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screams within my ears ... it leaves me with an empty hollow feeling ... to be
its witness ... powerless. The longest return in the history of the
NFL of 104 yards without a touchdown. The longest franchise span without an
interception. The most franchise passing yards by a rookie quarterback without
a victory. "Would trade yesterdays triumph just if you didn't have to deal
with Adrian Petersons knee injury." Sounds like the dis-favoring of the
gods ... wouldn't it? My heart is torn ... us-under.
Once again, all of those misfortunes turned once again on an event. I wonder what it
was? What was it that could shred any field ... at any time? Isn't is interesting that no one has published Joe Webb's Quarterback rating
versus the Redskins. He is now the leagues #1 story ... its #1 athlete ...
and no one has the balls to unleash it for what it is. They only ponder its
meaning. Some to this day are still wondering, " What does this mean?"
Peterson had his chance. He could have stood his ground. He could
have spoken up as loudly and as clearly with the firmness of his reputable
shake ... but he did not. That contract he signed made him this teams
unquestioned leader. This franchises #1 son. Peterson made his choice ... he listened to the wind blown
bile within his ears and now we all must live with the
consequences. It is not as if he wasn't warned ... time and again.
It wasn't as if an epic warning had been issued. Look back ... it was
referred to as slaying of the first born. Now he must rebuild both himself
and his team back to championship form ... to then re-insert himself as its final
He wishes to know the
answer. Again, it screams within my ear. All muscle & sinew can
be repaired & can be rebuilt within a champions heart. It is the
internal structure of the knee that holds the key ... it is the stability of cartilage
... like the foundation of a skyscraper. It is the type of contact that
rules. There was no way that Rod Woodson should have returned to play in a
Super Bowl but that is exactly what he did.
is a fun fact. I've been watching football and have been a fan since
1966. Never have I seen six (6) consecutive TD drives in the history of
the league. So you're thinking the Space Peanut was not a TD drive.
Maybe a photo might help. These kitty cats qualified for the Omnipotent
One's tournament on that space peanut.
I remember some kid coming off the bench at Notre Dame ... some say he was 7th
in line ... out of obscurity,
to lead the Irish to incredible victories ... only to be placed back upon that
bench. Then that kid won the Irish a national championship. Later he
became a 3rd round draft pick. Oh yeah ... He also won four (4) west coast
Super Bowl Championships. Wasn't there a guy named Brady that was pulled off the bench to replace
their #1 draft
pick. Bledsoe ... Bledsoe ... did he ever do anything in the NFL?
How about this drunk & disorderly underachieving QB out of Atlanta that
replaced some guy named Majic-ski that was downed by a broken leg ... to become
today's unquestioned NFL Iron Man. Wasn't there another guy named
Warner that played under a set of yellow horns ... again pulled from the shelves
of super market obscurity ... from a scrub semi-pro team named
the Barnstormers ... now on his way to the NFL Hall of Fame. No, ladies
and gentlemen, you don't get to select your champions. You don't even get
to mold your champions. The champions are unleashed upon us by the gods
... we just get to be its witness.
As we speak, there are a whole slew of Viking faithful that are now licking
their wounds lamenting over the potential loss for the Suck for Luck bid.
Will Jacksonville allow the Colts next franchise quarterback to arrive
uncontested ... or is there no possible way that the Colts lose next week?
A very good question. Even as this all unfolds, plans are hatching within
our venomous & treasonous brain trust ... to squelch the overwhelming out of
control noise that is Joe Webb ... once again ... by selecting another
quarterback with our first round pick. Apparently, the never ending bad
Karma that has been brought down upon this franchise by the gods ... has not
been sufficient. No matter what is said or done, way too many reject
change at every juncture ... what they want, no matter how bad it is ... is Eli
Manning. It defines their comfort zone. Without Tyree's incredible
catch or Norwood's wide right field goal... the Giant's are minus 2 in Super
Linebacker ... Linebacker ... Linebacker.
After the Les Steckel era, and our 3-13 finish of 1984, our first pick was
Linebacker. His name was Chris Doleman ... now on his way to the Hall of
Fame. On December 28, 1975, the Vikings could do very little. For
all purposes ... it was a stalemate. Prior to that championship drive that
should live within the annals of history ... which today, now has been
overshadowed by a 4th & 22 out of bounds pass, followed by the push-off of
Nate Wright to steal an unearned victory ... there arrived a 2nd round draft
pick that should of never even made the team. Fred McNeal was that #1 pick
for that final slot. Recall that Old Stone Face (1974) never played
rookies. Then he arrived in that game ... Matt Blair ... his play turned
that contest on its ear.
In anticipation of this years draft, it is not so much of what you have, or even
in what you may need, it is about what you need to stop. Putting this in
perspective, was it Rodgers that brought Green Bay it's championship or was it
more influenced by Mathews. Maybe you might remember a slight tiny
nuisance that was first to acquire the designation L.T. These guys could devastate
any team. Why would anyone occasionally practice the starting quarterback
as a free safety ... it is based upon what you need to stop. "What the
hell is their starting quarterback doing back there?"
We need to draft based upon need! Do we really need to conform to what we
are told to do? "We need a left tackle!"...
but there is more than one dominant left tackles available. "We need
to draft that shut down corner, The Honey Badger!" Do we need a kick
returner that either can't or won't hit or do we need someone that can cover and
hit like a freight train? Sort of like drafting Troy Williamson that
could run like the wind but couldn't catch a cold. Instead, could there be
a fortune a-foot as another franchise covets a certain sure-thing pick? According to the
immortal words of Bud Grant, regardless of need, we draft the most dominant
position available. We didn't need Adrian Peterson ... did we?
Before we draft, we need to do the following: First, we need to root out
the treasonous behavior and expose the reality. We next need to relocate
this franchises resources into scouting & rooting out talent. It has
done well but it is not at a championship level.
The most appropriate term for it is known as a paradigm shift. Explain
Michael Vick in terms of Achilles? Explain Tebow? Explain Cam
Newton? What made Bill Walsh successful may not be the West Coast
scheme. If that were the case, how teams have run the scheme without Walsh's
success. One could argue correctly that what made the quiet one Bill Walsh
successful was in his openness and acceptance of the paradigm. This kid
Joe Montana is nothing but a bunch of skinny bones in desperate need of some
pasta. Not in Walsh's eyes. This kids is special. He's got a knack
that cannot be fathomed upon any level. Said another way, someone recognized that this kid
Favre's butt was so heavy that every time he walked on the field the massive
weight would shift the field to his favor or better said FAV're!
The Viking Ghost Writer