Watching the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers slog it out in the rain Monday night was a blast. Heinz Field was a gloriously sloppy mud pit—resembling conditions for the Bears and Texans in Chicago on Sunday night—with temperatures in the low-30s and a driving rain that turned the turf to mush.
All the football in fabulously bad weather reminded me of what Patrick Hrubry wrote for The Atlantic a few weeks ago, when he warned that the World Series was going to Hell. Or, even worse, to Florida.
Railing against baseball's greed, Hruby claimed that MLB's ever-expanding postseason will inevitably push the World Series deep into November, even past Veteran's Day, meaning the games will likely have to be played under a dome or in a warm-weather city at predetermined neutral site, just like the Super Bowl and Final Four. Patrick sees this as a "cash grab": MLB's secret plot to fundamentally alter and so ruin their most sacred insinuation.
Baseball fans, reactionary by nature, will usually recoil in horror at the idea. But the neutral-site World Series would be a spectacular boost for the game, improving the quality of play between the lines at baseball's signature event.