Mike Ditka has never been one to sugarcoat his thoughts, so it should be no surprise that the legendary NFL coach has a strong opinion on the idea of a cold-weather Super Bowl.
After playing and coaching in Chicago for years, Da Coach has certainly endured some miserable weather conditions in The Windy City. But that doesn’t mean he’s a proponent for the biggest football game of the year to be played outdoors. In fact, he thinks it’s downright “stupid.”
“The weather’s going to be a problem,” Ditka told the Detroit Free Press. “They made a big mistake. The game shouldn’t be there. I mean, it’s stupid.”
Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing by nightfall during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. While the forecast isn’t predicted to be as brutal as once thought, Ditka still doesn’t think the chilly environment is favorable to the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks or to anyone sitting in the stands.
“First of all, it’s not fair to the players,” Ditka added. “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.”