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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltung a Wednesday January a 9A Frolicking fun HerawZettung photo by Michael Darr People arent the only ones taking advantage of the mild winter weather In Central Texae These two squirrels enjoyed a game of chase on a recent warm afternoon In Landa Park Brutal cold snap kills 90 in Europe The sneakers solution to slippery surfaces By HAL BOCK The Associated Press Forty years ago New York was in a December deep freeze with a wind chill that made Minneapolis seem like Maui The field at Yankee Stadium was frozen a major problem for the New York Giants and Chicago Bears preparing to play the NFL championship game there This was before artificial turf and domed stadiums made weather a nonfactor This was a time when players and coaches tried to outfox thermometers and barometers So when the stadium field turned solution This was late in the he said It was obvious the ground was going to be Moret agreed and Robustelli put in a call to a friendly supplier who happily offered to donate the shoes for a good local cause a Giants championship After practice on Saturday Robustelli drove to the factory and loaded three dozen pairs of sneakers in various sizes into his car The price listen to this Nike and Reebok was a pair That was Robustelli said I think we sold them for the Russian Halted for some innovation Giants defensive end Andy Robustelli who was in the sporting goods business in the offseason had the answer Sneakers Now this was no great revelation and hardly unprecedented In 1934 the Giants switched to sneakers at halftime of the championship game against the Bears and tractioned their way back from a 133 deficit to a 30 1 3 victory and the title This gave teams the idea that there might be a better way to deal with the elements Necessity remember has always been at the heart of breakthroughs Progress of the game dictated what we Robustelli said You didnt play with a nose guard until you broke your nose Then you decided Why not wear one before you broke your hose It was the same with shoes On the road we had to have basketball shoes with us Before the game the players would go on the field and if the ground was hard youd look at using shoes that were not worn and had some With the Giants at home and the field as slippery as a hockey rink Robustelli approached equipment manager Sid Morel with the sneakers j Game up predictably frigid Jim Lee Howell the Giants coach dispatched two players Gene Filipski and Ed Hughes out to test the turf Hughes wore standard football cleats and went down in a heap Filipski wearing the thick soled rubber shoes stayed upright That clinched it Everyone wears Howell told the team That was a common Robustelli said If you slipped in cleats you just wore It worked Filipski returned the opening kickoff 53 yards to the Chicago 38 and the Giants were on their way By halftime New York was four touchdowns ahead on the way to a 477 blowout The noKeiactly had their owrfiffipply of sneakers and worked out iA them the week before the game So how come the Giants rubber soles worked and the Bears did not Robustelli the sneaker guru had the answer The key was the he said They were basketball shoes If they were used a lot youd slip and And if they were factory fresh like the ones Robustelli issued there would be no problem None of this would happen in todays high tech football when players have a halfdozen pairs of shoes in their equipment bags specialty models designed to deal with every surface from snow to seashells Ifithereis a problem thougwsph the playoffs Robustelli canT bail them out anymore Hes in the travel The Assocaited Press LONDON heads for the New Year huddled against a continentwide cold snap which has killed at least 90 in the past week brought road chaos and air traffic delays and even caused Italys Venice lagoon to freeze over In Russia up to 300 people have been trapped for days in a tunnel with their vehicles by avalanches in the southerly Caucasus mountains Press reports said two women had given birth while in the tunnel and one newborn baby had died of the cold While some countries enjoyed slightly miider temperatures Monday forecasters across the continent predicted the relief would be shortlived with heavy snowfalls and more deep freeze forecast through the week In Romania some 20 people froze to death in blizzards which also disrupted road and rail traffic according to official sources Unofficial reports said 24 mainly elderly homeless and beggars had died in Bucharest alone Bulgaria was also badly hit by coldrelated deaths with nine people found frozen in snow storms Sunday bringing the toll there to 19 since Christmas Eve In the northern mountains 23 villages were without power Poland reported its coldest weather for 10 years with 17 deaths recorded in the past week Scandinavia and Russia well used to hard winters have seen colder weather and heavier snow than in recent years Tass news agency reported a total of 10 people dead in Russia with 245 hospitalized with frostbite The harsh conditions extended far south as the Valencia region Spains Mediterranean coast where a 54yearold man was found dead from the cold in a makeshift shack over the weekend In Italys Alpine north temperatures were down to minus 22 F although tempered by bright sunshine On the northeast coast the lagoon on which the historic city of Venice is built froze over and the Adriatic resorts of Rimini and Ancona saw snow for the first time in years Snow and ice also paralyzed much of central and southern Italy with people using skis to get around the Umbrian capital of Perugia and the normally mild southerly regions of Calabria and Puglia also snow bound Roads including the main motorway north from Rome were blocked by snow and flights from the capitals Fiumicino airport were delayed by freezing rain and snow Some 40 flights had to be canceled Monday morning from Frankfurt airport in Germany one of Europes busiest because of snow on the Ice also brought shipping to a halt on the Elbe River in eastern Germany on the MainDanube canal and on the Danube itself up to Germanys border with Austria Hungary saw temperatures equal 76yearold record lows of minus 20F compared to the normal mid winter average of minus 26F Five people homeless or drunk were reported dead from the cold Ferry sailings on the Danube were suspended and meteorological officials said shipping on the river could be halted altogether by ice American JJ I0n Post 179 410 W Coll NeW Bmunfcls Acroii from the library 6250179 Live in the Lounge Don Maynard Every Friday Night Still Suffering Back pain Headaches Migraines Pinched nerves Numbness Tingling Whiplash Tired of the pain Free Consultation call 6089392 Dr Schmidt Chiropractor Insurance Accepted Medicare Provider THCOUATYCffiKT COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL Wood Flooring NO furniture charge Berber Carpet installed pad FREE ESTIMATES 8406 FM Canyon Lake 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