In Vikings territory, Bears and Packers fans run wild

3:53 PM, Jan 23, 2011   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Vikings may not have scored a spot in the 2011 NFL playoff season, but the Twin Cities is still seeing its share of post-season rivalry. 

This time, it's among fans who bleed green and gold or blue and orange.

"Bears are going down," said Blake Montpetit, owner of Tiffany Sports Lounge in St. Paul.

Montpetit and his sibling co-owners have backed up their trash-talking with creative action.  This Sunday, they plan to roast an actual black bear.

"We're roasting a 180 pound black bear for the Bears, Packers game.  [A] little good-spirited rivalry for our friends in Chicago," Montpetit said.

Montpetit said they had planned to serve the bear meat to customers, but the state health department rejected the plan.  Instead, customers can take pictures with the roasting bear.  After the game, the bear will go to a private party in Wisconsin.

Meantime, Bears fans aren't taking the back-and-forths lying down.

"All the T.V.s are going to be on the Bears.  We're going to be grilling out, tailgate style," said Rob Ausdemore with Alary's Bar in St. Paul.

Ausdemore added there's no better place for Bears fans to catch the game this Sunday.

"The owner played for the bears, right there, Al Baisi, Number 26," Ausdemore said.

The dueling bars have agreed on a challenge over the big game.  If the Packers win, the staff at Alary's has agreed to don green and gold.  And if the Bears win, the Tiffany staff will wear orange and purple.

Ausdemore likes his odds.

"Come watch the Bears win.  And there's a point three percent chance you're going to see me wear green and gold," he said.

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