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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Should the Eagles game have been played?

By Jason Samenow

The debate over the wisdom of postponing the Eagles-Vikings game (rescheduled for tonight) due to the blizzard in Philadelphia Sunday night rages on.

It boils down to two points of view: 1) It was smart to cancel the game due to public safety 2) Football is a game that can/should/has be(en) played under extremely inclement weather conditions and that the decision to postpone symbolizes "we've become a nation of wusses" in the words of Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell.

Read different opinions...

Game should have been played: Daily Philadelphian, Philadelphia Daily News, Richmond Times Dispatch, Politics Daily,

It was the right call to postpone game: Philadelphia Inquirer

What do you think? Vote in the poll below...

By Jason Samenow  | December 28, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
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Comments

absolutely not... it has nothing to do with playing the game and everything to do with requiring hundreds of employees to come to work during a 1-3 inch per hour snowfall... meanwhile federal gov't employees in dc took a week off AFTER a snowstorm... give me a break.

Posted by: jamus409 | December 28, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

We are a nation of wussies... all this political correctness stuff is the reason behind it. By no means should they have called of the game!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | December 28, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

It was the right decision!

The NFL and NCAA are too darned persistent about playing football in "all weather conditions" without regard to the safety of the players or the fans. Even the European national soccer federations give their leagues a two-month winter holiday break during January and February. The German Bundesliga provides a good example.

The team affected most by this postponement has been the Minnesota Vikings, not the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings have had two or three games rescheduled by the roof collapse at the Metrodome, followed by this weekend's blizzard in Philly.

Being from that part of the country, I can vividly recall the 1967 "Ice Bowl" playoff game between the Packers and the Cowboys in what were nearly unplayable conditions in Green Bay. That game should probably been moved to a warmer locale or postponed a few days. At that time, the game could have been moved to Milwaukee where Green Bay had an alternate home field and the average temperature is a few degrees warmer than in Green Bay.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The game absolutely should have been played. Granted, Philly is not Foxboro, but the Philly stadium is well served by the subway. Both teams, refs, etc were available. The NBC crew was on site. Would some fans have missed the game? Sure, it happens.

DC is even less a snow town than Philly. Yet I distinctly remember watching several Caps hockey games last year during the blizzards. Did some suburb dwelling fans miss those games - I'm sure! But they still had them.

This is football, not baseball. It is played in all weather conditions except those that impact safety on the field (lightning, hurricanes, etc).

Posted by: jahutch | December 28, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

@Bombo47jea

I repeat:
We are a nation of wussies... all this political correctness stuff is the reason behind it. By no means should they have called of the game!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | December 28, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Football games are played in the snow, in the rain, no matter what, the game goes on. This was a travesty. The only weather events that should cancel an NFL game should be hurricanes.

The No Fun League gets drearier every day. Thanks for keeping sports interesting, NHL! Let's go Caps!

Posted by: Langway4Eva | December 28, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

so what if we are a "nation of wusses?" was ed rendell going to perhaps die on the roads that night? was he going to personally wreck his car? or conversely, was he going to lose money on tickets to a game he couldn't get to in a blizzard?

listen up people: THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS WE CAN DIE FROM THAT WE CANNOT TRULY CONTROL, WHY PUSH IT WHEN YOU CAN CONTROL IT? just because you *can* drive in the snow doesn't mean you *should.*

why does a governor - an outgoing one at that - have to call people names for wanting to be safe? what he said is reprehensible. that is what you voted into office, pennsylvanians. someone who would rather call you names than care about your safety.

after i left pennsylvania, i learned to live in states that value your life, that take snow and ice seriously. i am not going to move to a village with an active volcano, why should i drive in the snow just to see a game?

when football cures cancer, then i'll go out of my way to risk my life for it. until football does something other than entertain, it gets the treatment it deserves: it can happen on another day.

i resent having a governor who would put a stupidass game before my safety, or who would want me (as a ticketholder) to lose out because i want to stay safe. if you have children or family who relies on you, why risk your lives on snowy/icy roads when you don't have to? football is NOT a "have to" proposition.

i am a democrat, but i am so glad he is on his way out. and trust me, putting this in public is risky for me, because i have family and friends who are close to this man. but i'd rather date a snake than listen to his rant about a freaking football game. do some good for the people of pennsylvania, instead of saying "i don't care if you die on the roads tonight because i wanted to watch a football game, and by the way, i want to show you what it's like to be so stupid that you can argue with experts when you don't know what you are talking about and feel all important." he doesn't deserve to hold office again.

for the record, people: you don't have to put your lives on the line when it snows. the world will not stop revolving if you stay home. but your family's world *will* stop revolving if you go out there and get maimed or killed on roads you didn't need to be on. learn this: you are brainwashed into thinking that you have to risk your life for inconsequential things. is that all you value your family? is that all you value your kids? "oh, daddy wanted to see the dog killer throw a touchdown pass, that's why i have no college fund and no dad growing up." argue all you want for risking your lives, but if your children, or future children had a say, they would want you home safe and sound, not out there chancing their futures to see a stupid football game. look at the big picture, americans. you are not "wusses" for caring about your children. but you *are* inhuman if you don't.

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Posted by: kelelain | December 28, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@ kelelain

OK, but doesn't it bother you that political correctness is taking over the world?? America is full of wusses BECAUSE of political correctness!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | December 28, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

@ kelelain

OK, but doesn't it bother you that political correctness is taking over the world?? America is full of wusses BECAUSE of political correctness!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | December 28, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Bob? Mind explaining just exactly how political correctness entered into this decision?

Maybe you should, oh, get out more, or perhaps worry about things that actually really DO have an impact on our country.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 28, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I'd be happy to explain that; political correctness relates to this because PA Governor Ed Rendell called us a nation of wusses and that is a RESULT of political correctness; with political correctness, we are taught that we mustn't offend anyone and that we must coddle everybody, that has turned many of us into wusses; which is what Ed Rendell called us after the game was called off!

There. Now do you see the connection???

Posted by: BobMiller2 | December 28, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"absolutely not... it has nothing to do with playing the game and everything to do with requiring hundreds of employees to come to work during a 1-3 inch per hour snowfall... meanwhile federal gov't employees in dc took a week off AFTER a snowstorm... give me a break.

Posted by: jamus409 | December 28, 2010 1:23 PM "

What does this have to do with the federal government? Should we blame Obama too?

Posted by: JTF- | December 28, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

@JTF-

I don't recommend discussing politics on here. We all know it's just gonna get ugly!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | December 28, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The right decision was made. If someone had gotten hurt or a terrible tragedy had occurred, everyone would have been saying "why wasn't the game postponed." The correct decison was definitely made. You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all the people all of the time.

Posted by: peterpan1 | December 28, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

why should i drive in the snow just to see a game?
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Just because the game is played doesn't mean you have to go.

Posted by: mason08 | December 28, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I think perhaps Gov. Rendell was doing a little macho posturing for a soundbite.
It worked, didn't it?

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | December 28, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Bombo47jea- I think the team most affected by this is the Eagles. The Vikes have no playoff hopes. The Eagles are trying to lock up that number two seed. To do that they must win their last two games. Playing tonight will give them a very short week against Dallas to finish the season.

I am a die hard Eagles fan and snow lover. I would have loved to see this game played in the snow. Yet I think canceling was the right decision based on the forecast at the time.

Posted by: WickedRose | December 28, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

A bunch of drunk Iggles fans and plenty of snow to make snowballs? No way!

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | December 28, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Overpaid wussies getting their orders from the union. I hope they're boooooooooed out of the stadium.

Posted by: JAH3 | December 28, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

@JAH3, using Eagles (AKA Iggles) fans save their boos for Santa Claus.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | December 28, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Ed Rendell is a crackhead. Picture this, a staduim full of people who have been drinking booze for 4 hours, then when it gets dark, are unleased on streets covered with snow, being blown across their field of vision at 30+ miles per hour. Oh yeah, like that's a real safe situation to be in. And for what? The Eagles will push the Vikings all over the field tonight (a clean field that Vick and Jackson can run on, folks) and just take a crap on the dallas cowgirls on Sunday, another home game. It was the right decision, a smart decision, and thank goodness big, lod-mouth talking "tough guys" like Ed Rendell were not involved in the decision.

Posted by: pookiecat | December 28, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

@peterpan1-- Somebody MIGHT have got hurt? A terrible tragedy MIGHT have occurred? That could happen any day, anywhere.

What about personal responsibility? I bet lots of folks in Philly said to themselves, "Looks too bad out there for me, I'm staying home." But the ones who decided to brave the weather assumed that risk.

Now, the precedent is set. Now the league HAS TO cancel any game with bad weather. If they don't, and some drunk bozo slides his car into a ditch after the game, the lawyers will be all over the NFL: "If you did it in Philly, you should have done it here, too. Pay up!"

So, the hell with the games. Let's just give everybody a trophy at the end of the season. 'Cause we're all winners just for playing!

Posted by: chipgower | December 28, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

The teams and league officials have enough money to hire whatever transportation they need to get to the stadium. The fans can choose to stay home. But that still leaves a couple thousand low-wage stadium/event personnel (security, ticket-takers, vendors, etc.) who are expected to muster their own resources and somehow get to the game. If only for their sake, it was the right and proper decision to postpone the game.

Posted by: kevinwparker | December 28, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree with jamus409, kelelain, and kevinwparker. Its not about the NFL, its not about players, and its not about the fans. Its about all the employees and journeymen that make the event possible. It's not like a football game is an essential service for the community.

Would you feel happy if your employer forced you to go to work in dangerous conditions when he can easily wait another day for you to get there? I know I wouldn't.

If that makes me a wuss, so be it. I bet my family will rather have me as a healthy wuss than an unstoppable, courageous but death hardcore football fan.

The NFL's decision to cancel the game was that of a responsible employer that cares about its workers. And I commend them for that.

Posted by: dantebouchot | December 28, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I could give a rats patoot if they postponed this game. More to watch in the middle of the week. Are you ready for some Tuesday night throwdown?

Posted by: richs91 | December 28, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

OK, let's see. Eagles benefit by throwing the Vikings 'off' their plans, plus the more they can be sure will actually make it to the game means higher stadium revenue.

How is any of that a bad thing for an Eagles fan? This ain't 1910 any more. The Eagles fan will just suck it in and then lustily boo the Vikings marching on the field no matter what day of the week it is.

Dunno about some of you guys but metereological prediction is still very much an inexact 'science', and I myself sure couldn't have seen that a 20+ inch forecast would have turned out to be 12 inches in the end. 20 would have been definitely very real and very tough to deal with. The Eagles didn't have the luxury of gazing into a palantir and knowing for sure how it'd turn out even a mere 24 hours later.

Jeez. Football's going to be played in a few minutes. Suck it in and enjoy the game.

Posted by: tronic1 | December 28, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I'd be happy to explain that; political correctness relates to this because PA Governor Ed Rendell called us a nation of wusses and that is a RESULT of political correctness; with political correctness, we are taught that we mustn't offend anyone and that we must coddle everybody, that has turned many of us into wusses; which is what Ed Rendell called us after the game was called off!

There. Now do you see the connection???

Posted by: BobMiller2 | December 28, 2010 2:29 PM |

No, I do not. That is a ridiculous stretch.

Sometimes people make the best decision that they can with the information that they have at the time. Big deal that a football game was postponed. I have zero opinion on whether or not it was the right call, but I don't see how it relates to politics or how it is worth this much commentary from the talking heads.

Posted by: 1Reader | December 28, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

p.s. I am willing to bet that revenue concerns, not 'political correctness', would be the ultimate motivation behind the cancellation. If the stadium was not full, then that is lost $$$ in overpriced concession revenue.

Posted by: 1Reader | December 28, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

"Even the European national soccer federations give their leagues a two-month winter holiday break during January and February. The German Bundesliga provides a good example." Not True. Actually the Germans and other Europeans are another good example of wussies. The English Football Association however plays - when the turf is playable - from August straight through to May. No wussies the Brits!

Posted by: hueylong | December 29, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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