Pols, coaches brush off 2014 Super Bowl concerns

From left, Jets owner Woody Johnson, Jets head From left, Jets owner Woody Johnson, Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Gov. David A. Paterson and Giants treasurer Jonathan Tisch share a laugh after the governor's comments at a press conference about the metropolitan area's successful bid to host Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. (May 25, 2010) Photo Credit: Joe Epstein

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These kinds of things usually happen after Super Bowl wins, not winning Super Bowl bids. But there they were, basking in the glow of victory, smiling and patting one another on the back.

Coaches from two NFL teams, three ownership families of those teams and two governors - all celebrating. There was even a highlight reel on video screens. The only thing missing was the Lombardi Trophy itself.

That will come in February 2014 when one team will hoist it at the New Meadowlands Stadium. It might even be one of the teams represented on the stage Wednesday.

"We're motivated on winning the Super Bowl this year and trying to get there," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "But this is something that, deep down, you want to be a part of this game. You file it away and it's certainly something to pull out in the future."

The future is coming fast. The two states and two teams have about 31/2 years to pull together a production that they hope will trump all Super Bowls. That includes planning all of the surrounding events that come with a game of this stature, as well as raising about $40 million with the hope of breaking even.

"Our goal is to make this the most memorable Super Bowl of all time," Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said. "We made history [Tuesday], and we'll continue making history right up until Super Bowl Sunday [in 2014]."

The owners and politicians continued to answer questions about the most pressing matter surrounding the big game: weather. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said if it snows that day, the state will pay to clear the roads and remove snow, just as it would on any Sunday when 82,000 people are trying to get to the stadium.

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Gov. David A. Paterson of New York recalled NFL games in challenging conditions, saying, "It's the unanticipated moments that you remember."

Fans and media might be focused on the weather in February 2014, but the NFL does not appear to be. The Jets' Woody Johnson said he spoke with fellow NFL owners before Tuesday's vote in Dallas and that only one brought up the possibility of inclement weather. (Giants president John Mara said the number of owners who expressed concern to him was slightly higher, but still not great.)

"We're going to fix and deal with whatever problems we need to fix and deal with," Christie said. "We have winter here every year, and we'll have it again in February 2014."

The host committee will provide seat warmers, hand warmers and other amenities for fans. But the weather could take a toll on the 90 players and dozens of coaches participating in the game. Neither Ryan nor Giants coach Tom Coughlin thought it would be an issue.

"One of my fondest memories, it was 23 below zero," Coughlin said of the Giants' NFC Championship Game victory in Green Bay in January 2008. "Philosophically, playing in the weather, that's what our teams are built to do."

Ryan concurred.

"You have to win when the snow flies, and that's football," Ryan said. "Maybe some of the indoor teams, maybe they wish for perfect weather conditions or whatever. That's too bad if they get there."

That pretty much sums this up: a Super Bowl with a New York attitude.

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