Nothing of any significance going through the ol' noodle at the moment. Just a bunch of random thoughts, such as:
Best Quote of the Week
Fred "Smmmoooooooooot" Smoot in response to the news of the arrests of two underperforming Vikings linemen were busted : "I hate when people try to make football players Superman. You ain't supposed to do this, you don't do this -- you're still human. You ain't got a lot of church rats running around in here." As far as I'm concerned, Smoot is the MVP of the defense thus far. He has been more than active on the field and the sidelines and has been backing up his training camp mouth. And he tells it like it is.
To All You Denny Supporters (All Three of You)
Cardinals coach Dennis Green realizes that things aren't going well; "It’s not working," he said. "Things I felt real strongly would work for us, right now they are not working for us. The job I felt I could do, I have not been able to do right now. I am not happy about it."
This is Going to Hurt
When I snapped that photo of Willie Offord laying on the field during the vicotry over the Saints, I found myself hoping that it was not serious. But when I say them looking around the knee area I knew the news would be bad. As it turns out, Offord has a torn ACL.
Not only does it hurt secondary depth but it takes away the Vikings' special teams captain. And that may hurt the most. Offord was a killer on special teams.
The Vikings were already missing Darren Sharper, who missed Sunday's game with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. So we have to go into Atlanta with both Sharper and Offord in civilian clothes? Maybe not.
Mike Tice said Sharper should play this week at Atlanta. Let's see if that happens or not. If Sharper can't go then I expect we'll see Corey Chavous at strong safety spot, and Ken Irvin starting at free safety. Serviceable but not giving me the warm and fuzzies either.
Feel Bad? Cheesehead Craig Feels Worse!
Yes, things could be worse. Much worse. You could be a Packer fan. And our very own Cheesehead Craig is having some issues. Writes Cheesehead over on the Artificially Heated Tundra:
"0-3 sucks. It leaves a really bad taste in your mouth."
I have about 564 possible responses I could post to Cheeseheads quote. How about you?
For the Bachelors
Many of you fawned over the cheerleader photos I posted following the win against the Saints.....and demanded more! Why don't you head over to blog buddy The Professional Cheerleader Blog and see some fantastic photos from all the NFL teams? I'll be expecting you back say, around Sunday.
He even has a recent interview with one of the Vikings cheerleaders!
More Game Photos
Here are just a few additional photos from the game against the Saints this past Sunday. These are supplied by Coworker Joe who was able to use my tickets and gives you some more views in addition to the sixty-three I posted Sunday evening.
Fantasy Football & Pick 'Em
I finally pervailed in Beer Brotherhood Fantasy Football League and I now stand at 1-2. My only mistake was starting Kansas City kicker Lawrence Tynes over our very own Paul Edinger. Who knew? It cost me having the weeks highest score and an easy $5. But it was a good showing nonetheless:
QB Carson Palmer 18
RB Shaun Alexander 29
RB Tiki Barber 2
WR Torry Holt 14
WR Troy Williamson 10
TE Dallas Clark 1
PK Lawrence Tynes 4
Def Patriots, Team Defense 4
I'm not sure that I will start Williamson this week. It may be just too hard to expect the same results this weekend against the Falcons. And what is with Peyton Manning and the Colts offense? I keep thinking, "this will be the week that Dallas Clark scores" and the entire Colts offense gets shut-out or nearly so. The Ravens showed the entire league how to play the Colts in Week One and now everyone is placing only two or three defensive linemen up front and dropping everyone else to challenge the Colts to win with Edgerin James. And its working.
As for the Viking Underground Pick 'Em League, Cuyahoga Riverdawgs (Coworker Jim of Ohio) is thrashing the league. Toying with us. He is a friggin' machine! The standings afer Week Three:
1 cuyahoga riverdawgs
2 The Wizzinator
3 Straight Cash Homies
4 Bubbling Farts
7 C.J.'s pix
8 Wisconsin Vikes?
11 Purple Haze
13 Big Dogs
14 Goose's Glory
15 SBG's Fightin' Eelpout
17 Mr. Cheer Or Die: piss poor showing!
18 Ron Burgundy
19 Smooth Jimmy Apollo
23 Oracle of Cheese
25 Krayzie's Kings
28 Sheldon Shakers
29 Nick's Picks
30 Shades of purple
And there is still time to join the newest fantasy football fun! Vikings fan and Viking Underground contributor Mark Gresbach as started a Survival Football pool. It is an interesting twist on the traditional Pick 'Em leagues because you just select one game a week to call. Get one wrong, and you are out!
In order to join the group, just go to Survival Football, click the "Sign Up" button and choose to "Join an Existing Group", then "Join a Private Group". Then, when prompted, enter the following information...
Group ID#: 24522
Remember this Podcast?
Viking Underground Podcast Eleven was a game day discussion with Class of 2001 Visa Hall of Fans member and Tampa Bay Bucs fan Keith“Big Nasty” Kunzig.
Well, FOXSports.com captured Big Nasty having a snack this past weekend.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty took the bull by the horns, sort of, by giving legislative leaders a menu of eleven issues to pick from before he'll call a special session....one that would discuss, amongst other things, the proposed Vikings stadium in Blaine.
For a great review of the U2 concert last Friday in Minneapolis, the Greet Machine provides a fantastic blog entry.
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Netflix Movie Review
We watched a fun movie the other night. Called Blow Dry it's The Full Monty with hair curlers! Alan Rickman stars as Phil, a once-great hairstylist reduced to running a barbershop in the desolate English burg of Keighley. But when the national hairdressing championships come to town, Phil decides to give the big time another shot -- especially because it affords him a chance to get even with ex-wife and competing stylist Shelley (Natasha Richardson)!
If you are a fan of quirky foreign films like Full Monty or Strictly Ballroom, you will enjoy it. Fairly clean too, so it's good to watch with kids around.
Posted by maasx003 at September 28, 2005 6:30 AM