Throw Back Day
If anything. last years game versus
the Sea-A-holes taught us is that it is time for the Minnesota Vikings franchise
to consider scheduling, in each years regular season schedule, a throw back game
understanding one key NFL rule ... the field must be the same for both
teams. What I'm talking about is taking advantage of a unique feature of
St. Paul & Minneapolis that comes to call in winter. The one &
only true 12th man and it was clearly on display in that playoff
No one faults the Packers for having to play in Green Bay in January or
December. No one faults the Dolphins for playing in Miami in early
September and no one faults the Chiefs for having to play in over 100 degree
Fahrenheit heat on opening day in Kansas City (yeah I remember that game).
It's now time to consider the Minnesota Vikings Throw Back Day.
For the fans, "Throw Back Day" will be pre-announced so everyone (fans
& players) will be prepared for playing in Minnesota's unique
elements. The Vikings franchise will be responsible for pre-marketing the
advisories for that game. In our final home game either in January
or at the end of December, the Vikings will open those four large stadium doors
to play in the elements like the Throw Backs of history used to do. It
will be just like it was playing in last years playoff game, as no one will know
if it will be windy, snowy or at what temperature. God will provide that
answer just like up in Green Bay or down in Miami. There is a reason that
those doors were installed on that stadium and most importantly of all ... the
field will be the same for both teams ... and nothing will prevent the game from
being played. No ice storm. No winter storm.
So why would we consider "Throw Back Day"?. Well, to be direct,
our team in the prior two years was a tougher group of chaps ... because they
were an outdoors team ... not the sterile dome team like the Colts or the
Vikings of old. To be direct, no one has ever feared a dome team as they
are just a bunch of ... (fill in the blanks).
Hockey can be played outdoors (The Winter Classic) ... So can football. No
one ever guaranteed a nice comfy warm dome game up in Minnesota. All that
was promised was entertainment and entertainment value. Keep in mind that
Minnesota doesn't play in a dome. They play in that brand new building
with everything that it has to offer. This is a brand new concept and
everyone will now have to come to terms with it. No one has the right to
make anyone keep those doors closed ... as in Minnesota ... we have an open door
policy. No one forced the Cowboys to enclose Texas Stadium into a
dome and no one can tell us what to do either. In other words, it was ok
for the Cowboys to play in the elements so it ok for every team to have to play
in the elements.
To prove that this franchise has a heart ... Whatever is saved on heating the
building on "Throw Back Day" will be sent back to the state of
Minnesota to help pay for their portion of paying for the building in an effort
to return money to the tax payers in the State of Minnesota.
In our 2017 season, the Lions, Saints, Rams, Tampa Bay & Green Bay are all
candidates for our Throw Back Day come early winter.
In this matter, there is
only one thing for certain. This will be the most in-demand ticket of the
entire season for any and all franchises ... music to the ears of season ticket
holders ... as it changes the complexion of every event complex in the
Now keep in mind, this isn't like the Meadowlands, when the stadium crew would
open that massive door at one end of that stadium to establish variant winds to
prevent accurate throws against it or to foil your field goal attempts, only to
close that door for the home team. Once those stadium doors in Minnesota
are open ... they will stay that way for the entire event ... thus the term,
"Throw Back Day".
Now if you're a Jerry
Burns fan, he was obsessed about offensive stats where he argued the Vikings
stat sheet would be vastly different playing in the controlled environment of a
dome as compared to playing in the Met however as it turned out ... it was the
same for both teams. If A. A. Ron Rodgers has taught us anything, it's
that he loves playing in domes as his thrown ball is both crisp & clean in
that environment ... but not so much in either the wind or in the
When it comes to a home
playoff tilt, this Vikings franchise will advise whether those door will be open
or not and it will up to this Vikings franchise to advise everyone well in advance of
that upcoming tilt. That's the way it ought to be where these million
dollar athletes will get to show either their meddle or complain about what they
will be made to endure. Maybe we'll even get to see Paul Krause stop
by to once again pick at his scabs in front the visitors bench like Bud Grant
did in his shirt sleeves in college town. Yeah! Throw Back
Day! We might even get to see someone growing a set on that field rather
than having to focus our attention on the incessant complaining about some
players overpaid contract.
Once again, no one ever promised anyone a warm cozy event ... especially the
What history tells us is that when the ground crew iced the field in Pittsburgh
from about 10 yards outside the hash marks when they played the Raiders in that
playoff contest those many years ago, the game was played as Pete Roselle stated
to Madden ... the field would be the same for both teams.
To be direct, I'm one pissed off fan that remembers the days of playing in that
old Metropolitan Stadium with all those unique advantages in late December &
during the playoffs. It sickens me to have to eat crow upon hearing those
words that my Minnesota Vikings are a dome team. Really!
Really! Not any more. It is paramount to send the message that these
Vikings are an outdoors team & will always be an outdoors "TOUGH"
Sure, if we don't make it to Super Bowl LII we'll be
sure to close those doors and heat the building but that's just about all that
we are willing to promise.
Yeah! Throw Back
Can you even open those
doors in the winter or will all those pipes freeze and burst?
The Viking Ghost Writer
Date: January 20, 2017