New Jersey’s Finest Swamp Bids for Super Bowl Sunday

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A Super Bowl plus snow? Serendipity.

For a sport that embodies the true meaning of rain or shine, it seemed hypocritical to avoid having the championship game in a frozen-tundra setting.

New Jersey and the New Meadowlands may become the first venue to break the ice on the NFL’s cold-weather stigma. The AP reports that owners of both the Giants and Jets signed an official bid on Wednesday to host the 2014 Super Bowl.

That’s right Springsteen fans, you can start making your pleas for the Boss’ halftime show. Bon Jovi, have your secretaries ready as well — especially in an era where, as the New York Times demonstrates, the halftime show has evolved beyond just a hot ticket for fans.

Jersey will learn its fate on May 25, when the league decides between East Rutherford, Miami and Tampa. Those Sunshine State venues have hosted 14 of the 44 previous Super Bowls. But the NFL has already made a slight lean toward the Northeast, waiving its previous 50-degrees-and-up policy for gametime temperatures.

If the league has its thinking cap on, it will be willing to dip into colder temperatures and bigger pockets for the Garden State party.

As told to ESPN New York, even Eli Manning agrees.

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