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Rendell, Teams Weigh In On Postponed Game

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) —  The NFL moved the Eagles game with the Minnesota Vikings from Sunday night to Tuesday because of a blizzard that could dump more than a foot of snow on Philadelphia – and nearly everyone involved has an opinion regarding the decision.

The postponement did not sit well with Gov. Ed Rendell, who told CBS 3 he did “not at all” agree with the decision.

“This is football; football’s played in bad weather,” Rendell said. “I think the fans would have gotten there, the subways work and the major arteries are still open, and other fans would have stayed home — but you play football regardless of the weather.”

The governor, who does football commentaries after Eagles games, also said the decision would be a “serious handicap” for the Eagles and was unfair to the team.

“I, for one, was looking forward to sitting in the stands throughout the snow and seeing an old-time football game,” Rendell said.

Asked what Vince Lombardi would say about the decision, Rendell said “he’d be mocking us.”

Eagles head coach Andy Reid agreed with the league’s decision.

“We’re OK with it,” he said. “We’re organized and prepared for this, and we completely support what the league did from a safety standpoint for everybody. We got the guys out of the hotel and home, and they’ll come back for a walkthrough tomorrow and then to the hotel, and it will be just like a Saturday night before a Sunday game, just a normal Saturday night-Sunday schedule.”

The Vikings already have had two home games affected by the weather this season. Their game against the Giants on Dec. 12 was postponed a day after Minneapolis got 15 inches of snow. It was then moved to Detroit when the Metrodome roof collapsed. Their game against Chicago the following week was played at the University of Minnesota’s outdoor stadium because of the damaged roof.

“What else can you say? Just add this to the list for the 2010 season,” Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said. “But you know what, we have to remain together as a team and keep a positive mind frame. It’s important to be a professional and be ready to play on Tuesday night.”

Minnesota (5-9) is out of playoff contention, but the Eagles (10-4) have plenty at stake. They need to win their last two games and hope Chicago loses at the Packers next week to secure a first-round bye.

“We have every reason, because of the season, to say, ‘This is the last straw and I’m checking out,”‘ Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said. “But this is the NFL and you can’t do that. You have to show up ready to play Tuesday night and that’s what we’re trying to get the young guys and everybody to understand.”

NBC will broadcast the regular “Football Night in America” from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. EST followed by a “Minute to Win It” repeat from 8:30 to 10 p.m. and then a “Law and Order” repeat until 11 p.m.

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The Eagles went to their practice facility for workouts and film study and then went home. They’ll now have just four days off before playing Dallas (5-10) next Sunday in a game that could determine whether they get a week off.

“I don’t think it’s a problem,” Reid said. “I think we’ll be all right. We’ve had Monday games, Sunday night games, we had a Thursday game, so we’ve been through a lot of this already, and that will help us. We’ll be fine.”

Many players wished the game wasn’t moved. They made their feelings known via Twitter.

“It’s only snow!!!! Let us play… It must b alot of fun… I’m ready let’s get it on!!” wide receiver DeSean Jackson wrote.

The game originally was supposed to be played at 1 p.m., but was switched because of the flex scheduling.

“Thank you flex-scheduling….,” guard Todd Herremans wrote.

Quarterback Michael Vick looked at the positive side.

“Just a few more days to get ready !” he wrote.

The game — the first on a Tuesday since October 1, 1946 when the New York Giants beat the Boston Yanks 17-0 — will be played at 8 p.m. EST., and televised nationally by NBC.

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  • Justin

    Hey, Fast Eddie…where was your seat going to be if the game wasn’t rescheduled? Think before you speak. Your ignorance shows.

  • David

    The City of Phila. was in a State of Emergency – no one allowed on the road except emergency vehicles. This has nothing to do with whether the football players are Wussies.
    If there was one major injury or death as a result of a fan coming to the game, the Governor would be asking the NFL, why they did not postpone the game under such conditions.
    Ed, you lost a lot of creditibilty with your Macho comment. Please think before you speak – you represent the Citizens of Pa.

  • Kathy

    For once I agreed with Gov Rendell, we are becoming a “Nation of Wussies” The Eagles are the biggest babies and will fall flat on their face in the 1st plyoff game.

  • Kermit Braxton

    I agree with Rendell how was football played back in the days when there was more snow? How do football games get played in the midwest where the temps and snowstorms are more brutal????

  • Susan

    I think Governor Rendell should think before speaking. The risks certainly outweighed the gain. Auto accidents, people falling, any number of mishaps were just waiting to happen. Hats off to the NFL and the Eagles for putting their fans first! We will all be ready for Tuesday night.

    • Justin

      well said susan.

  • joe duranto

    All the so-called big shots saying they should have played the game would have been driven home in rented hummers . Who do they think they are talking like they are tough guys ? Bunch of phonie bolonies if you ask me .

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  • philcommander

    The game should have been played. Anyone who was worried about the snow was really only concerned that their diaper would swell up due to the moisture.
    Grow a pair and play…it’s FOOTBALL not baseball.

  • Eddie

    I’m a bit confused. Why is it that a state of emergency was issued?

    • Frank

      Rendell is a putz. Get it?

  • carnigie

    should have played. easy.

  • Frank

    Rendell opened his mouth again and showed the world what a putz he really is.

  • Matt

    By the way, when it snows in Buffalo, you don’t sit around and cry about it, you just push it out of the way and get on with your life. Grow up pansies.

  • bill

    the nfl and the eagles are a bunch of wussies

  • Pat

    I give the NFL officials a thumbs up for their decision to postpone the Eagles game, their decision put the safety of the fans & employees first. Maybe Fast Eddie should keep his comments to himself! He sure as hell would not have been driving in this storm nor would he be sitting in the stands.

  • Sue

    You know what Rendell, I live in North jersey and I am a die hard Eagles fan. I am so thankful they postponed the game. I did not want to risk my life driving there and driving home. So you think I should have ate my tickets and not gone if the game had gone on as scheduled? Yea, you would have been there, not in the stands, but in a cozy warm club suite after being driven there in your limo. Thanks to the NFL for making a wise choice for the safety of their fans. I”LL BE THERE TUESDAY.

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