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“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. About a foot of snow fell on Philadelphia, though less than 5 inches was on the ground before the scheduled 8:20 p.m. ET Sunday kickoff. 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. "We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything," he added. "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." But Eagles president Joe Banner said the team has been getting calls from fans and ticket-holders supporting the NFL's decision. "Based on the feedback we got on this decision it is one of the most popular decisions we have ever made," Banner told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio Tuesday. For his part, Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe also was surprised by the league's decision. "The roads are bad for East Coast standards," Shiancoe said. "But if this was in the Midwest there would be no way that this would be delayed. No way it would be delayed in the Midwest. No way. ... It's something that baffles me. But I'm not here to make decisions on when games are played."
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?” -- Ed Rendell, governor of Pennsylvania