Thursday, January 23, 2014
Broncos cool to weather talk
By Jeff Legwold
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- As odd as it seems for a team that practices with the Rocky Mountains as its backdrop to be asked about the possibility of a chilly Super Bowl Sunday, the Broncos are facing questions about cold weather.
With a snowstorm having rolled through the Northeast in recent days and temperatures expected in the high 20s during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium, the game-day weather is already a popular narrative and the Broncos haven't even left Colorado.
"Cold? We're talking about the Super Bowl," Broncos safety Mike Adams said. "I'm not worried about the cold, I promise you that. We weren't practicing in like minus-3 weather here? I'm definitely not worried about cold weather."
In the days leading up to the Broncos' Dec. 8 game, a 51-28 victory over the Tennessee Titans, the Broncos practiced outside in temperatures that were minus-1 at the start of one workout and 3 degrees at the start of another. The temperature was 18 degrees at kickoff for the Titans' game in Denver.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning finished the game 39-of-59 passing for 397 yards and four touchdowns. Immediately following the win, Manning went on the team's flagship radio station and said people who offered up the "narrative" he could not play in the cold weather could "stick it where the sun don't shine."
"The Denver Broncos, we're definitely weather proof ... it snowed last night," tackle Orlando Franklin said. "We were outside for practice [Thursday]."
So, while the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city figures to be a prominent talking point in the days ahead, especially after the Broncos and Seattle Seahawks arrive Sunday in the New York/New Jersey area, the Broncos players wonder what all of the fuss is about.
"Whatever it is -- 100 degrees, 20 degrees -- no matter what, you go out and play," said rookie running back Montee Ball, who played at the University of Wisconsin. " ... You play; it's the Super Bowl."
Added Broncos cornerback Tony Carter: "It's the Super Bowl. I don't care where they play it, I want to be in it. It's the biggest game of the year; nobody in here is worried about the weather."