ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports:
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell raised eyebrows Sunday when he complained that the NFL postponed the planned Philadelphia Eagles games against the Minnesota Vikings because of the snowstorm that crippled much of the East Coast.
He quibbled Sunday with a Philadelphia meteorologist Sunday about the severity of the storm. Rendell’s anger at the postponed game carried into Tuesday, when he called into “The Fanatic” sports talk show on a Philadelphia radio station and expressed his fear that the United States is becoming a “nation of wussies.”
Engaging in a bit of hyperbole, Rendell suggested that Chinese football fans would be heartier, march through the snow to the game, and do math equations; whereas the American NFL postponed Sunday’s game.
Here are some of the choicer soundbytes selected from Monday’s lengthy exchange between Rendell and show anchor Mike Missanelli:
RENDELL: Maybe it’s because I’m old, and I grant that I’m old. But it just goes against everything that football’s all about.
RENDELL: This is part of what’s happened in this country. I think we’ve become wussies. I agree with Will Bunch and I think that in most places in the world, people would have sneered at us. This is football. I played football. I played in the snow. The fans can make judgments themselves. They can decide if they’ll go to the game—or they’ll drive home a little more slowly, or take Broad Street, which was fine last night. That’s up to the fans.
RENDELL: We have become a nation of wussies. The Chinese are kicking our butts in everything. Will Bunch is right—did you read what Will Bunch wrote?
ANCHOR: I think Will Bunch is full of crap to be honest with you. I read that story.
RENDELL: I think it’s a Pulitzer Prize winner. If this was in China, do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? He’s right, the people would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked, and they would be doing calculus on the way down.
RENDELL: What do you think Lombardi would say? He would say we’ve become a nation of wusses.
Listen to the interview HERE.
UPDATE: Gov. Rendell addressed his comments on ABC News’ “Top Line” Friday: