Posted January 29, 2013

Joe Flacco says Super Bowl in New Jersey would be ‘retarded’

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Joe Flacco lambasted the decision to hold next year's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Joe Flacco lambasted the decision to hold next year’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco criticized the decision to hold the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, according to reports from the NY Post and ESPN. Flacco, who is from New Jersey, commented to reporters during a press conference on Monday:

“I think it’s retarded. I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid,” said Flacco. “If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one… Other than that I don’t really like the idea. I don’t think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather.”

The Super Bowl next year is scheduled for Feb. 2 and will be the first time the game is played outdoors at a cold-weather site. The record low for a Super Bowl kickoff was 39 degrees at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in 1972. The average high in Newark for Feb. 2 is 39.8 degrees and the average low is 24.2, according to the National Weather Service.


49 comments
Florencio
Florencio

What he is really saying is no one is going to want to spend super bowl week in New Jersey.

geeon1
geeon1

Have to agree with Flacco on this one, the people that attend these gamea are the rich, stars, celbrities and such that can afford these ticket prices. They want to have the temperature and conditions ideal for themselves.

RustyGates1
RustyGates1

If you want to play indoors on a carpet, go sit in your mom's basement and play Madden.

john15
john15

He speaks the truth--which is hard for idiots to grasp.

badgernation74
badgernation74

The cold weather playoff games at Lambeau, Soldier, Ralph Wilson (even Cincinnati back in the day) turned players into legends and fans into family. Part of the reason the NFL is the most popular league in the country is because that kind of suffering through the elements breeds loyalty and devotion.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Football was born in the Northeast. Places like Chicago, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York. The root of the game is in overcoming the opponent, weather, crowd, etc. Conference championship and Divisional playoff games with crazy crowds and wild weather are the 2 best weeks of football! (even when my Denver Broncos got their pants pulled down-sob)

MarkDavid
MarkDavid

First - what unbelievably dumb use of language. For Baltimore's sake, I hope he smartens up by game time.

Second - every game in the NFL, including all playoff games, are played in existing weather and field conditions at the time and place. So why hold the Super Bowl in some location where there are perfect conditions - like a soulless domed stadium? Here are 2 (never gonna happen for monetary reasons) compromises - let the conference champion with the best record host the game, or alternate each year between the NFC champ and the AFC champ.

 

bbktjohnson
bbktjohnson

Tell him to quit crying!! I think it is a great idea. The Super Bowl should rotate between Green Bay, Buffalo, New England, Cleveland, Kansas City, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Minnesota and Detroit when they get rid of there domes.

Joseph F
Joseph F

Another reason the game is going to s**t. More ICE bowls and play in the WEATHER not coddled warm indoor turf. What a shame.

Joseph F
Joseph F

Aw is wittle Joey afwaid of getting a cold and pwaying in the snow.  PU*SY!  I hope Baltimore gets their A*S kicked HUGE what a freaking jerk.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

I will laugh when there is a blizzard and half the suckers who paid $1000 plus for tickets can't get from their Manhattan hotels to the game. I can't imagine why anyone would prefer to attend the game in Jersey to a trip to Hawaii or Rio. Both would be far cheaper.

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

What is worse, the superbowl being played in NJ or in Oakland?

mcurleyjr
mcurleyjr

Him thinking he is an elite qb is retarded as well

KdNicewanger
KdNicewanger

World says Joe Flacco in Super Bowl is retarded

DougShanahan
DougShanahan

Whats OK for Napolean Dynamite is not OK for Joe Flacco? Lighten up, folks

KdNicewanger
KdNicewanger

World says Joe Flacco in Super Bowl is retarded.

Fifilo
Fifilo

I'm sofa king we toad it.

W.k.
W.k.

It won't be your problem, Joe.

SandHills
SandHills

Just keep it in Miami....maybe Rose Bowl on alternate years.  

Ant
Ant

The Super Bowl should be able to be played in ANY venue so long as the city meets the logistics required to host such an event.  Anyone who thinks its worse or doesn't make sense is either biased against the hosting city or interested in every other facet of the Super Bowl besides the game itself.  The weather during the  conference championships doesn't stop the true fans of the game from coming out, no matter if its in Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York, etc.  The Super Bowl would be no different.  Get rid of the "retarded" half time show instead.

lerumd
lerumd

It should be played out doors every other year, football was meant to be played outside in the conditions. playing it inside  is for the fans comforts.

geewhiz
geewhiz

Who cares.  Everyone concerned about being PC these days.

Jim21
Jim21

Weather is one of the factors that makes football great. I would love to see it played outdoors and hopefully, it WOULD snow. I like to see the in-game adjustments to the weather changes. It shows flexibility and strategy. Weather is what makes football unique... Tennis players play in sunshine, baseball players do too. Footballers? Anything but lightening.

Mark20
Mark20

Wow, Joe Flacco finally wins a couple of big games and its: "I want 20 million a year and I don;t like where they are having Super Bowls." They'll pay him 20 million and he'll suck next year.

John59
John59

My opinion is this, since the NFL has awarded New York (a cold climate with an outdoor stadium) a SuperBowl, the SB needs to just rotate through each and every stadium.  You can't give it to one cold climate and not the rest.  Roger Gustapo opened this can of worms...

stagger
stagger

It is frickin' retarded. Let's just hope there's about 2 feet of snow so the NFL can put the foolishness to bed. Good job Joe. I would now root for your team in the superbowl, except Ray-Ray negates your positive influence. Maybe some other time...

KingHill
KingHill

Well duh!  Who wants to freeze in Jersey in February?  Who wants to be in Jersey anytime?

MEuRaH
MEuRaH

I literally did a face palm when I read this.  He acknowledged what he said as being wrong, good, but he might have to apologize.  And the fact that he "slipped up" and said it isn't good either, because that means he just admitted he says it all the time behind closed doors.  Interesting to see how this unfolds, if it's something or nothing.

JohnNewman
JohnNewman

Poor choice of words, but I totally agree.  Super Bowls do not belong in cold weather outdoor stadiums period.  I don't care how damn New York-centric the NFL is.  If you want a Super Bowl, spend the money and put a roof on your stadium.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @MarkDavid

 I watched the 2010 Grey Cup in Iraq, it was incredible. I think a way for their league to make $$$ from viewership is to increase the quota on American borne players. They have a GREAT game up there.

geeon1
geeon1

@Ant You forget the most important thing: The average fan does not get to go to the Superbowl in mass: the tickets are overly expensive and cater towards the celebrities and rich persons. They will dictate where the game is played. If the Game in NJ is super cold and they complain (and yes they will complain) the NFL will keep it in a warm weather locale. Imagine if the week of the game is is in the teens with snow? Thos epampered celebrities will not be happy. Lets extrapolate to this year game time temps will be around 30ish with a chance of rain or snow. While we the real fans would love that scenario the rich pampered attendees of the game will moan.

geeon1
geeon1

@Jim21 I agree with you but you and I are not the persons the NFL cares about: They care about the the rich and the celebrities that attend this game. If they won't come becasue of the bad weather ticket prices would have to come back down to where we the real fans can afford them.

oafling
oafling

 @Mark20 Right on the Nosey!  And as far as I am concerned he can also keep his childish little "retarded" comments to himself.

geeon1
geeon1

@John59 Some locations can not host the super bowl correctly as evidenced in Indy last year. The city could not handle the rooms and many had to be shipped out to neighboring cities.

stagger
stagger

 @John59

 Never happen. This may occur every time a team builds a new bazillion dollar stadium, as a reward of sorts. But, as Jacksonville proved mightily, not every NFL city has the infrastructure, hotel capacity, transportation, etc. capable of handling an event like the SuperBowl. And, I also don't think the corporate customers (let's face it, they or their customers/clients are the ones attending the superbowl for the most part, not Joe Public) are going to tolerate the idea of these outdoor Northern superbowls on a regular basis.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @stagger You people are okay with outdoor games in November, December, and January, yet suddenly it becomes a bad idea in February because it is the Super Bowl?  Nice logic.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @JohnNewman Why should the Super Bowl not be played in an outdoor stadium in cold weather when those conditions are okay for every game up to that point?

dlp23602
dlp23602

 @oafling  @Mark20 Uh keep in mind that Flacco is from Jersey as am I. And it is retarded to have the Bowl in that stadium....

John59
John59

 @stagger I agree that it won't happen however, I think that it should.  Football isn't a fair weather sport. 

 

stagger
stagger

 @JoeCabotThe superbowl isn't just a football game. It's a week long event wrapped around a football game attended by people who, for the most part, would prefer not trudging around in inclimate weather.

 

geeon1
geeon1

@stagger @JoeCabot Bingo week long event: less peopel will show up if it is bitterly cold. Remember 400-650k people show up in the location even though only 80kish get into the game. If its held in a bad cold location it won't generate the money they want to see. It is all about the money the game itself is secondary.

stagger
stagger

 @JoeCabotI don't think playing the game itself in winter weather is sacrilege. In fact, I enjoy it. But, people like me aren't making up the majority of the superbowl crowd. It ain't made up of diehard football fans. It's corporate schmoozers who spend a lot of money that'll prevent it from becoming the norm. But, I agree that football will be fine. And that baseball sucks... Oh, wait you didn't say that did you? :) 

 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @stagger I thought that you were arguing with me.  I agree that most Super Bowls will be in warm weather locations, but to act like holding one outdoors in the winter is some type of sacrilege is amusing.   Baseball is a summer game, yet the World Series games sometimes end up being played in very cold weather, yet somehow the sport survives.  I think that football will come out of the NY Super Bowl just fine.

stagger
stagger

 @JoeCabotArgue with me all you want. There's a reason Miami and New Orleans alone have hosted 20 superbowls and will continue to host on a regular basis. If it was played in the summertime, it would probably be the complete opposite.

 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @stagger It's a football game.  They are played in different types of weather throughout the season.  If those trudgers don't want to attend they are free to stay home.