Monday, September 8, 2014

Week One: One and Whoa!

It would be easy to bask in the glory of the week one victory over the Rams. How sweet it would be, to look back and re-live the excitement of the Cordarrelle Patterson rushing touchdown, the Harrison Smith interception returned for a touchdown, the Josh Robinson interception to put the nail in the coffin.

Instead, I think I will reflect on the good decisions made in the last year to get us to where we are. Players that have moved on are being replaced with younger players who have the ability and athleticism to take us to another level. Coaches and coordinators have been put in situations where they can be successful with players who can support the system they are building.

Way to go, Vikes! Let's see what happens in our new home field next week!



Sunday, October 13, 2013

After The Bye

Our last game was 14 days ago and was played over 4000 miles from Minnesota. It seems so distant, but we've sure had plenty of stories. The team acquired a benched quarterback. It released a developmental quarterback. It benched a starting quarterback. And our franchise star running back began to deal with some terrible news.

In some circles, Adrian Peterson is referred to as "Purple Jesus". I believe this name reflects his otherworldly ability to come in, take the load on his back and save a situation. We don't often see a human side to Mr. Peterson, since the focus is normally what happens on the field. But this week, we've heard about a very real story that involves him. When this happens, it's hard for us - as fans - to deal with. We know how we would support a friend or family member in this situation. But when the people involved include one of the players we watch and root for, the story draws us in but doesn't really give us a way to provide help or comfort. I believe one way to do so is to embrace and protect the people around you.

Our thoughts and prayers are with AP, the folks affected and their families.

Skol Vikes!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Must Be Headed To England - Because It's Cassel Time!

The team announced that Matt Cassel will be starting for the Purple on Sunday. Based on the recent news about Ponder's rib injury, I'm sure the Steelers are not being by caught by surprise. This is decent news for the Purple, because it will give us a look at the current status of Cassel, as a starter, playing with the first team offense.

I think the biggest different this week will be due to the return of Adrian Peterson's BFF, Jerome Felton. The rookie, Zach Line, played very well in Felton's absence. But Felton is a Pro Bowl-caliber fullback and was a significant factor in AP's success last year.

Finally, a wager has been placed with good buddy at work who happens to be a die-hard Steelers fan. Based on the outcome of Sunday's game, the "loser" will be wearing a jersey of the winner's choice. Now... where did I put that pink "special edition" Vikings jersey???