Two weeks ago, Pat Williams called the Metrodome a "raggedy-ass stadium," and now he's relishing the chance to play the Dallas Cowboys in "the hood."
After the Cowboys dismantled the Philadelphia Eagles 34-14 on Saturday in the wild card round of the playoffs, the Vikings host the Cowboys in the divisional round at noon next Sunday in the Metrodome.
"That's Jerry World down there. Now they're coming to Zygi World," Williams said, referring to the new stadium that Jerry Jones' Cowboys play in and the three-decade-old Metrodome that Zygi Wilf's Vikings play in. "That's the suburbs down there, that's the hood down here."
"They've got to come to this hood. They've got to come to Zygihood. You've got Jerry World down there. Nice suburbs down there. We've got our old stadium in the hood down here. That's all we got down here is Zygihood. "
While the Vikings search for a partner to help finance a new stadium, the players were taking notice of the difference in stadiums and making their feelings known. They are expecting a lot of hype surrounding this playoff game, and some of the media attention comes because of the opponent, according to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.
"It's going to be the equivalent to the Green Bay circus. Dallas, a ‘team of America,' with a star and all that good stuff. Big old stadium, but they're coming down here to the hood," said Shiancoe, borrowing a line that Williams claims he dubbed Sunday morning. "We don't got all that crap. We're old-school. Everything is manual around here. Even when we put down our windows, we've got to crank the windows. We're old-school."
It wasn't lost on Williams that the Cowboys' stadium is in Arlington, Texas, and not downtown Dallas. The Metrodome is in downtown Minneapolis.
"The hood is raggedy. You've got the hood and the suburbs. That's how it is," Williams said. "The raggedy hood. The suburbs (are) nice. You go in the hood, it's raggedy. You go north side, it's raggedy. You go to the 'burbs, it's nice."
Ironically, the same company that unveiled a plan for a new stadium in Minnesota, HKS Sports and Entertainment, was the architect of Cowboys Stadium, which will host the Super Bowl in 2011.
Cowboys stadium is 3 million square feet and has a capacity of 100,000 compared to the Metrodome, which is limited to just over 64,000 fans for football. Cowboys Stadium features arches that span 292 feet above the field and has the largest single-span roof structure in the world. The Metrodome has, well, a dingy roof that permanently covers Mall of America Field.
Cowboys Stadium has five retractable glass doors that create an opening 120 feet high and 180 feet long. It also has a video board that spans between the 20-yard lines.
All the interest Dallas garners is fine with Williams, as long as they are traveling to Minnesota.
"I want Dallas to get all the attention. They can come see us. We're not going down there. I want them to get all the attention," Williams said. "(Tony) Romo, talk to him all week – (Miles) Austin, (Marion) Barber, talk to them guys. But at the end of the day, you've got to come see us on Sundays."
"Everybody is saying they're the team to beat," said running back Chester Taylor. "… They have to still come in here and beat us and go through us. Right now, they're in our way to accomplish what we want to accomplish."
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