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The Wimps Who Stole Christmas
Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 12/27/10 | By Will Bunch

Posted on 12/27/2010 1:23:01 PM PST by Track9

In 1948, the Eagles won an NFL championship at Shibe Park in a raging blizzard, a game that was never forgotten by the 36,309 die-hards who didn't think twice about braving those conditions to watch history in the making. Then there was the "Snow-Plow" game in New England and the Pats' memorable playoff victory over Oakland in a snowstorm years later, and the frigid 1967 Ice Bowl in Green Bay. To paraphrase Frank Capra this Christmas season, for a true football fan it would not have been as wonderful a life had those remarkable games never been born.

That's why the decision by the NFL and the Eagles, with input from the city of Philadelphia, to postpone last night's game because of a snowstorm that isn't really all that (we might get 11 inches in the city - not exactly Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer territory, not even close) is more than downright disappointing.

This is the height of wimpiness, and the girly-men who made this sad decision should be ashamed of themselves. The NFL has been rightfully called the No Fun League for a number of years, but this takes that to a whole embarrassing new level. In fact, let's name names here: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Eagles' owner Jeff Lurie and president Joe Banner, and Mayor Nutter - you are the Wimps Who Stole Christmas from football fans in Philadelphia.

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: eagles; michaelvick; nfl; pennsylvania; philadelphia
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1 posted on 12/27/2010 1:23:02 PM PST by Track9
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To: Track9

I actually was at and survived the Ice Bowl.


2 posted on 12/27/2010 1:25:16 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: UB355

Hasn’t been a blue-collar—or frosty-nosed game for thirty years.


3 posted on 12/27/2010 1:31:02 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Track9

I blame the offensive line for 1981 AFC Champion Bengals for coming out in the so called “Freezer Bowl” with short sleeve shirts. They set a standard, and no one wants to be shown up by the Bengals, so postpone the games...


4 posted on 12/27/2010 1:32:33 PM PST by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: UB355
Lucky you! I got a good laugh out of this one..

They don't play American football in China, but I believe that if they did, not only would they have played this game, but 300,000 fans would have marched barefoot through the drifts for 15 miles to get to the stadium, drilling each other with advanced calculus problems as they walked.

5 posted on 12/27/2010 1:35:41 PM PST by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: LRS

Even if there were 11 inches in the city, the suburbs could have a lot more, and there are fans coming in from the suburbs. It’s just not safe for some people to go out in really bad weather.

The Steelers played in quite a few bad weather games. Once it was snowing so badly, you couldn’t see the players, let alone the football. The refs often couldn’t tell where the yard lines were.


6 posted on 12/27/2010 1:37:15 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: LRS

Was that the one they beat the Chargers in about 20 below? Coming out from San Diego, that would have been quite a shock to the system.


7 posted on 12/27/2010 1:38:08 PM PST by Defiant (There is no line on the march towards marxism that Democrats won't cross. Democrat=CPUSA)
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To: Track9

Oh, come on, the snowstorm hit the stadium with unfortunate timing, they couldn’t plow the field fast enough before the game started. What do you think the players should do, play in snowshoes instead of cleats?


8 posted on 12/27/2010 1:38:32 PM PST by NorthStarStateConservative (I'm just another disabled naturalized minority vegan pro life conservative.)
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To: Track9

The reason the game was postponed was to keep fifty thousand morons off the highways during a snowstorm.


9 posted on 12/27/2010 1:39:30 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: Defiant

The wind chill was the real killer. They freaked out the Chargers that day. One of the few truly great moments for those sorry Bengals. (Of course they were still under Paul Brown!)


10 posted on 12/27/2010 1:41:57 PM PST by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...
I might agree with Bunch on this one but he's still a Journolista
11 posted on 12/27/2010 1:44:06 PM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: upsdriver

The reason the game was postponed was to keep fifty thousand morons off the highways during a snowstorm.


You got that right! Eagles fans are the most disgusting fans in the NFL. The city has to keep a judge in the stadium during each game to handle the roughnecks. Take your children to an Eagles game? Forget it!


12 posted on 12/27/2010 1:44:50 PM PST by New Jersey Realist (Congress doesn't care a damn about "we the people")
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To: upsdriver
they didn't want someone to get killed over a snow ball fight
13 posted on 12/27/2010 1:45:40 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: fatnotlazy
Even if there were 11 inches in the city, the suburbs could have a lot more, and there are fans coming in from the suburbs. It’s just not safe for some people to go out in really bad weather. The Steelers played in quite a few bad weather games. Once it was snowing so badly, you couldn’t see the players, let alone the football. The refs often couldn’t tell where the yard lines were.

I agree that it's not safe for SOME people to go out in really bad weather but so what? If you are one of those people, then you have no business buying a ticket for a football game in December in the first place.

One of my fondest football memories are when the New England Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders in the Snow Bowl (below). Nobody could tell where the yard lines were and even the players had trouble seeing each other. But it was one of the most classic games ever played.

Now we will never know how many fond memories could have been created by last night's "snow game" that never was. Instead, they will play on Tuesday night in the snowless cold and if the Eagles lose Tuesday night, they will forever wonder what the outcome would have been had they been able to grapple with those Vikings out in the snow instead.


14 posted on 12/27/2010 1:50:01 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Track9

I also suppose they didn’t want to ruin those pink shoes they have been wearing the last few years.


15 posted on 12/27/2010 1:51:25 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: upsdriver; NorthStarStateConservative

There’s always excuses. That’s the main point of the article.


16 posted on 12/27/2010 1:52:37 PM PST by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: Track9

Wusses, every last one of them.


17 posted on 12/27/2010 1:53:38 PM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: Track9
Follow the money. The players are paid so much that the insurance companies made this call - injury probabilities skyrocketed with so much snow, and contracts lock the insurers into paying the players even if they're crippled.

Worrying about fan safety comes in somewhere down around concerns that the french fries will stay hot.

18 posted on 12/27/2010 1:57:56 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: Track9

It’s not an excuse, it’s simple physics. Football players who weigh anywhere from 180 lbs to 320 lbs cannot walk much less run, strafe and backpedal in 2 feet of snow without incuring career and maybe even life threatening injuries. They could either put on snowshoes or postpone the game.

The league made the right decision. And besides, the gametime temp on Teusday is going to be in the single digits, so they’re hardly wimping it out.

BTW, are you from the South or something? Just wondering since few people know what walking in 2 feet of snow actually feels like down south.


19 posted on 12/27/2010 2:00:32 PM PST by NorthStarStateConservative (I'm just another disabled naturalized minority vegan pro life conservative.)
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To: UB355

It seems some people have bought the idea that everything needs to be ‘managed’. I say, Hogwash.. bite the bullet and let it rip..! We’re not French.. we’re Americans for heaven sake.


20 posted on 12/27/2010 2:02:22 PM PST by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: SamAdams76

One of my fondest football memories are when the New England Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders in the Snow Bowl (below).


One of my favorite games of all time. I was enjoying a few scotches at the upstairs bar in Grill 23. Really a fun game.


21 posted on 12/27/2010 2:06:07 PM PST by warsaw44
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To: fatnotlazy
There was a bit of a difference between this game and ones of the past.

The game was scheduled to begin at 8:30 PM.

The game would not even be ending until midnight.I live in south jersey (atlantic county) andthe worst of the storm did not even hit until about that time.

I know a lot of folks are ticked off, but I think it was the right call.

22 posted on 12/27/2010 2:06:52 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware

One thing that no one thinks about is that road crews have to do their jobs, and they can’t with a bunch of football fans clogging up the roads and highways.

I love football as much as the next person, but the game is not so important to make clearing roads impossible and putting one’s life in danger.


23 posted on 12/27/2010 2:12:41 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: NorthStarStateConservative
First of all, there was not two feet of snow on the field last night. At game time, only about 5-6 inches had fallen and the total snowfall in Philly was 12.4 inches as of 11AM this morning. NFL games are routinely played in these conditions with minimal impact on the players.

In fact, the players seem to prefer snow games for the very reason the other players are not able to move quite as fast and if they are knocked down, they are cushioned by the blanket of snow. The fans also enjoy the games because there an an added element of unpredictability to them. Balls are more prone to come loose and turnovers play a larger role in determining the outcome of the game. Thus, the more disciplined team with a solid running game and good ball control will usually end up prevailing.

Also, are you aware of the fact that during snow games, when they go to commercial, the ground crews are out there sweeping excess snow off the field? So it is impossible for conditions to exist where players will be slogging through 2 feet of snow.

24 posted on 12/27/2010 2:13:31 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Talisker

That’s probably the truth. It’s the lawyers/insurance co’s fault. I doubt the players would be caught dead making excuses. Anyway, I guess it’s just a game.. and we live in a different world these days.. but I hope not forever.


25 posted on 12/27/2010 2:13:47 PM PST by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: SamAdams76
Speaking of the Patriots


26 posted on 12/27/2010 2:16:28 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: warsaw44

I remember the Grill 23. In high school, early 80’s, I used to valet for them. That was a good job. Larry Bird had a light blue Mercedes.


27 posted on 12/27/2010 2:23:16 PM PST by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: fatnotlazy
One thing that no one thinks about is that road crews have to do their jobs, and they can’t with a bunch of football fans clogging up the roads and highways.

Consider that Philadelphia has a metropolitan area of over six million people. Contending with maybe thirty thousand cars (if that) headed to a football game on a Sunday night is a walk in the park for the road crews who are more used to dealing with over a million vehicles at rush hour.

On top of that, when the game is in progress, the road crews have several hours with practically empty roads to do their work so the departing fans will have much better road conditions to contend with than rush-hour commuters during a Friday afternoon snowstorm.

C'mon, we aren't talking storm of the century here guys. This was nothing more than a routine snowstorm that we deal with at least several times a year here in the Northeast.

28 posted on 12/27/2010 2:24:22 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: upsdriver

My wife and I bundled up and walked over to the gin mill to watch the Patriots beat the Bills. It was 25F, an inch a hour of snow and horizontally wind. It was a blizzard with no salt on the roads and no snow plows.
It was beyond insane to get into a car unless you were going to an emergency room.
And then it froze over.
Most ticket holders cheered the decision.


29 posted on 12/27/2010 2:27:11 PM PST by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: NorthStarStateConservative
Oh, come on, the snowstorm hit the stadium with unfortunate timing, they couldn’t plow the field fast enough before the game started. What do you think the players should do, play in snowshoes instead of cleats?

Why not? It'd be entertaining, at least.

30 posted on 12/27/2010 2:36:25 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Track9

From Yahoo .....

Governor Ed Rendell joined countless fans upset about the game’s move to Tuesday when he told FOX News:

“It’s an absolute joke. I was looking forward to this. It would have been a real experience. This is what football is all about. We’re becoming a nation of wussies.”


31 posted on 12/27/2010 2:55:05 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: al_c

I saw that. With fast Eddy he probably had someone facebook it first to test sentiment.. isn’t that what Dimocrats and Journalisters do.. but maybe he’s got a streak of normal left after all.


32 posted on 12/27/2010 3:18:56 PM PST by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: SamAdams76
In fact, the players seem to prefer snow games for the very reason the other players are not able to move quite as fast

Which would have taken away a huge advantage the Eagles have in the game -- a very fast quarterback and receiver.

The Eagles have a chance to get a bye in the playoffs so I am not surprised Jeff Lurie had no problem moving the game to Tuesday.

33 posted on 12/27/2010 3:24:19 PM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: Tribune7

This decision may have saved lives.


34 posted on 12/27/2010 3:59:35 PM PST by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: AGreatPer

“This decision may have saved lives.”

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I agree. It was the right call.


35 posted on 12/27/2010 4:10:55 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: AGreatPer

And for the record, Ed Rendell is an idiot, and this proves it. Thank goodness he won’t be in office much longer.


36 posted on 12/27/2010 4:12:32 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Track9
Aren't Philly fans notorious for pelting opposing players with snowballs?

Maybe that's the real reason for the cancellation: too much ammunition in the stands.

37 posted on 12/27/2010 4:35:11 PM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: fatnotlazy

If I am not mistaken the mayor of Phila.declared a state of emergency beginning 2PM. I think that sealed the decision.


38 posted on 12/27/2010 4:45:33 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: fatnotlazy; Track9
Heard this stastic the other day, not sure I believe it.

On any given night, 5 million people in the USA are paying to see a sports event.

My point is, so what if one game is moved to another night. They will still get the TV money, maybe more because of a normal off night.

39 posted on 12/27/2010 4:46:53 PM PST by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: mware

“If I am not mistaken the mayor of Phila.declared a state of emergency beginning 2PM. I think that sealed the decision.”

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Probably. When we had a blizzard back in February, both local municipalities and the state declared an emergency, and people were ORDERED (not advised) to stay off the road. In fact, police were checking any vehicles on the road, and if you were not some kind of emergency personnel (such as fire, police, hospital employees and so on), you were fined and told to get off the road or you were sent back from wherever you came.

In my neck of the woods we have lousy roads. Streets are narrow and it’s difficult to get out of the way of snow removal equipment. Many roads are treacherous even in good weather. And then there are the drivers themselves. We get snow every year; yet most people are not prepared. And they drive too fast or stop suddenly or drive all over the road. Add some drunken fans on the road and we have a catastrophe in the making.


40 posted on 12/27/2010 5:00:29 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Track9

[Excerpt]..Emergency? These “emergencies” have a way of working themselves out. Fans who really feel uncomfortable driving in this type of weather - and that’s their God-given right - knew the risks of snow when they bought their tickets; some would have elected to stay home and watch on TV. But most Eagles ticketholders were looking forward to this.

In fact, a lot more than usual would have come to the game by subway instead of by car. That’s one of the many reasons Philadelphia has an underground subway line - IT GETS PLACES IN THE SNOW!!! The remaining fans who did drive would have a slog, to be sure - but there’d be fewer cars on the road generally, so it might be a wash. You don’t know until you try.

Apparently the Eagles’ official No. 1 Fan agrees with me on this one. Gov. Rendell told KYW-TV last night that he also disagreed with the postponement – “This is football,” he said, “football’s played in bad weather” – and made many of the same arguments about the subway and major highways remaining open. Even worse, he said in response to a question that legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi would “be mocking us.” [End Excerpt]


41 posted on 12/27/2010 11:20:35 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: NorthStarStateConservative; Track9
BTW, are you from the South or something? Just wondering since few people know what walking in 2 feet of snow actually feels like down south.

I cannot speak for Track9 but as for me, I was born in Fargo ND and raised in Duluth. I noticed from your previous handle that you live in Minneapolis. Well, when I was growing up, we had a common saying amongst my friends,
"If you live South of Cloguet, you might as well live in Florida, because you don't know what cold really is."
I posted an article on Dec 15 with a comment I made to it about the Minn Chicago game that was to be played out doors at the UM stadium. I made the comment on the Star Tribune site that had the story. comment I put on the MST website, to a story about the Vikings complaining they had to play in the cold last week.

Anyway, these players make more in a year than 99% of Americans make in a lifetime, and all we ask is that they league and the players play the game when it's scheduled and quit making excuses why they cannot play. We all have to do things we don't want to do to feed our families, but we do not get the luxury to say that we make too much money to risk injury doing what we chose to do. We do it, or our families don't eat.

Bud Grant, Tarkenton, Paige, Eller, Kapp, and others paid their dues so that these overpaid whiners can make millions while complaining about the weather conditions. Play for what we pay you through our buying the product, or take your ass off the field permanently and quit trying to call yourself real men. Because real men are putting their lives on the line everyday over in Afghanistan to give you the freedom to get paid while playing a game.
42 posted on 12/28/2010 11:27:37 PM PST by OneVike (An ashamed Viking fan, and a Christian waiting to go home)
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