National Football League takes blame for Hall of Fame game mess

Honoring the legends of the game, the Hall of Fame finishes off their weekend with the Hall of Fame Game, signaling the start of the 2016 NFL Preseason.

The paint in the end zones and the HOF logo at midfield hardened, creating a slippery surface. Hall of Fame president David Baker said fans would be reimbursed for their tickets, but there was no mention of additional reimbursement.

This year's Hall of Fame Game was supposed to feature the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts, but neither team was able to get their first reps of 2016 due to the contest being cancelled mere hours before kick off was scheduled. There would have surely been a higher than normal number of injuries had they played last night (which would have raised interesting liability issues for the National Football League for not providing a safe playing environment).

In case you were off the grid this weekend, Sunday's game, the kickoff to the National Football League game season was cancelled with very short notice after field conditions were deemed unplayable.

Dozens of ticket-holders to Sunday night's canceled Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio are planning a lawsuit against the NFL. There was also a concert on the field on Friday and the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday.

Something did happen on that same field a year ago, to Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham. The Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham tore the ACL in his non-kicking knee during the game. Among the eight inductees: Brett Favre, who spent 16 years with the Green Bay Packers; Tony Dungy, who was the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI; and Marvin Harrison, who played on that Super Bowl-winning team and is considered one of the best receivers in National Football League history. Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia had numerous issues with its uneven artificial surface. On another note, former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre did give a moving acceptance speech.

Possibly the National Football League succumbed to the pressure of political correctness concerning itself with domestic violence, drugs, drinking, and partying by taking their eye off the ball. Player safety is at an all-time high - I'm even a fan of shortening the preseason - but this isn't how we accomplish that. The tester maintained that the crusting would ultimately break up after players ran across those portions of the field.

Vanessa Coleman

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