Sunday, February 13, 2011

this sport reserved for non-wussies

for posterity's sake:

pennsylvania governor ed rendell at the
rescheduled vikings/eagles game
tuesday december 28, 2010,Tuesday, December 28, 2010; 4:49 PM

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell spoke out against the NFL's decision move the Minnesota Vikings - Philadelphia Eagles game to Tuesday night because of the blizzard. As Cindy Boren reported:

After calling the postponement "a joke" and saying that "Vince Lombardi would be spinning in his grave," on Sunday, his anger was unabated Monday, when he made frequent use of the "w" word.

"My biggest beef is that this is part of what's happened in this country," Rendell said in an interview on 97.5 radio in Philly. "I think we've become wussies. ... We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything. If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game.

People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down."

He needs to focus on the big picture: Moving the game to Tuesday -- the NFL's first on that day since 1946 -- means that there have been NFL games on four of the last five days. Who doesn't like that?

Jonathan Capehart agrees with Rendell, mostly:

"A nation of wusses"?! Ouch! But he's got a point. With our padded playgrounds and safety helmets, the next generation perhaps will never know the joys of and lessons learned from a skinned knee or an ill-advised trick on a bike, rollerblades or skateboard. What I take issue with is Rendell's musings on the Chinese. Yes, the people would have been marching down to the stadium -- by order of the state.

the following game between the pens and isles ended up with these suspensions:  eric goddard (pitt,) automatic 10-game for leaving the bench...trevor gillies (nyi) nine games for delivering a blow to the head of pittsburgh's eric tangradi...matt martin four games for punching pittsburgh's max talbot from behind...apparently the nhl also thought that the isles were out of line, especially when you throw in the call-up of ahl tough-guy for the game, michael haley, and fined the team $100k...

the pens/isle melee' was on the heels of a brawl between original-six rivals montreal and boston...the fights featured habs goalie carey price and bruins goalie tim thomas do-si-do in a feingned also drew some high-browed disdain from pti co-hosts tony kornheiser and mike wilbon...

wonder what governor rendell thinks of these two hockey games?

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