I live in Chicago. It's the upper midwest and it's freezing cold in winter. But that doesn't stop most folks from continuing to do the things they love such as shop, bar hop, watch football games, or grill in the back yard. This past weekend was between 0 and 10 degrees, but throw in the wind chill and most readings were negative.
So as I was doing what Chicagoans do when it's single-digit temperatures; I fired up the grill all weekend. Regardless of the weather, it was NFL Championship Sunday I wasn't going to let the grill go unused. Anyway, after spending about an hour outside, I began thinking about the games and the conditions. Sure, football is played outside and therefore it's expected that you take the good weather with the bad. But single-digit temperatures could cause problems for some people. Least of all some of those 72K+ fans in Green Bay who probably were well-liquored for their Packer game.
Head due north for a few hours from Chicago into Wisconsin, and you'll find Green Bay. I was certain as I was grilling that the folks in Lambeau's parking lot were doing the exact same thing. Except there was probably a lot more whiskey involved.
The media spoke about the cold weather conditions affecting the game, but I didn't see much of it except the long passes (which there weren't many) and the kicking game (punting, kickoffs, and field goals). The players didn't seem to affected by it. Right? The Giants ran the ball even though the Packers didn't.
Was there too much made of the cold? These atheletes are paid millions of dollars to play football in any condition. Isn't it possible that in addition to the dude who fetches Gatorade (all game long no less) or the guy who holds the cable by the coach, they might have some of the best technology on the sidelines? I know the field at Lambeau is heated to keep it from freezing, I'm not sure if that makes a difference to the players. But they have heated benches, heat lamps that basically create a heat zone around the whole bench, parkas, hats, etc.
Think about yourself in that situation? Could you exercise for a few minutes, or up to 10 minutes (depending on the drive) in that kind of cold knowing that you could warm up in between sets?
The only Giants player who didn't stick around and celebrate on the field was Tynes. And his reason, "it was cold".