This date 1982: The Freezer Bowl, -59 windchill, Bengals-Chargers


January 10, 1982

AFC Championship: Bengals vs Chargers

Everyone says they were there.  43,602 were actually on hand, with over 13,00 no-shows.

I was 15 years old and attended the game with my dad and sister.

I decided to paint my face with orange and black stripes. My cheeks froze and the paint started chipping away. 

I'll never forget spilling hot chocolate and it freezing as it dribbled down my coat.

We stacked the cardboard drink tray holders to keep our feet off the concrete as we sat in our seats. 

We stayed the entire game, despite my sister crying to go home with the game decided late. My dad and I looked at her and said, "we aren't leaving, the Bengals are going to the Super Bowl!"