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Football in Antarctica?

And now for something a little less serious than national championship debate or the NCAA breathing down Boise State's neck.

In my dream last night, I watched Boise State play a football game on the road...against the University of Antarctica. That's right, Antarctica, a land mass that has no university, let alone a permanent population. But such is the magic of dreams. It was a typical football field. There was no stadium, just bleachers, very sparsely populated, of course. I watched BSU mysteriously go three-and-out, and give the ball to U of A. The Fighting...Penguins, or whatever, marched down the field near the goal line, and eventually kicked a field goal. Shocked and excited by their good fortune, U of A tried an onside kick. A Bronco recovered it and actually managed a decent return, setting up a very satisfyingly short field. At that point, my brain concluded that BSU would win the game and my unconscious mind moved on to other things. But I did notice, just before I left Antarctica, that the field was surrounded by dark, barren icy landscape. When I woke up, I reflected on how silly a place this would be for a football game, and I started thinking.

Let's say that a television network was absolutely desperate to broadcast an event that would produce high ratings. Let's then say that they decided a football game played in Antarctica would somehow accomplish their goals. And they have put you in charge of making it happen. Money is no object, they tell you, just make it happen. What kind of issues would you have to consider? I have started a list.

  • How would you build the field?
  • Would you construct a small stadium around the field?
  • How many fans can you expect to make the trip?
  • How do you get teams and fans to Antarctica? There are actually cruise ships that will take you there. I have a friend who has done this.
  • What would the players wear? Certainly something a little warmer than standard uniforms. Nike Pro Combat parkas, perhaps?
  • When is the best time to schedule this game? Towards the end of the season, early December-ish, Antarctica approaches the summer solstice and peak sunlight hours. The temperature tops out in the 40-50 degree range.
  • What do you call this game? (The 'Dairy Queen Classic,' anyone?)


Any issues you can add to the list? Let's hear 'em! Go Broncos.

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