Super Bowl XLVIII very well could be an unmitigated disaster. It could be the biggest logistical nightmare in modern sports history, and that's if the weather cooperates, which is unlikely given typical conditions in New York and New Jersey in late January and early February.
Traffic is going to be a nightmare regardless. Moving from New York City into North Jersey and vice versa is hard enough at 1 p.m. on a normal Thursday. With hundreds of thousands of people descending on the city from the other boroughs and beyond to experience the first Super Bowl in the area as well as the accompanying weeklong party, commuting will be exasperating. Subways and sidewalks will be even more jammed than usual. It will be frustrating for locals and off-putting for visitors.
And if it snows during the week or, God forbid, during the actual game on Feb. 2, look out. There will be more carping and complaining than there was during the 34-minute power outage during Super Bowl XLVII that altered the course of the game between San Francisco and Baltimore.
All of that we know. This we need to remember: There's nothing we can do about it. No amount of whining is going to change the fact that this country's premier sporting event is going to be played in this country's premier market in an open-air stadium that isn't going to suddenly be covered by a $400 million retractable roof.