Rendell slams decision to postpone Eagles game

"I think it's a joke," Governor Ed Rendell said of the decision to postpone the Eagles game. (Sarah J. Glover / Staff File Photo)

Add Governor Ed Rendell to the list of people who think the Eagles should have gone ahead and played Sunday night's game against the Vikings as scheduled.

Rendell ripped the decision to postpone the game during an interview with FOX 29 Sunday night.

"I think it's a joke," Rendell said. "I mean, we cancel the game and there's less than 3 inches of snow in Montgomery County, where a lot of our fans come from. There's less than 2 inches in Wilimington where a lot of our fans come from. In Philadelphia, we've got a great subway system. Broad Street is fine. The Parkway is fine. 95 and the Expressway are clear. I think the fans can make their own judgements about their own safety. This is football. Good lord, Vince Lombardi would be spinning in his grave if we cancelled a football game over this amount of snow."

Rendell and John Bolaris actually got in a mini-argument over whether Philadelphia had gotten around 5 inches or 7 inches of snow.

"It's a decision that fans make for themselves," Rendell continued. "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. As I said, we haven't had one incident on our roads. The roads are all clear. We've got a great subway system. And it's football. Good lord, you schedule a football game for Dec. 26, and you expect that you might have snow."

Ron Fritz of The Baltimore Sun points out in a blog post that the Ravens and Bears played last year in Baltimore after a blizzard hit the region. He argues that Baltimore must just be tougher than Philadelphia when it comes to snow.

Video of the Rendell interview is embedded below.

If you're looking for actual football-related information, I posted updated Eagles playoff scenarios on Sunday evening.

And as you probably know by now, Eagles-Cowboys in Week 17 has been moved to a 4:15 p.m. start. Bears-Packers is also a 4:15 kickoff so the Birds will not know when they take the field next weekend whether their game has meaning or not.

In other words, unless they lose to the Vikings Tuesday, the starters will (and should) play the whole game against Dallas.

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