Cold moments: When weather and sports collide   

Updated: October 28, 2008, 10:57 AM ET

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AFC Championship

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7. AFC Championship, San Diego at Cincinnati

Date: Jan. 10, 1982

Weather: minus 9 at kickoff, wind gusts up to 35 mph, minus 59 wind chill at halftime.

What happened: Officially, it's the second-coldest game in NFL history. Toss in that wind chill, though, and maybe the Ice Bowl doesn't look so bad. Consider this: Bengals QB Ken Anderson suffered frostbite on his right ear. Police spent their time monitoring spectator health: worrying about unruly fans wouldn't be necessary on this day. But U.S. Army doctor Ralph Goldman, whom the NFL consulted before game time, came just inches short of calling playing conditions primo. "We have troops out in much colder weather than that," he explained, "and they're able to perform their jobs." Dr. Welby Goldman added, "There's no risk of fatal hypothermia." The Bengals prevailed 27-7, and earned a trip to the Super Bowl -- in Detroit. No beachside romps along Lake Erie, but at least they'd be playing indoors.

1997 World Series

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10. World Series, Game 4

Date: Oct. 22, 1997

Weather: 38 degrees with a wind-chill factor of 18 at game time; snow flurries and an icy infield.

What happened: The Indians beat the Marlins 10-3 at Jacobs Field in what was officially the coldest World Series game on record (MLB didn't track weather records until the 1970s). The teams had played the first two games in Miami, where temps hovered in the high 80s. Then they moved to Cleveland, where the temp at the start of Game 3 was 47 -- with a 25 mph wind. On this, the second blustery wintery World Series night, reporters asked MLB chief Bud Selig about the possibility of shifting future Fall Classics to neutral, warm-weather sites. He batted that idea away because he had to suffer the decider's burden, not them and not the players. "I'm the only dope who's sitting all day watching The Weather Channel,'' Selig said. ''We're in Cleveland, in Middle America, in late October. You can have two weeks of this. There's no sense making the players sit around.''


--Jeff Merron


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