NFL Made Correct Decision to Re-Schedule Games Due to Hurricane Ike
As you probably know, the NFL made the decision to shuffle the NFL schedule due to Hurricane Ike's damage to Reliant Stadium. The Ravens, Bengals and Texans have had their games and bye weeks switched around to deal with the mess.
Though most Raven and Bengal fans have been extremely understanding of these changes, some are bitter about what this does to their season, and they are bitter at the Texans for not agreeing to go to a neutral site or Baltimore this weekend.
I think those people are sick, ill-informed and/or hopelessly misguided. As a Houstonian, I've have had very little sleep the last couple of days, so I am cranky and would like to punch those sort of people in the face.
The above picture is not a beautiful lake. It is what my front yard looked like at 8:00 am this morning as flood waters retreated. I live 60 miles from the coast. We didn't get flooded during Hurricane Ike, but we almost did today due to residual torrential rain and storm sewers blocked with toppled trees and debris.
Nothing like waking your kids up because you think you have to carry them down the street before your house floods. Thankfully, the torrential rains stopped just in time.
On Thursday, when the NFL decided to push the game back to Monday, there was always the chance that the hurricane could have moved at the last second and maybe not hurt the city so badly. A small chance. But if the city was going to be hit full force, it's kind of irresponsible to suggest that players and coaches should leave their homes and families to go play some game.
I've lived in different hurricane areas for most of my life and have never been through a storm like that one. The sounds during the storm were so loud that if a movie replicated it, people would think it sounded fake. And the storm was so large, the winds lasted for many hours that everyone in the region has been affected. I have a bunch of people at my house because we are the one of the few people who has electricity....at least for now.
So for those who have been supportive of those impacted by Hurricane Ike, thank you. To others, I just hope something this awful never happens to your community. And to receive that face punching I mentioned earlier.
For everyone, please consider giving money to the American Red Cross.