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Hurricane possibility looms over season opener

With the weather experts predicting a much more active hurricane season in 2010 and with the peak typically coming between August and October, it’s not unreasonable to at least ponder the possibility of the September 9 regular-season opener between the Vikings and the Saints being disrupted by the threat of a storm making landfall in Louisiana.

Complicating concerns during the hurricane season will be the potential impact of a major storm on the ever-growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

As it relates to the NFL’s annual kickoff event at the Superdome, the worries apply not only to the possibility of a storm hitting at or about the time the game is played, but also to the days and weeks preceding the event.  If a storm were to hit New Orleans at any point before Labor Day, the city possibly would not be ready to host the event — and the league would have to make other plans.

Hopefully, everything will be fine.  But these are tense times for our friends in the region, and the nervous stomachs will extend all the way to 280 Park Avenue.

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  1. MagicMan407 says: Jun 27, 2010 11:59 AM

    Thats like predicting the lottery numbers man!

  2. Turd_Spelunker says: Jun 27, 2010 12:00 PM

    Big deal, they just play the game somewhere else. You might mention “Fire season causes worry and strife over San Diego’s home opener.” I am still upset they moved that Monday night game to Phoenix!

  3. KUHawks2010 says: Jun 27, 2010 12:01 PM

    Ponder a guess that there may be a hurricane on opening day? That is getting a little ahead of our selves dont you think? I mean 3 months out, our weatherman here in KC cant even predict rain 24 hours out..

  4. PittsburghSteelerz says: Jun 27, 2010 12:04 PM

    What about Florida? The problem exists every year.

  5. Sock_Puppet says: Jun 27, 2010 12:06 PM

    New York could always host the “Home” team…

  6. NEPD says: Jun 27, 2010 12:08 PM

    Those guys ALWAYS get it right.

  7. halestorm74 says: Jun 27, 2010 12:18 PM

    Change the dome……. METRODOME!!! Viking home game!

  8. SF Saints Fan says: Jun 27, 2010 12:32 PM

    Florio,
    I guess your next story will be that the NFL should have a contingency plan that in case there is a chance of rain in New Orleans on September 9, 2010, the game should be played in Minnesota, right?
    Get real, there is a chance of a hurricane in early September in New Orleans, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville and Houston. Along with a chance of an earthquake in another half a dozen cities and possible riots in a few others. Really, can you find some football “news” to write about?

  9. mr.bozojones says: Jun 27, 2010 12:36 PM

    I don’t usually engage in Florio bashing, BUT wasting time writing (and reading) about a POSSIBLE hurricane two months from now, is idiotic. I’d rather have another Favre update.

  10. robert ethen says: Jun 27, 2010 12:36 PM

    Hurricane Brett.

  11. tnsteve says: Jun 27, 2010 12:42 PM

    Oh oh, there could be a tornado in Nashville. A typhoon could hit land and destroy West Coast cities. A dust bowl could overwhelm in Dallas, etc. Better cancel the season.
    Just report the news.
    No one in NFL headquarters is worried. If you have a source any of them are, REPORT THAT.
    That would be news.

  12. GregO says: Jun 27, 2010 12:42 PM

    So you’re a weatherman now Florio?

  13. SpankyMcWanky says: Jun 27, 2010 12:46 PM

    Florio, I don’t think you have any friends in the region. I don’t think you have friends period. You’re one big curmudgeon.
    And really, what a shocker you’re reporting: the Gulf Coast might get a hurricane at some point in the summer, and it could happen around the start of the football season. You certainly aren’t Nostradamus.

  14. PurpleNGold says: Jun 27, 2010 12:49 PM

    The biggest catastrophe in American history is the result of greed. BP executives were warned about the problems more than once by their engineers; they chose to ignore advice by their own experts. BP wouldn’t spend 1/2 million for a collar for that well.
    It’s raining oil on the gulf coast. Oil company spokespeople tell us outright lies to calm us, then cry about jobs lost when finally cornered. It is time to break BP into little pieces, sell the pieces to pay for the damage, and imprison their board of directors.
    Who will stop the next “spill” if we don’t start now?

  15. 23 says: Jun 27, 2010 12:57 PM

    Most hurricanes have the impact of a very heavy thunderstorm. Many people throw hurricane parties. Even Katrina, which totaled NOLA, whose winds & rain weren’t as much of the issue as the levees failing to hold back the storm surge after the storm had passed by. (authors note: who builds a city on the coast below sea level ??).
    Even when Ike rolled thru Houston in ’08 and took off a part of the roof at Reliant Stadium the Texans played every game at home.
    It’d be more interesting (and relevant to PFT readers) if you actually provided a history lesson on how many NFL games have been moved or rescheduled due to a hurricane.

  16. East Bay Ray says: Jun 27, 2010 12:59 PM

    Hey, how about “Earthquake possibility looms over 49ers season opener?”

  17. Randomjim says: Jun 27, 2010 1:00 PM

    Maybe this is a real concern @NFL headquarters so he reported it. He even threw you stupid Aints fans a bone to be nice & yet you still rip it as being a non article. YOU went ahead & read it, YOU should have had a clue from the title and now YOU spent time writing a reply. Who is the fool?

  18. lebowski says: Jun 27, 2010 1:27 PM

    It would be a tremendous shame if your date with Paul Allen, watching your favorite team in the press box, were to be cancelled due to weather.

  19. Meni69 says: Jun 27, 2010 1:50 PM

    Nice non story. Come on guys, u can do better.

  20. JackDiesel says: Jun 27, 2010 1:53 PM

    @ Lebowski,
    Wait are you telling me that Florio and Allen are going to be the commentators for the game?

  21. Lotus says: Jun 27, 2010 1:55 PM

    How is this different than any other year? The season opener is just another regular season game. If the Saints weren’t playing on Thursday, they still might play at home the following Sunday.
    Aliens could also attack Detroit on Thanksgiving. May we should worry about that, too.

  22. funi says: Jun 27, 2010 2:09 PM

    Who cares, the Aints will be in L.A. in 3 years and have to worry about earthquakes instead of hurricanes and oil spills!

  23. lebowski says: Jun 27, 2010 2:10 PM

    JackDiesel, I don’t remember which game for sure Florio was invited to join Allen during the broadcast, but I think it was opening Thursday.

  24. NOwillrepeat says: Jun 27, 2010 2:41 PM

    Funi:
    ————
    You are a douche tool. The Saints just won the Super bowl you moron and will never leave the NO. LA is the worst sports town in America. If you lose two teams you don’t deserve another

  25. lurch says: Jun 27, 2010 2:44 PM

    I know you always state that this is the sloooooow period for the NFL but good lord this is a a loooooooong stretch for a story.
    It could also affect Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Houston on opening weekend or any of the first 7-8 weeks of the season. When will stories be posted regarding those? These are the stores that are a waste on here. If you don’t have anything better then do nothing at all.

  26. flop 4 strahan says: Jun 27, 2010 2:50 PM

    Been to NO when Pack beat Pats in SB
    How come the entire town smells like piss?
    Really guys – go in jar or something

  27. JackDiesel says: Jun 27, 2010 2:58 PM

    Lebowski, if that’s true then we are in for one of the most biased sports broadcasts ever.
    Huricane Brett, is that the one that was suppose to be really big but then fizzled out to a shower before it made landfall?

  28. Ilovefoolsball says: Jun 27, 2010 3:02 PM

    # funi says: June 27, 2010 2:09 PM
    Who cares, the Aints will be in L.A. in 3 years and have to worry about earthquakes instead of hurricanes and oil spills!
    ______________________________________
    Won’t happen even in your best wet dream loser. The Saints just won the superbowl and have possibly the most diehard fan base in the NFL after suffering for so many years.
    Best bet on teams to end up in LA: Jacksonville, Minnesota.

  29. Kay Bee says: Jun 27, 2010 3:09 PM

    (authors note: who builds a city on the coast below sea level ??).
    ————————————————-
    I hope you realize that 51% of New Orleans is AT or ABOVE sea level.
    Lesson over.

  30. wxwax says: Jun 27, 2010 3:21 PM

    Good grief.
    Did you really just write this?
    Unbelievable. Here, let me help you write more completely speculative headlines ledes:
    “With continuing question marks about his offensive line’s ability to protect him and the possibility of a season-ending knee injury, these are tense times for Colts QB Peyton Manning’s coaches.”
    Gee, this is fun! I can write about anything!
    “Given the way he’s shunned WWL-TV and used foul language in response to reports about a White House visit, should another PR crisis arise for the New Orleans Saints, questions will be asked about whether or not confrontational Saints V.P. of communications Greg Bensel is destroying the good vibe generated by the Saints Super owl victory.”
    Wow!
    Thanks Florio! Now I know how to write utterly speculative stories. Just like you!

  31. ICEWALKER says: Jun 27, 2010 4:12 PM

    If you don’t like the stories coming from this site, quit coming or shut the hell up.
    Just because you finally figured out your parents password doesn’t give you licence to bash the stories or reporters over and over and over and over and over again. (yeah, I did that for emphasis)
    If you can do better, and get a major network to back your site, then I may read it as well. Until then, sit on your hands and STOP TYPING!!!
    Here endeth the lesson.

  32. bigrig says: Jun 27, 2010 4:13 PM

    Mike, if this is all you have got, call it a day man.
    We’ll manage to survive the rest of the day without any long range weather predictions.

  33. db3300 says: Jun 27, 2010 4:14 PM

    C’mon, Florio. Apparently, you don’t pay attention when they predict a “much more active” hurricane season every single year. I’ve lived on the gulf coast my whole life and have never NOT heard this.

  34. EricTheClown says: Jun 27, 2010 4:29 PM

    Florio you are an Aints lover!
    You are just giving the NFL a reason to cancel the game and start the next pity part for those dumb cajuns.

  35. Bigbluefan says: Jun 27, 2010 4:39 PM

    Who give a damn maybe this time the storm will wash that dump into the ocean more toxic waste to go with the oil spill
    A one hit wonder and an over the hill team lets make this out to be much more then it is

  36. msdiehard says: Jun 27, 2010 4:44 PM

    I an see your next exclusive. POSSIBLE SNOWSTORM FOR 2014 SUPERBOWL SITE.
    You are a douche.

  37. whodaywhodat says: Jun 27, 2010 4:45 PM

    funi says:
    June 27, 2010 2:09 PM
    Who cares, the Aints will be in L.A. in 3 years and have to worry about earthquakes instead of hurricanes and oil spills!
    ==================================
    Holy Shit. This guy(funi) must have some major inside information!!! How do you know that, not only will we be playing the Vikings in 2013, but it will be a home game for them too?!?!? Craziness……..

  38. DcNinerFan says: Jun 27, 2010 4:58 PM

    Yeah, and there is the possibility of an asteroid hitting the earth on opening day, along with a super volcano from Yellowstone spewing ash all over the world on opening day. What kind of idiotic article is this? Dear Lord, Florio, are you that desperate for a story?

  39. DaCajun says: Jun 27, 2010 5:32 PM

    Lets not forget. The world is coming to a end Dec 12, 2012. Will they cancel the playoffs for that season, move the games to Mars or just move them up before the end of the world.
    LOL

  40. TommyMac says: Jun 27, 2010 6:31 PM

    randomjim – you are the fool!

  41. realheavyd says: Jun 27, 2010 6:37 PM

    funi:
    Stick a sock in it!!
    Bigbluefan:
    RE: Who give a damn maybe this time the storm will wash that dump into the ocean more toxic waste to go with the oil spill
    A one hit wonder and an over the hill team lets make this out to be much more then it is
    ———————————————–
    Tell us how you really feel about a city and a cultural environment that you obviously have never visited and know absolutely nothing about, why don’t you?
    Just wait and see what that “one hit wonder” “over the hill team” does to this league after further improving not only their defense, but providing more weapons to their already “Best in the league” offense. As far as them being “over the hill”, I think you might ought to check the average age of their roster right now and then see if you still think they are over the hill or not.

  42. BigEasy says: Jun 27, 2010 6:37 PM

    LOL………The NFL also prepares for the earthquake in California, tornado’s across the mid west, and idiots on the east coast…predicting a hurricane on thursday September 9th, 2010…that’s amazing Florio…..you must also have an outlandish prediction on Favre’s return???

  43. aj says: Jun 27, 2010 6:37 PM

    How about a story about the 2012 season being at risk because of that bigass asteroid, the Mayan calendar, and all things Nostradamus. That should generate a few page views.

  44. res927 says: Jun 27, 2010 6:45 PM

    I normally just troll but I had to sign up for this comment.
    Are you freaking kidding! Do you have nothing else to write about! Could be a Hurricane?? Typically 3-4 hurricanes hit the US a year so the chances of one hitting N.O. AGAIN on a opening day Sunday is astronomical! Please just write about Albert Haynsworth more when you have nothing to report and stop embarrassing yourself.

  45. Hayward G says: Jun 27, 2010 6:57 PM

    How is this different than any other year? The season opener is just another regular season game. If the Saints weren’t playing on Thursday, they still might play at home the following Sunday.
    ^^^^^
    This difference- if you’ve watched the news in the past two months- is that one of the biggest environmental mega-disasters is ongoing and will be going on throughout 2010 and likely well beyond.
    Meaning, if an oil hurricane hits New Orleans it will make Katrina look like a fire drill and will make the area totally uninhabitable for a long, long time.

  46. realheavyd says: Jun 27, 2010 6:59 PM

    RE: Hurricane Brett.
    —————————————–
    Now that is just downright hilarious! Tell us another one, would you please? You’re a stand up comedian, right?

  47. Hayward G says: Jun 27, 2010 7:15 PM

    Thank you for addressing this issue, Florio.
    As much as I cannot wait until football season starts (as always), that and everything else should be taking a back seat to what is happening in the Gulf. This is 9/11-esque in its magnitude, a soul crushing disaster with no end in sight, one that is affects Americans in every corner of our country, whether you think so or not.
    I don’t know which is worse, the fact that we are witnessing the slow motion destruction of our oceans and Gulf Coast, or that the US government has demonstrably eliminated any doubt that it will sacrifice tax paying, law abiding Americans for soulless, earth destroying corporations, or that the mainstream media has turned this into a political issue rather than the clear and present short term and long term danger this is for millions living along the Gulf.
    In any event, Florio, can you please look into if the NFL has contingency plans for Tampa? I realize that is at least 350 miles from the Deepwater Horizon site, but they are the only Gulf Coast team playing outdoors, and there is the very real threat of toxic fumes reaching the Bay Area, and even oil and toxic Corexit dispersant laced rain contaminating the entire area. I would think that this is something the players union would be keeping an eye on, and one that could potentially have games (season?) moved out of the region. Thanks

  48. Hayward G says: Jun 27, 2010 7:26 PM

    Bigbluefan says:
    “Who give a damn maybe this time the storm will wash that dump into the ocean more toxic waste to go with the oil spill”
    ^^^^^
    Classy.
    The nation rallied around NYC after 9/11 even though a disproportionate percentage of your fellow New Yorkers are notorious scumbags… and yet this is your attitude toward your fellow Americans who have endured two of the biggest disasters in US history in the last 5 years.
    Typical. Thanks for reminding us all why we collectively hate you world class A$$holes.

  49. res927 says: Jun 27, 2010 8:15 PM

    For the record being a Giant fan I feel the comments from bigbluefan inappropriate and not consistent with Giant fans in general.

  50. Hayward G says: Jun 27, 2010 8:45 PM

    “For the record being a Giant fan I feel the comments from bigbluefan inappropriate and not consistent with Giant fans in general.”
    ^^^^^
    True, bigbluefan comments are much more indicative of a Jester fan mindset. Thus, please allow me to amend my above comments to state that bigbluefan and Jester fans are world class A$$holes. Carry on.

  51. JimmySmith says: Jun 27, 2010 9:33 PM

    The only wind blowing in New Orleans will be the Viking fans blowing out of their ass. But that will be before the game starts and once they get their asses handed to them (again), they will commence to blaming it on the refs.

  52. larazaboycottazgoahead says: Jun 27, 2010 9:39 PM

    florio, you have been listening to that pervert algore to much, what with the end of the world and all….now we now that the media is basically rooting for major storms to flow thru the gulf, pick up the oil and dump it on the residents of the southeast…but my God man, a hurricane on the opening weekend?..How about this Nostradamas….A meteor the size of a football field will hit the gulf on the opening weekend of the NFL…You think the dinosaurs had a bad day when that happened…At least we won’t have to listen to ole’Flo play Johnny Mountain or Dallas Raines ( ABC7 in LA) at the weather desk. Flo from now on you will be known as Hurricane Mikey.

  53. bskarter4 says: Jun 27, 2010 9:42 PM

    ICEWALKER says:
    June 27, 2010 4:12 PM
    Just because you finally figured out your parents password doesn’t give you licence to bash the stories or reporters over and over and over and over and over again. (yeah, I did that for emphasis)
    ———————————————–
    2 problems with your sentence…stories and reporters. There is NO story here, and there is NO reporter here. Florio is a hack with an axe to grind with the team that sent his purple pussies packing.

  54. Klytus says: Jun 27, 2010 10:22 PM

    Well, unfortunately Mr. Florio the probability is high. The Gulf water is warmer because the is no La Nino weather in the pacific.
    The question isn’t a matter of if but when. The storms lately have been originating in the Gulf but when the storms that develop off the west coast of Africa start arriving. Those storms usually have a couple of weeks to develop.
    So the Super Dome could be drenched in oil?!
    “And here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten us into!”
    Oliver Hardy
    GO STEELERS!

  55. PurpleNGold says: Jun 27, 2010 10:49 PM

    @ Klytus
    Not only the Superdome, but all the land in the path of the oil rain. Farmers have nothing in the almanac to cover this. So BP will have to be forced, likely at military gunpoint, to cover this expense as well.

  56. purpleman527 says: Jun 28, 2010 6:06 AM

    If you are going to write about some far reaching event that “could” create problems on opening day, how about the Rapture?
    I mean, the Rapture could cause a few problems with low fan turnout, along with missing coaches, players, referees and television personnel.

  57. Anthony says: Jun 28, 2010 8:54 AM

    Lets all pray another hurricane doesn’t hit that god for saken stadium… I would hate to have to sit through another year of rigged football so that we make that region happy… Its bad enough they got the oil spill thing going on there… another Hurricane tearing that piece of crap they call a stadium would defintely seal the deal on a rigged season to make them happy again!!!

  58. Kay Bee says: Jun 28, 2010 9:22 AM

    Anthony says:
    June 28, 2010 8:54 AM
    Lets all pray another hurricane doesn’t hit that god for saken stadium… I would hate to have to sit through another year of rigged football so that we make that region happy… Its bad enough they got the oil spill thing going on there… another Hurricane tearing that piece of crap they call a stadium would defintely seal the deal on a rigged season to make them happy again!!!
    ———————————————————–
    Did the Saints kick your team’s ass this past season? LOL

  59. bayou says: Jun 28, 2010 10:08 AM

    Florio, you are a horses ass. What moron writes this shit? Florio, the worries apply not only to the possibility of another 3 time wasting stories hitting at or about the time the post is read, but also to the days and weeks preceding the post that this site has wasted plenty of peoples time.

  60. Randomjim says: Jun 28, 2010 10:43 AM

    TommyMac says:
    June 27, 2010 6:31 PM
    randomjim – you are the fool!
    ———————————————–
    Wow what a comeback. Such elaboration. You must be a professional writer .
    Kay Bee says:
    June 27, 2010 3:09 PM
    I hope you realize that 51% of New Orleans is AT or ABOVE sea level.
    ———————————————————-
    Really a whole 51% At or above sea level. That’s not that strong of an arguement.

  61. Kay Bee says: Jun 28, 2010 11:19 AM

    Really a whole 51% At or above sea level. That’s not that strong of an arguement.
    ——————————————–
    The previous fool made it sound like the entire city is below sea level, which many seem to think. I was just correcting the fool (are you one of them?)

  62. Vee says: Jun 28, 2010 1:58 PM

    Ooooh. So many Saints haters out there!
    I didn’t know the success of the Saints would breed such jealousy in the hearts of so many fans who pull for teams that didn’t even make the playoffs, or their season ended as loosers in bitter defeat.
    Can somebody explain why these people are so personally obssessed with hating on the 13-3, highest scoring offense, turnover creating defense, most loyal fanbase in all of sports, record setting, Superbowl Champion, New Orleans Saints ?
    Just wondering.

  63. SaintsDieHard says: Jun 28, 2010 3:05 PM

    Everyone is now Dumber for reading this….I award you no points…..And may God have Mercy on you Soul.

  64. sandy70 says: Jun 28, 2010 8:10 PM

    Someone studied at the William Randolph Hearst School of Yellow Journalism.
    This is no different than every other post-Katrina season, but for some reason it’s an issue now? Does the oil spill somehow imply an increased likelihood of a hurricane in the Gulf? When anyone can accurately predict the weather more than 4 hours out with regularity, then maybe I’ll concern myself with the doom and gloom prognostications about a hurricane hitting New Orleans for the opener.
    Until such time as it actually happens, this ranks up there with tornadoes, earthquakes, snowstorms, heat waves, wildcat strikes, foreign invasion, martial law, solar flares, alien landings, Tony Kornheiser returning to the TV booth, and/or 30 million bottles of skunky beer as reasons a football game could potentially be affected–meaning it is pure speculation and not newsworthy.

  65. Randomjim says: Jun 29, 2010 1:38 AM

    With 49% below sea level I think we know who the fools are. But the bags back over your faces.

  66. clintcooper says: Jun 29, 2010 10:58 AM

    This is kind of like saying, “Earthquake possibility looms over Dodger game.”
    Bwahahahahhahahahaha!

  67. footballrulz says: Jun 29, 2010 12:08 PM

    @ Hayward G
    Good job!!
    @ Purplengold
    You’re so right about the farmers.
    I really don’t think some understand how potentially devastating a Katrina like hurricane could be with all the oil in the gulf— some others are just plain imbeciles.

  68. pdizzle says: Jun 29, 2010 12:59 PM

    We plan on breaking the Levy’s anyway with hurricane Brett!!!! Luckiest NFC champ game ever…nice pass interference call!!!
    Skol VIkings here comes hurricane Brett you can all go hide in Dallas stadium after he hits and wait for us on our super bowl run

  69. RC IV says: Jun 29, 2010 3:12 PM

    Vee says:
    June 28, 2010 1:58 PM
    Ooooh. So many Saints haters out there!
    I didn’t know the success of the Saints would breed such jealousy in the hearts of so many fans who pull for teams that didn’t even make the playoffs, or their season ended as loosers in bitter defeat.
    Can somebody explain why these people are so personally obssessed with hating on the 13-3, highest scoring offense, turnover creating defense, most loyal fanbase in all of sports, record setting, Superbowl Champion, New Orleans Saints ?
    Just wondering.
    =====================================
    It probably has to do with what you typed in your post…..Just sayin.
    Your incessant bragging about a team that had 5 turnovers handed to them and won by three, THREE points!!
    Any other team would have won by 14 or more.
    Yet here you are spouting off like you blew said team out. had the coin toss gone the other way in OT, maybe you are not SB champs? Think about it.
    Show some class, maybe you’ll get some in return. Is that to much to ask?
    just wondering?

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