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Hey Vikings Fans!

I’ve been writing on Content Quake for a little over a year now, and the site has been great!  They’ve allowed me to write as much as I wanted about the Vikings (and they were even willing to pay me for it!!)

Well, like everywhere, things are tight around InternetLand, and Content Quake is not exempt.  Don’t worry, Content Quake is not closing down, and I’m NOT leaving Content Quake, but the downgrade in pay (which I completely understand and don’t blame them for) is making me brave enough to venture out on my own a little bit.  I’ve always wanted to run my own site, but Content Quake made it easy for me to stay and basically work for their site.

So… I started The Viking Ship.

I do plan on updating Content Quake frequently, but to be perfectly honest, I will probably be putting more time into The Viking Ship for the time being.

So please head over to www.TheVikingShip.net and check things out.  Be sure to say hi and let me know what you think of the place!


LINK: Wow, GREAT GREAT article on the Chicago Bears

I just read a GREAT article about the Chicago Bears, and how their fans and media are reacting to the Vikings signing Brett Favre.

Here’s the gist of the article:

According to fans of the other teams in the NFC North, over the past few weeks, the Vikings have been screwed because they were going to sign Brett Favre, screwed because they then failed to sign Brett Favre, and most recently screwed because they actually signed Brett Favre.

It goes on to explain why the Vikings don’t really need to be afraid of the Chicago Bears.  It also goes on to mention that even though it’s true that Favre led the league in interceptions last year, the guy at the #2 spot was Jay Cutler… and Cutler doesn’t have Royal or Marshall to throw to this year.

And while Favre played the last month of the season with an injured bicep tendon, Cutler’s only affliction during the same time period was attempting to throw passes with both hands wrapped around his throat.

It’s a really good article.  I highly recommend that you read it!

Click HERE to do so.


Open Letter to Visanthe Shiancoe

Dear Visanthe Shiancoe

Let me be the first to congratulate you on your trip to the Pro Bowl in February 2010. You deserved (or rather, will deserve) it!

I will admit that I was one of the fans that was hard on you early in your Vikings career. In fact, I remember sitting in the Metrodome for week 3 of the 2008 season. You had just dropped a pass in the first half from new starting QB Gus Frerotte against the Carolina Panthers, and I was contemplating the article I was going to write in this blog about how the Vikings need to bench you in favor for more playing time for Mills and Kleinsasser.

Then in the second half you made a big catch… for a TD if I recall, and I decided “Okay, I’m going to give him another week. But next time he has a bad game, I’m writing the article.”

To be completely honest, I was sure, in all of my football knowledge, that that article was going to come the next week.

It didn’t.

In fact, it didn’t come at all. Why? Because you didn’t have any bad games. You never showed traces again of being, what my oh-so-humble football mind considered a “bad, unreliable tight end”. In fact, you went the completely opposite direction, and you became a GREAT tight end. You became the kind of player that was incredibly reliable. Anything thrown in your direction was caught. You could get tough yards after the catch. You were the dream teammate for any quarterback. The ultimate insurance policy.

Shank

Well, now you have a great quarterback to throw to you. No offense intended toward Tarvaris Jackson, Gus Frerotte, Sage Rosenfels, or any other quarterback who has or might have thrown you the ball, but for the first time in your time with the Minnesota Vikings, you have a quarterback who other teams are going to have to respect. A quarterback who has the ability to spread the ball around, to go deep, and to hurt other teams through the air. You have a quarterback who has never thrown less than 3,000 yards as a starter… something that the Vikings haven’t seen since 2004 (before you were in Minnesota). And you have great wide receivers and great running backs that are going to take a lot of attention from the teams that you’re playing against. I have a hunch that when teams have to consider defending against Adrian Peterson at the same time they have to watch Brett Favre and make sure they’re covering Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, and Sidney Rice that sometimes they’re going to (very very foolishly) underestimate you. I have a hunch that you are going to face coverage that is inadequate to stop you. I have a hunch you’re going to take advantage of that. I have a hunch that you’re going to become a favorite target of Mr. Favre.

You’re going to have a big year this year. It’s going to be very plain for NFL fans to see that you’re a premiere tight end in the National Football League. Because of guys like Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor, Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, and Sidney Rice, you are going to be an absolute nightmare for teams to play against. Those teams won’t be able to give you the defensive attention that you deserve, and I have no doubt you’ll make them pay for that.

I was completely, totally, and utterly wrong in my assessment of your football skills, and I’ve never been happier about being wrong in my life!

So again, congratulations on your trip to the Pro Bowl. You deserve it!

The Jazzy One – Jason Hannah


Vikings Joke (8-20-09)

There’s a guy from Green Bay (Packer fan) driving from Green Bay to Minneapolis and a guy from Minneapolis (Vikings fan) driving from Minneapolis to Green Bay.  In the middle of the night, with no other cars on the road, they hit each other head on and both cars go flying off in different directions. The Vikings fan manages to climb out of his car and survey the damage.  He looks at his twisted car and says, “Man, I am really lucky to be alive!”

Likewise the Packer fan scrambles out of his car and looks at his wreckage. He too says to himself, “I can’t believe I survived this wreck!”

The Packer fan walks over to the Vikings fan and says, “Hey man, I think this is a sign from God that we should put away our petty differences and live as friends instead of arch rivals.” The Vikings fan thinks for a moment and says, “You know, your absolutely right! We should be friends.”  The Vikings fan pops open his trunk and finds a full unopened bottle of Jack Daniels.  He says to the Packer fan, ” I think this is another sign from God that we should toast to our new found understanding and friendship.” The Packer fan says, “You’re right!” and he grabs the bottle and starts sucking down Jack Daniels.  After putting away nearly half the bottle, the Packer fan hands it back to the Vikings  fan and says, “Your turn!”  The Vikings fan twists the cap back on the bottle and says, “Nah, I think I’ll wait for the cops to show up!!!!



Around the NFL: Does the NFC North have the best quarterbacks?

I’ve seen this question pop up on several blogs and forums across the internet, so I thought I’d throw it out here:

Does the NFC North have the best foursome of starting quarterbacks in the league?

Let’s look at the starters.

NFC

NFC North:

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler
Detroit Lions: Probably #1 draft pick Matt Stafford
Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers
Minnesota Vikings: Brett Favre

NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo
New York Giants: EliManning
Philadelphia Eagles: Donovan McNabb
Washington Redskins: Jason Campbell.

NFC West:

Arizona Cardinals: Kurt Warner
San Fransisco 49ers: Shaun Hill or Alex Smith
Seattle Seahawks: Matt Hasselbeck
St. Louis Rams: Marc Bulger

NFC South:

Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan
Carolina Panthers: Jake Delhomme
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Byron Leftwich

AFC

AFC North:

Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco
Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer,
Cleveland Browns: Brady Quinn
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger

AFC East:

Buffalo Bills: Trent Edwards
Miami Dolphins: Chad Pennington
New England Patriots: Tom Brady
New York Jets: Mark Sanchez

AFC West:

Denver Broncos: Kyle Orton
Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel
Oakland Raiders: JaMarcus Russell
San Diego Chargers: Phillip Rivers

AFC South:

Houston Texans: Matt Schaub
Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning
Jacksonville Jaguards: David Garrard
Tennessee Titans: Kerry Collins

That’s really a tough call, but I’d have to say the NFC would have to be considered as the best QB division, now that Favre has joined the ranks.  Really, in my opinion, the only true competition would come from the NFC East.  Romo, McNabb, and Eli are all really good, and Campbell’s not bad himself.

What do you think?


LINK: Beyond Brett Favre (Grant’s Tomb)

There are a lot of good articles being written in InternetLand yesterday and today about Brett Favre, but I wanted to share an interesting article from one of my favorite (if not favorite) blogs to read, Grant’s Tomb.  The article talks about how Favre has bought the Vikings a year or maybe two, but that they need to be developing a quarterback for beyond that time.

So it’s on. Brett Favre is going to quarterback the Vikings to a Super Bowl in 2009. Or maybe not.

Which still leaves the Vikings looking for a long-term answer at quarterback in 2010. You know this is true because whether Favre’s 2009 excellent Vikings adventure turns out well or not so well, he’ll retire once the season is over. And then what?

Well, I guess the Vikings could try to get Favre out of retirement again – we know he’ll at least listen. Failing that they’ve still got Sage Rosenfels (how pissed is he after this little charade?) under contract for another two seasons. They could try to draft a hot shot college quarterback in the first round – someone like Sam Bradford or Colt McCoy. Or they can hope some elite or potentially elite quarterback is available next offseason.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Really interesting ideas.




Link: Brett Favre will spice up a boring offense.

Here’s a quote from me from this blog on July 29th of this year

As much as I’d love Favre on the team, at this point I want it to be over. I’ll admit… if I’m right and Favre signs next week, I’ll get over this feeling, and I’ll probably change my tune, and I’ll be a happy guy.

But for now I can honestly say, for the sake of the Vikings, Brett… stay home.

Well, at least I know myself…. yeah, I was tired of hearing about it, but now that Favre has signed, I’m a happy happy man.

Anyway, I found this article on NFL.com, and I really wanted to share it. It’s about how Favre will immediately impact Minnesota’s offense.

When Brett Favre signed with the New York Jets last year, it took him a good two months before he felt comfortable in his new team’s offensive system. This time around with Minnnesota, it shouldn’t take nearly as long.

Favre knows the Vikings’ offensive terminology inside out and that certainly wasn’t the case with the Jets last year when he arrived in New York on Aug. 6. A quarterback needs to see the play in his mind’s eye when he calls it in the huddle; early in Favre’s Jets season, plays were just words and he often dropped back trying to figure out where people were going.

When he enters the huddle in Minnesota and calls a play in the traditional West Coast language he has used in the previous 17 NFL seasons, he will see the play in his mind’s eye. He will know exactly what every player has to do to make it a success, and his decision-making will lead to a quick release of the ball and far fewer sacks than the Vikings quarterbacks incurred last year (43). And fewer than Favre had in New York (30).

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.

I thought that article hit the nail on the head. The fact that Favre is comfortable in the West Coast Offense is great. The fact that he will keep defenders honest will help Peterson. The fact that Favre is a master of the screen pass will help both Peterson and Taylor. The fact that he has two down the field threats in Berrian and Harvin will spice up our offense. The fact that Favre loves to throw to Tight Ends, and that we have one of the best in the game (at least since week 3 of last year) is exciting. The fact that Harvin’s versatility and Favre’s ability to read defenses will keep the other teams on their toes is amazing.

Our offense took some giant steps forward today (pending a physical, of course).

The Vikings don’t need Brett Favre to be the savior of the team. Instead they just need someone who can bring out all the talent that the team already has.

Unfortunately, Jackson and Rosenfels just haven’t proven that they have the ability to do that.


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