By Tom E. Curran
DALLAS - A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium? Well, at least we know how to clean the roads. With snow drifting down outside the downtown convention center in Dallas, Robert Kraft was asked about the possibility of hosting a Super Bowl. "I woke up this morning and my sweetheart says to me, 'Wow, it's snowing, we should have a game in New England,' " Kraft said. "I'm thinking about it, maybe we should have a Super Bowl in New England, maybe we should get on the list. We have a lot of great things in Boston, Providence and New England. We have the hotel rooms, we have everything."With this week's nasty weather and horrendous public works effort, it's unlikely the NFL wants to seek out more inhospitable climates for future Super Bowls. But the 2014 games to be held outdoors at the New Meadowlands could serve as precedent for Kraft to lobby for one on Route 1. "I love games that are played in the elements," he said. "I think our snow game against Oakland (in January 2002) was one of the greatest games ever played. And think about it, here we have this situation here with the weather here and there are 5,000 members of the media show up, we're going to have a record attendance. The weather I think will help us have record TV ratings. You have two small market teams, so maybe we should consider a Super Bowl in Boston, I don't know.
"We like playing games outdoors," Kraft added. "I think it will help to make the game. You look at the kind of support and ratings we get for outdoor games and the real fans, we got them up in the third deck, they come. I think having the elements be part of the game is pretty special."After this season, the Super Bowl is in Indianapolis, New Orleans and New YorkNew Jerset the next three years.
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On Monday, Julian Edelman took a light shot at the Steelers when asked about Antonio Brown streaming Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook Live.
"That's how that team is run," Edelman said on WEEI Monday. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."
Ben Roethlisberger, one of the players who was speaking during Brown’s video, was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments Wednesday. He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that’s gotten them six Super Bowl championships.
“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”
Brown, whose actions were admonished by Tomlin Tuesday, could be fined if the NFL determines that he violated the league’s social media policy. The policy is as follows:
"The use of social media by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."