Bedlam football must go on

Despite a predicted kickoff temperature of 12 degrees and snow before the game, athletics officials say postponing Saturday's matchup between the Cowboys and Sooners is not on the table.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: December 6, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: December 5, 2013

OSU staff stocked up on snow shovels this week to clear the field, if necessary, he said.

Storm dredges up

Ice Bowl memories

It's not unusual for football — professional and college — to be played in the cold or snow. When the Sooners played Kansas State on Nov. 23, it was about 22 degrees.

Remember the Bedlam matchup dubbed the Ice Bowl? In 1985, the teams met on a field of sleet and ice and played through the most miserable conditions. Players struggled to keep their footing. Band members' instruments froze. Blankets and clothing stuck to the bleachers.

By the end, 20,000 fans remained — down from the 35,000 there at kickoff, but still a crowd.

Saturday is expected to be even colder. “Yet, invariably, there will be somebody shirtless, sitting in the stands,” Burda predicted.

Saturday's forecast

in Stillwater

The forecast for the 11 a.m. kickoff Saturday calls for a temperature of 12 degrees. It could climb to 20 degrees during the game. The windchill factor will be about 2 degrees. Winds will be 10 to 12 miles per hour and there should be a light snow cover left over from precipitation Friday.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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