Nate Waggenspack: Bring on the bad weather for fall sports

— Speaking with Moffat County quarterback Joe Camilletti on Thursday about Friday night’s game, one of the major points of interest was the potential weather the Bulldogs would be dealing with down in Frisco.

There was a projection of snow in the area, which always makes things more difficult for any outdoor sport — it’s tougher to get your footing, the ball is slicker and even your opponents, in a game like football, can be tougher to get ahold of.

That doesn’t even take into account that athletes get wetter and colder as the game wears on. Cold and rainy or snowy conditions are the toughest way to play a sport outdoors.

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Nate Waggenspack

They also can be some of the most fun. With the rain soaking your skin or the snow chilling you off while clouding your vision, everything going on outside the game can fade away. It becomes just you, your teammates and your opponent. I loved it as a high school athlete.

Camilletti acknowledged just about the same. The junior admitted that if it were snowy, he might not get to throw the ball as much because passing offense is tough in the snow (it should be noted that as of this writing, Camilletti had thrown a touchdown pass in the first half of that game). But he was looking forward to it, as well, under one condition.

“It’s usually pretty cool if you get time to warm up,” he said. “If it’s already (snowing) when the game starts, then it’s tough to get warm. But if it happens during the game, it can be fun.”

Fair enough, I can get on board with that. Let the athletes get comfortable, then bring on the torrential rain or the dumping snow. Make things interesting.

Sure enough, blowing snow is what the Bulldogs dealt with Friday night in Frisco. The boys soccer team had a game in Craig postponed because their field is covered in snow, which sort of makes soccer impossible. But they’ll be dealing with unfriendly weather much of the rest of their season.

Even the cross-country teams are going to have to test themselves against cooling, maybe freezing temperatures and some pretty significant wind.

I love it. Make things more interesting for the athletes. Make it tougher, and let’s see what they’ve got. I’m not excited about spending more time in the cold and snow already in October, being that I’m from Ohio where the temperature still is in the 70s. But their high school sports are going to be a whole lot more boring than ours.

Nate Waggenspack will just be watching the athletics, not doing anything athletic on his own, when the aforementioned weather comes in. He can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.

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