The NFL has identified the annual decision to award the next unawarded Super Bowl as yet another point during the months of no football during which football will find a way to box out other sports that otherwise are in high gear.
On Tuesday, May 25, pro football once again will supersede baseball, hockey, and basketball, with the announcement of the city in which Super Bowl XLVIII will be played. Think about that for a second. The baseball season is in full swing, another Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals is on the horizon, the LeBron James frenzy is dramatically expanding basketball’s version of the Human Fund, and an NHL season buoyed by the most dramatic Olympic hockey tournament yet is moving toward the Stanley Cup round. And yet the question of where a Super Bowl that will be played not next year or the year after that or the year after that will take place will trump them all.
Of course, the fact that the February 2014 event is expected to be awarded to New York will serve only to increase the interest and the coverage.
By all appearances, the decision is a done deal. When it first surfaced several months ago as something other than a pipe dream, word emerged in media circles that “if” no longer was part of the consideration.
According to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, one league source said he’d be “shocked” if New York doesn’t get the game. And Patriots owner Robert Kraft continues to lobby for the game to be played in New York (New Jersey), in the elements.
“Doing it in New York is the right thing for a lot of reasons,” Kraft told Myers. “I’ve been going to Patriots game for 50
years up here. I personally believe all football should be played
outdoors. Our league was founded on winter football with the Ice Bowl.
Our sport is about resilience, mental toughness, adjustments. I think it
will be a great experience for the fans. A memorable experience.”
On that last point we agree. It will be memorable. Whether it’s memorable for good reasons or bad reasons remains to be seen. But it definitely will be memorable.