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Weather concerns mean no blimps at Super Bowl

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It’s only Monday, and we’ve already found someone to replace Peyton Manning in the can’t-play-in-cold-weather narrative.

According to Jim Baumbach of Newsday, concerns about the frigid and possible snowy weather made advertisers ground one of the staples of game days — blimps.

The decision was made months ago, actually, as the giant bags of hot air (don’t pick the low hanging fruit, even if I pulled the branch down for you) usually stay in warmer climes this time of year.

Of course, the fact Super Bowls are usually in warmer climes may have made this piece of news more suprising to me than it should have been — especially since MetLife, the company with its name on the Super Bowl host stadium, owns a pair of them.

“It’s all the stuff that surrounds cold weather, the conditions that happen to make snow, ice, even rain,” spokesman Shane Winn said. “All of those things add to the risk of flying because they can add considerable weight to the airships. It makes flights treacherous. . . .

“They’re not up here. If MetLife could put its blimp up in the air here during Super Bowl week here in New York and New Jersey, we would do it.”

A Goodyear spokesman said their two blimps were in San Diego and Florida, getting aerial shots of a golf tournament and a Miami Heat game.

One of those is played inside a building. Which makes even less sense than being surprised at the lack of blimps over greater New York.

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24 Responses to “Weather concerns mean no blimps at Super Bowl”
  1. JSpicoli says: Jan 27, 2014 3:53 PM

    Insert Christie joke here.

    But seriously, isn’t it apparent to everyone by now that this NY SB is forced and unnatural by now?

  2. smartanis says: Jan 27, 2014 3:53 PM

    FOX has rented a hot air balloon for overhead shots. They’ve also called in a favor at ESPN, which has assigned Mel Kiper and Todd McShay to stand in the basket and point their heads up as they talk, ensuring that the balloon stays safely aloft no matter what the weather.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 27, 2014 3:57 PM

    Rob Ryan is grounded until further notice.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 27, 2014 4:02 PM

    The eco friendly dirigible that flew the Seahawks in from Seattle had to jettison luggage and some junior members of the coaching staff over Lake Ontario due to buffeting winds.

  5. realnflmaster says: Jan 27, 2014 4:05 PM

    What’s the big deal? They have the Super Bowl in New Orleans. What the hell is the point of flying a blimp around a dome?

  6. dexterismyhero says: Jan 27, 2014 4:05 PM

    Oh the Humanity!!!!

    Rex Ryan is grounded also!!

  7. GenXJay says: Jan 27, 2014 4:06 PM

    I suppose New Jersey will blame New York for no blimp.

  8. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jan 27, 2014 4:17 PM

    I’m not watching. Final straw.

  9. fissels says: Jan 27, 2014 4:17 PM

    There are plenty bags of hot air on site

  10. trollhammer20 says: Jan 27, 2014 4:43 PM

    Tony Siragusa is going to be so pissed.

  11. seaeagle707 says: Jan 27, 2014 4:45 PM

    So have Andy Reid stand on the roof of the stadium with a “Goodyear” sweatshirt on. Not ideal, but close enough, to add the “atmosphere”.

  12. vbe2 says: Jan 27, 2014 4:51 PM

    I haven’t seen a blimp in a long time.

  13. natijim235 says: Jan 27, 2014 4:52 PM

    having SB in outdoor cold weather is a joke but as a tv viewer I hope it’s 25 degrees and snow – that would be cool to watch in comforts of home

  14. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jan 27, 2014 4:53 PM

    …well then, that should do it! we should never have SB in the cold. signed, all indoor stadiums.

  15. mancave001 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:17 PM

    I blame Christie. It’s clearly done to avoid shots of the standstill on the GWB.

  16. fringetastic says: Jan 27, 2014 6:49 PM

    The 1930′s called, “It’s about time.”

  17. charger383 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:20 PM

    I hope it snows up to the butt on a 10 foot tall Redskin

  18. td40 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:36 PM

    Is the stadium in Lakehurst?

  19. walrushooker says: Jan 27, 2014 9:04 PM

    just ask the nsa to borrow a drone… duh

  20. maalea says: Jan 27, 2014 9:35 PM

    Uhmmmm….you do know that blimps aren’t filled with hot air??? Right?

  21. subzero05 says: Jan 28, 2014 12:07 AM

    Listening to all these sports analysts over the past week I must be hearing a bunch of softies & punks, not real football fans. Football is a battle, rain, sleet, or snow…man up and get it done. The best team will win on Sunday. If the Broncos can’t win in the cold or in bad conditions they’re not the best

  22. voyager6 says: Jan 28, 2014 6:18 AM

    I know you used the term: “Bags of hot air” as a metaphor, but technically, Blimps use lighter than air Helium gas to stay aloft.

    Hot air balloons use hot air….

  23. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 28, 2014 10:54 AM

    Wait a minute – I thought Governor Christie was going to attend the game.

  24. imbetterthanyou says: Jan 28, 2014 12:18 PM

    “Hello airplanes? It’s blimps. You win! Bye.”

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