Wednesday, January 1, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas O Wodnwday January Frolicking fun photo by Michael Damail Ptopto irtnl ttit only taking advantage of flit mttd winter wtathar In Central two aqulrrala of on raeant warm afternoon In 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 wild a wind chill hut made Minneapolis seem like Mfiui 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 the Russian stc tailed fot some innovation Giants defensive end Andy Robustelll 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 hainirht of the championship game apinst the Bears and tract ioncd their way back from a 133 deficit to a 30 13 victory and ho title This gave teams the idea that there might be a belter way to deal with the elements Necessity remember has always been at the heart of breakthroughs Progress of the game dictated whut we Robustclli said You didnt play with a riosc guard until you broke your nose Then you decided Why not wear one before you broke your 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 Held as slippery as a hockey rink Robustelli approached equipment manager Sid Morel with the sneakers solution This was late in the he said II was obvious the ground was going to be Morel 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 pairs of sneakers in various sizes into his car The listen to this Nike and was a pair Thai Robustclli said I think we sold them for Game lay turned 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 Howcll told the cam That was a common Robustclli 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 halflime New York was four touchdowns ahead on the way to a 477 blowout The dummies had their of sneakers and worked out IrHhcm the week before the game So how come the Giants rubber soles worked and the Bears did Robustclli 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 Robuntclli issued there would be no problem None of this would happen In todays high tech football when players have a pairs of shoes in their equipment bags specialty models designed to deal with every surface from snow to scashctls Ifiherc is 11 problem the playoffs Robustclli them out anymore Hes in the travel LONDON heads for trw New Year huddled against A continentwide cold snap which has killed at least 90 In the past week brought rood chaos and air truffle 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 he cold While some countries enjoyed slightly milder 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 softie 20 people to death in which also disrupted road and rail traffic according to official sources Unofficial reports said 24 elderly homeless and beggars had died in Bucharest alone Bulgaria was also badly hit by coldrcliitcd deaths with nine people found froxen 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 with frostbite The hirih conditions extended far south us the Valencia region near4 Spains Mediterranean coast where a 54yearold man was found dead from the cold in a makeshift shack over fie weekend In Italys Alpine north were down to minus 22 F although tempered by bright sunshine On the northeast coast he lagoon on which the historic city of Venice Is built over and the Adriatic resorts of Rimini and Ancona saw snow for the flrrti lime in years Snow and ice also much of central and southern Italy with people using skis to get around the Umbrlan capital of Perugia and the normally mild southerly regions of Calabria and Iugfia also snow bound Roads including the main motorway north from Rome were blocked by snow and flights from the capitals Flumfcino airport were delayed by 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 hall 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 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