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Four Days for Number Four

Hot off the press the Big Chill has given the Green Grandpa four days to decide “whether he will be the team’s quarterback for the 2009 season”.


I’m pretty sure Favre does not like being told what to do, being given deadlines, and frankly I don’t know if he’s ready for the fight with Big John David Booty over that precious number 4 jersey.

So in summary I say, “Hey Brett try the CFL.”

What do you think?

The Big Chill puts the freeze on the timeline rumors


The lament of a new fan

I finally figured out what was going on, how the team has four tries to move the ball ten yards, that they’ll usually try to run it first, then pass it, then punt it. I have to be honest, the sport of football has always confused me, like when the clock keeps going and when it stops, why they run for three seconds and then walk around for five minutes. But yesterday, I finally figured it out, watching the Vikings get beat down by the Eagles. I tell you, the Vikings seem to be a team that can regularly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Occasionally, despite their best efforts, they do win. But not yesterday, and the fans leaving the Metrodome, upon being asked what they thought of the game, regularly responded with “Fire Childress”, according to what I heard on MPR this morning.

This is the first season where I’ve watched games regularly, going over to my friends place to watch the game on the big screen HDTV, where you can see individual beads of sweat. He also has surround sound, where the noise from the crowd is in the rear channel, so you actually hear the Metrodome fans behind you. If many viewers have set ups like these, it’s no wonder that they had trouble selling tickets to avoid the blackout. But they did sell those tickets, with a day to spare. I don’t know if they discounted the tickets in the final days or not, but according to the Star Tribune, it was all the fans this time; no corporation or local station bought the block of tickets.

A follow-up item on MPR was about budget plans for Minnesota, and Pawlenty talking about his priorities being Military and Vetarans Affairs, Public Safety, and then K-12 Education. A new Vikings stadium with state money definitely is not part of the agenda. Ain’t it a shame…I’m sure the Vikings could use something to cheer them up.

Care to talk football?

Football! Or really FOOTBALL!!!!!! is an IM I receive atleast a fewtimes a week during football season.

This weekend, with the Vikes taking a week off to lose some weight, the Gophers stepped up for the big W against Purdue.

Which brings two things to mind:

1) From the Williams’ article “A text message to Pat Williams was not returned. ” just makes me think HUH?!! A text message? Really, what did it say “RU doping?”

2)The Gophers are now ranked #20 in the country and #17 by the BCS. Go Gophers!




My Two Favorite Football Teams

When I was growing up there was a football saying “My two favorite teams are the Vikings and whoever plays the Packers.” It was a mantra of sorts that reinforced the VIking love and the Packer dislike and it may have even been part brainwashing to assure family members grew up to be Vikings fans.

I started thinking about this saying yesterday as I watched the Vikings play against the Lions. Truth be told, the Packers and the Bears have always had a greater rivalry than the Vikes and the Pack. Also, with the Vikes unable to muster a win against the Pack in what seems like years it’s really hard to feel that old rivalry fire.

 Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a new rivalry.

I was coached to believe football is a game of adjustments and a game of mismatches exploited for advantage; these are two core philosophies I’ve rarely seen followed by this Brad Childress led Vikings team. When an opposing team’s Defense comes out and runs an 8 man box and a barrage of blitz packages, you could adjust and make them pay, or you know; you could just try the same old play of running the ball up the middle and praying for a seam.  

At some point while watching yesterday’s game I had a sports epiphany. 

Maybe it was as I watched Leigh Bodden blow up the Vikings offense time and time again or as I found myself admiring the scrappy Detroit third string quarterback turned starter, Dan Orlovsky, lead his team with a cool confidence usually absent in rookies. Maybe it was as I looked at my three month old daughter sitting on my lap watching the game (and her dad) with wide eyes and wonder and I thought; “Is this the type of football I want her to love?”

Is it? I don’t think so and that’s why now my two favorite football teams are The Vikings and whoever is playing against Brad Childress; a coach with a  lower approval rating than Congress.

I mean think about it, this way, I get to see my two favorite football teams play ball each week and no matter what my favorite team will win.

Fair weather fan?  No way, I’m just making making some necessary adjustments.

I wish Wilf would do the same.

Watch Vikings vs Packers at the Herkimer

The Herkimer will have all-you-can-eat pig roast and beer for $15 from 5-7pm for the Vikings vs Packers game on Monday, September 8. Game starts at 6pm, despite what the poster below says.

Watch Packers vs Vikings at The Herkimer

Watch Packers vs Vikings at The Herkimer

(The Herkimer also regularly hosts PackerBar.)

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