Are reports that Vikings head coach Mike Tice painted his house in Packers colors credible?
Well, they are and they aren't. This is one of those cases where reporters have a tendency to not let the facts get in the way of a good story. Even if it takes a touch of whitewashing. The truth is that Tice bought a new home in the Twin Cities last summer, and had it painted in time to throw his now annual preseason party for members of the organization.
The colors he and his wife Diane picked out were canary yellow, with dark green shutters. Tice himself mentioned to his family that some might interpret the color scheme as being dangerously close to the green and gold of the Packers, the Vikings' most bitter NFC North rival. Still, the plan somehow received family approval, and a couple of coats of the familiar colors were applied.
"Isn't that [screwed] up?" Tice said this week. "Yeah, I do have a Packers house. As my daughter [Adrienne, 15] says, 'It's not really Packers colors,' but they're close. It does make for a good story. But at no point did I say I'm painting my house Packers colors or that I hate the Packers so much and this is going to remind me of it. But that's what the story has turned into."
One footnote: Tice needs no reminders of the Packers. His Vikings, who won their final three games last year in impressive fashion -- finishing 6-10 in his rookie season -- open their 2003 schedule at Lambeau Field on Sept. 7. Tice's "home" game against Green Bay isn't until Nov. 2.
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