The Vikings are getting a preview today on the road of what life will be like for them at home the next couple years. The forecast in Baltimore said 90% chance of snow, and indeed with less than two hours until kickoff the flakes have begun flying at the Ravens’ home stadium.
The weather gurus say snow and freezing rain for the game, which kicks off at noon central. But if you ask all the old timers like Bud Grant, the snow isn’t really the issue, it’s wind that really messes things up, especially the kicking game. Thankfully for Blair Walsh and Jeff Locke, wind is not expected to be a factor in today’s game.
So the field will just be a little wet but slickness shouldn’t be a problem with the turf being heated. Probably the worst problem today will be a wet ball, which might affect the passing game a little. It doesn’t sound like this weather will be that big a deal. It will just be a little uncomfortable for the guys out there.
The Vikings might as well get used to this stuff; they’ll be seeing a lot more snow and ice and likely worse after they move into TCF Bank Stadium. But it’s only for two years until they get their nice new cozy climate controlled taxpayer-funded indoor facility in 2016.
You won’t hear too many of the old-time Vikings crying for the new-time Vikings. These kids today don’t even know what bad weather is. They’re so pampered it’s almost sickening.
Update: So I may have underestimated the amount of snow in Baltimore. Reportedly the conditions there are not great. Traction could be a greater issue than first thought. The sideline reporter will be on full cleat-duty today.