Super Bowl XLVIII Matchup: Will the Weather Win?

MetLife Stadium Prepares for Super Bowl XLVIII (Photo credits: Anthony Quintano)


EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY (NEWS) - Both the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos have worked hard all season in order to make it to Super Bowl XLVIII for the big game.

However, some weathermen are wondering if the frigid conditions predicted for February 2, 2014 might cause game day to be moved. This might make the Polar Vortex the winner of Super Bowl XLVIII.

For now, the two most noticeable faces in the next Super Bowl are Peyton Manning, Denver's  quarterback, and cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seahawks who's been in the news lately for his outburst on the field.

Super Bowl XLVIII is going to be the first one fought in the New York area with winter weather in the forecast. After suffering a Polar Vortex, the United States continues to be pummeled with clipper after clipper of cold, northern air.

Now, NFL officials are wondering if they may have made a mistake picking New Jersey to host the Super Bowl. Not because of any hijinx from Governor Chris Christie, but because of good old Mother Nature.

Some contingency plans could switch the game to the Friday before or even the Monday after. Others think they may move the Super Bowl to another location altogether in order to avoid problems with the weather. 

"We have contingencies on top of contingencies," Roger Goodell - NFL Commissioner - said in a press conference.

 With all this being up in the air, some wonder if this might lead to new prop bets for the Super Bowl this year. Proposition bets are usually about who will win the coin toss and other events in the game, but changing the date and/or location of Super Bowl XLVIII might be a new one this year.

For those who are interested, live Super Bowl betting details are available online. Some people enjoy betting on the game as much as - if not more than - watching the game. Around 80,000 people are expected to brave the cold to watch the game, with another 100 million or so watching at home.

The over/under bets on game time temperature are based on 34 degrees Fahrenheit for the big game. Regardless, both coaches have had experience playing in MetLife Stadium before, although without the inclement weather hanging over their heads.

In at article at The Atlantic, they ran a headline calling the matchup an "Awesome, Old-School, Cold-Weather Super Bowl." Will the sporting world's biggest event become New Jersey's biggest mess? Only time will tell, but many people are watching the weather as much as they are news on the teams.

With seats costing $2,600 for something far away to the field to tens of thousands of dollars for something closer to the field to hundreds of thousands for private party rooms, people are shelling out a lot of money to attend. Whether they enjoy themselves or not remains to be seen, but it's looking to be one of the biggest Super Bowl events in many years.

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