Fears that Sunday's Superbowl could be ruined by the recent cold snap appear to be abating, with reports cited by NFL.com suggesting that temperatures for the game should stay just about the right side of freezing at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Conditions have been very cold indeed in the area of late, with many suggesting that the chances of heavy snow falling during the game itself between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks - potentially damaging what is sure to otherwise be a truly entertaining spectacle.
However, those aforementioned reports now seem to be suggesting that milder air is set to move in during the coming days, with light winds, no heavy rain or snow and only a risk of isolated showers or flurries and highs of around 43 degrees on gameday.
While American football as a sport is famous for its tolerance of a range of weather conditions and the NFL's apparent commitment to playing on through snowy conditions, it is unlikely that the temperature would have had too much of a lasting impact on the Superbowl.
However, you cannot seriously be telling me that as a player, a referee or indeed as an attending fan you wouldn't prefer milder and more settled conditions over a non-stop blizzard.
The Broncos, led by NFL stalwart and record-breaking quarterback Peyton Manning, progressed to the Superbowl by ousting rival Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, booked their place in Sunday's event with a 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
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