Chinese would handle snow better: US governor


The governor of Pennsylvania blasted the precautions over this week's blizzard as a sign of growing US feebleness, saying that the Chinese would not have flinched at the snow.

"We've become a nation of wussies. The Chinese are kicking our butts in everything," Ed Rendell, the governor of the eastern state, told a Philadelphia radio station on Monday.

Rendell was upset about the National Football League's decision to postpone the Philadelphia Eagles' home game against the Minnesota Vikings scheduled Sunday due to forecasts of heavy snow in the sixth largest US city.

Philadelphia received up to six inches (15 centimeters) of snow, less than predicted, although other parts of the East Coast including New York City were blanketed with much heavier snowfalls.

"If this was in China, do you think the Chinese would have called off the game?" Rendell said.

"The people would have been marching down to the stadium. They would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down," he told 97.5 The Fanatic, a sports station.

Rendell said that American football, whose regular season runs through autumn and winter, was meant to be played in all weather and that fans "can make rational decisions" on whether to come to the stadium.

"I think it goes against everything that football's all about," Rendell said of the cancelation, quipping that legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi would be "spinning in his grave."