Winter Classic 2009Today Wrigley Field will host the Winter Classic outdoor hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. From all reports, it appears that the weather will be perfect to transform the summer beer garden into an outdoor ice rink. Temperatures seem as if they will hang around the freezing point and the skies will remain overcast.
Over the last week, this game has received a lot of press. Yes, this will be the first time Chicago has hosted an outdoor game, but the game is also shaping up to mean something. The Blackhawks organization has been revived over the last two seasons and fans are starting to return to the United Center to watch games. The Blackhawks have also won nine straight games, until their loss to Detroit on Tuesday. Not only is this a New Year's Day event, but it's a battle for first place.
If you are bored with the Tournament of Roses Parade, and you aren't quite ready for college football bowl games, flip the channel to NBC at noon CST.