If you haven’t seen what’s been happening in Buffalo, well here’s your chance to crawl out from under that rock.
That is Ralph Wilson Stadium as of yesterday. Buried in snow. Last night’s Kent State-Buffalo college football game was postponed to Friday afternoon and even then they are worried about UB Stadium being ready despite the fact it got about half the snow the Ralph got. The stadium is offering people $10/hour and free tickets to the Jets-Bills game if they can come and shovel snow. Last number I’ve heard on this was 220 metric tons of snow with quite a bit more coming sometime today. Talk about a disaster. And please don’t move the game to Toronto. Just move it to Tuesday if need be (then the NFL can sell it to the highest bidder and consider this as a potential experiment for next year because it’s the NFL).
Update: The Jets-Bills game is pretty much a guarantee to be either moved or played in Buffalo Monday or Tuesday. Stay tuned for more updates.
Update #2: Sounds like the Jets-Bills game will be moved to Detroit for Monday night. In that case, only the Buffalo area and the NY-NJ area would get the game. On which channel I do not know though as ESPN will be showing Baltimore-New Orleans nationally.
Update #3: The Jets-Bills game HAS been moved to Detroit and will be played on Monday night. People who get CBS out of Buffalo will be able to see that game. Otherwise, you are SOL. Game starts at 7:00. Now, the Ralph Wilson Stadium crew has extra time to get the stadium ready for next Sunday’s game against the Browns.
Update #5 (and hopefully the last one): TSN4 has decided to put on the Jets-Bills game nationwide instead of showing Monday Night Football. Good for TSN for realizing that most of the country won’t see the game and it gives them yet another NFL game on their network.
So as of right now, here’s the NFL TV schedule:
|8:30||Kansas City at Oakland||NFLN/SNE/SNO/SNW/SNP|
|1:00||Cleveland at Atlanta|
|1:00||Tennessee at Philadelphia||CBS (Alberta)|
|1:00||Detroit at New England||FOX (All of Ontario (except Northwestern Ontario), Quebec, Eastern Canada)/CTV (Vancouver, Alberta, Montreal, Ottawa, Northern Ontario, Atlantic, Saskatchewan)/CKPR (Thunder Bay)/CITL (Lloydminster)|
|1:00||Green Bay at Minnesota||FOX (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario)/CTV (Winnipeg)|
|1:00||Jacksonville at Indianapolis|
|1:00||Cincinnati at Houston||CBS (BC, Northern Ontario, Western Ontario, Midwestern Ontario, Ottawa)/TSN2|
|1:00||Tampa Bay at Chicago|
|4:05||Arizona at Seattle||FOX (BC, Alberta)/CTV2 (Vancouver Island, Alberta)/TSN2|
|4:05||St. Louis at San Diego|
|4:25||Miami at Denver||CBS (All of Canada)/CTV2 (Toronto, London/Windsor, Ottawa, Atlantic)|
|4:25||Washington at San Francisco|
|8:30||Dallas at NY Giants||NBC/TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5|
|7:00||NY Jets at Buffalo||CBS (Golden Horseshoe, GTA, Eastern Ontario (except Ottawa), Quebec)|
|8:30||Baltimore at New Orleans||TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5|
Now let’s talk contingency plan. Not a worry about moving the Jets-Bills game to Tuesday night. I would assume the NFL Network would pick it up. The issue comes with what the viewers who would have got the Jets-Bills game on CBS will now get. My best guess is they end up with the Bengals-Texans game but no one knows until the decision is made and it would have to be made by Saturday morning at the latest.
Update #4: Looks like FOX will allow people who get FOX out of Buffalo to watch the Lions-Patriots game this Sunday thanks to Snowmageddon.
I have now made the crazy discovery that there is almost no way anyone could win ProLine pools without boxing at least one game. What boxing is (in ProLine speak) is the ability to pick both teams in a game if you’re not sure of the pick. It costs more to do so but it basically takes that game out of the equation. For example, this past week I did it with the Broncos-Rams game. I had a funny feeling about it. I turned out to be right. Too bad the rest of my ticket stunk. Anyway, here are my (probably mediocre) picks.
Kansas City over Oakland
Cleveland over Atlanta
Philadelphia over Tennessee
New England over Detroit
Green Bay over Minnesota
Indianapolis over Jacksonville
Houston over Cincinnati
Buffalo over NY Jets (when it eventually happens)
Chicago over Tampa Bay
Seattle over Arizona
San Diego over St. Louis
Denver over Miami (no way they are losing three in a row)
San Francisco over Washington
NY Giants over Dallas (upset pick of the week)
New Orleans over Baltimore
I will keep this updated as to what’s happening with the Jets-Bills game as we should find out more over the next 24 hours.