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Super Bowl in Meadowlands is still a good idea

By now all football fans are aware that Super Bowl XLVIII will be played outdoors at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

There are plenty of critics of a “cold weather Super Bowl” but like I mentioned before, I love the idea. The snowstorm that hit the Northeast this week has given fresh ammunition to those who oppose a Super Bowl in the Northeast. Look around and you will find plenty of columns like this one in today’s New York Times criticizing the NFL.  Yes, the NFL did postpone a game this week because of snow but so what? It was the first game NFL has had to postpone on game day because of weather since 1932. If the Super Bowl has to be postponed because of extreme weather it is not a big deal. No one will be hurt by a postponed Super Bowl. People will watch the game no matter when it is on and as mentioned earlier, the likelihood of a postponement is small.

The decision to postpone the Eagles/Vikings game was the right one. People like Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell are idiots for criticizing the move. The city was under a State of Emergency, why take away law enforcement officials from the streets and bring them to the stadium instead?

NFL Statement,

 “Due to public safety concerns in light of today’s snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight’s Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of tonight’s storm and its aftermath, the game will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared. The National Weather Service states that a winter storm warning in Philadelphia remains in effect until 1 pm on Monday.”

People will cite this weeks Vikings/Eagles game as a reason why the NFL should move to the Super Bowl but what if the weather is nice? NHL’s Winter Classic in Pittsburgh is in danger because temperatures are expected to be too warm in Pittsburgh.

For their part the league is standing by their decision to have a cold weather Super Bowl and rightfully so.

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Canadian Vacation

I got back from Toronto early Monday. The more I go back to Canada the more I want to just stay there. Its definitely where I want to be long term. A week of vacation time only is not enough for a trip to Toronto. There are so many family and friends there that it is impossible to cover them all in a week. Especially a week when there was a family wedding involved. I have another week of vacation left this year so maybe another trip to Toronto?

The drive back was just ridiculous. A trip that can take around 7.5 hours took almost 12 hours instead. There was a 2 mile stretch near the border that took us over 2 hours to cross. Insane. Caught a bit more traffic in Pennsylvania and took this detour of about 35 through what can at best be described as the “middle of nowhere.” Houses were spread out, there was basically a jungle on both sides of the road, there was no cell phone signal and to top it all of there were no lights on anywhere (including the houses) and it wasn’t even 10 PM yet. Didn’t see any civilization for a good half hour until we came out in Clark Summit a small town near Scranton.

P.S I want to go back to Canada