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Bears-Vikings game proves safety is secondary (NFL WHINE ALERT)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Dec 20, 2010 05:24AM | RICK MORRISSEY rmorrissey@suntimes.com

Posted on 12/20/2010 9:17:19 AM PST by Chi-townChief

Old-time football players like to say they would’ve played for free in the parking lot, such was their love for the game.

It might be the hyperbole of men who watched too many grainy Knute Rockne clips, but you want to believe that they believe it. You want to believe that they were so tough and so committed to the game that they would’ve sacrificed the skin on their elbows to make a tackle near the third parking stall on the left.

You want to believe in someone who loved the raw violence of a sport so much that he would’ve been willing to sacrifice body and paycheck to play it. You want to believe in his craziness and passion.

You want to believe mostly because it wasn’t your body or your brain or your skinned elbows.

That might explain the gap in emotions between the public and Bears and Vikings players heading into a game tonight that very well could be played on a skating rink.

The players are worried and angry about the possibility of injury at the University of Minnesota’s football stadium, which was jarred out of its winter slumber by a caved-in roof at the Metrodome eight days ago.

The public? Not so worried. Or, if fans are worried about players’ injuries, it’s not for humanitarian reasons. It’s for playoff reasons.

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KEYWORDS: bears; chat; cold; mnf; nfl; outdoors; overpaid; sports; strike; vikings
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Man, these guys can't go on strike one day too soon!!! A good lonnnnnnnnngggggggggg strike.
1 posted on 12/20/2010 9:17:25 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Watching these overpaid babies fall on their butts might be entertaining. I may even watch a few minutes of this game.


2 posted on 12/20/2010 9:19:15 AM PST by DManA
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To: Chi-townChief

Please... Nothing is happening in Minneapolis that doesn’t / won’t /can’t happen at any other outdoor venue this time of year, in similar climates in the bleeping NFL. Bunch of pansies.


3 posted on 12/20/2010 9:22:02 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: DManA

You should get your wish...it’s coming down pretty where I’m at....


4 posted on 12/20/2010 9:24:59 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas!!)
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To: Chi-townChief

Two words. Ice Bowl. When football was played by men.


5 posted on 12/20/2010 9:25:00 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

pretty GOOD that is..


6 posted on 12/20/2010 9:25:30 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas!!)
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To: Keith in Iowa

I don’t think there will be any booze(unless you sneak your own in)


7 posted on 12/20/2010 9:25:51 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Chi-townChief
Correct me if I'm mistaken, but isn't the player that's doing the most complaining a punter, for a team that plays indoors?

What a wuss...

8 posted on 12/20/2010 9:25:57 AM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: Chi-townChief
Bad Field or not......

Bears Vikes 2010 - Vol. 1 Pictures, Images and Photos

Vikings are just getting the excuses ready for the A$$ Whoopin to come.

DA BEARS!!!!
9 posted on 12/20/2010 9:26:01 AM PST by marine86297 (I'll never forgive Clinton for Somalia, my blood is on his hands)
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To: Chi-townChief
The players are worried and angry about the possibility of injury at the University of Minnesota’s football stadium

Do the University of MN players whine like that??? How about the Green Bay Packers??? Is the whining coming just from the Vikings or the Bears, too? I'd be surprised if it weren't confined to the Vikings... er.. "Vikings."

Somewhere, these guys are shaking their heads in disgust...


10 posted on 12/20/2010 9:26:12 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Keith in Iowa
There's a perfectly good venue available for an outdoor football game which will hold all of the ticket holders. It was designed expressly for the purpose.

It's called "Soldier Field".

11 posted on 12/20/2010 9:26:18 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I’m down in White Bear today. Haven’t looked out the window for a while. I’ll take your word (verified by the radar) for it.


12 posted on 12/20/2010 9:27:06 AM PST by DManA
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To: Keith in Iowa
Please... Nothing is happening in Minneapolis that doesn’t / won’t /can’t happen at any other outdoor venue this time of year, in similar climates in the bleeping NFL.

That's not true - outdoor deep-cold stadiums such as Lambeau and Soldier Field have heating systems in the turf. Ever hear of the Ice Bowl? It's when that system failed at Lambeau.

And the players have a point - the NFL is cracking down on hits to the head, but apparently aren't concerned about a player falling on his head onto a hard field.

13 posted on 12/20/2010 9:27:06 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Republic of Texas
Two words. Ice Bowl. When football was played by men.

Ice Bowl was when the turf heating system failed.

And it was the last game of the season so players had plenty of time to recover.

14 posted on 12/20/2010 9:28:15 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: DManA
It is funny. When I was a kid we would shovel the snow off the lake so we could play football on it. What a blast. We also play in parking lots or anyplace else we could. And for free. It is odd seeing overpaid prima-donnas play a once great game.
15 posted on 12/20/2010 9:28:32 AM PST by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: dirtboy

That is a point. They did not include turf heaters to save money when they built this stadium.


16 posted on 12/20/2010 9:29:21 AM PST by DManA
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To: dirtboy

Yeah, they have heaters... heaters can fail. Big whoop. Conditions are what they are. They can play, or move it. Just quit bitchin’. :)


17 posted on 12/20/2010 9:29:29 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Chi-townChief
This kind of tripe is the result of the demasculation and the feminizing of men that has gone on over the last 30 years.
18 posted on 12/20/2010 9:30:32 AM PST by animal172 (Where are you America?)
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To: Republic of Texas
When football was played by men.

True. But football played by women looks interesting. I'm waiting for it to come to a venue near me. :-)

And no, I don't think that Mrs. WBill will be invited.

19 posted on 12/20/2010 9:31:28 AM PST by wbill
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To: Republic of Texas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1967_NFL_Championship_Game

The bitter cold overwhelmed Lambeau's new turf heating system, leaving the playing surface hard as a rock and nearly as smooth as ice.

20 posted on 12/20/2010 9:31:38 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Chi-townChief
If the Viqueens weren't so fundamentaly sissified they would not have been playing in the humpty dome in the first place and would instead have a proper outdoor stadium.

If this wasn't the last home game of the season I would have expected them to play this game in Green Bay which is an excellent cold weather stadium with the added benefit of 70,000+ Packers fans who would be very enthusiastic supporters of the Queens in their quest to knock off the hated Bears.

21 posted on 12/20/2010 9:32:44 AM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: Chi-townChief

No wonder the Vikes haven’t been back to the Super Bowl since they moved indoors, The Met wasn’t called “The 23rd Viking” for nothing.


22 posted on 12/20/2010 9:32:52 AM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: dirtboy

Well then, let’s cancel the game and give both teams a win so no one gets their feelings hurt.


23 posted on 12/20/2010 9:32:59 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Chi-townChief

Aw, c’mon Vikes...

1. Pain heals.
2. Chicks dig scars
3. Glory lasts forever.

—”Footsteps” Falco


24 posted on 12/20/2010 9:33:10 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Lurker

I think the Packers would have a fit about the Bears getting an extra home game during the playoff stretch.


25 posted on 12/20/2010 9:33:21 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: ScottinVA
Ahh, that brings back mmories. Saw them play at the old Met in Jan. of 1970; the NFC championship game, which they won.

SOOOOOOOO cold. I went with my uncle; he had a thermos of "coffee" to keep him warm.:) I made frequent trips to the ladies' room to thaw my toes.

The "Purple People Eaters"..........those were the days.

I now live in Green Bay and my loyalties lie elsewhere. But for this one night I am a Vikings fan again.

SKOL!!!!

26 posted on 12/20/2010 9:33:21 AM PST by MozartLover (Love your freedom? Thank your military.)
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To: Chi-townChief
I live in Minneapolis, alcohol is banned in the stadium, the police will not allow tailgating and it's first come first served seating. You can get in line at 4, doors open at 5.

A lady bought at ticket for her and her 10 year old son. The lady returned their tickets because it would be too cold for her little boy. In the day, a 10 year old would sleep in his igloo that was built along the garage. I blame the siss-ify-cation of children on the public schools and wimpy parents. 30 below didn't matter, when my mom had enough, all 4 kids were thrown outside. Only once did I lick the fire hydrant.

27 posted on 12/20/2010 9:33:32 AM PST by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: Chi-townChief

Check this out;

http://www.semiprofootball.org/


28 posted on 12/20/2010 9:34:54 AM PST by jessduntno (Care what the Left thinks of you? "Their opinion of me and my policies is irrelevant." - Dick Cheney)
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To: Chi-townChief

A Chicago newspaper wrote this?

Awwwwww.
Are da little itty bitty Bearsy-wearsies afraid they might fall down and go boom on the hard old ground?

Maybe we can find some college players who’d like a piece of the pie you Bears take home for your two-hour effort.


29 posted on 12/20/2010 9:35:05 AM PST by kidd
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To: dirtboy

Yes, I saw “Lombardi” on HBO also. The difference is that no one bitched. They accepted it and played the damn game. Oh, and Jerry Kramer was offsides.


30 posted on 12/20/2010 9:35:16 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Chi-townChief

Maybe they can schedule the game in Namby Pamby Land.


31 posted on 12/20/2010 9:36:36 AM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: dfwgator

Genius.


32 posted on 12/20/2010 9:37:13 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Chi-townChief

Just heard a great line about the kicker who made this complaint on ESPN Radio:

“The are only two times when you should listen to a kicker. When they are talking about kicking or when they are talking about online shopping.”

LOL


33 posted on 12/20/2010 9:37:29 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (The more the plans fail the more the planners plan - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Republic of Texas

Two words. Ice Bowl. When football was played by men.””

Lombardi would take all these sissies to task. He would laugh at these kinds of stories until he peed his pants, IMO.


34 posted on 12/20/2010 9:38:10 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Republic of Texas

The playoff game the Giants and Packers played a couple years ago was even colder and no one complained.


35 posted on 12/20/2010 9:38:59 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (The more the plans fail the more the planners plan - Ronald Reagan)
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To: dirtboy
And it was the last game of the season so players had plenty of time to recover.

Actually, the Packers went on to play in (& win) Superbowl II two weeks later.

36 posted on 12/20/2010 9:39:08 AM PST by MozartLover (Love your freedom? Thank your military.)
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To: ScottinVA

Purple People Eaters???


37 posted on 12/20/2010 9:39:17 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

So would Bud Grant.


38 posted on 12/20/2010 9:40:36 AM PST by MozartLover (Love your freedom? Thank your military.)
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To: MozartLover
Saw them play at the old Met in Jan. of 1970

I remember watching John Brodie and the 49ers beat the Vikes at the Met in the 1st round of the playoffs after the 1970 season. That game made me a 49er fan for life (recent history notwithstanding).

But I also grew up liking the Vikes. Their offense rarely blew anyone away, but the defense and special teams were incredible.

39 posted on 12/20/2010 9:40:54 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: BarbM
I blame the siss-ify-cation of children on the public schools and wimpy parents

Tell me about it.

Growing up in Maine, Mom's rule was that it needed to get up to zero (F) before I could go outside. And that "zero" was negotiable depending on how irritating I was.

Now, I live in the south. The actually cancelled school one day here due to "extreme cold" (lows in the teens) that was going to happen THAT EVENING! Not even DURING SCHOOL HOURS!

I had to shake my head sadly at that one.

Headed out into the bitter cold southern winter for my daily walk. It's 40-ish, I'll bring a long-sleeved shirt in case it's windy.

40 posted on 12/20/2010 9:41:17 AM PST by wbill
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To: MozartLover; dirtboy

Oops. If you are going to give history lessons on FreeRepublic, it pays to do a little extra homework.


41 posted on 12/20/2010 9:41:50 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: ridesthemiles
Purple People Eaters???

Yep!!

42 posted on 12/20/2010 9:41:54 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: MozartLover

My mistake, I keep thinking the Supes started in ‘68.


43 posted on 12/20/2010 9:42:00 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Republic of Texas
"Oh, and Jerry Kramer was offsides."

Let it go.:)

44 posted on 12/20/2010 9:42:20 AM PST by MozartLover (Love your freedom? Thank your military.)
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To: Personal Responsibility
Just heard a great line about the kicker who made this complaint on ESPN Radio: “The are only two times when you should listen to a kicker. When they are talking about kicking or when they are talking about online shopping.”

Or Alex Karass' famous line about Garo Yepremian celebrating an extra point by shouting "I Keeck a Touchdown!"

45 posted on 12/20/2010 9:42:36 AM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: ridesthemiles
"Purple People Eaters???"

Now, apparently, they are the Periwinkle Pansy Nibblers

46 posted on 12/20/2010 9:42:42 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: MozartLover

They played in Supe I.


47 posted on 12/20/2010 9:43:39 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: MozartLover
So would Bud Grant.

I always liked Bud Grant. His teams were as tough and well-disciplined as any. I wish he could've gotten a Super Bowl win.

48 posted on 12/20/2010 9:44:00 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Personal Responsibility
And Giant linemen were out on the field in shorts 90 minutes before any Packers player showed up to “warm-up”.

That's probably why we lost, in addition to Favre being awful.

49 posted on 12/20/2010 9:44:11 AM PST by PfromHoGro (RINOs give Rhino a bad name.)
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To: MozartLover

I’m working on it.


50 posted on 12/20/2010 9:44:38 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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