Saturday, January 4, 2014

Two Cold. One Very, Very Cold.

The No.1 coldest game in NFL history was the “Ice Bowl” between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys.  According to the record the temperature at game time was -13 degrees with a wind chill of -48.  BRRRRRRR.

The second coldest on record was the game between the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals where the temperature was -9 and the wind chill was -59 degrees.  Again, I say, BRRRRRRR.

Climatologist and former NASA scientist, Roy Spencer Ph.D., is predicting that Sunday’s game between the Packers and the Niners, which kicks off at 4:40 PM ET, could overtake the record for the second coldest game ever with a temperature of -8 degrees.  He says it all depends on how fast the cold air moves into Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Tony Manfred cited a tweet from ESPN’s Erin Andrews which included at picture of the field declaring, “Right now the stadium looks like absolute DEATH.”  And internet comedian, Iowahawk quipped, “Let’s face it; ‘wind chill factor’ was invented because humans enjoy exaggerating their misery.”

Wind chill factor notwithstanding, the only game that won’t be impacted by “globull” warming will be the game between the Chiefs and the Colts because they’ll be playing in a domed stadium.  The other six teams are going to freeze off their fourth point of contact.

NBC Bay Area posted a little something I found intriguing.  According to the article, Head Coach Jim Harbaugh is blowing off the notion that his 49ers might “have some difficulty playing well this Sunday.”

Dismissive that “cold hands, rock-hard footballs or freezing winds” may cause some mistakes the article mentions five factors that will determine the outcome of the game.

Frozen asses, hands and feet and a distinct unfamiliarity with negative temperatures will have an effect on the Niners and Green Bay will have the mental edge.

If the Niners are foolish enough to think that going sleeveless in Sunday’s game is a sign of toughness, I say they are stupid.

I don’t care what the oddmakers say and I don’t think anyone’s predictions will hold for a game that’s going to be played in such forbidding conditions. I’ve been a fan of the Packers since Bart Starr was their quarterback and I remember well the Ice Bowl.

Go Packers!  Sorry Proof, Odie and Stogie.  

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