Saturday, October 10, 2009

Don`t Let a Little Snow Get in the Way

I was planning to watch the baseball play-off game tonight, but it has been postponed because of snow in Colorado. That`s right, a snow-out. I imagine it would be pretty hard to play baseball in the snow and admit I have not tried it, but I have played sports in some less than ideal weather. Football is particularly good for this as the sport practically embraces bad conditions.

We used to play our weekly pick-up flag football games in all kinds of weather. The most memorable such game was probably the time we played about three days after a six inch snowfall. The night before the game it rained and when we got to the field there was a layer of snow with pools of water sitting on top. We still laced them up. It was fun, but pretty stupid. Not too smart to run around in ice water for 90 minutes.

One time I played basketball outside during a rainstorm. It makes a big difference to the game of basketball when nobody can count on traction and the ball is slippery. You wouldn`t catch Dwight Stone trying that (that`s a 1976 Olympics reference for you kids out there). Anyhow the basketball game was probably similar to the style of play you would see at an over 70`s Masters basketball tournament. Slow and methodical. As I remember it my team beat a much more talented team that day. We were better mudders. When you are slow like me you don`t mind when the conditions slow everyone else down.

My favourite bad weather sports story comes from my days in youth soccer. Our team travelled to Vancouver for a game (several hours by ferry and car) and when we got to the field it was pouring rain and much of the field was underwater. Many areas between the sandbars were ankle deep. Since we had travelled so far and this was before the days of winter field closures, we went ahead with the game. Needless to say, I had a pretty good game that day, but the real story is about a fellow named Mike.

Mike was a decent player, but he was always complaining to me that he was jinxed and could not score a goal. He said this often, and while it was true he wasn`t scoring at all that season, I didn`t buy into his jinx theory. In this rain-soaked game he got the ball just outside the 18 yard box and the goalie started to come out to challenge him. He chipped a beautiful shot over the oncoming goalie and right towards the middle of the net for a sure goal. It sailed through the air and came down right on the goal line, splat! It landed in a puddle and just spun there on the goal line as the goalie scrambled back and jumped on it. The jinx was intact.


  1. Is that Bobby Hooper in the photo? Did I play in that game? I guessing not, as I was a fairweather footballer. Although, now that I think about it, maybe I snapped the picture. I vividly remember the rainstorm full-court basketball game, though.

    Why doesn't anyone make fun of the Americans for snow in October? If it happened here, they'd all be rolling their eyes and wondering why they ever put a team in Canada.

  2. Are you never going to answer my query?

  3. Sorry about that. I wanted to keep it a mystery a little while longer. The photo is actually just a random one pulled from the internet that looked suitably like what we looked like at the time. I don't have any pictures of us playing in the snow as our photographer (namely you) only came out on sunny days.

  4. It really does look like Bobby Hooper, doncha think?

  5. Yes, I can see that. For the record, I don't believe the Hooper ever played in any of our WAFFLE games.

  6. A big star like him? Of course not.

    (Now get on a new entry.)