An early East Coast blizzard blanketed the eastern seaboard with anywhere between one foot and two feet of snow, leaving more questions about whether the game scheduled for last night would be played as scheduled. As it turned out, the ruling for fan safety – the potential for thousands of fans being stranded in the parking lot following the game – prompted to move.
There was a lot of confusion Sunday morning as to what the plan was. Head coach Leslie Frazier said the maddening part for the Vikings was simply not knowing. Once the news came down, Frazier said the team was fine with the decision.
"I sense that the guys wanted information," Frazier said. "They wanted to know what was going on, what was happening. Once that information was conveyed, it seemed as if they understood the situation. They knew exactly what we needed to do to stay focused on what we came up here to do – and that's to win against the Eagles."
That challenge was delayed until 7 p.m. Central Tuesday because of the storm.
The Vikings have found themselves forced to adjust their regular routine. But linebacker Heath Farwell said that the Vikings are getting used to expecting the unexpected.
"We're just going to roll with it," Farwell said. "That's what we have to do. We've had a lot of adversity this year and this is another example of it. We're professionals and we have to adapt to what's given to us.'
As if there couldn't be any more drama or surprises to the soap opera season, the Vikings spent Sunday shopping for clothes, since most players only brought enough clothes for an overnight trip. Chad Greenway said the Vikings are trying to look at the delay as if they're playing in a college bowl game, where players come to the venue days in advance of the game, but admitted that the 2010 season just continues to get stranger by the day.
"It's just another interesting twist to our season," Greenway said. "It's been tough to deal with all the distractions and this just adds to it."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.