The Hall of Fame game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers was cancelled about an hour before the scheduled kickoff at 8 p.m. ET. Plenty of players and reporters had interesting reactions to the news.
The media firestorm started when multiple reporters noticed Hall of Fame officials and team officials talking at midfield about 100 minutes before kickoff.
The cancellation of the game came about 30 minutes after the meeting at midfield. The players were the first to be notified about the game’s cancellation. Some of Colts’ players, like punter Pat McAfee, shared their opinions with reporters and on Twitter.
Once the game was cancelled, the Twitter firestorm began raining down on the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame was also criticized for not letting the people in attendance know about the game’s cancellation sooner. Numerous fans attending the game did not know the event had been cancelled until the scheduled kickoff time.
This situation was embarrassing. Basically, the whole country knew about the cancellation before the most of the live attendees knew. The Pro Football Hall of Fame should have let the attending fans know about the cancellation as a soon as possible.
This mishap was a sour end to a terrific Hall of Fame weekend. Eight NFL greats were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but a cancelled preseason game will be the major headline of this weekend.
The Indianapolis Colts will return to practice this week to prepare for their preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills on August 13.