Ive never been to the Super Bowl and I probably never will. Its for hotshots and high rollers, and I am neither.
There have been times when Ive considered trying to get tickets. Supposedly the average Joe can enter his name in a drawing about a year ahead of time. People whose names are drawn are notified about November, long before its even clear whos going to be in the Super Bowl.
For years Ive had this plan in the back of my head that I could get my hands on some tickets and then sell them, make a little profit and maybe get my oil changed.
There is big money in selling Super Bowl tickets. The cheapest Ive been able to find is about $1,250 each, and people arent at all shy about asking $7,000 or so for a pass.
But Ive never even gotten around to entering my name in the drawing. Even if I did I probably wouldnt have the purchase price lying around, so Im not distressed about it.
There is a way to go to the game for free. You can enter one of the handful of contests to win tickets. Theyre sponsored by beer-makers, computer-makers and razor blade-makers. A hotel has a contest, and theres one contest that involves submitting dip recipes. You can win a years worth of sausage.
As they say, though, there is no free lunch.
If you actually won an expensive Super Bowl package you might get stuck paying a few thousand dollars in taxes.
So Ive decided that even if I got some tickets to the game, I wouldnt go.
I read a news story that the area around this years game is bracing for a traffic jam of private jets, so you can imagine what a hotel room would cost.
My biggest concern, though, is where the game is being held: East Rutherford, N.J.
Everybodys heard about it, that football stadium isnt a domed stadium. Its open, and last week it snowed about a foot there, so workers had to dive in and start frantically shoveling the snow off the field and, presumably off the tens of thousands of seats, the thousands of steps people are going to have to walk up and down, and everywhere else they place their feet.
People have assured me that removing that snow is no problem. Nothing to be concerned about.
When I walk out the door here, though, I see heavy snow and the forecast is for 16 below zero, and thats all moving east.
I looked at the weather forecast for East Rutherford, and the prediction is for a high of 34 on game day and a low of 24.
The game wont start until about 6:30, so you can bet its going to be a pretty miserable place.
Sitting for three hours in a stadium with the temperatures in the mid-20s sounds to me like more of a punishment than a prize or a privilege, so I guess I should be happy I dont have tickets.
Ill be plenty cold in my own living room watching the game on TV.