Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
It is a beautiful Friday afternoon here in the Mile High City with temps in the 60's and a gentle breeze blowing through the trees at my house. Everything outside looks like it will be a wonderful spring day and spring weekend, but for those of us who have spent appreciable time in the Mile High City realize that the weather can change on a dime and the predicted major snowstorm on Sunday is not all that shocking.
Of course Colorado Rapids play on Sunday.
And quite frankly, I would not have it any other way.
There have been a number of fantastic matches and memories at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, but the ones that I remember most are those played in less than ideal conditions. I remember on April 3, 2011 seeing the Rapids defeat DC United 4-1 behind a brace from Caleb Folan. And 2013 was a banner year for snow matches at DSGP. Their home opener was postponed by a day due to a storm that pounded Denver. The Rapids eventually fell to the Philadelphia Union 2-1 played under a clear, cold sky and snow pushed off the field.
And there was that US Mens National Team match that saw people tailgating (including my group trying in vain to get our BBQ lit) for hours before the match in the snow and then standing and chanting as the USMNT took a crucial 1-0 victory off Costa Rica. 6 inches of snow? No problem. Best. Game. Ever.
The match earlier this year against Portland Timbers saw the orange ball return and another Rapids victory.
Is playing in snow ideal? Nope. No chance. But it is also a fact of life living in the Rocky Mountain Region. Snow in May is not unheard of, but it is what makes playing at a mile high so exciting. Conditions are unpredictable and anything can happen. However, it just can't be beat. Watching our Burgundy Boys play in conditions that stink is phenomenal. And if they are going to play in bad weather, we can make it out there to cheer them on.
It is the least we can do.