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Families across the country love sports. Whether it’s baseball, basketball, football, or any other sport, everyone enjoys watching their favorite team compete. While usually the story is about the players on the field, sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. The rain, snow, and sometimes the heat, make the most memorable part of the game the insane weather. Let’s take a look at a few games where fans were better off bringing a poncho rather than anything else!
The “Mud Bowl” – Seattle Seahawks @ Kansas City Chiefs, 1998
Football games are always fun, especially when two quarterbacks and their offense’s battle back and forth for the lead. However, that was not the case when the Seattle Seahawks traveled to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in 1998. With the game tied at 3-3 in the second quarter, the second worst flash food put the city and Arrowhead Stadium. Fans who prepared for the weather had on their ponchos, jackets, or whatever they could to keep them dry, and the two teams went on to play what would later be named the “Mud Bowl.” That offensive shoot-out was impossible in the rain-drenched field, and after delays, the Chiefs pulled out a 17-6 win in the Mud Bowl over the Seahawks.
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The “Bronco Blizzard” – Green Bay Packers @ Denver Broncos, 1984
14 years before the Mud Bowl, the Green Bay Packers headed to Denver to take on the Broncos on a frigid October tonight in 1984. While players and fans bundled up for the cold, what they didn’t expect was 15 inches of snow to be dumped in Denver. The Packers fumbled on their first two plays from scrimmage in the “Bronco Blizzard,” both resulting in Bronco’s defensive touchdowns. Those two scoop-and-scores would be the only thing the Broncos could get going on the night, and despite a mighty comeback by Green Bay, Denver somehow made a field goal to give them a 17-14 win in the Bronco Blizzard.
“Scorcher in Arlington” – Toronto Blue Jays @ Texas Rangers, 1988
While most think of “bad” weather games being cold and wet, sometimes the heat is what can really get to you! I am sure the Toronto Blue Jays were thinking this in 1988, when they took on the Texas Rangers in the hottest game in MLB recorded history. As opposed to the other games mentioned, fans ditched the camping ponchos for some tank tops, but they didn’t any sunscreen – the 109 degree late-August scorcher happened during a night game! Despite the heat, the Blue Jays were ice-cold in the game, giving up 13 hits and falling to the Rangers, 5-1.