Arrowhead Adventures In Artic Weather!

Arrowhead Adventures In Artic Weather!

The Thursday Night Football game last week was incredible in so many ways. It is being called the greatest Thursday Night Football game ever! I could not agree more, but of course, that is subjective and I am not exactly a neutral contributor.

What is not subjective is that it was cold. The second coldest game in memory for me.

Before the game, I was asked by my friends who were making their first trip to arctic Arrowhead how to prepare etc.

Another couple of freezing home games are coming up, you may benefit from my self-proclaimed expertise as well.

  1. It is much colder at Arrowhead than it is in your front Kansas/Missouri yard. The place is nothing but metal and concrete. If you are comfortable as you get in your car, you probably aren’t dressed warmly enough.
  2. You need layers. Start with a wicking layer that is next to your skin, it will pull sweat from your body. Mountain climbers say “cotton kills” because it soaks up the sweat and keeps it close to your skin. So don’t throw on your cotton “Loudest Stadium in the NFL” tee. A regular nylon chiefs jersey works well.
  3. Move on to wool. Any 100% cotton sweater or other kind of wrap will work fine. Wool is the only material that will keep you warm when wet, an added security.
  4. Next a down coat. The more down the better. Down coats keep you toasty warm and “adjust” for the temperature. Ducks cannot put on or take off layers, you won’t need to either.
  5. The final layer must be waterproof, and windproof. I love Gortex but whatever you have or can get that is similar. A hood is a must. Gortex is awesome but the material itself gets cold, so you need that inner down layer to keep that away.
  6. A very warm wool hat. Most of the heat you lose is from your head. Do not wear a baseball style hat. A wool or acrylic stocking hat is a must.

Other Tips:

  1. Bring a piece of cardboard to put your feet on.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Your breath is warmed by spit in your mouth. You actually lose more water in extreme cold temps than in hot ones.
  3. Sign up for the “designated driver” free hot chocolate at the “Fans First” booths located around the stadium.
  4. Make sure you have a full tank of gas when you enter the gates.
  5. Buy the best tickets you can afford. The higher the seats… the colder you will be. There are very good deals on cold weather game seats right now no sites like Stub Hub etc.
  6. Make sure your wife or buddy or whoever goes with you dresses as warm as you. If you don’t say anything they probably won’t and you will have to deal with it.

Your Arrowhead Adventurer is ready for some cold regular and post season games! Make sure you are too!

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  • berttheclock

    Don’t ever forget your face mask. Perhaps, not the full kind, but, at least the half face which extends up over your nose.

    I liked the fact you included a water proof outer layer to the mix as down not protected by such can not wick the water away. Down is fine in very cold dry conditions. Once, spent a bit of time in both Helena and Great Falls, Montana. Learned the hard way about adding extra layers as the temp dropped, especially, when, the very cold winds swirled. But, that face mask became essential as one morning as I walked up Last Chance Gulch for some coffee, I could only make about one short block before my mustache would begin to freeze. Face mask solved the problem (although one could not walk into any of the local banks with one on)

    However, it, your tale, also, reminded me of attending Gale Sayers very last football game for KU. It was in Columbia and we had to sit in the open end zone with Mizzou fans. The field was frozen solid. By half time, we were just about frozen when some fine Mizzou fans saved the day by offering us shares in their Jack Daniels. Made the second half much better even though Mizzou kicked KU around and by the 4th quarter of play, I remember we even joined in the cheers as Mizzou scored their last TD directly in front of us.

    Sayers, BTW, had a miserable day as they tried to put him out as a lone wide out. When, he received the pass, he could not plant to go and kept slip sliding away as did the Jayhawks that long and very cold afternoon.

  • berttheclock

    One other thing about cold weather gear. Many a GI and US Marine learned the hard way that those so-called Mickey Mouse boots supplied by the Pentagon were indeed Mickey Mouse as they caused your feet to sweat, then, turned them into ice. In fact, the famous US Marine General “Chesty” Puller refused to even allow the Marines to wear them after so many suffered from frost bite at the Chozin Reservoir. We had them in the US Army in West Germany in the early sixties. Wore them one night while pulling guard duty at the ammo dump and after about an hour and one half, I knew my relief would be coming shortly as my feet begin to go numb.

    • freshmeat62

      My father-in-law got caught in a forward position about 20 miles from the German border when the Battle of the Bulge started. He said it was the coldest he’s ever been in his life, and he was born and raised in North Dakota. Now I spent most of my overseas duty in Thailand, where the temp and humidity had a race every day to see which could hit 90 first.

    • Laurels and limitations

      I used to wear jungle boots in the winter time up in Wash. state. People laughed at me until they figured out that my boots dried faster than theirs did. I was quite the trend setter.

    • drwillez37

      How bout driving thru Iraq in a hummer with no doors!!!!

  • ladner morse

    Here-Here! Here’s to many more Arctic Weather Games at Arrowhead this year!

    • Merlin

      Said from his couch at home 😉

      • tm1946

        Best way to enjoy the cold. As a younger fellow, a game at the Mistake by the Lake. So cold, don’t remember anything about the game. Browns won, ??

        • berttheclock

          Pat lived there and taught just outside the city and she has told me about having to be sure to hook your engine up to a heater over night, plus, make sure you only drove an old beater to and from due to the heavy usage of salt on the roadways during the winter. She said the beater she acquired while living there had a hole in the floorboard which always allowed her to look down at the street, er, ice and slush below.

          • tm1946

            Hole is handy, my dad used it as a way to hide smoking. Didn’t work so he had to quit. Wives rule in all the households I knew.

            Not from Cleveland area, wife grew up in N. Olmsted. But her dad was a huge Browns fan.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            My Dad’s a smokeless tobacco user, he used the hole in the floorboard for a cuspidor.

    • berttheclock

      Where, Where? I couldn’t Hear you very well.

  • tm1946

    Any word on a free agent ILB for some relief Sunday?

    • berttheclock

      One ILB Dorsey worked out this week has signed with the Redskins. He was more of a thumper type. No word on any of the others, but, Dorsey, apparently, never tried to sign the PS player from the Browns, their 7th round pick, Scooby Wright, who has signed with Arizona and will have to be on that roster for 3 games.

      • Laurels and limitations

        A thumper LB is what I think would come in handy, heck, I dunno, it’s hard to replace a 3 down LB in any case and having to keep2-3 guys on the roster to replace one sure hurts on game day.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      If I had to guess, I would say no news means PS move. Chiefs move up either Darnell Sankey (thumper) or Jimmy Hall (LB/S tweener). With a PS player there’s no reason to give the other team any advance notice of who could be playing.

  • tm1946

    Any interest in WR Malcolm Floyd, Cards just cut him for a DUI, rehab and remorse then worth a look for next year?

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      Isn’t he kinda long in the tooth?

      • ladner morse

        Floyd is 35 and his career will likely be over with this new development.

        • berttheclock

          No, no, no, patron. You are confusing the 35 year old Malcolm Floyd from the Chargers with the 27 year old Michael Floyd, who has just been cut after his 2nd DUI with the Cardinals. Anyone who picks him will have to pay him over $800,000 for the last three games of the season. Michael still has several productive years left.

          • berttheclock

            He was going to become a FA after the end of the season and the Cardinals decided to cut him early. He fell asleep at the side of the road, but, his car was blocking the road, so, the police spotted him. As the keys were still in the ignition and the engine was running, they could legally charge him with a DUI.

          • berttheclock

            With the various problems with Palmer this season, the production of Floyd fell off from his former years. But, he started 7 games out of playing in 13 this year, being targeted 70 times, catching 33 for 446 yards, a 13.5 average and scored 4 TDs. His long was of 39 yards. His yardage for this year is about half of last years production. His best year was his second year with Arizona.

          • well, even not running, parked off the road and even with the keys in his pocket he could still be hauled for a dui. But then, any more you can get cited for dui riding a horse along the grass beside the road….or a lawnmower.

    • Calchiefsfan

      All the symptoms of an alcoholic. He needs to get into a program before he will be of any use to anyone. Hopefully this could be what he needs to finally address it. I feel for the kid and hope he overcomes this.

  • berttheclock

    Point of info about the Titans’ offensive line. They are ranked first in the NFL as a unit this season. Slightly ahead of the Cowboys. In comparison, the Chiefs are tied for 15th along with the O-lines of the Niners, Falcons and Giants. The Titans line has only allowed 37 QB hits compared to the 58 given up by the Chiefs. They allowed fewer sacks than have the Chiefs. In the run game, they have a better record of having an average rush before contact than the Chiefs and they have allowed a better rush per carry than the Chiefs, 4.7 yards to 4.1 yards. They have been especially good at both OTS and their LOG, Quinten Spain works extremely well being between Taylor Lewan and their center who came over from the Texans, Ben Jones. Their ROT, Jack Conklin is a stud, so, they have bookend OTs, both top draft picks. Spain was a 2015 walk on from West Virginia, but, he is the type who has shown himself to be very coachable and loves to play the game, two of the biggest assets for any college o-lineman coming into the NFL. This is the worst type of O-line the Chiefs need to face with the loss of DJ. One that can smash mouth you, yet, not allow many hits to their QB.

    • think about that: ranked 15th. That is greatly improved over the past 3 seasons. I like that Ehinger had found a nitch out of the gate his loss for the season had a large effect because Fulton is absolutely, concrete in motion… very slow motion(when asked to block in space. I think even that number should have us appreciating the OL status in 2016. Yeah, the Titans can run the football but their aerial game is no great shakes. L&L nail’it above, about what the Chiefs need to do to win the football game. I don’t think the Chiefs would or have taken this game lightly. I want to see the offensive dynamics unfold early and often and see it aggressive for four quarters for a change. I liked Conklin in the draft btw.

  • Laurels and limitations

    you guys are all going to give yourselves coronaries about this Tenn. game, they have shown up versus the dregs of the league and took advantage of a couple of teams reeling from injuries. Yep, any given Sunday and all that jazz, but don’t make mountains of mole-hills here.

    • berttheclock

      Was Von Miller “reeling from injuries” against the Titans? He had 7 tackles, but, no sacks. Ware and Ray had one each. They curtailed the passing of Mariota, but, the Titans ground pounded the Broncos for 180 yards.

      • Laurels and limitations

        the league has been running on Denver to the tune of 4.2 yards an attempt this season, so Tenn. running on them is not a big surprise, especially since Tenn. has zero passing attack. The only thing KC needs to do is get a two score lead on Tenn.’ piss poor pass defense then let Marriatto attempt to beat them through the air, it outta be a hoot.

  • Laurels and limitations
    • Laurels and limitations

      hmmm, I have the hardest time transferring links from facebook…in a gist…KC is not overlooking anyone, at anytime right now. So says the Big Red Walrus.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Cold weather is worse for attic work than warm weather. Sure you sweat a lot when it’s hot, but when it’s bone chilling cold in the attic, you have to try to lumber around in all your warm gear and not fall through the ceiling.

    • Laurels and limitations

      been my experience that there is no such thing as “good” attic work….whenever you have to go up there bad things are in store.

      • Chiefly Bacon

        Good attic work is what you get when they spray-foam the roof deck. It’s somewhat climate controlled and there’s no insulation obscuring where you need to work. Still some tight spots, but not nearly as bad when you don’t have to swim through blown-in to get there.

        • Laurels and limitations

          lol. I have sections that are blown-in and the rest is rolled (un-rolled now I guess) and I never step on either as I no longer bounce when I hit the ground, I simply splat.

          • Chiefly Bacon

            Blown in is definetly better to deal with than rolled. The worst is when you have blown-in on top of rolled (or bats).

          • Laurels and limitations

            ooh, I LOVE bats, the glorious little insect eaters themselves. We have a few living in an elm tree out back but I want to put up bat houses in order for them to populate more.

          • Chiefly Bacon

            🙂 Not that kind of bats. Another name for roll insulation. I just missed the extra t in batts. Though I do love bats. It’s the main reason I’m opposed to wind farms. Poor suckers, sonar doesn’t work very well on giant rotating blades.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    All I have to say about that is Burrrrrrrr ing it on competition.