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Ensconsed at The Linc

  • Blog Post by: Jim Souhan
  • December 28, 2010 - 5:08 PM

I'm still shocked that Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell called this a ``nation of wussies'' because the Eagles cancelled a football game during a snowstorm.

Really? Pardon me for sounder younger than I am, but this is just the latest example of someone espousing ``The Good Ol' Days When Men Were Men and Women Couldn't Vote.''

How old does this guy sound? I'm thinking Jurrasic Park, high-school-roommates-with-Sid old.

Cancelling a football game because fans who paid exhorbitant prices for their tickets won't crash or die on the highways doesn't make this a nation of softies. It's another sign of progress.

If you're Rendell, maybe you'd like to go back to the days when seat belts weren't mandatory (and more people died in car wrecks); smoking was ``cool'' (and more people died of lung cancer, even those who didn't smoke); concussions were ``cobwebs'' (hmmmm, maybe we've found Rendell's problem); and drinking and driving was just the best way to get to the bar on Saturday night (or are we softies for not being able to navigate with a cut-glass tumbler filled wiht a Manhattan in our hands?)

Rendell probably thinks ``Mad Men'' is the way life should be. Smoke and drink at work, sexually harass women, leave your trash in Central Park and call it ``The American Dream.''

To reiterate: Cancelling the game to protect the safety of their fans on Sunday night was a smart call by the Eagles.

The travesty is in letting TV dictate that the game be played on Tuesday night, instead of Monday night. That's when greed overwhelmed logic.

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Rendell said "Vince Lombardi would be spinning in his grave.''

Monday, he said in an interview on 97.5 radio in Philadelphia: "My biggest beef is that this is part of what's happened in this country. 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."

Yes, if more people would have gotten into car accidents on the way to a football game, that would help us catch the Chinese in calculus. Sounds logical to me.

In my day, we drank castor oil and walked uphill both ways to school and watched two channels of black-and-white TV and died young AND WE LIKED IT!

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Heartening to see the Wolves win two in a row. Seriously.

This is a much more talented group than last year's team. Michael Beasley seems to be learning how to score with the game on the line. Luke Ridnour and Jonny Flynn have improved their play at point guard.

This team isn't going to contend anytime soon, but if you add Ricky Rubio and another high draft pick to this collection, basketball at Target Center could suddenly become interesting, and what more can you ask after a half-decade of putridness?

Whatever you think of David Kahn, he's upgraded the talent in the starting lineup.

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Even though I see the Vikings finishing the season with a four-game losing streak, I'd still give the head coaching job to Leslie Frazier. It's not his fault this is a bad team.

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Upcoming: If my flight gets home on time, I"ll be on 1500ESPN from 2-6 Wednesday through Friday, before leaving for Detroit and the Vikings' finale on Saturday.

I"ll do Sunday Sports Talk (10-noon) from Detroit this week.

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