View Full Version : OT: Pennsylvania Governor Slams NFL 4 XLING Eagles Game

12-27-2010, 07:28 PM
:wft http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdo ... nfl-300773 (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Pennsylvania-governor-slams-NFL-for-canceling-Ea?urn=nfl-300773)

Some Philadelphia Eagles fans, including the most important one in the state of Pennsylvania, are incensed that the team's game against the Minnesota Vikings was postponed for a blizzard that didn't pack as much of a wallop as expected on Sunday night.
Governor Ed Rendell joined countless fans upset about the game's move to Tuesday when he told FOX News:
"It's an absolute joke. I was looking forward to this. It would have been a real experience. This is what football is all about. We're becoming a nation of wussies."
Forecasters had called for a blizzard to hit during the game and for up to 18 inches of snow to fall in the City of Brotherly Love. But the center of the storm tracked east of the city and by the time the game would have been over, there was only about seven or eight inches on the ground. In those conditions, the game could have been played.
[Related: President Obama calls Eagles owner to congratulate him on Vick signing]
As a fan who would have watched Eagles-Vikings on television from the comforts of my own home, I couldn't agree more with Rendell. There's nothing better than football in the snow. My fondest memories from the biggest snowstorms to hit D.C. during my youth were playing football outside with friends and one of the greatest games I've ever watched on TV was the infamous 2003 divisional playoff game between the New England Patriots and Tom Brady(notes) (the "tuck rule" game), which was played in a driving snowstorm.
But this is real life, gov. If the NFL and the Eagles had a crystal ball and could have seen that the blizzard was going to fizzle in Philadelphia, they'd have played the game. But no such ball exists. They had to make the call eight hours ahead of game time based solely on the word of forecasters. It was the right move then and it's the right move now.
[Photos: East Coast blizzard strikes]
It's not like the 70,000 who come to root on the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field all live in the city and could have hopped on the subway to the game. Eagles country extends far east and west, to towns like Medford and Boyertown and Lancaster. Those people, who can drive hours in good conditions, needed to know whether to make the trek.
Sure, in retrospect, it's easy to say the game should have been played. But at the time the decision was made, it was the right call. Being reactionary doesn't work in a blizzard. You have to be proactive. If the blizzard conditions that hit New York had been present in Philadelphia during the game, it would have been dangerous for the thousands of fans who would have braved the weather. Just as importantly, it would have been a huge problem for the road crews and police who would have been tasked with saving stranded motorists in whiteout conditions on the highways. Officials always say during storms to stay at home and leave the roads clear for emergencies. A football game is no emergency.
[Snow photos: Before and after images of stadium roof collapse]
What makes this criticism so silly is that people are ripping the NFL for making a decision that was bad for its business. You think the NFL and NBC wanted to postpone this game and move it to the midweek rating doldrums of Tuesday? They had a nationally televised game featuring the year's breakout star airing against no competition from other networks and a captive audience sitting at home on the night after Christmas. Now they have a Tuesday night novelty. You can criticize the NFL for plenty of things, but not making the money move isn't one of them.
So don't go the easy route and bash the league like Rendell. We may be softening as a nation, but not because some people decided that others shouldn't drive in whiteout conditions. Just because a game could have been played doesn't mean that game should have been.

Good, More Negativity on GOODELL... :Clap :stirpot

12-27-2010, 10:54 PM
If they had played the game the stands would have been partially empty. Seven to eight inches of snow isn't any fun to drive home in, particularly, if you had an hour or two drive to begin with. The winds were gusting at around 50 mph, it would have been difficult playing conditions for today's NFL, because they lean on the pass so much.

Just my two cents


12-27-2010, 11:02 PM
good thing we're having an outdoor Super Bowl in 2014 in New York...better book your tickets now.

12-27-2010, 11:35 PM
if only rendell would have taken his kick a$$ and take names later strategy to all the welfare and social problems he's burdened the state with. 2 terms as gov and PA ranks very low in welfare reform.

http://www.heartland.org/policybot/resu ... mmary.html (http://www.heartland.org/policybot/results/23498/No_119_Welfare_Reform_after_Ten_Years_A_StatebySta te_Analysis_summary.html)

He's right. we're a nation of wussies - enabled by the likes of Ed Rendell.

12-28-2010, 03:57 AM
I'd actually feel a little ashamed if that exact same scenario played out in Pittsburgh for one of our home games. Anyhow, so much for Philly's reputation as being a "tough town" I guess.

12-28-2010, 10:04 AM
It's all good and well to play the tough guy, "they should have played" but you have to consider the safety of the people trying to get to the game. Just one knucklehead with kids gets stuck for hours and hours or in a serious accident and everyone is singing a different tune. This isn't just about playing the game and people hunker down at home to watch. Was the PA DOT suppossed to tell everyone to stay off the roads for their own safety....unless of course you're going to a football game? Nonsense.

12-28-2010, 10:15 AM

I have finally agreed with something Rendell said.

12-29-2010, 10:40 AM
I guess Rendell will now blame the NFL for the Eagles laying an egg last night. Just like any liberal, they are just victims.

12-30-2010, 09:44 PM
I have mixed feelings. I was out by the jersey shore when the storm hit, and from where I was, I had no question that the game should have been postponed. Then again, the shore got hit much worse -- probably somewhere in the neighborhood of three feet before all was said and done. But just a bit west, it didn't seem nearly as bad.

In hindsight, it seems like a mistake to push back the game. Given the conditions at the time the call was made (and the expectations), I can understand the decision. But I still think the Eagles and Goodell are generally lame.

12-30-2010, 09:54 PM
I thought this was a pretty good practical joke the stadium workers pulled on his seat... :lol:


12-30-2010, 10:21 PM
I guess Rendell will now blame the NFL for the Eagles laying an egg last night. Just like any liberal, they are just victims.

In this situation, Rendell should have saved the majority of his ire for the team that most played like wussies.