- Last Updated on 08:12 AM 01/22/14
- BY Doug Ford
The Super Bowl is upon us again, so get used to two weeks of endless commercial promos, countless biographies of numerous players and mind-numbing accounts of how they made it this far, complete with the usual sappy background music.
I’m waiting for the 2014 version of Queen’s “We Are The Champions” somewhere in the mix, and it may take a champion to endure this year’s game, whether participant or fan.
For the first time ever, the Super Bowl will be played outside in a cold weather city, Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., an outdoors venue if I ever heard of one.
A preliminary weather forecast calls for a high of 37 degrees and a low of 25, with a chance of rain and snow showers.
Both Seattle and Denver should feel right at home, however, as both teams should know how to deal with rain and snow.
According to published reports, the yearly average for rainfall in Denver is 17.07 inches, and the yearly average for rainfall in Seattle is 36.15 inches, so advantage Seahawks.
Seattle averages about 12 inches of snow each year, and Denver averages about 57 inches of snow each year, so advantage Broncos.
Still thinking of traveling up U.S. 360, and up Interstate 95 to New Jersey for the big game?
The costliest ticket for this year’s extravaganza has escalated in concert with the popularity of the NFL.
Some of the pricier tickets are going for more than $8,000, including a seat in the hospitality room, and there’s no telling how much tickets will cost outside the stadium the day of the game.
That’s many times more than a ticket price in 1967 for the first ever Super Bowl game between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Tickets for the first Super Bowl topped out at $12, and that game wasn’t even a sellout.
In 1967, the average cost of a brand new home was less than $25,000, and a new car cost about $2,800, so a new car nowadays can cost more than a house back then.
Better buy a SUV and live out of it at those prices.
Add travel, lodging and food costs to the price of a ticket, and the Super Bowl becomes super expensive for the average Joe.
A veteran of countless Super Bowl parties during my time in Richmond and a couple after moving back home to South Boston, I’ve nevertheless settled for an evening of football in front of my flat screen the past several years, with everything I need close at hand.
I won’t be freezing my you-know-what off at the game or have to endure a long ride back home.
I’m just looking forward to a good, competitive game, even if it means putting up with all the hype and endless analysis.
Flip a coin as to which team wins this Super Bowl, but at any rate I’ll be safe at home to find out.