The Vikings have hit a rough patch. After a 4-1 start and some promising early outings from second-year quarterback Christian Ponder, the team now sits at 6-6. It'll need a late-season push and a lot of luck to make the playoffs.
This may explain why linebacker Chad Greenway has reached the "by any means necessary" stage of things when it comes to winning a football game. With the Bears coming to the Metrodome on Sunday, Greenway had some advice for Vikings fans.
"We have to play accordingly and our fans have to show up accordingly, which we know they will," he said Sunday, via the StarTribune.com. "Hopefully, they're super-duper drunk. … So drink liquor, not beer."
Duly noted. One problem, though, Chad. It's a noon kickoff. How do you suggest fans get around that little logistical hurdle?
"Yeah, I would say morning drinking," Greenway continued. "Why not? You could pull an all-nighter. Then you'd have the drunk, tired guys who will really be obnoxious."
We're still not exactly sure how that gives the Vikings an advantage (Midwestern sensibilities?), but coach Leslie Frazier provided a more conventional answer about the homefield crowd.
"I think we have the best [home-field advantage]," he said earlier this week. "That's one of the reasons I'm excited about this game at Mall of America Field on Sunday. … It gives me energy just thinking about what that noise factor will mean for our football team on Sunday. Deriving energy from our fans will be a big deal towards our success."
Not everyone found Greenway's comments funny, even if that's how they were intended. PFT's Mike Florio thinks Greenway should be "super-duper fined," which sounds like a bit much, especially in light of what seemed obvious:
I was 1 of 3 reporters talking to Greenway when he said fans should show up drunk for Bears game. 1: He was joking. 2: Fans do get drunk.— Jim Souhan (@SouhanStrib) December 6, 2012
There's also an added benefit: if Ponder has another less-than-stellar outing, he can blame it on second-hand intoxication.
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