For whatever — I personally blame it on the fact that Craig James is still gainfully employed — The Big Fan Upstairs is very unhappy with the football being played in the Midwest section of the country today.
Currently, both the Michigan-Western Michigan game in Ann Arbor and the Notre Dame-USF game in South Bend are suspended due to storm systems that have swept through the area. In fact, the storm in South Bend is so bad that the stadium was evacuated; according to ND officials, it’s the first time in the school’s history that’s happened.
In Ann Arbor, the rain was literally coming down sideways for a fairly significant period of time. However, as the decision to suspend the game was being announced and the stadium emptying, the field was abruptly cloaked in sunshine even as the rain continued to fall.
Still, both games were expected to be delayed for at least a half hour as NCAA rules mandate that amount of time to pass if lightning strikes within eight miles of a stadium. The break comes at a fortuitous time for the Irish as they trail USF 16-0 with five minutes left in the second quarter. Michigan is holding on to a 20-10 lead early in the second half.
Additionally, the Iowa-Middle Tennessee Tech game was delayed for well over an hour earlier in the day due to the same storm system making its way through the Midwest.
Oh, and the color man on the Michigan game? Craig James. There’s your sign…
UPDATED 5:51 p.m. ET: And, of course, almost as soon as I hit publish on this post, the Michigan-WMU game resumed.