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Vikes Could Get Bumped to Monday

The good news is that the Minnesota Twins made their return to the post-season, having stolen the American League Central division title from the Detroit Tigers.

The bad news?  The Twins share a stadium with the Minnesota Vikings.  This is bad news due to the fact that if the American League Divisional Series manages to get stretched to its 5-game limit, Game 5 would fall on Sunday.  And, due to the Twins being the "#2 seed" in the baseball playoffs, the game would be played at the Metrodome.

The Vikings are also scheduled to play at the Metrodome that day against the Detroit Lions.  As a result, there could be a potential conflict.  Since the Twins' game is a post-season affair, it would certainly take precedence over the regular-season clash between the Lions and Vikings.

Some of the options I've read about that have been discussed are

  1. Playing the game on Monday night.  This would be bad for the Lions, who would then have a short week to prepare to face the Bills at Ford Field the next Sunday.  The Vikings wouldn't have this problem, as after they're done playing the Lions, they have a bye week.
  2. Switching the "home and home" series with the Lions, playing this Sunday's game in Detroit and playing the game that's scheduled for 10 December in Detroit at the Metrodome.  If this were to happen, I'm sure it would have been announced already.  But I wouldn't mind it, since it would give the Vikings 3 of their last 5 at home rather than 3 of their last 5 on the road.  However, as I said, it's unlikely to happen.
Then again. . .if the Twins' bats don't wake up, we might not have to worry about this series reaching a Game 4, never mind a Game 5.  I sure as heck hope the Vikings' offense isn't rubbing off on them.

We'll have to keep an eye on this one.