Skip to comments.Bears-Vikings game proves safety is secondary (NFL WHINE ALERT)
Posted on 12/20/2010 9:17:19 AM PST by Chi-townChief
Old-time football players like to say they wouldve 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 wouldve 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 wouldve 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 wasnt 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 Minnesotas 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, its not for humanitarian reasons. Its for playoff reasons.
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Watching these overpaid babies fall on their butts might be entertaining. I may even watch a few minutes of this game.
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.
You should get your wish...it’s coming down pretty where I’m at....
Two words. Ice Bowl. When football was played by men.
pretty GOOD that is..
I don’t think there will be any booze(unless you sneak your own in)
What a wuss...
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...
It's called "Soldier Field".
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.
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.
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.
That is a point. They did not include turf heaters to save money when they built this stadium.
Yeah, they have heaters... heaters can fail. Big whoop. Conditions are what they are. They can play, or move it. Just quit bitchin’. :)
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.
The bitter cold overwhelmed Lambeau's new turf heating system, leaving the playing surface hard as a rock and nearly as smooth as ice.
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.
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.
Well then, let’s cancel the game and give both teams a win so no one gets their feelings hurt.
Aw, c’mon Vikes...
1. Pain heals.
2. Chicks dig scars
3. Glory lasts forever.
I think the Packers would have a fit about the Bears getting an extra home game during the playoff stretch.
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.
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.
Check this out;
A Chicago newspaper wrote this?
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.
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.
Maybe they can schedule the game in Namby Pamby Land.
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.”
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.
The playoff game the Giants and Packers played a couple years ago was even colder and no one complained.
Actually, the Packers went on to play in (& win) Superbowl II two weeks later.
Purple People Eaters???
So would Bud Grant.
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.
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.
Oops. If you are going to give history lessons on FreeRepublic, it pays to do a little extra homework.
My mistake, I keep thinking the Supes started in ‘68.
Let it go.:)
Or Alex Karass' famous line about Garo Yepremian celebrating an extra point by shouting "I Keeck a Touchdown!"
Now, apparently, they are the Periwinkle Pansy Nibblers
They played in Supe I.
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.
That's probably why we lost, in addition to Favre being awful.
I’m working on it.
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