Sports Are Always Better in the Snow

Amber Lee@@BlamberrSports Lists Lead WriterJanuary 6, 2014

Sports Are Always Better in the Snow

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    There’s something about snow, particularly the first few snowfalls of the year, that has the power to create a long-lasting memory out of an otherwise ordinary event. 

    For those of us who grew up in a climate with four distinctive seasons, the white stuff brings back fond childhood memories of that first white Christmas and, of course, all those glorious snow days. 

    Even if a snow day didn’t come to fruition, staying up late waiting for the snow to start falling was often an event in and of itself. The mere potential for a snow day is an intoxicating prospect for most kids. 

    Combining the power of nostalgia and the picturesque backdrop snow provides to almost any sport is almost always a winning combination. That’s why sports are always better in the snow! 

NFL Football

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    Date: November 27, 2006

    Event: Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks 

    There’s no team or fan base in professional sports that looks more at home in the snow than the Green Bay Packers. Snowy games are rare overall in the NFL, but this is one team that isn’t going to be bothered in the slightest by playing a cold game on the road. 

Skiing

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    Date: January 26, 2013

    Event: X Games Aspen 

    Obviously snow at the Winter X Games is to be expected, but it’s particularly picturesque in the evening up against the lights. 

MLB Baseball

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    Date: May 2, 2013

    Event: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals

    Coming from hot and humid Tampa Bay, it’s no surprise Rays' players were in collective awe amid scattered Kansas City snow flurries last May. Definitely an Instagram-worthy photo.

Soccer

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    Date: March 22, 2013

    Event: Costa Rica vs. United States, FIFA World Cup Qualifier 

    When the U.S. played Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier in Colorado last March, the forecast was snow…snow…snow…and more snow. It was so snowy that Costa Rica actually asked for a rematch of the game, which the U.S. won 1-0, citing “impossible” conditions. 

NFL Football

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    Date: December 8, 2013

    Event: Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles 

    You gotta love a girl who isn't overly impacted by the elements. You know this one probably isn't going to complain about being cold when the heat is on 72. 

Horse Racing

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    Date: February 29, 2012

    Event: White Turf Horse Racing in St. Moritz

    Unless you have a crippling gambling addiction, there usually aren’t too many surprises in horse racing. Substituting the dirt track for a snowy track makes the sport infinitely more watchable. 

Soccer

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    Date: February 20, 2013

    Event: New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounds FC

    Seattle is well known for its cold winter rain, which is why snow is probably a welcome change for the Sounders. Anything to dim the brightness of those lime green uniforms is also welcome. 

NFL Football

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    Date: December 7, 2003

    Event: Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants

    Snowmen. Snow friends. Snowballs. These are just some of the built-in entertainment that comes with a substantial snowfall before a big game. 

NHL Hockey

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    Date: January 1, 2014

    Event: NHL Winter Classic, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings 

    The NHL’s Winter Classic is, for the most part, a logistical nightmare for pretty much everyone involved. But there’s something about hockey being played outside, particularly in the snow, that makes it all worth it in the end. 

NHL Hockey

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    Date: January 1, 2014

    Event: NHL Winter Classic, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings 

    This year’s Winter Classic was fit for a postcard, but close up it looks like the players and coaches may have enjoyed it a little less than those of us watching from home. 

NFL Football

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    Date: January 21, 2007

    Event: NFC Championship, New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears 

    Even the dreaded zebras are slightly more palatable when it looks like they’re blowing calls from the confines of a snow globe. Slightly. 

Rugby

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    Date: February 2, 2013

    Event: England Saxons vs. Scotland A

    Rugby in the snow is crazier than any other sport because nothing seems to change. They’re still wearing shorts, short sleeves and, except for a couple of dudes wearing hats, no other weather specific gear. All that suffering for a game that probably ended in a tie. 

MLB Baseball

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    Date: April 6, 2007

    Event: Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians 

    Baseball is primarily a warm weather affair that many of us associate with the dog days of summer. Not much else going on in early August! That makes snow at a game all the more memorable on the rare occasion it happens. 

NFL Football

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    Date: January 19, 2002

    Event: AFC Divisional Playoff, New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders 

    This is actually one of the more memorable games in NFL history because of the infamous tuck rule situation that screwed the hell out of the Raiders. Something tells me the snow doesn’t make this one any better for those folks. 

Freeskiing & Snowboarding

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    Date: December 20, 2013

    Event: U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix

    If you like fresh powder on the slopes, there’s no better time to get out there than when it’s actually snowing. Perfect conditions—minus visibility!—and snowflakes on your tongue to keep you hydrated. 

NFL Football

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    Date: December 8, 2013

    Event: Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens 

    Can’t say for certain, but it looks like the Ravens’ Michael Oher, Marshal Yanda and Gino Gradkowski are taking a moment to soak in an unforgettable sight. Games that snowy in the NFL are relatively rare. 

Polo

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    Date: January 30, 2009

    Event: The Cartier Polo World Cup On Snow

    Polo, the sport of kings, brought to you by Cartier, diamonds. Honestly, the snow is the only thing good about this whole thing. 

Soccer

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    Date: March 22, 2013

    Event: Costa Rica vs. United States, FIFA World Cup Qualifier 

    Team Costa Rica may have thought the conditions in Colorado were impossible, but it looks like USMNT fans were loving every second of it. 

NASCAR

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    Date: March 25, 2006

    Event: Sharpie Mini 300 

    Actually, racing cars in the snow sounds like it would be pretty dangerous, so NASCAR probably isn’t better in the snow. But it’s better when it’s delayed by snow and the drivers can’t resist making a few snow angels. 

College Football

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    Date: December 4, 2010 

    Event: Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati 

    The bright white snow dusting the Pitt Panthers’ mascot really brings out the yellow and green in its deranged and menacing looking eyes. 

Golf

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    Date: February 11, 2012

    Event: The Chivas Snow Golf Championship 

    If you were completely unaware that snow golf, let along a snow golf championship, was an actual thing—join the club. That being said, it looks pretty epic. The PGA should consider a snow event like this as a cheap ratings ploy. 

Tailgating

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    Date: December 26, 2010

    Event: Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders 

    Let’s face it, everyone loves starting a fire—it’s a defect in human DNA. Unfortunately, starting fires in public places is generally frowned upon...unless it’s snowing. Then it’s a functional fire and, therefore, right as rain. 

NFL Football

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    Date: January 3, 2010

    Event: Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills 

    Playing the Bills in Buffalo a few years ago, the Colts were all reminded how lucky they are to call the cozy confines of Lucas Oil Stadium home. It’s pretty as a picture, but you know they must be freezing!

MLB Baseball

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    Date: March 12, 2013

    Event: New York Mets vs. Minnesota Twins 

    Mets' slugger David Wright looks like a kid on Christmas morning looking up at the light snow.