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Freezing my butt off at the Chicago Bears MNF game

By December 10, 2013 No Comments
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freezing-beer-bears-frontLast night I was one of the brave and crazy souls to attend the Bears vs Cowboys Monday Night Football game where the temperature was 8 degrees with a -9 degree windchill. This made it the 4th coldest game in Chicago Bears history. I was given a free ticket to the game by our resident Sports Architect Matt Glamkowski. Not attending the game wasn’t an option. I’m a man and a sports fan. You accept free Monday Night Football tickets, regardless of the temperature. This is my account of what went down on this blissful evening.

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I’m not stupid. I knew it was going to be freezing. Because of this I was preparing to wear enough clothing where I could withstand an attack of Independence Day proportions from Mother Nature. I had on long johns, sweat pants, Smartwool ski socks (which are the greastest socks known to man), a long sleeve dry fit shirt, a Chicago Bulls hoodie, a North Face ski jacket, ski pants, a pair of gloves, a scarf, a tossel cap, a Bearo, and a Team USA Mitch Richmond jersey.

It is pretty hilarious when people wear NFL jerseys when they are skiing so I figured that I’d take up it another level by rocking a hoopster jersey. The Olympics are coming up so why not get ahead of the curve and start cheering on the U-S of A. This is the first time I’ve ever rocked a hoopster jersey over a ski jacket and to my knowledge I haven’t seen a picture of someone doing it before. I guess there’s a first for everything. Confident that I can survive the freezing death outside my journey begins.

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On the bus down to Soldier field I run into this dude rocking a Robbie Gould jersey who was a trip. Before I could ask him about why he’s rocking a Robbie Gould jersey he offers up the scene below.

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69. The joke never gets old.

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I got down to Soldier Field around 5:45pm to tailgate. While walking around and admiring ambulances turned into tailgating machines I came across this vodka gun. Simply put, it is a plastic gun filled with vodka. Awesome.

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Right next to the vodka gun was this horse. Ride it…my pony (for you Ginuwine fans out there).

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I wanted to take more pictures from the tailgate parking lots and the game except my iPhone stopped working because it was so cold. Really. I had to have Drew send me some photos from his phone because mine only worked about 15% of the night. That’s why I’ll jump up to our seats for the game. Well done Matt. They were badass. Good seats give you about a 1% boost in warmth.

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The Bacon Sports crew. It may have been freezing in the stands but it was blazing hot on the field. The Cowboys defense makes Missouri’s D against Auburn look like the 85′ Bears.

By the way, get out of here with the Josh McCown should start over Jay Cutler talk. McCown is a journeyman that is hot. Simple as that. Cutler is the starter when healthy, no questions asked.

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It was so cold out that beer froze and turned into slushies.

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Sweet Blackhawks Starter jacket dude.

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A Cheese Cup for $2.50 when a soft pretzel costs $4.50? You’ve gotta be kidding me. What makes this so egregious is that a soft pretzel is about twice as good with a cheese cup. Knowing that you have to eat the soft pretzel in a minute or less before it becomes hard as a rock from the cold, having the cheese cup is almost a necessity. $0.50, sure. $1, OK I get it. $2.50? Get outta here.

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Great example of someone rocking gear of a team that is not even playing. Despite this that is a sweet retro Forty Niners jacket.

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When you finished a beer this is what it looked like afterwards.

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Tonight the Bears retired Mike Ditka’s number (yes, it took that long). On the way home one of the buildings did a great job of giving him some dap. My friend Marty D once told me that if he could have any job he’d want to be the guy who creates sayings and designs with building lights (like this). I agree, that would be a sweet job.

From here I ran, just like in college when you wanted to get home from the bars at 2 am so that you can heat up that hot pocket, about a mile to Michigan Ave to catch a cab. Soldier Field is the absolute worst to get public transportation or a cab from and running actually got blood flowing so I could feel my feet again. Once I was finally able to hail a cab I praised and thanked the driver for picking me up like he helped rescue an oil tanker captain from a bunch of Somali Pirates. Warmth.

Sure it was freezing but had I stayed home I never would have learned about a vodka gun or seen two Bears fans put their jerseys together and make a 69. Life’s more fun when you are doing stuff.

 

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Rob Cressy

Rob Cressy

Sports loving free throw specialist and yinzer living in Chicago who is awesome most of the time, has run with the bulls in Spain, and is a graduate of Second City's Improv program.