Mike Ditka has never been shy to speak up about something he does not agree with. This week Da Coach made his displeasure for Super Bowl XLVIII being played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. known, where early weather forecasts are calling for temperatures around 30 degrees with a mix of snow and rain.
“The weather’s going to be a problem,” Ditka told Carlos Monarrez the Detroit Free Press. “They made a big mistake. The game shouldn’t be there. I mean, it’s stupid.”
After playing and coaching in Chicago for 17 years, Ditka knows from experience how cold weather can alter an NFL game.
“I’m just saying, if you get extreme cold or you get snow during the game, then it’s unfair to the fans, to the players, to everybody,” Ditka went on tell the Detroit Free Press. “You’re not going to be able to perform at near the level you’re used to. And the element of luck comes into it, and it shouldn’t happen in that game. That game should be based on the people on the field who make the plays.”
Even this past season Ditka saw firsthand how big of an impact the cold weather can be at field level when his jersey was retired by the Bears during halftime of a game against the Dallas Cowboys on December 9. Temperatures dipped to 8 degrees, with a wind chill of -9 degrees and blowing wind gusts that swirled at 14 mph.
Current Bears tight end Martellus Bennett played in that game and said he "felt like a popsicle" after the 45-28 win over the Cowboys.
Check out the video above for Bennett's detailed description on what it was like that Monday night on Chicago's lakefront.