Now THAT Was Football!
December 9, 2013

I spent most of Saturday watching the big college football games. The biggest were the SEC Championship and the Big Ten Championship, but as big as those games were, they were both played indoors. When Auburn beat Missouri in the Georgia Dome, all eyes of the sport turned to Indianapolis where it was snowing, but the game was being played in a dome. If you wanted cold weather football, though, it turns out that all you had to do was wait 24 hours.

I had some things to do Sunday, so I wasn't going to watch either of the morning games. We were stuck with Raiders at Jets on CBS, and I didn't even know what the Fox game was. I knew they would have Seahawks-Niners as the late game, and I wanted to see that one, so I was going to skip the morning fare. Before I was ready to leave the house, though, I turned on the TV. Fox was showing Detroit at Philadelphia, and boy was it snowing! The third quarter had just ended, and they were talking about how there were eight inches of snow on parts of the field. My plans immediately changed. You gotta watch this.

It was 14-6 Detroit after three quarters, and that's about what you'd expect in a snow game. Two touchdowns to one. But for some reason, even though the snow was still falling, Philadelphia outscored the Lions 28-6 in the fourth period, and won the game 34-20. LeSean McCoy had touchdown runs of 40 and 57 yards, and sandwiched in between was a 98-yard kickoff return by Detroit's Jeremy Ross. Incredible.

Several cold weather cities hosted NFL games Sunday—Cincinnati, Green Bay, New England, and Pittsburgh to name a few. All play in outdoor stadiums. Considering that almost all NFL teams have their own building, and don't share with baseball (Oakland is the lone exception), domed stadiums for football should be outlawed. Granted, I was watching in the comfort of my living room, but you could tell the fans that were there (perhaps liquored up) were into it. And it would be cool to see a Bears-Packers game in person in sub-freezing temperatures and a foot of snow, wouldn't it? Well, once anyway. College football's championship will be played in Pasadena, so no chance of snow there, but remember the Superbowl is in New York this year. How cool would it be to see the Super Bowl turn into a snow bowl?

Extra point: In what had to be an NFL first, no points in that Detroit-Philly game were scored by a kicker. Because of the snow and the field conditions, teams went for the two-point conversion after scoring a touchdown, and were successful three of six times. Only once did they for the traditional point-after, and that was after the 98-yard kickoff return. Several Lions players came out and cleared off the snow for the kicker and holder, but the PAT was blocked.

Snow in Marysville!: I got out of Grass Valley before the storm hit Friday night, which ultimately dropped six to eight inches of snow on the foothill hamlet. I was relieved that I didn't have to drive in it, but disappointed that I didn't get to see it. Marysville is close to sea level, and there was no snow Friday night, but Saturday morning around 11am it was coming down pretty good. It only snowed for about 20 minutes, and had melted in a couple of hours, but it was enough to stick and get the kids outside and start a short-lived snowball fight. One of the little girls in my complex was gathering the snow into a bowl. When I asked what she was going to do with it, she said “keep it”. I'm sure it won't stay in the house too long, but snow in Marysville is a rare thing. (Note: I'd post pictures of the Marysville snowfall, but I took them with my new phone, and I can't seem to email them to myself. I sent them, but they never arrived. Stupid smartphones!)

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