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NFL: Ex-Bears Coach Mike Ditka Calls Cold-Weather Super Bowl 'Stupid'
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NFL: Ex-Bears Coach Mike Ditka Calls Cold-Weather Super Bowl 'Stupid'

Jan 27 2014, 11:11pm CST | by

Former Chicago Bears tight end and head coach Mike Ditka told Carlos Monnarez of The Detroit Free Press that the idea of a cold-weather Super Bowl is stupid.

Former Chicago Bears tight end and head coach Mike Ditka thinks a cold-weather Super Bowl is stupid.  Carlos Monnarez of The Detroit Free Press interviewed Ditka to get his take on the matter.  "...

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NFL: Ex-Bears Coach Mike Ditka Calls Cold-Weather Super Bowl 'Stupid'

Jan 27 2014, 11:11pm CST | by

NFL: Ex-Bears Coach Mike Ditka Calls Cold-Weather Super Bowl 'Stupid' Photo Credit: Getty Images

Former Chicago Bears tight end and head coach Mike Ditka told Carlos Monnarez of The Detroit Free Press that the idea of a cold-weather Super Bowl is stupid.

Former Chicago Bears tight end and head coach Mike Ditka thinks a cold-weather Super Bowl is stupid

Carlos Monnarez of The Detroit Free Press interviewed Ditka to get his take on the matter. 

"The weather's going to be a problem. They made a big mistake. The game shouldn't be there. I mean, it's stupid. 

"First of all, it's not fair to the players. It's not going to be fair to the fans. It's not going to be that enjoyable. 

"I mean, I understand it's the Super Bowl and it's a privilege to play in the Super Bowl. It'd be nice to be playing in Miami or San Diego or New Orleans or somewhere the weather is conducive to guys being able to show their talents.

"I'm just saying, if you get extreme cold or you get snow during the game, then it's unfair to the fans, to the players, to everybody. You're not going to be able to perform at near the level you're used to.

"And the element of luck comes into it, and it shouldn't happen in that game. That game should be based on the people on the field who make the plays."  

The weather forecast for Feb. 2, Super Bowl Sunday, predicts a 60 percent chance of precipitation and a temperature of around 31 degrees, per CBS Sports' Josh Katzowitz. 

With this, NFL vice president for business operations Eric Grubman said it will take a snowstorm of big proportions to change the original schedule of Super Bowl XLVIII in an interview with USA Today Sports' Keith Sargeant on Jan. 23.

"What goes into whether deciding to (move) it, first of all, is public safety. Unless it was a state of emergency which affected public resources in a way that made it impossible to get the resources here, or any kind of declaration by any of the authorities from the states involved that made it difficult to travel safely to and from the stadium, we would absolutely respect that." 

For his part, Ditka is still very much active during his NFL retirement years.

Aside from being an ESPN NFL analyst, he also owns several steakhouses in the Chicago area, does television commercials and also gives speeches nationwide for which he his paid a handsome sum, per ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg. 

The fiery Ditka won an NFL title in 1963 with George Halas as his head coach. He also won a Super Bowl in 1985 as the head coach of the Bears. Chicago retired  his No 89 jersey at halftime of a game against the visiting Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 9. 

Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will be at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb. 2 with a 6:25 p.m. ET kickoff. 

 
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