In case you blocked it out, the Super Bowl will be held in New Jersey in 2014, which so far has had two practical effects on the football landscape:
Making addicted gamblers fear an impossible-to-predict, potentially snow-blown Super Bowl that ends 3-0 in overtime.
And making team officials like Chiefs owner Clark Hunt completely lose their minds and think the Super Bowl is coming to their town. Which, of course, it's not.
SI's Peter King included this nugget of insanity in his Monday Morning Quarterback column today:
"The first step on that is to see how the cold-weather Super Bowl goes in an outdoor stadium. If the league has a good experience in New York, then there will undoubtedly be many communities to come back and ask for a cold-weather Super Bowl, and we would certainly be on that list.''
-- Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, to the Kansas City Star, on his desire to get a Super Bowl in Kansas City.
Hunt won't be alone. If it's anything other than a raging blizzard on Super Sunday 2014 -- when the game is played in northern New Jersey -- you'll have five owners knocking on Roger Goodell's luxury box, saying, "We're next!'': Pat Bowlen (Denver), Dan Snyder (Washington), Hunt, Jeff Lurie (Philadelphia), and hmmm, let me think -- well, Paul Allen (Seattle) won't knock on the door, but he will e-mail Goodell.
Of course, none of those cities would draw the attention and the money that New York will, especially not Kansas City. And once the league realizes what a blizzard does to an event's buzz, I doubt another cold-weather city will host the game anytime soon.
If they do, for some reason, start passing around the Super Bowl like weed on Snoop Dogg's tour bus, then it sure seems like the cities King mentioned -- plus the Bay Area and a bunch of other shinier locales -- would be ahead of KC in line. Especially considering that the state just jettisoned the favorite entertainment option of Super Bowl-bound men: lap dances.
So if it does happen, it probably won't be until after we're all dead. Which, when you think about it, will make it much more difficult to enjoy.