Vikings punter says outdoor field too hard
December 20th, 2010
10:25 AM ET

Vikings punter says outdoor field too hard

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe doesn't want to play Monday night's outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium against the Chicago Bears.

"All respect to the people that cleared the field and got it ready, you did an amazing job," Kluwe tweeted Sunday after the team conducted a walk-through at the University of Minnesota's stadium (pictured). "That being said, it's unplayable."

The game was moved to the outdoor venue after the roof collapsed at the Vikings' cozy indoor stadium, the Metrodome, under heavy snow December 12. Last week's Vikings game against the New York Giants was moved to Detroit's Ford Field, which has a roof.

Kluwe tweeted that walking on the TCF Bank Stadium turf was "like walking on concrete. ... I can only hope, however unlikely, that no one gets catstrophically (sic) injured at the trainwreck that's about to take place (Monday) night."

The punter's complaint drew some sharp jabs from other Twitter users.

"Wow, talk about being soft," wrote Heath Stanton (caddis11). "Isn't there a video game u need to be playing?" (Kluwe is an avid "Worlds of Warcraft" player.)

"RU daft? What kind of fields do you think the pre-metrodome Vikings played on. Man up! I've played rugby on fields like that," wrote Tim Litzinger (Jumper2point0).

A couple of those pre-Metrodome Vikings, who weren't allowed to wear gloves or congregate around sideline heaters, did weigh in.

"You've got to learn to tough it up," 1973-79 running back Chuck Foreman told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. "That field will be perfect to play on. That's the way the game has been played for years. These guys get spoiled. Go out there, embrace the weather, enjoy it. Just keep yourself warm. It's all mental."

Mental toughness is what got players through the "frozen tundra" days, former receiver Ahmad Rashad said.

"If you get caught up in how cold it is or the field's too hard or you can't get your cleats in the field, you've got no shot," he told the Pioneer-Press. "It's the same for both teams; you just have to go out there and execute."

The Twin Cities are under a winter storm warning until Tuesday morning, with five to 7 inches of snow expected and temperatures in the lower 20s, with 10-mph to 15-mph winds, according to CNN affiliate KARE-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Someone, either from the team or the NFL, apparently put the kibosh on Kluwe's complaints Sunday afternoon.

"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," he tweeted. "Time for WoW."

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  1. RickJames

    @joshgeek: Actually this is what I'd expect from a WoW player. All you guys should get out more. Try dating a girl for a change. Falling in love is much better than sitting at home playing with your joystick. Maybe a bit of sun would fix your transparent skin. Just a thought.

    December 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ProtoMan

    @NastyNate: If that's really how you speak then you should try going back to school. Your name tells me all I need to know about you.

    December 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. meee

    WIMP! suck it up

    December 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    You are comparing apples to oranges when comparing the current game to the game just 30-40 years ago. I wonder how many posters here would be willing to stand in place waiting to take a hit from any of the current members of the defense of either team on that field tonight. If you would look it up they did have turf heating systems 30-40 years ago. The players in the ice bowl and the freezer bowl did suffer from frost bite and hypothermia, being "tuff" doesn't stop that from happening.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. teaPARTYdemocrat

    What a wuss! I played backyard football with no pads or helmet in my teen for FREE in weather like that.

    December 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Does he expect to be punting THAT much tonight? Says a lot about his confidence in the offense against DA BEARS!!!

    December 20, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Really?

    Dear Viking Players,
    You make millions playing the sport, so suk it up!
    Not a Viking Fan whatsoever

    December 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Really?

    Dear Vikings punter Chris Kluwe,
    You know realize that grounds tend to freeze over in the winter, don't you?
    Still not a Vikings Fan

    December 20, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @Protoma: I think that be Ebonics ,Nate talk of.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. ProtoMan

    @Cesar: I think Naztea Nate is white, but pretends to be a hood brutha. He loathes daddy so much that he tries to be nothing like him.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    Izzz not know. Do knowzzz U could be right bout Nate.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    @Protoman: Izz done not know why, but doooz like talkn Ebonics, cuz It be fun and relaxen, I recken so. I be done talkn Ebonics for now.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nasty nate

    @cesa and prota u guys seem to take up for each other alot i guess all those years of playing swords paid off and im not black my lady is u under cover n.y. Giants fans

    December 21, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @Nate @Protoman: Izz not know that, that be why Iz like to reads many a people's comments. Izz remember Muhamid Ali, B4 yours time. He be up there, float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. I gots to go now Nate and Protoman, youzz be good and mayzz the Lordzzzz bless
    Youzzz twos.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nasty nate

    She taught me a few words

    December 21, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
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