It's going to be something like 6° in Green Bay on Sunday, so the desire to watch the game at home is possibly intense, but come on, it's Green Bay. I expect to see the fans out there with their shirts off. How can you not want to be there?
I know, Meade and I are in easy(ish) driving range, but Madison isn't on that list of local markets at risk of being blacked out. (Is it?)
UPDATE: The NFL gives the Packers an extension until Friday at 4 p.m.
The notion that the Packers, world champions 13 times over, are unable to sell out a home game — especially a playoff game — normally would be unthinkable.Come on, Packer fans. You know you want to be there for Ice Bowl II.
Many fans pointed out that a new ticket policy and the team's poor play late in the season may have dampened interest among season-ticket holders to commit to buying playoff tickets.
Others said Sunday's frigid forecast may be scaring off fans who are opting for the comfort of their living rooms to watch the game. Game time is 3:40 p.m. Sunday, and the latest forecast calls for a high of 5 below on Sunday, a wind chill of 30 below and a low of 18 below later that night.
According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the temperature at game time for the famed Ice Bowl on Dec. 31, 1967, was 13 below zero.
ADDED: In the Ice Bowl, the wind chill was -48, so man up, people of Green Bay.
The University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (then Wisconsin State University–La Crosse) Marching Chiefs band were scheduled to perform the pre-game and half-time shows. However, during warm-ups in the brutal cold, the woodwind instruments froze and would not play; the mouthpieces of brass instruments got stuck to the players' lips; and seven members of the band were transported to local hospitals for hypothermia.... During the game, an elderly spectator in the stands died from exposure.AND: Here's the NFL's very amusing 5-minute video documenting the status of the Ice Bowl as the #1 bad-weather game of all time.
Prior to the game, many of the Green Bay players were unable to start their cars in the freezing weather, forcing them to make alternate travel arrangements to make it to the stadium on time. Linebacker Dave Robinson had to flag down a random passing motorist for a ride. The referees for the game found they did not have sufficient clothing for the cold, and had to make an early trip to a sporting goods store for earmuffs, heavy gloves, and thermal underwear. Packers quarterback Bart Starr attended an early church service with his father, who had visited for the game, and as Starr later said, "It was so cold that neither of us talked about it. Nobody wanted to bring it up."
The officials were unable to use their whistles after the opening kick-off. As referee Norm Schachter blew his metal whistle to signal the start of play, it froze to his lips. As he attempted to free the whistle from his lips, the skin ripped off and his lips began to bleed. The conditions were so hostile that instead of forming a scab, the blood simply froze to his lip. For the rest of the game, the officials used voice commands and calls to end plays and officiate the game....