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!



Viking Meshell said...
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Viking Meshell said...

One day after his father died of a heart attack or stroke,Favre decided to play in a December 22, 2003, Monday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders. The Packers traveled to Oakland where Favre passed for four touchdowns in the first half and 399 total yards in a 41–7 victory over the Raiders on international television (even receiving applause from "Raider Nation"). He completed 73.3% of his passes and finished the game with a passer rating of 154.9 – the highest of Favre's career and just 3.4 points shy of perfect. Afterwards, Favre said, "I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play. I love him so much and I love this game. It's meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn't expect this kind of performance. But I know he was watching tonight." He then went to his father's funeral in Pass Christian, Mississippi.

Viking Meshell said...

And another....Torrey Smith was notified at the Ravens' hotel on Sunday shortly after 1 a.m. ET and, accompanied by a member of the Ravens' security staff, left immediately to be with his family.

Smith returned to the Ravens late Sunday afternoon, participated in warm-up drills and started the game.

"It was tough. I didn't know until 4 o'clock if I was going to play," Smith said. "I only had like an hour of sleep. Emotionally, I didn't know how I was going to hold up."

In the second quarter, he caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to cut New England's lead to 13-7.

With 4 minutes to play in the game, Smith caught a 5-yard TD pass to bring the Ravens within two points. Baltimore went on to kick a field goal in the final seconds and won 31-30.

He finished with six catches for 127 yards.

"It means a lot not just for us but for my family. ... That's for my little brother," Smith said.

Time passes and we forget. I am certain that there are many others that have played through times of loss. Every person must deal with loss in their own way. Who am I to judge their choices? Prayers and thoughts with them all.