Postponement of game gets mixed reviews
PHILADELPHIA — Are you ready for some Tuesday Night Football?
The NFL moved the Vikings-Eagles game from last night to tomorrow because of a blizzard that dumped more than a foot of snow on Philadelphia.
The game — the first on a Tuesday since 1946 — will be played at 8 p.m., and televised nationally by NBC.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter declared a snow emergency at 2 p.m. yesterday. “We are urging all Philadelphians, please be careful, please be safe,’’ the mayor told reporters in a news conference yesterday morning at City Hall.
The decision to postpone the game came shortly after noon — before there was any snow accumulation in Philadelphia.
The postponement did not sit well with Governor Ed Rendell, who told KYW-TV he did “not at all’’ agree with the decision.
“This is football; football’s played in bad weather,’’ Rendell said. “I think the fans would have gotten there, the subways work and the major arteries are still open, and other fans would have stayed home — but you play football regardless of the weather.’’
The governor, who does football commentaries after Eagles games, also said the decision would be a “serious handicap’’ for the Eagles and was unfair to the team.
“I, for one, was looking forward to sitting in the stands throughout the snow and seeing an old-time football game,’’ Rendell said.
Asked what Vince Lombardi would say about the decision, Rendell said, “he’d be mocking us.’’
Eagles coach Andy Reid agreed with the league’s decision. “We’re OK with it,’’ he said. “We’re organized and prepared for this, and we completely support what the league did from a safety standpoint for everybody. We got the guys out of the hotel and home, and they’ll come back for a walkthrough tomorrow and then to the hotel, and it will be just like a Saturday night before a Sunday game.’’
Minnesota (5-9) is out of playoff contention. The Eagles (10-4) clinched the NFC East with yesterday’s loss by the Giants.