Weekend Sports ThreadSeptember 5th, 2013 at 2:37 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather
We kick off the NFL season this Thurs. evening on NBC (WOOD-TV) with the Ravens and Broncos. The Lions play Minnesota at 1 PM Sunday at Ford Field. As usual, Jack Doles is pessimistic about the final Lions record and Larry Figurski is more optimistic. It’s like that every year. That game is on FOX. CBS has the Bengals and Bears at 1 PM. The N.Y. Giants are at Dallas in the Sunday evening game on NBC. Michigan St. hosts South Florida at noon Sat. on ESPNU. Hopefully, CMU welcomes New Hampshire at 3 PM Sat. (ESPN3). Western has a home game at 7 PM with Nichols St. Grand Valley has an evening game with Azusa Pacific in Allendale. Ferris St. heads to North Dakota St. this Saturday. Hope is at North Park. The biggest game of the day (maybe) is Notre Dame at Michigan. That’s at 8 PM on ESPN. The Tigers gave up 20 runs and 8 home runs as Boston scored in every inning except the first. They’ve now lost 6 of their last 10 as they head to Kansas City. US Open Tennis is running now and the pro golf tour hopes the Chiquita Classic has a bunch of ap-peel. The NASCAR Sprint Tour lands in Richmond VA. this Saturday. Leave a comment and make a guess on the final record of your favorite teams.
BTW – did you see that NBC Nightly News lead story Weds. evening was from right here in G.R. Also, massive amounts of ice in the Arctic hampering ships. This was the coldest summer (June thru August) ever recorded north of 80 deg. latitude (records go back to 1958). The town of Resolute in N. Canada hasn’t been warmer than 33F since August 18th. The town of Alert hasn’t been above freezing since 8/22. On Sept. 2 they had a high temperature of 25F and a low of 10F. They’re already making ice up there. While Arctic ice extent remains well below the 1979-2000 average, there has been a huge increase in ice cover in the past year. The Antarctic ice cap is at a record extent and has been growing pretty steadily for 25 years. Here’s a graph of annual temperatures for the South Pole weather stations (Amundsen-Scott). Also, only the 4th time since 1883 that there was not a 100-deg. temperature in Alabama during meteorological summer (June, July and August).