Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Great Outdoors

WCCO sports anchor Mark Rosen is reporting that next week's Monday Night Football game with the Vikings hosting the Chicago Bears will be moved to TCF Bank Stadium on the U of M campus!

That's right! On the 29th anniversary of the Vikings last outdoor home game (where I was live and in person), they will test their mettle in Minnesota's winter wonderland. And how fitting is it that on Sunday before, the 50 greatest Vikings will be paraded around at a gala in downtown Minneapolis. I'm sure it will warm the hearts of the likes of Alan Page, Jim Marshall and Fran Tarkenton seeing their once proud franchise being listed as a home team in an outdoor December game.

Unfortunately, this year's Vikings club is a pale imitation of Bud Grant's legendary squads of the 1970s. Oh well, the Vikes offense can't be any more inept than their effort at indoor Ford Field this past week. How much worse can it be in the bitter cold and/or snow?

As a long time fan of the Vikings, it brings back memories of how I used to get all bundled up in anticipation of three-plus hours at Met Stadium.

I'm convinced the producers of the movie A Christmas Story used me as an inspiration for the character of Ralphie's little brother.


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