Tag Archive: Percy Harvin

Sep 11

Vikings vs Chargers: Post Game Lament

I’m going to start this entry off strong and then taper off until I’ve totally lost interest. Wait – no I’m not… but I would if I were to emulate the way the Vikings played today.

I’ve been watching this team since 1973. When Percy Harvin took that kick-off return to the house, despite 38 years of heart-crushing disappointment, I jumped up and clapped and laughed… my purple heart soaring like the eagle that had flown throughout the stadium prior to kick-off. And then, by the end of the game, my purple heart landed with a thud unlike that glorious raptor.

I don’t even know where to start with this bloody mess. Let me try a format that worked for me in the past…

The Good

Percy Harvin continues to shine.Percy Harvin returning a kick 103 yards for a TD on the first play of the game. Jenkins scoring a TD off a bona fide McNabb pass. Jared Allen with a fantastic interception, Brian Robison rushing Rivers and Antoine Winfield with his usual focus, determination and an interception to boot. Erin Henderson made quite a few good plays in the back field.

In other good news, we’re not Colt fans.

And yes… that’s it.

The Bad

You should get a snack, because this is going to be a LONG section.

McNabb intercepted near our goal line on his first throw.

Berrian can catch. If there's no one around him and the ball is thrown perfectly to him at precisely the right speed.

Wide receivers: receptions today for Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins. Did any of our other receivers catch a ball? No. Were they targeted? Yes. Here’s a rhetorical question: could Berrian ever TRY to catch a ball that isn’t perfectly laid out for him? He actually did some blocking today with those skinny stick legs flailing… but isn’t he on the field to CATCH?

The defensive secondary, excepting Antoine Winfield. Chris Cook was all hype and no substance. Completely blowing his coverage, tackling like he had wet noodles for arms (resulting in no actual tackle) and drawing penalties. This isn’t Pop Warner, Cook! It was a tough call not putting this under “ugly” but Antoine and Cedric made enough plays to keep the unit in the “bad”.

The Falcons apparently missed Musgrave today. Not sure he showed up for the Vikings, though.

Using Joe Webb twice – but not putting a lot of thought into it. Musgrave calls for the Blazer with Webb taking the direct snap. We lose 3 yards. Why not put him out there as a decoy before springing that one? Line him up as a WR. He doesn’t have to catch. He just needs to draw attention. Use him in a reverse with Percy. We have a weapon like that, and they come up with the “Blazer”?

Bill Musgrave’s play calling was sub-par. I could have sworn he had a Dixie Cup with a string and Chilly on the other end of the line at times. We were entirely predictable today. And that’s never a good thing. Hopefully he’s keeping the really good stuff for a game that matters! Wait… this was a regular season game. I’d forgotten.

The offensive line. I had to debate on whether or not I should include our Woe-Line under “Bad” or “Ugly”. I decided to split it – the whole woe-line is filed under “bad” and one special member of that unit made the “ugly”. Our O-Line is not getting the job done. And it’s not just the left tackle that’s the problem. We had all kinds of issues out there today, exacerbated by the uninspired play of our starting QB and missed blocks by our RB and TEs.

The Ugly

Donovan McNabb: 39 Passing Yards

Donovan McNabb. PFT realizes that McNabb was terrible. I said myself that we should avoid McNabb in this post back in January. And what did we do? We signed McNabb. I want to go on record as stating that I am SICK and TIRED of the Vikings picking up old QBs and using them to patch over the fact that we can’t seem to draft a QB to save our lives. McNabb ended the day with 39 passing yards, completing 7 of 15 passes. That’s right – THIRTY NINE. Now, I’m not saying that Berrian wasn’t a factor in at least one missed opportunity. In fact, neither of these gentlemen should even be ON the Vikings roster, but that’s for another day.

And speaking of people who shouldn’t be on the roster: Charlie Johnson. How is Peyton Manning even ALIVE with that guy at his blind side? That guy is worthless. And what’s worse? We don’t have a good alternative.

Letroy Guion and Fred Evans being completely duped REPEATEDLY by Rivers’ hard count. I hope Frazier rips the crap out of both of them.

And so, my fellow Vikings sufferers, we start the 2011 season with a big ol’ L that didn’t have to be. Right out of the gate, we’re back where we started: last in the NFC North. With all of our divisional rivals winning, we’re 2 games back. The big question is: can the team move past this with reflection, improve and start winning? We’ve got 15 games left to watch, wait and see.

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Jan 22

Vikings Pillage the CFL

Emmanuel Arceneaux

The Vikings have signed Emmanuel Arceneaux as a wide receiver. Are you wondering who the heck he is, like me? Let’s take a look:

Arceneaux was born in Alexandria, LA in September 1987. He attended Alcorn State, where he actually had a GPA to write home about and was the president of the student-athlete advisory committee.

Signed by the BC Lions of the CFL in 2009 as a free agent, Arceneaux was named a member of the active roster after emerging from training camp. He started all 36 games since joining the BC Lions and in 2010, posted 1,114 receiving yards on 67 catches. He averaged 16.6 yards per catch and scored 5 TDs in the regular season.

Here’s a video that PurpleKoolaid28 shared via Twitter:

These highlights make me thankful for the superior broadcasting enjoyed by NFL fans everywhere.

You can follow him on Twitter: @Eman_Arceneaux

What are the implications of this signing? Potentially, none. There’s no assurance that Arceneaux will even make the 53 man roster. He might not even make the practice squad. Nevertheless, I think this signing is interesting in light of the fact that Sidney Rice will likely be an unrestricted free-agent (unless the CBA changes significantly) and I think we all know Bernard Berrian was worthless this year. Could be that Coach Frazier is creating competition for OTAs or may be looking for leverage with Rice. Time will tell.

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Jan 03

Potential Vikings/Packers Peace Treaty?

Percy Harvin: Nobel Peace Prize or Enemy Infiltration?

As we all know, there is a somewhat contentious rivalry between the fans of the Green Bay Packers and the much more congenial fans of the Minnesota Vikings. It’s a rivalry that goes back to 1961, when the Minnesota expansion team entered the division.

During our first few years, we lulled the division into complacency by flying below the radar. If I were to equate it to Risk, we were quietly adding men on Australia and Papua New Guinea while the other teams fought it out over Europe. Suddenly, we stormed Africa and walked away with the 1969 NFL Championship – the last one of its kind – and subsequently lost in the AFL/NFL “Super Bowl” Championship game.

In 1970, the AFL and NFL merged to create the modern-day NFL. And we’ve owned our division ever since. 18 division titles, with Chicago next at 10 with the one they added this year. This dominance is what has caused the Green Bay Packer fans to turn west from Chicago and fix us in their steely glare.

Charles Woodson: Friendly rival or Sneaky Spy?

But there is hope! As the Vikings prepared to break camp today after their final team meeting, Percy Harvin mentioned that he and Charles Woodson, veteran cornerback for the Green Bay Packers, had plans to work out together in the off-season. Woodson has said that Percy Harvin is one of the best receivers he’s ever had to cover. Percy said that infiltration is the best way to bring down the enemy. Okay – he didn’t say that out loud… he just said it in my head.

Could this be the event that thaws the icy relationship between Packers and Vikings fans? Probably not, but hopefully Percy will be able to gather some intelligence and keep mum on secrets of the Vikings.

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Jan 02

Minnesota Vikings: Remembering Better Times

2010 has been an incredibly tough season for Vikings fans. Especially coming after the 2009 season, one of the best seasons in franchise history. 2011 is a season as yet unwritten. Can we recapture the glory from days gone by? Do you remember how the 2009 season felt? Relive it.

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