In a perfect world, all games would be played in bright sunshine, or under a sky full of stars and a full moon. But, Mother Nature has a way of taking the best laid plans of sports leagues and turning the events upside down. Inclement weather, in the form of rain, snow, fog and wind have made pro and amateur athletes miserable but the games very memorable. Playing fields slick with precipitation and mud, socked in with fog or swept with gale forces winds produce unpredictable results. Just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins what mud did to a hyped up Monday night match up in 2007. The final score of 3-0 pretty much sums it up!
The game time temperature in Cincinnati was an unremarkable -9 Fahrenheit, but with wind gusts up to 35 M.P.H. the wind chill was a bone numbing -59 F. The Chargers, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, had just come off a stirring victory in Miami the week before, where temps were a lot balmier and star tight end Kellen Winslow had to be helped off the field from a bit of heat exhaustion. Fouts refused to wear gloves during the game — citing lack of feel — but still only threw for 185 yards, including two interceptions, in a 27-7 loss. The most interesting quote came from Bengals’ offensive lineman about the ball that kicker Jim Breech put through the uprights for two field goals (and who had a bruised foot thereafter). “It was like kicking a brick,” Lapham said.