Monday, August 3, 2015

Eagles and NFL made the right call

There’s nothing better than football played in the snow — especially when viewed from the living room sofa with a cold beverage and warm flames crackling in the fireplace.

Eagles and NFL made the right call

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Inside Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, crews moved mountains to get the field ready for some football. Their labor will pay off Tuesday night, when the Eagles and Vikings actually play. (Yong Kim/Staff)
Inside Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, crews moved mountains to get the field ready for some football. Their labor will pay off Tuesday night, when the Eagles and Vikings actually play. (Yong Kim/Staff)

There’s nothing better than football played in the snow — especially when viewed from the living room sofa with a cold beverage and warm flames crackling in the fireplace.

That explains why many fans were rightly upset that the Eagles-Vikings game was moved to Tuesday night. But the decision by the NFL and the Eagles to postpone the game was the proper one.
 

With a massive storm hammering much of the Northeast on Sunday, there were legitimate public safety concerns to warrant rescheduling the game. Mayor Nutter issued a snow emergency and asked motorists to stay off the roads to give crews time to work.
 

With the game scheduled to start after 8 p.m., it made no sense to have thousands of fans — including many who would have spent the day tailgating — driving to the game or home in the middle of a storm that blanketed the city in a foot of snow, and snarled roads and public transportation.
 

Gov. Rendell, who has spent much of his recent adult life getting chauffeured, called the decision a “joke,” and complained that “we’re becoming a nation of wussies.”
 

The soon-to-be former governor is flat wrong. It took more courage to do the right thing and postpone the game. Go Eagles!
 

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