Thursday, September 20, 2018

Dan Holtz

Notch up four significant weather games at Lambeau Field for me

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    Fans fill the concourse at Lambeau Field during a lightning delay in NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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It seems like a badge of honor when Packers fans talk about the coldest games they ever attended at Lambeau Field and what they wore at the games to stay warm.

I’ve gone to a lot of games at Lambeau Field over the years, including the fourth coldest ever. The game time temperature was 2 degrees and they lost to the Detroit Lions, 24-17, on Dec. 22, 1990.

What I remember most about that game wasn’t just the temperature. There was a very strong northwest wind and the wind chill at kickoff was about minus 30. It wasn’t until the next day that my body warmed up.

But that game aside, I’ve attended four games with historical weather significance at Lambeau Field just since 2013.

On Nov. 24, 2013, I was at the coldest November game ever at Lambeau Field. It was 19 degrees at kickoff and the Packers tied the Vikings 26-26. The Packers were clearly the better team but the game ended in a tie. Aaron Rodgers didn’t play because of a broken collarbone. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Two years later on Dec. 13, 2015, I was at the warmest December game ever at Lambeau Field. It was 53 degrees at kickoff and the Packers beat the Cowboys, 28-7. It rained the entire game and we got soaked. But it never felt cold because mid 50s in December feels like a 75-degree day in June.

A year later on Nov. 6, 2016, I was at the warmest November game ever at Lambeau Field. It was 68 degrees at kickoff and the Packers lost to the Colts, 31-26.

And just this season, on Sept. 24, I was at the warmest game ever at Lambeau Field. It was 89 degrees at kickoff and the Packers beat the Bengals in overtime.

None of this really matters, but it gives me something to talk about.


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