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Yes there have been games that I've attended that had a lower temperature. But let me make a case for the 2000 Iron Bowl being the coldest:
The day started out quite cold. So cold that it was sleeting and sort of snowing - very very lightly. By around halftime, however, that frozen precipitation had turned to rain. So it was around 35 degrees - and raining. And I had on a leather jacket.
Since my dumb ass refuses to leave a game early, I stayed until the bitter frigid end. Got back to the dorm and my feet were purple.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE cold weather games. They remind me of what football weather is like. I'd LOVE 29 degrees and sunny. But 35 and rainy? No thank you. I know some early 90s SECCG trips to Legion Field were butt ass cold. But the 2000 Iron Bowl takes the cake for me.
I was at that game also, it was just nasty. I was thirteen and had a three hour ride home, didn't start feeling my feet again until the after we got home.
It was miserable. Sleet mixed in with the rain that morning, and then on top of that we lost 9-0 in a boring, brutal game where you knew the outcome was never in doubt but we didn't get beat bad enough to ever completely stop watching.
Oher really cold games were the 2001 Independence Bowl, 2002 at LSU, 2007 at Auburn and 2009 in BDS versus South Carolina.
But none had the combination of rain/sleet/cold as that 2000 IB.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself it's not as hard as it seems - Led Zeppelin
I stayed to the bitter end so I could watch Mike DuBose bend over and kiss his a** good-bye. Totally miserable game. The only consolation I had was that we kept their running back duo out of the end zone.
"Quit trying to make a play and do your job!"
I was a Sophomore sitting in the student section and that day was a perfect reflection of that whole shitty year. i had ice in my hair---it was misery. I knew when they had the inflatable houndstooth hat on the field that it was going to be a long day.
Easily the most miserable I have ever been at a game in my life. The entire day was awful, and there wasn't enough booze in Alabama to make it any better. This game also beats a night game at Clemson with my wife having the flu.
THE Flagship University of Alabama since 1831.
A friend of mine who was a DT at Alabama played in that game. Told me one time it was the most miserable condition he ever played in. He said that at times his hands were so cold he couldn't feel his fingers, and that he was afraid he was going to fall over because of it when he got down in his stance.
2001 Independence Bowl was my first bowl game, and the coldest game I've been to, and I go to some Iowa games...RTR
This post was edited by bamaslama33 17 months ago
1997 music city bowl for me. All drinks in 20 Oz. bottles, limits anti-freeze!
That was a very, very cold game. I stayed the whole game and remember how miserable it was to cap off a very disappointing year with a loss to the barn in the cold/sleet. But, the coldest game I ever attended was the 1992 Senior Bowl. I believe Mike Ditka was one of the coaches. That day it snowed about 6-8 inches in Bham/Tuscaloosa but in Mobile it was just barely above freezing, hard rain/sleet, and very windy. We made it until half time and couldn't bear it any longer. Most miserable weather I've ever been in.
This post was edited by Capstone92 17 months ago
Enjoying the process. RTR!
Yes...the '92 SECCG in Birmingham...could not feel my toes afterwards, but I was smiling in the end anyway!!! Thanks Mr Langham!
The biggest reason the 2000 IB sucked so bad was that the weather wasn't *supposed* to be that bad. It's bearable to sit through those games if you bring a rain jacket, some serious cold weather/hunting gear, etc. But that IB was supposed to just be sorta chilly and dry.
I got to sit there and freeze in my tennis shoes, watch them get soaked, and then watch them freeze as the temperature dropped again. Been paranoid with cold weather gear ever since.
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