Here’s the moment you knew the Vikings were going to be good this season and Brett Favre was back, replayed in the classic Nintendo video game Tecmo Super Bowl:
Who could have foresaw the Vikings starting the season 4-0? Ok, a lot of us Vikings fans, but probably no one else. The Vikings have shown that they can be one of the top teams in the NFC this season, and ESPN has them ranked #3 in its weekly power rankings following their win last night over the Packers. Favre and company only trail the New York Giants and the Indianapolis Colts.
Some of you younger Vikings fans might not know that Sean Salisbury used to be a quarterback for the Vikings. You probably only know him as the guy who bullied that pencil-necked geek John Clayton on ESPN every week. Salisbury lost his job at ESPN, allegedly because he was showing women pictures on his cell phone that were less-than-appropriate. He then lost his job at a Dallas radio station, and apparently has spent the 2 weeks since then growing nuttier and nuttier. He sent a message this week to Deadspin, the popular sports gossip blog, saying he’s going to sue them for so much money he will own Deadspin. The note is written like it was from a 7-year-old, which might be because it was sent from an iPhone, or maybe it’s because Salisbury likes to go all-out in his effort to fit the dumb jock stereotype.
The Brett Favre experiment in Minnesota has worked out well so far, as the Vikings are 2-0 and ESPN has them ranked #5 in their weekly power rankings. There’s a long road ahead, but we’re off to a great start. We’ve got the 2-0 49ers next week before the big game against the Packers on October 4.
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The Vikings will host the New York Football Giants in the final week of the NFL’s regular season. This game could end up being crucial depending on where both team’s records are at that time. I know there are plenty of Eli Manning fans and haters out there, and people will come out to this game no matter what just to see Favre and Manning face off for what could be the final time. This could very well end up being the final regular season game of Brett Favre’s illustrious career. It could be (God forbid) the final game of his career period. That’s a sobering thought, but it’s a possibility. Tickets on the reseller’s market are going for as low as $18 as I’m looking at the current prices right now.
I hope this video embed code works, because I want everyone who reads my ramblings here to be able to watch Adrian Peterson absolutely dominate the Browns defense over and over again. This is one of the most impressive touchdown runs I’ve seen since Barry Sanders was still in the league:
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The Cincinnati Bengals will make the trip to the Metrodome on December 13 to play the Vikings in a non-conference game. The possible playoff picture should really be starting to form by this point, so this could end up being a much more important matchup than people think right now. The Vikings next (and last) home game in the regular season will be in the final weekend against the New York Giants, who (surprise, surprise) are the early favorites to be the top team in the NFC.
The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Kevin and Pat Williams can play in the NFL this season as they await a Minnesota State Supreme Court ruling on their banned-substance suspension. The Williams’ tested positive for a banned substance, which turned out to be the supplement sold under the brand name StarCaps. Two New Orleans Saints players were also suspended after taking StarCaps, but they will have to serve out their suspensions this season because Louisiana law failed to protect them in the same way Minnesota laws protected the Williams’. This does not mean the Williams’ suspensions have been lifted, just that they can play until a final ruling can be made, and that ruling just happens to be scheduled after the football season is over.
I know Roger Goodell wants to crack down on banned substance use, but this whole StarCaps fiasco exposed a major flaw in the testing system. It’s not fair to suspend players who went to their trainers with this substance, asked him to test, and then got word back that it was not a violation of the banned substance policy. The league’s stance that “you are accountable for anything you put in your body” is absurd. Someone has to be held responsible for deciding whether an individual product is in violation or not. We can’t have an official testing lab say something is OK, only to find out later that it isn’t and then suspend everyone who took the substance. The fair thing to do here is drop all the StarCap suspensions and just make it clear that from now on StarCaps are banned in the NFL.
Brett Favre claims now that he knew about his biceps injury with 5 or 6 games left in the season last year, and he offered to sit down even though his “Iron Man” streak was on the line. The Jets collapsed at the end of the season, partially because Favre had throwing a pass more than 10 yards without it flailing like a dead duck. If Favre gets in similar trouble this season, let’s hope Vikings management isn’t stupid enough to ignore the issue just so fans can see Brett Favre. Unlike the Jets, I think Vikings fans care more about winning than putting a former superstar out on the field.
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Mark the date on your calendars, folks. On November 29 da Bearsss come to the Metrodome to get taught a lesson on playing hard-nosed football. They may think they’re big shots now that they have Jay Cutler to complement their running game and special teams, but the fancy little ladies of the midway will leave this game battered and bruised at the hands of the purple people eater. There are some tickets still available on the resellers market for this game at a reasonable price, as low as $23.