They will be looking forward to Jared Allen arriving at Ford Field on Sunday morning.
That’s because Detroit Lions fans will surely want to share a piece of their minds with the Minnesota Vikings defensive end. Allen skewered Motown during his regular visit on KFAN.
No, this wasn’t an assessment of a football team that many have labeled dirty. This was an assessment of a city, one that won’t go over well.
“I don’t like going to Detroit,” Allen said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I’ll be honest. It’s gloomy, it sucks. Everything is brown and then there is snow on the ground. There’s like brownstones everywhere and I’m like, ‘Awesome.’ I don’t know, I couldn’t do it. If I had to live in Detroit, I think I’d just drown myself in the river that was across the way.
“I’m not trying to be mean but it’s just depressing when I go there. There’s two cities like I don’t go out to eat or don’t do anything. It’s Detroit and New Orleans. New Orleans looks like I’m driving through a third-world country. Every time I get off the plane, I’m like, ‘Oh, flak jacket.’ I’m trying to get down. I’m like, ‘Ah, crap, I can’t carry my gun here. This sucks.’”
The Vikings have the Saints left on their schedule, but that game will be played at the Metrodome, so Allen won’t suffer the wrath of proud New Orleans fans at the Superdome. There aren’t many people who are going to support his comments about New Orleans considering what that city and the region have been through from a catastrophic hurricane to a terrible oil disaster. But that’s Allen, speaking his mind.
When it comes to football, he just doesn’t want this Vikings team to suck more than any other in club history. That’s the scenario the team faces down the stretch.
“Our goal right now is not to be the worst team in Vikings history,” Allen said. “We need to win two games – one win to tie it and two to beat that. That’s our motivation. So stick with us. Cheer us on. Hopefully that's not it. Because honestly I don't know what I'd do if I was on a team that was the worst in an organization. I might have to reevaluate my career, my life choice and where I'm heading in football professionally.”
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