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Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is an honest man who has spoken truth to power.
God bless Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. Sure, he’s a liberal Democrat and a loyal party apparatchik, but he’s also a straight shooter. And so, he doesn’t feed you a line of bull. Instead, he tells it like it is.
And Rendell absolutely hit the bull’s-eye with his much-discussed comments about Roger Goodell and the National Football league suits who had the gall to cancel Sunday night’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings.
Indeed, Rendell made telling and poignant points about the wussification of America, and the liberal-corporate paternalism that has taken hold, and which seeks to eliminate any and all risk — and thus, any and all fun — from life.
Goodell canceled the game because, get this: there was too much snow. No, I’m not kidding. There was too much snow, said Goodell and the league hierarchy. So the game had to be canceled, rescheduled, and played two days later (last night).
Why, fans traveling in the snow might slip and fall and hurt themselves! Or worse yet, they might get into a car accident. So we have to protect people from themselves. We have to “ensure public safety.”
This was too much for Rendell, who didn’t hesitate to denounce this nonsense, and in no uncertain terms.
“I think it’s a joke,” the tough-talking Pennsylvanian told Fox 29 News in Philadelphia Sunday night.
I mean, we canceled the game and there’s less than three inches of snow in Montgomery County, where a lot of our fans come from. There’s less than two inches in Wilmington, 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 judgments about their own safety. This is football. Good Lord: Vince Lombardi would be spinning in his grave that we canceled a football game with this amount of snow….
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. Our roads are all clear. We have 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.
The next day, on a Philadelphia sports radio show, 97.5’s The Fanatic, Rendell continued to speak truth to power:
I think it goes against everything that football’s all about… There’s no cancelation for bad weather in football. It’s never happened before…
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