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Bye Bye, Randy...Bye Bye Purple

Posted November 2nd, 2010 @ 02:11pm

Stop it, this is too much. We Packer fans who live in the Twin Cities endured an epically difficult year in 2009, watching a fanbase fall in love with Favre. We didn't get to smile (exhale) until the inevitable pick in overtime against the Saints.

This year has been a completely different story. Favre has been largely ineffective on the playing field and his public persona has taken an irreparable hit with the Sterger affair--however it plays itself out.

But what's happened in the last 48 hours is beyond our wildest dreams. First, the Pack shuts out the high and mighty Jets to get back into the upper echelon in the NFC.

And then Monday happened. First, Vikings Coach Brad Childress stands in front of the media and says he does not regret acquiring Randy Moss and that Moss's comments were not incendiary. Moments later, he held a team meeting and announced that he had cut Moss--four weeks after giving up a third round pick to bring him "home." We have since learned this was Childress' decision. The ownership and other team executives were not on board--not even consulted.

The fan base is ready for mutiny. This was their guy. A month ago, he was the missing piece, just what Favre needed to get re-energized. A perfect offensive threat to complement Harvin and Peterson. And when Sidney Rice returns: watch out. Now, he's another name on the waiver wire and the fans have lost their hero for a second time.

The Vikes are lucky the hapless Cardinals are coming to town this week. A better team could turn the fans on their side quickly. The fans are beyond frustrated and they want to let Childress have it. Any mishaps on Sunday will give them their chance to rain the boos on Chilly.

The Vikings and Childress had to know what they were getting in Moss--the good and the bad.  They figured the combination of playing for a new contract and being with this offense in a place where he made his name would give Moss and the Purple the spark they needed.

They neglected to remember that Moss plays when he wants to play. That he operates on his own agenda. Watching the Texans' Andre Johnson make tough catches and hobble back to the line of scrimmage, or the Lions' Calvin Johnson's efforts week after week shows Vikings fans what a true professional wide receiver is like--one who values team above himself.

Now they have a fractured locker room, fractured front office, fractured fan base and a QB with a couple of fractures to his ankle. Oh, and Harvin had an MRI on his ankle on Monday. Probably a fracture, the way things are going.

By begging Favre to come back for one more year and gambling on Moss, the Vikings pushed all their chips into the middle of the table. Turns out they probably should have just folded.

It's been a challenging first half of the season for the Pack, with losses to three teams they should have beaten. But at 5-3 with the flat-lined Cowboys coming to Lambeau Sunday night, suddenly things look a lot brighter in the North. Thanks in part to the three-ring circus that is the Minnesota Vikings.

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Comments (12):

Your story was really infromtaive, thanks!

on January 19th, 2012 at 03:28pm

A bit srpurised it seems to simple and yet useful.

on January 19th, 2012 at 10:03pm

I appreciate you taking to time to conitrbute That's very helpful.

on January 19th, 2012 at 11:11pm

God, I feel like I souhld be takin notes! Great work

on January 21st, 2012 at 01:38am

Whoa, whoa, get out the way with that good inoframiton.

on January 21st, 2012 at 04:47am

If you want to get read, this is how you slhuod write.

on January 21st, 2012 at 12:50am

Hahaha great article, great article. I love that they are playing a game that they should win this week. Imagine a home loss where Max Hall out-guns Favre.. Also, I hope Belichick picks Moss up from waivers, making Chili look even worse.. We have to beat the cowboys this week and distance ourselves as much as possible. 4 road games in 5 weeks is gonna be tough. The bears get one more week of lower-echelon opponents before a brutal finish, if we get on a roll we could run away with this division. Honestly, I like the Lions to finish second. They are 1-1* with Stafford, that one loss being the Calvin Johnson debate in week one. I'd love them to upset Rex this week.

on November 2nd, 2010 at 11:01am

Does Jackson really neeed any persuasion after this debacle? As of Monday morning, I was a die-hard Viking fan who married a Packer fan. Monday evening I wrote this team off for getting rid of my favorite player twice in his career. Longstorylonger, my marriage just improved!

on November 3rd, 2010 at 05:20pm

I agree, we need to make some space between ourselves and the rest of the division. Our road schedule coming up is very tough. That Detroit game at the end of the year actually looks like a test this year. No more gimme's. As Sinny stated above, it will make the year that much sweeter seeing the purple meltdown, especially with front row seats, living here in the twin cities. Need to dispose of the cowboys and then heal up over the bye. Get back some pieces, add a few more (James Starks) and press forward in the second half. Sinny...... if you're reading this, any inside info on the status of Starks? Go Pack!

on November 3rd, 2010 at 06:16am

The Twin Cities sports teams have had some beauties....the TWolves "JR" Rider, the Twins Chuck Knoblaugh...the Gopher basketballers Mitch " Champagne cut in my hair "Lee. But Moss is in his own class. Good Bye Homie !! The Pack need not overlook the Boys as Kitna has had some good games against the Pack. The bye after the game comes at a good time. Hopefully we will see Harris and Bigby back....even as nickel backs as we give up too many key third down passes for first downs. As to Starks....I do not see him on any Pack roster...Sinny do you know his status ?

on November 3rd, 2010 at 08:41am

Starks hasn't played competitive football in nearly two years. I'd be really surprised if he's activated this season. Might depend on how bad Nance's ankle injury is. If he plays, it would be after the bye, but I'm not holding my breath.

on November 3rd, 2010 at 09:01am

well that news certainly ruins my "Starks coming out party at the Dome" daydreaming. Word from post draft speculation was that Starks could be a hidden gem in the late rounds and that he was pretty talented. His running style was supposed to be very applicable to a zone scheme as he is a one-cut runner. Jackson has improved but still needs to be more decisive in his cuts. Go Pack!

on November 3rd, 2010 at 11:52am

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