Photos: Vikings Punter Brands Field ‘Unplayable’

In a series of Tweets today, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe harshly criticized the field conditions at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis, which will host the Minnesota-Chicago NFL game Monday night.

“Serious time - All respect to the people that cleared the field and got it ready, you did an amazing job. That being said, it’s unplayable. The field is as hard as concrete an hour and a half after they took the tarp off, and anyone that hits their head is getting a concussion.

“I find it interesting that the NFL can claim an emphasis on player safety, and then tell us the field is fine. It’s beyond hypocritical. I can only hope, however unlikely, that no one gets catastrophically injured at the trainwreck that’s about to take place tomorrow night.”

Following those Tweets, Kluwe posted the following entry on Twitter:

I’ve been asked not to tweet anymore about the field so as not to distract teammates (who were there) and I will honor that. Time for WoW.

Visanthe Shiancoe

While Kluwe didn’t post any photos, his Minnesota teammate Visanthe Shiancoe did.

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Cops Snare Sir Charles For Drunk Driving In Ariz.

Charles Barkley gets bagged in Scottsdale for a DUI? That’s turrible.

Charles Barkley Woody Woodpecker Happy New Year

• Speaking of Arizona, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald is accused of raising his hand in anger against his ex-Raiderette baby mama.

• It’s just Ducky that Oregon teams are Blazing a trail of victories to close out 2008.

• Tonight in Vegas, Robbie Maddison plans to get higher than ever before.

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Will Vikings’ Punter Change Name To ‘Warcraft?’

We all thought Chad Johnson was crazy when he changed his name to Ocho Cinco. We thought Greg White was weird and a little obsessed with “Teen Wolf” when he changed his name to Stylez G. White. But those are large, strong men, who we would never dare make fun of to their face. But what if you met a punter named World of Warcraft?

Warcraft Jersey

That’s Chris Kluwe of the Vikings, who’s either the biggest video game nerd in the world, or the shrewdest businessman in the world. Can you imagine how many people would buy an officially licensed jersey with “Warcraft” on the back? On the other hand, there might be a few extra “running into the kicker” penalties next year. Chris Kluwe is stupid like a fox, after the jump.

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Panthers Could Look To Trade Punch-Happy Smith

Hmm. Apparently, NFL teams frown upon intrasquad beatdowns. Last week, the Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith went all “Michael Westbrook on teammate Ken Lucas (reprising the role of Stephen Davis), the team promptly suspended the Pro Bowl wide receiver for two games, everybody kissed and made up, and we’re all ready to move forward.

Steve Smith might be traded

Except, maybe Carolina’s front office. According to Matt Mosley of THE BLOG FORMERLY KNOWN AS HASHMARKS, Smith’s surly disposition and penchant for Debo-ing teammates (language NSFW) could be his ticket out of town.

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Vikes Punter Doubles As Top-100 Guitar Hero Star

Sure, Tony Romo’s lofty NFL status affords him opportunities the average player can only dream about, but when it comes to the pretend world of music-making, Romo is to Guitar Hero what Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is to football. (Yes, the irony burns.)

Guitar Hero

Kluwe looks like an unassuming high school kid, but it’s on like Donkey Kong when the music starts. He figures he’s one of the top 100 Guitar Hero players on the planet, which, due to the fact that he’s married, brings the grand total of Guitar Hero groupies to one.

His teammates, when not stuffing him in lockers or tying him to goal posts, are no doubt dazzled by his fake-guitar-playing wizardy, but it’s a pretty good sign that you’re the biggest nerd on the roster when the kicker starts making fun of your hobby:

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