"Classic" in Every Sense: The 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

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Two years ago, I spent New Years Day in Ralph Wilson Stadium with 70,000 or so other fans, not watching football. Instead, there was an ice rink in the middle of the field, and we were watching Ryan Miller and Sidney Crosby, not Trent Edwards and Leotis McKelvin. Snow fell all around us. I was freezing and in pain (just for the record: sitting outside in snow and freezing temperatures only a few days after having your wisdom teeth removed is not a smart decision), but I could have cared less -- this was a once-in-a-lifetime event, and nothing would make me miss it.

Two years ago, I would have never imagined that two years later I'd be spending my New Year's Day at the third Winter Classic. Two years ago, no one in Buffalo would have imagined that our raucous little "Ice Bowl" would become a New Year's Day staple and be expanded into a weekend-long event, worthy of a venue like Fenway Park.

The 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was one for the ages. I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend in Boston at not only the Winter Classic, but also the Legends Classic, the Bruins New Year's Eve practice, and an open skate on the rink. Here's a look back...

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