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December 29, 2012

Packer-Vikes game should be a big bar draw



Schmillen’s justification for being a fan of the green and gold is a bit weak, though.

“My cousins are from Wisconsin and they’re all huge Packer fans,” she said. “I guess they warped my brain.”

Spinners is Packer friendly because Ange lived in Wisconsin before moving to Minnesota. The Packers have already earned a trip to the playoffs by winning the NFC North Division.

Ange doesn’t think his team will go easy on the Vikings and Peterson by giving key players a rest. He wasn’t conviced the Packers will win even with their best effort, however, since the Vikings have the home field advantage.

“Both teams are playing well,” he said. “I was at the Packers-Vikings game at Lambeau a few weeks ago. If they can stop Peterson, the Packers will be OK, but that’s a tough task — especially at the Dome.”

Joyal and Ange said they both have tricks to keep the rivalry fun. Ange serves up some green beverages when the Packers score and purple beverages when the Vikings score. Buffalo Wild Wings has NFL trivia games during every timeout where fans from both sides can win prizes.

Hitting a sports bar will be the best option for those who want to watch the game with a large crowd. Asking prices for game tickets on the Vikings Ticket Exchange website were as high as $1,000 Friday.

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