"Due to public safety concerns in light of today's snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight's Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of tonight's storm and its aftermath, the game will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared. The National Weather Service states that a winter storm warning in Philadelphia remains in effect until 1 p.m. on Monday . . . "
That from the NFL league office. This from a league that made its name, in part, because of the "frozen tundra of Lambeau Field" (a popular phrase that was never uttered by John Facenda, in actuality) and the Ice Bowl
and the Sneakers Game
... games played in abjectly adverse conditions by legends like Bart Starr, Jerry Kramer, Lee Roy Jordan, Bronko Nagurski and Mel Hein. Legendary NFL players playing in epically horrible weather conditions. That is the NFL.
How fun was watching that game last Monday night at the Minnesota Gophers' outdoor stadium between the Vikings and the Chicago Bears? After years of playing indoors at the Metrodome (whose roof collapsed under the weight of the snow prompting the move outdoors), weren't you thinking that the Vikings should have been playing outdoors all along?
And this is Philadelphia for cryin' out loud. If they were concerned with "safety" in Philadelphia then the Eagles, Sixers, Flyers and Phillies would never have any home games.
And this is football... wait, no it isn't. This isn't football, anymore. Call it what you want but just don't call it football. It's a disgrace.
Via Deadspin, here is what Philly looked like at the time the game would have kicked-off.
And here's what it looked like after the game would've ended.
Yep. That's a lot of snow. A quantity of snow that may... may... have warranted a postponement in San Diego but not nearly anywhere else. Again, it's not football, it's a disgrace.