Vikings LB Chad Greenway asks fans to get "super-duper drunk" before Sunday's game
|Greenway to Vikings fans attending Sunday's game: "Drink liquor, not beer."|
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Why, you ask? Because Greenway hopes they'll get "super-duper drunk" and rowdy before the game kicks off at noon in hopes the resulting noise will make life more difficult for the Bears.
From a column by the Star Tribune's Mark Craig:
"We have to play accordingly and our fans have to show up accordingly, which we know they will," he said after Sunday's loss at Green Bay. "Hopefully, they're super- duper drunk... So drink liquor, not beer."Though Greenway presumably had his tongue planted deeply in his cheek when he said those things, the joke is lost on some.
Well, that's certainly not a PSA you see attached to a noon kickoff.
"Yeah, I would say morning drinking," Greenway said. "Why not? You could pull an all-nighter. Then you'd have the drunk, tired guys who will really be obnoxious."
For instance, Lars Leafblad, principal at KeyStone Search, offered up this response on Twitter: "Greenway cheering alcohol abuse by fans is wrong. He's pro-drunk driving, addiction, abuse? Sickening... Promoting alcohol abuse for those of us in recovery is no joke."
In fairness, it's not like NFL fans need extra encouragement to get rowdy . To take just one example, check out this video of a Bucs fans getting choked out by an MPD officer during a game at the Dome in October (the good stuff starts just after the four-minute mark):
Of course, if Vikings fans do take Greenway's advice, it could end up actually working against the home team. Because if newly engaged QB Christian Ponder turns in a performance anywhere near at wretched as the stinker he unleashed last Sunday in Green Bay, the Dome's drunken rowdiness will quickly turn against the Vikings.