Airwaves: NY-NJ the perfect place for Super Bowl 

Yes! Yes! The promised land, that of the Sopranos, spaghetti and meatballs, Frank Sinatra, the Boss, and of course the New York Yankees and New York Giants, will host the Super Bowl in 2014.

Yes, the brain trust of the world’s most-popular and most-viewed sport, made a lot of East Coast people very happy.

OK, the Super Bowl has been played in ideal conditions previously, either at warm-weather sites or in a dome, but the time has come to move it outside, in the cold. One of my weatherman friends informed me that the average temperatures in the East during early February are between the low 40s and the low 20s. Hopefully, weather will not dictate the outcome.

Of course, the Super Bowl is huge and weather should not be a factor, but no one worries about the elements in the NFC or AFC championship games.

In case you have been in China for the last 30 years, you would know that unless you play in and win the championship game, you can’t advance to the Super Bowl. As we all know, there have been some frigid championship games, especially in Green Bay.

The coldest Super Bowl on record was 39 degrees in 1972 at Tulane Stadium. That would be considered a warm day in New Jersey during February. Wait until Vegas comes out with it’s prop bets on this one.

I say it will be 28 degrees at kickoff. In fact, I will contact my bookie tonight. David Hill, the bossman at Fox Sports who is always pushing the sports TV envelope and looking for ratings said: “If we are lucky, it will start snowing at halftime.”
He feels some bad weather will make it more exciting.

Overall, I think it is a great move. The N.Y.-N.J. area deserves it, the fans deserve it, the NFL brass loves it, and of course, the media loves it. Every jock wannabe has called his or her favorite call-in show with an opinion on what bearing the cold weather might have or not have on the game.

As New York Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch stated: “The greatest game in the world will be played on the greatest stage in the world.” Amen.



Well-versed Musburger going strong


Happy birthday to Brent Musburger. He turned 71 this week. I have always liked him. I am aware that some people do not care for him or his style, but I disagree. He is very good at everything he does. I really believe he is in the prime of his career right now calling the lead college football game on Saturday night for ABC-ESPN. He does an outstanding job with partner Kirk Herbstreit on those telecasts. In fact, I believe Brent has really helped Herby’s career along as swiftly as it has advanced. As a team, they rule the airwaves of college football.

-- Jeff Van Gundy walks a fine line and does it very well when he is an analyst for one of his brother’s NBA playoff games. Stan Van Gundy is the head man of the Orlando Magic. Stan is an interesting character that gives viewers many movements and facial expressions in which to talk about. Beneath his somewhat disheveled look, he is a very good hoops coach. Like his brother, Jeff is a very good coach and an excellent analyst.

-- Hard to believe that the courts ruled this week that the teams in the NFL are separate enterprises. This ruling will not have a great impact on anything other than the selling of merchandise, but that in itself is huge. Teams like the Dallas Cowboys will no doubt double their income in this part of their business.

-- ESPN announced this week that in January it will be dropping its outdoors block on ESPN2. Among the shows getting the boot are, “The Fishin’ Hole,” “Going Coastal,” “Driven to Hunt,” “BassCenter,” and of course, that ratings leader “Loudmouth Bass.”

Being a guy from the East Coast who wears black loafers and leather jackets in the cool weather and a wardrobe of Tommy Bahama attire in the summer months, I never really related to the outdoorsman world. As a result of that disconnection, I am lost for words that these megahits are being cast into the ocean. Obviously, I would much rather watch “The Fishin’ Hole” than see Tom Harmon run around as Jethro Gibbs on NCSI or watch reruns of my girl Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.

-- This week, Fox Sports promoted Ed Goren to vice chairman and hired Eric Shanks as Fox Sports president.



Who said it?


Barack Obama

 “I don’t want to meddle, but I could see [LeBron] James fitting in pretty well with the Chicago Bulls,” the nation’s No. 1 hoops fan told Marv Albert last week in a well-done interview. You have to love the Prez, he is Chicago through and through. From the White Sox to the Bulls to the Bears, it is quite refreshing. I will be banned from the very conservative and right-winged Mr. Lucky’s in Walnut Creek for life because of the that last comment.


Dan Gilbert

“It is time for the Cavs to move in a different direction,” the Cleveland Cavaliers owner said after firing coach Mike Brown this week. Brown, who was a bit of a clown, took the Cavs to the playoffs in each of his five years at the helm, which included an NBA best 61-21 record this year. I guess Cleveland is so used to winning NBA titles, this year was not up to their standards.



One to watch


The A’s are in the midst of their longest road trip of the season and are making a pit stop in the Motor City to take on the Detroit Tigers. Today is the third game of the four-game series and begins at 10:05 a.m. The contest can be seen on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. The same two teams end their series Memorial Day.



Sports by numbers


Average temperature the NFL had required for a team without a domed stadium to host the Super Bowl


Average temperature degree range for the Meadowlands area during February


Temperature for coldest Super Bowl




Off target


What is with sports stars and media celebs these days? On Tuesday night, the tattooed one (Jesse James) comes out and reveals he was molested and abused as a child, which led to his erratic behavior. Duh! You get married to a megastar that is filthy rich and beautiful, and you can’t walk the straight and narrow? That is called being an idiot! I hate it when people blame their past or upbringing on their failures to be a decent human being. What did Sandra Bullock ever see in this clown?

Artie Gigantino spent 25 years as a coach at the major-college and NFL levels, was lead college football analyst for Fox Sports Net for seven years, was with CBS for one year and was an executive with the Raiders for three years. E-mail him at

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