Weather delays start of NFL season

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In the grand scheme of things, 15 minutes is no big deal.

But if you woke up the kids on Christmas morning, had them run down to the tree, see all the presents arranged, and then told them, “Now sit patiently for 15 minutes before you open any,” well, that would be downright cruel.

Sometimes Mother Nature is downright cruel: Because of lightning in Denver, kickoff of tonight’s Ravens-Broncos game has been delayed by 15 minutes.

So, football fans, the offseason is ending 15 minutes later than expected. But considering the half-hour delay because of the power outage during the Super Bowl, the offseason actually started 30 minutes later than expected. Which means the offseason was still 15 minutes shorter than expected.

Are you ready for some football?

UPDATE 8:55 p.m. ET: Now the delay is more than 15 minutes. No definitive timetable has been given.

UPDATE TWO 9:06 p.m. ET: OK, we’re really about to start. Are you finally ready for some football?