Sunday, December 26, 2010

Poor Vikings On Move Again Due To Snow

The NFL announced that Sunday night's game between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia will be postponed until Tuesday night due to a snow storm.  The blizzard is expected to drop up to 20" of snow with wind gusts up to 50 mph.  It is only the 7th postponed NFL game since 2004 and second this year.

The game, which was to be broadcast tonight on NBC, will be rescheduled to Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on the same network.
While not exactly one of the epic journeys of the seafaring Norsemen of old, the past three weeks have not been easy for the Vikings football team--or their travel agents. 

A December 12 home game against the New York Giants was postponed and then moved to Detroit's Ford Field after snow collapsed the roof at their Minneapolis stadium and made the Metrodome unusable.  The Giants, who were diverted to Kansas City because of the snow, defeated the Vikings 21-3.

Last week, the Vikings had to play the Chicago Bears outdoors at the University of Minnesota's TCF Stadium due to the unsafe condition of the Metrodome. The wind chill at that game reached 0 degrees and, despite concerns by the players about the frozen field, the game was played.  The Vikings were routed by the Bears, 40-14.  Vikings quarterback, Brett Favre,  was slammed to the rock-hard turf and knocked out of the game with a concussion.

Now the Vikings are victims of another winter blitz and probably wish their tumultuous season would end.  Just put the team on a boat, light it on fire and push it out to sea.

The Eagles, on the other hand, are in a playoff race and, however slim, the possibility of two Philadelphia losses and two wins by the Giants could cost them the NFC East division title.

Every game and every edge or disadvantage makes a difference at this time of the season. Philadelphia hosts division rival the Dallas Cowboys in what is now a shortened week to prepare.

Minnesota goes back to Detroit to face the Lions.  Maybe Thor should pack a snow shovel instead of a hammer.

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