When Snow Suddenly Arrives, Linc Grounds Crew Calls An Audible

CBS Philly

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  Fans watching yesterday’s Snow Bowl at Lincoln Financial Field may have wondered why the Eagles cleared only the sidelines and yard lines instead of plowing the entire field.

Mike Quick noted the problem during the Eagles broadcast:

“I’ll tell you what, it’s a big job for Tony Leonard and his crew today to try and keep up with this snow!”

And it made for a spectacle: the Linc’s green natural grass buried under snow that kept falling.

Tony Leonard, the Eagles’ director of grounds, says NFL referee Ed Hochuli had outlined his priorities for the grounds crew: keeping the sidelines, end lines, and hash marks cleared.

But with eight inches of snow falling in the span of a few hours, Leonard says, plowing the field at halftime was out of the question.

“Once you get above three to four inches of snow, when you…

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