Did the NFL wimp out in Philly last night?

posted at 10:45 am on December 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In the face of a set of daunting weather predictions and traffic accidents already totaling over 100, the NFL postponed a game on account of solely the weather for the first time in almost 80 years, at least on a same-day basis.  The last time it happened, the Chicago Bears were scheduled to play the Portsmouth Spartans in 1932 (the Spartans moved to Detroit and became the Lions in 1934).  This time, the Minnesota Vikings managed to extend their streak of weather-related delays and moves to three weeks in a row:

On a bizarre day when the Philadelphia Eagles were snowed out, they celebrated an NFC East championship.

The NFL moved the Vikings at Eagles game from Sunday night to Tuesday because of a blizzard that could dump more than a foot of snow on Philadelphia. …

In announcing the postponement, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said:

“Due to public safety concerns in light of today’s snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight’s Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of tonight’s storm and its aftermath, the game will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared.”

While some saw this as a simple acknowledgment of unusual circumstances and a well-founded concern over public safety, others saw it as a test of manhood that the NFL failed.  Doug Mataconis notes the reaction of outgoing Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who became “irate” over the postponement:

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was irate in a live interview Sunday night that the Philadelphia Eagles game was postponed by the NFL.

The Guv was obviously upset during a phone interview with Fox 29 and at one point, he was arguing with Fox 29 chief meteorologist John Bolaris about the details of snow amounts in the Philadelphia area.

Rendell said that only 5 inches of snow was on the ground at the time the Eagles-Vikings would have been held Sunday night (Instead, the NFL moved the game to Tuesday night as a public safety precaution.)

When Bolaris told Rendell that measurement was taken at 7 p.m., Rendell argued the point. He also said with only several inches on the ground in the Pennsylvania suburbs near Philadelphia, there was no reason to postpone the game.

“I think it is a joke,” Rendell said about the NFL’s decision.

“In actuality there are more than 7 inches of snow on the  ground. That report was from 7 p.m. Governor,” Bolaris said. The game would have started at 8:30 p.m.

“No, that was at 8:30 according to FEMA,” Rendell shot back. “This is no way, shape or form a blizzard!”

Again via Doug, Philly columnist Will Bunch called the NFL a “bunch of wimps” and decried the nanny state mentality that led to the decision.  He also called them “girly-men,” the “Wimps Who Stole Christmas,” and claimed that the “nanny state killed this football game.”

Well … maybe.  One of the big losers of the decision was NBC, which was supposed to air the game nationally, and instead ended up with a big hole in its schedule and a need to pre-empt its entire Tuesday night prime-time schedule for the new game date.  Nevertheless, the report shows the field conditions rather clearly:

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Getting past all of the name calling, what exactly is the problem with postponing the game?  It is, after all, a game — and it still will be played in Philadelphia, unlike the Vikings game that got moved to Detroit.  The people who have tickets will get to see the game tomorrow, unlike some ticketholders for the Vikings game against the Chicago Bears, who lost out in the transition to TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota.  The playing conditions will be better for the players, and the driving conditions much better for the fans.  The delay even provided a small boost to Philly’s economy, as the Vikings and their entourage had to shop for clothing for two more days, and the hotels and restaurants got a few more bucks from the delay, too. 

The game didn’t get killed, contra Bunch, and perhaps the NFL showed some actual perspective in putting safety ahead of a game that was rendered essentially meaningless thanks to other games played earlier in the day. Also, contra Bunch, this wasn’t a “nanny state” decision, but a risk-management decision by private enterprise. Had the state made the decision in this case, using the reactions of Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter as a guide, the game would have gone as scheduled, and the headlines would have been about people being killed rather than a game.

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You don’t know Eagles fans. They drive 50 miles and more to come to the games. There would have been riots if this game had been played, because people paid hundreds of dollars for those tickets and would not have been able to get there. The NFL doesn’t exist without stadiums full of fans paying $85 a pop to see the games.

Also try to imagine thousands of drunk fans all over the city and suburbs pouring out of the sports bars at midnight in the middle of a snowstorm and trying to drive home.

My nephews took a train from Boston to Newark yesterday afternoon and their mother was supposed to pick them up and take them back to their apartment in Maplewood. She never made it, and had to leave her car on the Garden State Parkway at 3 am. Luckily they have another uncle who lives nearby and has an Escalade, and he was able to get the boys and go dig out their mom and get her back to his house.

This is a very dangerous storm, and while it may not have been “that bad” at Lincoln Financial Field, I have no doubt there would have been deaths and injuries aplenty had the game been played.

rockmom on December 27, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Also try to imagine thousands of drunk fans all over the city and suburbs pouring out of the sports bars at midnight in the middle of a snowstorm and trying to drive home.

So driving drunk is OK as long as the roads aren’t snowy.

angryed on December 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Actually maybe 10 or 15 years ago they canceled or postponed a preseason game in KC because of a nasty lightning storm. I remember them showing video of the water coming down the stadium steps because it looked like a waterfall.

Benaiah on December 27, 2010 at 12:23 PM

…and the headlines would have been about people being killed rather than a game.

Really? That strikes me as just a tad bit presumptive.

gaius on December 27, 2010 at 12:23 PM

If the NFL were not already being “chickified” I wouldn’t regard this postponement as a test of manhood. But frankly, I’m sick to death of all the pink shoes etc, and not just in football. Hey, motherhood is great, and we should honor it, but it has become ridiculous with all the schmatzy, verklemptish pink adornments. It’s already a cliche and comes across as phony, and a milquetoast (PWed) gesture to women’s sensibilities. Gimme a break.

Let’s have a Dad’s day for testicular cancer. The players can adorn their uniforms with handguns, and raw steaks or reasonable facsimiles thereof. They’ll all wear blue shoes. Only Dad’s can attend the games and beer will be free, all you can drink. Rowdy, obnoxious behavior will be encouraged along with profanity. And, any moron who runs onto the field will get tazed… until his body jumps around like a rag doll. Then he gets a beating by nightstick from the COPs with no fewer than a dozen broken bones. Yeah, Dad’s day at the ball park. We need it.

JimP on December 27, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Uhh if this is not a wimp out then what will the NFL do when the Super Bowl 48 is played in New York? What happens when a snow storm hits the New York area during that game? Believe me if Roger Goodell has to get out there and shovel the snow himself it will proceed.

Jdripper on December 27, 2010 at 12:29 PM

If you are the mayor of a large city you will be fired for not getting the snow cleaned up. It’s that simple. Same for state roads. The only real men I have seen during these times are the ones with pick-up trucks with blades already attatched out there shoving snow out of the way and getting medical personel to work.
All others need to stay home and out of the way. Discuss what it means to be a real man among yourselves.
Calling off the game was the best idea.

BetseyRoss on December 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Actually maybe 10 or 15 years ago they canceled or postponed a preseason game in KC because of a nasty lightning storm. I remember them showing video of the water coming down the stadium steps because it looked like a waterfall.

Benaiah on December 27, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Two points of order:

A) Preseason

B) Lightning (I’d like to see snow try to do this)

steveegg on December 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM

It would have been awesome if this had happened during NBC’s “Green Week”.

zmdavid on December 27, 2010 at 12:32 PM

The emasculation of the USA continues! The U.S. military Forces, NCAA, Title IX impact, at all levels of sports, and even the NFL is affected. Tort reform would bw a good place to begin the beturn to the norm! Oh, Goodell is a lawyer! Everywhere you find lawyers you encounter a mess….look at Congress and the Beltway Bureaucracy!! Don’t forget the Whitehouse residents!

tomshup on December 27, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Public safety? Nonsense. This is a ratings move. If it were purely for public safety, then there’s simply no reason it shouldn’t be played Monday night. NBC doesn’t want it Monday night for the same reason that they have re-runs of Chuck playing all night: they don’t want a head-to-head game up against Monday Night Football on ESPN. You’re talking about a loss of Millions of viewers for a game that was expected to draw the highest ratings of the season (Vick has been a ratings dream for the Eagle’s broadcaster all season, but their Sunday night Christmas game has been a reliable ratings monster for years). So heck, we’ll just schedule the first Tuesday NFL game since 1946, and leave the Eagles with just four days rest before a Cowboys match-up that could very well determine a #2 seed and a bye in the playoffs… WTF?
 
NBC scheduled the Michael Vick show for prime-time Sunday night precisely so that the entire country could watch Vick vs. Farve (and they did it before Farve’s injuries). Now Farve gets two more days to heal, and instead of the running game we would have seen in the snow, we’ll get the passing game NBC really wanted. I’m 20 points down in my fantasy league championship with Vick at the helm. This is the best thing that has happened to my roster since I picked him up mid-season, and I’ll likely end up winning because of it…

Medicated on December 27, 2010 at 12:33 PM

So driving drunk is OK as long as the roads aren’t snowy.

angryed on December 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM

lol, yes, much like TSA’s idea of “public safety”…

gaius on December 27, 2010 at 12:36 PM

The Leafs and Devils played in New Jersey. 2,500 fans showed up. Obviously the rest of the fans were capable of making their own decisions to stay home.

Ronnie on December 27, 2010 at 12:48 PM

This is a very dangerous storm, and while it may not have been “that bad” at Lincoln Financial Field, I have no doubt there would have been deaths and injuries aplenty had the game been played.

rockmom on December 27, 2010 at 12:17 PM

I agree with you 100%, they had to postpone this game. Can you imagine the uproar if one drunken fan drives off the road and freezes to death? The NFL would be crucified. I go all the way back to watching Lions’ games in Tiger Stadium and throwing snowballs at those bums but this is a different day. The NFL was in a “damned if you do/damned if you don’t” predicament.

PatMac on December 27, 2010 at 12:52 PM

The Leafs and Devils played in New Jersey. 2,500 fans showed up. Obviously the rest of the fans were capable of making their own decisions to stay home.

Ronnie on December 27, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Hockey, even the fans have more stones.

darwin-t on December 27, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Lots of fans showed up anyway. We are not wimps, I wanted to see a snowy game. The mayor and NFL comish decided this, and the traffic situation would have been a friggen nightmare.

We would have still showed up. Eagles fans are loyal and love smash-mouth bad weather.

spec_ops_mateo on December 27, 2010 at 1:03 PM

From someone living in Green Bay, you bet yer’ @ss the game would’ve been played here… Weather & conditions are a fact of life & games played in such are usually pretty memorable & make for great tv, see:

The Ice Bowl
Bengals/Chargers 82′ AFC Champ game “Freezer Bowl”
’85 Packers/Bucs (Steve Young being used as a toboggan)
Packers/Bears Halloween Game played in a Chicago monsoon
Packers/Seahawks playoff game (the “snow globe” game)
Bears/Eagles “Fog Bowl”
Patriots/Dolphins 82′ “Snowplow game”
Patriots/Raiders “Tuck Rule” 2002

They’ve should’ve played last night…

Mike in GB on December 27, 2010 at 1:03 PM

The Leafs and Devils played in New Jersey. 2,500 fans showed up. Obviously the rest of the fans were capable of making their own decisions to stay home.

Do the Leafs and Devils even have that many fans?

pablo5108 on December 27, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Must be some way we can blame this on Bill Belichick…anyone?

Del Dolemonte on December 27, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Somewhere, Dandy Don is singing “Turn out the lights, the party’s over!” Bart Starr is probably laughing too.

Mini-14 on December 27, 2010 at 1:13 PM

The authorities were telling people not to drive unless they had to. I think the teams could have played, from the shots of the stadium, but do you really want to encourage people to drive out to the game against the advice of the highway dept. and police officials?

flataffect on December 27, 2010 at 1:18 PM

I really don’t see the big deal.

Esthier on December 27, 2010 at 1:20 PM

I remember a Denver Bronco game where the fans were named MVPs because they sat through a game in blizzard like conditions until the very end. Some of them stayed in their original seats even after those close in had gone home!

scalleywag on December 27, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Medicated on December 27, 2010 at 12:33 PM

+100

Ordinary1 on December 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM

NBC is anything but the “big loser” of the decision, especially not if Farve is ready to start after two days additional rest. This game on Sunday that initially had the highest projected ratings of the season… was shaping up to be a complete blowout with no QB for the Vikings. Ratings dream to ratings nightmare… Would playing the game tonight jeopardize public safety? NBC could have preempted their Monday night schedule of Chuck reruns, but there’s that pesky ratings conflict with MNF! NBC and the Vikings are the only winners here.
 

It’s also championship week in many fantasy football leagues. This decision effectively turned a running game in the snow into a passing game in clear weather that’s 10 degrees warmer. If you’re in your league’s championship, there’s a flying chance you got there with the help of a few Eagles on your roster. Vick and his receivers will now have a much higher fantasy value this week. Of course, so will a receiver like Percy Harvin who will likely now have Farve to throw to him -But these are precisely the factors that go into shaping a strategy. When the NFL effectively changes the shape of a game at the last minute, and they do so on account of “public safety,” then “public safety” better be the only thing that is influencing the move. The NFL and its broadcasters both promote and benefit significantly from fantasy sports so fans really deserve an explanation as to why this game isn’t being played tonight. Is it really still “public safety” or is it perhaps the ratings conflict?

Medicated on December 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM

but do you really want to encourage people to drive out to the game against the advice of the highway dept. and police officials?

flataffect on December 27, 2010 at 1:18 PM

YES! Where is the sense of adventure? Philadelphians for the most part are upset at the decision. The NFL is becoming a joke. January playoffs are going to be interesting if the weather stays cold and snowy.

Ordinary1 on December 27, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Must be some way we can blame this on Bill Belichick…anyone?

Del Dolemonte on December 27, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Ahh, what would a football-themed thread be without Del whining about Belicheat again, as if he did nothing wrong.

I have one word for ya…”asterisk”.

JetBoy on December 27, 2010 at 1:31 PM

I think the game should have been played. The first time in 80 years a game was postponed because of weather? It should have been played. Absolutely.

Fish on December 27, 2010 at 1:41 PM

I have one word for ya…”asterisk”.

JetBoy on December 27, 2010 at 1:31 PM

And I have 2 words for you…”foot fetish”

BTW, did you see my post yesterday about how the NFL fined the 49ers much more than they fined the Patriots for “cheating”? Funny how that Inconvenient Truth has been scrubbed from the 49ers wiki page…

Del Dolemonte on December 27, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Let’s have a Dad’s day for testicular cancer. The players can adorn their uniforms with handguns, and raw steaks or reasonable facsimiles thereof. They’ll all wear blue shoes. Only Dad’s can attend the games and beer will be free, all you can drink. Rowdy, obnoxious behavior will be encouraged along with profanity. And, any moron who runs onto the field will get tazed… until his body jumps around like a rag doll. Then he gets a beating by nightstick from the COPs with no fewer than a dozen broken bones. Yeah, Dad’s day at the ball park. We need it.

JimP on December 27, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Include Open Carry and that would be a fun game to attend.

BowHuntingTexas on December 27, 2010 at 1:43 PM

How about the consideration of the next game? Eagles are in a tight playoff race for the #2 seed and a playoff bye. They need to win both games to have a shot at the bye. But they will be playing a tough divisional game on only 4 days rest while the Cowboys will have had 7 full days to rest & prepare. This decision screws Philly. I’m a Bears fan, not complainin’, just sayin’.

mdenis39 on December 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM

About a foot was the potential of this storm for Philly, and just because snow hasn’t been falling evenly or at a severe rate doesn’t make it wise to doubt a decision while the storm is still nearby and seeming to underperform. The fans would have been exiting the stadium and driving home in Philly’s worst weather of the storm, when they doubled their snowfall in two hours.

Of course I can’t prove that someone would have gotten killed in an accident, and of course the fan would be liable for deciding to get in the car and go to the game. At some point, though, just as a bartender can be held liable if he allows a guy to get raving drunk and he goes out and kills someone with his car, a major organization has to be culpable if it encourages the reckless behavior that ultimately causes demise. What are the pleadings of weather officials supposed to mean, anyway? The NFL was wise to avoid that liability. Had Gov. Rendell been able to reverse the NFL’s call and have the game, he would almost assuredly have egg on his face today.

flutejpl on December 27, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I remember a Denver Bronco game where the fans were named MVPs because they sat through a game in blizzard like conditions until the very end. Some of them stayed in their original seats even after those close in had gone home!

scalleywag on December 27, 2010 at 1:23 PM

They were stuck.

Ronnie on December 27, 2010 at 1:50 PM

It’s all Cantore’s fault. The weather channel makes too much of this man. As for the game, the NFL should have rebroadcast some other games in its place but the network showed some dumb game show. They did wimp out. But this is getting to be the norm for the NFL and it’s PC commissioner.

wepeople on December 27, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Dear NFL Powers That Be,

Ice Bowl.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1967_NFL_Championship_Game
The Cowboys and the Packers survived and the stands were full of very brave Cheeseheads.

WIMPS!!

TexasEngineer on December 27, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I just got done shoveling the four foot drift that was covering my driveway and my street was only plowed once…straight down the middle, so I have to shovel alot of street if I want to get my truck out. Things aren’t so good here in the northern Philly burbs and they were really bad last night during the time the game would have been played. Visibility was really low. After the game, the fans would have had a hell of a time on the roads and they would have had an even worse time getting to their homes and getting their cars parked.

OxyCon on December 27, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Nutter interview just heard, says he had nothing to do whatsoever with whether or not the game was played.

Akzed on December 27, 2010 at 2:11 PM

This is a huge break for both concessionnaires and parking lot owners, who would have taken a big financial hit if the game was played on Sunday night.

Lincoln Field holds 69,144, and if only 20,000 diehard fans attended, that leaves 49,144 no-shows. At $50 each for parking, overpriced beer, food, and souvenirs, lost revenue from these would be $2,457,200.

Perhaps Michael Vick’s newest fan D’ohBama had a hand in this decision. Let’s face it, snow removal efforts at Lincoln Field will definitely qualify as a high profile shovel-ready project impacting both sides of the aisle, so to speak. How many jobs will be “saved or created” from the rescheduling? Using “-0- math” employment calcs, upward of 2.5 million perhaps?

And conspiracy theorists will believe the rescheduling was done to greatly improve Vick’s running and passing numbers to enhance his bid for MVP. Talk about the tail wagging the dog….

Sweet_Thang on December 27, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Get used to it, fans. The NFL is expanding the season, expect more of these cancellations as the games drag into the middle of winter. It’s all about the income….

ScottG on December 27, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Also, he NFL has been fining guys all season just for playing football. He hit that guy too hard!

Political correctness is bringing the wimpification of the NFL.

Moesart on December 27, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Two points of order:

A) Preseason

B) Lightning (I’d like to see snow try to do this)

steveegg

My point was that the NFL has canceled or postponed a game in the fairly recent past. It’s not unheard of and they would have stopped that game had it been a regular season game. It was far too dangerous to be out in.

Benaiah on December 27, 2010 at 2:21 PM

If you are the mayor of a large city you will be fired for not getting the snow cleaned up.

BetseyRoss on December 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Not when the city votes 90% Democrat you won’t.

angryed on December 27, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Not when the city votes 90% Democrat you won’t.

angryed on December 27, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Chicago only votes 110% Democrat, and Machine Man Michael Bilandic ended up tossed because he royally screwed up the snow cleanup. Of course, he was ousted by a fellow ‘Rat.

steveegg on December 27, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Benaiah on December 27, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Again, I’d like to see snow and wind do what lightning does. They’re not even in the same ballpark.

steveegg on December 27, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Mike in GB on December 27, 2010 at 1:03 PM

AMEN! Let me say that again…AMEN!

If Pete Rozelle had still been commish instead of Mr. Jane Skinner, this game would have been played.

steveegg on December 27, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Yet another link in the chain of evidence that the Viqueens of the former “black and blue division” of the NFC have become fair weather prima donnas. Sure, it wasn’t their call to make, but can you imagine Bud Grant’s reaction had he still been the Viqueens’ head coach?

ya2daup on December 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Benaiah on December 27, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Oh, and give me the game that was postponed/cancelled?

steveegg on December 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM

“Include Open Carry and that would be a fun game to attend.
BowHuntingTexas on December 27, 2010 at 1:43 PM”

LOL. Great idea!

JimP on December 27, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Wonder what Jerry Kramer and Ray Nitschke would say?

Wade on December 27, 2010 at 2:42 PM

It all started with the “In the grasp” rule and has been a high-speed train to nancydom since.

darwin-t on December 27, 2010 at 11:10 AM

..memorably hilarious! Somewhere, the ghosts of the participants of the Ice Bowl are looking down, wondering when NFL players (and their fans) will start wearing tutu’s to the games.

Despised *both* teams but admired them for playing under such incredible conditions.

The War Planner on December 27, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Canceling the game because the roof caved in; no brain-er. Canceling a game due to severe lightening; acceptable. Canceling a game due to excessive snow; not buying it.
I don’t claim to see inside this decision, but it stinks of something other than snow and concern for the public.

Keemo on December 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM

The Vikings have to be laughing their asses off after playing in much worse conditions in Minnesota a week ago. And they’re a dome team.

Jaibones on December 27, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Cancellation made no sense to me. I have seen some great games that were made possible due to inclimate weather. If you’re a fan with tickets to the game, knowing the game is being played outdoors, it’s the fans decision whether to attend.

However, if both teams playoff chances hinged on this game, it would have been played.

booter on December 27, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Nanny State decision or not, people are so fed up with the Nanny State culture that we start to see backlashes over football games being cancelled. Maybe one day the american people will fully wake up and realize what it is that’s really bothering them.

Also, screw the NFL. They really are the “no fun league” and a bunch of P.C. loser hypocrites who wouldn’t allow Rush Limbaugh to buy into a franchise but welcomed all sorts of whacko leftist celebrities.

Daemonocracy on December 27, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Yeah…

Waiting for a pristine field goves unfair assistance to the Eagles, since Mike “Dog Killa” Vick wouldn’t have been able to perform his usual Houdini antics in last nights condition.

Calling the game out of concern for the fan’s safety is a valid action on the part of the league; but I might be tempted to wonder whether it was driven truly out of concern for the fans, or the expected lawsuits in our litigous society. I know, cynical…

The game has gotten increasingly “soft” over the last few years anyway, last night’s action is just the next progression in transforming the NFL into a wussified, flag-football league; where players are fined if someone is accidentally hurt, quarterbacks can’t be really hit anymore, and games are cancelled if the weather is too hot or too cold.

RocketmanBob on December 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

I was listening to ESPN radio via XM in my car yesterday. Sal Paliononio, ESPN’s Philly guy, clearly indicated early in the afternoon that the City pressured the NFL for postponement. It was worried about travel AFTER the game, especially as Lincoln Field is in a neighborhood, and traffic would have been congested for hours, starting at midnight…

When trains can’t move, it probably was the right decision…

phreshone on December 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM

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Luka on December 27, 2010 at 4:10 PM

phreshone on December 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Problem with this “move” is the door has now been opened for future issues of a wide variety. Cancellations should be the very last option on the table. As is always the case, people (especially media heads) will now relate back to this so called safety issue as reason to make all kinds of stupid decisions.

Keemo on December 27, 2010 at 4:14 PM

It was a business decision. They make a fortune at the concessions and with the merchandise. Only ten days a year they rope all those people into their snare. If they only got 10-20 percent on the stands, their accountants would have been very unhappy.

curved space on December 27, 2010 at 6:06 PM

After 150+ comments, I’m not sure if anyone’s bothered to point out that it was a state of emergency on the roads in NJ & PA due to – 0 – visibility and 40mph winds during the blizzard. You literally could not see where you were. Had you been at the stadium, you would not have been able to see the field.

But hey, yeah, it was “the end of manhood as we know it”.

Fausta Wertz on December 27, 2010 at 6:36 PM

The presence on-camera of World Class A$$-Clown Jim Cantore makes this report instantly worthless.

Jaibones on December 27, 2010 at 6:59 PM

NFL pansies! The 1996 Grey Cup game in Hamilton was played in blizzard conditions, and the final score was Toronto 43 – Edmonton 37.

The temperature at game time was -10°C, with 20 km/h winds and heavy snow. Tractors had to remove snow from the field prior to the game, as well as at halftime.

CanuckInPA on December 27, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Unadulterated WIMP-OUT!!!

It’s BASEBALL that cancels out because of bad weather: FOOTBALL is BEST in bad weather!!!

landlines on December 27, 2010 at 10:12 PM

can you imagine Bud Grant’s reaction had he still been the Viqueens’ head coach?

ya2daup on December 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Did you see last week’s bears-Vikes game? Outdoors in 15 degree weather, at halftime, the Vikes honored their legends. Bud Grant was there in a polo shirt and slacks. That’s all. Classic.

mdenis39 on December 27, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Ice Bowl:

The 1967 game, played on December 31 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was a rematch of the 1966 NFL title game, and remains the coldest NFL game on record in terms of actual air temperature. (The coldest in terms of wind chill was the Freezer Bowl.) The official game-time temperature was −13°F / −25°C, with a wind chill around −48°F / −44°C. Using the new wind chill index put into use in 2001, the wind chill was −36°F. The bitter cold overwhelmed Lambeau’s new turf heating system, leaving the playing surface hard as a rock and nearly as smooth as ice. The officials were unable to use their whistles after the opening kick-off. As the referee blew his metal whistle to signal the start of play, it froze to his lips. For the rest of the game, the officials used voice commands and calls to end plays and officiate the game. At one point during the game, announcer Frank Gifford said, “I’m going to take a bite of my coffee.”

catmman on December 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Of course the NFL (players, coaches,onwers and commissioner) are ALL a bunch of wimps.. Period..
I’ve all but stop watching anything that has to do with it.

mmcnamer1 on December 28, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Roger Goodell may be the Worst. NFL Commissioner. Ever. In fact, he may be the Obama of NFL Commissioners.

pdigaudio on December 28, 2010 at 4:20 PM

So nice to see the 14 point underdog Vikings kick Philly’s wimpy ass.

Congrats to WR/QB Joe Webb, “who let the dogs out” on the overmatched Eagles.

Sweet_Thang on December 29, 2010 at 9:33 AM

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