As a professional athlete, or really just as a professional anything, there are some things you can not say or do. With the vast media and social networking tools available nowadays, inappropriate comments spread like wildfire before there is even a chance for a retraction to be made. The moment a prominent media personality misspeaks, the damage is already done. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco learned that the hard way this week, as he called the notion of playing a Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium a "retarded" idea.
It's not likely that Flacco was in any way attempting to slur individuals with mental disabilities. Although to many the word "retarded" is a degrading term used to describe those who struggle with various limitations, some in our society have given it a different connotation over the years. The doesn't mean what Flacco said wasn't offensive, and it doesn't make it right. He's a professional athlete and he should know better than to use a word that is guaranteed to offend a large faction of the population. However, he immediately realized he shouldn't have used that word and he rephrased his message.
"I disagree with a lot of things about that comment — words and content," Manning said on Friday.
Obviously, Flacco portrayed tremendously poor judgment in the words he used to describe what he thinks of a cold weather Super Bowl. However, his argument also fails in a logical sense as well.
The argument against a cold weather Super Bowl is that many believe the climate should not have an impact on such an important game. What many fail to realize, is that the climate has the potential to effect every Super Bowl, not just ones played in freezing temperatures.
This year, the Super Bowl is being played in the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, which is an enclosed environment. The Ravens and San Francisco 49ers each play their home games at outside venues. However, what if the Atlanta Falcons had held onto their 17-0 lead in the NFC Championship game? As a dome team, they would have held a distinct advantage over the Ravens due to the controlled climate and playing surface. If a cold weather team advances to the big game in 2013, they will benefit from climate induced advantages in the same manner that the Falcons almost did this season.
Football is a game that is meant to be played in inclement weather. If Joe Flacco doesn't want to play in next year's Super Bowl, there are 31 other quarterbacks around the league that will gladly allow him the opportunity to watch from home.
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