Mark Craig's London, Day 1: Getting there is NOT half the fun

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2013 - 4:54 AM

Covering the Vikings in London is a bit different that covering them at Winter Park or Lambeau Field. Star Tribune football writer Mark Craig will share some of the off-the-field excitement of this week's unique road trip.

Access Vikings American Invasion, Day 1

Forty-nine years after The Beatles crossed the Atlantic, the United States has reciprocated by sending Access Vikings The Show to the United Kingdom for the week. Yeah, I know. That exchange rate is B-R-U-T-A-L

Gave some woman in a window at MSP Airport $147.50 on Monday night and she gave me four 20s and directions to the nearest dark beer spigot. Boarded a flight that was so long, Chip Scoggins now sounds like a cross between Houston Nutt and Margaret Thatcher. Wore an Iowa State t-shirt that prompted a wonderful conversation with a friendly elderly British couple. I have no idea what they said, so I did what I do when Sid comes in screaming about quarterbacks: Smiled, nodded and moved to the other side of the room ASAP.

The long line for customs was about to get a lot shorter when a security guard appeared to be looking for young, cute people for his “fast-track” line. In what has to be an upset equal to Browns over the Vikings, this man chose the significant others of Chad Greenway, Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith over Chip and me. Unbelievable

Got to the hotel and my credit card wouldn’t work. By the time it did work, it was about 3 p.m., otherwise known as three hours late to the nearest pub. See ya.

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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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