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Posted at 2:28 PM ET, 12/19/2010

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe calls TCF Bank Stadium field 'unplayable'

By Cindy Boren

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe stepped onto the TCF Bank Stadium field on which the Vikings and Chicago Bears will play Monday night and called it "unplayable."

Kluwe said in a series of tweets:

"Serious time - All respect to the people that cleared the field and got it ready, you did an amazing job. That being said, it's unplayable. 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."


"I've been asked not to tweet anymore about the field so as not to distract teammates [who were there] and I will honor that."

The game, Minnesota's final home game of the season, was moved to the University of Minnesota's outdoor stadium because the roof of the Metrodome collapsed last Sunday. The forecast calls for temperatures in the 20s and snow.

The NFL has monitored conditions closely and, spokesman Greg Aiello said: "Our information from the groundskeepers there is that the field is in good shape."

Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier said, via the Star-Tribune: "It really seems to me that there are going to be safe conditions."

By Cindy Boren  | December 19, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
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"Your'e as cooold as ice!"

Posted by: Daedulus | December 19, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I hope they televise this game here. There is nothing like a football game in a snowstorm. If Green Bay, Chicago, and New England can play outdoors, why can't the Vikings. And when I get tickets for the outdoor Caps game here in a few years, I hope the weather is freezing!

Posted by: el_oscuro | December 19, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

What's odd about professional (as are police, fire fighters, military and numerous other professionals who brave whatever weather, conditions present in order to perform their jobs) football players, even college/high school players ever complaining about field or weather conditions these days is that the fans watching do not have heaters as they do on the sidelines nor are they engaged in strenuous activity to stay warm. Basically, short of jumping up every few minutes to seek heat in the rest rooms, they are frozen stuck to their seats.

All this in MSP and no booze at the stadium: not worth attending if the players are already complaining.

Just play football!

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | December 19, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

So how did the Vikings play home games before the Metrodome opened in 82? You mean I'm guilty of implanted memories of watching Joe Kapp and the Purple People Eaters?

And those Packer teams of the 60s--must have been faked by the same crew that duped us into believing that there really were moon landings. And here one of my great football memories was the 67 NFL Championship game between the Packers and the Cowboys in Green Bay...

Posted by: FLTransplant | December 19, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

No wonder most folks laugh at punters/kickers as "football players". So the field is frozen. Yeah, your point? It was more than frozen at the Ice Bowl four decades ago. It was frozen the last three games of my short but illustrious high school career. "unplayable" NO, uncomfortable - sure - but so is getting hit by a 250 lb linebacker or 295 lb DT on Miami's field.

Posted by: humbleandfree | December 20, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Of course the field is in excellent shape. The NFL will be denied its money.

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | December 20, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Since when do we care what Punters think?

Posted by: thefreyguys | December 20, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Since when do we care what Punters think?

Posted by: thefreyguys | December 20, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Since when do we care what Punters think?

Posted by: thefreyguys | December 20, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

What's the punter whining about? I'd be a bit more concerned if I was a running back or a receiver going over the middle and getting my clock cleaned by a raging animal.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 20, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

lets cry about the weather less, and kick to Hester more. Get off of your kid vid games. Lit'l... Boy.

Posted by: timstidgerhotmailcom | December 20, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I was going to join Twitter until I found out it was a spot for little wimps to cry about how cold it is... Go back to L.A. and stay there.

Posted by: timstidgerhotmailcom | December 20, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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