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Rain, cold, snow, wind could affect Super Bowl kicking

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Jan. 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm with 14 Comments »
January 23, 2014 2:09 pm

We’re still far enough from Super Bowl Sunday where the weather forecasts are allowing that almost anything could happen … except sunny and warm.

With cold almost certain and snow remaining possible, Seahawks kicks Steve Hauschka said extreme cold affects the heaviness of the football more than footing.

“(There’s no affect on footing) unless it’s snowing,” he said. “Rain, the footing is usually not a problem.”

The Seahawks’ regular-season visit to MetLife Stadium also helped him learn a bit about the Super Bowl site.

“They’ve got some swirly winds there,” he said. “There’s no open end to the stadium, so the wind kind of swirls around. It does have a prevailing direction depending on which way the wind is coming in, so you can kind of predict what the wind is going to be like depending on the prevailing wind. But it still swirls in there, so you’ve just got to hit a good ball. It might take it a little bit left or right, but you can still make them.”

If worse comes to worst, the NFL even stands ready to move the Super Bowl from its traditional Sunday slot.

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas says if it comes to that, he’ll be ready.

“I don’t care,” he said. “I’m just happy to be in the Super Bowl. I don’t care when we play. All the … stuff I need to prepare myself to play will be there.”

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  1. freedom_X says:

    Right now, the Broncos are practicing in 9° weather. And they’ll have a better chance of practicing for snowy conditions, so that could compensate somewhat for any advantage cold weather might give the run and defense oriented Seahawks.

    What Seattle needs is cold and wet (not snowy)weather for the Super Bowl to get the maximum advantage.

  2. Might want to discover some neon-green road jerseys in case it is swirling snow…

  3. Mark that…if we can’t see us…how could Manning see the Legion out there when he’s floating those ducks he throws these days?

  4. ChrisHolmes says:

    Quick thought, unrelated to the weather: How awesome is it that Russell Wilson, 75th pick in the 2012 draft, is getting to the Super Bowl before Andrew Luck and RGIII?

    Hell yeah.

  5. RDPoulsbo says:

    Just imagine how mad people will be that have spent $3-7k a ticket, have all their hotels and plane reservations taken care of (I’m sure both are booked solid by now) and then they decide to have the game on Saturday or Monday when they either can’t get in or out on time. What a mess. Just play the game as is regardless of weather conditions.

  6. doubledink says:

    Where is that Like button?

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Wouldn’t rain, cold, snow, and wind affect *all* areas of offensive performance, not just kicking? Just asking…

  8. freedom_X says:

    I’m sure it does affect all areas, but Steven Hauschka was the one answering the questions. :) It would be a bit presumptuous for Hauschka to explain the problems other units would face with inclement weather.

  9. chuck_easton says:

    Both teams will be in NY/NJ from Sunday of this week until whenever the SB is actually played.

    There will be a whole week for both teams to acclimate to whatever mother nature is planning to throw at them.

    I’m sure they each will be assigned indoor/outdoor practice facilities, but the smart move would be to hold some practices outdoors to get a ‘feel’ for the tempuratures and condtions.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    freedom_X – I realize that.

  11. Weather could be a serious factor in this game…but its not the cold. The WIND could make things awful for the QB’s. I am not to concerned with Wilson because he has a strong arm. Manning’s arm is nothing like it used to be. He is a great QB, but age and past injuries are creeping on him. Seattle will run Beast Mode and see what he can break lose. In my opinion, this game is like prepping for the Saints…same sort of offense!

    The difference maker will be our kicker. If Hauschka is on…we are going to be alright. Afterall, the kid scored 11 of our 23 pts last week. This could come down to his leg and the defense being as they always are…GREAT!

  12. Denver has good kicker too

  13. I think the weather will potentially allow for MORE kick returns – ball not going deeper. allowing for returns. Both teams have some pretty good return guys!!

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