Despite not scheduling an official television interview before Super Bowl 52, President Donald Trump still had some thoughts about the outcome of the game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
Just because Trump skipped the interview doesn’t mean he won’t have anything else to say about the game. He has strong ties to the Patriots and is a friend of owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady.
The second-most northern city to host a Super Bowl is Detroit, which lies at 42.34 latitude, 83.04 longitude. The Super Bowl went to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1982 and Ford Field in 2006. For third place, we head to East Rutherford, where MetLife Stadium (40.18 latitude, 74.07 longitude) held the game in 2014. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (39.76 latitude, 86.16 longitude) rounds out the top four, serving as the 2012 hosts.
Strangely enough, those are the only times the Super Bowl has ventured north. The NFL prefers holding the game in Southern warm-weather cities, and it’s no coincidence that three of the four cities above have domed stadiums. The 2014 game at MetLife was the only time a Super Bowl was held outdoors in a cold environment. But sadly, we never got a snow game out of it.
It’s common practice for college football programs to claim as much NFL glory as possible, even when those programs are only tangentially connected to players involved in big NFL moments. For instance, Ohio State has claimed Tim Tebow before.
As another example, not all of these players have anything serious to do with South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, but that doesn’t stop the Gamecocks from claiming all of them as Muschamp’s guys when it’s draft time:
We all have phones and social media, and even on TV. It’s part of the business. I’ve been there before and there’s nothing you can do. You try to block it and try to play. We’re still trying to get better as a team and still trying to push. We just have to come here and basically play and whatever is going to happen Monday is going to happen and you just move on after.