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Pat McMahon

Weather or not

A banner is seen outside MetLife Stadium Monday Jan. 27, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The stadium will host Sunday's NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Sunday, I'm going to be sitting in front of my television set enjoying the Super Bowl, and it will be 72 degrees. Next year, whether I'm at home or at University of Phoenix Stadium, I'll be sitting enjoying the Super Bowl and it will be 72 degrees.

See, I know that because both my house and the Glendale-based stadium have a thermostat. I'm in control of my environment. Isn't that kind of a good idea when hundreds of millions of dollars are on the line? But no, some doofus or a group of them, decided a few years ago that it was New York/New Jersey's turn to stage the big game.

Never mind that it would be the middle of winter in what is normally a frozen East Coast. Never mind that it would have to be played outside with temperatures plummeting as evening moves into night. Stupid decision? Sure. But this is the time when everybody gets a trophy, isn't it. And New York is the biggest of apples -- even with a forecast full of lows in the 30s and a little chance of snow or rain Sunday.

Next year, everyone will be so thrilled to be in Arizona. Someone may even suggest holding the Summer Olympics in Phoenix. Then again, the Valley hosting the Summer Games in August makes as much sense to me as the Super Bowl in New Jersey.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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