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Mike Penner's Dome Factor

November 10, 2000|MIKE PENNER

Requirement for inclusion: Must have a home dome.

1. Minnesota (7-2): The NFL's greatest foul-weather team of the '70s suddenly can't win outside the hermetically sealed Metrodome.

2. St. Louis (7-2): The Greatest Show on Earth? Not under the TransWorld Dome big top, not after Joe Nedney's last-minute game-winner for the Panthers.

3. Indianapolis (6-3): Mike Curtis, Bubba Smith and Ted Hendricks never played inside something called the RCA Dome. And that's part of the Colts' problem.

4. New Orleans (6-3): Considering the Saints' history, "Superdome" has always been stretch. "Wild Card Dome" would be closer to the mark.

5. Detroit (5-4): The Pontiac Silverdome, home to no-class fans, no-flash quarterbacks and perpetually disappointing football team. Gary Moeller, it's all yours.

6. Atlanta (3-7): Welcome to the Georgia Dome, where the Falcons are served up to hungry guests each fall. Pheasant under glass.

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