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(SFist)   The NFL is encouraging fans to sit outside in weather classified as life threatening this Sunday   (sfist.com) divider line 162
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2014-01-03 07:19:55 PM  
Too bad that article didn't tell me how cold the coldest game was.
 
2014-01-03 07:20:10 PM  
Also, SF is built much better for the cold than Green Bay.

Just throwing that out there.
 
2014-01-03 07:21:02 PM  

exvaxman: The game did sell out.
Not surprisingly my kid's high school announced it would not be open on Monday due to the cold.


Minnesota's governor already cancelled school Monday for every single school in the entire state.
 
2014-01-03 07:21:34 PM  

ChrisDe: Too bad that article didn't tell me how cold the coldest game was.


1967 NFC Championship -- "The Ice Bowl"

Unsurprisingly, also held at Lambeau.

/1981 AFC Championship in Cincinnati -- "The Freezer Bowl" -- is a close second.
 
2014-01-03 07:21:41 PM  
Back in the day when Jim Kelly led the Bills to 4 straight Super Bowls I was a a couple of real cold one, but never as cold as -5°. I went and looked up the numbers:

On 12/26/93 the Bills beat the Jets 16-14 in their final home game of the season. It was 9° at kickoff, the windchill was a comfy -12°.We were allowed to bring insulated plastic mugs into the stadium back then, my beer was freezing solid inside my mug.

Three weeks later the Bills beat the Raiders 29-23 to advance in the playoffs. In the time between the games I went out and bought a set of boots rated to -80°, as my old boots didn't do the trick when I was standing on concrete and snow and not moving much. It was 3° at kickoff that day, with a windchill of -14°. I thought it wasn't too bad while we were standing around the fire tailgating, then we headed into the stadium....


/4th Super Bowl loss that season.
//I still hate the farking Cowboys
 
2014-01-03 07:22:46 PM  

BKITU: Shame Us: iron_city_ap: This could be the quietest NFL game ever. Between all the layered clothing and face protection, they'll barely make a sound.

You'll be a ble to hear the kicker scream in agony when bones in his foot shatter as he attempts the game-winning FG.

Bones, nothing. The blood, ligaments, tendons, and muscles will also be frozen solid. I fully expect lower extremities to explode into shards, like a frozen steak dropped onto concrete from 20 meters high.


I just meant that he'd be trying to kick a cinder block 30 yards. Recipe for disaster.
 
2014-01-03 07:23:56 PM  

netweavr: WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL VALUES IN THE 35 BELOW TO 55 BELOW ZERO RANGE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING. FROSTBITE COULD OCCUR IN 10 MINUTES.

This feels like people at the game are approaching Darwin Award levels or stupidity


Pretty much.
 
2014-01-03 07:26:20 PM  

iron_city_ap: This could be the quietest NFL game ever. Between all the layered clothing and face protection, they'll barely make a sound.


We used to joke about the sound in the cold weather games, applause sounded like "thup thup thup". We yelled just as loud though!

/I've been sitting at home watching games for the last 6 years
//I'm too damn old for that shiat
 
2014-01-03 07:31:46 PM  
Are the press boxes heated at Lambeau?  Just thinking that it's the only game this weekend on Fox, which means Buck & Aikman will be there...
 
2014-01-03 07:32:43 PM  
Well, just read that Lambeau will have an open Hot Cocoa bar for all attendants. So that's good.
 
2014-01-03 07:32:47 PM  

ariseatex: Are the press boxes heated at Lambeau?  Just thinking that it's the only game this weekend on Fox, which means Buck & Aikman will be there...


If Joe Buck is hypothermic and sluggish... would it make a difference?
 
2014-01-03 07:34:12 PM  
"When they came out without sleeves, I knew it was over and we were going to the Super Bowl."
-Packers DE Sean Jones

"I hit Favre and he fumbled, but when I went to try and recover it my arms wouldn't move."
-Panthers LB Kevin Greene

Reminiscing about the '97 NFC Championship game
 
2014-01-03 07:34:58 PM  

netweavr: Well, just read that Lambeau will have an open Hot Cocoa bar for all attendants. So that's good.


Unless you're allergic to chocolate. :/ But I wasn't planning on going anyway.

BKITU: ariseatex: Are the press boxes heated at Lambeau?  Just thinking that it's the only game this weekend on Fox, which means Buck & Aikman will be there...

If Joe Buck is hypothermic and sluggish... would it make a difference?


He'll finish one word every five seconds.
 
2014-01-03 07:38:39 PM  

imapirate: I think what a lot of people are missing out on here is that if that game doesn't sell out, the NFL (see: same assholes who sue churches for throwing Super Bowl watch parties as fund raisers to feed the poor) will black out the game locally. That means kids who idolize these athletes, seniors who can't brave the cold, etc., won't be able to see the game. Is it just a game? Of course, but football in Green Bay is religion. There's no chance in hell I'd take my kids to a game in that weather.


Its just business. You see take cinci for example. They have 65k seats. As of this morning, they only had 62k sold. Its a 20 million total ticket revenue. Most of the ones left were 85 (almost twice the normal cost). So 250k was still dangling out there that someone owes the nfl NFL. It sounds silly when you are talking about 1% of the ticket revenue for one game, but they are owed it. Luckily corporations stepped in and saved the NFL from having to black it out, because they would hate to do that. Who would want to black out the local fans who have sold out Two years of consecutive games over 1% of the gate? All those fans also buy tons of mmerchandise and support the team all over the place. I am really glad the NFL wasn't forced to step in and punish those fans for not paying almost $100 a head to buy the last few tickets.
 
2014-01-03 07:41:04 PM  
Warrior code. Fan edition.
 
2014-01-03 07:48:50 PM  

Snuffybud: iron_city_ap: This could be the quietest NFL game ever. Between all the layered clothing and face protection, they'll barely make a sound.

We used to joke about the sound in the cold weather games, applause sounded like "thup thup thup". We yelled just as loud though!

/I've been sitting at home watching games for the last 6 years
//I'm too damn old for that shiat


I have a feeling any yelling will be muted.
 
2014-01-03 07:48:52 PM  
I have no doubt that no matter how cold it gets, I'll still see some fat guy with his shirt off.
 
2014-01-03 07:49:57 PM  
Take a valium and put down the pearls folks. We'll be fine. You think football players and fans are the only ones working and playing outside up here? Life doesn't stop because its cold out.
 
2014-01-03 07:51:38 PM  
Holy crap, Pack FARKers...We're 60 posts in and none of you have said it? You're going to let the opposition steal your catchphrase here? Okay, fine...

"From the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field..."

/cue NFL films horn section
//Go Niners!
 
2014-01-03 07:51:51 PM  

ghostfacekillahrabbit: Take a valium and put down the pearls folks. We'll be fine. You think football players and fans are the only ones working and playing outside up here? Life doesn't stop because its cold out.


thumbs.newschoolers.com
 
2014-01-03 07:52:28 PM  

ghostfacekillahrabbit: Take a valium and put down the pearls folks. We'll be fine. You think football players and fans are the only ones working and playing outside up here? Life doesn't stop because its cold out.


Yeah, only one fan died during the ice bowl.
 
2014-01-03 07:56:15 PM  

ghostfacekillahrabbit: Take a valium and put down the pearls folks. We'll be fine. You think football players and fans are the only ones working and playing outside up here? Life doesn't stop because its cold out.


Actually, all but essential services are being shut down. Its historic cold, even for WI
 
2014-01-03 08:02:40 PM  

Lost Thought 00: ghostfacekillahrabbit: Take a valium and put down the pearls folks. We'll be fine. You think football players and fans are the only ones working and playing outside up here? Life doesn't stop because its cold out.

Actually, all but essential services are being shut down. Its historic cold, even for WI


A lot of stuff is shutdown, mostly on Monday when it'll be colder. I have to work tho, and I'm not remotely essential.
 
2014-01-03 08:03:23 PM  

BKITU: ghostfacekillahrabbit: Take a valium and put down the pearls folks. We'll be fine. You think football players and fans are the only ones working and playing outside up here? Life doesn't stop because its cold out.


When its 30 below you gotta fake it til you make it.
 
2014-01-03 08:03:31 PM  
Not a chance would I buy a ticket for this. If it were blacked out I'd log onto this new thing called "the Internet" and find something called "a stream."
 
2014-01-03 08:04:36 PM  

ghostfacekillahrabbit: Lost Thought 00: ghostfacekillahrabbit: Take a valium and put down the pearls folks. We'll be fine. You think football players and fans are the only ones working and playing outside up here? Life doesn't stop because its cold out.

Actually, all but essential services are being shut down. Its historic cold, even for WI

A lot of stuff is shutdown, mostly on Monday when it'll be colder. I have to work tho, and I'm not remotely essential.


What do you do?
 
2014-01-03 08:07:22 PM  
I'm just curious if the bikini girls are going to make a showing.
 
2014-01-03 08:19:44 PM  
I am unfortunately considered an essential employee at a refinery on the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Worked outside 5 hrs. this morning and it was cold, but managable. -10 wind chill but went up as the day went on. If anybody cares I had to repair a large bucket crane used to scoop up coke.
 
2014-01-03 08:20:45 PM  

BKITU: ChrisDe: Too bad that article didn't tell me how cold the coldest game was.

1967 NFC Championship -- "The Ice Bowl"

Unsurprisingly, also held at Lambeau.

/1981 AFC Championship in Cincinnati -- "The Freezer Bowl" -- is a close second.


Yes, but how cold was it?
 
2014-01-03 08:23:14 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: Holy crap, Pack FARKers...We're 60 posts in and none of you have said it? You're going to let the opposition steal your catchphrase here? Okay, fine...

"From the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field..."

/cue NFL films horn section
//Go Niners!


I'm not sure that the under-field heaters at Lambeau will be able to keep up with those temps. I'm originally from extreme Northern Wisconsin, and even *I* think that's just a tad cold to be playing a football game (and forcing people to sit on metal bleachers, not regular seating like every other stadium, for 4-6 hours, to watch).
 
2014-01-03 08:23:33 PM  
White people problems?
 
2014-01-03 08:31:58 PM  
What's happened to us as a country?

It's too cold to go to the game.

Oh, no! - rain, clear the stands everyone and come back after it rains.

What? - we can't keep the lights on during the biggest game of the year? - someone hold Ray Lewis, it's really dark in here.

I don't have an answer but I have noticed these things were never an issue until we started all this gay marriage nonsense.
 
2014-01-03 08:33:15 PM  

ChrisDe: BKITU: ChrisDe: Too bad that article didn't tell me how cold the coldest game was.

1967 NFC Championship -- "The Ice Bowl"

Unsurprisingly, also held at Lambeau.

/1981 AFC Championship in Cincinnati -- "The Freezer Bowl" -- is a close second.

Yes, but how cold was it?


1967 NFC title game, the air temp at Lambeau was -15 F (-26 C), with a wind chill (under current National Weather Service standards) of -36 F (-38 C). And the under-field heating system malfunctioned, which resulted in the moisture that was trapped under the tarp flash-freezing once the tarp was removed, which left the field an ice-skating rink disguised as a football field.

The 1981 AFC title game, while the air temperature was warmer (-9 F, or -23 C), had an even colder wind chill (-37 F under current standards). And the playing field? Think a slab of concrete disguised as a football field.
 
2014-01-03 08:33:48 PM  

fatalvenom: White people problems?


White skin is a major sign of frostbite.
 
2014-01-03 08:41:55 PM  

fatalvenom: White people problems?


More like blue people
 
2014-01-03 08:49:59 PM  
Well, it's 40 below and I don't give a fark, got a heater in my truck, and I'm off to the  rodeo NFC playoff game
 
2014-01-03 08:53:14 PM  

ClavellBCMI: The 1981 AFC title game, while the air temperature was warmer (-9 F, or -23 C), had an even colder wind chill (-37 F under current standards). And the playing field? Think a slab of concrete disguised as a football field.


Did they recently change the standards for wind chill?  I've always heard -59 F for the Bengals game.
 
2014-01-03 08:55:12 PM  

BKITU: ariseatex: Are the press boxes heated at Lambeau?  Just thinking that it's the only game this weekend on Fox, which means Buck & Aikman will be there...

If Joe Buck is hypothermic and sluggish... would it make a difference?


Just imagine Buck joined to someone's shoe with a frozen yellow waterfall.
 
2014-01-03 09:05:40 PM  

ClavellBCMI: ChrisDe: BKITU: ChrisDe: Too bad that article didn't tell me how cold the coldest game was.

1967 NFC Championship -- "The Ice Bowl"

Unsurprisingly, also held at Lambeau.

/1981 AFC Championship in Cincinnati -- "The Freezer Bowl" -- is a close second.

Yes, but how cold was it?

1967 NFC title game, the air temp at Lambeau was -15 F (-26 C), with a wind chill (under current National Weather Service standards) of -36 F (-38 C). And the under-field heating system malfunctioned, which resulted in the moisture that was trapped under the tarp flash-freezing once the tarp was removed, which left the field an ice-skating rink disguised as a football field.

The 1981 AFC title game, while the air temperature was warmer (-9 F, or -23 C), had an even colder wind chill (-37 F under current standards). And the playing field? Think a slab of concrete disguised as a football field.


Thanks. I wouldn't have thought they had in-ground heating in 1967.
 
rka
2014-01-03 09:06:41 PM  

imapirate: football in Green Bay is religion.

There's no chance in hell I'd take my kids to a game in that weather.


Just not your religion?
 
2014-01-03 09:17:15 PM  

buckeyebrain: ClavellBCMI: The 1981 AFC title game, while the air temperature was warmer (-9 F, or -23 C), had an even colder wind chill (-37 F under current standards). And the playing field? Think a slab of concrete disguised as a football field.

Did they recently change the standards for wind chill?  I've always heard -59 F for the Bengals game.


Yes, they did, in 2001.
 
2014-01-03 09:17:48 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: New Age Redneck: nobody ever used to say a word about - 40C

Yeah, but we're talking about -40 Fahrenheit  ;)

//that's the joke


Ok, you... get out of my mind.
 
2014-01-03 09:21:30 PM  

New Age Redneck: As someone who grew up in Saskatchewan I am getting a kick out of the "life threatening weather".....nobody ever used to say a word about - 40C, they just dealt with it.....when did everyone become whiny little pussies about the f*cking weather?

/dry cold that -40   :D
//Mt. Rhuapehu New Zealand, minus 1 C, 100% humidity, 60 knot wind, that is life threatening....


Congrats, you live in a shiatty place.
 
2014-01-03 09:27:40 PM  
Meanwhile, it will be a nice cozy 25 or so at the Linc Saturday night, and a balmy 40 at Cincy on Sunday.  And Indy will be indoors and Jim Irsay's mocking all the cold weather shiat.
 
2014-01-03 09:30:25 PM  

12349876: Minnesota's governor already cancelled school Monday for every single school in the entire state.


Which is significant because Minnesota schools are actually constructed out of ice.  True story.
 
2014-01-03 09:37:10 PM  
images.sodahead.com
 
2014-01-03 09:43:07 PM  

Shame Us: Warlordtrooper: imapirate: Warlordtrooper: But they had no problem delaying the first game of the season....

They did? Where'd I miss that?

It was delayed due to lightning.

Are we talking about the MNF game from Week 2?


Nope, he's talking about the season opener, Thursday night game, Baltimore vs. Denver. Delayed about an hour for thunderstorm.
 
2014-01-03 09:50:24 PM  
I guess I shouldn't complain about how I'm going to have to ride to class in 20 someone degree weather come Monday. Glad I'm not in Green Bay.
 
2014-01-03 09:51:50 PM  

FriarReb98: Meanwhile, it will be a nice cozy 25 or so at the Linc Saturday night, and a balmy 40 at Cincy on Sunday.  And Indy will be indoors and Jim Irsay's mocking all the cold weather shiat.


Naw. He'll be biatching at people on twitter. "Don't like the weather? Go buy a planet and run it how you like!"  Even though, of course, he inherited his, along with all his money.
 
2014-01-03 09:54:27 PM  

Triumph: I remember hearing someone describe the Ice bowl. Many people were wearing sleeping bags and kept their beer bottles inside the bag so it didn't freeze. People were holding it so long that you could hear screams coming from the Men's room.


I know a guy who was at that game.
He was just a kid back then.
Did not even try to make it to bathrooms, if you know what I mean.
 
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