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Archive for Thursday, October 20, 2005

Chiefs, Dolphins watching Wilma

Hurricane could cause switch to Sunday night or Monday

October 20, 2005

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— With Hurricane Wilma threatening to affect the Miami Dolphins' home game Sunday against Kansas City, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil jokingly lobbied for a change in the schedule.

"If they're smart, they'll bring the game to Kansas City where it's warm and sunny," Vermeil said Wednesday.

The NFL and the teams privately discussed the forecast and scheduling options. Dolphins coach Nick Saban tried to be optimistic about the storm's path.

"Maybe it'll just stay out there in the ocean," he said.

Saban said he didn't hear any discussion about the hurricane by his players.

"You know, this is only about the fifth one of those we've had this year, so it's not our first rodeo when it comes to these things," he said. "We know how unpredictable they can be, and we know how dangerous they can be. We certainly don't want to put any one player, coach or any of our fans in harm's way."

The most likely scheduling change would be moving the game - scheduled for noon on Sunday - to a nighttime kickoff Sunday or Monday. Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said no decision needed to be made until closer to the weekend.

"We don't want to do anything that's going to jeopardize the safety of the fans or the players of either team," he said. "But at this point it would be premature to make a decision until we have a better idea on the track of the storm."

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