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Old 12-27-2010, 07:46 PM
 
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"Nation of Wusses"

The city of Philadelphia is set to host the NFL's first Tuesday night game in 64 years, and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D) couldn't be more upset about it.
"It goes against everything that football is all about," Rendell said Monday on radio station 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.
"My biggest beef is that this is part of what's happened in this country," Rendell said. "I think we've become wussies."


"We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything," Rendell added. "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."



For his part, Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was also surprised by the league's decision.
"The roads are bad for East Coast standards," Shiancoe said. "But if this was in the Midwest there would be no way that this would be delayed. No way it would be delayed in the Midwest. No way. ... It's something that baffles me. But I'm not here to make decisions on when games are played."

Full Story: Pennsylvania Governor: Postponement proves U.S. a 'nation of wusses' - ESPN
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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"Nation of Wusses"

"We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything," Rendell added. "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."
Ho Ho Ho! Glorious Leader Mao say; "American Round Eyes are soft like Andy Reid's fat tummy!"

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Old 12-27-2010, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Yeah Gov, nothing says public safety like putting another 50K people on the roads at night in a snowstorm!!!

I don't like the decision to postpone the game, but it actually makes perfect sense in a non-football POV.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:25 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Good drivers know how to drive properly in poor weather conditions.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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"Nation of Wusses"

The city of Philadelphia is set to host the NFL's first Tuesday night game in 64 years, and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D) couldn't be more upset about it.
"It goes against everything that football is all about," Rendell said Monday on radio station 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.
"My biggest beef is that this is part of what's happened in this country," Rendell said. "I think we've become wussies."


"We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything," Rendell added. "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."



For his part, Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was also surprised by the league's decision.
"The roads are bad for East Coast standards," Shiancoe said. "But if this was in the Midwest there would be no way that this would be delayed. No way it would be delayed in the Midwest. No way. ... It's something that baffles me. But I'm not here to make decisions on when games are played."

Full Story: Pennsylvania Governor: Postponement proves U.S. a 'nation of wusses' - ESPN
I think that Rendell was right. The fans should have been given the power to decide themselves if they were gonna go to the game or not and deal with that mess. Making the decision for them sets a bad precedent. Is every game in Buffalo, Chicago, Minneapolis and New England going to be postponed due to snow from now on?

If I recall the year that the NY Giants won it all, they played in GB in single digit weather which is pretty dangerous itself even without snow. I think that was a packed house. I remember this b/c a fire in my building forced everyone out of the building into single degree wind chills that same night in the DC area. So I know Green Bay was even colder.

The hockey games in NY and NJ on Sunday didnt get postponed even though NY/NJ got it worse from all reports.

I don't think the governor was out of bounds at all. I think the NFL set a bad precedent with this.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:05 AM
 
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It would have been fun... for those sitting home watching it. Ed can blame the NFL and be safe knowing they can take all the blame. But the idea of them having the game was ridiculous. They showed the stadium at what would have been game time. 6 inches of snow and 35 MPH winds. The city eventually got a foot. Parking would have been terrible, driving would have been terrible. Lawsuits would have been crazy, people slipping on snow and ice,frost bite, people getting pelted by snowballs. The city was dreading having to host that game and wanted it postponed more than anybody. Ed Rendell is not a stupid guy, far from it. But he made a very stupid statement. He's almost done anyway, his term is about up and any job he can get in the Obama adminsitration won't last long anyway. I'd have liked to have seen the game played but they'd have had to ban the fans for safety reasons. Who'd have coughed up all the money they would have lost?
A few inches of snow in a smaller storm, then yes, play the game. Drenching rain, play it. The real wussies are the teams with domes.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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I think that Rendell was right. The fans should have been given the power to decide themselves if they were gonna go to the game or not and deal with that mess. Making the decision for them sets a bad precedent. Is every game in Buffalo, Chicago, Minneapolis and New England going to be postponed due to snow from now on?

If I recall the year that the NY Giants won it all, they played in GB in single digit weather which is pretty dangerous itself even without snow. I think that was a packed house. I remember this b/c a fire in my building forced everyone out of the building into single degree wind chills that same night in the DC area. So I know Green Bay was even colder.

The hockey games in NY and NJ on Sunday didnt get postponed even though NY/NJ got it worse from all reports.

I don't think the governor was out of bounds at all. I think the NFL set a bad precedent with this.
+1 ,repped

great point about the hockey games in NJ/NY

and being a packers fan I remember well the NFC championship game a few years ago aginst the Giants. It was the 3rd coldest game ever played (so they say) and I'd actually submit that that is far more dangerous weather, you could much more easily get frostbitten and lost a finger or toe. Yet 70,000 showed up. And yes, GB is a bit more cold and snowy on average but to say that Philly residents don't know how to handle snow and cold, it's not atlanta or some southern city where if they do get even 3'' of snow it'll shut down the whole city b/c they don't have the plows, salt trucks, infastructure to handle it. But Philly? child please.

for the people from the south and other areas when it's bitter cold like for that game several years ago it actually never snows. when it snows it's not ever bitterly cold. it's kind of a trade off thing. there are times when it'll get -20, -30 below but it never snows then.



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Yeah Gov, nothing says public safety like putting another 50K people on the roads at night in a snowstorm!!!

I don't like the decision to postpone the game, but it actually makes perfect sense in a non-football POV.
maybe it's b/c you're from NC but seriously, that's not extreme weather for the midwest or east coast or inter mountain US.

people learn to deal with it just like people from the south learn to deal with humitdity and high temps and "palmetto bugs" aka. flying cockroaches in the south.

there's just an inherent bias against cold weather in our society - truth is hot weather kills way more people that cold weather ever does.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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the Ice Bowl of 67' would never have been played in today's NFL.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:11 AM
 
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People need to also realize that Philadelphia is not snow ready like Buffalo, Chicago or Minneapolis. The NY/NJ hockey games are a poor example too. Most people use public transit for those games. Had the NFL not postponed the game and Philly was hit like it was last winter people would be wondering why the game wasn't postponed. Lose/lose situation for NFL. Rendell is an idiot.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:28 AM
 
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People need to also realize that Philadelphia is not snow ready like Buffalo, Chicago or Minneapolis. The NY/NJ hockey games are a poor example too. Most people use public transit for those games. Had the NFL not postponed the game and Philly was hit like it was last winter people would be wondering why the game wasn't postponed. Lose/lose situation for NFL. Rendell is an idiot.
bull****, they get bad weather just like those cities

and there's a ****ing subway stop right next to the stadium, if you'd bothered to read the posts in this thread so far you'd have learned that already.


you've got to be a troll.
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