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Minnesota Morals: Poaching Packers players

Wide receiver Cris Carter was known as a man of impeccable integrity during his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings.

Wide receiver Cris Carter was known as a man of impeccable integrity during his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings.

Being a Minnesota Vikings fan for all these years has had some major benefits. It’s helped make me a better person.

No, really.

I know that Vikings players always seem to making headlines for all the wrong reasons — the repeated arrests, the salacious scandals, the lurid letdowns on the field — but that’s just the point. With all the trouble they’ve gotten themselves into over the years, I’ve had they privilege of learning from their dumb mistakes instead of having to make them myself.

Through all the years of heartbreak and disappointment, with all the misery they have put us through, the Vikings have been a great influence on the good people of Minnesota.

There are many great reasons to follow the game of football. Some folks enjoy the sport for its complex tactics and multilayered strategy. They love watching the chess match as two teams try to outsmart and outwit one another. Others tune in for the displays of raw speed, strength, and power put on by their favorite athletes. Offseason is livened by the cheap thrills of free agency, the NFL Draft, and player stupidity.

But all of that pales in comparison to the pride and satisfaction of cheering for a team like the Vikings, which almost effortlessly manages to provide us with a steady stream of year-round entertainment.

Kicker Ryan Longwell gave the Green Bay Packers the boot, finishing his career with the Minnesota Vikings instead.

Kicker Ryan Longwell gave the Green Bay Packers the boot, finishing his career with the Minnesota Vikings instead.

Moving on

If only we could keep the troupe together forever, but alas, it never seems to work that way.

I understand that players have to look out for their own self-interest. Even the greatest Viking of them all, Cris Carter, chose not to hang up his cleats after his team lost in the NFC Championship Game but rather to end his career with the Miami Dolphins instead.

Still, it never feels right to see my favorite warrior in another uniform. I was one of the few loyalists who never liked the thought of a Brett Favre era in Minnesota. The only solace I took from it was seeing the schism that broke out in Packer Nation as the most celebrated Green Bay player of all time came to be seen as a Benedict Arnold. That, for me, was priceless.

And now Favre has found a way to heap salt on the wound, leaning on his Minnesota connections in Minnesota to help grease the skids for the arrival of wide receiver Greg Jennings, yet another Packers icon.

Poaching Packers

Not that this is anything new, of course. Long before Favre donned the Vikings horns, Minnesota was luring away Packers players. Kicker Ryan Longwell and safety Darren Sharper both found their way to Minnesota after fruitful careers in Green Bay. Both ended up serving long and productive tenures with their former arch rival.

By contrast, the fiefdom of Favre lasted all of two years — one amazing, the other an unmitigated disaster.

I have heard Green Bay fans grousing that the Packers would be better off parting ways with quarterback Aaron Rodgers instead of overpaying him, using the extra salary cap space to retain talent up and down the roster. I only wish the Packers front office was this shortsighted. Unfortunately, all reports suggest that as painful as it might be, Green Bay will fork over upwards of $25 million annually to keep Rodgers in the fold.

Too bad. He’d look great in purple. Maybe one day he’ll get his chance.

504 comments
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The are going to make a second Point Break.

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Fast board death, or is livefyre acting up?

Sidenote: "fyre."  How cool.

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Maybe I will start a bit called "what I hate in sports today."  That might get us in the magic box.  I can even ask SDL for ideas.

JVince 11
JVince 11

I would like to thank Rourke for the wonder NuvaRing birth control ad placement on this article with the Minnesota Vikings... only seems fitting..


BRAVO

JVince 11
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I am trying to remember a time when I respected all of you...... I just can't pull it off...

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

This morning, I am a bowling league champion.

Thank you very much.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

Are you turds all sleeping in this morning?

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@Green And Gold  If they could get independent propulsion, that would be scary in an acid-trip sort of way.

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@Green And Gold  OK. that's round 4 for that pick.  Someone needs to pull out the ice cream.

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@niemerg1 SLAP.  But I''ll allow it.  Plus, I think you SLAP'd yourself.

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@JVince 11 You gave me respect like 1.5 weeks ago.  Fuck the rest.  They are dumbheads.

robertj72
robertj72

@jwoude23 Bear Down You always do a studied and classy job...even if I disagree (which I would share) I will question my opinion since the counter opinion comes from you.

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@Green And Gold  @niemerg1 SDL lost all standing when someone posted that photo of her in the skirt thinger where her sides were nekkid.  Wowsers.

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@___bp___ @niemerg1 and there is no way she says bar, though admittedly its not cock, either...it has to be a hard sounding syllable...look at her mouth at for the last word

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@niemerg1 @___bp___ I just wanted to ruin it for you.  She's British.  That final mouth shape could be about 15,000 different words.

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@niemerg1 @___bp___ Its funny cuz you can tell its incidental, and it would hurt so damn bad.