National Sports: Rescheduled

Irma’s Toll on Professional Athletics

Neiko Megrichian, Sports Editor

Early Sunday morning, Hurricane Irma hit south Florida and forced a rescheduling or cancellation of nearly all competitions  in the state.

The Miami Hurricanes, ironically enough, felt a sufficient amount of threat from the storm to cancel their road game at Arkansas to prepare for Irma. Both FSU and UCF cancelled their games respectively as did USF who were to compete against UCONN. FIU was able to find a solution in Birmingham, Alabama where their home game against  Alcorn State was moved to. The Golden Panthers fared well, pouncing over Alcorn, 17-10.

In the NFL, the Miami Dolphins were to face off at Hard Rock Stadium hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however to no surprise, the game has been postponed and is expected to be played on November 19th, during week 11. The extra week seemed to pay off for the Fins, taking home a 19-17 victory in Los Angeles against the Chargers. Likewise for the Buccs, who buried gold against the Bears winning 29-7.  The Jacksonville Jaguars had expected to remain in Houston for an extra day for the sake of players’ safety.

The MLB was able to find a way around the hurricane by moving Tampa Bay’s 3-game home series against the New York Yankees to Citi Field in Queens – home of the Mets. Unfortunately for the Rays, they were unable to hold up against the local Yanks, dropping the series two games to one. Similarly, the Miami Marlins were expected to host the Milwaukee Brewers which has been flipped to play in Milwaukee where the the fish out of water also lost two games to one.

Fortunately for the Orlando City SC, their MLS matches were already scheduled to play at DC United in Washington on Saturday with two more road matches in Atlanta and Portland.