That's always good copy for newspaper, radio, and TV, but on any team some of the guys play their college games in tough environments. That said, it was a shock when they came to Soldier Field. They didn't realize when that wind whips off the lake in Chicago, it sends a chill through your bones that you don't want to experience. When you're winning, you don't feel that chill. But when you're losing, you feel it, and I think the Rams on that particular afternoon felt it pretty thoroughly.
But if you go back to the 1981 AFC Championship game, 50 degrees below zero in Cincinnati, I remember Dan Fouts and Kenny Anderson went at it. Here's a team from San Diego coming out to play in Cincinnati and there were few accessories to keep you warm throughout the course of the game. There was Vaseline and there were baggies and there were socks for your arms, but that game in my opinion goes down in history as one of the most inclement games played at the championship level.
You won't see that this year, I'm sure, but in the future you might.
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