Earlier today I read a post at Empty Nest which was about football. You can read it here. Tonight I had something to add; my complaint with football today in the NFL.
I see plenty of problems with the NFL that have ruined my enjoyment. I actually turn it off and have entire days I don’t bother to watch any more. Don’t ask me about my feelings on a legal, yet too hard hit. They wanted the players to be big, very strong then tell them they can’t hit hard?
But tonight it was watching a Green Bay game. It was snowing!!! I love a good snow game. Don’t you? No I don’t love the cold, but I then I didn’t take a job that involves working outside during the winter months. What can be better entertainment than watching the antics that result from playing in the snow. Children and our dogs over the years excitedly watched for the snow to cover the grass to go out and play. Yes, two of our dogs would notice the snow start to fall and would sit at the window watching, tail wagging, until you couldn’t see the grass, then beg to go outside. It was hilarious watching them play in the snow, free entertainment at its best.
While there was plenty of snow falling, heavy most of the game, there was no snow on the field. Zero. Why you may ask? Because the ground is heated from underneath with hot water. Pictures of the town showed streets and sidewalks covered in white, but not on the field.
Here’s the thing every team has some advantage. For my favorite team it’s playing on real grass which can get muddy at times, I still remember a game a few years ago against Miami when an incomplete pass left the ball stuck in the mud. No, it didn’t bounce, it landed with a thud and stuck there. Players were slipping and sliding in the mud, it was a low scoring game, but entertaining to watch.
Denver has the altitude. If you have never visited an area with high altitude let me be the first to tell you it can be hell. It takes me 2-3 days to start to feel like myself, after I get adjusted I feel better than I ever felt being in a lower altitude, but a couple days of severe headaches and shortness of breath can affect how a player plays.
Some teams play in a dome (which I think is dumb go play in the arena league if you can’t play outside), but under the dome sound will amplify and give your team an advantage if you have good fans.
And Green Bay has cold temperatures, ice and snow.
I like things simple. but the NFL is all about money today. Can you even imagine how much money went into installing and now heating that water to keep the field from freezing or covering with snow? Green Bay is along one of our Great Lakes, which means one of the few areas on the planet with fresh water than we can drink. They aren’t trucking in salt water from the ocean, they are using what is readily available. There are people in parts of the world who don’t even have access to water, or at least water that is safe to drink and we heat a football field with it.
Let’s go back to playing outdoors in whatever weather comes. Let’s not be babies about the cold or worried about making things fair by trying to control the outcomes of the weather. Let’s keep it simple and keep the costs down, maybe then they wouldn’t have to pay so much to the players? Just a thought. And don’t forget, while the owners and the league make money off football, football is still entertainment. Let’s be entertained again.
What do you think? Should we accept and play in the weather we are given?