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Me thinks that the Zig Master has finally figured out how to get his new stadium
built. The Viking Nation is now so upset they are clearly ready to burn
the Dome to the ground ... pitch forks & torches.
Have you ever once considered why Christian Ponder is listed as our #2
quarterback. Actually, it is a brilliant calculated move. Why?
Because Ponder, no matter how the rest of this years rookie class does, is
clearly not ready to start in this league. That is an unequivocal
fact. Everyone realizes that there was no off season training camp however
what people tend to forget is how bad it is even when rookies QB's do get off
season training. If Ponder does start, it may not be so pleasant for
him. Believe me that this is a nice way of skirting this
So why was the Ranking of Ponder at #2 such a brilliant move? Now that
"3 & Out McNabb" has screwed the
pooch for the third straight week, most sports writers and commentators think
that Leslie Frazier's only move is to now cut bait and play Christian Ponder ...
the sooner the better. Since he's clearly not ready to lead this team, it
becomes quite easy to squash all thoughts of starting Ponder without having to
face the reality that is buried within the purple depth chart. There is a
brilliant move to be made however it appears that Frazier's hands are clearly
tied on this matter ... the buck stops at the top.
Now consider for a moment if Joe Webb was ranked as our #2 quarterback.
Well now Leslie Frazier has a significant problem. You see, most every
breathing football fan remembers Donovan McNabb's & Troy Aikman's first year
in this league. It wasn't pretty. In my opinion, Joe Webb
outperformed both of these freshman quarterbacks and he did it under the most
adverse conditions possible. He also did it with such flair & style
that few were not immediately enamored with this enigma. Why?
Because Joe Webb is clearly a winner. In fact, to put this all in
perspective, Daunte Culpepper never beat the Philadelphia Eagles ever ... Joe
Webb did it his first time out and on their field. Let's not forget that
Daunte Culpepper had both Randy Moss & Cris Carter. Do I need to say
more? So in effect, this brilliant Ponder #2 ranking move, like the anointing
of oils that is splashed upon all high draft pick quarterbacks, is buying this
franchise time. Stealing time is clearly not something that these men will
allow to happen because a pay check is just that ... a pay check that is going
to be snatched by the commissioner anyway (see Kevin
It is sort of like playing Three Card Monte or the use of the magicians
smoke and mirrors. If you don't know what to ask for, or better said, if
you are afraid to directly confront the issue, then the plan succeeds. As Prime
Time stated quite clearly ... it is ok for the Vikings to win this one
(Kansas City Cheifs) which leads us to believe that it was not OK to crush the
Lions. Let's put this another way ... if Joe Webb was on that field versus
Detroit on the 25th ... the Lion's would have been crushed. Prove me
I admit that there is a great deal that offends my sensibilities in regard to
the Vikings. It is not so much thin skin as it is that I'm ready to rip
off some ones head with blood shooting from my eyes. You might say that
I'm a touch irate and a tad impatient. Hey, it has only been 50
years. When I read commentary hoping for a guy named Ponder, thereby
slashing & chucking the entire 2011 season, I take a breath and wonder
aloud. Are you on the parole ... a company yes man? Are you sucking
up to the organization for some past misdeed? Are you negotiating for
access? Did you do it for a lead story? Why would you do this?
Are you blind or are you on-board with a certain purple franchise relocation to
Los Angeles? Yeah! I'm upset.
There is a certain saying about putting all your eggs in one basket. I'm
not afraid to tell you what you can do with that basket. What are you
asking of this franchise when all its trust must be placed within 3 & Out
McNabb? The way I see it, those eggs are hatching. The natives are a
bit more than restless. The good news is that something is going to get
burned to the ground.
So ... you're known for listening to your players. That's your shtick!
Well let's see about that! Why don't you start by telling your players
that winning it all now ... just can't be done.
The Viking Ghost
Date: September 26, 2011