That's the judgment of Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania after the National Football League canceled the Eagles-Vikings game on Sunday and moved it to last night:
We've become a nation of wussies. The Chinese are kicking our butts in everything," Ed Rendell, the governor of the eastern state, told a Philadelphia radio station.
Mr Rendell was upset about the National Football League's decision to postpone the Philadelphia Eagles' home game against the Minnesota Vikings scheduled on Sunday due to snow.
"If this was in China, do you think the Chinese would have called off the game?" Mr Rendell said.
"The people would have been marching down to the stadium. They would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down,"
For the record; there were 8 inches of snow inside the stadium on Sunday night with winds blowing up to 50 MPH and impassable streets. Trying to shoehorn 70,000 people into that stadium on a night of dangerous, below zero cold, with parking lots unusable and public transportation almost non existent would have been an exercise in futility. Most fans wouldn't have gotten within 10 miles of the stadium.
A couple of inches of snow or even bone chilling cold is one thing. Just ask fans in Pittsburgh, or Buffalo, or Chicago, Green Bay and other venues where they play outdoors. Is Rendell calling those fans wussies? Better not. But the conditions on Sunday night were such that it is doubtful more than a few thousand fans could have made it to the stadium anyway, not to mention putting them at risk with the extreme cold and wind. Even walking to and from one's car would have been fraught with danger.
Haven't seen Ed braving even moderately cold weather in the stands to watch the Eagles or Steelers play. No doubt he would be nice and toasty in one of the sky boxes if he did attend. Before he calls Green Bay fans wussies, maybe he should recall the NFL championship game of 1967 where the game time temp was 13 below zero with windchills making it seem like 48 below. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that the modern incarnation Packer fan would gladly sit in the stands if similar conditions were to occur.