Tale of Two Cities
Since his arrival, Drew Brees has been tearing it up in Nawlin's. It is
quite clear that the teams success is directly dependent upon Brees. At
the conclusion of week 7 the Vikings lost and the Aint's won. There are
many upset over this fact but take heart as the conclusion was based upon the
Not so many
years ago, I remember two undefeated teams, both 10-0, met to decide a playoff
fate. On that day the Giant's lost to the 9er's. At half-time, where
the game was very much in doubt, I blurted out a statement that all the Giant's
would have to do is take out Joe Montana and they'd win. Of course I was
laughed at and belittled for this statement. Well Bill Parcells Gants'
learned something that day because in the playoffs, #70 Leonard Marshall took
out Montana in one play, and the Gants' moved on to their first Super Bowl
moral of the story is not to get too dependent upon a fantasy player as when
these players falter ... the whole thing collapses. In reference to the
historian named Favre ... this team learned how to win well before he joined
this ship. As for calling him a historian ... for anyone who gets to write
history in stone ... week after week ... it's not far off base to call him a
Go out late in the evening and look up in the SE, S, or SW sky and you can see
the brilliant planet Jupiter. For once you do, your heart will long for it
for some time, as for what is transpiring in these days, both past and near
future, are directly dependent upon this alignment.
you watch that Raven's kick in replay, imagine a 90 foot tall invisible man
standing between the hash marks at about the 10 yard line. Then imagine
him tapping that ball ever so gently left-ward with his right finger. Get
Sass drops it, and turns the game on its ear. Jim might be hiding in his
locker this week over it but he shouldn't. Anyone that bleeds purple like
I do absolutely loves this guy ... the throw back gladiator. Chilli's V-V
had choices on Jim's first touch on that day ... a simple handoff in the back
field, for a 2-yard loss ... a short pitch, for a 2 yard loss ... a short toss
to the flat for no gain, but no, they try the death strike and the loss
ensues. Jupiter's messenger must be appeased. Sometimes we have to
take a step backward before we can go forward with an unquestioned degree of confidence.
What does the future hold for Jim in Green Bay ... only time will
I've seen way to many Vikings get hit with fines that could pay for my house for
questionable calls ... but they've paid it and moved on. This week
however, Brett takes a blatant shot in the legs ... a clear violation of the
Brady rule. There was no flag, which was a common theme that day however,
if this player is not fined for this blatant attempt to end Favre's career ...
and the NFL's money bus ... then there is clearly a double standard at play for
what was missed in real time versus what shows up on film is
Syd had a remarkable day again but there were two more outstanding catches that
were taken away from him. The one occurred on the Farve cheap shot to his
legs. On that catch, I was suspended in disbelief. As it stood, more
"Sydness" would follow. The other was on a TD toss that was
prematurely ejected on a phantom Dugan leg whip which ultimately created the
14-point swing. Take heart my brother because the TD reception stolen from
Shank in KC made him into what he is today ... a Pro-Bowl caliber tight
end. Syd, being just one of these unselfish unsung hero's on this squad
could be screaming for fantasy points (TD's) but instead he's doing an
outstanding job between the 10's.
special note, to the officials of this league, there has not been a player of
this caliber in this league since the immortal hands of Cris Carter. Back
then, before any official made a call on the field they understood that for any
other player it was absolutely an impossible catch for anyone other than Cris
Carter. Syd has proven time and again that he has magical sideline skills
and is definitely one of these elite players. Too often, the challenge
flag has had to reveal Syd's god-like skills to your own embarrassment. Do
not be a victim of sport center as it is time to give credence to his skills.
Change - The Sydney Rule!
The league is due a rule change in regard to major and minor penalties.
For example, on the Farve cheap shot to his legs, the holding call is considered
to be a minor penalty, whereas the non-called cheap shot was a major. In
this case, the penalties wouldn't offset, where the personal foul would be
enforced. The rule change that is apparent is that the team should be
allowed the option of taking the play or enforcing the 15 yard penalty. In
this case, due to the Farve cheap shot to his legs, the team could of rewarded
the catch to Syd for the first down instead of taking the 15 yard walk
off. To demonstrate how ludicrous the present rule is, what if Syd caught
a TD on that play. The present system would take 6 points off the board
and enforce a 15 yard penalty giving the advantage to the defense. It's
time for a change. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Twice this year our
defense has been called for delay, a dead ball 5 yard penalty. Someone is
going to have to explain this. Our defense isn't off sides however the
defense is causing the offense to make a pre-snap mistake which causing the
penalty. Since the NFL's inception, defenders have been causing the
offense to make mistakes (talking, speaking, taunting) ... so what's up with
It does my heart good to see all the fantasy fanatics whine about AD not getting
the ball all three times being first and goal from the 1/2 yard line.
There is a vast difference between football and fantasy. What is important
to note is that if we wanted to score, we could of done so at will. The
message is clear here. To the braggart Steeler's fans ... you may have won
the battle ... but you have clearly lost the war. Be forewarned ...
you should want no part of February 7, 2010 ... especially on a neutral
field. For if you do, you shall have to immerse yourself within a sea of
purple facing the Hammer of Odin. The good news is that the burger knows
Call it even
The officials didn't just blow the Dugan call. Look back at the tape and
what you'll see is the most blatant non-called holding perpetrated by any squad
ever. My hat is off to this crew and the Steeler's offense as they did a
remarkable job of protecting big Ben for another day.
The failure of the nervous system can make a beast of a man go limp. It
happens to my outstretched arm, it happens when I hold onto a glass before it
crashes to the floor, it happens to my back (frame). God only knows how
your protecting Favre out there.
cure all - 100% guarantee! My prescription for an ailing back is about
5'-5", between 95 and 115#, 6" stiletto heels, and for proper balance
36C's, all walking upon and all over your back. If it doesn't work, send
her to me for intensive training. I'm not a doctor but what the
... your day will come again ... soon!
The Viking Ghost
Date: October 27,2009