You may have heard that someone say New York City is hosting its first ever Super Bowl. Probably from a New Yorker.
Actually, it will take place just across the Hudson river in New Jersey’s MetLife stadium, home of the New York Giants and Jets. Unlike other Superbowl locations, Metlife stadium is outdoors and susceptible to the region’s unpredictable winter weather. Optimistic weather predictions suggest, however, temperatures well above freezing Sunday.
Whatever the weather, it won’t bother locals on either side of the river. They’re just glad The Big Game has finally come home to the region where modern American football was born.
Just down the turnpike from MetLife Stadium, long before there were even automobiles, let alone asphalt, Rutgers met Princeton for the first in a series of what many believe were the first organized games of the sport we know today.
That was in November 1869. New Jersey won then (since both schools are located in central NJ). This time, whether victory goes to the Seahawks or the Broncos, both New Jerseyans and New Yorkers already can call themselves the winners.