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I don't watch pro football during the regular season, and I don't watch much during the first weekend of playoffs. But it's halftime now in the San Francisco at Green Bay game, and I tuned in because I thought winter weather would affect the game. And the weather has not disappointed: The temperature on the field is 4 degrees.

This is how football should be played: outdoors on real grass, all season long.

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nodressrehersal
Jan. 5th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
It's four freakin' degrees! How is it possible to play football in treacherously cold temps?
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 6th, 2014 02:17 am (UTC)
Today's conditions were balmy, compared to the 1967 NFL championship game between Dallas and Green Bay, also played in Green Bay, on Dec. 31, 1967. I'm lazy, so here's the info from Wikipedia:

Dubbed by the sports media as "The Ice Bowl," the game-time temperature at Lambeau Field was about −15 °F (−26 °C), with an average wind chill around −48 °F (−44 °C); under the revised National Weather Service wind chill index implemented in 2001, the average wind chill would have been −36 °F (−38 °C).

I wasn't rooting for Green Bay or San Francisco, so I could watch the game and enjoy plays by both sides, but it also was a spectacle, given the temperature. Besides, there are big blower/heaters on the sidelines, heated seats, etc.

As for the Ice Bowl, ask Dick if he remembers it. Then ask him how many other games he can recall from 1967.



(Anonymous)
Jan. 8th, 2014 03:47 am (UTC)
#5 Bart Starr over the goal line behind #64 Jerry Kramer...my hero-Holiday
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 8th, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
As a Cowboys fan, I was none too happy with the outcome.
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