January 10, 2005

The Eleventh Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Lose Faith In Thy Own Team

Things I (and my readers) actually wrote, in the last week:

"Look for that on Sunday or Monday, when I should also have something to say about the sad demise of the Vikings' season." -Me, January 7.

"As for picks, yes, I’ve come to grips with the fact that the Vikings are losing on Sunday... the Vikes are barreling very quickly toward Wilbonian “Sorry, No Account” status." -Me, January 6.

"No, they’re not going to beat the Packers at Lambeau in January. Even if, unlike Sunday, Randy Moss can stay until the last play without walking off the field." -Me, January 3.

"You need not worry. Remember this is the Red/Tice Vikings you are talking about. GB could beat them at Lambeau in January 99 out of 100 times." -A commenter, January 4.

Let's just say I'm pleasantly surprised. The Vikes actually played a hell of a game- one I'll certainly remember next time "Monday Night Football" holds another of its three-hour Favre-worship sessions- and I knew it was "Minny"'s day when one of Favre's passes was intercepted on the sidelines by Mike Tice himself. The Vikings put forth the kind of effort that I hadn't seen from them since October or so, but whether they can hold up their mojo against the Eagles is another matter entirely.

And you thought it was embarrassing for the NFC to have two 8-8 teams in the playoffs- now they've got 8-8 teams in the second round.

As for Moss pretending to moon the crowd- yes it was classless, and yes he should be fined- but I still thought it was hilarious. The Oscar Gamble-inspired Afros were a nice touch as well- perhaps Moss was repaying Outkast for namechecking him in "The Whole World" by imitating Andre 3000.

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 10, 2005 12:32 AM

Yes, I have insomnia tonight and a cold.
Anyways, do you feel bad now for turning down a certain invitiation to a certain game coming up?? Or are you going now??? Also, I couldn't get enough of all the commentators saying how classless Moss is...and you rag on the Yanks..pallleeeasse!And good call on chastising yourself for not believing in your own team...or else many people would have had to;)

Posted by: A at January 10, 2005 03:38 AM

Just happy I was wrong. Best Vikes performance since that Kansas City game last year and at least since the Tennessee game this year.

Posted by: J. Lichty at January 10, 2005 11:06 AM

I am still crying...

Posted by: John B. at January 10, 2005 11:33 AM

well, randy moss is indeed classless. so is TO. but when they're *your* classless star receivers, you love them. understood.

that said, technically, there are no more 8-8 teams in the playoffs, since a team's final record includes playoff wins/losses. so right now there are 2 9-8 teams in the 2nd round.

and that said, randy moss should be storming off the field oh, say about the end of the 3rd quarter.

Posted by: at January 11, 2005 12:04 PM
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