Postponed by Snow? NFL's Gone Soft
Some of the classic games in NFL history have been in severe weather:
Green Bay, 1967, the Ice Bowl; Cincinnati 1981, where the Bengals beat the Chargers (more on that later); East Rutherford, N.J., 1987, when the Giants won the coin toss, took the 30 mile-per-hour. wind and beat Washington, 17-0 in the NFC title game; And the "tuck rule'' game between the Raiders and New England in 2002, although that was just a run-of-the-mill six-inch snowstorm, not a rerun of the blizzard of '88 -- 1888.
So what's a little semi-blizzard in Philadelphia? Enough for the NFL and NBC to postpone Sunday night's game between the Vikings and Eagles until Tuesday, the third straight rescheduling for Minnesota. What, Michael Vick can't scramble when it's slippery?
The official announcement came from the Eagles and was based on fans being unable to get to the stadium. But why until Tuesday? For "Tuesday Night Football'' on NBC, allowing the network to keep its prime-time football game with Bob Costas, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth right there to make it the festival they hoped for when this contest became the only game this season to be "flexed'' -- changed from daytime to night to replace what would have been a ho-hum San Diego at Cincinnati game.
Does that mean that the 2014 Super Bowl, scheduled for the Meadowlands in the NFL's eagerness to embrace the New York market scheduled for the Meadowlands, will be reschedule for April? Or for 2015?
Here's the problem: The snow, which is supposed to continue all day, will turn things white in Philly.
And the NFL is about green (as in $$$), which is why the game will be on Tuesday -- NBC has the time spot ready. Green is important enough to have the owners pressing for an 18-game season (almost sure to happen) that could either start in the severe heat of August or end in the snow of late February -- say at the Meadowlands in 2014. This despite a season in which almost every one of the 32 teams has long lists of key players on injured reserve (two third-string quarterbacks finished the Dallas-Arizona game Saturday night.)
Yes, it won't be easy to get to Lincoln Financial Field from anywhere in the Philadelphia area Sunday night. And many of the fans, sadly, would be driving after spending the day in front of their television sets imbibing adult beverages. That's not good for driving at any time, snow or no snow.
But if the travel is that tough, why were the Vikings considering flying back to Minneapolis and then returning for the game? Well, If I was a Viking, I might want to do that after the last two weeks -- a Sunday game against the Giants postponed when the roof of the Metrodome caved in, then played in Detroit on Monday night (weather related but unavoidable); then a game against the Bears played outdoors last week on a Monday night at the University of Minnesota.
One more laugh.
The matchup that was flexed out of the Sunday night spot? The Chargers at the Bengals? That was a game played in that minus-59 wind-chill almost 30 years ago