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NFL "Freezer Bowl" game: play or not?


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#1 DocM

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 18:42

Tonight's NFL playoff game between the Green Bay Packers (Wisconsin) and the San Francisco 49ers (California) looks to be a "Freezer Bowl" - with one of the coldest game days ever.

70,000+ people will attend, and Green Bay's stadium is NOT covered. The game time is 4:40 PM local (1640L), just as the coldest weather hits.

http://www.behindthe...stpone-the-game

Check out the latest National Weather Service Forecast for Green Bay, Wisconsin:

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"Wind Chill Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI
1058 AM CST FRI JAN 3 2014

...AN ARCTIC OUTBREAK ARRIVES WITH NEAR RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES AND DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS EARLY NEXT WEEK...

A POWERFUL ARCTIC COLD FRONT IS FORECAST TO SWEEP ACROSS THE REGION THIS WEEKEND AND SET THE STAGE FOR THE COLDEST AIR MASS SEEN OVER WISCONSIN IN YEARS. NEAR RECORD COLD IS EXPECTED FROM SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT. THIS BITTERLY COLD AIR... COMBINED WITH WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH...WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL VALUES IN THE 35 BELOW TO 55 BELOW ZERO (note: -37C to -48C) RANGE SUNDAY NIGHT AND AGAIN MONDAY NIGHT. UNDER THESE CONDITIONS... FROSTBITE COULD OCCUR IN 10 MINUTES."
......

Well, Homer remembers the Ice Bowl game, and Lombardi and Jerry Kramer and all that. But he also remembers there was no OSHA back then, and fewer lawyers.

The last time Homer saw an NWS forecast that stopped him in his tracks like this one was the last week of August, 2005, when a forecaster in the New Orleans Office put out a warning of unprecedented destruction and saying that life as we know it would be impossible for months in areas directly hit by Hurricane Katrina.

These NWS guys don't mess around.

Homer is sick and tired of the wussification that has become the National Flag Football League. But this is weather that - as Garrison Keillor once said - "makes a serious attempt to kill you."

So, gang, whaddya do? Postpone? Move indoors to Minnesota? Play as scheduled?




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Posted 05 January 2014 - 18:51

Packers fans thrive on cold weather I bet some will be shirtless, lose their nipples from frostbite and think its great because they have a great story to tell their grandkids.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 18:54

^ you may well be correct - those cheeseheads are a crazy bunch.

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#4 Roger H.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 18:56

Screw that... i'll watch it at home in my nice comfy sofa in shorts and a t-shirt. :p



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 19:07

Packers fans thrive on cold weather I bet some will be shirtless, lose their nipples from frostbite and think its great because they have a great story to tell their grandkids.

 

Not to mention, there will no doubt be copious amounts of alcohol involved.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 19:15

Alcohol exacerbates the problem, making drinkers even more susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 19:19

You won't have the wind chill in the stadium, it'll also be a lot warmer due to the lights and the many many killowatts of human body heat. 



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 19:56

You won't have the wind chill in the stadium, it'll also be a lot warmer due to the lights and the many many killowatts of human body heat. 

 

 Man, that is just not true at all.



#9 FlintyV

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 19:58

 Man, that is just not true at all.

 

How?



#10 notchinese

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 20:04

Stadiums are often very windy unless you are at the bottom. And having attended many very very cold sporting events the lights provide no discernible heat.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 20:25

You have to be a different kind of fan to go out in that cold.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 21:35

Field wind chill now: -10°F, and the sun is still up. Many players are wearing sleeveless undershirts. Should be fun in 3+ hours.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 23:13

Bunch of my friends are there right now. I chose not to go and I'm definitely fine with that lol.