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Here’s hoping we get a snowy Super Bowl

I'm not afraid to say it: I want Super Bowl XLVIII to be cold, windy, snowy, stormy. I want a white Super Bowl with extremely limited visibility. I want 10 inches of powder on the field, and I want it to keep pouring down throughout the evening of Feb. 2 so that the event staff is virtually helpless. I want it to make for an awkward halftime performance. I want dudes to slip and fall. I want wet, slippery footballs and turnovers galore.

Why? Because who wouldn't want to experience the most memorable game in football history?

That's what this could become, just like that. And it would have no expiration date because if the elements were to affect next Sunday's game as strongly as I'm hoping, the NFL would never play the game outdoors in a winter climate again. Even though the ratings will explode and resulting images will be unforgettable (think about this year's Lions-Eagles game in Super Bowl form), too many corporate partners and scrooges will complain. 

And honestly, that's OK. That's why I'm down with this. I sincerely believe that New York isn't a Super Bowl destination. It's meant to be played in warm, festive environments, mainly because the game itself is only part of the week worth of shenanigans that the Super Bowl represents. 

But that's why this can be that one weird Super Bowl that stands out from the rest of them. Unless you're a Seahawks or Broncos fan and you feel as though your team would be put at a disadvantage as a result of poor weather conditions, I don't understand how you couldn't agree with me. 

If you're a neutral observer and you wake up Sunday morning and see on TV that it's a bloody mess in East Rutherford, NJ, don't act like you're not going to be a little more excited for the s—storm that could ensue. 

The current forecast calls for snow on the Friday before the big game, and the stadium was pummeled by snow this week. It's a little too early to make any predictions, but let's hope that's only the tip of the semi-proverbial iceberg. 

History could be made in an epic way next week at MetLife Stadium. Why not root for it? Teams have played major playoff games in wintry conditions, so would it really be a complete disaster if they were forced to play the biggest of them all in a snowstorm, just once?

Brad Gagnon

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.

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