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|It'll be warm inside of Lucas Oil Stadium. But cold everywhere else.|
I always knew people in Indiana, and especially in Indianapolis, were super nice. In fact, after I wrote a column saying the NFL goofed by awarding the 2012 Super Bowl to another cold-weather city (Indianapolis), lots of people in the state started e-mailing me with wonderful offers.
Jordan from Mishawaka said he'd bring me "hot coco, a warm coat, and a walker with heated hand grips." I'd prefer one of those battery-powered carts you can ride at Target, but, OK, a walker it is.
Another reader asked, "Um, have we become a nation of pansies?" As if being a pansy was a negative.
And then there was Dr. Mercola, who e-mailed me this probing question: "Are you being controlled ... by corn?"
I haven't read all of the e-mails or comments, but, generally speaking, they break down into three distinct camps.
1) The Super Bowl should be played in every NFL city, from Buffalo to Seattle -- even if that means playing a game outdoors. And by the way, you suck, and you're weak and worthless.
2) Indianapolis has a long history of hosting world-class events. The city will do a great job with Super Bowl XLVI. And by the way, you suck, and you're weak and worthless.
3) The NFL should never have a Super Bowl in a cold-weather city. "For maybe the first time ever," wrote a reader, "I actually agree with Gene on this one."
As a matter of disclosure, Nos. 1 and 2 outnumbered No. 3 by about 100-1.
OK, so I struck a tiny Indianapolis/cold-weather city nerve. But is it so bad to want to go to a Super Bowl -- the sporting world's premiere event (World Cup fans are foaming at the jowls as they read those words) -- and actually enjoy the surroundings? If you're a fan, the highlight of the pre-Super Bowl week shouldn't be that there's covered pedestrian walkways to protect you from the cold.
Yes, I prefer a Super Bowl site with sun, pools, beaches, French Quarters, desert, warmth, golf, T-shirts, and outdoor bars to mittens, down coats, salted roads, daily wind-chill readings, walkways, and ice scrapers.
"Why not petition the league to do away with the Pro Bowl, and play the Super Bowl in Hawaii every year?" wrote a reader.
Where do I sign?
-- Gene Wojciechowski