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Waiting, Wondering For Winter's Wallop

It is coming, they say. Meteorologists, who are as wrong as they are right, all agree on this one: A major storm is approaching Philadelphia and there is absolutely no chance the city will be spared the wrath of blizzard-like conditions, perhaps a foot of snow and a virtual whiteout at times. How in the world, then, can the Eagles and Vikings get a game in tonight?

The Eagles played in the Fog Bowl way back when, and it was a ridiculous scenario. Players couldn't see from one side of the field to the other. Television viewers were robbed of the action. An extraordinary weather pattern in Chicago helped put an end to an Eagles season.

Never again has the weather intruded so belligerently for an Eagles game. Until now, perhaps. And you wonder, as the weather reports firm, and the track of snow moves into range, how the teams can get this in tonight?

What happens if it truly is a blizzard and the fans are left freezing in the stands, unable to keep themselves warm? Or what about those fans who can't make the game because of the driving conditions, having spent big dollars on tickets to the game? How does NBC handle the game, having moved this from its original 1 p.m. kickoff to take advantage of the attraction of this Eagles team, which is battering all of the ratings records in prime time this year?

We wait.

The Eagles are on top of the situation, and have been for days monitoring the ever-changing weather forecast. Everyone seems on board by this time, though: This is a whopper of a storm, an epic Nor'easter that is not going to bypass Lincoln Financial Field or any of the surrounding areas.

I'm here to let you know that, well, I don't know what is going to happen. Not yet. There are a myriad of possibilities, and I suppose one of them involves moving the game to Monday night. The league did it last week for the Bears-Vikings game when the Metrodome roof was damaged and the game had to be moved to a new location.

There are, I'm sure enough things happening behind the scenes of which I am not aware. I do know this: Playing a game in a blizzard levels everything, opens all kinds of concerns about injuries, about fan safety, about a dozen other hazards of which I have not considered.

So I'm here, waiting with you. And when I know, you will know. Until then, the skies are overcast in South Philadelphia and snow -- lots of it -- is on the way. And the prospect of an extraordinary day in an extraordinary season is ahead for all of us.

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