Saturday won’t help enough, there are still good chances for Trop storm strength winds then so the best bet would be Thursday or Friday. Not sure how I feel about that. There is already a Thursday night game so that’s likely out. Best guess if they are going to try to squeeze this in this weekend in Miami is for a Friday night game.
I have tickets & hotel for this game. It’s a 3 hour drive for me, if the storm is coming up the gulf coast I need to leave Thursday at the latest. Maybe an alternate site would be best? Florida can be a nightmare to evacuate
1. we are so far out, statistically, for a big Florida storm that its only a matter of “when” not “if.” We’ve been lucky for years, so that luck has to run out at some point;
2. The storm moved south (a good sign) but before that move it was on roughly the same track as Andrew EXCEPT it was already roughly 2 x as strong as Andrew was at a similar point. It could turn away or weaken, but it could also strengthen and turn toward us
Prepare now while you can, especially those of you in South Florida. For those in Tampa Bay, I have seen a model for a Cat 3 storm entering the bay on high tide and it was not pretty. Suffice to say you’d want to be out of the area and, if not, certainly WELL north of the stadium.
Given the nature of the storm, Id think its more likely they push it back to the bye week. Tough on both teams, but the storm is now a CAT 5 and the 4-5 day cone covers south Florida. People need time to evacuate
Just FYI on the above. The high resolution information on the models isn’t accurate with high confidence (barometric pressure at landfall). However, the low resolution information is. However, if the barometric pressure of the American model is anywhere near correct, that would be a record…and not by a little. Which would mean that you’re talking about enormous surge, insane MPH winds (gusts and sustained). The size of the major CAT windfield would still be up for grabs though. Sometimes the lower the PB, the tighter the storm becomes (think Hurricane Charley).
Sep 5, 17 at 2:04 pm #1023342
This is the league not prepared. It’s a bad look. Puts Tampa behind an eight ball they should never be behind.
Can you imagine if a major (media) market was having to deal with this situation; New England, New York, Dallas, LA, etc. It would be Salem and Revolutionary France replete with peasants with pitch forks and witch trials.
The Federal Government, as overburdened with unwieldy bureaucracy and polarized politics as it is, is charged with (and does) moving more decisively than Emperor Goodell’s NFL.
All I know is they have to decide quick…the longer the NFL waits the less likely they move it up in the week. Obviously the NFL wouldn’t tell the teams tomorrow that they are playing Thursday (at least you wouldn’t think..then again with Roger Goodell who knows)