How to stay warm at the Super Bowl
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It could be cold -- mighty cold -- come Super Bowl Sunday.
"Everyone's putting the fear of god in me like there's going to be a blizzard,'' performer Bruno Mars recently told The Associated Press, discussing preparations for his upcoming halftime show. "It's going to be cold, and I've just got to face it.''
It's actually anybody's guess what the weather will be like at MetLife Stadium 11 days from today. If you're going to football's ultimate showdown, best you show up prepared.
The NFL will provide seat cushions and a "Warm Welcome'' kit, including gloves, lip balm, ear muffs and more.
We checked in with a sportscaster, an NFL spokesman and a local rabid fan for a few additional tips to keep you comfy from head to toe.
"Start with a wicking layer,'' WFAN sports talk radio host Lori Rubinson said. "The world would be a better place with more wicking.''
It'd certainly be drier, as baselayers that wick (like Thermaskin Heat crewnecks from Lands' End) scoop moisture away from skin, keeping you dry and insulated.
For added thermo power, try high-tech options such as Seirus gloves (with battery-pack heat action) and Keep Warm vests and blankets (their warming pads heat to 100 degrees and last six to eight hours).
DON'T IGNORE SHIVERING
It's not wimpy but wise to listen to your body, so "grab another round of hot chocolate or coffee,'' NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
You'll find useful low-tech items at home, says Hauppauge native Joe Amodio (that's right, my dad, the biggest Giants fan ever, and a longtime season ticketholder who has endured heat waves and blizzards).
"The main thing's your feet -- on cement, they feel awfully cold,'' Amodio says. He suggests resting feet on a two-inch Styrofoam block, or pieces of cardboard.
For rain, try a clear leaf bag. "Step inside one, and pull your rain poncho over,'' he says. "It's harder to jump up and down -- you have to remember to hold on to the bag -- but it keeps you dry.''
WATCH YOUR STEP
Surfaces get slippery when temps dip, so use handrails, and "avoid distractions like texting'' when walking around, adds McCarthy. What are you doing texting, anyway? You're bound to miss that game-winning play!