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Updated: December 11th, 2010 2:23pm
Giants stranded in Kansas City after snowstorm closes MSP

Giants stranded in Kansas City after snowstorm closes MSP

by Tom Pelissero
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The snowstorm that swept into the Twin Cities overnight closed Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday. And that threw a big wrench into the New York Giants' travel plans.

Giants media guru Pat Hanlon revealed on his Twitter page early Saturday afternoon that the team was forced to land in Kansas City, where it scrambled to reschedule meetings and a walkthrough in preparation for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello posted on Twitter that, as of 1:30 p.m., the Giants still hoped to get into town on Saturday night and the plan was to kick off as scheduled at noon on Sunday. However, Hanlon tweeted about an hour later that the Giants planned to stay in Kansas City for the night and take an 8 a.m. flight to arrive roughly 3 hours before kickoff.

Depending on the weather conditions -- snow was expected to fall until around midnight, with overnight temperatures dropping below zero and wind chills of 25-below or worse -- the game could be delayed to a 3:15 p.m. start or perhaps even moved to Monday. But the NFL surely would prefer to play the game on its scheduled date, and as of 7 p.m. Saturday, no change had been made.

The Vikings did announce one change: the pregame party on the Metrodome plaza was cancelled because of "anticipated extreme wind chill conditions."

UPDATE: The game has been moved to 7 p.m. Monday.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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