Sunday, February 04, 2007

Super Stormy Bowl? [J. Mark English]

It was raining earlier during the day down in Miami. There hasn't been rain in a Super Bowl since Super Bowl IX, when the Steelers faced the Vikings. The weather was so bad, that the score at half time was 2-0. Can you imagine how much fun that must have been to watch?

Anyway, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press has the latest on the weather, and how it may affect the game:

Snow is forecast for Chicago and Indianapolis on Sunday, and the high temperature may not climb much higher than single digits in either city.

There's no chance of that in Miami, but forecasters say there's perhaps a 50 percent chance of rain falling on the Super Bowl -- something that's never happened before.

The field at Dolphin Stadium can easily withstand a shower; a drainage system under the turf can process up to three inches of rain per hour.

"The last game, we played in snow, sleet, rain. That's Chicago Bears weather," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. Plain, old rain won't bother his team, he said.

Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy said his team packed longer cleats and rain gear, just in case.

"We take pride in being able to go on the road," Dungy said. "Whatever the weather is, I don't think it will really be a major factor."

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