Eagles-Vikings Tuesday night football to make history
December 27th, 2010
01:09 PM ET

Eagles-Vikings Tuesday night football to make history

Forget that the 5-9 Minnesota Vikings were pretty terrible even before Brett Favre began showing his age and before star running back Adrian Peterson banged up his leg.

Forget that the 10-4 Philadelphia Eagles have been one of the most dominant teams all year, have already clinched a playoff spot and are Las Vegas' two-touchdown favorite in the game.

Forget that the Green Bay Packers have already handed the Eagles their division title by pummeling the New York Giants for them.

This game will be historic no matter what. Why? Well, because pro football hasn't been played on a Tuesday in more than six decades.

That probably won't be enough to buoy the spirits of Vikings fans, who not only have lost all hope of postseason action, but who also temporarily lost their stadium earlier this month when the roof of the Metrodome collapsed under the weight of snow.

Expect no redux this week, because Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field is outdoors - which seems, at least to this humble fan, like a better place to play football anyway.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell seemed to concur when he slammed the NFL on Sunday night for postponing the game, originally scheduled for Sunday. Citing public safety, the league rescheduled the matchup after Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter declared a snow emergency. But as Rendell emphatically pointed out, the snow didn't fall quite as heavily as predicted.

"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 if we canceled a football game over this amount of snow," he said, according to philly.com.

Rendell got into a little tussle with a weatherman over the exact amount of white stuff that fell on eastern Pennsylvania and went on to explain that all the major highways and the subway system were operating without incident.

"I think 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," he continued.

Of course, Rendell is a rabid Eagles fan - so dedicated, in fact, that in 1989 he paid an Eagles fan in the stands to hurl a snowball onto the field during a game against the archrival Dallas Cowboys. Several similarly classy fans followed suit.

This is one of a series of incidents which make observers question whether Philadelphia's moniker "City of Brotherly Love" extends to its local sports fans (at least since 1968, when the fans also chucked snowballs at Santa Claus).

So, with that context in mind, decide for yourself if Rendell is really upset about the weather, or if he is more concerned that the Eagles will now have only five days to rest before playing host to the lame-duck Cowboys, who have nothing to lose but plenty to steal: With a win, Dallas could dash Philly's chance for a first-round bye in the playoffs.

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  1. Lovley

    Clearly this idiot does not care about the safety of others and tax payer dollars. I can only guess how much fire and ambulance would be called because of traffic accidents and idiot drivers getting caught up somewhere.

    December 28, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. tomcat

    @Eliott I am glad that you will interact with the masses. Using this canvas to convey your ideas or thoughts opens ones self to a myriad of opinions. My point was that most people use these forums for hit and run attacks on anothers ideas. Also, you must admit that some of CNNs reporters have been less than par. The incidents of grammatical, spelling and just plain lack of researh has reached scary levels. The negative respnnces you have received could have been avoided by not dredging up Philis trangressions. At the least a little poke at Bretts issues may have equalled the field.. While I dont care about either team, the actions of a few do not portray a city, country or religion. Thanks

    December 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tomcat

    sorry research

    December 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kim

    Just build a dome. I am surprised that snow postpone game oh well.

    December 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big Joe

    Yea, just build a dome like the Eskimos; and do it overnight.

    December 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anita F.N. Drink

    Wow I didn't think it would ever at all be possible... but thanks to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell... NYS acting Gov. David Patterson, is no longer the biggest embarrassment as sitting Gov. in the USA! On behalf of all NYS thanks Rendell !

    December 29, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
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