It’s not that I hate winter – I loathe it. There’s nothing worse in my opinion than sub-zero temperatures, mountains of snow and blustery winds all mixed together.
Sure I grew up in Southern Ontario, but I honestly think the nurses made a mistake the day I was born. I should have gone home with the people wearing grass skirts and tommy bahamas shirts and not my parents who were probably dressed in toques and parkas. Plain and simple, winter is something I will never get used to.
But in some sort of crazy way, the huge storm this weekend changed my tune, a little. Watching the Browns-Bills game in snowy Cleveland was fantastic. Granted I was sitting on my comfy couch wrapped in a blanket drinking a mug of hot chocolate. It may not have been much of an offensive game, but watching the players slip and slide around in the snow made it entertaining. I can only imagine how the thousands of people felt watching the Green Bay-Dallas ‘Ice Bowl’ game in 1967 or the Montreal-Edmonton ‘Staples’ game in 1977.
So with the New Year fast approaching, maybe my resolution should be to embrace winter. And what better way to do that than going to an outdoor hockey game in Buffalo on New Year’s Day? Actually, I think I’ve been wearing my toque a little too tight.
Seriously though, it takes a great player to brave the elements on the field, but an equally dedicated fan to watch it live. At least the players are running around. The only running I would do in the stands is back and forth to the washroom after drinking all the hot chocolate!
So, what’s the key to watching a game in freezing temperatures during a winter storm, or is it all in the drinks? Do you have a favourite winter game or memory, either witnessed in person or on television? And are you planning on going to the New Year’s NHL game?