Monday, March 30, 2015

Rendell calls NFL “wimps”

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"Terrible idea," Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said moments before the kickoff of Tuesday night's game between the Eagles and Minnesota Vikings. "Too many people have to get out of work to try to get to this game."

Of course, that's also the case for Monday Night Football. But Rendell has been in a bit of a combative mood with regard to the NFL and its decision to postpone the Eagles' game from Sunday night to Tuesday night.

Rendell kept up his criticism before the game.

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"I stand by what I said," Rendell said. "People all over the country have been incredibly critical of the NFL's decision.

"Football is a game that's meant to be played in all kinds of conditions. Some of the great football games of our times have been played in bad weather. That's what football is all about."

Rendell said that an hour before Sunday night's scheduled kickoff that there was "five inches of snow in Philadelphia and less than three inches in Montgomery County and less than two inches in Wilmington.

"It was a joke," he said Tuesday night. "Vince Lombardi is turning over in his grave."

Just then, Rendell was approached by a fan who asked the governor to pose for a photo.

"Wimps," the fan said.

"Wimps," Rendell said in agreement.


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