42 Days: Global warming strikes back

December, 22, 2013
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Rex RyanAP Photo/Bill KostrounRex Ryan and the Jets sweated it out before Sunday's home finale.
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 42 days until the Super Bowl.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The high temperature was expected to be 71 degrees on Sunday, as MetLife Stadium hosted the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns in the second-to-last NFL home game of the regular season. You might as well throw any long-range Super Bowl forecasts out the window when winter conditions can fluctuate this extremely.

Last weekend the MetLife Stadium crew had to remove 6.3 inches of snow before the crowds arrived for the New York Giants' game. Today, they might want to hand out umbrellas and those little hand-held fans. By Wednesday the temperature isn’t expected to climb out of the 20s according to one report.

Eager to show it can cope with the worst, the Super Bowl host committee held a "let it snow" press conference the other day to discuss plans to deal with extreme conditions for the Feb. 2 game. But, as Sunday proves, keeping up with swings in the weather can be a sport in itself.

From around the web:

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman writes in an MMQB blog that he thinks the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl is a huge mistake. Not sure if that’s a fineable offense yet, but Sherman’s team actually has a chance to get there.

• Brian Heyman of The Journal News gives us a profile of host committee CEO Al Kelly and the challenges he faces as the Super Bowl approaches.

• The host committee enlisted Michael Strahan to talk to fans about dressing for winter weather. Warning: this information is not applicable today.

• Last but not least, the New York Post has an item on an angry wife who allegedly ratted out her husband's $600,000 Super Bowl pool on Staten Island. Happy holidays, everyone!

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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