Begging the College Football Playoff people to learn from the Super Bowl in Minneapolis and not put national championships in cold weather cities.
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Sorry if this take sucks, it’s not my fault …
It’s really not my fault that bar time in Minneapolis is so early, and other – ahem – establishments are still open. And it’s really, really not my fault that I had to look after my friends to make sure they were okay – I’m good people like that – and it’s really, really, REALLY not my fault for what happened after one of those friends doubled up on the complimentary hot dogs and all the self-serve condiments at 3:30 am.
Neal: “What do you think the temperature is?”
The wife is Jewish, so I married into the ability to rip all over how miserable the cuisine is – and no, you don’t get to claim brisket – with total impunity.
Two of my oldest, dearest, lifelong more-brothers-than-friends are African-American, which allows me to … it allows for absolutely nothing. However …
When it comes to being able to lobby the College Football Playoff folks to never put its national championship in a cold weather city – but maybe, occasionally, for the semifinals; more on that in a moment – I’ve more than earned my street cred on this one.
My parents and most of my family are originally from Buffalo. I’m one of the few people on the planet whose childhood idea of a vacation was to go somewhere with a thousand inches of snow and no skiing.
I grew up in Minneapolis and live in Chicago, which I’m now forced to do because I have these family type people who I occasionally like.
Cold weather is fine – and then Christmas is over.
It might be fun for fans from warm spots to go to a place like Minnesota for the biggest game of the year, mainly because they know they’re going to be able to leave in a few days. But if you’re from Boston or Philadelphia? Yippee.
The novelty of putting a big game like Super Bowl LII some place cold might seem fun, and then you get off the plane, and reality and a negative wind chill hit you dead in the face. At that point, you realize it’s about endurance and making the best of the bad situation.
Which is why bars were invented.
And there’s no reason for it – I’m still talking to you, College Football Playoff.
Of course, the NFL likes to reward cities for building these unnecessary football palaces by throwing them a Super Bowl bone. But when it comes to the media whining and crying about being somewhere so cold that they’re stuck in the Mall of America – the only thing to do in that city for seven months of the year, and don’t say ice fishing; it belittles us both – I’m with you my sports reporting brothers and sisters.
People who get to cover sports for a living don’t have a right to complain about anything except for potentially being squeezed out of the business. The pay isn’t that great for most, but the trade off is that we get to do something amazing with our lives, and at the end of the rainbow at the biggest games, we might get to go someplace awesome.
Minneapolis – land of the infamously defiant “We like it here” slogan in the old Metrodome – is that sort of awesome in its own way. Just not in early February.
The Super Bowl should be played in San Diego. In fact, everything should be done in San Diego, where the high is supposed to be 74 today.
Or 75 degrees warmer than it is in Minneapolis as I’m writing this.
When the new stadiums are built, Las Vegas and Los Angeles are fine, too, and Miami is always a decent chance to take for a big game. So for the College Football Playoff decision makers, I humbly beg that you notice just how miserable the weather in Minneapolis is right now, and you continue your trend of putting your showcase event in relatively warm weather places.
I don’t blame you, CFP, for none of the first four national championships being warm.
Dallas, Phoenix, Tampa, Atlanta – all were relatively cold. That’s part of the deal with the middle of Texas and parts of Georgia in early January, but the high wasn’t 7 on the days of any of those games.
Going forward, I’m cool with Santa Clara, New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles and Houston – at least I know it’s not going to snow. But let Indianapolis for the 2022 National Championship be it for anything that isn’t at least an attempt at being somewhere where you can break a sweat.
Now, with all of that said, I get the complaint from Big Ten fans – and others – that it’s not quite fair that Georgia got to play in Atlanta for the national title this year, and that the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Hard Rock Stadium are like SEC and some ACC home sites.
I also get the argument that, maybe, it would be interesting to see what a southern team could do in a cold weather game and city where the northern team might have an advantage – if it worked out that way.
Which is why there has to be some thought of tweaking the semifinal sites.
The College Football Playoff has been based around the bowl system, which made it easy in terms of infrastructure, but it also means that the playoff games are always going to be in Miami, Dallas, Pasadena, New Orleans, Glendale and Atlanta, and that’s hardly fair to the Big Ten, parts of the ACC, and sometimes, the Pac-12.
The SEC, and for the most part, Big 12 and the ACC, shouldn’t get the geographic break for the playoff games every year.
All city jokes aside, it would be fair to have a semifinal game in Detroit, or Seattle, or yeah, Minneapolis. There shouldn’t be one in a cold weather outdoor stadium in New Jersey or Chicago – I don’t want the weather being a factor – but again, when it comes to disposable income and interest, the fans outside of the south deserve a break.
But when it comes to playing the biggest game in the biggest moment at the big event, go warm.
And then, of course, we’re going to get a national title played in a place when it’s way hot – the 2015 Clemson-Oklahoma Orange Bowl was a melt-fest – and then you know exactly what’ll come next from the media all that week.
Headline: When Will The CFP National Championship Be In Minneapolis?