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The Omelette New Years Day 2011: Mummers Parade A Huge Success, Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions in Outback Bowl, and Winter Classic In Trouble


The Omelette Saturday January 1, 2011 New Year's Day

Mummers Parade 2011 is A Smashing Success Like Usual

Despite having budget problems over the years, the 2011 Mummers Parade was a smashing success. The weather couldn't have been better either with temperatures soaring to around 50 degrees. And, if it's 50 degrees on New Years Day, that's about as good as it gets. MYPHL17 has been covering it all day and coverage continues until 5:00 P.M. Then the Mummers will go inside to the Convention Center. Winners won't be announced until later tonight though so be sure to check out your local news for that.

Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions in Outback Bowl

Busy TV watching day in the Phildaelphia are with the Mummers Parade competing against the Penn State-Florida game. Joe Paterno was looking to knock off the Florida Gators in the Outback Bowl today. The Penn State Nittany Lions gave them a good game thus far, but couldn't come out on top - losing 37-24. Joe Paterno is said to be returning next year, but it would have been nice to see him knock off Urban Meyer's sqaud and end the 2010-2011 season on a good note.

NHL Winter Classic in Trouble With Warm Weather Conditions

The 2011 NHL Winter Classic in Pittsburgh is being threatened due to extreme weather conditions, but I'm not talking about extreme cold. Normally this time of the year it's a safe bet that it will be in the 20's or 30's in Pittsburgh. That is not the case. In fact it's a worst-case scenario for the 2011 NHL Winter Classic as temperatures soared into the 50's throughout Pennsylvania today. As of right now at 4:18 EST it is a balmy 54 degrees!  The game has been pushed back to 8:00 P.M. but even then it will be tough to play on the ice. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20's tonight, but it will still make for difficult rink condiitons at gametime. Thousands of gallons of water have already been removed from the playing surface! The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will have a tough time on the warm ice for sure. According to Weather.com's hourly forecast it will still be in the 40's at gametime and throughout the game. In many ways this year's Winter Classic will be a TV spectacle due to the difficult conditions, but not in a good way like three years ago when the Buffalo Sabres and Penguins played in snow.