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It's called Winter Classic for a reason

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Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010

It's January. It's Pittsburgh. It's cold.

We get it.

But in the event that you were hoping for a heatwave to sweep through Heinz Field on Saturday for the Winter Classic between the Penguins and Washington Capitals, forget it.

Dude, it would melt the ice.

Anyway, we do offer some basic tips on staying warm during the game, courtesy of Jeanne Doperak, a UPMC primary care sports medicine physician.

Some of Jeanne's basic tips:

Dress in layers, keep your extremities covered and carry a seat cushion and thick blanket into the stadium. But you knew that already.

Better yet, each of the bars and restaurants on the North Shore are well-heated and stocked with plenty of food, drink and several TVs so you can even keep an eye on Penn State in the Outback Bowl.

"It's around the holidays, so while one egg nog at a tailgate party may feel like it warms you up, I would certainly avoid too much alcohol. You would lose the ability to perceive cold and you could end up on YouTube doing something you won't be particularly proud of. Removing clothing becomes easier after having a few alcoholic beverages."

-- Jeanne Doperak, D.O., UPMC primary care sports medicine physician

Honey, keep those piggly-wigglies warm

The one body extremity that seems most susceptible to the cold is the toe -- all of them, actually. But some people who are slaves to fashion don't seem to get it.

"Wearing a warm pair of shoes is important," Doperak said. "I am often surprised how many people in Pittsburgh wear flip-flops in January."

The best way to ward off the cold weather is one that Doperak is most likely to use on game day.

"I'll be in front of my fireplace," she said, "keeping warm."


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