Could the havoc the Giants faced over the weekend because of a snowstorm that blitzed the Midwest and finally landed them in Detroit be a blessing in disguise? Some Big Blue fans believe so.
“It’s great for the Giants because they’re playing on neutral ground,” said Brooklyn native Aldrick Duncan, 28, who moved to the Detroit area to attend college.
After facing a series of re-routings on their way to Minnesota to face Brett Favre’s Vikings, the Giants are now gearing up to face the team in Motown on Monday night after the Minneapolis Metrodome partially collapsed Sunday morning.
While no one was injured, it was unclear if the roof will be patched in time for the Vikings’ next home game Dec. 20.
“The commissioner ultimately made the decision to play in Detroit, and we were OK with it,” Giants co-owner John Mara told NFL.com. He unsuccessfully lobbied to move the matchup to the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Fans holding tickets and willing to trek the 690 miles to the Motor City from Minneapolis can still watch the game and even get prized seats. Otherwise, the NFL is providing refunds. The NFL will also be giving away free tickets to fans on a first-come basis.
“To have the Giants here in Detroit is amazing,” said Duncan, a die-hard G-men fan, who plans to nab the free tickets for the game Monday night.
Blogger Dan Benton, of Giants101.com, agreed that the Big Blue can benefit from the venue switch because the Vikings will lose their home-field advantage and Detroit-area spectators aren’t likely to root for them or Favre, the Vikings quarterback, if he plays.
“That makes what was sure to be a hostile environment not at all hostile,” Benton said.