Daily Buzz: Blimpin’ ain’t easy
Blimpin’ ain’t easy when the weather doesn’t cooperate, and as a result, fans will have to watch the Super Bowl this weekend without the benefit of aerial coverage.
That’s according to Newsday, which reports that blimps won’t be floating around Sunday’s game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks because the weather makes them too difficult – and potentially dangerous — to fly.
"The concern really is freezing rain and snow and its accumulation on the airship," Goodyear spokesman Doug Grassian told the paper. "The additional weight can significantly change the flight characteristics of the airship and creates an unsafe scenario."
The absence of the familiar aircraft at MetLife Stadium will be especially tough to swallow for MetLife itself, which is one of the major players in the blimp game. But an official from the company told Newsday that it has known it wouldn’t have a blimp at the New York area’s first Super Bowl since the game was announced.
"It’s all the stuff that surrounds cold weather, the conditions that happen to make snow, ice, even rain," MetLife spokesman Shane Winn said. "All of those things add to the risk of flying because they can add considerable weight to the airships. It makes flights treacherous."
In fact, MetLife’s blimps aren’t even in town, so even a dramatic change in the weather wouldn’t alter the company’s plans to enjoy the Super Bowl without them.
"They’re not up here," Winn told Newsday. "If MetLife could put its blimp up in the air here during Super Bowl week here in New York and New Jersey, we would do it."
Now, for some links:
• Macklemore and Pete Carroll are pals, apparently.
• Not all NBA coaches are on board with the league’s growing analytics movement.
• A.J. McCarron cares not for your pagan music awards shows:
Is it just me or are some of the Grammy performances so far seem to be really demonic?? Looks like there is a lot of evil in the world..
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) January 27, 2014
• The bank was open for two ridiculous buzzer beaters when Hawaii played UC-Irvine Saturday:
• FOX Sports’ own Jay Glazer was profiled in GQ this month.
• Tim Tebow led a service at a Jacksonville, Fla., church Sunday night:
— FBC Jacksonville (@FBCJAX) January 27, 2014
• A little girl asked Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon about their love lives at a kids’ news conference:
• Jack Youngblood says Urban Meyer used Tim Tebow.
• A Denver radio station is banning Seattle-based artists from their airwaves this week.
• Poor Glen Davis should have probably just let him dunk it:
• Kate Upton does something like the Victor Cruz salsa dance in the MetLife Stadium end zone:
• The Broncos’ media relations director accidentally shooed away the mayor of Jersey City because John Elway had a meeting with … the mayor of Jersey City.
• Doug Baldwin says Richard Sherman was "terrible" when he initially switched to cornerback.
• One of the finest buzzer-beaters you’ll ever lay eyes on:
• There’s mounting pressure for the Houston Texans to draft Johnny Manziel:
— Mike McCoy (@McCoyKRHDSports) January 25, 2014
• NFL players say they are more concerned with knee injuries than head injuries.
• Jorge Posada has been working with Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez.
• Terrence Ross is giving the ball from his 51-point game to his mother:
— Dan Gladman (@dgontheroad) January 26, 2014
• Ohio State football players were presented game balls in honor of winning 24 consecutive games over the last two seasons:
No place I'd rather be pic.twitter.com/c1lrmuV0xF
— JEFF HEUERMAN (@JHeuerman86) January 24, 2014
• Former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks: "I literally was close to death."
• Here is the story behind the Boston Celtics’ tributes to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
• And this is why you don’t make bets on football games:
— Rob Fox (@BaconTFM) January 27, 2014
• Are these USF’s new helmets for next season?:
— Stu Holt (@coachstuholt) January 25, 2014