The weather outside of City Hall was more to the liking of Gus the polar bear at the Central Park Zoo. But inside the Blue Room, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were holding a noon press conference on Thursday, it was warm and toasty.
Flanked by Jets owner Woody Johnson, Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch and Giants co-owner, president and CEO John Mara, Bloomberg and Goodell announced a broad overview of the events planned around Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be held at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014.
As Bloomberg, who won’t be mayor when the Super Bowl rolls into town, tap-danced around questions about the possibility of weather-related disruptions, and Goodell deflected questions about lawsuits related to head injuries by former NFL players and their families, you wished they could have bottled up some of that hot air to be released during the outdoor festivities next year.
If the temperature next year approaches the ones this area has been shivering through this week, then the hottest official NFL gear for Super Bowl XLVIII will be thermal underwear.