NFL dodges bullet, sort of, with New York, Boston blizzard

A peaceful Christmas late afternoon with family became within a matter of minutes a mad dash for the BWI Airport Amtrak station in order to hop the last train to Manhattan for the Week 16 NBC duties.  Thanks to a routine check of Weather.com (an NBC property), I realized that blizzard warnings had been issued for New York and Boston.

Not a winter storm.  A blizzard.  Fortunately for the NFL, there will be no games on Sunday in New York or Boston.

Both the Giants and the Jets are on the road, a rarity given that they play 16 games in 17 weeks at the stadium they share.  The Patriots play in Buffalo, which has snow in the forecast but not, you know, a blizzard.

The NFL didn’t completely dodge the frozen precipitation bullet.  The Sunday night game, televised on NBC, will be played between the Vikings and Eagles in Philly, where a winter storm warning is in effect, with a prediction of eight to 12 inches of snow between 7:00 a.m. Sunday and 1:00 p.m. Monday.

Still, not a blizzard.

I’ll be posting updates all day Sunday from the heart of the blizzard.  I’ve got a feeling that I’ll be hanging out at the Motel 6 for most if not all of Monday, too.

UPDATE:  Reports are now emerging that the snow event in Philly will be a blizzard, too.

55 responses to “NFL dodges bullet, sort of, with New York, Boston blizzard

  1. This game needs to be canceled, if what I am hearing is true. 10-14 inches of snow, 25-35 MPH winds, noreaster and blizzard, and at night…on a holiday when you have a lot of drinking. This is a recipe for disaster all the way around. I am an Eagles fan and have tickets..no way I can go to the game, especially from an hour away. Additionally, in South Jersey, where many Eagles fans come from, there may be 20 inches total of snow. It will be snowing starting at 7AM to Monday morning. Some buses may shut down. Fans will have a horrible time getting there….move it to Monday, please NFL!

  2. I am in Buffalo and loving that everyone else is going to have a blizzard. Hey Eagle fan, grow a pair and man up! Don’t be a weather wimp. 20 inches of snow is a dusting!

  3. From accuweather.com

    …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SUNDAY TO 1 PM EST MONDAY…

    A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SUNDAY TO 1 PM EST MONDAY.

    * PRECIPITATION TYPE: SNOW.

    * ACCUMULATIONS: EIGHT TO TWELVE INCHES.

    * TIMING: WHILE THERE MAY BE SOME LIGHT SNOW OVERNIGHT…ESPECIALLY ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST MARYLAND AND CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN DELAWARE…THE STEADIEST SNOW ACROSS THE REGION WILL BEGIN SUNDAY MORNING…ENDING BY DAWN MONDAY. THE GREATEST INTENSITY WILL BE NOON SUNDAY UNTIL MIDNIGHT.

    * IMPACTS: TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS DUE TO SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW ARE EXPECTED WITH GREATLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES AT TIMES. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.

    * WINDS: NORTHERLY WINDS INCREASING TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS OVER 40 MPH EXPECTED.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW… SLEET…AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

  4. @mccoymarch

    hate to tell you, but the game will go on virtually no matter what.

    Just think, there are many people that don’t believe in indoor football…….as for the drinking, it is simple…..people need to use a bit of self restraint and NOT DRINK!!!!!

  5. There’s nothing I would rather watch then a NFL football game played in blizzard like conditions.Yessssssssssss!!!!!!! Cant wait!!!!!!!

  6. @ mccoymarch: Canceled? Why, just because you think you can’t make it, or aren’t willing to try? Not that I can say that I don’t blame you though. You also make a great case, but I doubt the NFL will move the game to Monday.

  7. I’ve talked to a sportswriter in Philly from a major paper, and he thinks the NFL should cancel it. It’s about the timing of the snow, and the fact that it is an official blizzard and noreaster. The major blizzard is from noon to midnight basically, especially right before and during the game. How in the world are refs going to see a snow covered field, with 20-25 MPH winds and gusts to 40MPH? Weather stations have strong advised everyone to stay home. This is not snow before, during, or after the game, it’s all 3. The NFL will be responsible in my mind for the possible injuries and even deaths it approves of.

  8. and they want to hold a superbowl in a open air stadium in feb . i hope this happens when the meadow lands hosts the superbowl .. superbowls are meant for domes and sunny weather places . who really wants to sit in cold weather for the super bowl…

  9. @mccoymarch

    My God, are you a wimp or what?

    The NFL responsible for injuries or deaths of fans? Are you freaking nuts? A fan makes a conscious choice to go to a game or not to go. Possible if the POLICE advise not to go out, there could be a case for getting a refund, but the weather service giving the advisory is totally different.

    My advise? If local authorities advise not to travel, sit at home and enjoy the game. If not, leave 3-4 hours early and have fun at the game in the snow!

  10. You are responsible for your actions. If you are concerned with your safety then don’t go to the game. The NFL is not responsible for your actions. The game will be on TV whether you’re there or not.

  11. ( hi )
    What’s the weather for the Raiders – colts game?
    ( what are the chances that the raiders make the playoffs?)
    ( bye )

  12. finally these millionaires are earning their paycheck. Toby G could be the sleeper star of this game. I could see him running DBs over in the snow while rumbling for 100+ yards…

  13. As an Eagles fan with (season) tickets to the game, I can’t WAIT for this game! It’s just not the NFL without a couple games played in the snow, sitting outside drinking a couple beers!

  14. This is just a day of regular season games. Imagine if it was Super Bowl Sunday in the Meadowlands?

  15. bucks12965 says: Dec 26, 2010 12:16 AM

    Just start walking now mccoymarch.
    *********************************************************
    lol, there you go.

  16. @mccoymarch….jeeze pal, RELAX.. It’s just snow. You’re acting like a nervous old lady. I think your sport might be baseball, they cancell games for a couple of raindrops.

  17. The NFL will cancel games due to weather events such as a hurricane where certain threat to life exists to players and fans alike. Stay off the roads and watch from home. This game won’t be cancelled, and I’ll gladly watch from the comfort of my home.

    Do you think the weather kind of equalizes the teams now?

  18. I’m from south jersey and all of our crew are going. We’ve got a few dd’s, shovels, and 4wd. Roads crews are prepared for this one so I don’t think it’s going to be that bad. Go birds!!!

  19. Suck it up @mccoymarch

    Teams have played in worse weather than that and got on with it.

    1-2 inches per hour. 6 inches for the whole game.

    It’ll be swept pre-game, between quarters/drives and at the half.

    It’s not that bad.

    If Vick can’t throw in the snow, that’s not the NFL’s fault.

  20. littlesparkplug says:
    Dec 25, 2010 11:56 PM
    “a chilly end for childress”

    ***********

    Epic fail.

  21. Blizzard conditions for a football game?? It just doesn’t get any more bad-ass than that! Keep your candy asses home if you’re too scared to deal with it

  22. It’s NOT the snow that makes a blizzard dangerous…it’s the blowing snow, 50 MPH winds, limited visibility, possible power outages, snowdrifts….this is going to be a huge mess.

  23. Working in the network conditions has really made you soft Mike.

    Most fans would love to see a game in those conditions. True football weather if there ever was any.

  24. “It’s about the timing of the snow, and the fact that it is an official blizzard and noreaster. The major blizzard is from noon to midnight basically, especially right before and during the game. How in the world are refs going to see a snow covered field, with 20-25 MPH winds and gusts to 40MPH?”

    Then take your binky and your sippy cup, hitch up your Pampers, put on your “onesies” and stay HOME.

    There has never……N-E-V-E-R….been a regular season OR playoff NFL game cancelled because of a single factor of weather conditions.

    What happened last week in Minnesota was a result of the suitability ( or unsuitability) of the venue. If the game was outdoors, (unless the outdoor venue or stadium, you know….collapsed) the game would have started on time, with no delay whatsoever.

    This game is played by MEN and will CONTINUE to played by MEN. If you lack the “dangular ornamentry” to identify with this revelation, please….just get the out of the way and let the big boys through.

  25. @dolphindad says:

    instead of 15-20 inches, Rex Ryan asks that you say 1 to 2 feet.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Nice. I can’t enough Rex Ryan foot jokes!

  26. @packeranddarien

    There has never……N-E-V-E-R….been a regular season OR playoff NFL game cancelled because of a single factor of weather conditions.

    *********

    Incorrect. I can recall at least one Dolphins game versus the Steelers canceled due to a hurricane. Needless to say, the weather conditions were unplayable.

    As a trivia bonus, if I remember correctly, it was Roethlisberger’s first start.

  27. No way NFL will change this game, after the debacle in Minnesota ESPN doesn’t want to compete with another game again, the Monday night game is a good one should be good ratings until they have to go against Vick and co.

  28. @ mccoymarch

    Dude, 1-2 INCHES per hour?! Come on over here to the eastern shores of Lake Erie and find out what REAL SNOW IS. It’s nothing out here to get 1-2 FEET of snow in an hour.

    You’re right, it isn’t going to be pleasant out there. It’s going to be cold, the wind will be blowing and cutting right through the fans and players alike, and it will be hard to see. Cutting on the field will be all but eliminated, and throwing the ball will be next to impossible. Oh wait…now I get it. VICK WON’T BE ABLE TO DO $H!T.

    Cancel the game? That’s hilarious. Why don’t you just come out and say that you’re afraid the Vick factor will be eliminated?

  29. Hell, Buffalo fans “brave” those conditions weekly from the end of October until week 17…

  30. sdchargers25 says:
    Dec 26, 2010 3:16 AM
    Bad Weather? Ha SUCKS!
    _______________________
    I think it is funny when all those Sandy Eggo fans laugh at a snow storm or complain about the weather in the northeast. Didn’t you just get 20″ of rain? I guess you like a swimming pool in the basement. Well at least your houses didn’t burn down from the wildfires! When is the nest earthquake? The snow will melt, and everything will be fine.

  31. It hasn’t even started to snow here in Philly yet, at 10:15AM EST. It looks a little gray out, but still, not a single flake.

  32. Also, the way the Vikes are playing, Vick could hand the ball off and do 5-10 yard dink and dunk passes all game and score 14pts and win the game. Screens, end arounds, reverses, QB draw, and check downs would beat the Vikes right now.

  33. @mccoymarch–

    seriously dude, get over it. the game is going on. just prepare yourself, don’t act like an idiot, drive in low gears, have a shovel in your trunk… what, are you new to winter or something?

    football should be outdoors, and it should be played in the snow. if you don’t want to use your tickets, i know plenty of people who would like them.

    ever heard of the BSL? ya know, that rail system that runs UNDERGROUND DIRECTLY TO THE STADIUMS???

    geez. go away.

  34. you think work would be cancelled on the account of an apocolypse?!?! “GET BACK TO WORK!”

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