- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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TAMPA, Fla. – I’m sitting here looking out the window of NFC South Blog headquarters and seeing palm trees, a pool and a pond.
They look nice. I’m guessing they still will look nice in February 2014 when the Super Bowl is played in New York. Well, it’s New Jersey, actually, but it’s all the same.
Yep, NFL owners voted Tuesday to give the game to New York, the first time the Super Bowl will be played in an outdoor stadium in a cold climate. As a wise man I knew once said, “And who thought this was a good idea?’’
A majority of the owners chose New York over Tampa Bay. All we can do is shrug our shoulders and start shivering. You knew this was coming.
I’m only being figurative here, but commissioner Roger Goodell essentially told the New York area to build a new stadium and a Super Bowl would follow. I get it. It’s about economics and exposure and New York just might be the greatest city in the world -- for six, seven or eight months a year. February is not one of them.
Have you ever seen East Rutherford, Secaucus and Hoboken in February? Or Connecticut or Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains? I have. They’re the reasons Florida exists.
Hey, we knew it was going to come down like this, so I’m not going to gripe too much about the cold. I’m trying to look at the bright side from a Tampa Bay perspective.
Ah, there it is, right outside my window. Maybe after everybody goes to that New York Super Bowl, they can come down here and spend a week or two thawing out.