2011 Yale Snow Bowl

Columbia vs Yale, Wein Field, NYC, October 29, 2011. Better dubbed as the Yale Snow Bowl. The weatherman frequently is wrong, but not on this day. It’s should’ve been a warm pleasant autumn day in NYC. The rain started in the morning and by game time there were white out conditions. I was wet and cold in places I didn’t know I could be wet. And, I had my ski gear on. Sitting with an umbrella, not moving, trying to stay warm, I did manage to keep my central body core, nice and toasty. My hands were wet and frozen from handling the camera. Snow and wetness did not affect my Nikon. The front lens filter was wet and required some attention. The conditions were atrocious. Which, of course, is why a couple of grown men who should know better…. As Alex says, “This story will grow in legend, stature, and embellishment.”

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I got my pictures, and mercifully Alex bailed in the fourth quarter with his beloved Yalies up 16-0. Yes, Yale missed an extra point. Oh, the game? I should be a coach.

Whoa! We missed the rest of the 4th quarter. Today’s NY Times corrected my mistaken misconception that the shutout stood. Columbia stormed (pun) back to score and almost ‘snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.’ Me? Too cold to have cared at that moment. Let Columbia have its pyrrhic victory. Yale won on the final scoreboard.

Caveats: Don’t pass in the snow. Columbia did. It was ugly. Don’t run up the middle. Both teams did. Yale did it better. Don’t use the shotgun formation. Columbia did; they fumbled, a lot. Don’t pass long. Columbia did and got nada. Run to the outside. Yale did. Columbia slipping and sliding couldn’t follow. Don’t plow the field to see the yard markings. It makes mounds that are dangerous for the players to jump over. Don’t bother with out of bound lines. Examining the mark in the snow will be evidence enough. Bring more than one lousy heater for the players to huddle around. But, real players wear short sleeves in the biting cold. These are intelligent young men? Bring extra dry clothes to change into at halftime. Postpone the game till Sunday when it was cold and sunny. The soccer game did. Let the few hardy fans, yes both sides, into the heated booths above the grandstand. The players’ parents shouldn’t catch cold.

See in the gallery:

I assume the viewer knows football: Snow. Fumbles. Both teams had the ball fall to the ground early and often. Field goal kick. It was hard to see the the ball and hard to kick the ball. 3-0 stood till late in the third quarter. Yale missed an extra point, which makes the early first quarter field goal a real feat of daring do. And do not miss, Alex, with an umbrella in a snow storm!

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