Eagles find frosty welcome in Minneapolis from Vikings fans
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Vinny Curry walked through Mall of America on the lookout for a store selling Philadelphia Eagles team gear ahead of the arrival of friends and family on Thursday.
The Eagles defensive lineman happened upon the NFL Shop on the second floor of the mall near the J.W. Marriott, the hotel Curry and his Philadelphia teammates are calling home for this week ahead of Super Bowl LII on Sunday.
"One shirt," Curry said Tuesday afternoon of the lacking inventory at the NFL Shop, noting the offering was not a jersey but a sweatshirt. He pressed employees about where to find more Philly paraphernalia and said he was told, "Not in this mall."
The frigid welcome for the Eagles has been noted by several players, many of whom were booed by fans paying to view the Opening Night media sessions on Monday in St. Paul.
Curry and others are sensing the host city remains unhappy at the result of the NFC Championship Game. The Eagles handily beat the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Curry joked, "They're not treating us very nice here."
The lack of love isn't imagined.
Truth Bar, a shared professional space, posted a sign in its window with an offer for Eagles fans -- free beer.
"Stop in and have a free beer thrown at you!" the sign reads.
Injured safety Chris Maragos tweeted Friday that Minnesota restaurants were unable to accommodate three different attempts for dinner reservations.
Some Vikings fans complained they were mistreated in Philadelphia on Jan. 21 before, during and after the NFC Championship loss. One video showed Eagles' fans chucking full cans of beer at a group in Vikings gear. Starting quarterback Case Keenum said his family needed extra security during the game.