The NFL has done an about face and awarded the 2014 Super Bowl to New York City. The league has had a mandate about cities having to have a temperature above 50 degrees in February if they wanted to host a game in an outdoor stadium. Even though, NYC does not meet the requirements, the league is waving the rule allowing the NFL championship to be played in the new 1.6 billion dollar facility that both the Jets and Giants will play in.
Some football purists are saying the NFL is taking a huge risk here by having their championship game played in a blizzard or in frigid weather conditions. So? Isn't that what football is about? I'm guessing the chances of the field looking the way it did on the night of the infamous "Tuck Rule" game between the Patriots and Raiders are slim, but the two teams could be playing in the middle of a snowstorm. I'm guessing the temperature won't be as cold as the 82 AFC championship game between the Bengals and Chargers when the windchill was 59 degrees below zero. What about the famous 1967 Ice Bowl between the Packers and Cowboys? Those that are whining about this game are ones that might have to end up wearing a parka instead of shorts to the game---a game they would rather see in San Diego or Tampa.
Here in Canada, we could play the Grey Cup in places like Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver, but we huddled up in Saskatchewan in 1995, we saw the Riders and Argos play on a cold afternoon in Edmonton for all the marbles and lets remember how cold it was when Rocket Ismail and the Argos won it all in Winnipeg. Those in Saskatoon reading this remember how cold it was for the Vanier Cup.
If its a cold day, its a cold day. Live with it. The two teams will be playing under the same elements. Its not going to happen every year and it could be a beautiful day when whoever plays whoever for all the marbles. To those that don't like it, get over it. A New York Super Bowl might be one to remember.
The LP's Greg Harder says the Pats are close to naming Brent Parker's replacement as GM. While Chad Lang remains the favourite, Harder says many have emerged as possible candidates. One of those candidates is Hockey Canada head scout Al Murray. He is the architect of the world junior team. He knows how to build a winner. If Murray is interested, strike an agreement and hire him a-s-a-p. I never even thought about Al and I'm guessing either did a lot of you. I'm thinking he would turn things around.
The Islanders send Blades defenceman Jiri Niemi to the Rangers for a draft pick. I find that one odd. Why would the Islanders trade Niemi for a 6th round pick. Do they have that low of an opinion of the Finnish born blueliner. If so, why?
I'm not disappointed one bit to see the Suns tie the Lakers at two in the NBA West Final, but Phoenix must find a way to beat L-A at the Staples Center.
Was I supposed to shed a tear when Jack Bauer said goodbye to Chloe as "24" signed off. I say that because I did. ( I know, I am the definition of "wuss")
Tom Wright is going to work for Dana White as his right hand man in Canada. What a great choice! Nothing against Marc Cohon, but I always thought Wright got screwed around when he was forced to leave the CFL commissioner's chair. What a great hire!
I didn't think I would win the "Should Jordan Eberle's jersey be retired by the Pats?" argument with Rod on "The Sportscage" Tuesday afternoon, but I had to voice my case. I'm a huge Eberle fan, but I said there are many other players that deserve to see their sweater retired as well. Guys like Jock Callander, Josh Holden and Mike Sillinger (why didn't I mention his name during the show?) If Eberle gets his #7 retired, I'll be happy for him, but I will wonder why some others don't get the same recognition.
Why do I think the Tampa Bay Lightning made a move today that will have them as one of the NHL's top teams in the not too distant future. Its obvious that Steve Yzerman has his work cut out for him, but you know Stevie Y will associate himself with winners. He will build that team around players like Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman. One thing Yzerman needs is a goalie. How about this. Vinnie Lecavalier goes to Montreal for Carey Price and something else. Vinnie would be treated like a god in his home province and Price might fill the void of a quality tender. Its just a thought!
A lot of people believe free agent to be Patrick Marleau would be a great fit in Toronto. If I remember correctly, Marleau wasn't seeing eye to eye with then Sharks coach Ron Wilson. That would be the same Ron Wilson that is now coaching the Leafs. Why would Marleau want to work under Wilson again. Its not going to happen!
Will the Sharks dangle Joe Thornton somewhere to land a top 1o pick in this year's draft. I'm hearing its a possibility. Can you imagine if he went back to Boston?
As you go into your Wednesday, ask yourself if its true that nylons give women a run for their money.