NFL on canceled Hall of Fame Game: Safety comes first

AP

The NFL and NFL Players Association released a joint statement this evening explaining the cancelation of tonight’s Hall of Fame Game, caused by a botched paint job damaging the playing surface in Canton, Ohio.

“Due to safety concerns with the condition of the playing surface in Canton, tonight’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers has been cancelled,” the statement said. “We are very disappointed for our fans, but player safety is our primary concern, and as a result, we could not play an NFL game on this field tonight.”

Logos at midfield and in the end zones were painted today, and a paint not suitable for playing surfaces was used. When the paint congealed, the surface became sticky, and players and coaches believed it would be unsafe to play on it.

Safety should, of course, come first. But safety should come first in preparing the field in the first place. Not in canceling the game after failing to prepare the field safely.

54 responses to “NFL on canceled Hall of Fame Game: Safety comes first

  1. Based on how poorly this was executed and Goodells M.O., you have to consider if this is another one of the NFL’s patented farces that they’ve set up just to tell everyone that safety comes first.

  2. wow, what a nation of wusses we have become. mark my words, this is the day that football died as a profesional sport.

    ya know, the nfl could learn alot from the olympics about how to put on its event in spite of saftey issues. theyve got zika mosquitos, poopy water, and a president whose being impeached (sad we cant do the same) and yet theyve stayed the course and have had a rousing success.

  3. I call BS. If the players coaches and doctors did not complain the NFL would have played the game. Doesn’t the NFL send people to inspect the playing surfaces ? They are the ones that should have cancelled it before the players and coaches showed concern.

  4. I feel bad for all those fans that traveled, spent gas money, airline tickets, food, hotel expenses, etc.

    Wait, most of them are Packers fans so never mind.

  5. There is no small amount of irony that the place entrusted to be the keeper of the flame can’t even use the right paint. Roger’s NFL just keeps getting better and better. At least we didn’t need to worry about what a catch “is” or isn’t. The gang that can’t shoot straight strikes again…

  6. The NFL has a list of approved pains and vendors (of course they do). Someone went off list for some reason. Until the paint was applied there was no way to know someone would be that stupid.

  7. Safety first? Good. Then cancel one more preseason game and Thursday night’s as well.

  8. Roger Goodell — INCOMPETENT!
    Lights go out at the Super Bowl, Super Bowl tickets sold for seats that didn’t exist, now Hall of Fame Game cancelled because field unplayable. This stuff NEVER happened before “Barney Fife” Goodell took over.

  9. The NFL has become unwatchable. Mark Cuban said the demise of our beloved sport would occur. I didn’t think it would happen this quickly. I want my favorite sport to be great again. This is depressing.

  10. I love the NFL but preseason scrimmages with most the players not making the actual roster…………no thanks man. Got better things to do.

  11. You people expect too much! Jimbob, their 1st-choice painter, is on the essential 200-man team to look at potential NFL-game stadia in China – you have to realize it takes a lot of effort to make the League look so effort-less!

  12. Let’s be honest here, folks. The fact that two very soft teams were scheduled to play had a lot to do with the cancellation.

  13. They must of painted the “Chefs” in the end zone: great googly-moog lies! Tom Brady will get an additional 4 game suspension for this dastardly deed.

  14. finchy74 says:
    Aug 7, 2016 9:13 PM
    “Let’s be honest here, folks. The fact that two very soft teams were scheduled to play had a lot to do with the cancellation.”

    Agreed. cheesebay is constantly overrated from the media. While the Colts fell to the way-side when Mr. Manning departed.

  15. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Aug 7, 2016 8:37 PM

    Was the game in CHINA .

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    No, this happened here. But keep telling yourself, “WE’RE #1, WE’RE #1!”

  16. Yeah, they used to play on concrete that was called astroturf. San Diego and Oakland and others played on dirt infield.

    That said, in this day and age you have all sorts of lawyers licking their chops at getting a peice of the NFL pie, and a Union so brutalized by the league in labour talks over the years, that one blade of turf out of place would send them screaming.

    Still haven’t seen an article as to why the congealed paint was a “hazard”? Too slick? Too sticky? Radioactive?

  17. “This stuff NEVER happened before “Barney Fife” Goodell took over.”

    Please don’t downgrade poor old Barney by comparing him to Goodell.

  18. The NFL is going to have a hard time putting lipstick on this pig.
    ——————————————–
    I like it. We have to throw it right back at em. I wish the radio and tv would come out and just say it; she has no “gravitas”. Every station said this about Bush. EVERY one. I really want someone to clear this up for me…….I still don’t know how anyone would want to be a democrat. It’s a losing proposition…..I read this somewhere, Kennedy put a man on the moon, obama a man in the ladies bathroom. Disgusting. I don’t think you have enough lipstick.

  19. Schism. The Packers have been WHINING about having 5 preseason games scheduled. There is no coincidence.

  20. GenXJay says:
    Aug 7, 2016 9:26 PM
    finchy74 says:
    Aug 7, 2016 9:13 PM
    “Let’s be honest here, folks. The fact that two very soft teams were scheduled to play had a lot to do with the cancellation.”

    Agreed. cheesebay is constantly overrated from the media. While the Colts fell to the way-side when Mr. Manning departed.

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    Odd. For Green Bay being such a soft and overrated team year after year, how is it that they’ve been able to completely dominate the Vikings?
    You know, the Annual Winners of the Offseason Championship, year, after year, after year, after year……………….

  21. For all the Goodell-haters, he had nothing to do with this. The HOF Game is the only NFL game held at Benson Stadium, but it is used for local high school and college games all season. The NFL requested field upgrades and they were made this year – that’s a brand new turf. But the league had no control over the grounds crew who used the wrong paint – that oversight belongs to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who manages and operates the stadium.

    This would be the same as if there was a field issue at Wembley for one of the London games, or even Aloha Stadium for the Pro Bowl… it’s not a stadium that is under NFL control and oversight.

  22. It is really wierd that the Packers and Erin Rodgers have been complaining and crying about having to play 5 pre season games then this happens. Babies, I can’t wait til the Vikings slaughter them and sack Erin 9 times week 2.

  23. I think they hired the three stooges as grounds crew…first it’s the wrong paint that isn’t drying fast enough, so they bring out heaters to try to dry it…just making the paint stickier AND melting the turf/fill underneath. When the melted plastic dried, it became hard, like playing on concrete.

    It’s like a Seinfeld episode…lol

  24. wafflestomp says:
    Aug 7, 2016 10:50 PM

    ———————————–
    Odd. For Green Bay being such a soft and overrated team year after year, how is it that they’ve been able to completely dominate the Vikings?
    You know, the Annual Winners of the Offseason Championship, year, after year, after year, after ……………….
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    And you’re talking about the Vikings….why? You’ve got Purple Fever, boy!

    I’m sorry that your team is one of the softest teams in the NFL. What’s that old saying you guys love to repeat in between gulps of Vin Rouge? “Soft, squishy football for soft, squishy people.”? Just own it.

  25. It’d have been nice if the Safety First mindset was in play before Shaun Suisham’s career was ended by the crappy field.

  26. “Safety comes first.” Translation: “All the money invested in these players’ salaries comes first.”

  27. Safety comes first unless we can be held liable and it costs us money. Then we have no idea what your talking about.

  28. whatswrongwithmomsbasement says:
    Aug 8, 2016 12:26 AM
    It’s a good day to be a Vikings fan. Just like every day.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Of course. We are currently in the preseason where the Vikings are multi-year champions. September is when it starts to suck again.

  29. finchy74 says:
    Aug 7, 2016 11:56 PM

    And you’re talking about the Vikings….why? You’ve got Purple Fever, boy!

    I’m sorry that your team is one of the softest teams in the NFL. What’s that old saying you guys love to repeat in between gulps of Vin Rouge? “Soft, squishy football for soft, squishy people.”? Just own it.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    I love that the Packers are the “soft” team when the Vikings just build a giant green house so they don’t have to play in the cold weather.

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