My View From The Metrodome
The Dome just ain’t what it used to be. During last year’s Packers vs. Vikings matchup, the crowd noise was deafening as they willed their team to victory. This year, however, it was a different story. Obviously, the circumstances were different on Sunday, but the crowd at the Metrodome failed to show up as their Vikings were decimated by the Green Bay Packers by a score of 31-3.
The Vikings needed to play four quarters of hard-nosed football, but they only managed one. The crowd followed their team’s lead.
From the moment I found my seat, you could feel the disappointment. The Vikings’ promotions staff placed white towels on everyone’s seat in hopes that the fans would create a raucous and rowdy atmosphere, but ironically, the crowd ending up using the towels to surrender to a dominant Packers team.
To their credit, the fans did manage to make some noise during the first quarter, but once Packers’ cornerback Tramon Williams intercepted a Brett Favre pass in the second quarter, the crowd — much like their team — was done. They had had enough of seeing their team get dominated in every facet of the game.
And by the time halftime rolled around, the Vikings fans booed their team off the field. To make matters worse, there were even chants of “Fire Childress!” during John Randle’s Hall of Fame ring ceremony at halftime.
In the second half, things went further south. Throughout the game, the sizable contingent of Packers’ fans were using their numbers to voice a “Go Pack, Go!” chant. Usually, there were enough Vikings fans to quell the cheer with a resounding, “Boo!” But by the time the stadium announcer declared that the Vikings had sold out their 133rd consecutive game, the stands were half empty and the only Vikings’ fans left were voicing their displeasure in their head coach. By the end of the game, there weren’t enough Vikings fans left to drown out the “Go Pack, Go!” chants, and much like the Vikings on the field, the Vikings’ fans off the field found themselves overwhelmed by the Packers.
As the crowd found its way to the exit, many of them waved their souvenir towels high in the air and joked with their friends, “We’re done; I’m throwing in the towel.”