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Are we wusses?

Posted on: December 28, 2010 10:57 am
Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell doesn't agree with the decision to postpone the Philadelphia-Minnesota game (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It seems to me, now looking back on the decision-making process, that the NFL was in a no-win situation with this week’s Eagles-Vikings game.

Originally scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, flexed to Sunday night and then postponed 48 hours to tonight because of blizzard-like conditions in Philadelphia, the NFL has been blasted for its decision to postpone the game rather than play it in swirling snow and wind gusts that could have reached 45 mph. Yet, if the teams had played and the stadium was half-full, you can bet the ticket holders who couldn’t get to the game would have been up in arms, as well.

The way the NFL framed the decision – keeping 70,000 fans off the road in what promised to be treacherous conditions – was a smart, sound one. At least in the eyes of the level-headed. And from what I can tell, the Eagles and the Vikings have been understanding and civil about the entire schedule-busting snow storm.

But other people apparently are pissed. Like Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell – who, in his interview with 97.5 The Fanatic, questioned the country’s intestinal fortitude.

"My biggest beef is that this is part of what's happened in this country," Rendell told the Philly radio station. "I think we've become wussies. ... 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."

This comment strikes me as … well … strange. No matter what you think of his politics, Rendell’s discounting of the potential safety hazards for tens of thousands of his constituents so a football game goes on as scheduled leads me to question his values. Or, at the very least, his PR skills. What if somebody had died in a car accident on their way to the game? Would Rendell still think that talking smack about the Chinese and their love of calculus and how that related to the American people would be appropriate?

Because while a statement like that could fire up the blue-collar, sports-loving Philadelphia base, I imagine the vast majority of his citizenry a) doesn’t care about the game or b) takes offense that the governor cares that much about it (of course, Rendell’s term is up in 2011, so he’s not going to be hurt by his comments unless he plans to run for Congress).

So, back to the above question: are we wusses? Or are we too responsible? Or will politicians always make idiotic statements? Maybe it’s all of the above.

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:20 am

Are we wusses?

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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:49 am

Are we wusses?

yes we are, I grew up with air cond. but now if I am outside 5min in the summer I think I am going to die.

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:00 am

Are we wusses?

100% agree.   The whole "ticket holder" argument is weak as well.  There are soooo many fans who will not even go to the game is if it is calling for rain.   Snow is a part of the game.  I lost a little respect for the NFL on sunday.    

Oh, and for the douche who made the comment about someone dying on the way to a game because of snow, whats the difference?   A person could die on the way to another persons funeral or while on the way to the hospital to see a babies birth.     Death happens, and not just because its snowing.

NFL grow up.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2010 8:46 am

Are we wusses?

Last time I checked snow is just water in a solid state. What's next NFL? Rain delays ?

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2010 8:00 am

Are we wusses?



The NFL is certainly turning into the NWL (National Wussy League) Play the damn game like they did in years before. The Governor said the subways were working and so was the main artery in his statement. People could have gone and obviously many wouldn't have but that would be their choice. The NHL played a couple games in that 'Blizzard' with about 3,000 or less attending. The Patriots play in snow storms almost every year and the fans LOVE IT. Snowballs flying in the air, the shovel out their seats, etc. The roads get plowed and we have 4 wheel drive vehicles for a reason. I went to work that night, I didn't die or go off the road, I have a 4x4 truck because I live in MAINE and it snows here.


I agree with him and like his analogy about the Chinese, Americans are getting weaker by the generation.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 8:41 pm

Are we wusses?

It's pretty easy to disagree with what he is saying. In fact, I wonder how you can agree with what he's saying. You could have had 70,000 people stuck at the stadium at night. At least in the day, you can get people home in that mess.
I don't know Ed Rendell, I don't know his politics. What I do know is that he just announced an Eagles football game is more important than the lives of 70,000 Pennsylvanians. That someone with that opinion became a state's governor is terrifying.
How can you agree with what he's saying?

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2010 7:59 pm

Are we wusses?

Why is it when Wyoming and the DAKOTAS get 3 ft of snow we just move on . Just another day but when folks on the EAST coast get 4 inches or more you folks get you panties all bunched up and freaked out about a little snow. Years ago The DENVER BRONCOS on national TV Monday Night had about 6 inches on the ground at game time. At the end of the game it was close to 20 inches by day break it was close to 30 inches the AIRPORT was still up and running. Learn to deal with it or move to southern Florida.

sorry for not giving a reference before my post: because you have a population of 7..etc.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2010 7:49 pm

Are we wusses?

because you have a population of 7...its diferent when you have tens of thousands trying to get to a game...thats why you don't have a team.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 7:43 pm

Are we wusses?

I love some of the comments about who would be responsible if the fans got in an accident on the way home from a game that was played in bad weather.  Let me put it this way, the fans (unless they are all just stupid Philadelphians) knew well in advance what the weather was going to be like.  Then they would have had to make their own judgement as to whether they should go to the game or not.  Nobody from the State or the Team or the NFL was going to hold a gun to anyones head and force them to go to the game.  It is the responsibility of the individual to decide and that would mean they would have to take personal responsibility for that decision.  Come on America, a little personal responsibility would be nice once in a while instead of looking for someone else to blame.  Wusses. 

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