Catch any of that chill blowing through Los Angeles this weekend?
That’s the NFL giving us the cold shoulder. Again.
Before Buffalo shuffled off to Detroit to play its previously under-the-Doppler radar Week 12 contest against the New York Jets of New Jersey, the result of more erratic climate-changing snowfall in the N’East, why didn’t anyone at the league offices even considered sending Orton Party of 52 to our sleepy little outpost instead?
If only to demonstrate how much the city and/or league misses each other’s in-the-grasp moments?
The good ol’ Coliseum, unused and unspoiled this weekend, may have even filled to beyond half capacity with just L.A.-transplanted fans of two N.Y.-area teams. They could have even made a nominal donation to get in.
In Detroit, they’re giving all the tickets away for free for anyone who wants to attend the Monday night matinee at Ford Field. First come, first serve.
And L.A., you’ve been served again.
If only for the novelty of it all, USC, which has tried to set NCAA women’s soccer attendance records at the state landmark it operates, might have had a creative strategy in staging the event on an otherwise open sunny Sunday or moderately moon-lit Monday.
Instead, the NFL muffed it, time-shifting this one to midtown Motown. As if Detroit needs another bailout – it’ll now get two NFL games called to its carpet over a four-day span this coming week.
Bills ownership says that because of the frightening forecasts in South Niagara Falls, and the possible inability to make Ralph Wilson Stadium safe for any sort of spectators, the team may have to flake out on its home game next Sunday against Cleveland, too. Options open to move it are Toronto, Pittsburgh, D.C., or even Syracuse’s Carrier Dome.
For a league that had no travel budget issues sending the Cowboys, Jags, Lions, Falcons, Dolphins and Raiders to London this season, and will actually make the Jags, Lions and Dolphins go back there again in 2015, what’s the problem with calling an L.A. audible?
We’ve got the cash to pick up the Bills. It’s the least we could do for once having them take O.J. Simpson off our hands. …