Did Mike Zimmer Just Ask Vikings Fans To Bring Plenty Of Booze To Seahawks Game?
So CNN ran a story today about the conditions in Minneapolis for Sunday's NFC Wild Card game on Sunday between the Seahawks and Vikings, where the forecast is for zero degrees and a wind chill factor of around 20-below. Pete Carroll and Mike Zimmer were asked how their teams are preparing, and both downplayed the issue.
For his part, Zimmer said that the wind is more relevant than the cold, as it makes things more uncomfortable and the ball harder to catch. And he's also concerned about the fans, because making noise is one of the the biggest factors of home field advantage.
Then Zimmer said this about the Vikings fans:
"They need to be loud and make sure they have some tailgating before they come out so they stay warm," Zimmer said.
OK I could be reading this incorrectly -- but did Zimmer just say that he wants his fans to bring plenty of booze and be properly lubricated for the game?
Legendary former Vikings head coach Bud Grant even suggests what liquor fans should bring.
— PFTonNBCSN (@PFTonNBCSN) January 7, 2016
TCF Bank Stadium, which the Vikings call home while their new stadium is being built, has a heated field, and heaters on the sidelines. But that's not going to make much of a difference to the players.
Meanwhile, Minnesota-based WCI Sports is providing both teams with special cold weather underwear. This is true. USA Today:
The gear includes long-sleeve compression shirts designed to wick away sweat, provide warmth, guard against the wind, and allow for full movement. The company also has supplied socks and glove liners.
Although some teams prefer hay:
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— DoughBoy Q™ (@DoughBoyQ586) January 8, 2016
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