Steamy Friends of Coal Bowl
The college football season is off and running and already the weather, is playing a role. Isaac has caused the postponement of 2 games, including the La Tech-Texas A & M Thursday night tilt in Shreveport, La.
While Isaac will not bodily affect our region, I do expect indirect effects from the former hurricane here this weekend.
As mentioned before, Isaac will “re-condition” our atmosphere on Friday by adding to the growing heat of the end of August. Look for sauna-like highs in the 90-95 degree range from Morgantown south to the WSAZ viewing area.
That spells a hot and tropical night for high school footballers on Friday night with kickoff temperatures near 90 and heat indices well into the 90s. From a players, fans and refs perspective, I prefer an 8 pm kickoff to 7 o’clock, like we did in September of 2007 when blazing heat lasted through the month of September.
The idea is to give all a chance to enjoy/cope with the heat as the sun sets and temperature drops.
Just last Labor Day Friday, I was up at Scott Riggs and Family Stadium in The Plains, Athens County Ohio for the home opener of the Athens Bulldogs. The on-field temperature was still 90 degrees well into the second quarter. Trust me that night and this Friday night, school certified athletic trainers will be working overtime to keep their teams hydrated and fit for a grueling night of hits and heat.
As for Saturday, the game in Morgantown will feature a repeat of 1997. That was the first time the Herd and ‘Eers had played in decades. The game featured 90 degree heat (field temperatures over 100) and TDs galore. Pennington to Moss for MU and Bulger to Zereoue for WVU making touchdowns as quickly as the mercury rose. Keith Morehouse would go on to tell me he had never been at a stadium that was that hot.
So slap on an SPF 30 before heading into Milan Puskar Stadium and enjoy the last match between these football teams for who knows 10,20 years?