NHL: Mother Nature Is About To Melt the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh

December 28th, 2010 by Tim King Leave a reply »
Back when we were kids, there was always that day when the outdoor portion of the hockey season ended.  You and your buddies showed up at the pond, but your sheet of dreams had been rained on lightly the night before, and it now was groaning and creaking.  Its color wasn't what you remembered, and there was now a layer of slush on top.

You had no choice at that point but to send one of your buddy's kid brothers out on the ice to see if it held.  More often than not the creaking and cracking increased markedly and he retreated to shore quickly (and with threats to tell Mom).  Every once in a while, he fell through and you had to come up with a story right then and there.

Chances are that the NHL isn't going to send Sidney Crosby or Alex Overchkin onto the ice at Heinz Field to see if it will hold or not, but the chances that league's portion of the outdoor season, at least in the US, is done.

With each passing hour, forecasters are more sure that Saturday in Pittsburgh will see rain with temperatures in the 50s.  Accuweather.com has gone so far as to say that there is a 20 percent chance that a thunderstorm might roll in.< ...

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