MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Fox 9’s Hobie Artigue was hit with an unexpected spelling bee when asking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum about the “raucous” environment they could face in this weekend’s NFC Championship game in Philadelphia.
Hobie: What kind of environment are you expecting in Philly and also what is the most raucous environment you’ve played in?
Case: What was that word, raucous?
Case: Raucous? Um, you know I’m expecting a raucous environment. Can you spell that?
Case: I don’t know. Sounds right.
Joking and spelling bees aside, Keenum and the Vikings have been serious in their preparation for the Eagles and the atmosphere in Philly.
“I’m expecting it to be crazy,” Keenum said. “That’s why we’re communicating a lot right now to make sure that…we’re on the same page during the game, because I have a feeling we’re not going to be able to hear much and they’re not going to be able to hear me doing a lot of things.”
“I’ve been a part of some crazy environments -- some raucous environments,” Keenum said. “Seattle, I played at Seattle. My first start ever was at Kansas City where they broke the outdoor record for a stadium.”
Speaking of loud stadiums, U.S. Bank Stadium reached 120 decibels on the field during the win over the New Orleans Saints, and those readings were before the game-winning Stefon Diggs catch. Oh you want to watch that play again? Here’s our favorite version.
Just in Case you missed it...here it is! Keenum to Diggs for the win...and the celebration afterwards! @Vikings FIRST playoff game at @usbankstadium had a storybook ending! The look in @stefondiggs eyes during the celebration says it all! #Vikings #Skol pic.twitter.com/rphskIVWrg— FOX 9 Sports (@Fox9Sports) January 15, 2018
We used a sound meter app on the concourse, and the loudest we measured was 105 decibels, slightly higher than the levels we found at a Timberwolves game, which was 98 decibels. The airport topped out at 90 decibels.
Fox 9’s coverage of the NFC Championship starts at 3 p.m. with a two-hour edition of Vikings Gameday Live. The Vikings and Eagles kickoff at 5:40 p.m. on Fox 9, followed by 90 minutes of Fox 9 News postgame coverage.