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Debate continues regarding Viking-Eagles postponement

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Sunday Night Football has become Tuesday Night Football, with the Norwegian Nomads facing the Eagles in Philly in prime time on NBC.  And as the game approaches, the debate continues regarding whether the right decision was made.

On Monday, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell continued to attack the decision to postpone the game from Sunday, a decision ostensibly made in the interests of public safety — not player safety.

“We’ve become a nation of wusses,” Rendell told Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic on Monday.  “The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything.  If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game?  People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down.”

The term that first rose to prominence in the late 1970s or early 1980s as a mash-up of “wimp” and “puss” became the buzz word for Rendell’s remarks.

“My biggest beef is that this is part of what’s happened in this country,” Rendell said.  “I think we’ve become wussies. . . .

“What do you think Lombardi would say?  He would say that we’ve become a nation of wusses.”

Rendell’s broader point?  The question of whether people wanted to risk venturing into the elements should have been deferred to the people, a decidedly small-government approach that potentially could have resulted in a big-government effort to rescue and/or heal folks who guessed wrong about whether they could tolerate the weather.

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has provided a more reasoned view of the situation, pointing out that hockey games were played on Long Island and in New Jersey on Sunday, even though the New York/New Jersey took the brunt of the blizzard.  Zulgad continued a theme that Cris Collinsworth of NBC articulated during Sunday night’s Football Night in America, the first-ever prime-time pregame sans game.  The decision, as Collinsworth explained, sets a precedent.  Moving forward, the question is whether and to what extent the precedent will be honored.

Our concern is that criticism from folks like Rendell will resonate with the league, and that the next time a blizzard is bearing down on a pro football game the powers-that-be will err on the side of playing, which then will lead to a serious public-safety mishap that will result in even greater criticism of the league.

Though the storm that hit New York was much worse than the storm that struck Philly, the conditions I experienced while walking a handful of blocks from 30 Rock to the hotel on Sunday night were unlike anything I ever had experienced.  So I can understand why the NFL opted to pull the plug.  Given the rarity of such winter storms, hopefully the league won’t be faced with the prospect of another direct blast from a blizzard for years if not decades.

Finally, we’ve detected a vague sense in the media that the delay has actually hurt the home team.  Baloney.  Bad weather closes talent gaps, and the Eagles have two of the most talented and electric players in the league.  Though the delay complicates Philly’s preparations for Week 17 against the Cowboys, it will now be easier for the Eagles to win the last game of Week 16.

Either way, the last game of Week 16 will be played tonight.  And the Eagles need to win the game in order to maintain their chances at scoring a postseason bye week.

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  1. packattack1967 says: Dec 28, 2010 9:55 AM

    Its snow. Snow. What a stupid decision, mostly though it’s embarrassing. This isnt an outdoor tennis match. ITS FOOTBALL FOR GODS SAKE!

  2. poiuyt7 says: Dec 28, 2010 9:56 AM

    If the NFL was really concerned about the safety of fans, they would ban beer sales in the games. I wonder what percentage of the people driving home from the games are above the legal limit for alcohol?

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 28, 2010 9:57 AM

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    Yup you clearly fall into the wuss category and in favor of a nanny government that tells us exactly when to get up, when to tie our shoes, when and what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner etc.

    Canceling the game was a disgrace, nothing less.

  4. dirtybird06 says: Dec 28, 2010 9:59 AM

    The league f*cked the Eagles! Potentially 3 games in 12 or 13 days without knowing what the injuries will look like after tonight and after Dallas could be what sinks this ship.

    Way to go Roger, get those ratings.

  5. melikefootball says: Dec 28, 2010 9:59 AM

    Next year God-del will cancel Christmas…Santa can’t be out in that weather.

  6. tv426 says: Dec 28, 2010 9:59 AM

    He is absolutely correct.

    The PC crowd has succeeded in reducing us to a nation that always defaults to the lowest common denominator. Anyone who is “above” that is screwed.

    Next they will start canceling games in GB when it snows because someone will say that the crowd and players shouldn’t be exposed to such harsh conditions. Or that it provides an unfair advantage to the home team.

    Like life is fair in any respect anyway.

  7. bspurloc says: Dec 28, 2010 10:01 AM

    .
    at least it is funny how he made a racist remark about doing calculus and no one has said anything about that…..
    I mean it is ok to say things like that about China.

    but he is right about the rest of the stuff. he should have at least noted how they postponed it to TUESDAY instead of MONDAY so favre would have a fighting chance.

  8. bspurloc says: Dec 28, 2010 10:03 AM

    “Bad weather closes talent gaps”
    apparently f l o r i o hasnt been covering football too long as it was noted time and time again BAD WEATHER does NOT effect players or the game….
    only WIND does. do some more homework son.

  9. thejuddstir says: Dec 28, 2010 10:03 AM

    There is no legitimate argument for postponing this game. The weather conditions in Minneapolis the week before were worse when the Giants and Vikings played in a college stadium that had to be “de-winterized” in less than a week. The day of the game, Minnesota had a snowstorm that dumped 9 inches of snow, snarling traffic, played on a frozen field with no heating elements below the surface and it continued to snow throughout the game…………why didn’t the NFL postpone that game???? Football was made to be played in the elements and this decision provides a HUGE advantage to the Eagles. And let’s not forget the leagues decision to play a Superbowl in New Jersey in the dead of winter. This decision has conspiracy written all over it and it’s not surprising with all the other subjective/questionable decisions that Goodell has made since becoming Commissioner.

  10. flyinhighwithvick says: Dec 28, 2010 10:04 AM

    Who cares, it’s over and done with. The game will be played tonight, the Linc will be rocking, and the Eagles will destroy the Vikings, end of story.

    I’m glad they moved the game to tonight. Has anyone mentioned the fact that if that game was played the other night in the storm, that our offense wouldn’t have been as effective on a slow track? This is a blessing that it was moved to tonight.

    Get over it. And why do people in Minnesota even care? Your team is a joke, your stadium is a joke, and your whole world revolves around Brett Favre and your season was over months ago. Twins pitchers and catchers report in 2 months, get ready for another October Gardenhire choke job.

  11. jpryan06 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:04 AM

    I understand the League says they were concerned about fan safety… That might even be true. So does that mean in previous decades they weren’t concerned about fan safety?

    They probably were, but to a much less degree. Why? Because if there was some catastrophic accident on the way to/from the game by a bus load of fan it would have made the local news for about a day and then no one would have remembered it.

    Public image is a MUCH bigger deal now because we live in the land of the tweet/blog/24hr cable news channel. Today if there was catastrophic accident by a busload of fans you can better believe that EVERYONE would be talking about it… and then debating it… and then second guessing why it happened, how it could have been prevented, how could the NFL have let this game go on in the face of a state of emergency, yadda yadda yadda.

    Most likely nothing would have happened and we would have had a classic snow-bowl game that would have gone down in the annals of amazing NFL games. 20 years ago, the minuscule chance that something catastrophic happening had much less repercussions than the same minuscule chance of something happening today. The repercussions of a catastrophic accident today would be catastrophic to the NFL itself.

  12. xli2006 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:04 AM

    Sack up Philly!

  13. flyerscup2010 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:05 AM

    Rendell was making the rounds on TV on monday saying the same exact thing, 97.5 is just picking up the sloppy seconds here. I like Rendell, but he’s pandering bigtime here to the angry malcontent Philadelphians who wear cold weather and traffic problems as a (idiotic) badge of honor.

    They couldn’t have made the game happen. They COULD have played, but there would be no passing game because the wind was swirling and blowing snow around. It would have been a mess having 67,000 people trying to get to and from the game, especially since mass transit was shut down. It just made no sense to go through with it. And I don’t see why people actually would want the Eagles to play in it and risk injury and/or losing the game 3-0 or something.

    If they DID play the game, this article would read “Debate continues regarding Viking-Eagles non-postponement” because people are wishy washy and complain no matter what.

  14. flyerscup2010 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:07 AM

    harrisonhits2, you’re a clown. i don’t remember the government ever telling me to tie my shoes.

  15. flyinhighwithvick says: Dec 28, 2010 10:07 AM

    And for the record, the league made this decision. Not the Eagles, not the city of Philadelphia, the league did.

    I say this because it’s only a matter of time before this gets somehow tied into booing Santa Claus and Michael Irvin.

  16. flyerscup2010 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:09 AM

    “bspurloc says:
    Dec 28, 2010 10:03 AM
    “Bad weather closes talent gaps”
    apparently f l o r i o hasnt been covering football too long as it was noted time and time again BAD WEATHER does NOT effect players or the game….
    only WIND does. do some more homework son.”

    there was plenty of wind, which constitutes bad weather. your point?

  17. stevemcguigan says: Dec 28, 2010 10:13 AM

    I’m kind of hoping the Eagles just start Mike Kafka and the rest of the backups. Why waste an ounce of energy on a third rate club in a dying city?

  18. awdlmd says: Dec 28, 2010 10:14 AM

    No surprise the meatheads are up in arms just like they are with the illegal hit rules. The real question is blizzars hit during the NFL season every year, what made this situation different?

  19. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 28, 2010 10:16 AM

    I think he would say, people didn’t used to get as sauced at games and now you’d have half the stadium driving home drunk on unplowed streets and parking lots.

    Why hasn’t anyone mentioned this? It’s not that the GAME couldn’t have been played…it’s about the fans safety and the fact that having thousands of drunk drivers(if anyone has been to a game they know that’s not an exageration) slipping and sliding in unplowed blizzard conditions.

  20. packattack1967 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:17 AM

    #
    poiuyt7 says: Dec 28, 2010 9:56 AM

    If the NFL was really concerned about the safety of fans, they would ban beer sales in the games. I wonder what percentage of the people driving home from the games are above the legal limit for alcohol?
    ____________________________________
    Excellent point

  21. yatista says: Dec 28, 2010 10:17 AM

    Spoken like an attorney. Oh, that’s right, you is one.

  22. phillysoulfan says: Dec 28, 2010 10:18 AM

    My God, you people are insane. You keeping losing the fact that it’s a GAME.

    Fact One:
    The hockey game was played INDOORS. The fans were not exposed to the elements that when you factor in the wind chill was in the low single digits.

    Fact Two:
    The brunt of the storm came when the game would have been played. So…

    A) 8 inches of snow would have fallen on the cars that were in the parking lot. I can’t imagine on how you would even proceed getting out of the parking lot.

    B) Get this, this will blow your mind. The fans at the game, WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE THE GAME!!!! Visibility was that poor.

    Fact Three:
    The NFL has been haunted (and yes, that’s the right word) about not calling games off when they should have. Had this game been played on Sunday Night, this game would have been another one of those games.

    Anyone who thinks that this was the wrong decision is a hypocrite. You are always complaining that the NFL does not keep the fan in mind when they make decisions on just about anything. They always cowtow to the networks and money. Well guess what…this time the only consideration they had was the fan and they did right by us.

    Lastly, keep in mind that this post was made by an Eagles fan, knowing full well, that if the Eagles do not getting an opening round bye, we are screwed by having to play this game tonight.

  23. moochzilla says: Dec 28, 2010 10:19 AM

    Stop letting the NFL and Eagles off the hook by blaming “government”.

    As usual, a rush to blame government for all the world’s ills allows the true villains to walk.

    I remember a sportscaster talking about a time when he questioned Don Ohlemeyer on a stupid, nonsensical decision that had been made regarding a sporting event. His response: “the answer to all your questions in ‘money’.”

    So, if you want to find out who is to blame, look at who stood to lose money by the game being played.

    Seems to me that Jeff Lurie and the Eagles stood to lose in-stadium revenues because a lot of the fan base would not attend the game.

    Figure they lose 30,000 fans. That’s 15,000 x $20 in parking fees ($300,000 in revenue). Another $20 in concessions per fan ($600,000 in revenue).

    That’s AT LEAST $900,000 in lost revenue, and probably more fans would have stayed home than I estimate and the average fan spends more than $20.

    It’s the economy stupid – the Eagles and the NFL are to blame!!!

    A “city snow emergency” means I can’t park on certain streets. That’s it.

  24. theytukrjobs says: Dec 28, 2010 10:22 AM

    Kind of a joke. In Minnesota our stadium collapsed and we had 4x as much snow. We shoveled out a different stadium. Then the day of and during the game we had about 6 inches, the same amount of snow that had fallen by the time people would have been going home. We had the game. It wasn’t even a debate.

    This was a wuss cancellation. When you buy a ticket, there is a chance of bad weather. But if the teams can get there they should play the game. Public safety public shmafety. I hate how everything in our nation just keeps leaning towards authorities looking out for everyone’s well being for them. Let us make our own damn safety decisions like we did when America got great. Across the board we are letting our society get too soft and ignorant and that is why we are getting our asses kicked lately in everything.

    The move helps the home team. Their elite passing game and mobile QB would have been neutralized. It would have been a matchup of running games in which the Vikes would have actually had an edge. As a Vikes fan I don’t care because we are out of the playoffs. But if my team were challenging the Eagles for a playoff spot I’d be pissed. It does hurt them against the Cowboys but that game will be played in good conditions for the Philly passing game. Take away Vick’s “rushing” numbers and Philly has a weak running game and they are not built for a blizzard.

    I don’t think this was done from a ratings perspective though. Blizzard games get great ratings. Sunday night football in a blizzard would have done better than Tuesday night football. Plus they would have had Sunday night all to themselves. Now they have to compete with the vaunted Beef o’ Brady bowl for viewers.

    How come every year our country becomes more and more about taking rights and decisions away from people. Part of freedom is making decisions for yourselves. It isn’t just a word that countries with elections get to automagically throw around. It find myself more and more having my day to day actions being affected by brain trusts in high places.

  25. stevemcguigan says: Dec 28, 2010 10:23 AM

    My guess is that the NFL spoke with the City of Philadelphia and were told that Philly was completely underprepared to deal with a blizzard – it’s not that hard to believe. I’m in NYC and I can tell you that the response to the two feet of snow that fell here has been absolutely terrible. It was a bad year for budgets and something tells me salt and plows might have been the first thing cut.

  26. phillysoulfan says: Dec 28, 2010 10:25 AM

    @packattack1967 and @poiuyt7

    “If the NFL was really concerned about the safety of fans, they would ban beer sales in the games. I wonder what percentage of the people driving home from the games are above the legal limit for alcohol?
    ____________________________________
    Excellent point”

    No this is not an “excellent point”. You drink to much, that’s YOUR fault not the NFL’s.

  27. nygiantstones says: Dec 28, 2010 10:27 AM

    And thank you for leading the wussy charge. You say: “which then will lead to a serious public-safety mishap that will result in even greater criticism of the league.” After you had already said that two hockey games were played in NY on the same night. So, please, provide us with some examples of serious public-safety mishaps? There must have been several people found frozen to death and perhaps dozens of car accidents. Post the links, I’d like to read the stories about all the poor hockey fans that lost their lives to being a fan that night.

  28. realitypolice says: Dec 28, 2010 10:30 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Dec 28, 2010 9:57 AM

    Yup you clearly fall into the wuss category and in favor of a nanny government that tells us exactly when to get up, when to tie our shoes, when and what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner etc.

    Canceling the game was a disgrace, nothing less.
    ======================

    I am a Libertarian, and I firmly believe in less government. The below is not a personal attack on you, harrisonhits2, because you may agree with me:

    The problem with the blanket idea that people should always be able to do whatever they want is that so few people are willing to deal with the outcomes of their decisions

    Everyone wants the freedom, but not the responsibility. If the city had said “the game is on and you are welcome to stupidly risk your lives driving in a blizzard, but if you get stuck or have an accident, all costs for emergency response will be your responsibility”, I would be fine with it.

    And don’t say “that’s what I pay taxes for”. That argument is one of the reasons taxes are so high. If everyone agreed that government should only provide basic services, and anyone who takes an unnecessary risk is responsible for the financial ramifications of their decisions, the government would have one less excuse for robbing us.

    But the sad fact is, most of the people yelling the loudest about being able to do what they want are the first ones to run to the government when the decisions they make cost them, whether it be lawsuits, bankruptcy, or deciding to get drunk and drive to a football game in the middle of a snowstorm.

    One last thing: A tax and spend liberal like Ed Freakin Rendell bemoaning the wussification of America is a joke. The policies of his party have created more american wusses than anything else.

  29. realitypolice says: Dec 28, 2010 10:35 AM

    Oh, and by the way, there is nothing manly about risking you and your family’s lives by leaving your home to drive to a freakin football game in a blizzard.

    If you think taking stupid unnecessary risks to see a GAME makes you tough, you’re pathetic.

  30. giablommi says: Dec 28, 2010 10:36 AM

    The postponing on the account of public safety argument is farcical and transparent, truly a sad day for the NFL. Issues that I have are:

    a.) the city, Eagles ownership and the NFL apparently think that football fans are too stupid to make an informed decision of whether they can safely make it to a game or not. If I were an Eagles fan (I’m not), I would be downright insulted right about now.

    b.) those purchasing tickets to a football game- in the Northeast- in December- on a holiday travel weekend- are fully aware of the chance of snow/rain/traffic or any other travel delays **when purchasing tickets**

    c.) For those who decide they cannot make the game, so be it. But ahh, what about that parking/concession/beer revenue? Which leads to:

    d.) The real reasons, in my opinion, of why this game was PPD was the lost revenue for the Eagles, and the perceived stretegic disadvantage the Eagles would have been at (Dog Drowner, Desean Jackson, et al) in snowy conditions. With enormous implications for a first round bye, I firmly believe Eagles ownership leaned on the city and the league to not play the game so that they would not lose star players to injury (pathetic), would not lose the game and thus have the best shot at getting a first round bye.

    e.) moving the game to Tuesday is a television/$$$$$$$$$ driven disgrace. I, for one, will be boycotting tonight’s made for television disgrace.

    f.) this sets a horrendous precedent for future games which will be impacted by weather. Think back to some of the great games in NFL lore: The Ice Bowl, Chargers-Bengals AFC Championship in 59 below wind chill, the Patriots-Raiders Snow Bowl, etc. Under this disgrace of a commissioner, are these types of games now subject to cancellation due to the whims of owners who want a strategic advantage and/or more $$$$$$$? Seems that is the case.

    The NFL has jumped the shark.

  31. flyinhighwithvick says: Dec 28, 2010 10:38 AM

    I blame Obama for this. He can walk on water, so he should have canceled the storm. Thanks Barack.

  32. mikeysoundtrack says: Dec 28, 2010 10:39 AM

    …and do you know why government (and in this case the NFL) steps in and makes decisions that protect the welfare of people? Because people are stupid. People make stupid decisions, and usually those stupid decisions affect others that haven’t made stupid decisions. I’d hate to see what 70,000 drunk Philadephians trying to drive home during a blizzard on I-95 looks like. The Eagles will beat the Vikings tonight and won’t have a problem beating the Cowboys in 5 days in Philly. Settle down “up -in-arms” America.

  33. mensamember says: Dec 28, 2010 10:42 AM

    Sure , lets risk the safety of the 15 to 20 thousand idiots who might have attempted to get to the stadium, in addition to the teams and stadium personnel. 30 to 40 mph winds and 3 to 4 inches per hour during game time.
    To all the tough guys complaining that football was meant to be played in the elements: Shut up and go beat your wife and kids. It is still only a friggin football game.
    I have been in blizzard conditions a few times and it is not safe to drive, walk, sit or watch a football game. Seems to me that instead of risking car accidents, slip and fall lawsuits at the stadium or the real possibility of someone dying as a result of trying to attend the game, the league made the right call rescheduling 48 hours later.

  34. phillysoulfan says: Dec 28, 2010 10:42 AM

    @moochzilla – I don’t want facts to get in the way of perfectly good rants here but…

    “So, if you want to find out who is to blame, look at who stood to lose money by the game being played.

    Seems to me that Jeff Lurie and the Eagles stood to lose in-stadium revenues because a lot of the fan base would not attend the game.

    Figure they lose 30,000 fans. That’s 15,000 x $20 in parking fees ($300,000 in revenue).”

    Eagles do not get a dime of parking. It’s all controlled by Comcast-Spectacor and the City.

    “Another $20 in concessions per fan ($600,000 in revenue).”

    What concessions? The Eagles took bids and received the money upfront. They do not lose a dime.

  35. giablommi says: Dec 28, 2010 10:43 AM

    “Fact One:
    The hockey game was played INDOORS. The fans were not exposed to the elements that when you factor in the wind chill was in the low single digits.”
    ^^^^^
    So what you’re basically admitting then is you
    (and by association, your fellow Eagles fans) are a bunch of wusses, no? You DO live in the northeast, no? Funny how we’ve never seen fans in New England, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Green Bay, Denver or Buffalo break out the “it’s single digit wind chill cancel the game waaaaah” line

  36. bspurloc says: Dec 28, 2010 10:43 AM

    .
    NOTE the BLIZZARD turned out to be a bust….

    oh wait never mind I am thinking like its the 70′s where a blizzard happens snows for several days power is knocked out for 3+ days and people are burning furniture and have their gas stoves open full heat to not freeze to death.
    You know back in the 70′s when SUVs/AWD didnt exist snowmobiles were used and we dealt with it.
    2010 everyone owns at least 1 SUV and or AWD vehicle and as long as your not brain dead can drive in 1ft of snow unplowed. I mean my crown vic drives fine with chains on unpaved roads so I am pretty sure suv/awd dont work at all eh
    all wus’s bowed down to soccer mom mentalities. better safe than sorry er I mean better to be a wus than a man.

  37. hooterdawg says: Dec 28, 2010 10:43 AM

    I think the governor was referring to wussies like the author of this post, who obviously whined long and hard about the weather because he has never played a down of football in his life. The tradition of snow games is unknown to internet hacks.

  38. knowerofallthings says: Dec 28, 2010 10:44 AM

    Wait until the outdoor superbowl – boy that was a great idea huh?

  39. wsnydes says: Dec 28, 2010 10:44 AM

    re: phillysoulfan

    you’re point about the hockey games being indoors is irrelevant. those who attend still have to drive to and from the game in the storm. so whats your point? the game should have been played as scheduled. it was postponed because of money, nothing else.

    are you also suggesting that drinking and driving is not a public safety hazard? its not the leagues fault, but its also not the leagues fault if you get your car stuck in the parking lot. you chose to go out in the blizzard. the league didn’t make you.

  40. runwright44 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:45 AM

    Imagine the outcry if this was the 2014 Super Bowl.

  41. realitypolice says: Dec 28, 2010 10:45 AM

    giablommi says:
    Dec 28, 2010 10:36 AM

    e.) moving the game to Tuesday is a television/$$$$$$$$$ driven disgrace. I, for one, will be boycotting tonight’s made for television disgrace.
    ==================

    I doubt that.

    You are way too obsessed with football, as evidenced by the rest of your post, to not watch the game tonight.

    And the NFL knows it.

    If you are serious, here is what you can watch instead:

    Glee
    The Biggest Loser
    One Tree Hill
    Tower Prep, whatever the hell that is

    Have fun with that.

  42. stealthscorpio says: Dec 28, 2010 10:46 AM

    This story of your terrifying walk through the snow has jumped the shark.

  43. cobrala says: Dec 28, 2010 10:46 AM

    Good grief, it’s not so much a matter if the game was postponed, but postponing it two days absolutely was a wuss move.

  44. meatball13 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:47 AM

    While I also believe postponing the game is kinda wussified,Rendell is still an idiot !

  45. pastabelly says: Dec 28, 2010 10:47 AM

    The NFL botched this one. With so many on the east coast snowed in, they would have had record ratings. This was the case with a Miami at New England game in Foxboro in the early part of the decade. Of course, we are all interested in what outgoing whacko Senator Specter has to say about this.

  46. giablommi says: Dec 28, 2010 10:48 AM

    “Fact Two:
    “The brunt of the storm came when the game would have been played. So…

    A) 8 inches of snow would have fallen on the cars that were in the parking lot. I can’t imagine on how you would even proceed getting out of the parking lot.

    B) Get this, this will blow your mind. The fans at the game, WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE THE GAME!!!! Visibility was that poor.”
    ^^^^^
    Get this: PERSONAL RESPONSIILITY. If you bought tickets to a late December game in the northeast and didn’t factor in the possibility of snow, especially considering Philly got 2 FEET of snow last December 19, that that’s on you, pal.

    And guess what, having been to numerous snow games, most notably Raiders-Pats in 2002, and having driven 4 hours from NE to Philadelphia in the thick of the, uh, blizzard on Sunday, you would have been able to see the game. You have no clue what you’re talking about.

  47. packattack1967 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:50 AM

    #
    phillysoulfan says: Dec 28, 2010 10:25 AM

    @packattack1967 and @poiuyt7

    “If the NFL was really concerned about the safety of fans, they would ban beer sales in the games. I wonder what percentage of the people driving home from the games are above the legal limit for alcohol?
    ____________________________________
    Excellent point”

    No this is not an “excellent point”. You drink to much, that’s YOUR fault not the NFL’s.
    __________________________

    ok Einstein. If this was a stand alone comment you would have a point. BUT the point here is, the postponement isnt about fan safety. Its about money. Its about getting all the fannies in the seats for concession and parking revenue. Thus if you carry that feigned concern further beer would never be sold in any venue. Beer is sold in NFL venues for the same reason. Money, lots of it.

    get it now?

  48. tdurk34 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:51 AM

    Keep in mind, Ed Rendell is a self-promoting egomaniac. It’s funny how he says people should be able to make their own decisions and the government should not be telling people what they can and can’t do. Isn’t that what he does everyday? Am I the only one that finds that odd?
    The only point I want to make, all of the games mentioned from the past, none of them would have ended around midnight. I have to think that played into the decision. Either way would have led to complaining. As a ticket holder I am happy it was delayed, I had no intention of sitting through that on Sunday night.

  49. CT Pats Fan says: Dec 28, 2010 10:58 AM

    Why didn’t the NFL just mandate that that game be played in an empty stadium?

    That way, the fans are safe and the game gets played.

    Right?

  50. joe6606 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:59 AM

    Postponing was a no-brainer. The winds made visability essentially zero, which would have made commuting to the game an absolute nightmare, during the very heart of the storm.

    That said, there is NO reason why the game couldnt have been played last night. We didnt get that much snow, and the kind that we got– the crappy dry, light, can’t even make a snowball out of it – is extremely easy to clear and clean up from.

    I traveled down from Conneticut through NYC into Philly yesterday and the roads were bone dry with no traffic.

    The game could and should have been played last night, and the only reason it wasnt was to avoid draining ratings away from MNF. Bad precedent.

  51. psousa1 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:59 AM

    And if one person, coming to or from the game, gets killed in a car accident, the media would be up in arms about how the pompous NFL believes it is so important that it must play a game in those conditions as opposed to postponing for a couple of days. The game gets postponed and everybody is up in arms. Who f-ing cares. Who f-ing cares. Wait 2 f-ing days for a football game and its an affront to God, Country, Family and the American way of life.

    I love football and was looking forward to watching the game but come on. Did anyone’s life take a turn for the worse?

  52. phillysoulfan says: Dec 28, 2010 11:05 AM

    @giablommi

    “Fact One:
    The hockey game was played INDOORS. The fans were not exposed to the elements that when you factor in the wind chill was in the low single digits.”
    ^^^^^
    So what you’re basically admitting then is you
    (and by association, your fellow Eagles fans) are a bunch of wusses, no? You DO live in the northeast, no? Funny how we’ve never seen fans in New England, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Green Bay, Denver or Buffalo break out the “it’s single digit wind chill cancel the game waaaaah” line”

    Yup, nothing says “I’m a tough guy” more then hypothermia, frost bite, and death…moron.

  53. giablommi says: Dec 28, 2010 11:06 AM

    “Fact Three:
    The NFL has been haunted (and yes, that’s the right word) about not calling games off when they should have. Had this game been played on Sunday Night, this game would have been another one of those games.”
    ^^^^^
    Did you REALLY just compare a winter storm to the assassination of JFK? Because I really can’t think of another instance where the NFL has been haunted by playing games that are, you know, scheduled to be played because, you know, that’s what football is about.

    Quick story just to test your theory though: I was fortunate enough to have gone to the legendary Raiders-Patriots playoff game on January 19, 2002. It snowed about 6-7 inches total that evening.

    I’ll never forget driving up 95 in Warwick RI towards Foxborough and seeing a car which had veered off a bridge, landing on its roof. Turned out both people inside were Patriots season ticket holders on their way to the game as well, never made it there, never saw the greatest game in Pats history to that point, never saw the amazing decade long run…because they were killed instantly.

    And guess what…this all happened before a single snowflake had fallen. Should this game have been called off as well? Is the NFL “haunted” because they went forward with an already scheduled game? No. Stuff happens. It’s life, but life doesn’t grind to a screeching halt when it snows or rains or it gets cold or hot. Seriously, grow a pair and stop trying to tell others how to live their lives.

    By the way, I’ll be in Foxborough in three weeks when I make the ride from mamby pamby-land (Philly) for another Pats January playoff game in what I hope and pray will be wintry, snowy, cold conditions.

  54. wardrivekeith says: Dec 28, 2010 11:07 AM

    I’m pretty cool with stuff Eddie has done but here he is barking up the wrong tree. I guess he does remember 2/14/2007 when motorists were stuck and vehicles stranded and abandoned for DAYS on PA Interstates (I-78 and I-80/81)? But yeah, He WAS Governor for that mess! Maybe if SNOW was properly taken care of in the state Ed the NFL wouldn’t worry about the fans! Jackass!

  55. bmcg13 says: Dec 28, 2010 11:09 AM

    The Gov is an a$$hole he should worry about running the state rather then sitting on post games shows and kissing mcnabbs ass. all the people who would have got stuck or ate tickets to the game for what 2 days, Big Deal. If one person would have got hurt or got in an accident going to and from the game he wouldnt care. maybe he could have drove everbody 90 miles per hour in his limo with his girlfriend to the game

  56. emperorzero says: Dec 28, 2010 11:09 AM

    The only way the game should have been canceled was if there was lightning or if temperatures dropped to dangerous levels that would have threatened player safety. What the NFL should have done was made the game available on TV (I don’t know if the game was a sell out or not) and played the game – even if only four people showed to the stadium.

  57. giablommi says: Dec 28, 2010 11:10 AM

    @ realitypolice

    Providence College @ Syracuse basketball, 9pm on ESPNU. No football for me tonight.

  58. bodybaggame says: Dec 28, 2010 11:11 AM

    @giablommi
    —————————————-
    NEWSFLASH…..The NFL has always been about $$$$$$$$$$. But that being said… That’s some high moral ground you walk on, boycotting watching a football game on TV.This will show em….lol Hopefully the world won’t fall off it’s axis without you’re viewership. The stance you are taking reminds me of that guy who stood in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square. Truly remarkable and inspiring.

  59. sgtr0c says: Dec 28, 2010 11:12 AM

    I think the term wussie is a PA thing. I remember using it at the playground when I was a kid. Maybe I am wrong, but could be why Rendell said it….

  60. whoisgonnasing says: Dec 28, 2010 11:13 AM

    I really dont understand why they just didnt move the time up… yes this would be hard on their “media partner” NBC, but it would have allowed fans in and out earlier.

  61. bravin4evr says: Dec 28, 2010 11:14 AM

    Gov. Rendell is hammering the NFL on ESPN First Take….
    Quote: ” For the NFL it’s all about money. Why not play the game on Monday night; because it would pit NBC against ESPN!”

  62. emperorzero says: Dec 28, 2010 11:21 AM

    Oh wait…Sunday night game. Duh!

    If thousands of drunk Philly and Minnesota fans ended up in a ditch and frozen to death because they were dumb enough to go into the storm then where I come from that is called “population management.”

    I agree with everyone who thinks the game was canceled because of concession/parking. I mean even in the NFL a million bucks is a million bucks.

  63. dukemarc says: Dec 28, 2010 11:25 AM

    How come it was ok for Vikings fans to brave the snow and get to a 7 PM game during the holiday season but Philly is exempt? Let the fans decide if they are going to the game.

    And another thing, why wasn’t the game played last night? They had 2 Monday night games last week.

    I thought Tags was a bad Commish, but Goodell is making him look Hall of Fame worthy.

  64. 8man says: Dec 28, 2010 11:25 AM

    I don’t have a problem with this decision. They erred on the side of caution. I don’t think I would have slept well if I had the decision to make and heard of any fatalities or injuries caused by the snow and related to the game.

    giablommi says:
    Providence College @ Syracuse basketball, 9pm on ESPNU. No football for me tonight.
    ————————————————-
    Go Friars!

  65. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says: Dec 28, 2010 11:34 AM

    The weather wasn’t even that bad this past weekend. No matter what the weather, though, the game should be played. Just drive or commute safely, allow extra time, and don’t be an idiot!

  66. jpmelon says: Dec 28, 2010 11:41 AM

    I agree with the governor…..they should have played the game and it would have been some of the best football conditions we have seen all year. The league doesn’t err on the side of caution. I think it was two years ago when I went to the Buffalo Bills game that was so windy that the roof was pulled off of the field house and the uprights tipped over. They needed to be pulled up and stabilized by guys with ropes every time a kick was attempted. There was debris all over the place. The main road outside the stadium had tree limbs in the middle of the street, and porta-potties were tipping over (hopefully with noone inside). It was the best game of the year.

  67. jpryan06 says: Dec 28, 2010 11:44 AM

    Dukemarc asks: And another thing, why wasn’t the game played last night? They had 2 Monday night games last week.

    ——————

    Because ESPN said “uhhh… no. Monday night is OUR night. If you show Vick vs Minnesota no one will want to watch our game…”

  68. tradebait9 says: Dec 28, 2010 11:50 AM

    phillysoulfan says:
    Dec 28, 2010 10:18 AM
    My God, you people are insane. You keeping losing the fact that it’s a GAME.

    Fact One:
    The hockey game was played INDOORS. The fans were not exposed to the elements that when you factor in the wind chill was in the low single digits.

    ANSWER: WEAR A JACKET WITH SOME GLOVES AND SCARF AND GROW A PAIR OF BALLS.

    Fact Two:
    The brunt of the storm came when the game would have been played. So…

    A) 8 inches of snow would have fallen on the cars that were in the parking lot. I can’t imagine on how you would even proceed getting out of the parking lot.

    ANSWER: IT DIDN’T SNOW 8 INCHES, AT TOPS IT WAS A MEASLY 4 INCHES AT BEST. BESIDES 8 INCHES OF SNOW IN ANY MIDWEST STATE IS JUST LIKE A DUSTING, AGAIN, GROW A PAIR OF BALLS.

    B) Get this, this will blow your mind. The fans at the game, WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE THE GAME!!!! Visibility was that poor.

    ANSWER: NO ONE COULD SEE THE GAME AT THE FOG BOWL, BEARS VS. EAGLES…..AGAIN GROW A PAIR OF BALLS.

    Fact Three:
    The NFL has been haunted (and yes, that’s the right word) about not calling games off when they should have. Had this game been played on Sunday Night, this game would have been another one of those games.

    ANSWER: THIS IS BY FAR YOUR WORST FACT, AGAIN, GROW A PAIR OF BALLS PHILLY………ITS JUST A LITTLE SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. mikejd12 says: Dec 28, 2010 11:51 AM

    You know as an EAGLES FAN i wanted them to play the game. I thought the weather was bad but come on. I can agree that our society is turning into a bunch of b*tches.. Parents take there kids to the dentist to get there baby teeth pulled now. MANNN i manned up pulled my own baby teeth out. People treat dogs like there second class citizens. Dogs have been around for thousands of years they didnt need doga (yoga for dogs), or needles for tension or any of that crap years ago. people are soft now a days its ridiculous

  70. effthaeffinjetsgofins says: Dec 28, 2010 12:06 PM

    Rendell said if they were Chinese, they would walk to the game and on the way they would be doing calculus…lolz

  71. kingjoe1 says: Dec 28, 2010 12:08 PM

    Ummm, really why care when the game is played? Rendell is a joke, always has been and if not for his favortism towards unions, he would never has even been philly’s mayor. He probably is upset because union folks make more on sundays than tuesdays.

  72. pckercountrygal says: Dec 28, 2010 12:12 PM

    Yep…bunch of “wussies” all the way around, although we in Wisconsin have better terminology for it.

    Doesn’t anybody remember the ‘ICE Bowl”? Do you think Packer fans cried about the weather…EVER? We welcome it and play better in it!

    Grow up people and take responsibility for your own actions. If it’s too cold and it’s snowing too hard for you…STAY HOME! You have that choice! You take the risk of being in an accident every time you get in your car. Bad weather or not! There are multiple hotels around every stadium in the country. You drink too much to drive home, that’s YOUR stupidity…walk to the nearest hotel for cryin’ out loud!

    This is a joke to us and I doubt that you’ll see it happen here in Packer Country…we expect it!

    This is football and I agree with the person that said “Vince Lombardi would be screaming in his grave” to know that a a game wasn’t being played because of a blizzard. Suck it up, gear up and get your butts out on the field!

  73. w2lucky says: Dec 28, 2010 12:13 PM

    It already was mentioned above but put the blame whre it belongs. THE MEDIA. NFL is about $$$, and the media controls this aspect. They pulled the plug, not the owners or players, or safety concerns.

  74. bleedgreen says: Dec 28, 2010 12:16 PM

    theytukrjobs says:
    Dec 28, 2010 10:22 AM
    ——————
    Take away Vick’s “rushing” numbers and Philly has a weak running game and they are not built for a blizzard.
    ——————-

    I have to bring this up, but LeSean McCoy has 1036 yards on 196 carries for a 5.3ypc average and 550 yards receiving, most of which are check downs he took for YAC and screen plays.

  75. didiwags says: Dec 28, 2010 12:23 PM

    I cannot help but laugh at this. For one, the weather in MN for the Giant-Vikings game was not that bad and NO 9 inches of snow fell. It was predicted to snow up to about 8 inches but in reality only about 4 inches fell! BUT I would agree that the conditions were worse for that game since they actually played football on a real stadium and not one with all these new ice melting stuff etc.
    Two there was NO reason for the game to be postponed and why it was i still do not understand! I will seriously laugh if the Vikes win. I am a Minnesotan and know that the Eagles will most likely win BUT thinks that it would be totally Ironic if the Vikes won. I think it would show that the game should not have been postponed… for Eagles fans anyway!

  76. realitypolice says: Dec 28, 2010 12:26 PM

    giablommi says:
    Dec 28, 2010 11:10 AM
    @ realitypolice

    Providence College @ Syracuse basketball, 9pm on ESPNU. No football for me tonight.
    ================

    That should actually be a pretty good game. Touche.

    But I still think you’ll flip over to the game once or twice.

  77. thingamajig says: Dec 28, 2010 12:28 PM

    The softening and dumbing down of America continues.

  78. wuznotsobad says: Dec 28, 2010 12:30 PM

    Good to see a governor who’s got some stones! Way to go, Ed!! (if I lived in PA, you’d get my vote!)

  79. kingjoe1 says: Dec 28, 2010 12:41 PM

    “effthaeffinjetsgofins says:
    Dec 28, 2010 12:06 PM
    Rendell said if they were Chinese, they would walk to the game and on the way they would be doing calculus…lolz”

    Oh look more racist come out of the closet. First Rendell, now a Dolphins fan.

  80. billsgotballs says: Dec 28, 2010 12:42 PM

    Why didn’t they play a Monday afternoon game? Most people were on holidays anyway.

  81. realitypolice says: Dec 28, 2010 12:47 PM

    I really think people are overreacting here. I would like to think that people are letting their anger at not having a game to watch Sunday Night cloud their better judgment.

    Everyone on here is always saying “the league doesn’t care about the fans”- yet in this case they are completely in favor of the league telling people:

    “I don’t care if you spent $400-$500 plus for tickets for your family, you either load that family in the car and drive in horrible weather conditions and risk their lives, or you lose the money”.

    It’s really not a big deal. The Eagles are NFC East Champs. The players are big boys- they’ll be fine playing two games in six days. If they can’t beat the Cowboys (with Scrooge McDuck or whatever his name is at QB) because they lost one day of prep (Tuesday is typically an off day for players) and they had a little less time to recover, then they aren’t the team we thought they were anyway.

    And we all get to watch regular season NFL football on a Tuesday night for the first time in over 40 years.

    Three straight days of football to watch during the holidays is such a terrible thing?

    And screw Ed Rendell. The State of PA, which last I checked was run by the Governor of PA, which last I checked was Ed Rendell, was urging people Sunday not to go out on the roads unless is was absolutely essential.

    The crux of this story should be the governor of a state criticizing people for heeding the warnings being issued by his own state.

  82. dasher521 says: Dec 28, 2010 12:54 PM

    The Niffle doesn’t care about anything but $’s! They don’t care about the fans and they don’t care about the players. The game should have been pushed back one day, but the Niffle didn’t want to take away from their Monday night game. Wait until they go to 18 games. Then there can be more situations like this. The 18 game schedule will also cheapen the season with teams decimated by injuries trying to make playoffs and star players getting hurt and not being able to play in playoffs.

  83. jayb773 says: Dec 28, 2010 12:57 PM

    I come down on the side of agreeing with postponing the game, but I’m not going to try to argue that here (looks like I’d be in the minority, anyway).

    However, unlike Ed Rendell making his comments, I’ll give credit to another person on another message board that found this:

    <>

    It’s Will Bunch’s column from Sunday’s Philly Inquirer.

    Bunch: “If we’re not “a nanny state,” then we’ve become a nation of overcautious risk managers, also known as wimps. They don’t play American football in China, but I believe that if they did, not only would they have played this game but 300,000 fans would have marched barefoot through the drifts for 15 miles to get to the stadium, drilling each other with advanced calculus problems as they walked.”

    Rendell: “We’ve become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything. If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down.”

    I usually like Rendell, but it seems like he blatantly ripped off Bunch on this one. Silly comment to begin with, and not even original.

  84. importantpftcomment says: Dec 28, 2010 1:02 PM

    It comes down to one simple thing, revenue!

    If the NFL were truly concerned about public safety, the Vikings-Bears game would have been postponed for the EXACT same reasons they used to postpone the Vikings-Eagles game.

    If the league would have held the game there would be a chance a refund would have been given to fans unable to attend the game due to the mayor declaring a state of emergency. The public would say that it was unsafe to travel, used the mayor’s statement against the NFL and under pressure, the NFL would have forced the Eagles to give refunds.

    If they had re-scheduled the game for Monday night, since this was a national game, they would have had to pay ESPN 60 million plus.

    So what happens? The NFL insults Philadelphia by saying they are not smart enough to stay home. They insult Minneapolis by not caring if they go to the game or not. The NFL creates an unfair playing field by potentially making the Eagles play 3 games in the span 12 days.

    All because they wanted to save a few bucks!

  85. snnyjcbs says: Dec 28, 2010 1:02 PM

    How right this Rendell is, the country is SOFT and we have raised a younger generation of SOFT youth.

    Add in that people want to have their nose up others telling them how and how not to live while pushing off their beliefs on others and it is a very sad day in America.

    The NFL has taken the Football out of Football and have dressed the QB in a Dress. The Refs using subtle and not so subtle calls nudge games as they would like to see them go when needed.

    Phantom PI calls moving Indy when Indy could not move their self. While not calling real PI on pass to Jacoby Ford. Add in the NFL going after the few hard hitting old time players the NFL has in a bunch of cry babies and they are destroying Football.

    Where are the REAL Football men like Al Davis, Mora, Rooney when you need them. You need to run out the money hound non Football type in Washington and Dallas which are all about the dollar. Rendell said it all, the NFL IS SOFT.

  86. snnyjcbs says: Dec 28, 2010 1:03 PM

    SOFT

  87. realitypolice says: Dec 28, 2010 1:11 PM

    Of course the Chinese would have been marching down to the stadium. There would have been soldiers pointing guns at them walking behind.

    I’d rather not compare my society to China, thank you very much.

  88. jimmy1smith says: Dec 28, 2010 1:21 PM

    Rendell is a Democrat, that sums it up.

  89. denise827 says: Dec 28, 2010 1:23 PM

    All season teams have played in “blizzard conditions”. Bears/Patriots played a couple weeks ago and the radio stations even said “blizzard conditions during the game, dress warm!” Not Stay home wussies!! Please, it’s football. Are they gonna postpone the super bowl when it’s in Jersey in a couple years due to snow?????????? That was just stupid to cancel. Public transportation is HUGE in Philly

  90. broncos12 says: Dec 28, 2010 1:39 PM

    I wonder what everyone will be saying when the league decides to hold, or not, a game in Miami, New Orleans, Houston, or Tampa Bay when a category 1 hurricane is making landfall during the game since the two storms are roughly equivalent in magnitude and intensity?

  91. raiderinpa says: Dec 28, 2010 1:40 PM

    First home-schooling, then cyber-schooling & ‘no child left behind’…. Now cancelling a FOOTBALL game due to bad weather? This isn’t tennis, hockey or fairy-hoops, THIS IS THE NFL!!
    Coach Lombardi is probably puking in his own grave at this…. Reference the Ice Bowl “On Dec. 31, 1967, the Packers beat the Cowboys at Lambeau Field in mind-numbing minus-40-degree wind-chill temperatures.”
    “Wusses” is slowly becoming the proper term for our beloved nation….

  92. fellorio says: Dec 28, 2010 1:47 PM

    @pckercountrygal

    Who are you yelling at?
    It wasn’t the fans who canceled the game.

    People in Philadelphia are used to their weather, too. Big deal.

  93. moochzilla says: Dec 28, 2010 1:52 PM

    Rendell is busy arranging for his next job…making sure that a scumbag gas drilling company pumps arsenic into the area that supplies Philly’s drinking water.

    He will be on the board of Range Resources a few weeks after his term is over. Trust me.

    He is a total rat. And I am a Dem.

    A bunch of welfare rednecks in upstate PA will get more welfare, at the cost of our drinking water. Then, when they can’t drink their well water, our taxes can bail them out.

    I love America!

  94. giablommi says: Dec 28, 2010 1:54 PM

    @ realitypolice

    As a purported fellow libertarian, surely you must subscribe to the concept of “Personal Responsibility.”

    An honest libertarian would realize that if someone purchases $400-500 in tickets fo a game played in the northeast, on December 26 (officially winter), they most certainly had better be aware of the inherant risks of snow and/or adverse conditions before, during and after the game. There is no precedent in the 80+ years to think that a game would be cancelled for anything short of threat from imminent disaster (wildfires, earthquakes, roof collapse, Hurricane Katrina) or national emergency (9/11, JFK), nor should there be.

    If you live some 50-100 miles from the stadium and have tickets, then that’s the risk you took when you made the personal decision to buy tickets or become a season ticket holder. Nobody forced you to buy tickets and noone is forcing you to go to the game. Both decisions are your choice.

    As a displaced Patriots fan living in PA, I *choose* to make the 5+ hour trip to Gillette several times a year. If I need to be worried that the NFL is now going to moving games around regardless of my schedule and travel plans, then I will simply no longer purchase NFL tickets.

  95. wardrivekeith says: Dec 28, 2010 1:54 PM

    “Of course the Chinese would have been marching down to the stadium. There would have been soldiers pointing guns at them walking behind.

    I’d rather not compare my society to China, thank you very much.”

    realitypolice …… I click “LIKE”

    Thing that irritates me is this a Governor saying this! Even if you believe it and even it is completely accurate, doesn’t it mean YOU are part of the problem? Doesn’t it mean you we’re unable to do $hit about it?

    Don’t you have a budget for Education? Don’t you have a budget for emergencies and snow removal?

    Really?

  96. granadafan says: Dec 28, 2010 2:26 PM

    Ever notice that the two postponed NFL games both involved the Vikings? The NFL will do everything they can to coddle and do everything possible to make the conditions JUUUUUUUUUST right for Goldilocks Favre.

  97. bleedgreen says: Dec 28, 2010 2:27 PM

    didiwags says:
    Dec 28, 2010 12:23 PM
    I cannot help but laugh at this. For one, the weather in MN for the Giant-Vikings game was not that bad and NO 9 inches of snow fell. It was predicted to snow up to about 8 inches but in reality only about 4 inches fell! BUT I would agree that the conditions were worse for that game since they actually played football on a real stadium and not one with all these new ice melting stuff etc.
    ————————————-

    Giants/Vikings was played in Detroit. Bears/Vikings was played outside in Minnesota.

  98. psousa1 says: Dec 28, 2010 2:45 PM

    snnyjcbs – Right now Al Davis is trying to trade a first round pick to Minnesota for Brett Favre.

  99. mornelithe says: Dec 28, 2010 3:35 PM

    It’s sad that a snowstorm had to bring this to light, but yes, other than the military the general American populace is a bunch of wussies.

  100. lanflfan says: Dec 28, 2010 3:55 PM

    Postponing was the right call by the NFL. I have never heard or read one thing to indicate the NFL believed the weather was unplayable, only that travel restrictions and limitation before and after the game could put fans, players and stadium personnel in harms way. It was the correct call to make, and if a playoff game had to be postponed for similar reasons then you do what must be done. You don’t mess around with Mother Nature, she kicks your arse EVERYTIME.

    As for moving it to Tuesday, like it or not money makes the world go round. Monday was not an option since espn has rights to Monday games. Thus, Tuesday Night Football is born (for one week). None of us have to like it, but hey, we get an NFL game on a non-NFL night. Make lemonade and watch the darn game.

  101. geezohman says: Dec 28, 2010 5:15 PM

    except for the fact the Mayor of Philly declared an emergency, then no one should be out, I agree this situation only, the NFL did the right thing.
    Read some sports reporters, walking out in this situation, sports reporters stuck in Pittsburgh trying to get back etc etc. Teach safety first

    Otherwise… the Governor would do much better DOING something about China than JUST TALK.

    Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan have lost population in the last 20 YEARs, due to poor job opportunity and continue to allow and provide poor support to companies that do stay, (and penalize companies that leave).

    Walk the Talk Governor

  102. artcarmark says: Dec 28, 2010 6:47 PM

    If “we” and/or Roger Goodell are a nation of wimps, why is it that Goodell was the first commissioner to award a cold weather city a Super Bowl (New Meadowlands Stadium in 2014)?

    What we’ve become is a nation of complainers!

  103. mrznyc says: Dec 28, 2010 6:56 PM

    The game was not played on Monday night because the contract the NFL has with ESPN provides for a penalty of something around 65 million paid to ESPN if any games are scheduled at the same time as Monday Night Football. As for it all being about money, you’re all at least partially right, but the money they were probably concerned about was the money going to the lawyers after the accidents.

  104. thieveland216 says: Dec 28, 2010 7:30 PM

    AAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH NO ONE messes with mah FOOTBALL game and my buffaler WINGDINGS, i wuld DIE to see a football gam. i hate them chinks and liberal WUSSIES too gitrdone TEA PAARTY 4LYFE.

  105. goldsteel says: Dec 28, 2010 8:30 PM

    I believe the Govenor was upset because the choice was taken out of the hand of the fans at to attending or not. The game was going to be televised even if no one showed up. I believe Pennsylvanians have seen enough weather to make a responsible decision about attending the game.

    But Roger, the Genius, Goodell had decided that no one but he can make responsible decisions. So once again, Roger Goodell PUNKED the NFL.

    Fire Goodell.

  106. geezohman says: Dec 28, 2010 9:23 PM

    1. Headlines:
    “Hundreds of airline passengers were stranded for up to 10 hours on the tarmac at overworked Kennedy Airport. Ambulances struggled to get patients through unplowed streets. City buses sat abandoned in the snow.”

    2. the Mayor of Philadelphia issued the snow emergency: effectively keeping people off the street including football players and fans:

    It would have been an logistics nightmare to even try to hold the game, including ‘ticket takers’ to man the gates, emergency aid workers, security etc.

    AND We sure don’t need a lame duck politician giving us his two cents worth days before leaving office… especially referring to Chinese when (Ohio, Michigan and PENNSYLVANIA losing jobs and two Congressmen the last 10 years and TEN years before that ! Where has He been to stop that the last two years ! Has He been at the forefront to pass legislation to assist PA companies to compete with cheap foreign labor???
    His comment would have been better if he said a million chinese would have volunteered to shovel snow!
    I can just see those Philly fans throwing snow balls effectively precluding the players from the field.

  107. effthaeffinjetsgofins says: Dec 28, 2010 11:31 PM

    kingjoe1 says:
    Dec 28, 2010 12:41 PM

    “Oh look more racist come out of the closet. First Rendell, now a Dolphins fan.”

    Racism implies that one race is genetically superior to another. I mentioned what he said, which was in the context of a bigger statement. However, saying that Chinese are better at math is an example of stereotyping, which, by definition, is NOT racism. And you are a prime example of why I would never say the Chinese are inferior. You are one reason they are not. Moron.

  108. importantpftcomment says: Dec 28, 2010 11:57 PM

    @artcarmark

    Hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but the Metrodome (yes, the one with the deflated roof) hosted the Super Bowl in January 1992. Washington beat the Bills.

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