70 Days: The big chill

November, 24, 2013
11/24/13
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Giants FanAP Photo/Nick WassReal fans know how to handle the cold and wind.
Each day from now until Feb. 2, ESPNNewYork.com will take you inside the challenge of staging the most unpredictable NFL title game ever. There are 70 days until the Super Bowl.

BALTIMORE -- The first truly cold day of the year always comes as a bit of a shock, but the frigid air that has descended upon the East Coast this weekend has brought with it average temperatures for Feb. 2 -- highs in the low to mid-30s, with a brisk wind.

Plenty of teams are playing on Sunday in conditions just like that, including the New York Giants and the New York Jets. And some of those players will likely hit the field in short sleeves. My two cents: fans of most NFL teams are used to sitting through a cold game. But those aren’t the people who are generally spending big money on seats to watch the Super Bowl.

These high rollers are the ones most likely to be inconvenienced during the Super Bowl. The season ticket-holders who watched every game in Seattle or Denver or New England or MetLife? They’ll be fine.

A quick look back at the week in Super Bowl stories:

• The New York Times asked reporters and columnists to recount the best weather-affected games they had covered. The Times also took a look at the Super Bowl festivities from a Jersey point of view.

• Bloomberg News did a story about suites at the Super Bowl available for $400,000. Maybe you and a couple of friends can pitch in. Bonus: An in-suite visit with an NFL legend.

• The Star-Ledger put together this piece on the history of Feb. 2 weather in the Meadowlands. Hint: Cold, with scattered clouds.

Come back daily for more on the issues, logistics and personalities surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.
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