viKINGS 01/15/2010Posted by sportretort in NFL, Sports, Uncategorized.
Tags: brad childress, brett favre, football, minnesota vikings, NFL, playoffs, purple people eaters, Super Bowl
The time has come. This is the reason that Brett Favre manipulated his way into Minnesota. The journey begins now, and is a 3 game or bust scenario. All Favre wants is another chance on the NFL’s biggest stage. All Vikings fans want is to once and for all get the big game monkey off of their back. All in all, not much to ask for.
We will not explore again all the events that brought Favre to Minnesota. Lets just say that this journey has tarnished his reputation, and nothing short of a Super Bowl
victory will put the luster back on Favre’s career. He is a Hall of Famer, to be sure, after he stays away for 5 seasons. But two years ago he would forever have been known as the gunslinger. Now, unless he can reach the mountaintop once more, his legacy will be that of the diva. Just another self-centered manipulator who could only win the big game once. That fact seems to get lost in all the Favre hype. He has only led his team to the Super Bowl victory once, defeating the Patriots in SB 31, and becoming one of the biggest favorites to lose the big game in dropping SB 32 to the Broncos. Favre could have been remembered as one of the greats to win once. With luminaries such as Steve Young and Joe Theisman. But the self-centered manipulation of the past few years will drop him into the likes of Doug Williams and Jeff Hostetler. Good signal callers to be sure, but not names that come up in any conversation about all time great QB’s. Two years ago, Favre would have been in that conversation unequivocally. Now, his name will elicit a “yes, but….” in the conversation. The gunslinger turned diva needs a return to the top. It is going to be an uphill climb.
The Vikings have not won an NFL championship since Bud Grant lead them to the league title in 1969. For those of
you who are too young, that’s pre Super Bowl. The long-suffering Vikings fans watched their team drop 4 of the first 11 Super Bowls, and have not been back to the big game since 1977. Not exactly loveable losers, the Vikings, in fact, have 26 playoff appearances since they joined the NFL in 1961, including 18 division championships. But the first decade of the 21st century has been their worst decade so far. After their playoff appearance in 2000, the Vikings made the playoffs only once until the 2008 season. The Vikings won the NFC North in ’08 for their first division crown in 8 seasons. They had a good defense and one of the best running backs in the league in Adrian Peterson, but were lacking an established QB. Coach Brad Childress had worked with Favre when he was a coach with the Vikings hated rivals, the Green Bay Packers. Childress tried to land Favre a season earlier, but did not get Favre to the Twin Cities until this season. Now, with a second consecutive division title in hand, the Viking fans are rooting for perhaps their most hated rival to lead them to the promised land. And you thought politics made for strange bed fellows.
In Favre, they found an egocentric 40-year-old who has developed the habit of late of melting down the stretch. He did it at the end in Green Bay. He did it in New York. In Minnesota, the Vikings started 11-1, but finished 2-3 down the stretch. All is not bleak, however. The Vikes secured the # 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. That gave the Vikings a first round bye, and guarantee that they would play no cold weather games during the playoffs. Their two NFC games will be in domes (theirs or New Orleans) and the Super Bowl, should they get there, is in Miami. Still, the Vikings have pinned their Super Bowl hopes on a quarterback who has a 3-7 record in his last 10 playoff starts. He has 16 touchdowns in those 10 games, but he also has 16 interceptions. Now, the Vikings are looking to him for 3 straight playoff wins.
Anything short of the Super Bowl will be a failure of the Favre experiment for Minnesota. The diva may need a victory in the big game to once again become the gunslinger.