Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota Vikings’

Seven Vikings?

December 18, 2007

Seriously? This is the team the Packers have beaten twice, including a 34-0 ass-whooping? Some of these guys are deserving — Adrian Peterson, Steve Hutchinson, the Willams duo — but Darren Sharper? Sorry, Sharper used to play at a Pro Bowl level, but no longer.

More here.

Money quote:

The Packers are tied for the best record in the NFC at 12-2 and swept the Vikings this season, including a 34-0 smackdown on Nov. 11. Yet, the Vikings have twice as many starters in the Pro Bowl. Someone — anyone — tell me how this makes sense.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy immediately should be admitted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Anyone who can take a team with so little talent — according to the Pro Bowl voting released today — to the brink of gaining the No. 1 seed in the NFC deserves unanimous approval as coach of the year and should have his salary tripled.

Vikings Fan?

December 12, 2007

Maybe not, since this took place in Germany. But doesn’t this sound like something a Vikings fan might do?

A man nearly died from alcohol poisoning after quaffing two pints of vodka at an airport security check instead of handing it over to comply with new rules about carrying liquids aboard a plane, police said Wednesday…The incident occurred Tuesday at the Nuremberg airport, where the 64-year-old man was switching planes on his way home to Dresden from a vacation in Egypt.New airport rules prohibit passengers from carrying larger quantities of liquid onto planes, and he was told at a security check he would have to either throw out the bottle of vodka or pay a fee to have his carry-on bag checked.Instead, he chugged the vodka — and was quickly unable to stand or otherwise function, police said.

Response to crack smoking accusation

December 5, 2007

To the untrained eye, Steve’s response to my Tarvaris Jackson warning may have seemed critical or “mocking” as he prefers. But my interpretation is that he is actually fighting himself right now not to agree with me. His comment that Tarvaris doesn’t “completely suck” may have seemed like a non-comment to most, but considering how many times Steve has bashed Tarvaris and overstated his poor quality, not “completely sucking” from Steve is a verbal step up from being “horrible”, the “worst QB in the NFL”, “just another one of your lame mancrushes” etc. Now, I think it’s fair we give Tarvaris until the end of the season to prove he’s got some game, but if he does that, Steve will need to hold himself accountable for his position that Tarvaris is not quality.

Smoking Crack Again

December 5, 2007

I can certainly understand the impulse to crow about Tarvaris Jackson. Brother Andy has been wrong with so many of his previous mancrushes that it must be really exciting to finally have hit on someone who doesn’t completely suck.

But let’s not get carried away. T-Jack has had a couple of decent games. Nothing outstanding, but not bad, either. But two games does not a career make. And you’re right, he is protected by one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and has what must be considered the most dangerous running game in the league right now. So defenses have to game-plan to stop Adrian Peterson (i.e. put 34 in the box) and they’re willing to let T-Jack take his shots. Add to all of that the quality of the Minnesota defense/special teams and the fact that those units are sometimes outscoring the offense, and it seems obvious that it’s way too early to be talking Jackson as a quality, long-term NFL quarterback.

I do, however, agree with your broader point: The Vikings have the makings of a very good team. I think their two young WRs that can catch the ball (a group that obviously doesn’t include Troy Williamson) will be dangerous. Sidney Rice has flashed over the course of the year and Aundrae Allison showed his natural abilities on the 103-yard kickoff return on Sunday. Oh yeah, and Adrian Peterson.

Still, it’s hard not to like the Packers as the dominant team in the NFC North for several years. We are, after all, the youngest team in the NFL — a distinction we somehow have managed to earn two years in a row despite the presence of Brett Favre and Rob Davis on the roster.

One clarification: I never criticized you for your man-crushes, I mocked you.


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