Monday, October 3, 2011

If all that Winning this Weekend didn't get Your Juices Flowing, then Sit Back and Appreciate just how Badly the Vikings Suck

After a sports weekend as serendipitous as this past one, the entire state of Wisconsin should be pounding its collective chest and waving a giant foam #1 finger around, but if all that winning didn't get you riled up, then perhaps a little Minnesota Vikings schadenfreude will get you over the hump.

The Vikes lost -- again -- to the Kansas City Chiefs in a battle to determine the worst team in the NFL on Sunday ... but earning that distinction just wasn't enough for the hapless Norsemen.

For those that only think about the Vikings when their necks are firmly situated under the cleats of the Packers' defensive linemen. Minnesota plays in the Metrodome, an awful monstrosity of a stadium that wore out its novelty and utility some time ago, which is really saying something since it's only 29 years old. So the Vikes say they need a new stadium and they're probably right. The problem is that Metrodome's other tenants -- the University of Minnesota football team and Minnesota Twins -- recently acquired their own tax-payer funded team specific stadiums which has given voters in Minnesota a case of stadium fatigue.

So every game the Vikings lose decreases the chances that they get their new stadium and increases the odds of a move to LA. It's a delicate PR balancing act that requires skill and luck and tenaciousness and all sorts of other admirable qualities that were in short supply on Sunday.

Not only did the Vikes lose ... for the forth time in four games this season ... to a really bad Chiefs team ... by less than a touchdown ... but then wide receiver Bernard Barrian had to go do this:

Berrian criticized Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, on Twitter for questioning Berrian's characterization of today's game.

"If you want to follow a hilarious twitter account, try @B_Twice (Bernard Berrian) who says that he's open a lot and should get the ball more," Kriesel wrote on Twitter.

Berrian quickly took issue with Kriesel.

"Anytime u wanna watch the film with me. Not just one game but all of them," Berrian wrote to Kriesel. "and if not sit down n shut up!!" Berrian wrote in another tweet.

Kriesel, who lost both of his legs while serving in Iraq, is one of a handful of state lawmakers who have publicly advocated for a new stadium for the Vikings. He is also a co-author to the Vikings stadium bill. The Vikings have also posted an interview with Kriesel discussing the stadium efforts on the team's homepage. 
I can't imagine that's going to play well.

Making matters even worse, Vikings fans are turning on another Twin Cities institution: the artist currently known as Prince but formerly known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, who, before that, was also called Prince:

The Minnesota Vikings have won only six games since Prince released “Purple and Gold” in the weeks leading up to the NFC Championship game. After 12 men on the field, a full 2010 season and four disappointing weeks to start 2011...has Minneapolis' own icon brought bad luck to the Vikings?
[One can only hope. -- ed.]
“I saw the future,” Prince told former FOX 9 anchor Robyne Robinson, who was given an exclusive advance copy of "Purple and Gold" on Jan. 21, 2010. The song resembled a New Orleans funeral march – a jab at the eventual Super Bowl champion Saints.

So was “Purple and Gold” an unintended funeral dirge for the Vikings? Even the opening line of the song – “the veil of the sky draws open” could be thrown against the collapse of the Metrodome roof that displaced an already beaten and battered Vikings team last season.
Prince, mad prophet of Minnesotan doom. This all really just too much fun.

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