Penn. Gov calls Americans ‘wusses’ after Eagles NFL game postponed

By David Edwards
Monday, December 27, 2010 16:40 EDT
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The Philadelphia Eagles had to cancel their football game Sunday because of snow and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell isn’t happy.

“I think it’s a joke,” Rendell told the local Fox affiliate. “We cancel the game and there’s less than 3 inches of snow … I think the fans can make their own decisions about their own safety.”

“This is football! Good lord, Vince Lombardi would be spinning in his grave that we canceled the football game for the snow.”

Fox 29’s weatherman John Bolaris offered a correction to Rendell’s snow totals but the governor wasn’t having it.

“There’s really already seven inches of snow on the ground,” Bolaris said.

“There’s not, John,” Rendell shot back. “It’s a decision that fans make for themselves. I think Football is a cold weather sport. It should be played unless there are blizzard conditions. This is in no way, shape or form a blizzard.”

Speaking to 97.5 FM Monday afternoon, Rendell noted that the Chinese wouldn’t have canceled the game.

“If this was in China, do you think the Chinese would have called off the game?” Rendell asked host Mike Missanelli. “The people would have been marching down to the stadium. They would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on their way down.”

“What do you think Lombardi would say?” the governor continued. “He would say we have become a nation of wusses.”

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter declared a state of emergency Sunday after 12.4 inches of snow fell on the city.

This audio is from 97.5 FM’s The Fanatic sports talk radio, broadcast Dec. 27, 2010.

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David Edwards
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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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