If those dopey news people can stand on a beach in hurricane winds …
I always love the press releases gloating that two schools scheduled a home-and-home for, say, 2023 and 2024.
Let’s just get through the next few months alive, first.
With all these games and matchups being determined well in advance, as this week showed, there needs to be a better contingency plan built into the contracts in case of a natural disaster.
This whole horrific world of September hurricanes might just be the new normal for the southeast part of the country. It’s not like they’re going to stop coming – or be less intense – and if the schools want to get their games in, they need to have an idea of what to do in case of an emergency.
Of course football games don’t matter. They’re games. Cancel them, and make sure all possible resources are focused on dealing with the potential disaster that hopefully will never come.
However, after all the scrambling that ensued to try getting some of these games in, it’s obvious that the schools want them to go on as long as there’s any possible chance to do it.
But everyone has to be a whole lot more flexible. And that includes you, NCAA, when it comes to relaxing the six-win thing for bowl teams in special instances.
If there’s any question whatsoever that the surrounding area of the school might get hit by catastrophic weather, and the away team’s place is fine, then play there and figure out the revenue later. Make sure there’s a return trip coming. or move the game to earlier in the week, or to a neutral site.
Or, again, remember that they’re football games.