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  1. Patsfanin Philly

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    No Ed, you can't have it both ways..............


    New York hard hit as winter storm slams northeast - Yahoo! News


    "It's an absolute joke," Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, a big Eagles fan, told Fox. "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," Rendell said.

    Yet this past February (2010) during another snowstorm he said, …
    Rendell closes interstates, including I-78 and I-176 in Berks

    For your safety, do not drive,” Rendell said. “You will risk your life and, potentially, the lives of others if you get stuck on highways or any road.

    And he seems to have forgotten the lessons of the February 2007 storm when people were stranded for over 24 hours on the highway….
    Motorists Outraged by I-78 Debacle 2/16/07 | 13abc.com

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    I don't think I've ever heard a politician intelligently comment on anything sports-related. It always seems to bite them in the butt.
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    Yes, but honestly, it was not that bad in Philly. 10-12 inches in total. Those earlier snowstorms that closed the highways were 18-24 inches and were on top of more snow.

    Last nights game was called prematurely. I think they were expecting it to be a lot worse than it was.
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    Well, this IS the same state that produced Arlen "Single Bullet Theory" Specter... ;)
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    Politicians and sports a very bad mix..
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    Philly weighs in on the No Fun League... The Wimps Who Stole Christmas | Philadelphia Daily News | 12/27/2010

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    A longtime Penn tradition of idiot pols. Senator Comcast was from PA. Thankfully the bozo just got booted out of office.
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    You do not take risks when in doubt, good call.
    A couple deadly bad traffic accidents and they will get sued.
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    I'd look at it from the angle of if I had bought tickets to see the game, which means your probably spending some $$$ and couldn't get there due to the weather conditions, I'd be pretty p'od.
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    Why let facts get in the way of political correctness. If the head politician (being the politically correct weasel all politicians are) of the State in which "fans would die" can act like he has a set, I'm pretty sure the rest of us can. Not sure where all this "fans dying" and "storm of the century" stuff is coming from, but the totals in Philadelphia don't support these contentions:

    National Weather Service Text Product Display

    The total as of 8AM this morning was only 12" - why stop at 12" of snow? Wouldn't 5"-8" pose a substantial risk (actually during game time this is all there was)? How about freezing rain? How about bitter cold? I'm sure more than one fan's car has broken down on the way home and caused that fan to be stuck for hours in the freezing cold. Maybe the police/emergency management should make the call? With this ruling the NFL has placed itself as the arbiter of risk, from now on, as regards public safety. They shouldn't have gotten into this game. Their only concern should have been players' safety on the field. Have they set a precedent? What happens during a fan fatality the next time they decide not to postpone an event during similar conditions (say in Green Bay or Minnesota?).
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    Who knows? that's what maybe happened, the experts advised them to postpone it, there must be some sort of procedure, that nfl follows for this situation.
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    I doubt the Governor would be making these statements if his State Police or Emergency Management Dept. told the NFL to cancel the event....:rolleyes: IMO, the NFL f----d up by setting this precedent - and that is why the Governor jumped all over them. Can anyone remember the NFL cancelling another game for "fan safety only" as the given reason?

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20101227_The_Wimps_Who_Stole_Christmas.html
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    The NFL wants Vick out there running around making spectacular plays.

    Vick plays like crap when it's cold, so the game was cancelled. That simple.
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    That's definitly part of it, and now the precident is set for when the Colts, for example, have to come to Foxboro in the playoffs and flurries are predicted. You all might be singing a different tune when that happens, not if that happens.
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    qft (and this is the real reason I'm so pissed at Goodussy).
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    Over the years, with advanced scientific technology, Specter's once scoffed-at "Single Bullet Theory" turns out to be a "Single Bullet Fact".
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    If 50 mph winds are expectd and the governor himself is advising people to stay off the streets, then how does it make sense to have a football game? They postpone games for lightning, don't they?

    Also makes for a very bad, boring game when you can't see the field and the players can't either.
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    Rendell is such a jerk. Of course postponing the game was the right thing to do. You don't put 70,000 fans and their vehicles in the city during a blizzard. It creates a dangerous situation for those same fans and for the crews who need to plow and/or utilize (fire, rescue, police) those streets.
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    bunch of babies in the NFL i tell you..they would never cancel a game in NE..unless there is 9 feet and earthquakes going on all day :D
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    Yep. Sounds like an indignant Eagles fan. :D
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    I agree that the NFL should have postponed that game last night. I am 100% sure they would not have played last night in Foxboro if a game had been scheduled here.
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    So if there's a blizzard for the Super Bowl in New York, which Goodel campaigned for, will they postpone it?
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    They didn't cancel the Beanpot (a Hockey tournament between Boston College, BU, Harvard and Northeastern) during the Blizzard of '78 so a few thousand fans got to live in the Boston Garden for 3 or 4 days. Luckily it wasn't a Bruins game vs Montreal, and doubly so since the old Garden was a building, not an outdoor stadium.
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    Big difference between playing the Beanpot in a small city like Boston with 4 city schools involved and an NFL game with 70,000 fans coming from all over.
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    Why don't you let the individual ticket holder decide if it is too dangerous to be out. Some of us still have functioning brains (well, maybe a few of us, then again it is Philly, oh well.)
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    Yeah, what he said.
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    Well, yes and no. I've seen the more recent documentaries that show how it could very well be true. But when Specter came up with it, they were still using the erroneous data, and for it to be true the bullet had to be doing all sorts of crazy things. You see what I'm saying?
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    For all of you agreeing with Goodussy, will you at least acknowledge that a precedent has been set? Fact: There was a total of 12” of snow in Philadelphia @ 8AM this morning and only about 5” – 7” during what would have been game time. Wouldn't a prediction of 5"-10" of snow with heavy winds also pose a substantial risk? Shouldn’t all future games meeting this scenario be cancelled? Are you aware that this was a nor’easter up the coast; Philadelphia was not in the path of the blizzard? Do you understand the tuck game would have been postponed?

    As I previously stated, with this ruling the NFL has placed itself as the arbiter of risk, from now on, as regards public safety. They shouldn't have gotten into this game. Their only concern should have been players’ safety on the field. They set a precedent - what happens during a fan fatality the next time they decide not to postpone an event during similar conditions (say in Green Bay or Minnesota?). They will now have to defend a lawsuit with this decision entered as evidence with some defense attorney undoubtedly trying to use this decision as a litmus test.
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    How about they require all Northeast and Midwest teams to build domes so they don't get any of that nasty rain or snow. Better yet why don't we just move all the games to San Diego or Hawaii, a perfect 70 -80 degress and sunny almost every day. Maybe San Diego with a dome. They could rename the league Arena League 3. Now that the Pats have clinched homefield advantage, let's hope only for good weather or else Goodell might move the game to an indoor neutral site.
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    Well that's just it, a dome won't help because the NFL is in the public safety business now. Unless everyone is allowed to sleep over there should be no more football in nasty weather from now on. This commissioner is a azzhole. First the "I'll decide what's a legal hit" crap & now this - the owners need to jettison him ASAP.
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