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Vikings Lose To Bucs 24-20 – Game #2 09/18/2011

Posted by LOTGK on September 21, 2011

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Its The First Half, Vikings Up Big

So far this season for the Minnesota Vikings can be summed up as, A Tale Of Two Halves. Last week against the Chargers, the Vikings held a 17-7 halftime lead. San Diego proceeded to score 13 more points holding the Vikings to a goose egg. Chargers win 20-17. Vikings 0-1 to start the season.

Week two had the Vikings coming home to the repaired homer dome to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As like last week, the Vikings took a commanding first half lead, 17-0 limiting the Bucs to a paltry 48 yards in total offense. Alas, the Vikings stayed true to form and allowed Tampa to score 24 unanswered points and shut out the Vikings. Buccaneers win 24-20. Vikings 0-2 to after two weeks.

To put in a different perspective, the Vikings in both games scored 37 points in the first half combined allowing only 7 points. In the second half, the Vikings scored 3 points while allowing 37 points.

In both games, the Vikings had the Chargers and Bucs exactly where they wanted them. Simply pound Peterson (Clearly the best running back in the NFL) and churn out first downs using the passing game to keep defenses honest.

Instead, Rivers and Freeman picked the Viking defense apart and took total control of the second halves of each game.

This Sunday, the Vikings host the 2-0 red-hot Detroit Lions who just laid the wood to the Chiefs scoring 48 points allowing only 3. Yes Viking fans, the same Detroit Lions who were perennial cellar dwellers in the NFC North for years. Decades even.

I hate to play this card already but this is a must win for the Vikings or else the season is over. (Yes, I said over!) The facts and history are already against the Vikings this year. Fact, only 12% of teams starting out 0-2 have reached the playoffs. Given the fact the Vikings have to play super bowl champion Green Bay twice and a host of other solid teams, the forecast looks dark. Not hopeless, but dark. Hell, the Vikings in 2008 started 0-2 and inched into the playoffs.

However, only one team in 13 years that started out 0-3 reached the playoffs. (Buffalo Bills, 1998) The percentage is almost nil, where either a stroke of luck and a few nice bounces of the ball have to occur, or shake up the team and make major changes in team personnel.

Its The Second Half, Vikings Losing

A Tale Of Two Half Seasons:

If the Vikings win this Sunday against the Lions, (Odds are favoring the Lions in Vegas as I type) the Vikings will continue to churn their might oars steering the Viking ship along a familar course. The Vikings just might reach 9 victories and just perhaps slip into the playoffs.

If the Vikings lose to the Lions and fall to 0-3, major changes should occur. The Vikings can stop believing in the myth that they are built to win now and have a playoff and super bowl run still left in them.

The Vikings should bench Donovan McNabb and rotate Joe Webb and Christian Ponder for the remainder of the season. Let the two young quarterbacks get valuable playing time with the first string offense in real game time situations. Something that practice can never supply.

The Vikings should also increase Toby Gerhearts touches per each game. Nothing at all against Peterson, (He’s the best back in the league) but as a good change of pace and perhaps avoid less wear and tear on Peterson for next season.

On defense, to be honest, the defensive back field cannot hold up to any decent quarterback they go up against. There’s a reason teams don’t run against the Vikings. It’s not that it is difficult to do so, but because it’s so damn easy to pass against them. Solution: Blitz often. And then, blitz even more. Do not allow the QB to drop back, survey the field, have a sip of tea, thn fire the ball to the open receiver. Put him on his ass and make him hurry the throw.

Here’s to hoping the Vikings somehow find a way to slow down the Detroit’s offense and win this Sunday.

For 2011 Viking Thunder is going to compare two former players who jumped shipped. One on offense, one on defense and compare them to their counterpart on the Vikings.

Team: Vikings — Seahawks
Player: Michael Jenkins – Catches: 6 Yards: 55 Points: 6
Player: Sidney Rice – Catches: 0 Yards: 0 Points: 0
Note: Sidney Rice did not play due to injury. (2 games injured)

Team: Vikings — Falcons
Player: Brian Robison – Sacks: .5
Player: Ray Edwards – Sacks: 0


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Vikings Training Camp Cup Runneth Over

Posted by LOTGK on August 4, 2011

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Bursting With Pride

Finally, the NFL owners (Billionaires) and NFL players (Millionaires) came to an agreement and the lockout was lifted with not a moment (Or dollar) to spare. (Seriously, was there any doubt the NFL would allow the lockout to continue risking the loss of billions of dollars?)

However, now that the lockout is over all 32 NFL teams are scrambling to sign players and rework contracts to get under the $120 million salary cap set for 2011. (Hank Baskett should be worried)

* One good thing that came out of the new CBA is the rookie salary cap. No more rookie holdouts and $50 million signing bonus deals. The Vikings signed all ten of their draft picks before camp opened. I cannot remember the last time that happened.

* With the opening of training camp so began the drama. Surprise! Bryant McKinnie showed up to camp out of shape and over weight. He reminds me of the Talking Heads tune, Once In A Lifetime,
And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself-Well…How did I get here?
Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.

McKinnie reportedly spent the off-season training and conditioning with Venus and Serena Williams so he would be in tip top shape for camp. I’m guessing his workout and fitness video collaboration won’t sell many copies.

* Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, so does the Brett Favre annual retiring watch begin. Hell, the media whore king has already been linked to Philadelphia. Perhaps he can hook up with Randy Moss again. (That worked out well last year) Worse yet, Joe Webb has been linked to Favre in Mississippi working on his mechanics. Favre was quoted as saying he is ready to embrace the role of mentor. (If only I had sharks with laser beams attached to their heads)

* The only number four I want to see on the field is Vikings punter and Twitter extraordinaire Chris Kluwe. You can find Chris on the field practicing his craft by day and being a star on Twitter at night. Check him out here. ChrisWarcraft. (See, he’s like a super hero. Punting by day, Twittering by night, and playing in a band called (Tripping Icarus.) (No Chris, Donovan did not put me up to mentioning your band. Yet!)

* Reports have been coming in from our Grassy Knoll Institute operative assigned to the Viking training camp that several hundred Philadelphia Eagle fans drove across country and have arrived for today’s 3pm practice. They intend to BOO McNabb mercilessly when he takes the field for the first time. The sentiment among the Eagles fans are that they just want Donovan to feel at home.

* Do you think the Vikings panicked when Sidney Rice signed with Seattle? Let’s find out. The Vikings now have 14 receivers, not including tight ends on the roster right now. But do not fret Viking fans. The passing game will be fine. Face it, Rice was hurt 3 out of 4 years on the Vikings. His stats prove this. In his four year stay here, he averaged 36 catches a year, for an average of 532 yards, and 4.5 touchdowns per year. Compare those to Jenkins stats and you got a very good replacement. Jenkins averaged 39 catches a year, 501 yards receiving, and 2.8 touchdowns per year.

For the rest of the receivers, Harvin is a super star, Berrian is now in a contract year, (Can you say motivated) Camarillo is a good possession receiver, Johnson adequate backup, Arosmahodu back up as well. And the other assorted receivers plus Joe Webb, the new “Slash” who will line up at receiver and quarterback.

* Does anyone else have the gut feeling that Randy Moss will be in purple again this season. Just saying.

* Side note: The Grassy Knoll Institute scholars have been busy deciphering the complete works of world renown psychic Nostradamus and his quatrains of the centuries. If you recall, two years ago we believed one particular quatrain referred to the Minnesota Vikings but alas, a minor translation error from French to Latin to English made the quatrain fail. Nostradamus Predicts Vikings To Win Superbowl

However, this year, we have a master linguist in house and a new quatrain sheds significant light on the fate of the Minnesota Vikings in 2011-2012 (Coincidentally also the supposedly the end of civilization as we know it) All will be revealed before the start of the season as the Vikings prepare to do battle once more.

* Every year at this time, I make my standard prediction on the fortunes (Or misfortunes) of the Vikings.

Here is what I see:
A new head coach.
A new Offensive Coordinator.
A new quarterback.
A new Left tackle.
A new receiver.
A new D Tackle.
A new linebacker, (Hope Leber signs but…)
A new corner.
A new safety.
A new defensive end.
But, no new stadium.

With all that in mind, here we go….
McNabb returns to form and has an outstanding season. 3500 yards passing, 30 TD’s, 12 INT’s.
Peterson amasses 1500 yards, 12 TD’s
Jenkins hauls is 40 catches, 605 yards, 5 TD’s.
Harvin amasses 1150 yards receiving, 250 yards rushing, and a combined 12 TD’s.
Jared Allen ropes 15 sacks.
Robison 8.5 sacks. (Didn’t miss Edwards)
Longwell wins two games for the Vikings with clutch kicks.
Kluwe elevates to all pro status averaging over 45 yards per punt, (Net)

The Vikings go 10-6, wanted to say 9-7 because of the lack of mini and training camp, but the pieces are there. They split with the Slackers, Bears, and Lions, but go on to win 7 more games outside the division making them a wild card selection. From there, well, Nostradamus knows….


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Vikings 2011 – If I Had A Rocket Launcher

Posted by LOTGK on April 27, 2011

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From The Ashes Of 2010

Listen to the tide slowly turning
Wash all our heartaches away
We’re part of the fire that is burning
And from the ashes we can build another day

It’s Springtime, late April, that period of time when football fans begin to turn their attention to the upcoming NFL draft after an active free agent signing period. (What? What’s that you say? There wasn’t any free agency period?) That’s right fans, the NFL owners have locked out the players. Bickering between millionaires (Players) and billionaires, (Owners) is not funny. Nobody wins. The fans lose.

Remember the 1987 debacle when “Replacement” players fielded the stadium as an impasse between the union and owners lasted late into September. Maytag repairmen were literally lining up on the offensive line protecting “Hi-Fi” stereo salesmen slinging the ball to tobacco chewing long-Shoremen. I thought we were supposed to learn from our past, our mistakes.

With the college draft tomorrow, the Minnesota Vikings find themselves exactly where they were 5 years ago. Without a quarterback. That’s right kids, Former coach Brad Childress had five years to find the future QB of the Vikings. How’d that work out for ya Brad? Childress is now developing a new “Kick ass” burger design at a local fast food joint.

Since the Vikings are unable to sign a veteran quarterback due to the lockout, they must reach for one in the draft. The Vikings have Joe Webb at quarterback. That is it folks. Although Webb flashed some brilliance in his brief appearances in 2010, he is a raw talent that needs several years to develop.

With no free agent signings and no experience at quarterback, that leaves new head coach Leslie Frazier with his work cut out for him to right the listless Viking ship.

If I were in charge of the Vikings I would…..

* With the 12th over all pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Vikings select… It better be a quarterback. I know Newton and Gabbert will more than likely be gone, but that leaves Mallet and Locker plus Ponder and Dalton. Mallet has the arm, strength, and size, and Locker has the speed and mobility. Vikings need to reach for one of these two. However, scouts claim Ponder is the most ready to start out of the bunch. I’ll go out on a limb here and select Ponder.

* Get Er Done. The stadium deal. Either agree on a stadium or I move the team. I’m sick and tired of the bullshit rhetoric of the governing body in Minnesota. Cal you say L.A. Vikings, or Columbus Vikings.

* TJax out. Put an end to any speculation that Jackson will be on the team in 2011. He’s brittle, he’s had five years. I don’t have anymore time for him.

* Explain to Adrian Peterson that the Underground Railroad is not the same as the Velvet Underground. (The Underground Railroad was an informal network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century black slaves in the United States to escape to free states)
(The Velvet Underground was a rock and roll movement in the 1960’s headed by Lou Reed. Take a walk on the wild side baby)

* Explain to Bryant McKinnie that lifting 12 ounce cans at Miami bars is not conditioning for the upcoming 2011 season. I would cut his dead weight ass and his $49 million dollar contract.

* Sign Sidney Rice when the NFL agrees on a contract. He and Percy Harvin will create havoc for defenses.

* I would not. I repeat, I would not re-re-sign Randy Moss. No matter what he says, or doesn’t say. That dog don’t hunt no more. Three times is not a charm.

* I’m embarrassed for the Vikings cheerleaders. They are forced to wear 1950’s style “Glamor costumes” from an era long passed by. You want more fans in the seats. You want more media buzz. Outfit the Viking cheerleaders with third Millennium uniforms. Show some skin for Pete’s sake. And for Pat’s sake.

* Jim Marshal and Cris Carter deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. I would immediately get on the PR blitz machine spotlighting these great athlete’s careers. As it stands now, without these men enshrined, it will remain the Hall Of Shame.

* When the CBA is finally signed, I would jettison Ray Edwards. Sign Donovan McNabb to help mentor the rookie quarterback, seek out a quality receiver better than Hank Baskett, (Perhaps some of the 1987 replacement Maytag repairmen want another crack at playing) sign a solid LT and center.

* Beef up security to prevent Brett Favre from entering the facility. He has played his last down in a Viking uniform. Perhaps he will get the itch come late August to play again. I wish him well with another team.

* And on the second day on the job…


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Take A Load Off Brett Favre

Posted by LOTGK on September 29, 2010

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WTF Was That?

Who would have thought that a week three game at home against the winless Lions would be a must win game for the Vikings? (Everyone put your hands down) Who would have thought that Brett Favre, who only threw 7 interceptions all of last year, would already have 6 after three games? (Put your damn hands down, it’s a rhetorical question) Who would have thought that Hank Baskett-Wilkinson would be lining up for the severely depleted Viking receiver position?

(Hank, don’t buy a permanent home here in Minnesota. Your playboy playmate wife Kendra is sexy as hell, but damn Hank, can’t you do something about that annoying laugh of hers? If that is too much to ask, then how about catching the damn ball and quit holding defenders on run plays. I pray opposing teams don’t attempt an onside kick on your side of the field.)

What are the reasons the Vikings are off to a slow 1-2 start?
Reason #1: Injury to the receivers, mainly Sidney Rice (Out for at least the first six games and maybe more) and Percy Harvin. (Migraines and hip issues)

Reason #2: The loss of Chester Taylor. Taylors production and blocking skills are missed dearly. Peterson and Gerheart have a lot to learn at that skill level.

Reason #3: Yes, it Partly Brett’s fault, for not attending mini camp, training camp, and several pre-season games to get his timing down with receivers, backs, and the offensive line.

Reason #4: The main reason. The offensive line play. Specifically Phil Loadholt. After an average rookie season, he has succumbed to the dreaded sophomore slump. Opposing defenders coined a new nick name for him, “The Doorman,” for every time some one wants in, Phil opens the door.

The left tackle, Mckinnie is not doing much better. hey Bryant, just because you are from the ‘U”, it doesn’t give you a pass to slack. (Perhaps if you pretended the defensive line players were patrons cutting in line outside your favorite club in Miami late at night you would manhandle them better)

I’m serious, pass protection is horrendous. Favre rarely had a chance to set up and survey the field. Instead, he had to look for the quick release read because he cannot step up into the pocket or he is being chased down for a sack.

Some will argue that the bye week came too soon for the Vikings after three games. However, perhaps it will give Farve the much-needed practice time with the receivers to get timing down. Perhaps it will give Harvin more time to heal. And Shaincoe. And Sullivan. And perhaps it will give Childress time to light a fire under Loadholt’s and McKinnie’s ass or trade for a pass protector.

I do believe the Vikings will pull out of their offensive slump but the schedule is not going to be easy.


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Vikings Zygi Wilf – Whatever It Takes

Posted by LOTGK on August 20, 2010

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Zygi Wilf - Stayin Alive

All day long, wearing a mask of false bravado
Trying to keep up the smile that hides a tear
But as the sun goes down,
I get that empty feeling again
How I wish to God that you were here

Brett come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in everything about you
Brett come back, you can blame it all on me
I was wrong, and I just can’t live without you

Guess who’s Back In Town?
Yes Viking fans, just as Viking Thunder predicted back on January 2nd, 2010, Brett Favre is back in purple ready to lead the team to the promised land. What, you don’t believe me? Then check this link, (Grassy Knoll Institute 50 Bold predictions For 2010) read prediction number 13, and then return back. Go ahead, I’ll wait. See, I told you so.

So Brett is back in town after snagging a ride on the Viking company jet with the help of three Viking players that traveled to Mississippi to bring Brett home to the Dome. Favre announced that he owed the Viking organization one more season and that he would suit up and play. He stated he hoped his ankle was healed enough to take the beating of an entire season. But hey, Brett never missed a game in his career. And this is his 20th season so no worries right?

What, Me Retire?

Alas, there is trouble in Purple Town. The same day Favre returned, a report leaked out that Favre and several of the offensive players did not respect coach Brad Childress. (Perhaps it’s from the same unknown source that had Favre texting that he was retiring) The chum is in the water and the sharks smell blood.

As Chief Brody lamented in the movie Jaws, “We need a bigger boat,” the Vikings have bigger fish to fry. Sidney Rice is still hobbled nursing a hip injury. Adrian Peterson hasn’t put in a strong training camp nursing an injury as well. (Hey Adrian, a bruised ego doesn’t cut it as a legitimate injury) V. Shaincoe is also out. And Percy Harvin has been absent almost the entire training camp due to a death in the family and recurring migraine headache attacks. Just yesterday, Harvin had to be taken off the field by ambulance as he collapsed on the field.

What the Hell is happening in Purple Town?

September 9th is right around the corner and the Vikings travel back to the place they lost the championship game. Back to the place where several players, (Sharper) predicted more pain and late hits on Favre. Back to the place where Favre threw his last pass in his illustrious career. There will be blood! Bad blood. On both sides. The referee’s will be tossing hankies all evening. Are the Vikings prepared for this onslaught against the Super Bowl champions? Let’s have a look-see.

Last week, the Vikings traveled to St. Louis for their first pre-season contest. The Rams looked exactly like they did last year. A 1-15 team with a lot of expensive high draft picks. Tavaris Jackson played sparingly but Sage Rosenfels had significant play time. He passed for over 300 yards, 3 touchdowns, zero interceptions, and over 70 percent completion percentage. However, it was against the Rams.

The defense stymied Sam Bradford, the #1 over all pick in the draft as well as the rest of the offense. If not for the 93 yard punt return, the Rams would have been shut out.

Speaking of the 93 yard punt return! WTF Childress! The Vikings year in and year out have the worst special teams in the NFL. Period! Keep this in mind when you take the field in-game one and kick or punt to Reggie (Kim Kardashian’s ass wasn’t good enough for me) Bush.

Toby Gerheart, All State insurance should be contacting you for commercial spots. You got good hands dude.

The defensive line is the best in the league. I said it and I meant it. From the starting four to the depth, the D-Line is the best you can get.

Brett Favre is back in town, and the circus media have erected their big top tents have more than a one trick pony to report on these days. Not just Brett Favre returning, but the news leak of players not respecting Childress, Peterson feeling slighted, Harvin and his migraines, Twitter wars between the Saints and Vikings players each predicting pain for their opponents, and of course the stadium issue.
God Damn It! We need a bigger boat!


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