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Philly's Mayor Is Trying To Blame The NFL For Tuesday Football

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Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Michael Nutter says to talk to Goodell.


Mayor Michael Nutter joined WIP in Philadelphia with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis to talk about his role in the game being postponed this weekend, what he actually said regarding the postponement of the game and the snow in Philadelphia, and what he thinks of the Pennsylvania Governor's comments.

On his role in the game being postponed:
"I actually have no role whatsoever. I'm the Mayor of Philadelphia and I'm trying to run this town the best way I can. The NFL, that would be the National Football League, I have no role with them whatsoever, I don't tell them what to do. Just like when Phillies games get called for rain, Dave Montgomery doesn't call me and say hey Mayor, what do you think? Should we call it? The city has no role whatsoever and people that think that, they're just wrong. I know folks are looking to blame somebody. It was the NFL's decision. I said this at 9:00 yesterday when we had our first of many press conferences. I talked about how much snow, what to do, how to do it, and then I said for those of you going to the game, please take mass transit. That was my first statement of the day. Then we did get a phone call from the Eagles that the game was being postponed. I had no role whatsoever in that decision."


On what he said about public transportation and how it was taken out of context:
"Yeah. That's gonna be the safest way to get to the stadium. Keep your cars off the road and blah blah blah. That was the first thing out of my mouth. I said it on a radio show at 8:00 in the morning and said it live to the news media at 9:00. We have no role whatsoever in deciding that. That's the NFL's decision based on the conditions and other information they get about their teams, their fans, and whatever other considerations take place. Let's look at the facts. The weather was estimated to be one to two inches of heavy snow per hour at the start of and during the course of the game with 35 mile per hour wind gusts. So that's three to six inches of snow on the field during the game. And 35 mile per hour winds. What do you think that's like from the fans experience and the player's experience? Is that the real game that's bringing out the real talent of all those players? I can assure you that had the game been played under those circumstances and DeSean (Jackson) got hurt, or Michael (Vick) got hurt or someone got hurt, for our part, I'm a fan, I was fully expecting there to be a game, I had my coat, my hat, and I'm ready to go. We found out around 12:30 or so that it was postponed. (Host: Were you surprised?) Yeah I was a little surprised in the whole scheme of things only because it was so rare but I think it was the right decision."

On the Governor's comments:
"I've heard about his comments, but I have not talked to him. I know what he said and I respect the Governor a great deal. He's a fantastic fan, great commentator, has a great view, and he is articulating certainly for himself and maybe the expressions of other fans. This is a quite unique circumstance. Not something that regularly happens. They do play games in the bad weather, the cold, and this and that and the other thing. This was I think a particularly unique situation, but ultimately it's the NFL's call. They have to decide."

This post, written by Chris Fedor, appears courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews. For the complete highlights of the interview, as well as audio, click here.

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