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SNOW JOB: EAST COAST BLIZZARD WIPES OUT SLATE OF GAMES
Published January 26, 2000
The snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow along the East Coast in cities such as Raleigh and DC "has wiped clean the slate of events taking place throughout the region," according to Wyche & El-Bashir of the WASHINGTON POST, who report that the postponements include last night's Knicks-Wizards game, more than 150 boys and girls high school basketball games in the DC area and tonight's Univ. of MD-Univ. of NC basketball game in Chapel Hill, NC. The Knicks-Wizards game will be made up March 8, while the UM- UNC game will be played Thursday night (WASH. POST, 1/26). In N.Y., Marc Berman writes that the Knicks had to do without the "comfy confines of their Cablevision corporate jet" and travel by train to DC for last night's game. After the postponement, the Knicks' second in seven games, they "hopped" back on the train and returned to N.Y. (N.Y. POST, 1/26). In DC, Josh Barr notes that the UM basketball team "considered" flying to Raleigh this morning and playing the game tonight or flying into another airport in NC and busing to Chapel Hill, "but decided otherwise." Meanwhile, the Clemson-NC State Univ. basketball game scheduled for tonight has also been postponed until Thursday (WASHINGTON POST, 1/26). NCSU AD Les Robinson, on trying to get the Clemson team to Raleigh: "We talked buses, commuter planes, but nobody could give us any kind of guarantees. This is in the best interest of everybody involved" (N&O, 1/26). DOUBLE SWITCH: The UM-UNC postponement "means a double switch" for ESPN, which was scheduled to televise the game, as it will fill tonight's void with "The Matchup of the Millennium." ESPN2 will show the Australian Open semifinal between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi live at 3:00am ET Thursday instead of via tape delay (USA TODAY, 1/26). NATURAL DISASTER: The NHL was also affected by the storm, as last night's Coyotes-Hurricanes game was postponed, stranding the Coyotes in their hotel just a few miles from the Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena. The postponement marks the first time since January '98 that an NHL game has been called off because of severe weather. Coyotes coach Bob Francis: "It's tough. We're trapped like rats" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/26).