We'll need to open up a vein here, to write this, to save the faithful a little
coin and maybe even some heartache. Before you lay it all out there you
might want to consider a Michael Strahan direct quote, "Our entire team
wore black (during our playoff run) because we weren't going to a party, we were
going to a funeral. Our own funeral." Hope has a way of making
us act in a very odd way. What we need to keep in mind is that a man that stretches
out the collection plate never gets to crack a smile.
are a few items to consider in laying odds & coin on the Vikings for this
upcoming contest in Nawlins'. These aren't my words, these are the words
on the street. They are overwhelming ... designed to take that smirk of
- The Viking haven't won a championship game on the road since December 30, 1973
in a 27-10 victory over the Cowboys and that's when they were a tough as nails
- The Vikings are not a road team. They're undefeated at
- The team has been lights out at 12 pm CST on Sunday. On Sunday &
Monday night, they were an entirely different team. October 5, was
an entirely different alignment and more importantly, they are an entirely
different team than what we were playing.
- The Vikings are less 2-Key Pro Bowlers, Sharpe and Birk. Birk actually
has had an even greater impact as this offensive line hasn't generated the
Peterson yards on the ground especially against the elite teams. The
Saints greatest weakness just might be their run defense and we are impotent at
generating the ground grind-age to consume that clock.
- The Vikings are also known as Minny-Ha-Ha! Pick your slur here.
They were the first to lose four (4) Super Bowls. That stigma alone is the
heaviest of all burdens when considering piercing
- The Vikings may have the #2 ranked defense against the run, but they are soft
in the middle. The Saints will be particularly adept at exploiting our
- It's not a question of if Adrian Peterson will fumble it is just of matter of
when he'll fumbles it. For the Vikings to win, they are going to have to
play mistake free ball on the road. Sounds like hoping for an honest
politicians. The Saints have proven time and again they are more than
capable at driving in the stake with each and every mistake.
- For some reason, history has shown that over the hill gangs typically are
unable to carry that rock over that goal line. The Vikings fall within
that history. Winfield's crippled, Edwards is hobbled, big man Pat is
talking about retirement and let's not forget about old #4.
- The primary reason why 40 year old Favre was the NFL's #1 draw of the 2009
season could be likened to watching the carnage of an accident in slow
motion. People just can't avert their eyes from the oncoming carnage but
they all want to be witnesses when it all hits the fan.
- The burden of the Vikings franchise is in the fight of its life, embattled
within the state. Could it be ... No Super Bowl! ... No stadium! Is
there a relationship between Twins and the word Championship. I walked the
streets of Cleveland on a Sunday during the regular season when there was no NFL
franchise ... imagine the deep grayness amongst the pawl. The second rule
of plumbing is the path of least resistance. What do you think we're going to
one is not amused. Although the Saints also have players involved in
the Star Caps controversy, the Williams Wall and the State of Minnesota are the
leagues poster boys and are directly within his cross-hairs. He's made it
clear that the Williams Wall should be suspended and he'd relish the opportunity
of doing it for either this weeks championship game or Super Bowl 44 if our
legal system didn't tie his hands. Simply
put, some franchises like his Patriots count and some just don't matter at all.
- Last weeks
selection of an official's team was a clear message to the franchise. The
Pokes were allowed to hold Allen at will, to cut block engaged players
(Edwards), they even allowed a kicker step on our player that didn't even touch
him and then fall over to draw the laundry and let's not forget the cheap shot
on Favre on a dead ball false start, which should of been a neutral zone
infraction. In Minnesota is might not matter ... it will within the Super
Even up, the smart money should clearly be on Saints.
The Viking Ghost
Date: January 18, 2010