BOSTON (CBS) — Amidst another winter storm smashing the Boston region, it’s a good thing the Patriots played Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona and not the winter wonderland that is currently Gillette Stadium.
Heavy snow has certainly been a part of some legendary games, but below is a list of the strangest games played due to all wacky circumstances.READ MORE: Body Believed To Be Missing Five-Year-Old Elijah Lewis Found In Abington
So put on your rain boots, your winter jacket, grab a flashlight and plug your nose. It’s about to get weird.
1. The Snow Bowl
Also known as “The Tuck Rule Game,” the 2001 playoff bout between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders featured limited visibility due to unending snow. The Pats came out on top in overtime, winning 16-13 after a field goal by Adam Vinatieri with 27 seconds left sent the game into overtime. The kick was set up by the infamous “Tuck Rule” play, where quarterback Tom Brady was sacked and appeared to have fumbled, but after review the officials overturned the call, keeping the Patriots alive. Brady and the Pats never looked back after that play, winning Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams.
2. 1989 Earthquake During The World Series
Just minutes before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the San Fransisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Bay Area, causing collapsing roads and unparalleled chaos. The game was postponed for safety reasons, and the series didn’t resume for ten days after the earthquake. The A’s ended up sweeping the Giants, as they played Game 4 on October 28th making it the latest end to an MLB season at that time.
3. Yankees vs. Indians vs. Swarming Bugs
In the eighth inning of a 2007 playoff game played by the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians at Jacobs field, home field advantage was taken to a new level. Rookie reliever Joba Chamberlain was on the mound when a swarm of midges, tiny flying insects, wreaked havoc on the pitcher. The bugs must have been Indians fans, as they irritated Chamberlain enough to throw two wild pitches in that inning and ultimately lose to Cleveland 2-1 in 11 innings.
4. The Fog Bowl
In a 1988 playoff game between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles, the Windy City turned into a foggy one. In the second quarter, a thick blanket of fog covered the field, cutting visibility to about 15 yards for the rest of the game. The fog didn’t stop the hometown Bears, who won 20-12 behind running backs Neil Anderson and Keith Byars.
5. Sewage In The Dugout
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Oakland sports can’t catch a break. In September 2013, the Oakland A’s were en route to another AL West title before encountering a sticky situation. In the seventh inning of an eventual 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Angels, sewage began seeping into the A’s home dugout, forcing players and coaches to briefly evacuate. This was not the first time it’s happened, either.
6. No Air Conditioning In Texas
In Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, the air conditioning stopped working in the AT&T Center in San Antonio, making temperatures upwards of 90 degrees on the court. The Heat couldn’t handle the toasty Texas conditions, as they lost 110-95 after LeBron James only played 5 minutes in the fourth quarter due to cramping.
7. Super Bowl Power Outage
Minutes into the second half of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Fransisco 49ers, the lights went out in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The power outage stopped play for 34 minutes and interrupted the international television broadcast. The 49ers played like a different team after the delay, erasing a 28-6 deficit but ultimately coming up short to the Ravens, 34-31.
8. Beanpot Blizzard of ’78
The treacherous blizzard of ’78 in Boston created a comical scenario for the Beanpot tournament that year. After the second game of the first night, the storm was in full effect, causing hundreds of fans and Boston Garden employees to stay at the Garden for a couple of days with nothing but beer, pretzels, and popcorn.
9. The Ice Bowl
The 1967 NFL Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys was the coldest game in NFL history, as game time temperatures were a frigid -15 degrees with a wind chill of -48 degrees at Lambeau Field. Vince Lombardi’s Packers rubbed their hands together and pulled out a win, edging the Cowboys 21-17 for their third straight title.
10. 1988 Stanley Cup Redo
The 1988 Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers was only four games, but more than four games of puck were played. Game 4 at the TD Garden was stopped in the third period when the power went out, forcing the 3-3 tie to end and Game 4 was replayed.MORE NEWS: Boston Mayoral Candidates Hit The Streets On First Day Of Early Voting
Can you think of any other whacky games — whether it be weather or otherwise — in sports history? Tell us about it in the comments section below!