Mike Ditka has had his say on Super Bowl XLVIII being played in conditions that could possibly affect the quality of the game.
With MetLife Stadium not having a roof, and being in New Jersey in February, the Pro Football Hall of Fame player and coach - who played in cold weather most of his career in Chicago - said planning the biggest game of the season like it has is a terrible idea.
“The weather’s going to be a problem,” Ditka told the Detroit Free Press. “They made a big mistake. The game shouldn’t be there. I mean, it’s stupid.”
I’m just saying, if you get extreme cold or you get snow during the game, then it’s unfair to the fans, to the players, to everybody,” Ditka carried on. “You’re not going to be able to perform at near the level you’re used to. And the element of luck comes into it, and it shouldn’t happen in that game. That game should be based on the people on the field who make the plays.”
Is Ditka right in what he says? Should the biggest game of the season only take place in temperate climates or does driving rain, howling wind and freezing snow force a players true skill to come to the fore and show how good he is?