ESPN reports: The city of Philadelphia is set to host the NFL’s first Tuesday night game in 64 years [against the MN Vikings], and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D) couldn’t be more upset about it. “It goes against everything that football is all about,” Rendell said.
The NFL cited the winter storm that wound up slamming most of the East Coast as the reason for the change, but elected to postpone the game before any snow had even accumulated. Rendell viewed the NFL’s decision as a referendum on the toughness, or lack thereof, of the United States.
“My biggest beef is that this is part of what’s happened in this country,” Rendell said:
“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.” (more here)
I’ll leave you to unpack the global politics here.