There are quite a few people out there who aren't fans of holding the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, primarily because of the potential for inclement weather. Others look at it like a great equalizer, claiming football is meant to be played in the elements. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is one of the former, who went as far as calling a New York/New Jersey Super Bowl a "retarded" idea.
“I think it’s retarded,” Flacco said on Monday. “I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid. If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one. Other than I don’t really like the idea. I don’t think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather.”
Flacco, who grew up in Audubon, N.J., immediately caught himself and realized he made a mistake in his verbiage. Still, no apology has come from him despite the insensitive nature of his comment.
As long-time readers of this site know, we at Giants 101 feverishly support the Special Olympics and have often fought to end the use of the R-word. And although we don't believe Flacco used the term to offend anyone, it still doesn't negate the overall offensive nature of the term.
As it relates to an outdoor winter Super Bowl, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has heard the complaints and mulled over the concerns. He remains confident that a New York/New Jersey Super Bowl will go over well, and even admitted that he likes the idea of the game being played in the elements.
“We made this decision obviously not knowing what the weather would be, but football is made to be played in the elements,” Goodell said in New York last week. “We’re going to celebrate the game here. We’re going to celebrate the weather here. We’re going to make it a great experience.”
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