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Thursday Flakes: Meteorites, Quantum Computing and the Coldest Soccer Match Ever

Why is there a soccer match in February being played outside in Minnesota?

this doesn’t look fun Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

Signing day has come and gone and Nebraska picked up an exciting running back and JUCO cornerback. The signing day buzz has been minimal with the introduction of early signing day and transfer portal. Let’s bring on the spring game.

Another thing I like to talk about is soccer (aka football, futbol, fußball depending on where you are in the world). Last night were some important World Cup Qualifiers taking place including a match between the United States men’s team and Honduras. This match took place in Saint Paul, Minnesota of all places in what was likely one of the coldest soccer matches ever. The kickoff temperature was around 3 degrees Fahrenheit (approx. -16 degrees Celsius). This is just plain unsafe. Nobody should be playing sports at that temperature. Two Honduran players were subbed off at halftime after being treated for hypothermia. The United States Soccer Federation handled this extremely poorly. The kickoff should have at least been moved to the afternoon when the sun was out and the temperatures were a bit warmer. However, this was not the case and the kickoff stayed at 6:30pm local time when the wind chill was around -10 degrees Fahrenheit (-23 degrees Celsius). Do better.

Anyways...onto Flakes.


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The Rest

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