Could the NFL now stand for “No Fun League”?
It sure sounds that way in the eyes of many Philadelphia Eagles fans when the Sunday evening NFL game between the Eagles and the Vikings got canceled and moved to Tuesday evening, a first since 1948 for two pro football teams to play.
From the Philadelphia Daily News website and by what I have read, folks in the legendary city of “brotherly love” is none too happy:”That’s why the decision by the NFL and the Eagles, with input from the city of Philadelphia, to postpone last night’s game because of a snowstorm that isn’t really all that (we might get 11 inches in the city – not exactly Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer territory, not even close) is more than downright disappointing.
This is the height of wimpiness, and the girly men who made this sad decision should be ashamed of themselves. The NFL has been rightfully called the No Fun League for a number of years, but this takes that to a whole embarrassing new level. In fact, let’s name names here: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Eagles’ owner Jeff Lurie and president Joe Banner, and Mayor Nutter – you are the Wimps Who Stole Christmas from football fans in Philadelphia.”
Going on further, which shows how shocked the sports writer is:”Which is why I was stunned to see this news release from the NFL:
“Due to public safety concerns in light of today’s snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight’s Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of tonight’s storm and its aftermath, the game will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared. The National Weather Service states that a winter storm warning in Philadelphia remains in effect until 1 p.m. on Monday . . . “
This is coming at a time when the Eagles are on a role, with great playoff prospects this game delayed until Tuesday evening must be a BIG LETDOWN for the Eagles fans. In my time, I have seen a number of NFL teams play in the snow. What were the NFL thinking when they decided to cancel this game?
Are we slowly becoming a “nanny nation?” By the looks of things, it sure does. All I could is hang in there Eagles fans, the game will get played come Tuesday night.
One paragraph which is truly spot on is how this is a sad sign of the times that we live in:”Ultimately, life is all about risk management, and the reward of football in the snow – so often a beautiful thing – means that thousands of fans, not to mention the players and coaches who seem disappointed and befuddled by this decision, were willing to take a few risks to see it. You know, a term that gets used a lot in the great political debate – overused, in my opinion – is whether America has become “a nanny state.” Usually I’m on the other side (like when it comes to health care, in which . . . oh, never mind), but in this case I think here it’s perfectly OK to channel your Inner Rush Limbaugh and say that “the nanny state” killed this football game.”
“No Fun League” INDEED!
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