A Couple Of Thoughts About The Winter Classic At Wrigley

The Bridgestone Winter Classic took place on New Year’s Day at Wrigley Field in Chicago between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks.


You already know this.


But were you at all wondering how the Bridgestone tire company got it’s name? Probably not, but I’m going to tell you anyway. Founder Shojiro Ishibashi’s last name translates as “bridge of stone.”


Those folks in some of parts of the bleachers were so far away, they needed a telescope, not binoculars, to see what was going on.


What actually happens if the weather doesn’t co-operate? What if unexpected warm weather arrived and the ice started to melt? Or the game got a foot of snow dumped on it? Ot winds picked up and the players couldn’t skate against them? Or freezing rain fell? What would happen? Is it re-scheduled? And what if it was and the weather didn’t co-operate again? So far they’ve dodged the bullet in Edmonton, although it was freezing cold; in Buffalo, where it snowed; and now Chicago. But can they dodge a bullet forever?


Why don’t they think about planning one of these things for an area where there’s no NHL hockey. Like Saskatchewan? Or Yellowknife? Or on Lake Couchiching in Orillia.


Bobby Hull and Ted Lindsay dropped the ceremonial pucks. Hull wore really girly leopard skin earmuffs.


What if one of the players gets his tongue stuck to the goalpost?


In sub-zero weather, is cold beer still eight bucks or do they lower the price?



4 thoughts on “A Couple Of Thoughts About The Winter Classic At Wrigley”

  1. To answer your many questions:

    It was in Chicago, so I doubt that weather would at all be a consideration, at least for the ice not melting.

    Beer would still be the same price, even though they might not sell many or need to refrigerate it.

    And if a player got their tongue stuck to the goalpost, that would just suck, but they would most likely:
    1. Not get it stuck
    2. Rip it off (OW!!!)
    3. Use warm/hot water to unstick it

  2. The idea is great but to sit outside in the cold and as you say look through a telescope is not my idea of a good time, specially when they did it in Edmonton there (i=I think it was Edmonton) a few years back, god they froze their nickers off

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