Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings in a game that should
have been played on Sunday. Instead, the game was postponed because of a so-called blizzard that was expected to hit Philly. (Officially, 12.4 inches of snow were measured at the airport there.)
Lamenting the "wussification of America," Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (apparently one of the few "John Waynes" left out there) probably put it best when he noted,
"Vince Lombardi would be spinning in his grave."
He also added: "If this was China, do you think the Chinese would have called off the game?"
If this were another sport, of course, it might be easy to avoid predicting this as a sign of the apocalypse. But football is supposed to be
played in bad weather conditions.
The NFL, after all, should be praying for more snow games not less. Bad weather games are good for the sport's "brand," and fun to watch (on TV, if not in person).
In his famous skit juxtaposing football and baseball, the late comedian George Carlin observed
Football is played in any kind of weather: Rain, sleet, snow, hail, mud -- can't read the numbers on the field, can't read the yard markers, can't read the player's numbers -- the struggle will continue. . . .
In baseball, if it rains, we don't come out to play.
Until now, Carlin was right about football. Professional football has a long and storied tradition of playing in bad weather. As the Philadelphia Daily News' Will Bunch recently noted
That's right -- these are the games that are often remembered for decades to come.
And it's not like this happened in San Diego or Jacksonville. Philadelphia is a tough sports town
. These are the fans, after all, who necessitated building a jail in Veterans Stadium, who booed Santa, and who throw batteries at people, for crying out loud.
Is this the moment we all finally realize namby-pamby, politically correct "nanny staters" have taken over football, too?