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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Weather men fumble forecast for football

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Weather men fumble forecast for football

The geniuses that stand in front of a green screen and prognosticate the weather pulled a fast one this week on athletic directors across the Capital Region.

They didn't run around claiming "the sky is falling, the sky is falling" instead they proclaimed that "there would be extreme thunderstorms with lightning and gusty winds."

Just a day after tornadoes swept through the lower portion of the nation, the forecast provided visions of hundreds of football fans, sitting in aluminum bleachers in a soaking rain anticipating the next bolt of lightning to take out the opposing fans.

Athletic directors were on high alert as early as Wednesday, planning on moving football games to Saturday and some even to Sunday.

What they ended up doing was simply running up their individual school's phone bills.

All but three post-season football contests were moved and numerous outdoor contests at every level, freshman, junior varsity and varsity soccer and field hockey contests were postponed.

The lightning never arrived, the thunder stayed away also and the rain, oohhh the rain that was forecast to appear anytime in the early afternoon, stayed away until after kickoff.

I bet there are a lot of soccer and field hockey teams that are glad it held off, getting their games in. Meanwhile there were several other contests that were postponed in anticipation of said overhead Armageddon.

You can't blame the administrators, they don't want to put their students, staffs and spectators in harm's way by scheduling a game in potentially hazardous conditions.

You can blame the overpaid, some have degrees in science, some don't have degrees in atmospheric journalism that will he yukking it up on how "we dodged a bullet on that storm Suzy," just days after pointing to the screens and showing the public how the storms would "sweep up here early in the weekend" and had the potential "for wind damage and power outages."

Well Storm, Chase, Rain or whatever your inane weather personality name is, Wal-Mart and Home Depot thank you for the boost in sales for batteries and generators.

For me, I remain, slightly under the weather.

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