Weber State coach Ron McBride told me Wednesday night that he likes bad-weather football games. He may just get his wish in Saturday’s season opener.
The Wildcats traveled today and should be in Boston by now, where they await both Saturday’s kickoff against Boston College and the arrival of Hurricane Earl as it heads up the East Coast. According to the Associated Press on Thursday afternoon:
Earl is expected to move north-northeast for much of Friday, staying away from New Jersey and the other mid-Atlantic states, but also passing very close to Long Island, Cape Cod and Nantucket, which could get gusts up to 100 mph. The storm is expected to finally move ashore in Canada sometime Saturday afternoon.
Much of New England should expect strong, gusty winds much like a nor’easter, along with fallen trees and downed power lines, forecasters said.
“This is the strongest hurricane to threaten the Northeast and New England since Hurricane Bob in 1991,” said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center.
Earl is now churning off the coast of North Carolina, but you can track the storm’s progress here. Right now, it’s a Category 3 storm, and not expected to directly hit Boston, but hurricanes are unpredictable.
While you’re waiting to find out if my flight Friday actually ends up in Boston, and if the Red Sox will play the White Sox at Fenway Park, you can check out my story in Friday’s paper about three football-playing Higgins brothers in the Top of Utah.
Meanwhile, the Boston Globe is impressed with WSU quarterback Cameron Higgins’ numbers.
We’ll find out Saturday if a wildcat can fly as well as an eagle in a hurricane.