Weather conditions and sports

Published 2:35pm Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Afternoon Brewton area sports fans.

As you may or may not have heard by now, New York was just awarded the 2014 Super Bowl.

With that recent announcement, there is talk of this being a Super Bowl to be played in a cold-weather site.

The most frigid temperature recorded in Super Bowl history was 39 degrees. In 2014, the Super Bowl will be in the month of February. The average temperature in this area will be between 24 to 40 degrees.

People have voiced their opinions in favor of playing the title game in the cold and there have been those against it.

Either way, hot or cold, the game will be played as all football games are played regardless of the weather, unless it is lightning or tornado or something very dangerous for the players or fans.

They will postpone the game, but the game will end of being played in the conditions.

This got me thinking, and I have seen it before: Why do football games get played regardless of rain, sleet, snow, ice and other conditions while other sports, mainly baseball, gets cancelled?

I played baseball from kindergarten to my senior year in high school and I never played organized football. Although, I never played a down of football, I love football.

I have watched as a spectator and as a member of the sports media, football games in the rain and there was no waiting it out or the thought of the game being cancelled. And might I add, I hate covering sports in the rain.

But if it was to rain for a game other than football, there is talk of seeing if the field is OK and nine times out of 10, the game gets cancelled if the field is wet enough—but it would not if it was football.

I don’t know if I have the answer or not as to why this is so, but its just a question I had and since the talk of a cold Super Bowl is out there now with the recent announcement, I just thought I would ask why.

Well, until we meet again here or out in the world of sports, God bless!

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