Bears to face Vikings in Frozen Tundra II game?

This is so much more fun than Gramps-watch, isn’t it?  I mean who wouldn’t want to talk about the venue of the Bears next game versus an old washed up QB who texts pictures of the contents of his Wrangler jeans to unsuspecting young girls?

Here is where we’re at gang.  Looks like the Beloved will be playing on an unheated turf field during a frigid Monday night in the land of 10,000 lakes at the Univ of Minnesota.  All because the ViQueens are so hell bent on playing this game in front of its fans to celebrate their 50th Anniversary…well nearly all of its fans.  You see, this college stadium holds about 50,000 fans and the ViQueens have nearly 55,000 season ticket holders.  So in addition to 5,000 season ticket holders, another 8,000 or so fans who would have been at the Metrodome (capacity of the Metrodome is 63,000) will also be left out in the cold…literally…or perhaps they will be left in the warm since they can stay indoors to watch this ice rink game.  The latest from Dan Pompei can be found here.

What I don’t get is that the league talks about player safety all the time and they will fine Haloti Ngata for a little slap of Big Ben, yet they will subject players to conditions like this when other options are available?  I mean, this field has NO heating and it was NOT built for games in the winter.  The turf will be frozen and should a player hit his head on the turf, it will be like hitting it on concrete.  Concussion much? 

This doesn’t seem to faze the ViQueens Vice Preseident for Public Affairs, Lester Bagley, who had this bit of bulletin board material for the Bears as if they needed it,

“We’re confident that we’re going to have a great experience,” Bagley told the AP. “It’s our celebration of our 50th season, and we’re going to end it the way we began. We beat the Bears in our first game, and we’re going to beat them again this year.”

Regardless, the game will be played there and the Bears will have to deal with it.  There are rumors (out of Minnesota) of a Bears protest of the game, which Bears Player Rep, Robbie Gould, denies.  This may be a way the ViQueens can save face in case the NFL pulls the plug on this ice rink idea some time in the next couple of days.

“Our biggest concern is playing in a safe environment,” Bears player rep Robbie Gould said. “If that is the safest place to play and they want to keep the game there and they find the field conditions are up to the standard of the NFL to play on, then that is where we’re going to have to play. We’re just getting ready for the Vikings. Hopefully, the field isn’t frozen.”

Well Robbie, hope all you want, but with temperatures in single digits on Monday night, I don’t see any way the field will not be frozen.  At least if the game is outdoors, I doubt Gramps will suit up with his purple arm for “one more rodeo” against the Bears, so we will have rookie Joe Webb or QB castoff Patrick Ramsey to keep us warm.  One thing is for certain, if the Bears have to play on this field and clinch the division on Monday night, no one can say they didn’t earn it!

CAN I GET AN AMEN?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

The DeCon has spoken, so let it be written, so let it be done…

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  • Monster

    Idiot Peter King has picked the Queens.
    I hate SI.

    • Mr. Pickles

      I used to think it was coincidental, now I really think that dude hates the Bears.

  • The real jay

    Amen to that! Go bears. The NFC North Champs as of Monday night.

  • DeCon

    FYI…if you check out the webcam of TCF’s snow removal progress, it looks the same as it did this morning. and the NFL signed off on this??? WTF?!?!?!

  • DeCon

    and seats are generally going to be given on a first come, first served basis…what is this high school?

    oh and no beer will be sold at the stadium before, during or after the game…boy, the ViQueens really know how to ruin an NFC North Championship Party :)

  • http://UniversityofMinnesota North

    What whining! DUH BEARS have played a soft schedule, they get their tails handed to them at home by the Pats…and the average NFL fan is supposed to “fear” these idiots. The Minnesota Vikings have had one of the toughest schedules in the NFL and some of the worst luck….and now we hear about how DUH BEARS might get hurt playing in the cold. Does Soldier Field have heat in their crappy natural turf field? Man up wussies! This is all part of an “excuse” for DUH BEARS if lose Monday night.

    • DeCon

      North…the post was about the hypocrisy (assuming that word isn’t above your grade level) that is the NFL to fine players for playing too rough, but force them to play on a field that may not be safe. The field was NOT built for games in the winter, so why would a game in the winter be played there??? You won’t hear any excuses from Bears fans. I for one am looking forward to seeing Joe Webb up close and personal and I am sure the Bears D is too.

    • DeCon

      and check your facts on the schedule too friend…coming into the season, the Bears and the Queens were tied in strength of schedule at #14. The Bears and Vikings have played all the same opponents except 2. Bears played the Seahawks, Queens played the Cards, sorry but the Cards are worse. Bears played the Panthers, Queens played the Saints. The Queens had the tougher matchup there, but that was week 1 when Gramps and the whole team was still healthy and hope was springing eternal for the Queens fans…wow…didn’t take long for the oars to fall off that Loveboat…check your facts before you try to drop knowledge on this blog, pal.

    • Boomer

      Yes North, the Bears do have heating coils under our crappy natural turf field. That’s how we get it nice and muddy!

  • DeCon

    One more thing, North, if you are so keen to play at TCF, why don’t you grab a shovel and get to work on your stadium! From the looks of the webcam, they could use the help. How funny will it be if those fools bust their butts all weekend and the NFL changes its mind…LOL!!!

    • deez

      I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of camera angles they will be able to set up, who knows what kind of instant replay they will have if someone challenges a call. It’s all going to be a disaster but it sure makes for an exciting build up to the Bears playoff clinching game. Da Bears!

  • Hunter

    And what kind of idiot college builds an outdoor stadium in Minne-SO-ta that is not meant to handle games in cold weather? I guess we know where NORTH got his education.