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Farmers’ Almanac and Football: A Winning Combination!

Farmers’ Almanac and Football: A Winning Combination!

Fall has to be the best time of the year … fall foliage, cooler temperatures, apples, and football. Life doesn’t get any better than that. The Farmers’ Almanac predicts weather for every day of the year, broken into 12 regions for the U.S. and Canada. And, each year we mention weather on the day of the Super Bowl game. This year, probably because this is the first year the Super Bowl has been held in a cold weather state, it has been widely reported that for February 2nd, we are calling for “an intense storm, heavy rain, snow and strong winds.” If that happens as predicted – and none other than the great Terry Bradshaw has given us a vote of confidence – it will make for an old-fashioned football game.

I am old enough to remember many games played outdoors in horrid conditions. I always prefer to be on the other side of the TV when it was -20 degrees, snowing, and windy in Green Bay. How fans can paint their chests and go shirtless in those conditions is a true marvel. Long before there were indoor arenas, the game was played with workers shoveling snow off the line markers. Weather was part of the game, and we thought nothing of it.

Fast forward to 2013, and many stadiums are enclosed. Fans have become soft. But getting to the stadium can still be a challenge, as it was for recent Super Bowl games in Dallas and Atlanta. The NFL season launched last night, and we have 21 weekends until we might be dealing with a “Storm Bowl.” Between now and then, use your 2014 Farmers’ Almanac to plan any games you might attend, or go online and see what our call is for any of the NFL games this season.

Do you have a memorable story about being at a football game in snowy conditions? Share it below!

1 comment

1 anj { 09.09.13 at 12:43 pm }

i remember being home watching football on tv while my friends & other fans enjoyed throwing snow during the now-famous “snow bowl” game where 2002 new england’s pats kicked butt in the playoffs vs oakland! as much as i would’ve loved to be there, was glad to be indoors watching in warmth.

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