I’m Just Saying: The Vikings have a home game in which the NFL is handing out free tickets so Lions fans can attend.

DETROIT - DECEMBER 12: People enter Ford Field prior to the start of the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 12, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. Ford Field will host the NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday December 13 after a blizzard dumped more than 20 inches of snow in parts of the Midwest causing the inflatable roof to collapse under the weight of snow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Mall of America Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. . (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

This is the second installment of my new column: “I’m Just Saying.” Peter King has a column (Monday Morning Quarterback), so it only makes sense that a well-respected sports blogger like myself has a column as well.

What? I’m not well-respected? Who the hell is Anthony Stalter? Peter King is more established?


– So let me get this straight, the NFL moved the Giants-Vikings game to a NFC North city and is handing out free tickets? If I’m the Vikings, I’m pissed. Nice home game for Minnesota – think any Lion fans will get sauced up and attend the game for free just to root against the Vikings?

– Of course, if the roof of the Metrodome weren’t made of paper mache, the Vikings wouldn’t have to worry about playing at Ford Field.

– Does anyone else find it ironic that Sal Alosi’s job as the Jets’ head strength and conditioning coach is to help players get in shape and avoid injuries and he goes out and trips a Dolphins player…who gets injured? You stay classy, Sal Alosi.

– I’m willing to bet that if the Patriots played all of their games in a blizzard, they would be 19-0 and will have beaten their opponents by a combined score of 855-17.

– The Titans’ backdoor cover against the Colts on Thursday night was one of the worst backdoor covers in the history of backdoor covers. First of all, Indy was up 21-0 in the first half. So what should have been a blowout actually turned into a decent game because their defense is made of Charmin extra soft tissue paper. After they allowed Tennessee to crawl back in the second half, Peyton Manning had not one, but two chances to waste the clock and move the ball and he did neither. Then, with the Colts up by 10 in the final minutes of the game (they were favored by 3), Jeff Fisher trots out Rob Bironas for a field goal attempt but calls him back instead. He decides to put his offense back onto the field and Kerry Collins marches the Titans up the field for a touchdown on the final play of the game (a 4th down no less) and covers the spread. If Fisher were actually trying to win the game, he would have kicked the field goal and tried an onsides kick (he needed 10 points, after all). But because he was trying to screw bettors (which is the only logical explanation here), he decided to go for the touchdown and run the clock down to zero in the process. Final score: Colts 30, Titans 28. Thanks, Jeff.

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Metrodome roof collapses, Giants-Vikings game moved

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 05: Sidney Rice  of the Minnesota Vikings catches a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at the Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 5, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is reporting that the Giants and Vikings will not be able to play at the Metrodome after the stadium’s roof collapsed early Sunday morning. The game was already moved being moved to Monday because of bad weather in the area, but now the Metrodome won’t be ready until Wednesday.

Multiple alternative stadiums are being considered, including the Colts’ home at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Lions’ home digs at Detroit’s Ford Field, and University of Minnesota’s new TCF Bank stadium. The NFL will try to find a new venue so the game can still be played on Monday night.

This is something that may not seem like a big deal, but dig deeper and you realize the ramifications for both teams. The Giants have a huge game coming up next Sunday against the Eagles and their routine has been shot to hell. They stayed in Kansas City on Saturday night because of the bad weather in the Minneapolis area and now their game with the Vikings will be shifted to Monday. That means a shorter week of practice and preparation for the Philadelphia game, and they still have to get past Minnesota first.

For the Vikings, they’re hanging onto slim playoff hopes as it is and now their home field advantage in this game is gone. The Giants have the better team and now get to play the Vikings on a neutral field.

It’ll be interesting to see where they move the game. One would think that the Vikings would rather have it in one of the domes, but maybe they want to keep the game in Minnesota and hang onto whatever home field advantage they have left.

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