Sources say the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is assessing the viability of playing the 2011 season outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota, the stadium that hosted the Vikings' game against the Chicago Bears when the Metrodome roof was damaged by heavy snow.
I think that would actually be pretty cool (no pun intended), and the Vikings could actually spring for some upgrades (eg, turf heaters). The biggest drawback, aside from being outside in Dec/Jan in Minnesota, is that it would be far and away the smallest NFL stadium at 50,805. Soldier Field is currently the smallest with an official capacity of 61,500. I know some are on the side of moving back outdoors, but Lester Bagley - Vikings VP of Public Affairs and Stadium Development - is on record as saying that it's "not an NFL stadium." Then again, as VP of Stadium Development, he's probably not doing his job very well.
Just learned via Michigan Football page on Facebook that the team has landed in Jacksonville and will practice later in the day, along with being involved in the Welcome Party (whatever that is). Good to know they've arrived safely, and this is the official start of Bowl Practices. Hopefully we will know more about the possible academically suspended players with a press conference tonight or tomorrow.
Also, it's currently 39 degrees in Jacksonville, and Miss State is practicing in the hotel ballroom. What.
Profile piece by Rothstein on Craig Roh and his public service. Mentions Ben Cronin's service projects, too.
Both seem like really great, 'give you the shirt off their back' types. Good for them.
Guy from CBS' "The NFL Today" reported that Harbaugh has said that he will look at other opportunities after the season. Casserly brought up UM and Carolina.
Not sure if Harbaugh actually said this, but I'm just relaying what Casserly said. The recent Harbaugh comments re: the extension offer seem to back this up though.
Presented as an aside to discussion about drafting Andrew Luck, "sources say" Harbaugh to Ann Arbor. He usually has good information.