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Tuesday Night Football - The debate has been raging since the NFL moved the Sunday Night game to tonight in Philadelphia, because of a blizzard that was scheduled to hit with full force on Sunday. Did the NFL and the home team Eagles do the right thing? Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania complained publicly yesterday, saying that “this is part of the wussification of America.”

I think they should have played this game on Sunday night, and I agree with some of Rendell’s sentiments (those that deal with playing football in the elements and memorable games). I can comfortably say this as someone who would have watched the game on TV from a thousand miles away and didn’t have to deal with getting there. I’m not going to say that it represents anything larger about society, though. I’m also glad I wasn’t one of the decision makers responsible for making this call at the time it had to be made.

Tuesday Night Football

Let’s ask this question: are there any circumstances under which a game should be moved? The answer is yes, right? We can’t believe that the game must always go on because it’s football, and football is played in any conditions.

We’ve seen it with external issues that affected a stadium, like the Metrodome last week, or the wildfires in Southern California a few years ago. That wasn’t the case here, as the game could have been played in bad weather conditions. Surely, though, the weather conditions can be so bad that we have to move a game, even if this wasn’t it. They moved the game between Kansas City and Miami back in 2005 up to a Friday because of a projected hurricane that was going to hit Miami by Sunday.

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