Posted January 28, 2014

Mike Ditka on cold-weather Super Bowl: ‘It’s stupid’

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Mike Ditka (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Mike Ditka was 127-101 in 14 seasons as head coach of the Bears and Saints. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

When Mike Ditka played for the Bears in the 1960s and coached them in the 1980s and 1990s, Chicago made its bones as a hard-nosed, cold-weather squad.

Has the Hall of Famer softened at 74 years old?

Possibly, as Ditka said playing the Super Bowl in cold-weather conditions — as is expected at MetLife Stadium on Sunday — is “stupid.”

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“The weather’s going to be a problem,” Ditka told Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “They made a big mistake. The game shouldn’t be there. I mean, it’s stupid.”

Forecasts for Super Bowl XLVIII call for temperatures in the mid-30s.

“First of all, it’s not fair to the players,” Ditka said. “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.”

Ditka caught a touchdown pass for the Cowboys in their Super Bowl VI win over the Dolphins in Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, which at 39 degrees was the coldest Super Bowl to date. He coached the Bears to a win in Super Bowl XX inside the Superdome in New Orleans.

“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,” Ditka said. “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.”

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43 comments
RobertSeipp
RobertSeipp

43 and no wind at kickoff. It's 47 here now.

riley8
riley8

The main point I agree with is that luck should never be a part of the SB.    This is the showcase event which should be to showcase what got both teams here.  

LawrenceLittle
LawrenceLittle

Somehow they need to make the Superbowl a Co-op kind of thing where the game is played in warm climate stadiums, but not monopolized by those States/Cities. Also, the Superbowl weekend should be a three day weekend at least for the represented regions playing, and the host stadium.

rct303
rct303

For years the league has been sanitizing every aspect of the game with very little left of the games origins. football was never intended on being a comfortable gathering of VIP celebrity types looking to be seen with their selfies. Today the changed game has become a parody of who we have become with our cell phones and climate control environments and our lack of tolerance for the slightest inconvenience. Sunday, the greatest players on the planet will meet to entertain the football world in what should be a great contest played on a real world stage of steaming breath, hot chocolate, flasks of brandy and fur lined coats and hats. This game should be a testimony to the game's long past history of playing on frozen championship fields such as Briggs stadium Detroit, Municipal stadium Cleveland, Wrigley field, Chicago, Lambo field Green bay and the 1956 championship game played in old  frozen Yankee stadium which I can proudly say I attended. My only regret is that I cannot attend this game, If I could, i certainly would feel privileged without the complaints.

chieftallbuffalo
chieftallbuffalo

plain and simple, he's, Ditka is absolutely right it was a stupid decision if NY wants a Super Bowl, then pay your dues and put a dome over the stadium... sheeee I will watch from my den!!!

RhiannonFitzgerald
RhiannonFitzgerald

I don't care about football but if I was a fan spending thousands on tickets, hotel rooms, transportation etc. I would not want to be sitting outside in 30 degree weather.  No matter how much I like football I can't see spending a ton of money to be miserable for hours.  They knew far enough ahead what the weather might be like that they could have either moved it to an indoor venue or warmer climates.  If they don't have backup plans for bad weather perhaps they should start having a backup plan for the future.  I'll go to a nice warm sports bar that has license to view if there are any or just wait for the rerun after the game nothing's worth frost bite and possibly getting sick as you know the winds will pickup inside the stadium and it might actually be colder than the air outside the stadium.

3M_TA3
3M_TA3

I was born and raised in snowy weather. That being said, there's a lot of morons here that think it's great to have a SB in bad weather. These dipshits think that the SB is just a football game. It is not. It's the showcase event for the most popular league in the country. Go back to your trailer parks and wash a couple wife-beaters and enjoy your Pabst.

VictorJarvis
VictorJarvis

The Super Bowl should be played in the home stadium of the team with the best record.

zJohn
zJohn

I get what Ditka is saying and I truly believe we won't be seeing a cold weather SB any time again soon. HOWEVER, to complain about the effect the elements might have on the game totally ignores two things:


1. You can get rain at a warm weather site, which is more disruptive than cold air. 


And more importantly:


2. His logic is hypocritical in terms of totally disregarding the effects of cold weather playoff games before reaching the SB. If the SB is that important that the elements should be nearly eliminated, then why should conference championships (let alone the rest of the games) be left to chance in snow or extreme conditions??

JackHoff
JackHoff

Wow what a wuss, Coach Ditka has turned into a sissy.

American
American

There have been a lot of regular season games played in worse conditions than will present on Sunday. Stupid argument.

Zimbear
Zimbear

Part of the skill set of a football player is knowing how to make the best of adverse weather conditions.  It is also a test of the coaches to come up with a successful game plan when the weather does not cooperate.  Both of these teams have good running games and tough line play.  This will be a fun game regardless of the weather.  The QBs might not end up being as much of a factor if it's tough to throw the ball, and the kicking game is always interesting in cold, windy conditions.  As far as the spectators, if they can afford these ticket prices I'm sure they can also afford some decent long underwear.  Play ball, and may the best team win, weather or not!

x72
x72

Iron Mike lol, more like charmin mike now.

PhD
PhD

Thanks for telling it like it is Mike. Cold weather Super Bowls *are* a bad idea.

BarrySoetoro
BarrySoetoro

All you Idiot Rambos think the game is about YOU showing how tough you are by sitting in the stands during a cold weather game and you show your stupidity by not understanding what Ditka is saying.

bdelander
bdelander

What's with Ditka and other people here and elsewhere?

The temperature is going to be in the mid-30s or a bit lower, and it's going to be dry and clear. What's the big deal. As a Broncos fan, with many saying cold weather would hurt Denver more than Seattle, I say perfect! It's winter and it's football. Play the game. 

It's not like it's going to be frigid with a wind chill below zero. C'mon, people. This will be great!

ScottZimmerman
ScottZimmerman

He is just a wimp.  Back when football  first started their were no such thing  as a enclosed stadium be a Man play football the way it should be played in!!!

FOOLKILLER
FOOLKILLER

Ditka's a loser but he did gain some points back when he said one of his favorite bands is Budgie.

pirate
pirate

He's right. It's stupid. 


Go 'Hawks!

39thstreetg
39thstreetg

Ditka,  just say you were miss quoted and all will be forgotten.   Iron Mike you're one of the toughest guys to put on a uniform, but football is meant to be played outside, in cold weather by men.   What's next Ditka?  Guest hosting The View, openly discussing your feelings.  Sunday high 0f 38 and a 30% chance of precipitation.. 

cigary43
cigary43

I agree with Ditka....each player is handicapped and it's about who doesn't fall down that is supposed to be a thrilling game.....play it in a venue where the players can showcase their talents otherwise it's just a JV Football game.

x72
x72

Hard nosed coach of one of greatest teams of all time has gone soft? Say it aint so a certain Coach Ditka.

MitchBarnes
MitchBarnes

I agree with Ditka! Who is the genius who decided this game would be played there? The commish? Bad move. Somebody must have got paid.

Psy Power
Psy Power

Whatcha gonna do, when the Polar Vortex runs wild over you?

Master MS
Master MS

Ditka is just a grumpy old man who doesn't want to sit in the cold.  Cold weather games are usually very entertaining.

CharlesTerrito
CharlesTerrito

At least he might, might I say 'stay awake' during the game. Even an old washed up ex-player can not fall asleep during frigid conditions! Right?

MrArlington
MrArlington

@riley8 How does playing in sunny and 75 degrees remove luck from the game? Since the weather doesn't inherently favor one team over the other you can't use that lame argument.

AmySkene
AmySkene

@3M_TA3  So people who disagree with you are automatically pegged as white trash?

JosephBrunner
JosephBrunner

@VictorJarvis Yup... You thought this one through - both teams were 13-3 this year and 2-0 in the playoffs... hmmm... what's the tie breaker? A coin toss?

DavidLoeb
DavidLoeb

@ZimbearPretty much the lamest excuse Ilve heard in a while. Wave to me from your seat in the upper deck so my friends can laugh at the moron.....


DavidLoeb
DavidLoeb

@x72Using a fake call sign might be a good idea in your case


CHUCKFUKNNORRIS
CHUCKFUKNNORRIS

@FOOLKILLER Budgie is your definitive for "cool"? WRONG To be truly cool you have to be a fan of AXE, STARZ, or LEGS DIAMOND. Throw in a little DIAMONDHEAD for good measure.
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BarrySoetoro
BarrySoetoro

@x72Not going soft--just showing he has more Brains than you"see how tough I am" Idiots.

Jimbo4
Jimbo4

@x72 Yeah, say that to his face and see what happens.  

jordanN
jordanN

@MitchBarnes The Jets and Giants shelled out (along with the public, IIRC) for a shiny new stadium, and one of the bonuses of building a new stadium usually is getting to host a Super Bowl; that's why they got it. So in a way, yeah, you're right. :)

Kevin11
Kevin11

@Master MS IF he goes, he'll be in a suite/luxury box, no doubt with a fully stocked bar.

jsmarkley
jsmarkley

@JosephBrunner @VictorJarvisOr divisional record. (Den 5-1. Sea 4-2.)  Only issue, how are you going to plan a trip to the SB if you only have 2 wks notice where's going to be played. Not too much issue for the hometown fans, but the corporations like to tout being 'sponsors' of Superbowl "Insert # here." Corporations also like to state that at every entrance to said stadium for the whole season. If they lose that option, they prbly won't cough up as much dough. NFL does not like to lose money, so it would never happen. Even though it makes a lot of sense for the fans.