It’s Sunny In Philadelphia And Relatively Warm In Boston On Sunday
The weather in Philadelphia & Boston for this weekend’s NFL Playoff games is going to be a “balmy” 40-50 degrees and mostly sunny.
This is a disappointment to me.
Since I’m not at either game and will be watching them on TV – perhaps seeing one of them here in a Southern California a sports bar with the local and loud LA transplanted Eagles fans – it seems appropriate the games should be played in frigid Northeast winter weather.
I want snow on the field and plowed up in the end zones. Flurries blowing around in a brisk breeze. A frozen tundra field and cold air blowing out from behind facemasks.
While I’m dressed shorts out here in Cali, of course.
Boston, climbing out of another massive snowstorm, will feel like the Bahamas by comparison. The game-time temperature will be about 43 degrees (kickoff is at 3:05 p.m.) with a partly cloudy sky and a light wind of 10 mph.
In Philadelphia, it’s going to be downright hot. By January standards anyway. The high is going to reach 53, with the low dropping to 36. Okay, that’s chilly and the game is at night (kickoff at 6:40 p.m.) but there’s only a 10% chance of precipitation and the wind will be just 7 mph. That’s less than a gentle ocean breeze.
Games like this, at this time of the year played in these cities, should be cold. It’s what helps make the games interesting to watch for those of us with no real rooting interest in the teams.
Frigid temperatures in playoff games are part of NFL history: the Freezer Bowl in 1981 when San Diego and Cincinnati played in -9 degree temperature with 27-mile-an-hour winds that had a windchill of -37 and of course the famous Ice Bowl between Dallas and Green Bay. Just to name two. After freezing their fannies off in the conference championship games, the winners then go off and play the Super Bowl under sunshine and palm trees near beaches in places like Miami and Los Angeles.
This year’s Super Bowl, tho, is in Minneapolis.