Dan Wiederer recently wrote commentary announcing that the Vikings have a 20
month schedule to become a wild card playoff team. How often have you
heard that shtick ... a 3 year plan? Soooo .... Please allow me to
retort. Maybe you haven't noticed the swinging door but there are a whole
lot of new faces about for a reason. That door is in perpetual
motion. Get the picture?
Is there some sort of artificial buffer that's been placed out there for the
rookies to let them know that they are on some sort of special
time-management-plan to allow you to get accustomed to your new
environment? Sure there is ... and a split second later ... you've either
taken your first step toward history ... or your first step toward that swinging
door. It sounds like you need to have some sort of orientation. Well
maybe I can help you out. "This isn't your first rodeo!"
Orientation 101: Allow me to tell you everything that I know that is
acceptable about losing ... Well, now that we've got that taken care
of we can move on to business. It's a business with some pretty good
competition. The word business is in reference to the swinging door.
Ask Tom Brady if he understood the concept of that swinging door. NFL -
NOT FOR LONG!
What is the definition of a Rookie? For some reason, a rookie believes
that they will be allowed to make mistakes ... or that the coaches will have
some sort of special patience ... a sort of coddling for them to get their feet
wet. You missed it ... that perception right there ... is your definition. That
leeway that you think exists actually did ... about 5 generational-rookies
ago. Personally I've been in an absolute rage since December 28,
1975 so just count yourself lucky that I'm not your coach ... with blood
shooting from my eyes.
How long is it going to take before these Rookies learn our
history? Kind of shameful isn't it. They don't consider themselves
as if they were one of us ... that is until they have it shoved down their
throats. You can learn it and wear it as your coat of arms or you can
learn it the hard way ... on the field. How long do you think it takes a
Rookie to understand the full extent of recent Steeler history that began in the
Soooo ... allow me to help with the understanding of exactly where you stand.
No Viking fan, or NFL spectator, can win the Super Bowl. The Vikings
franchise has a 1 in 32 chance in winning it all with this upcoming 2012 team
... and that is exactly what they will do. Does this jive with Dan
Wiederer's 20 month plan. It's a good thing that orientation helps ...
Not one player in all 32 teams actually believes that they will actually win the
Super Bowl due to how difficult it is to win it all ,,, that is a fact.
What they all say and what most do are two entirely different things. Even
though one team actually wins it all ... how many are actually married to the
concept? How many are dragged along for the ride? There are no
guarantees gentlemen. To be able to win it ... absolutely everything needs
to change ... and that will be married with the concept that nothing will be
allowed to change. It's time to get your mind right! Are you still
searching for those endorsement deals?
How can this happen simultaneously? In 1999, Curt Warner ran the Dan Fouts
era San Diego Charger offense. Anyone that tells you that they were
100% certain of the result is a liar. If
you are a rookie, or you actually get the opportunity of being apart of this
2012 team then you have to assume a role that doesn't exist. It cannot be
explained. It cannot be described. It must be realized. Pay
attention because your going to have to savor every tidbit as the rest must be
grown as if it were a seed.
Peer around and you might notice some blood ... maybe a little sweat ... maybe
some foreign odors. You
might even notice pain from time to time. You might
witness a little violent behavior or even be the witness to a violent slow
motion wreck (Brett Favre's Championship). You might hear something out there that
turns your curdling stomach. This gentlemen represents hundreds of well paid
athletes that want nothing more than to take your Lolly Pop! These
athletes are trying to pound your head into the dirt while contemplating how
they can do it in such a way that you don't lose your job to someone that has
better skills ... making their business that much harder.
Hears a direct quote from the Ghost, "Fear and odor go hand in hand ...
only displaced by absolute fatigue." There is only one thing that can
wash away the stench. Can you guess what it is?
Soooo ... now you might be asking yourself, "Why exactly am I here?" What do I have going in my favor other than the
ever dangerous youth and skill. Rookies are the most dangerous commodity
in this league. Nobody expects you to do a darn thing as you already have
one foot out the door. To make it, your going to have to become Leonardo
da Vinci of artistic football.
No one knows what you can do. No one knows what you will do. Herein
lies the key to this teams success. Statistics state that everyone will
get beat ... that is not something that you can get concerned about. Your
only focus is not to get beaten. So what does that mean? When your
standing there in the end with a smile on your face ... you'll have figured it
out. Until that day however you will feel the wrath of that blood shooting
from my eyes.
Count yourself lucky that you don't have Bud Grants laser-like eyes that could
pierce your very soul. Then again, there is no way that you'll ever see
what it took to be the champions that they were ... regardless of what history
Now get yourself ready for what you see & experience this year will be of
Many have made an issue in regard to 3-draft-pick pairs from the same
schools. It's a message from the Ghost. My mother is a Gemini, where
absolutely everything happens in pairs. Let's just say it got my undivided
attention. In life ... there are no
The Viking Ghost Writer