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The Great Outdoors

CandyNothing I like better than spending my New Year's Day docked out in front of a grill behind some football stadium getting ready for a bowl game.

It could be an Orange Bowl game, perhaps a Sugar Bowl. Rose? Awesome. Fiesta? I'm liking it. I've even chilled in Jacksonville at the Gator Bowl on one particular New Year's Day.

This year, it looks like hockey fans get to experience the fun.

According to out buddy Tim Graham in the Buffalo News, the Bills' Ralph Wilson Stadium is going to be transformed into a hockey rink for a Jan. 1 game pitting the hometown Bills, er, Sabres against the visiting Penguins

Guess they don't think much of the Bills' playoff chances this year, eh?

According to Tim, who reported this story in today's editions, the game is to be played at 1 p.m. and broadcast on NBC. Says Tim: "Over the past 35 years, the average high temperature in Buffalo has been 38.3 degrees on New Year’s Day. In the past eight years, however, the temperature has reached 50 degrees three times, including a high of 52 this year."

Outdoorhockey_2 The last time an NHL game was played outside was in Nov. 2003 when Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium played host to 57,000 fans braving -2 (f) temps to see their beloved Oilers play Montreal. It was the first outdoor game in league history, and it was a smash success.

Don't know if I'm going to get a chance to cover this game in Buffalo, but I just might. I would be flying to New Jersey that day anyway. Maybe the Herald will send me up a day early so I can experience a Buffalo bowl game cookout.

I'm already fired up.

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