I realized today we're about at the midway point of the football offseason (counting both NFC and CFB). I can tell because I'm starting to feel it. I'm totally antsy, and yet it's not anywhere close enough to start getting even remotely excited. So to keep my own nuttiness at bay, I figured I'd delve into some current events.
Supercold Super Bowl
So, after yesterday's NFL Owner's Meeting in our fair city (I'm claiming Irving for the moment, as Carrollton will never host anything cool ever), we now know that the 2014 Super Bowl will be held in the Meadowlands. (Side note: I have GOT to get a job to start funding myself a trip to the Dallas-based Super Bowl). Consequently, fans and pundits alike have been debating the merits of the so-called 'Cold-Weather' Super Bowl. I myself have been slow to form an opinion. I mean, in the past I have been definitively anti-dome and a proponent of teams playing in the elements. That's part of what makes Lambeau Field so special. On the other hand, the Super Bowl is not just a game, it's an event. Part of the appeal of Super Bowl attendance is the destination- warm climates in February equate to a vacation for many. Who wants to go somewhere and sit in the cold and elements, especially when they are paying hundreds of dollars to do so. Not to mention, what will attendees do for other entertainment during their stay? I don't know that the Super Bowl crowd will be interested in broadway shows and high-end shopping trips. I mean, I would, but I am a renaissance woman. Most would rather sit on a warm patio and margaritas- I'm thinking snow pelting you in the face might be a bit of a buzzkill. I understand that there is an inherent novelty about New York, and yet it's hardly new. There are plenty of other attractive events there- putting a Super Bowl there feels incredibly cliche. Give the south its due! Let us have this prestige event! There's nothing quite so charming as being able to lie on the beach in the middle of January. Surrrriously. Also, if they ever move the Superbowl to a foreign location, I will throw the most epic, un-belle-like fit the world has ever known. Don't go there. Literally
Big Bad Big 10
As an obvious Big 12 fan, I find myself a liiiiiiiiiitle bit annoyed with all of the Big 10 expansion talk. And really, what's most frustrating is that it's pretty much all speculative at this point. Many schools, and many Big 12 schools have been thrown into the marketplace of ideas (gossip mill) as candidates to make the move. The posits have ranged from highly plausible (Nebraska and Missouri) to insane (Texas). Can you even imagine? Texas- in the Big 10? I know that I have proven myself averse to change, and I also realize that the conferences (particularly my own) are not even necessarily that longstanding. But here's what I also believe: conferences should remain regional. It makes travel sense. It makes rivalry sense. It just plain makes sense. To throw a Rutgers or a Texas into the Big 12 is just absurd. So in that right, I guess it would logical for Missouri or Nebraska to go. I just don't like the implications of expansion- ie conference restructuring. I like to think the conferences are pretty fairly balanced. And think about the name changes that would be required. New logos? Not in this economy, bub. If they take a new team, I hope it's Notre Dame. The fact that they get to stand outside the bounds of conference-dom is just absurd. I wish I understood more of the motives and implications involved in this whole situation, but I get this main idea: money talks. Boo.
Anyways, I'd love to hear your thoughts on both developments!