1. Chicago: The new Soldier Field looks like a space ship that landed along the shore of Lake Michigan, but the game is only one day anyway. Great neighborhoods, terrific restaurants in every price range, and visitors could spend days touring the Museum Campus alone, not to mention dropping big bucks shopping along the Magnificent Mile.
2. Green Bay: Don't know how the celebrities and A-listers who attend Super Bowls would like noshing on beer and brats instead of caviar and champagne, but it would be a heck of an experience. A day touring the Packers' Hall of Fame alone makes it worth the trip.
3. Pittsburgh: What, you thought I wasn't going to include my beloved hometown? The view from Mount Washington, after a ride up The Incline, is still breathtaking. Like Chicago, great ethnic neighborhoods and food, and a fun time in The Strip District (although it's not what you think).
4. Cleveland: Spend a day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then motor down to Canton the next day and tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The best of all worlds, right?
5. New York: No more Broadway Joe, but still Broadway, period. -- Len Pasquarelli
Coldest NFL cities
Lowest average temperatures in regular-season home games in December/January since the 2000 season.
Green Bay Packers 25.90 degrees (F)
Cleveland Browns 34.39
Kansas City Chiefs 35.06
Buffalo Bills 35.94
Pittsburgh Steelers 36.10
Chicago Bears 36.35
Cincinnati Bengals 36.56
New England Patriots 36.85
Source: Elias Sports Bureau
This is all about image. Linemen want to prove their toughness to the players lining up across from them and there's no better way to do that than by baring the biceps in the middle of winter. Some teams, like the Kansas City Chiefs, even have a code among their blockers. The colder it gets, the less insulation they all have to wear.
However, this doesn't mean that everybody believes in this mentality.
"I personally don't agree with it," Chiefs Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen said. "A lot of guys do it to show they're tough and they're unified but I look at it differently. I'd rather be warm and kick your ass all over the field. That's how I'll prove that I'm tougher than the other guy."
Allen, who grew up in Los Gatos, Calif., said he let some teammates talk him into going without sleeves in a loss to Oakland on Nov. 25. He's since vowed to never do it again because he was freezing when temperatures eventually dipped into the 20s (game-time temperature was 43).
"I definitely take a lot of crap for it," Allen said. "But I want to be comfortable so I can perform out there." -- Jeffri Chadiha
When the weather gets cold, strange things can happen. Keith Brewster, creator of the unofficial NFL Weather Hall of Fame, ranks his five wackiest cold-weather games:
1. Snowplow Game: Dolphins at Patriots, Dec. 12, 1982