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Eli Manning disagrees with Joe Flacco's opinion about next year's outdoor Super Bowl in New Jersey.
"I disagree with a lot of things about that comment: wording and overall content of it," the New York Giants quarterback told reporters on Friday in New Orleans, according to the New York Daily News. "I think it will be really good."
On Monday, Flacco said the notion of playing a Super Bowl outdoors in cold elements is "retarded." The Ravens quarterback later apologized for using that word but still called having a Super Bowl in the winter in the Northeast a "crazy decision" and "stupid."
MetLife Stadium, home to Manning's Giants and the New York Jets, is the site of next year's Super Bowl. He understands the weather could be a major issue but likened playing in a Super Bowl in less-than-ideal elements to playing in a conference championship game in bad weather.
"That's the good thing about Super Bowls, you want something unique," Manning said. "You want something different and you don't want to have it in the same place every year (or) the same environment every year. Obviously as special as New Orleans is and unique it is, New York has that same, if not a better, atmosphere. A sports town, great restaurants, great entertainment.
"Obviously the weather will be kind of the big issue. But I always say, 'Hey, you can play the NFC or AFC Championship Game in cold weather and have snow coming down, and that's just part of it. Why not have a Super Bowl (in those conditions)?' Originally, championships were decided in cold-weather games, and outside, and in New York. So this is a chance to bring it back out. I think it will be unique and different and something new and good for the game."
Manning was asked what it might be like for him and his family if he faced his brother, Peyton Manning, in the Super Bowl and had to go through what the Harbaugh family will experience on Sunday. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh will face San Francisco 49ers counterpart Jim Harbaugh, his brother.
The Manning brothers have played each other twice before but never in a Super Bowl.
"The fact that we're in the AFC and NFC gives us that possibility," Manning said. "I think with my parents it would probably be the hardest. I think they would be the proudest parents for those two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, but that Sunday during the game, watching the game, would be tough on them. And afterwards it would be tough to be so happy for one of their kids for winning a championship and feeling bad about the other one who just lost."
Then, according to the Newark Star-Ledger, Manning deadpanned, "I wouldn't want them to feel that bad about Peyton in that situation."