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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrY0kUVkRYY Let me say, unequivocally, #70 Defensive End Jim Marshall should be in the Hall of Fame! He played the game the way it was supposed to be played! All out...100% between the whistles...never take a play off. Off the field, and also on the field when no one was running a play...he was a gentleman and good sport! He played EVERY defensive down for 20 seasons! He played effectively when most offensive lineman outweighed him by 20 to 50 pounds...sometimes more. For most of his career he was the defensive captain. He totaled 127 career sacks. Was first team All-Pro twice. He recovered 29 opponent fumbles...an NFL record. A lot of quarterbacks ran away from Marshall right into the waiting arms of Carl Eller and Alan Page. He was and is a class act. But, he'll always be remembered by most fans as the guy who ran 66 yards the wrong way after recovering a San Francisco 49er fumble. If it hadn't been for that one play...Marshall would be in the Hall of Fame. One play...one darn play.
  2. aSK anything: 5.0: Designated Steve-vivor

    Ding...ding...ding...we have a winner!!
  3. NFL Snooze News: Volume Four, Por Favor

    Got through some of it...the music that NFL Films used in the '60's and '70's was my childhood soundtrack! It was interesting to see players that I had forgotten about...Tommy Nobis...Donny Anderson...Jim Hart...Don Maynard...Terry Hanratty...
  4. aSK anything: 5.0: Designated Steve-vivor

    Do you the title of the song that is the theme of the show!!!!
  5. aSK anything: 5.0: Designated Steve-vivor

    I think the greatest dramatic show for me was Star Trek: Deep Space Nine...I love science fiction, but unlike the other Star Trek shows, it had extremely dark themes and very complicated characters. The greatest comedies for me are: 1. M*A*S*H, The **** Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show. Good lord, I am O*L*D!!!
  6. aSK anything: 5.0: Designated Steve-vivor

    I know a lot of people who loved that show...but, they tend to be younger than me. I am finding that TV producers aren't producing shows for the 55 and older demographic. I get it...and, it's ok. Breaking Bad didn't appeal to me. I did enjoy The Big Bang Theory...even if it wasn't made for my demographic. I also enjoy the Daily Show...and it definitely isn't made for my demographic. NCIS is made for my demographic, and I do watch it. But, it's so stale it's practically penicillin!
  7. Knockin' on Valhalla's Door

    The MAN!!
  8. Why Dennis Green couldn't take us all the way

    The defense...the defense...the defense. Denny paid little attention to that side of the ball, yet they weren't completely lacking in talent, however, especially in the Moss, Carter, Reed years the offense was a quick strike offense. This meant that the defense was on the field a lot more than the offense was. I think I would have let Denny go in favor of promoting Tony Dungy to head coach...but, that's using my 20/20 hindsight!!
  9. aSK anything: 5.0: Designated Steve-vivor

    I am with you Swede, except I never saw an episode of Breaking Bad or the Walking Dead. My wife and I are getting into British, Canadian and Australian TV shows...especially mysteries. We are also enjoying watching documentaries.
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UMVy0-ZjPc Paul Krause came to the Vikings after first playing for the Washington Redskins. In his rookie season of 1964 he intercepted 12 passes...still a rookie DB record I believe. The record that might never be broken is his 81 career interceptions. Aquib Talib has the highest number of interceptions of any active player, but he's already been in the league for 11 seasons. He will not catch Krause, and neither will Richard Sherman, who's next at 32 interceptions. The amazing part of Krause's record to me, is he did it in an era when the season was only 14 games long, and if a quarterback threw the ball 20 times a game he'd probably have to retire to save his arm!! In other words, he made the most of the opportunities that came his way. He is the very definition of a ball hawking safety! He wasn't particularly physical, or terribly fast, but he could read a quarterback better than any DB who ever played. He wasn't just a ball hawking safety either. He played special teams for most of his career, including being the place holder for kicker Fred Cox! Should Krause's record go down, it certainly won't happen in my lifetime. Enjoy the highlights attached above.
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CwsfdY5o08 Fran Tarkenton had an amazing career. A 3rd round draft pick of the brand new Minnesota Vikings, Tarkenton retired the all-time statistical leader of any quarterback to play in the NFL up to that point. He carried the records for pass attempts, pass completions, passing yardage and touchdowns. The "Grand Slam" for quarterbacks! Yet, the reason he's not in the conversation regarding greatest quarterback of all time is because of three Super Bowl losses. Attached are some highlights from Tarkenton's career as seen on the NFL Network's 100 Greatest Players of All Time. Fran was 91. I can't think of any quarterback who ever played in the NFL who was more creative and entertaining than Tarkenton. When you look at his scrambling...yes, he was trying to avoid being sacked...yes, he was trying to extend the play...but notice where his eyes are ALL the time! Downfield. He doesn't look at the pass rushers...he feels them. He doesn't look at the offensive line players...he is always looking for a receiver. If Fran hadn't broken his leg in his final game, playing the Cincinnati Bengals, I think he could've played at a pretty high level for another 3 to 5 years. If he had been able to play that long, there's a chance that he might still hold all the passing records that count...and maybe...just maybe...might have won that allusive Super Bowl ring.
  12. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    I got an idea...why doesn't the league base quarterback salaries on the win total of the previous year? While we are at it, if teams have fewer wins than the previous year, ticket prices go down by the percentage of few wins! Now, I know no one will support these ideas. So, I will just state what I think...Cousins is overpaid based on win totals.
  13. The Greatest Viking? All Hail Alan Page

    I liked Moss...he was an other world talent...but he doesn't come near to what Page meant to the Vikings in the 70's. Moss's attitude while he was a Viking kept him from being the greatest receiver of all time. He loafed when he wasn't inspired by a call. Page was a 4 down player who blocked his share of place kicks and punts. He would do anything for the team.
  14. The Greatest Viking? All Hail Alan Page

    I would love to meet him in person! His life accomplishments, his intellect, his passion for education...there's so much to admire in Alan Page.
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is5gaq-yUK4 I have attached the career highlights of the player that I believe is the greatest Viking in the history of Minnesota Vikings football! As you watch the highlights I draw your attention to a few remarkable things: 1. Page played a lot bigger than his actual size. I am doubtful that Page ever played above 250. Yet, if you look at the size of his shoulder pads, and probably an oversized jersey, he appears huge. 2. He was the quickest defensive lineman I've ever seen play. Look how often he is in the backfield terrorizing the quarterback or running back before the offense can get an additional blocker on him. I have heard interviews with opposing defensive coordinators who said that their game plan against the Vikings was centered on double teaming Alan Page, but he was so quick that the double team efforts were more or less trying to block someone who wasn't there! His quickness also translated into foot speed when he would chase down ball carriers from behind. 3. Page was stronger than he's given credit for. Look at the times he uses the bull rush against a guard or center. He's so quick to get the best leverage, but he also has the power to stand up the offensive lineman and drive him back into the backfield. 4. Make sure that you watch to the very end and take a look at his career statistics and accomplishments! Not only to I think #88 is the greatest Viking, I think he has to be in the conversation for the greatest defensive player in the history of the NFL! I think the only other players to be in the conversation are Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White, and **** Butkus.