The draft is still 17 agonizingly long days away. The new Vikings uniforms won't be revealed until then either. There probably won't be more free agent signings until after the draft. (Except maybe Antoine Winfield?! Pleasepleasepleaseplease Antoine come back!! Don't sign with Vikings West!)
So what can we do during these early April football doldrums? How can we fill our insatiable hunger for football when we're 17 days away from the draft, at least 123 days away from the first preseason game, and 154 days from the Week 1 kickoff?
If you live in the Twin Cities area, I might have just the thing for your football fix.
The Minnesota Machine women's tackle football team has their home opener this Saturday night at 7:00 PM at Woodbury High School. And believe me, this ain't no Powder Puff football. This is full-pads, full-contact, wow-I-didn't-know-girls-could-play-like-that football. The Machine are part of the Women's Football Alliance, a 50-team league that covers the entire country.
Again, the Machine play real football. This is NOT the
Lingerie Legends Football League. Their clever promotional picture for the 2013 season makes that very clear.
Now before you start ridiculing me for daring to bring up women's football on our Vikings site, just know that I do have a personal interest in the team. My sister plays for the Machine (she's the starting quarterback and also plays cornerback, kicker, AND punter...no big deal) and I figured I'd give them a bit of free promotion. And I'm serious--you'll be surprised at the quality of play. These gals are athletes.
As an added bonus, you'll get to hear me make an idiot out of myself throughout the game over the PA system. Why? Because I am the proud Voice of the Minnesota Machine, of course. I'll be announcing the plays, playing funny/obnoxious sound bites, and giving away prizes from the press box throughout the game. I'm like a much, much less talented Paul Allen. I'll be there announcing all four Machine home games*.
(* = Provided my daughter doesn't arrive during one of those games--we're due April 25.)
Plus, like I said, it's not like we have a ton of options football-wise these days. So check out the Machine's schedule on their site. They won their season opener in Nebraska last Saturday in a come-from-behind thriller, so hopefully their home debut in 2013 can follow suit.
Sure, it isn't the Vikes, but it's not too often that you get to spend a nice Spring or Summer evening watching some pretty darn good football.