. Weather should be part of the game. If it's
miserable, it's miserable for both teams.
I'm not a Browns fan, but the only games I've ever been to
have been in Cleveland, in December and January. The fans love to
bundle up for the games. They know that if a wide receiver can fall
onto frozen, slushy turf with a rock-hard ball in his gut, then it's
not too much for them to sit under a blanket and eat hot dogs in the
same weather. I'm not condoning the idiots who take their shirts off
at sub-zero games, but just because the temperature drops below
freezing doesn't mean that people cannot function outside.
Climate can make for real home-field advantage. So can domes,
but I'd rather have an advantage that comes from my team tougher than
the other in withstanding rain, snow, or intense heat than one that
comes from the other team's quarterback unable to communicate.
I heard a description of the American base at Pearl Harbor
before the attack, and part of the un-preparedness came from the
attitude that Americans from the mainland had when stationed in
tropical paradise- one that favored relaxation over tension. When I
drove into Tampa a few years ago on an 85 degree day in March, I got
the impression that the weather must make it difficult for the
Buccaneers to deal with away games where they face snow. It's not
impossible for a team to succeed out of that climate, but I believe
the Buccaneers won their first outdoor road game in December EVER last
season- in Phoenix. Miami has overcome this in the past, but I have no
idea why a place like Detroit would WANT to lose their climactic
advantage in late-season home games.
Minnesota- just TOO cold?- I'll grant that. But Seattle? New
Orleans? Houston? Atlanta? This is just an attempt to turn football
"Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice:
Pull down your pants, and slide on the ice."
-ageless folk wisdom