November 22, 2010

Godspeed, Chilly

News Item: Vikings fire Brad Childress

My son was born January 15 of this year. Two days later, the Vikings beat the Cowboys in the divisional playoffs, and a week after that, they lost the NFC championship game to New Orleans, coming within a stupid 12-men-on-the-field penalty and a Favre interception of the Super Bowl.

That team's coach, Brad Childress, didn't make it to Noah's first birthday. He was fired today, in a move that surprised just about no one, following yet another embarrassing loss. Noah didn't enjoy the game especially; he spit up all over his dad's Vikings jersey at some point during the second quarter.

Even though Childress had a fair amount of success as coach- 10-6 and 12-4 seasons, multiple playoff appearances, a near-Super Bowl last year- Vikings fans hated him pretty much all along. There were many reasons: his abrasive personality (an especially bad fit for Minnesota), his feuds with numerous players, his often-inexplicable in-game decisions, his obsession with signing every Eagles cast-off from Hank Baskett to Mike McMahon to Todd Pinkston.

But worst of all, perhaps, was his insistence on more or less giving up control of the team to Brett Favre, as well as not coming up with a long-term quarterback solution.

I defended Childress for most of this time, but everything that happened this year, especially the Moss trade/cut, was the smoking gun for me. Still though, he's far from the worst coach in Vikings history; I'd put Mike Tice below him and Les Steckel too.

Leslie Frazier takes over, and while he's highly regarded, the defense hasn't exactly set the world on fire this year. So now the team enters what's likely to be a rebuilding period. That third-round pick they gave up for one month of Randy Moss would've helped.

A couple of bright spots from Sunday: Taco From "The League" in the Vikings owners' box! Does this mean he and Zygi Wilf are Eskimo Brothers?

And Adrian Peterson's new Verizon commercial, in which the guy's bikini babe girlfriend literally turned into AP, was sublime. Reminded me of last year, when I noticed that a friend of a friend of mine on Facebook was named "Adrienne Peterson"- could a Vikings fan be justified in dating a player with the same name as his favorite male athlete?

Other than the final score, the worst part was Joe Buck rubbing it in by talking about how "gee, the Vikings might have to leave Minnesota if they don't get a new stadium." Gee, thanks for bringing that up.

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