Well, the bad weather they were predicting for Saturday night’s Arizona State-Washington State game is here, in spades.
I’m at Martin Stadium shortly after 5 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, and snow is sticking to the point on the field that two plows are removing the white stuff. I’d guess there’s maybe only an inch on the field, and the plows have taken off most of it. But it’s still coming down heavily, and the forecast in mid-afternoon was for a 25-to-50 percent chance of precip progressively through the evening, with temperatures between the low- and mid-30s.
The Washington State sports information folks have compiled a weather history of games here that goes back to 1982, and it’s believed that there are only three previous snow games here — in 1988, 1992 and 1994. But those were all Apple Cups; according to their information, there has never been a true snow-affected game here in that 30-season timeframe other than Washington games.
I was at all three of those Apple Cups, and of course, the ’92 game was the most memorable, and the most snow-affected. The 1988 and 1994 games were, as I recall, mostly a matter of snow flurries.
I just checked with Mark Brand, ASU sports-information director who has been at ASU since 1983, and he says the Sun Devils haven’t played in a snow game since they played in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta in 1970.
Apparently, State Hwy. 195 down from Spokane is a mess, and there are unconfirmed reports of some spinouts, and some TV crews that had planned to make the game may be headed back north.
It’ll be quite the evening if this continues.