Steelers / Bills Wild Card Game Postponed Until Monday, Mother Nature in Custody

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Published by: Bear Acuda

On Sunday mornings, I wake up, check my phone, make a double-dose pot of coffee, light a fire, thank God for my blessings, and make sure my photo of Ben Roethlisberger is front and center. The NFL Playoffs only mean more reverence from me. 

My process is my process. Don’t judge me.

Unfortunately, my process was completely thrown out-of-whack thanks to that fickle ice queen, Mother Nature. The upcoming playoff match between the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers at Highmark Stadium has been rescheduled to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, in response to a major winter storm anticipated to hit Western New York on Sunday.

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Originally set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, the postponed NFL Wild Card Game will still be broadcast on CBS Monday. This conflicts with the regularly scheduled program, The Young & The Restless. TYTR has yet to comment on being pushed aside for American Football, but winos and soccer moms have taken to social media….and the bottle. “This is an OUTRAGE!” and “Damn you, NFL! How am I supposed to know if the old Phyllis is REALLY back!?” have been slewed across Facebook & TikTok, the favorite gossiping stations for women with a heartbeat. Others have used the situation to rally their Climate Change activism base, with online apparel stores seeing a spike in keffiyeh sales.

I’m almost sure a boycott of the NFL is already underway, as the NFL gambles on Taylor Swift fans still having lives, being too young to care about midday soap operas. They have yet to recognize the real tragedy is the postponement of TYTR.

Although, one wino is in support of this move.

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New York’s most famous Karen, Governess Kathy Hochul, took time away from making her state unlivable by addressing the situation on Saturday, emphasizing the importance of this decision in ensuring the safety of New Yorkers, motorists, and football fans, due to the storm’s unpredictability. 

“It’s all part of our critical efforts to keep New Yorkers, motorists and fans safe from this wildly unpredictable storm.”

No word yet if Mother Nature is out of custody and willingly helping Governess Hochul during this difficult time.

Emergency declarations are currently in effect in Western New York and Erie

County because of the storm’s severity. Orchard Park (Bills stadium and venue of the AFC Wild Card Game) is bracing for extreme weather on Sunday, including near-zero visibility, strong winds, bitterly cold wind chills, and heavy lake-effect snow. 

You know what else won’t be visible? TYTR!

Governess Hochul mentioned consulting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who agreed that safety must be the foremost concern. No word if they will force teams to put mental health slogans on their helmets and other game attire, paying tribute to the fallen victims of the Wild Card Game’s move into TYTR’s time-slot. 

Perhaps, they will bring back the “Say Her Name” t-shirts that was all the buzz in the NBA, two-years ago (“Her” being the aforementioned Phyllis). This is a devastating blow to women everywhere, and cries of misogyny are already beginning to sound.

The Bills organization stated that rescheduling the game prioritizes public safety, aligning with the interests of both the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the region prepares for the impending storm. 

And what about the mental safety of all the people who will suffer as a result of CBS’ choice in time-slot for the AFC Wild Card Game? Who’s protecting the “safety” of fans of TYTR?

Additionally, a travel ban will be implemented in Erie County starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, remaining in effect at least until 6 a.m. Sunday.

“We want our Bills to win, but we don’t want 60 to 70 thousand people traveling to the football game in what is going to be horrible conditions. [Law enforcement officials] need to be assisting in the middle of a snowstorm, helping those in need, not directing traffic at a football stadium … This is something we all agreed on.”

-Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz

The parking lots for the Bills game will now open at 12:25 p.m. on Monday, but I’m sure the Bills Mafia will be there before sunrise.

This isn’t the first time the Bills have experienced the wrath of Mother Nature. And if you say something about Climate Change… 

Last season, a home game against the Cleveland Browns was moved to Detroit because of heavy snowfall in Orchard Park. A similar shift occurred in November 2014 for a game against the New York Jets, also relocated to Detroit due to snow.

Weather has previously affected playoff games as well. For instance, a 2017 Divisional playoff game between the Chiefs and Steelers in Kansas City was delayed from a 1 p.m. start to 8:20 p.m. due to an ice storm.

Okay, fine. Go ahead…

Is the inclement weather in New York a result of Climate Change?

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