MINNEAPOLIS -- Greetings from the Metrodome press box, where things got off to a hectic start but just took a fun turn.
OchocincoAs we noted earlier, it already appears evident that Minnesota receiver Percy Harvin won’t play against Cincinnati because of migraine headaches. One receiver who will play, however, is the Bengals' Chad Ochocinco, who has already found and “confronted” Minnesota mascot Ragnar.
As you might remember, Ochocinco said earlier this week that he wanted to steal Ragnar’s Viking horn and motorcycle when and if he scores in this game. Ragnar responded with a challenge of his own. At about 10:15 a.m. ET on Sunday morning -- almost three hours before kickoff -- a few of us noticed Johnson checking out the “Gjallarhorn” on the Vikings’ sideline.
A moment or two later, Ragnar came out of a tunnel good-naturedly gesturing toward Ochocinco. The two men hugged, spoke for a minute and then parted ways. I tried to take a picture with my cell phone, but apparently cell phone cameras aren’t good from 200 yards away.
I’m told by reliable sources that the Gjallarhorn will be locked up during the game. Ragnar? It appears that he’s ready to participate in any skit Ochocinco might have cooked up. Stay tuned.