OT - 49ers vs. Packers OPEN THREAD

Submitted by Mr. Yost on January 5th, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Commence in the cold.



January 5th, 2014 at 4:26 PM ^

I believe this is the first NFL game to be played in the Hoth system. Roger Goodell truly is making the NFL an intergalactic affair. 

As a note, Massey predicts an 82% win probability for San Francisco and a median projected score of 29-19 for this game. 


January 5th, 2014 at 4:35 PM ^

If they are sleveless, they are nucking futs. Also, there is a new color added to the Packers scheme; Hunter's orange. The stadium is filled with it.

snarling wolverine

January 5th, 2014 at 5:27 PM ^

Today's game is an outlier, too.  Most Green Bay home games aren't that cold, just the ones at the end of the season.  My point goes beyond temperatures.  When you're an outdoor team you never really know what the weather will be like - it's a variable that can affect everything - your playcalling, whether you kick/punt, how well your QB can throw, etc.  I find that a lot more interesting than playing every home game in sterile 70-degree dry conditions.


Nosce Te Ipsum

January 5th, 2014 at 5:40 PM ^

There are numerous variables you can talk about but none of those players grew up playing during the Winter in cold weather regions. What they're facing in the pros is completely different because of the time of year they play and the location. I don't really care where they play, inside or out, but you can't say that they grew up playing in these sort of conditions.

snarling wolverine

January 5th, 2014 at 5:54 PM ^

I'm not saying that HS players play in exactly these conditions.  I don't know why you are fixated on that idea.  

Playing in the cold is just one potential aspect of outdoor football.  It can also be really hot, or rainy, or windy, or whatever.   Football players grow up playing outdoors and maybe it's not below zero outside, but they still have to worry about how the weather will affect them.  To go from dealing with that all through college, and then go to a perfectly consistent 70-degree, no wind environment seems backwards.  When the Lions play, you know exactly what the conditions are going to be every time.  I find that boring.



Nosce Te Ipsum

January 5th, 2014 at 6:09 PM ^

I find it boring as well. The game is much more interesting with all the natural elements being involved, which includes real grass. My only point was how these conditions, which are much more prevalent during Winter (usually beginning on the 21st of December), have not become acquainted with the players and vice versa. "Hello, Winter." "Hello, Football players." The difference in temp from Fall to Winter is a fairly nice drop off in temperature so my point is that yes, players grow up all the way from peewee through college player predominately outdoors, but not in this kind of outdoors (real Winter).


January 5th, 2014 at 5:01 PM ^

Another resident tough guy, center Jonathan Goodwin, who makes his living in the middle of the NFL trenches, agreed: “I have no problem wearing sleeves. I think it’s safe to say you’ll see something on my arms. I gave up on the don’t-wear-sleeves-and-look-tough thing a long time ago.”


January 5th, 2014 at 5:09 PM ^

Watching your coach make a stupid-ass fourth down decision and then having the coach that turned down Michigan come back with a smart one that goes for 35 yards one minute later is super-fun guys


January 5th, 2014 at 5:38 PM ^

so not certain what you're referring to, but I've been struck by the continuous runs on 3rd and short.  It's clear to me that if Harbaugh had come here, we would have a lot of the same "ram it up the middle" play calls we were so frustrated with the last two years.  Just like Stanford did in the Rose Bowl.  Just like Bo did. They have that same philosophy. 


January 5th, 2014 at 5:18 PM ^

WTF is up with the NFL officials?  They have no freaking clue what Pass Interferance or Defensive holding is, and they miss calls every single week... and in the end zone to boot.  #clueless


January 5th, 2014 at 5:21 PM ^

Well if you're a Pack fan watching this...
you have to feel good knowing no PI or holding by DBs will be called in this game!
I'm thinking maybe the ref would have to take his glove off to pull out his flag, and that ain't happnin! Not in this cold!