This bowl's a little less than super

MetLife Stadium workers shovel snow from the stands MetLife Stadium workers shovel snow from the stands and the field in East Rutherford, N.J., which will host Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. (Jan. 22, 2014) Photo Credit: Newsday/Joe Epstein

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Ellis Henican Newsday columnist Ellis Henican

Henican is a columnist for Newsday. He also is a political analyst at the Fox News Channel and ...

So is the NFL already regretting bringing the Super Bowl north? It's certainly starting to sound that way. And understandably so. How many more days like this one will it take?

Fox Sports president Eric Shanks just told The Hollywood Reporter, choosing his words with nervous caution: "We have been preparing along with the league for multiple scenarios."

What Shanks meant was that network and league officials have been tracking the ambient air temperature around the New Jersey Meadowlands, the lack of a roof at MetLife Stadium and the Feb. 2 date that was picked for Super Bowl XLVIII. What choice does commissioner Roger Goodell have but to weigh worst-case scenarios? Those include shifting Sunday's game anywhere from Friday, Jan. 31, to Monday, Feb. 3.

New Orleans is sounding pretty good about now. Or Miami. Or Phoenix. Heck, Tupelo, Miss., is sounding good, and all they have is a high-school stadium on the outskirts of town.

Even a date change could bring cold comfort. Wouldn't May be better for the Seahawks and the Broncos? Spring is still two months away.

League officials should admit the obvious. This was a dumb idea, holding the Super Bowl up here.

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The venue is uninspiring. The weather totally stinks. No one wants to travel up here now. Chris Christie's an embarrassment. East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella complains he's being ignored. All the good parties are being held in New York.

If this is what the NFL means by Super, they might as well rename the game the Polar Vortex Bowl. At least they'd be telling the truth.

NOT SO GOOD:

1. OldFellas

2. AllegedFellas
3. NabbedFellas
4. ShockedFellas
5. JailedFellas

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We’ve always had more than our share of science heads around here, but this is getting almost embarrassing for the rest of America: Six of the 40 finalists in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search have genuine ties to LI. Congrats to Aron Coraor (Huntington High), Preeti Kakani (Jericho High), Kaitlyn Shin (Jericho High), John Clarke (Syosset resident), Kathy Camenzind (who did her research at Stony Brook U) and Emily Pang (another Stony Brook researcher). Six of 40! I'm no math-and-science whiz. But isn’t that, like, 15 percent of the whole country? Do high schools even teach science in other places any more?

 

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