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y*so*blu last won the day on February 9

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  1. Patriots extending WR Julian Edelman (2 year, $18M)

    Good for him, good for Brady and the Patriots. Edelman reminds me of the squirrels who used to hide in the garbage cans at my college campus and attack students when they reached in to throw something out. You never saw them or realized they were a threat until it was too late.
  2. Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers Updates

    Huh. I knew everybody was up in arms about this 'Game of Thrones' show I've never watched (or cared to) but didn't know A-Rod was one of them. Weird guy. Maybe if we hit him hard enough we'll turn him on to Adventure Time.
  3. aSK anything: 5.0: Designated Steve-vivor

    Only a few things here and there. I'm not nearly as skilled a handyman as Red is. After years of enjoying his show, I finally met him this year after his last stand-up show in Saint Paul. Great guy.
  4. New Orleans Saints will miss the playoffs

    Nah, I think they'll be back to annoy everybody for at least one more year.
  5. aSK anything: 5.0: Designated Steve-vivor

    Not a fan of action shows per se. Low-key comedy is more my style: The Red Green Show, MTV's Daria, Mystery Science Theater 3000. High-key comedy was The Simpsons, who owned my household in the 90s when they were actually relevant and funny and well written. As a kid, there was no show I liked better than Garfield and Friends. Way better than the comic strip with great voice talent. As far as what's on these days, Gravity Falls is the only recent show I even care about (unless you count football).
  6. Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers Updates

    Since when is Rodgers "soft?" And if he were, why would it be funny? I don't get it. I guess we'll just have to hit him a hundred times this year and find out.
  7. 2019 Cornerback Coffee Talk, no big whoop...

    As long it's not the kind of "coffee talk" that features Mike Myers in drag, I'll jump in. Well deserved criticism for Xavier. He took a big step back last season and I'm glad Zimmer called him out on it. The whole unit really needs to step up if this year if we're going to be contenders again.
  8. Patriots extend WR Julian Edelman

    Congrats to him. Looks like a squirrel, plays like a wolverine. I thought he might call it quits at this point--as a receiver, you really couldn't end your career on more of a high point than Super Bowl-winning MVP--but instead we get two more years of him tearing up the middle of the field and making Brady's job easier.
  9. Still can't believe his record. 81 interceptions doesn't seem real. That number looks like two or three HOFers' stats put together. No ball-hawk flew higher than Krause. And as you can see from this video made before his induction, he knows it too.
  10. Why Dennis Green couldn't take us all the way

    I remember reading somewhere that Green himself was afraid that would happen. And it was a real possibility, because his struggles with the media were getting worse and they had just come off an 8-8 season in '95. Looking back, I wish we'd promoted Dungy as well.
  11. Why Dennis Green couldn't take us all the way

    You make good points. To be fair I think Dwayne Rudd was a decent player. His short career and infamous premature celebration with the Browns tend to obscure that, but I always liked him. Alexander for his part was no Warren Sapp, but twenty sacks over five seasons doesn't make him a total bust. I have to agree with you about the others, though. The defense regressed a lot as that decade went on. (I'm kind of glad a guy like Sapp wasn't on our team but that's beside the point.) Maybe Green's mental state was an issue. When you can't handle the media in Minnesota, eventually you have to consider the possibility that you're part of the problem. He didn't seem to get that. As for desiring power, all the man had to do was bring home a championship in one of those playoff seasons. They might have fallen at his feet and given him the keys to the whole organization and probably the Twin Cities. But maybe it's just as well. I'm not sure what Green would, or could have done in a situation where there was no one to blame but himself. Some guys just aren't built to go the distance.
  12. Why Dennis Green couldn't take us all the way

    Everyone remembers '98 when Dennis Green's name comes up, but what about earlier years when the team had more balance? '94, for instance. We gained more yards than any previous Vikings team, had one of the best run defenses in history, beat the Dolphins and the Bills when they were still good teams, and won the NFC Central. I get that we would have been smashed by the Niners or Cowboys eventually, but we should at least have handled Chicago in the wild card. We had a great defensive coordinator in Tony Dungy before he left to coach the Bucs. I don't think it can all be blamed on the defense. The '98 NFCCG was at least competitive, but even more prominent on Green's resume are the playoff losses where the whole team just didn't show up ready to win. 17-point losses to Washington and Chicago in '92 and '94 respectively, lost by 25 to the declining Cowboys in '96 (who went on to be upset by Carolina), lost by 16 to the Niners in '97, and then there was the 41-0 disgrace against New York in 2000. There was a lot more wrong here than conservative playcalling.
  13. Actually it's as much a question as it is a statement, because I'm not sure either. During his coaching tenure we consistently had some of the best talent in the league: Cris Carter, John Randle, Warren Moon, Jack Del Rio, Randy Moss, Daunte Culpepper ... I won't go through them all. Again and again he propelled us to the playoffs but came away with four wild card losses, two divisional losses, and two NFCCG losses. Going back and watching footage, I see an effective and passionate leader who knew how to motivate his players, but it seems he could only take the team so far before it crumbled. What was missing? Why the 4-8 playoff record with zero Super Bowl appearances? I don't remember much about his time here, and I don't remember hearing anything about him other than that he was our coach and a darn good one. But after his firing I read an article by Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press that painted a rather different picture. He described Green as a combative and maybe even paranoid coach who thought everybody was out to get him and put him out of a job, which compromised his focus and consequently the team's focus. One quote that stuck in my mind: "There always had to be some sinister outside force the team needed to 'rally' against. Next week's opponent apparently was never enough." Green later became a lot less controversial and a lot more respected, but I'll always wonder why he couldn't get us over the hump with the remarkable amount of talent we had both on and off the field.
  14. Miserable Hot Takes

    That Mark Sanchez was going to be a better quarterback than Eli Manning. Needless to say, that didn't happen.
  15. Steal 1 Player From Division Rival?

    No contest. Khalil Mack from the Bears.