Can't quite warm up to cold-weather Super Bowl
The most terrifying news coming out of the NFL owners meeting had nothing to do with the league opting out of its collective bargaining agreement with the players union. Even Jessica Simpson and Gene Upshaw saw that one coming.Seriously, don't worry about this CBA thing. What happened is that the owners and the previous commissioner weren't exactly Warren Buffett when it came to negotiating the 2006 labor agreement. They gave the players about 60 percent of the league's revenues. Now they want some of it back.
- In other business at the league meetings, NFL owners voted to play the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis, beating out Glendale, Ariz., and Houston."
I always knew people in Indiana, and especially in Indianapolis, were super nice. In fact, after I wrote a column saying the NFL goofed by awarding the 2012 Super Bowl to another cold-weather city (Indianapolis), lots of people in the state started e-mailing me with wonderful offers.
Jordan from Mishawaka said he'd bring me "hot coco, a warm coat, and a walker with heated hand grips." I'd prefer one of those battery-powered carts you can ride at Target, but, OK, a walker it is.
Another reader asked, "Um, have we become a nation of pansies?" As if being a pansy was a negative.
And then there was Dr. Mercola, who e-mailed me this probing question: "Are you being controlled ... by corn?"
I haven't read all of the e-mails or comments, but, generally speaking, they break down into three distinct camps.
1) The Super Bowl should be played in every NFL city, from Buffalo to Seattle -- even if that means playing a game outdoors. And by the way, you suck, and you're weak and worthless.
2) Indianapolis has a long history of hosting world-class events. The city will do a great job with Super Bowl XLVI. And by the way, you suck, and you're weak and worthless.
3) The NFL should never have a Super Bowl in a cold-weather city. "For maybe the first time ever," wrote a reader, "I actually agree with Gene on this one."
As a matter of disclosure, Nos. 1 and 2 outnumbered No. 3 by about 100-1.
OK, so I struck a tiny Indianapolis/cold-weather city nerve. But is it so bad to want to go to a Super Bowl -- the sporting world's premiere event (World Cup fans are foaming at the jowls as they read those words) -- and actually enjoy the surroundings? If you're a fan, the highlight of the pre-Super Bowl week shouldn't be that there's covered pedestrian walkways to protect you from the cold.
Yes, I prefer a Super Bowl site with sun, pools, beaches, French Quarters, desert, warmth, golf, T-shirts, and outdoor bars to mittens, down coats, salted roads, daily wind-chill readings, walkways, and ice scrapers.
"Why not petition the league to do away with the Pro Bowl, and play the Super Bowl in Hawaii every year?" wrote a reader.
Where do I sign?
-- Gene Wojciechowski