The National Football League has just announced that the game scheduled to be played between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia this evening has been postponed.â†µâ†µ
It will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST); this has undoubtedly been done to protect the NFL's Monday night franchise on ESPN. This Monday's game between the Saints and Falcons has playoff implications for the Saints; the Vikings/Eagles game also has playoff implications for the Eagles, as well as the New York Giants.â†µâ†µ
For people who have, on Twitter, criticized the NFL for not being "real men" and not playing in bad winter weather conditions, citing the "Ice Bowl" in Green Bay in 1967 and the -50 wind chill in Cincinnati for the AFC Championship Game in 1981, this is different. More than a foot of snow is expected before and during the game, along with winds that may exceed 40 miles per hour. That makes conditions dangerous not only for the players, but for fans, broadcasters and stadium employees trying to get to work.â†µâ†µ
It was the right thing to do. Playing in tough weather conditions (cold, rain) is one thing; playing in a blizzard that may be the worst winter storm of the season is another.