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Boiling water freezes over in Vikings country

Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil doesn’t need a meteorologist to tell him how cold it is in Minneapolis.

All he has to do is pop in the videos his brother sent.

Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil has made a couple of science project-type videos to let his older brother know what to expect when the Panthers travel to Minnesota this weekend.

“He sends us videos (shot) at his house. They’ll take boiling water and throw it out the window and it turns into ice,” Ryan Kalil said this week. “It’s a pretty cool video.”

The brothers, who grew up in southern California, faced off last season when the Panthers beat the Vikings 35-10 on Oct. 13.

Game-time temperature was 64 degrees inside the climate-controlled Metrodome, which was torn down after the season. The Vikings are playing this season and next at TCF Bank Stadium, the University of Minnesota’s outdoor stadium.

Sunday’s high is expected to be 17 degrees with no chance of snow, as of Tuesday evening.

“Sounds like a lot of fun,” Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert said. “I haven’t played in that type of weather since my rookie year.”

Tolbert was inactive for San Diego’s 35-24 playoff loss at Pittsburgh on Jan. 11, 2009, when the temperature was 26 degrees.

That might feel balmy compared to Sunday’s forecast for Minneapolis, which could be a day to hand off to the running backs.

“Sounds like it,” Tolbert said. “We hope so.”

Support system: It has been a tough season for Matt Kalil, who ducked the media after he was penalized three times for 35 yards during Sunday’s 24-21 loss to Green Bay. Kalil then knocked a fur trapper hat off the head of a heckling fan as he left the stadium, an incident caught on video.

Kalil apologized Monday, the same day his older brother stuck up for him in Charlotte. Ryan Kalil said his brother has become a scapegoat for the 4-7 Vikings.

“I’ve watched him this year and I think he’s done a lot of really good things,” Ryan Kalil said. “Unfortunately, what happens is that’s a really hard position he plays. And when your team gets down a bunch and you’re playing from behind, you’re in a lot of passing situations.

“The percentage of pass blocks goes way up, and that’s tough. It’s a tough situation. When you’re winning, when your team’s good, when you run the ball well, you don’t get in a lot of those situations. … But he’s a good kid. He works hard. I’m proud of him. I think he’ll play a long time in this league.”

Home cookin’: Tolbert, a 5-foot-9, 254-pound back whom coach Ron Rivera describes as “round,” has long embraced his body type and not-so healthy diet.

Tolbert was in rare form Monday going over his Thanksgiving plans. He said he planned to eat his mom’s honey-baked ham, cabbage, cornbread, fried turkey and cranberry sauce “out of the can, not homemade.”

Tolbert said cabbage was one of his favorites, and defended its status as a vegetable, even when cooked with “fatback.”

“It’s still green when you eat it. I count green apples as a vegetable because it’s green,” Tolbert said. “You gotta look at me. I’m a meat-and-potatoes type guy. So when you get me to eat something green, you’re feeling lucky.

“I count green Jolly Ranchers as a vegetable, too. Anything green is a vegetable to me.”

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