Hockey, The Super Bowl, Ground Hog Day, and Weather

Last Sunday I was at the NJ Devils vs NY Rangers outdoor hockey game. We arrived, dress for the elements our seats were located in section 407 (upper, upper deck) that over looks right field. To say it was very, very cold would be and understatement, and the game started 98 minutes late do to ice glare.

By the end of the first period my feet were starting to feel numb, I had not been that cold since I was in Germany, and did winter mountain training in the Army (1967-68). But last Sunday the only place that I wanted to be was at that hockey game like the other 50,000 plus people who were there. Yes, It was cold, it was fun, it was an amazing experience, and we knew it would be cold, and I did not hear anyone complain.

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, for weeks-on-end all the noise has been about the weather. The sun is out the sky is blue with clouds and the 6:30pm kickoff projected temperature (the weather channel) is 44° and at 10 pm 39°. The NFL network loves broadcasting one of the most famous games ever played “The Ice Bowl”. Today I would venture to say football fans know more about The Ice Bowl played in 1967 then Super Bowl II. The NFL should not look at this as a one-time cold weather Super Bowl, but remember the games roots come out the central and northeast section of the country.

Other big event today is its Groundhog Day. Winter this year has brought us cold stretches and snow that we have not seen in over 20 years. So, with that in mind Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow or not, was more important to me then Super Bowl. Alas, he saw his shadow, and as legend goes six more weeks of winter. So I look for comfort in this news release “The National Climatic Data Center has put Phil’s forecasts to the test and found them sorely lacking, declaring the groundhog has “no predictive skill.”

Other big event today is its Groundhog Day. Winter this year has brought us cold stretches and snow that we have not seen in over 20 years. So, with that in mind Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow or not, was more important to me then Super Bowl. Alas, he saw his shadow, and as legend goes six more weeks of winter. So I look for comfort in this news release “The National Climatic Data Center has put Phil’s forecasts to the test and found them sorely lacking, declaring the groundhog has “no predictive skill.”

The countdown clock for The Bowl is now 5 hours and 30 minutes, and the countdown clock I am thinking about is, in 25 days, I will be in Florida for 30 days of spring training games…

  

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