Tropical Storm Ophelia, which made landfall Saturday morning in North Carolina and is expected to march up the coast, is adding a twist to the baseball pennant race and is expected to impact college and pro football games near its path.
As the storm came ashore with 70 mph sustained winds near Emerald Isle, N.C., the New York Yankees announced Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks would be rescheduled. However, the only obvious date for a makeup game is Sunday. With Ophelia's path expected to take the winds and rains over New York, there's more than a little question as to whether there will be two games to be made up -- and no mutual days off for the teams before the season's end.
Since the Diamondbacks are in the middle of the National League's wild card race, there's a good possibility the New York games could help decide the season's outcome.
The storm is expected to impact a number of college and pro football games over the weekend as well, including Duke vs UConn, Miami vs Temple, Iowa vs Penn State, North Carolina vs Pittsburgh, the Colts vs. Ravens, the Commanders vs. Eagles and Patriots vs Jets.
"We are aware of Tropical Storm Ophelia and are monitoring it closely," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement. "We will continue to work with our teams to ensure the safety of our players, coaches, and fans."