January 30, 2014 |
Light snow was falling when Samantha Avers left Duluth, a northwest Atlanta suburb, on Tuesday afternoon. She figured she would be home quickly, for it was only a 30- to 45-minute drive. Twenty-two hours later, Avers, an account manager who had just moved to balmy Atlanta from northern Virginia, wearily parked in her Smyrna neighborhood Wednesday morning. She had been stranded in hellish snowstorm traffic, napped in her car in the middle of a freeway, eaten fruit from her Superman lunch box, watched "Private Practice" on her iPad and drank a gas station beer from a coffee cup. Hers was just one of the horror stories from the great Atlanta snow-out of 2014.
January 27, 2014 |
Mike Ditka has weighed in on the upcoming outdoor Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and he didn't mince words. The Hall of Fame player who spent much of his career playing big games in cold, inclement weather said planning the biggest game of the season in a place where such conditions could occur was a bad idea. “The weather's going to be a problem,” Ditka told the Detroit Free Press. “They made a big mistake. The game shouldn't be there. I mean, it's stupid.” No word on how Super Bowl XLVIII feels about the ESPN football analyst.
January 27, 2014 |
Denver Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard is ready for the cold weather expected for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos lost to the New England Patriots in November in a game that was played in 22-degree temperatures. Forecasts call for temperatures in the 30s on Sunday. Woodyard has a strategy for dealing with the elements. “Once you figure out a point in your mind that you're cold, that's when it gets you,” he said. “So you just have to block it out and be into the moment.” Woodyard did not wear sleeves against the Patriots.
January 24, 2014 |
You never forget your first. That is why former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Andy Russell can recall, in vivid detail, much of Super Bowl IX in 1975, the first of his two NFL championship games. And his starkest memories center on the Poly-Turf surface at New Orleans' Tulane Stadium, which overnight rains and cold weather had turned into a skating rink. "We got out there and we couldn't stand up. It was ridiculous," Russell remembers. "We were slipping and sliding and we thought, 'You can't play like this.
January 4, 2014 |
The Chargers beat long odds to get into the playoffs, so they aren't saddled with the weight of expectations. They won their final four games of the regular season, and five of the last six, to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2009 season. Quarterback Philip Rivers has had his best season, completing a league-leading 69.5% of his passes for 4,478 yards with 32 touchdowns with and 11 interceptions. He has reversed the trend of the previous three seasons, when he had 48 interceptions to go with his 83 touchdowns.
January 2, 2014 |
Will an Arctic chill play into the weather-worn hands of the Green Bay Packers? Not necessarily. The forecast calls for bitter cold Sunday afternoon when the Packers play host to San Francisco in the first round of the NFL playoffs, but that doesn't necessarily mean Green Bay will have an advantage on the famed Frozen Tundra. According to Packers.com, Green Bay is 3-4 in games played at Lambeau Field when the temperature at kickoff is 6 degrees or lower. Sunday's forecast is staggeringly cold - a high of minus-3 and a low of minus-19.