For Arizona Cardinals, weather just one more obstacle
By Scott Allen
A major winter storm is riding its way through the east coast this weekend
The Arizona Cardinals don’t seem to be too concerned with the fact that Charlotte, North Carolina and other areas north are about to get hit, if not already hit, with a major winter storm this weekend. Charlotte is expected to get ice, maybe some snow, some rain this weekend through Saturday evening, Sunday morning on some models.
The weather though is just one more obstacle for the Cardinals to face on the way to the NFC Championship game. They already have enough people outside of Arizona doubting they can beat the Carolina Panthers.
By the time the game gets going though, it appears that the weather will have already cleared out, although it is expected to be cold with temperatures ranging anywhere from 35-42 depending on who you listen to. That’s cold but not brutal. The Cardinals are still scheduled to leave Phoenix on Saturday.
With the uncertain weather, the Cardinals decided not to alter travel plans despite the weather reports. Based on what I am hearing, that’s likely the right play. I’ve already heard of people being told their flights were cancelled tomorrow.
The Cardinals had decided earlier in the week to leave on Saturday instead of Friday as they had done in the past in travel to the east coast this season. The reason given was the game is a later afternoon affair in Charlotte, kicking off at 6:40 p.m. Eastern Time, 4:40 p.m. in Arizona.
Had the Cardinals been the 1:00 p.m game in Arizona, I’m not sure what the team would have decided to do? It may have been the better call to still go Saturday based on the weather. Either way, it is just one more obstacle the Cardinals must face.
Oh, and let’s not get started on the field at Bank of America Stadium. It was a disaster last weekend. I can’t wait to see what it looks like after this storm. You know what though? Both teams have to play on it, so no room for complaints.