EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Blair Walsh's rookie season for the Minnesota Vikings has come with the expected new experiences for the native Floridian.
During the first snowstorm of the winter, punter Chris Kluwe chronicled Walsh's initial attempts to drive in the snow with a series of tweets that included: "As we leave the parking garage, @BlairWalsh3 says "Are there any buttons I should hit to drive in this?" ." And: "Now @BlairWalsh3 is learning what an anti-lock braking system is. "Are my brakes exploding?" "No Blair, that's keeping you from skidding."
Walsh was protected from the elements when he was kicking indoors at the Metrodome, though. There will be no protection this week when Minnesota travels to Green Bay Saturday night to open the playoffs. The latest wintry experience for Walsh comes Saturday.
"It will be a big test for me this weekend," said Walsh, a Pro Bowl selection for making 35 of 38 field goals, including all 10 from 50 or more yards.
Walsh grew up in Boca Raton, ...