Weather delays Ravens-Broncos season opener; Twitter reacts
Mere moments before the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos were to kick off the 2013 NFL season, a rogue storm forced a short delay due to the threat of lightning.
NBC’s Al Michaels announced initially that the game’s kickoff would be pushed back from 8:40 p.m. ET to 8:55. That estimate turned out to be inaccurate — the teams did not arrive back on the field until approximately 9:05 (with the Ravens milking a couple extra minutes in the locker room) with kickoff occurring at 9:12. (Worth noting that it started pouring immediately after the game started.)
Per ESPN Stats & Info, the weather delay lasted 34 minutes — the exact same amount of time Super Bowl XLVII was delayed by a blackout. (If you missed it, former Raven Ray Lewis believes that delay was no accident.)
The holdup left plenty of time for people to complain about the wait via Twitter … and it did not escape most that this game would have been in Baltimore, where the weather was near perfect on Thursday night, had it not been for a scheduling conflict with the Orioles.
NFL seasons starts with weather delay, might end in one too with Super Bowl in NY
— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) September 6, 2013
— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) September 6, 2013
Wait til the lightning blizzard during the Super Bowl
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) September 6, 2013
The weather gods are penalizing the NFL for excessive celebration with that pre-game show
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 6, 2013
Winter is coming. RT @ChrisLaw: The Farmers Almanac totally predicted this
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 6, 2013
This weather delay, brought to you exclusively by the Orioles’ inferiority complex.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 6, 2013
Ray Lewis is blaming the 49ers for this delay.
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) September 6, 2013