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Here's the question ... the only question. Are you (Joe Webb) willing to
crawl through broken glass for me? From time to time you will see some of
the "Greats" that wore Viking Purple. They'll have that answer
It wasn't all that long ago that I was watching Czonka shredding our defense,
with Kraus being the only soul between this freight train of a man & the
goal line. It didn't happen once ... it happened all day long. Paul
could have given up but he didn't. He was badly beaten & battered that
day. After each crunch I expected the man to stand up and spit out his own
teeth. It was brutal to watch. Two Hall of Farmer's meeting upon the
NFL's greatest stage. To Czonka, Kraus may have been nothing more than an
insignificant gnat however in our safeties mind was a thought ... he will feel
It wasn't so long ago that we watched Sammy White crossing the middle in the
NFL's greatest game. It is known as the Assassin's greatest splash
play. Today, it is an illegal hit and there are now numerous Raider's
rules. Our wide receivers knew exactly what was lurking in that middle ...
the instantaneous sleeping pill. What one never considers is what it took
to do what he did that day ... everyday. What I can clearly tell you was
that this Rookie of the year wasn't stupid. He, like the men he stood with
had the heart of a champion.
They will tell you that Bud Grant was not a great coach. The more that I
look at it, forgetting how much the game had evolved in time, one could think
that they were probably right however Bud Grant was something that most of them
were not. He was a motivator of men. In my opinion he got more from
less than anyone in the history of the NFL.
What I've learned from these men, what I've learned from my male role models,
what I've learned from playing the game is that there is no disgrace in losing
... there is no disgrace in being beaten down. It is how you lose the game
Metaphorically & hypothetically if I were to stand with Joe Webb, watching a
limb dangle from his body, as we walked together from the field beaten &
battered ... would it be called "The Aces". The uninitiated, the
uninvolved, the ones with no skin in the game will call you losers. In the
historical book ... it is the only thing that matters. Winners don't
always win which is why they sometimes end up on the junk heap of life whereas
these characters from which I speak live within our hearts forever.
So when your asked about the broken glass metaphor, the shards will represent
the roller coaster of all careers where the "crawling through"
represents the purity of your soul. The "me" is not for the
Ghost Writer, it is for all that touch your soul. Shakespeare said it
best, Do we hold our manhood cheap? It is the brave that taste the blade
but once but it is the coward that feel the sword a thousand
Which path do you think the above men took? Somewhere along the line a man
can lose their soul as there is little consideration for it. There is one
thing that I can share with you that is unequivocal and undeniable. When
you look into a mans eyes you will know its path. There are some shoes
that I wish never to stand in.
So my choice becomes, do I chose to risk getting the snot beaten out of me in choosing
to stand with Joe Webb. My personal choice would be have my limb dangle
from my body rather than to continue losing in this way.
Leslie Frazier's opinion on this matter is irrelevant. It is not his voice
that needs to be heard. Frazier & his crew are prepared to build a
winner. The only words that matter on this issue must come directly from
Zig Master! Let my people go! After all ... the only true thing that
really matters is freedom!
The Viking Ghost
Date: September 26, 2011