LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka doesn't try to hide his feelings about domed football stadiums, including Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which he dubbed the 'Rollerdome' last season.
Ditka fueled the fire last year by moving about his office in roller skates the week of the Bears-Vikings game, which prompted the Minnesota cheerleaders to wear skates for the contest and the hometown fans to scream even louder when Chicago had the ball.
Ditka was at it again Monday, a week before the Bears head to the noisy Metrodome for the final game of the regular season.
'The only I thing I think is maybe they could convert it into a national armory, and that way they could get more use for it,' Ditka said at his weekly news conference. 'If they could grow grass, then I know they could use it for livestock.'
Ditka said his team would practice Wednesday through Sunday in preparation for the Monday night game, but would not hold any kind of workout the day of the game in Minneapolis.
'We won't practice on Monday in the dome,' said Ditka. 'I don't want to be in that place any more than I have to.'