By Brent Stecker
In the 48-year history of the Super Bowl, the game has been played in a cold weather city just five times.
The Seattle Seahawks' first Super Bowl trip was in one of those cities -- Detroit -- in 2005. Their second, set for next Sunday against the Denver Broncos, will be cold weather Super Bowl No. 6, but the first to actually be played outdoors in that environment.
Temperatures are expected to be below freezing, and snow may be on the ground for the first time in Super Bowl history at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb. 2.
Some people may like the idea of the game providing a different visual for the millions watching at home, as well as a completely new (and freezing) experience for the patrons in the stands, but Hall of Famer and Seahawks legend Steve Largent isn't a fan, as he made it clear on 710 ESPN Seattle's "Wyman, Mike and Moore" on Friday.
"My personal opinion is they need to examine someone's head, whoever picked this place to play a Super Bowl," Largent said. "I think it's dumb. I think it sorta defeats the purpose of the Super Bowl being held in an attractive city that would attract fans and not detract fans, and I think that's exactly what they've done."
Largent said he'd much rather see the game played in the myriad of cities with warm climates that have hosted Super Bowls in the past.
"(I'd rather they play the game at) any warm weather site that they could have -- in L.A. and San Diego and Phoenix and New Orleans and Miami and Jacksonville," he said. "There's a lot of different alternatives that they could have to play this game, but to have it in New York City in an outdoor stadium in February, I think it's dumb."
The irony of the sites of the Seahawks' two Super Bowl appearances is not lost on Largent.
"The Seahawks have played in my opinion in two of the worst places in the last 50 years that they've had a Super Bowl -- in Detroit and then New York City," he said. "But that's the bad news. The good news is they're playing in the game, and I hope they're going to win."
And when it comes to that, he acknowledges that the weather will at least give Seattle and running back Marshawn Lynch an advantage.
"I think it actually favors the Seahawks because they're the stronger running team, and I think it's detrimental more so to a passing team, so I think it actually works for the Seahawks in their favor," Largent said. "But still I would rather see the game played in a warm climate."