The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Minnesota Viking Football coach Mike Tice. His team lost last weekend to Pittsubrgh 18-13. Unhappy with the result, Tice attacked the team's fans and the people who run the scoreboards.
Tice said Monday he was really bothered by the number of Steelers fans that procured tickets and attended the game. He also suggested the Dome's JumboTron operators could do a better job favoring the home team.
First things first: Tice estimated 15,000 to 20,000 Steelers fans were at the game, curtailing the Metrodome's home-field advantage. If Tice's figures are accurate, that means at least 10,000 of the Vikings' season-ticket base sold their tickets.
"It confuses me, I guess," Tice said. "Maybe they're not really diehard season-ticket holders or maybe they needed the money for Christmas presents. I don't know. One of the two."
Asked if the situation impacted the game, Tice said: "Look, when you go to some stadiums, it's so deafening that you can't hear. When you have 15 to 20 thousand of the opponent's fans in there, it's not deafening. There is a difference. The fans that were there were great. But it wasn't like a big game when it's just your guys in there.
"Maybe, in their defense, they sold the tickets when ... we were 2-5. Maybe they said, 'The heck with it, I'm not going to that.' Maybe that's the case. Or maybe Pittsburgh fans are just a little more diehard than our fans are."
Meanwhile, Tice was disappointed that Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher was able to watch a replay of a third-quarter catch by receiver Cedrick Wilson before deciding whether to challenge the spot. Cowher eventually challenged and the Steelers were awarded a first down.
The Metrodome's game-day operations staff handles video replays on the big screen. In many NFL stadiums, home teams control what replays are shown.
"We don't get any help at home on the video board at all," Tice said. "It's been something that I've been complaining about since I've been the head coach. ... Our marketing department has been working diligently. We tried to make it so simple to give them instruction: 'Look, if you think it's going to help us, show it. If you think it's going to hurt us, don't show it.' That's kind of how we've simplified it to."
What Tice means by help from the video board is the wrong ruling being made. May I also remind the coach, the fans help pay his salary by attending Viking games. If the team had no fans, Tice would have no job.
This is just another sign of Tice's immaturity. He's been in trouble in the past for ticket scalping. In my opinion this man shouldn't be coaching in the NFL.
For blaming others instead of himself for his and the Vikings troubles, Mike Tice is today's Knucklehead of the Day.
Hat tip- Captain's Quarters
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