Ike Blows Game to Monday Night
apologies to Spaceballs, it looks like we've gone from
suck to blow. As Hurricane Ike spins toward the Houston area, the
NFL announced this afternoon that Sunday's Week 2 match-up with
the Ravens will now kickoff at 7:30pm CT.
the eye of the storm expected to come ashore sometime early Saturday
morning, the league is delaying the game's start time in deference
to the city and its residents needing some amount of recovery time
from the local tumult caused by the storm.
game, which was originally scheduled to play at 3:15pm on Sunday,
will still air on local CBS stations in the primary and secondary
markets (which includes Houston, Beaummont-Port Arthur, and Bryan).
In an email to season ticket holders, the Texans also indicated
that the game would be televised on ESPN2.
other alternatives were rumored for the rescheduling, some of which
might still be in play should the 27-hour delay prove not to be
enough time. Talk of playing the game at a neutral site, specifically
Atlanta, were apparently considered, as well as the possibility
of postponing the game entirely until Week 10. In such a scenario,
the Texans would move up their game against the Bengals to their
bye week on October 26, then leaving room to host the Ravens on
November 9, currently the bye week scheduled for the Ravens.
those are alternatives to consider after Ike makes landfall. For
now, our focus is on preparing for the hurricane and keeping safe
through the weekend.
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