Only the snowball fights took place as scheduled. The Storm of 1983, which left mounds of snow up and down the East Coast--17 to 25 inches in the area--showed no respect for yesterday's regularly scheduled events. There was no choice but to shovel.
Snowmen set picks at corners all over Washington but you couldn't stay home and watch the Hoyas on television. The Big East Conference game between 14th-ranked Georgetown and 15th-ranked Syracuse at Capital Centre was canceled because the boys from Syracuse couldn't get out of Syracuse.
The game between St. Bonaventure and George Washington was canceled because the Bonnies couldn't get out of Newark, where they played Rutgers Thursday night. "They went to the train station in Newark and it was crazy," said Steve Bilsky, George Washington's athletic director. "The trains were running, but they couldn't get on a train."
So much for big people.
Neither the Georgetown nor the George Washington game has been rescheduled. Bilsky said the game may not be played. "There's not a lot of games left and not a lot of days left," he said. "We definitely won't know anything until sometime next week."
The Maryland-Duke game, postponed Friday, has not been rescheduled either. American's game with Towson and Navy's game with Brooklyn College were also called off Friday and are yet to be rescheduled.
Also postponed were: George Mason at Maine, Montgomery College-Rockville at Cecil and Randolph-Macon at Maryland-Baltimore County. Emory and Henry will play at Catholic University today at 1 p.m. The game between UDC and Radford was rescheduled for Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.
In women's college basketball, yesterday's game between St. Mary's and Catholic was postponed as was today's contest between American and Navy. American's game yesterday at LaSalle will be played March 1. As announced Friday, Maryland vs. Duke was rescheduled for today at 3 o'clock at Cole Field House.
High school games fared no better. Mackin at De Matha and St. Albans at Georgetown Prep were postponed, as were most of the other games throughout the area. Games are expected to all be rescheduled in the next day or two.
It was announced Friday that the Interstate Athletic Conference wrestling meet has been moved to Georgetown Prep at 10 a.m. today.
In track, the Virginia AAA Regional High School track meet was postponed, as was the U.S. Olympic Invitational Track and Field Meet at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. The Olympic event was rescheduled for Feb. 27. Presumably, the airports will be open by then.
In Boston, the scheduled Bruins-Maple Leafs game was postponed.
Even in Britain, 32 English and Scottish league soccer games were postponed due to ice and snow. And the Harlem Globetrotters, who can do anything, could not find a way to get to Philadelphia. "They're scattered all over the country," a spokesman for the Spectrum said.
Tracks up and down the East Coast were closed because no one could find the turf. Bowie was closed yesterday and Rosecroft's premeet qualifier was not run. Charles Town will be closed today, as will Aqueduct. Suffolk Downs in New England won't have racing until Wednesday. In Phoenix, racing at Turf Paradise was called off because rains made the track too muddy.
It was a day for taking a nap, especially for John Ponder. Friday night, the snow forced him to officiate the Yale-Cornell basketball game alone in New Haven until another official arrived with 10:30 left in the game.