Lions May Be In For Long Stay

The Vikings and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commisssion have decided to take a wait-and-see approach to scheduling the Vikings game with the Lions. At present, the game is still scheduled for Sunday at noon local time, but the teams may not find out until Saturday if that will stay.

The Vikings have been at the heart of a lot of conversations since the Twins made their miraculous comeback to win the American League Central Division title. As a result, the potential scheduling conflict in the Metrodome remains somewhat unresolved.

The Vikings won't challenge their right to keep their game on Sunday afternoon, but still aren't too enthused about moving the game to Monday. As a result, the Lions will come to their team hotel on Saturday and, if a Game 5 of the ALDS is needed, the game will be pushed to 7:30 p.m. Monday local time.

If, however, the series ends in three or four games, the Vikings-Lions game will go on as scheduled Sunday.

* The estimated cost of moving the Lions game from Sunday to Monday is approximately $200,000.
* Despite sometimes ineffective play, Brad Childress said Monday he has no plans of replacing second-year right tackle Marcus Johnson with veteran Mike Rosenthal.
* Safety Darren Sharper, who was on crutches following Sunday's loss with an injury to his left quadriceps, is receiving ongoing treatment at Winter Park. If Sharper can't go Sunday, rookie Greg Blue would get his second NFL start.
* The Vikes are last in the NFL in penalties -- averaging 9.5 penalties a game.
* As of late Monday, about 1,200 tickets remain for Sunday's game. If those tickets aren't sold, the Vikings could face their first local TV blackout in almost a decade.

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