ANN ARBOR - Exactly two weeks from today, the Big House will officially be the Big Freeze.
Michigan Stadium will open its doors to host the NHL's Winter Classic, the New Year's Day annual outdoor hockey game, between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. The NHL has created a nifty landing page for this year's Winter Classic.
Ice is expected to be put down Thursday, atop the platform that has been constructed inside of Michigan Stadium, which has taken over most of the football field.
And you can watch the process on the NHL's webcam, which is spying into Michigan Stadium, which has been taken over by the NHL in preparation for New Year's Day.
If you're into voyeurism ... there's the HBO's documentary/miniseries that's following the Maple Leafs and the Red Wings though the month and leading up to the Winter Classic.
The first episode of HBO's "24/7 Red Wings Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic" aired Saturday night and both Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle talk about the opportunity to play in one of college football's venerable stadiums.
I'm sure Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf will be dressed for the occasion on New Year's Day. Seriously, the guy's shoe collection rivals that of Carrie Bradshaw.
Speaking of fashion, it looks like Red Wings goalie (and former Toledo Walleye goalie) Petr Mrazek is preparing for the outdoor game. Earlier this week, former Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Brent Johnson posted a photo of the pads Mrazek plans to wear on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium. They're festive.
If you're not into the cold weather and preparing to go to Arizona for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, take heed: The Weather Channel is forecasting a 69-degree day for Christmas Day in Phoenix.