Lots of seats available

THE VIKINGS have put out the word:

They need you!

Well, maybe not you, but they need warm bodies to fill the Metrodome. The team has announced that it has 20,000 tickets available for Sunday afternoon's playoff game against the Eagles. That's right - 20,000.

"We appreciate our loyal fans and want to ensure they understand tickets are still available at all price levels for this game," said Vikings vice president of sales and marketing/chief marketing officer Steve LaCroix. "We're encouraging fans to experience the atmosphere of the team's first home playoff game since 2000 and give the Vikings the continued homefield advantage we enjoyed throughout the regular season."

They say prices range from $30 to $160, and that more information is at ticketmaster.com.

- Rich Hofmann

Playoff fever has hit Philadelphia.

All four Philly teams have made the playoffs in their 2008 seasons - the only city among the 13 markets with all four major teams that can make that claim.

The last time that happened here was 1981, according to Comcast-Spectacor public-relations guru Ike Richman.

The Eagles reached the playoffs in the 1981 season and lost to the Giants, 27-21, in the wild-card game on Dec. 27, 1981.

The Phillies lost in five games in the National League Division Series to the Expos.

The Flyers lost in the second round to Calgary in seven games after beating Quebec in the first round.

The Sixers lost to Boston in seven games in the Eastern Conference finals after series victories over Indiana and Milwaukee.

Of course, in 2008, you might have heard the Phillies won the World Series. The Flyers made a run to the Eastern Conference finals before losing to Pittsburgh and the Sixers had an outstanding second half to make the postseason and then lost to Detroit in the first round. *

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