One may ask; how does a $12 billion league screw up a preseason game? How can such a giant institution such as NFL make such a series of basic mistakes? Well, these are the questions most NFL fans are asking themselves. The NFL Hall of Fame game was cancelled due to poor field conditions. The game between Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts was cancelled as the paint and rubber used in the field was messed up and looked like tar. The NFL betting odds can best describe the situation as the screw up of the season.
Well, while some may attribute the melting of paint and rubber to the summer 2016 record setting heat level, investigators think otherwise. According to reports, the melting of paint and rubber is as a result of poor workmanship. The paint used for the first layer was the wrong kind of paint that was taking too long to dry. To try and correct the mess, they decided to use heaters to make the paint dry faster.
Instead of saving the situation, this only made matters worse as it melted the rubber turning it into tar. To cover the mess, they decided to put paint thinner on it. The paint thinner they used had a label warning that it is corrosive and can corrode people’s skin. In simpler terms, the painting team made a series of mistakes in an attempt to cover up the initial screw-up.
In a statement, the NFL and NFL Players Association said that the game between Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts was cancelled due to safety concerns. Thy added that they were very disappointed for the fans but with the current field conditions, they game could not be played as player safety was their primary concern.
While some fans and officials hold Tim McGraw as responsible for the conditions in the field, it was definitely not his fault. Tim had played a concert on the field on Friday night and the festivities had a toll on the condition of the field and worsened by the storm that followed. However, even before Tim had held the concert, the condition of the field was still messed up.
The game was to be televised nationally; it is therefore a complete disaster for NFL to cancel such a game. Whether the game was a pre-season or not it was an utter failure due to clumsy reason. How do you explain to thousands of eager fans that the game was cancelled due to poor painting? While it’s true that the Hall of Fame stadium has had its issues in the past, this was a completely new level.
Jim Irsay, the owner of and CEO of Indianapolis Colts, was very pissed about the cancellation of the game. He asked how a $12 billion league could not have a field ready to go. In his fury, he said that the people wanted their money back. As for him, he was sure that the NFL would make them jump through some hoops first.
On that note, it is important to note that this game cancellation happened on the 10th anniversary of Roger Goodell being named the commissioner of NFL.