Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Tweeted the Playing surface at TCF Bank Stadium is “As Hard as Concrete” and “Unplayable”



Remember when the Houston Astrodome was the only one? What a difference time makes. There was a time and place in my youth when the Minnesota Vikings could not wait to play outside and use the cold, snow and other elements to their advantage. Now, these pampered prima-donna players are afraid of a little cold and a playing surface that does not resemble their plush living room carpet.

If you were to listen to all the whining and belly-aching coming from those who are going to have to play in tonight’s MNF game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings, one would think that there was no such epic NFL game known as “The Ice Bowl”.  The game is supposed to be played outdoors at the University of Minnesota’s stadium as the Metro-dome is still unable to host a game as it could not withstand last weeks brutal snow storm.

Enter Vikings punter Chris Kluwe who tweeted that the playing surface at TCF Bank Stadium is “as hard as concrete” and “unplayable”. What! A punter is making a comment that the playing surface is unplayable? Are you serious, a punter has maybe 7 plays a game and will never touch the playing surface and he is mouthing off? Hey Chris Kluwe, STFU and grow a set. The surface is like concrete? Today’s so-called football players would be aghast if they ever had to play at the old VET and the astro-turf that was there and a aprt of many stadiums in the 70′s and 80′s that was nothing more than fuzzy, green cement.

The playing surface at TCF Bank Stadium is “as hard as concrete” and “unplayable,” Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe tweeted Sunday afternoon after a brief practice there.

Despite skepticism from both Vikings and Chicago Bears players last week, team and University of Minnesota officials have expressed confidence that the field would be in acceptable condition for Monday night’s game — even after a mad scramble to clear 20-inch snow drifts from the field this week.

But after Sunday’s practice, Kluwe issued a series of tweets that predicted the game would be a “trainwreck.”

Kluwe: “The field is as hard as concrete an hour and a half after they took the tarp off, and anyone that hits their head is getting a concussion. … I find it interesting that the NFL can claim an emphasis on player safety, and then tell us the field is fine. It’s beyond hypocritical. … I can only hope, however unlikely, that no one gets catastrophically injured at the trainwreck that’s about to take place tomorrow night.”


From 1975, remember when football was football … how I miss Brent, Phyllis George and Irv Cross

Just how soft has the NFL become and especially the Minnesota Vikings? Back when the Vikings acted like Vikings and were known as the “Purple People Eaters” they played outside at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN. Personally, the Vikings lost much of their personality when they became a dome team. Can anyone imagine the Bears, the Monsters of the Midway, ever playing inside?

Remember the Miracle at Metropolitan Stadium?


What is most ironic about all the whining regarding having to play outside at night in Minnesota is that at half time the Vikings will be honoring the 50 greatest Vikings. Folks like Fran Tarkenton, Carl Eller, Allan Page, Jim Marshall, Amad Rashad, Ron Yary, Ed White, Stu Voigt, Dave Osborn, Paul Krause,  Fred Cox, Mick Tingelhoff, and coach  Bud Grant among many others will be honored. These individuals gave the Vikes their reputation as tough nosed, turf eating, hard nosed folks. How incredible is it that on the very night they are honoring Viking greats, many who played in years of yore when men were men and the NFL was not a flag football league.

The Ice Bowl, what legends are made of …


A note to today’s players … suck it up. If it were up to you people the “Ice Bowl”would never have been played between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers in 1967. If it were up to today’s player, the 1981 AFC Championship game between the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals known as the “Freezer  Bowl” would never have been played. The  air temperature was ?9 °F, but the wind chill, factoring in a sustained wind of 27 miles per hour ?37 °F .

Today’s NFL players need to understand the history of football and the tough nosed players that once played the game. There was a time when a player would never wear a long sleeve shirt under their jersey. It would have been considered a lack of manhood to do so. My how times have changed and not for the better. Remember when players didn’t complain, they just played the game?

How I miss the old NFL!

UPDATE I:According to ESPN reports, Vikes QB Brett Favre has been upgraded to questionable for tonight’s game against the Chicago Bears. Honestly, I hope Brett has one last hoorah in him and can make this one last start in what should look like a throw back game from days of yesterday.

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    7 Responses to “Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Tweeted the Playing surface at TCF Bank Stadium is “As Hard as Concrete” and “Unplayable””

    1. Scared Monkeys on December 20th, 2010 2:05 pm

      having grown up and played sports in the Northeast, I cant imagine not playing in the cold and snow.

      Hell, I can remember playing rugby in college in the snow, ice and wind in shorts.


    2. johndao on December 20th, 2010 3:18 pm

      must be nice being a Monday morning quarterback/keyboard warrior.This coming from a guy that spends 12 hours a day behind his pc.do you play in the nfl Red?didnt think so……
      SM: Hardly assbite. Sorry if I actually played college sports and know how to use a PV, unlike yourself. Who spends 12 hrs behind a PC … speak for yourself. I know its hard for many haters to believe, but some on the internet were actually captains of their college teams.

      You do not have to play in the NFL to know what it means to play in cold weather, snow and ice. Sorry if you are just as much of a candy-ass as this Vikings punter. Also sorry, if all players from yesteryear feel the same as me. Football is meant to be played outside, not in your livingroom. Why don’t you go play Maddan football now loser.

      The difference between me and you, is you play Maddan football … I met the man and played against his sons.


    3. Scared Monkeys on December 20th, 2010 4:37 pm

      It kills me that some of you folks actually pretend to know anything about me or what I have done in my life. All some of you know is hate.

      Sorry if I happened to have been a jock in my day and graduate Magna Cum Laude.

    4. Scared Monkeys on December 20th, 2010 6:06 pm

      Gee #2, you must just hate it that NFL great Steve Young just agreed with me 100% and said that the Vikings should have been playing outdoors for the past 20+ years, maybe they would have realized their greatness.


    5. johndao on December 20th, 2010 7:17 pm

      haha..did i hit a nerve internet tough guy??…well if you were captain of your imaginary football team…i am a navy SEAL and a gulf war vet…please have respect for veterans america hater.oh by the way…let others respond to the post.no need to put 4 replies…
      SM: No putz, I was co-captain of my college Rugby team. You are a sad POS. I find it beyond pathetic that you think you know about others lives when frankly, you are nothing more than a keyboard coward. You are what is wrong with today’s society. In days of old, you would have your ass kicked if you ever made such comments out in public.

      Then again, what more should any one expect from you … a troll POS.

    6. BlueRoos4Ever on December 20th, 2010 8:53 pm


      Red has not said anything that was not the truth. He was co-captain of his college Rugby team. Sad that you would want to challenge it. He was an outside center and trust me, he would have drilled you.

      Just curious, the guy writes a post about today’s NFL players sucking it up and palying like the teams of the past did outside in the cold and snow. I don’t think anyone can say the players of today are more gutless than they were in the past.

      Instead, you attack someone? Guess you must be that small of a person.

    7. Scott on December 21st, 2010 2:29 pm

      RED – Don’t let that little pocket protector wearing, dungeon and dragon’s loving; nose picking LOSER get under your skin.

      This d*** has probably never played an organized sport outside Parks & Rec; probably not even that. NO doubt this tool was ALWAYS the last one picked from age 4 to present which is why he’s such a hater. I would love to see this putz shoot a basketball, throw a football and try to hit a baseball.

      Hey CLOWN-dao – don’t ever lump yourself or even try to imply that you were some kind of war vet. We all know you are not and to even try to imply you are provides a disservice to actual American loving heroes.

      Minnesotians loved that game last night as that’s how football was invented and meant to be played; outdoors with the weather being what it may. Real football lovers KNOW football is meant to played outside….

      And I would say today’s players a little more gutless than those who played 30 years ago. I remember a story my dad told me about Johnny Unitas; where he was playing a game and got his nose broke. It was bleeding profusely and crooked. They asked him if he wanted to come out (ala Ben Rothlesberger) and he said NO WAY and took some mud and fixed it himself and kept playing. The ONLY QB with that much toughness that I’ve seen play in my day is Favre.

      Say what you want about Favre; but that guy came to play everyday and was a WARRIOR; regardless of penis gate.

      So again, RED; tell haters like this to go feed on their mama’s nipple and leave real men and women alone.

      He can’t help it that he’s a metrosexual and a waste of oxygen to those who actually need it.

      SM: Amen brother. I have questioned Favre’s drama in the past but I give him credit for what he did last night. He knew it was not the smartest thing, but he played for the love of the game and he is a warrior. I remember back in the day when Ram’s D-lineman Jack Youngblood played a playoff game with a broken arm and when SF’s Ronnie Lott had his finger amputated rather than missing weeks if he had surgery.

      As I always say Scott, every one serves a purpose in life, some are put on earth to be used as a bad example. ;-)


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