Doug's Diggings: Hudsonite at cold Packer game -- 'not that bad'
Hudson businessman Ron Weiler and his son Ryan attended the Packer-49er game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Sunday and he reported that, despite the cold weather, “it wasn’t too bad.”
“Of course, we were prepared,” Ron said. The game time temperature was just above zero and it dropped below zero before the game ended.
Among his array of clothing were LaCrosse boots, footwarmers, two pairs of socks, long underwear, insulated jeans, snowmobile pants, warm shirt, three jackets, gloves, hand warmers, face mask, hat and ski goggles.
“The only thing exposed was my nose,” Ron said.
The Packers actually handed out free hand warmers and served coffee and hot chocolate during the game.
Weiler said he used the hand warmers handed out at the game as a “seat warmer.”
“I attended a game in 1996 when it was cold and rainy and I think I was colder at that game,” Ron said. “We jokingly called Sunday’s game ‘ice bowl 2,’ but it appeared that most everyone in the crowd was well prepared.
“In the end it was a lot of fun. I’ve been colder in my deer stand.”
Ron said he saw plenty of people drinking the free coffee and hot chocolate.
“I passed it up — didn’t want to disrupt my relatively comfortable spot in the stands,” Ron said. He also said many of the fans stood for much of the game which helped keep people warm.
When the game ended, Ron’s son Ryan, a 22-year-old student at the University of Minnesota, was interviewed by the Milwaukee Journal.
“I’ll have to check and see if any of his comments made it into the paper,” Ron said.
The pair drove back Sunday night and he said it was one of those “only in Wisconsin” type events.
“By then it was -20 degrees and yet the road was filled with cars and people dressed in Packer garb,” Ron said. “On a normal below zero Sunday night that road would essentially have been deserted.”
As far as the game goes, Ron and his son were disappointed in the outcome.
By now, all Packer fans realize that the Packers made a couple of critical mistakes during the 49ers game-winning drive. First came the dropped interception opportunity. On a second-and-10 play, Packer defender Micah Hyde should have intercepted a pass intended for Anquan Boldin. Hyde jumped in front of Boldin in the flat. If caught, it could have been a pick six and a Packer lead, or, at worst, the Packers ball deep in 49er territory. The opportunity was missed and on the next play (third and 10) the 49ers completed a pass to Michael Crabtree and picked up 17 yards and the first down.
The second killer play came later in the drive when the 49ers faced a third and eight at about the Packer 35 yard line. A stop would have forced a long field goal but even if a field goal had been made, the Packers would have had time to try and come back down the field for a tie or potential win. Instead, the Packers allowed Colin Kaepernick to get outside and rush for 11 yards. The play resulted in a first down and gave the 49ers the opportunity to milk the clock before kicking the field goal — a frustrating play indeed.
Ron, a financial advisor for Edward Jones in Hudson, said he came to work Monday morning and discovered a boiler was out at his office.
“It’s colder in my office today than it was at Lambeau!” Ron joked.