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Seattle Slew (02/05/2014)
By Patrick Marek -- The Super Bowl never had a chance. After watching Snowball lead the North Shore Bengals to a thrilling last second victory in the Kitty Bowl, I was primed to watch an NFL championship for the ages. W ... 

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The Great American Holiday (01/29/2014)
By Michael Marek -- @MikeWinPost

The end is near. It isn’t the end of the world, but it is the end of the best part of the sports season. Soon we will all have to return to life without football. The Super Bowl gives ... 

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Pumped up (01/22/2014)
By Patrick Marek -- It’s ironic that the Metrodome’s Teflon roof was permanently deflated just as Vikings fans were starting to get pumped up. The hiring of Mike Zimmer as head coach was a much needed shot of espresso fo ... 

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The mystery candidate (01/15/2014)
By Michael Marek -- Twitter: @MikeWinPost

The Vikings have a vacancy at the head coaching position for the first time since 2006. The last time the Vikings went through the interview process they hired Brad Childress, ... 

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Misery loves company (01/08/2014)
By Michael Marek -- All is right with the world. The Green Bay Packers have been eliminated from the postseason. The Packers gave a strong effort in the chilling atmosphere that was Lambeau Field on Sunday, but their eff ... 

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Mercy killing (12/22/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- At halftime, the Cincinnati Bengals presented a show where monkeys rode border collies and chased goats into pens. Unfortunately, for Vikings fans, that was one of the game’s few highlights. The actua ... 

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King of the Cassel (12/18/2013)
By Michael Marek -- Twitter: @MikeWinPost

Victory. It’s tasted sweeter, but sometimes you have to take what you are given. This particular victory tasted like a vanilla ice cream cone when you really wanted something  ... 

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Does anyone feel a draft? (12/11/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- This year, the National Weather Service continued its questionable practice of naming winter storms. Unfortunately, last Sunday’s blizzard in Baltimore was named “Gargamel.” It would have been only f ... 

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A win for Frazier (12/04/2013)
By Michael Marek -- Twitter: @MikeWinPost

The monsters of the midway were tamed on Sunday by the beast known as All Day aka Adrian Peterson. Adrian carried the Vikings to victory behind a career high 35 carries that w ... 

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Pass the Cheese (11/27/2013)
By Michael Marek -- Twitter: @MikeWinPost

A common phrase that occurs in athletics is that ties are like kissing your sister. Unfortunately, in this particular case your sister happened to look like a 300-pound linema ... 

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Sleepy in Seattle (11/20/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- Vikings lose to the Seahawks 41-20

The Vikings are like the guy who went to the clinic to get the results for some tests. The doctor asks him to sit down, because he has very bad news about two of ... 

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short (11/13/2013)
By Michael Marek -- Twitter: @MikeWinPost

The Vikings decided to come out of a short week and surprise everyone by beating the Redskins. As true Vikings fans we all should have seen this coming. The Vikings have a ten ... 

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Vikings still winless on American Soil (11/06/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- Dallas wins 27-23

If Sunday’s game against the Cowboys had been played in a giant paper bag, Leslie Frasier wouldn’t have been able to coach his way out of it. Although Sunday’s loss tied a franchi ... 

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Trick or Treat (10/30/2013)
By Michael Marek -- Halloween week typically means dressing up in some farfetched costume, using it as a way to mask your identity for one night and be something extraordinary or unreal. In Celtic culture it was traditi ... 

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Vikings get flushed by Giants (10/23/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- They were billing Monday night’s matchup between the Vikings and the Giants as “The Toilet Bowl,” and it certainly lived up to expectations. The two teams combined winning percentage of .091 was offic ... 

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The Walking Dead (10/16/2013)
By Michael Marek -- On Saturday night I witnessed zombies crawling the streets of Minneapolis as a part of the largest and oldest zombie pub-crawl in the world. When I arrived at the Metrodome on Sunday morning it appear ... 

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Bangers and Mash (10/02/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- Vikings Outlast Steelers 34-27

The Steelers came late to the party in London, arriving on Friday with hopes that a normal week of practice would help them storm the Vikings’ Cassel and secure their ... 

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Cleveland Rocks (09/25/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- Vikings Fall to 0-3

And then…depression set in. There are morgues and funeral homes with a lot more energy and hope than the Vikings locker room had after the team’s 31-27 last-minute loss to the l ... 

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Missed Opportunities (09/18/2013)
By Michael Marek --

In our lives, we all have situations where we could have taken the other path and greatly improved our circumstances. Asking that high school crush out on a date, taking that new job across the coun ... 

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Regifting (09/11/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- They don’t accept charity from anybody. So when the Lions continually tried to give Minnesota the game by shooting themselves in the foot, the Vikings responded with self-inflicted head wounds and ev ... 

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Optimistically Pessimistic (09/04/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- I’m usually a stadium’s half full kind of guy when I look forward to a brand new Vikings season. This year? Not so much. Minnesota is coming off an unlikely 10-6 season that culminated in a wild ca ... 

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2013 NFL draft preview (04/24/2013)
By Michael Marek -- The NFL draft (if not spring) is upon us. Every NFL franchise has had some time to evaluate their needs and pinpoint players to fill them. The Vikings are coming off one of their best drafts in franch ... 

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Turn Out the Lights on a Great NFL Season (02/06/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- The Baltimore Ravens’ electrifying 34-31 victory over the surging San Francisco 49ers put the final touches on one of the most satisfying Super Bowl weekends in recent Minnesota sports memory. Adrian  ... 

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Super Bowl, Homeboy. (01/30/2013)
by Michael Marek

Randy Moss has finally made it back to the big game. An older more mature Moss has been recast as mostly a role player, and has a chance to get a Super Bowl ring with the San Franc ... 

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Bold Moves (01/23/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- It was January 3, 1983. The Vikings were finishing off their first season in the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome by hosting the mighty Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football. The 1982 season had been sho ... 

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Waiting for Next Year (01/16/2013)
by Michael Marek

January. I’ve been here before. Packed gyms, freezing temperatures, and the Minnesota Vikings once again eliminated from the playoffs. The Chicago Cubs are probably best known for  ... 

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Pigs Still Can’t Fly (01/09/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- There were no reports of pigs flying or hell freezing over on Saturday night, but there was probably a better chance of those events happening than of the Vikings beating Green Bay with backup quarter ... 

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Jubilation (01/02/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- The script was written for another Vikings horror story. After leading the Packers for the entire game, Minnesota’s defense and special teams were going to collapse, costing the team a playoff berth, ... 

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Purple Revelations (12/26/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- So, you’re probably feeling pretty good right now. You survived the Mayan calendar end-of-the world scare, watched the Vikings manhandle the Texans 23-6 in their most meaningful December win in recent ... 

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Vikings Ride the ‘A-Train’ to 36-22 Win Over Rams (12/19/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- Why jump on a bandwagon when you can ride the train? Adrian Peterson once again put the Vikings on his back and continued his epic season with a

212-yard, one-touchdown performance against a stacked  ... 

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Vikings Begin their Playoff Run Against Bears (12/12/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- The Vikings unlikely run for a playoff spot this season has the ethereal quality of a man who dreams about eating peanuts, and wakes up with shells on his pillow. While no one can dispute that the t ... 

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Vikings Waste Epic Effort from Adrian Peterson (12/05/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- Watching Adrian Peterson perform for the Vikings was like seeing a thoroughbred racehorse on display at a petting zoo. It was fun to watch, but it made you feel kind of sad. On Sunday, the Vikings s ... 

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Bears Throw Vikings for a Loop (11/28/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- Adrian Peterson missed the team bus to Soldiers Field on Sunday. He eventually arrived by taxi. Unfortunately, the rest of the team never showed up at all. Despite the fact that the Vikings were co ... 

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The Calm Before the Storm (11/21/2012)
by Michael Marek

This Vikings season has been a quiet storm so far this year. The Vikings have managed to stay relevant while still staying out of the national spotlight. They have lost some winnab ... 

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Getting Ramped Up with the Fans in Purple #1 (11/14/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- Bogie and Bergman had Paris. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks had the Empire State Building. For me and the Minnesota Vikings…we’ll always have…EEEEEEEEE! That’s the constant ringing sound that I picked up i ... 

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For the Vikings Franchise, Les is Less (11/07/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- I have some cheap advice for the Wilf family. When hiring a head coach for the Vikings, don’t ever pick one with the first name Les again. Think about it, Les Steckel and Leslie Frazier were both pr ... 

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The Bucs Stomped Here (10/31/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- The 2012 Minnesota Vikings are definitely not ready for prime time. They played in front of a deafening home crowd and a national television audience on Thursday Night Football, and it was evident fr ... 

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Analog Jam (10/24/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- Vikings Give the Cardinals a Poor Reception and Win 21-14

For fans in the Winona area, watching the Gophers and Vikings perform this weekend on television was not a pretty picture. Because ... 

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Vikings Return to the Scene of the Crime (10/17/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- When the Vikings played the Redskins last year on Christmas Eve, the game featured Adrian Peterson writhing on the turf with a knee injury, a 100-yard rushing game from Toby Gerhart, and an victory en ... 

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Vikings Sink the Titans 30-7 (10/10/2012)
By Patrick Marek --  It’s not easy being a Viking fan when you are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  My son James is a Petty Officer “Crypto Tech” aboard a guided missile cruiser that the Navy calls the USN San Jacin ... 

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Wasn’t that Special! (10/03/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- Vikes Ride Special Teams to 20-13 Win Over Lions

I was scratching my head so much during Sunday’s win over the Lions that I had to stop.  My bald spot was getting a rash.  What have they don ... 

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You Can’t Fix Stupid (09/19/2012)
There’s a theory going around that the Vikings overindulged in purple Slurpees in the locker room before Sunday’s game with the Colts and suffered from a dramatic case of team brain freeze. What else ... 

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The Blair Walsh Project (09/12/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- For the last two seasons, the Vikings led the league in two categories…bad judgment and horrible luck. Think about it. They beg Brett Favre to come back, and he stinks. Randy Moss returns (at th ... 

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Be careful what you wish for (09/05/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- It’s February 3, 2013 and there are two seconds left to play in Super Bowl XLVII in the New Orleans Superdome.  Christian Ponder is under center on the Houston Texans’ one foot line.   It’s fourth dow ... 

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Give Spielman a tentative A (05/02/2012)
By John Edstrom -- ...at no time did his arm leave his body

Well fans, a very intriguing draft it was, including a couple of very odd calls in the middle rounds. I didn’t realize how much I was sweating the Kalil pic ... 

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Another Super Bowl come and gone (02/08/2012)
By John Edstrom -- ..on to the draft!

Well fans, another Super Bowl come and gone. At least this one was exciting down to the last play, even for those without a dog in the fight. It seems like years ago, th ... 

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Danish Dementia (02/01/2012)
By Patrick Marek -- My mother’s maiden name is Beverly McGuire. She often jokes about a condition known as “Irish Alzheimer’s.” It occurs when the only thing you can remember are the grudges. I, on the other hand, alw ... 

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Champions decided by gaffes (01/25/2012)
By John Edstrom -- ...and a trip down the memory lane/goat pasture of Vikings

blown Super Bowl chances

Well fans, who else out there thinks it’s lots of fun to watch tough defensive teams slug it out for four quarte ... 

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Should be a year for Belichick and Brady (01/18/2012)
..Pack and Saints conveniently eliminated

Well fans, who would have dreamt that the Cheese would play such a thoroughly rotten game to exit the playoffs early. What tipped me off to the bad day ah ... 

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Cheese should win the Super Bowl (01/11/2012)
By John Edstrom -- ...but must keep guns oiled and powder dry

Well fans, easily the most entertaining of the wild card week’s match ups was the Steelers, a nine point favorite vs. the 8-8 Broncos. The victory, ... 

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Enough already (01/04/2012)
By John Edstrom -- ...the dragon ship needs a long spell in dry dock

Well fans, I guess Sunday’s matchup with the Bears went about as well as we could have hoped. Jared Allen thrilled us to the marrow by nearly setti ... 

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Vikings Can’t Win for Losing (12/28/2011)
By Patrick Marek -- Remember the year when the Vikings went 15-1 and destroyed almost every team they faced? That was the season when Randy Moss was a rookie, Randall Cunningham was rescued off the scrap heap, and Rober ... 

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Vikings Festivus (For the Rest of Us) (12/21/2011)
By Patrick Marek -- It’s the holiday season, and that means that it’s time to gather around the Festivus pole and air our grudges. In the past when I’ve prepared for Festivus, the Vikings were always at the top of my gr ... 

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Joe Webb needs to play ...only not at QB (12/14/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, I almost lost it on Sunday when the Vikes had a chance to pull out the impossible win, and rooted for Joe Webb instead of Andrew Luck. But when all was said and done, I was counting draft  ... 

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Vikes shooting the moon ...shh...don’t tell! (12/07/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, right now at Winter Park it’s that same perilous moment in the card game of Hearts, when you need to slide about one more trick home before anyone tumbles to your aim to shoot the moon. Yes ... 

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Vikes could scratch out win against Denver (11/30/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ...or should we just go for 2 – 14?

Well fans, if this team were a horse, it would have to be shot. Our defensive backfield has now lost Antoine Winfield, Chris Cook, Asher Allen, Husain Abd ... 

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Third and sixteen? ...no problem with this defense (11/23/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it has now become crystal clear that the Vikings’ many shortcomings start with their woeful offensive line which has barely the vigor to cash a paycheck. Who would ever suspect that we woul ... 

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Vikes look, play badly ...bad, bad, bad! (11/16/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, I pen these notes from hiding, as I do not wish to encounter any boisterous cheeseheads for a few days.

As if the Vikes didn’t have their hands full slowing down Aaron Rodgers and his wre ... 

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Vikes look, play badly ...bad, bad, bad! (11/16/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, I pen these notes from hiding, as I do not wish to encounter any boisterous cheeseheads for a few days.

As if the Vikes didn’t have their hands full slowing down Aaron Rodgers and his wre ... 

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Chris Cook to stay! ...should we be happy? (11/09/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, Tuesday morning we got the good (?) news that Chris Cook will not have to turn in his purple jersey for good. The bad news is that there is no promise held out that he will play again this  ... 

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Halloween surprise ...the corpse wakes up! (11/02/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, on the day before Halloween the corpse of a lost season suddenly sat up in the coffin and demanded something to eat. Of course it wouldn’t have made sense, but don’t you wish the Vikes woul ... 

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Losing Purple culture must change quickly ...or Ponder will get used to it too (10/26/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, I had been projecting Christian Ponder’s rollout for November, but here he is starting the second game of his rookie season the last Sunday in October. Various sissy commentators lamented t ... 

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Is Ponder up to the task? (10/19/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ...if not, we’ll have the top pick to replace him next year

Well fans, who can remember when the Vikes last played on Sunday or Monday night and didn’t stink up the whole nation? You could tell i ... 

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McNabb needs a trip back to the old neighborhood (10/12/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ...find his lost mojo

Well fans, all the good news from last Sunday is on the defensive side of the ball. The Vikes continue to mount a heavy pass rush without much blitzing, and the secondary resp ... 

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Ponder or Webb? (10/05/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ...decisions, decisions

Well fans, it is now becoming clear that Donovan McNabb is not capable of leading this team to victory, rather, the dank and moldy cellar. Many, however, including Co ... 

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McNabb must step it up (09/28/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ...or November could be the season of the wolf for Christian Ponder

Well fans, by now the careful observer is beginning to detect a pattern emergent in the recent succession of Viking frust ... 

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Vikes blow another big lead ...this could get to be a habit (09/21/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, this is beginning to roll out like one of those nightmare years when no lead is safe, and any opposing team with a minimally competent QB can complete quick passes in front of the Vikings d ... 

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Vikes roll out wildcat dud (09/14/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ...rotten clam defense

Well fans, who would have thought, after such a promising first half, that Sunday afternoon would leave us with so many disturbing question marks? The defense played l ... 

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Vikes to eke out a win (09/07/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ...thanks to fans of superior virtue

Well fans, another opening day, this one with decidedly mixed expectations unlike last year when it was assumed that Brett Favre would take us to the pro ... 

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Vikings looking so far, so good (08/31/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ...this is going to take some luck

Well fans, could it be that this season might prove the opposite of last year, when everyone was stoked with Super Bowl aspirations and the same team that fumbled ... 

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Draft wrap-up 2011... (05/04/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ...Vikes will soon look different, one way or another

Well fans, the Purple Personnel Pickers took a mighty swing from the heels (to adopt a somewhat inapt baseball metaphor) in last week’s draf ... 

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Viking View (04/27/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes in position to make safe consensus pick...don’t blow it!

Well fans, what a difference a year makes. Last season it looked like all we needed was to paint over a few bare spots and spruce up a ... 

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Great game, horrible music and commercials
“Cram the Boot,” indeed!
(02/09/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, I reviewed last year’s Super Bowl column for inspiration and found that I had predicted Brett Favre would be back this season and, barring serious injury, could well find himself quarterbac ... 

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How I spent my Packer vacation (02/02/2011)
By Patrick Marek -- My children are considering an intervention. While they didn’t use the words “jackwagon” or “dillweed” when they discovered I have been cheering for the Packers throughout the playoffs, they did ques ... 

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Bet on the Cheese in the Super Bowl ...but hedge (01/26/2011)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, Sunday’s playoff games reminded me of something that happened last fall while pheasant hunting. I had made a nice shot on a crossing bird flying full out at maximum range. It folded right u ... 

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Look for Cheese in the Super Bowl (01/19/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ..bring your own sausage and beer

Well fans, let it be noted that your humble pundit was among the first to predict a Cheesehead Super Bowl victory, and it was done last week before the Pa ... 

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Cheeseheads to the Super Bowl! (01/12/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ...epidemic of Gold and Greenis envy strikes Vikingsland

Well fans, should the cheeseheads get by the Falcons down in Atlanta next week, they will be an odds on favorite to get to the Super Bowl.  ... 

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First on next year’s agenda – starting QB (01/05/2011)
By John Edstrom -- ..Vikes to pick in twelfth spot

Well fans, wasn’t that last game of the season in the Silver Dome just a rotten cherry topping a cow pie season? Every rancid element was in place. The offensive lin ... 

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Bad Santa (12/29/2010)
By Patrick Marek -- On Christmas Eve I had just settled down for my long winter’s nap, when I heard a suspicious clatter coming from the front porch. There have been a lot of break-ins in Winona lately, so I grabbed my  ... 

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Frazier needs strong closing performance ...what to wish for? (12/22/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, for a few brief moments Monday night it appeared that the 2010 Vikings would live up to the 50 legends of the past by beating the playoff bound Bears. Reality set in with a crash, though, w ... 

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Season’s high point arrives with collapse of the Hubert H. Humphrey Death Dome (12/15/2010)
By John Edstrom -- ...Vikings saved from exile to L.A.

Well fans, have we seen enough of Tarvaris Jackson yet? He would seem to be the same old T Jack, with the interception, the lamentable lack of passing accuracy,  ... 

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A new, improved Purple under Frazier? . (12/08/2010)
By John Edstrom -- ...or a mere illusion?

Well fans, it’s two in a row and the Leslie Frazier version of the Vikings is looking like the team that almost made it to the Super Bowl last year. But let’s wait until they ... 

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So far, so good (12/01/2010)
By John Edstrom -- ...now could we do something about special teams?

Well fans, one game into the Leslie Frazier era it’s so far, so good. On the bright side, the Vikes won on the road by playing solid defense, runni ... 

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Vikes routed by the Cheese (11/24/2010)
By John Edstrom -- ...Childress not among survivors

Well fans, I am not one of those to join in the fire Childress chants – I say “Kill the Chill!” Just kidding, it’s only a game. In fact now that the job is done, i ... 

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One more chance for the Chiller next week (11/17/2010)
By John Edstrom -- ...and then melt the tar and tear open the feather bed

Well fans, wasn’t watching those Vikes last Sunday just about as much fun as passing a kidney stone? Astute analysis at this point must revol ... 

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Purple survives first half of season ...barely (11/10/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it’s as if the Vikes all stood up midway through the fourth quarter last Sunday, ripped off the dog masks, and shouted to the stunned masses: “Hey, it’s really been us here all along. We we ... 

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Bizarre days at Winter Park ...defense getting rottener (11/03/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, could things get any more bizarre up at Winter Park? It’s like Brad Childress elopes with a stunningly beautiful but, unfortunately, thoroughly crazy woman (Randy Moss). He thinks he can ge ... 

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The Blame Game (10/27/2010)
By Patrick Marek -- There’s a scientific theory that claims if you put a chimpanzee in front of a keyboard long enough, eventually he’s going to write Hamlet. That’s kind of the attitude I’ve had with Brad Childress ove ... 

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Vikes 2-3 ...Whew! (10/20/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, can anyone remember a season when it was this hard to pick up two wins five games into the schedule? The Vikes, whose offense is studded with stars, is nevertheless unable to hold the ball  ... 

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Vikes poised for another NFC title ...no, really! (10/13/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, this season’s hopes could well have washed away in the downpour out in East Rutherford. Then again, the Jets are the pick of many to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, and you have to thi ... 

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Call Play Action! (10/06/2010)
By Patrick Marek -- Brad Childress isn’t taking my phone calls anymore. He got tired of me saying: “Play action!” over and over again. He said that I sounded like a broken record, or a dog with a bone. I told him that ... 

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Disaster averted ...picture brightens a little bit (09/29/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Vikes came away with the crucial win against Detroit, but made the game all too interesting for my taste. Then again, the Lions do not seem the same old dogs anymore. They should have b ... 

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Wanted: wide receiver ...who will step up? (09/22/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins could set up a nightmare scenario, but let’s not panic just yet. The Viking defense is playing well, allowing just three TDs in two games. And, when Cedric Gri ... 

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Vikes have two week breather (09/15/2010)
By John Edstrom -- ...then, on to the meat grinder

Well fans, the game down in New Orleans was not as close as the 14-9 score indicated, the Purple rising to the occasion neither on defense or offense. Most disappoin ... 

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Shaky personnel moves? looks like Brad Childress vs. the world (09/08/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it looks like Brad Childress against the world, at least in the area of personnel moves. News of the Purple is full of the impending math problem Thursday, the Vikes, with only three health ... 

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Purple offense suspect Cheeseland smells like trouble (09/01/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, here we are at the start of another Vikings season, the disappointment of last year’s close call still a throbbing, half-healed wound. Everything is in place for another run at the Super Bo ... 

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Vikes take a CB first ...Chris Cook, who he? (04/28/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it was a very perplexing draft. When the Vikes traded down into the Lions slot in the second, I thought they had made a nifty move to grab Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen and pick up a late rou ... 

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A radical move for the Vikes? ...do you feel lucky? (04/21/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, NFL draft day is upon us and by midnight tomorrow the Vikes first round pick will have been revealed to the Purple faithful. In a naughty world, draft day, when the collegiate players asce ... 

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This could have been ours ...Favre will be back! (02/10/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, we’ll be lucky to see a Super Bowl as fascinating and dramatic as last Sunday’s again soon, with the Saints recovering from an early deficit to win this game going away. You will remember t ... 

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Viking View (02/03/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Bet the Saints ...and eat your heart out

Well fans, the Colts are ensconced as 5 1/2 point favorites this Sunday, despite Dwight Freeney having what has been termed a grade-three ankle sprain which ... 

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Viking View (01/27/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Pain, heartbreak, unbelievable agony

...wait ‘til next year!

Well fans, this loss was snatched so unbelievably from such an impossible victory that it is hard to know how to feel about  ... 

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Viking View (01/20/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Can Vikes chase Brees around ...and get his pants

on the ground?

Well fans, this was one of those games that goes into the memory bank – no matter what happens, we’ll always have Dallas, 1/17/10.  ... 

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Shootout at the awful corral ...Pack goes down in hail of offense (01/13/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it was a shootout at the awful (as in defense) corral down in Arizona, and despite every indication in the second half, it was the Cardinals still standing when the smoke cleared. I have ne ... 

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Vikes going to Super Bowl –Yay! ...not so fast (01/06/2010)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Purple got their groove back against the Giants, the stars aligned to put their second seed, bye-week, homefield advantage back in place, and all’s right with the world. Right? It is pl ... 

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Another infamous late season swoon ...are you really surprised? (12/30/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, when your supposedly Super Bowl quality team stumbles three out of four weeks in December, twice against also-ran opponents, you can see the dream fading away. Monday night’s game down at S ... 

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Will Vikes rediscover run game ...or face big bust? (12/23/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, most of the ink being spilled over last Sunday’s debacle down in North Carolina is covering the Favre/Childress dustup on the sidelines, with the coach supposedly wanting to bench his QB, w ... 

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All’s right with the world once again (12/16/2009)
By John Edstrom -- ...but do not relax!

Well fans, in the first Bengals offensive series when Antoine Winfield stood up under vaulting RB Brian Leonard and flipped him to the ground for no gain, the sense o ... 

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Vikes to rally against Bengals ...or the dream is over (12/09/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, I should have known it would be a long day when I punched the TV’s on button just in time for the image of Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham to swim up and miss a chip shot field goal which wo ... 

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Viking View (12/02/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Who dat gonna beat dem Saints?

...the Vikes down in the Big Easy?

Well fans, those are two dominating wins in a row, and the Purple is beginning to take on a fabled quality as rare as t ... 

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Vikes 9-1 ...are they actually getting better? (11/24/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, we finally made it through a whole afternoon of watching the Purple without a single moment of anxiety – just pure pleasure, like a kid eating all dessert for supper at grandma’s house. It  ... 

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Playoffs loom: Here or the bayou? (11/18/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Vikes got by the Lions with a minimum of drama, though they still gave their fans many a bad moment in the midsection of the game before they finally pulled ahead. It would be nice to s ... 

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Road to playoffs open ...but beware the swoon (11/11/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, after the pratfalls suffered by the Bears and Packers this last week while the Vikes lounged on the sidelines, the tendency to gloat is almost counterweighed by a sense of anticlimax – is t ... 

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Purple still standing at end of Lambeau shootout (11/04/2009)
By John Edstrom -- ... but a damn close-run thing

Well fans, we got just about everything we wanted out of last Sunday’s Lambeau shootout, but not before some very bad moments passed. The Purple suffered man ... 

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Next week – Lambeau Field (10/28/2009)
By John Edstrom -- expect an eyewitness account!

Well fans, I had written this game off when Antoine Winfield was unable to take the field, so the loss to the Steelers did not upset my equilibrium too badly. ... 

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Maalox Margaritas Anyone? (10/21/2009)
By Patrick Marek --

If the Minnesota Vikings keep trying to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory our local watering holes might have to change their in-game drink specials to Maalox margaritas and Pepto Bismol ... 

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Can Vikes keep winning as before? (10/14/2009)
By John Edstrom -- ...Quoth the raven, nevermore

Well fans, five weeks into the season, with the Vikes’ record 5-0, we are growing jaded and picky, a condition rarely encountered among fans of the Purple these many  ... 

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Vikes make a meal of the Cheese ...but beware the Ravens! (10/07/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, was that a rich, deeply satisfying experience, or what? Any win over the cheeseheads is good, but this one was superlative. Let us count the ways. Brett Favre has never thrown the ball bett ... 

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Vikes are 3-0 (09/30/2009)
By John Edstrom -- But can Favre’s miracles last?

Well fans, Brett Favre pulled off one of his patent fourth-quarter miracles, and the Purple is 3-0, on top of the NFC North. So why do I have this queasy fee ... 

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Vikes right on schedule? (09/23/2009)
By John Edstrom -- ...check Sunday when 49ers leave town

Well fans, I hope that this team is not developing a tendency to slow starts. It could be a fatal one against better competition, which the San Francisco 49ers ... 

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Could the Vikes start 4-0? (09/16/2009)
By John Edstrom -- ...but beware the horrible Lions!

Well fans, by the end of the day we got just about what we wanted out of our opening Sunday package, but that first half was a bad throwback to last year, and the  ... 

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Will this be our year? ...much to be revealed in Cleveland (09/09/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, next Sunday out in Cleveland the wraps come off the ‘09 Vikings and we will get a good idea of what we’ve got this year. The effectiveness of the soon to be 40 year-old Brett Favre will be  ... 

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New QB, new season ...strap yourselves in for a wild ride (09/02/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, here we are again at the start of the new football season. It seems to be upon us sooner than ever, despite starting one week later than last year. Perhaps it was the mild summer.

Unlike l ... 

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Vikes choose mercurial wideout... do you feel lucky? (04/29/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, for the Purple, this is the year of feeling lucky. They went into the draft with a crying need at offensive tackle, then cornerback, and after that, a defensive tackle, center, or wideout,  ... 

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Draft Preview ‘09 (04/22/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it’s been a cold April, so the NFL draft beats out tulips as an early harbinger of spring. What fresh growth from the college ranks might be there for the Vikings, to help get them over the ... 

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Viking View (02/04/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Another Super Bowl done and gone

but save those leftover Doritos in a ziplock bag!

Well fans, it was another Super Bowl for the ages, one in which the ads that ran at the end of the game  ... 

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Viking View (01/28/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Memories of Super Bowls past

...blech!

Well fans, with Super Bowl Sunday coming up and no Vikings involved, the mind trips back down Memory Lane, to the years when the Purple did show up ... 

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Viking View (01/21/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Bet on the Cards

...send me a commission

Well fans,the Vikes now have a two year December tradition of meeting and thumping that season’s NFC Super Bowl representative. They are doing somet ... 

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Viking View (01/14/2009)
By John Edstrom -- The swami predicts an all Pennsylvania Super Bowl

but bet on Kurt Warner if the odds are right

Well fans, who could ever have hoped back in Phoenix that their Cardinals, 100% decimated f ... 

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Viking View (01/07/2009)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes bow out early

QB an open question for ‘09

Well fans, I picked the Vikes against the Eagles by six, barring the turnovers and special teams gaffes. We got the latter and lost a tough ... 

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Purple atop Northern Division, advances to playoffs ...no matter what, we’ll always have this! (12/31/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, here we are in the playoffs, and no one need carp at our means of access. Did Tarvaris Jackson toss an interception into the end zone? Did Adrian Peterson cough up another fumble? Did the P ... 

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Viking View (12/24/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Can the Purple catch a break?

...or is the jinx on?

Well fans, the Vikes could not catch a break this week, nor could the Cheeseheads catch one for them. When the fumble down on the goal li ... 

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Viking View (12/17/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Here come those darn Falcons

...remember them?

Well fans, the Purple faithful finally got what they have been hoping for ever since the signing of Jared Allen was announced, and I am not  ... 

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Viking View (12/10/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Now begins the QB controversy...Yay!

Well fans, it now appears that the Purple has progressed to the point where they are able to play a ragged, sloppy game full of mistakes, and still manage to sq ... 

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Viking View (12/03/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes poised for playoffs

...but what about the Williams wall?

Well fans, one week after the various pundits put an epitaph on Gus Frerotte’s career and downgraded his offensive line to  ... 

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Viking View (11/26/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Victory over Bears within grasp

...but scratch Kleinsasser from go-to list!

Well fans, here we are in first place two weeks in a row, and the Purple, if it can get past the Bears at the Hump,  ... 

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Viking View (11/19/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Dragon ship boarded, plundered by Buccaneers

...no survivors

Well fans, the Vikes played well enough to lose honorably down in Tampa Bay. Is anybody happy? – not me. A bunch of the old chro ... 

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Viking View (11/12/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes eke out ugly win

...after you, my dear Alphonse

Well fans, when have we come away from watching a Vikings win with such a sour stomach? It was an “after you, my dear Alphonse,” k ... 

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Viking View (11/05/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes looking better ...bring on the Cheese

Well fans, this would be the first time this season that the Vikes led the whole game. Even at that it was a nail-biter, but give the Purple defen ... 

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Here’s What I Think – Bye Week Reflections and Predictions (10/29/2008)
By Patrick Marek -- A lot of Viking fans (including yours truly) were harboring the forlorn hope that Zygi Wilf would fire Ray Childress during this off week and give us all the opportunity to wave “bye, bye” to one of t ... 

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Viking View (10/22/2008)
By John Edstrom -- More stupid mistakes

...lose, lose, lose

Well fans, who would have predicted, being told the Vikes would score 41 points, Adrian Peterson would run for two TD’s, and Gus Frerotte pass for ... 

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Viking View (10/15/2008)
By John Edstrom --

If Sunday’s win were a fish,...would we throw it back?

Well fans, if Sunday’s win over the Lions were a fish, would we throw it back? Tough question. This year’s Vikes are improved just en ... 

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Viking View (10/08/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes 2-3

...highly competitive in the old black and blue division

Well fans, the Purple came away with a win Monday night in a game they should have lost 40-6. The astute reader of this ... 

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Viking View (10/01/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Next week, Drew Brees

...are we shuddering?

Well fans, the farther we get into the new season, the more it resembles last year’s. This team has the uncanny ability to make mistakes at cru ... 

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Viking View (09/24/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Pieces falling into place ...2-2 next week a reasonable hope?

Well fans, it was a queasy start Sunday, looking like 0-3 coming up with the shoddy kickoff coverage followed by a dumb face-mas ... 

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Viking View (09/17/2008)
By John Edstrom --

Look ahead for Frerotte mid-game

...should Jackson stumble on

Well fans, it seems that teams develop personalities, which tend to survive changes of personnel and the passage of one y ... 

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Viking View (09/10/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Rodgers looked good against Vikes

...now comes Peyton Manning

Well fans, the early results are in, and it is not looking good for the Purple, although as such things go they have looked  ... 

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Viking View (09/03/2008)
By John Edstrom -- All hinges on the passing attack

...we’ll see at Lambeau

Well fans, preseason is over; next Monday night against the Pack everyone will be firing live rounds. We must hope that Tarvaris Jac ... 

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Viking View (08/27/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Purple prospects uncertain

...and confusion reigns in Cheeseland

Well fans, once again it is the spring of hope for followers of the Purple, despite the calendar indicating late August.  ... 

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Draft wrap-up ‘08 (04/30/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, if this were Christmas morning for the Purple horde, (a conceit which I have employed previously, I admit), it would be one of those years when Mom or Dad would warn you that, because they  ... 

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Viking View (04/23/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the last mound of dirty snow has barely retreated into the earth, and here we are at draft day, the beginning of the ‘08 football campaign. The Purple got aggressive again during this ... 

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Viking View (02/06/2008)
By John Edstrom -- It should have been the Purple

or,

I coulda been a contender...

Well fans, it's a good thing that we

were treated to another epic Super Bowl contest, because it appears that whoever is pu ... 

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Viking View (01/30/2008)
By Patrick Marek -- Don't bet on a Giants Super Bowl Victory

The life of a back-up Winona Post football column writer is a lot like that of a second string quarterback. Every week you formulate clever ideas for colum ... 

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Viking View (01/23/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Salt water freezes at Lambeau

...I say we root for the eventual winner!

Well fans, we now know at what temperature salt water freezes: wherever the mercury stood when Brett Favre threw the ... 

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Viking View (01/16/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Looks like the Cheese and the Pats in the Super Bowl

...unless, for sheer poetry, the Chargers and Giants

Well fans, not being primarily a fan of the Pack, I can say that it looks like th ... 

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Viking View (01/09/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Wait till next year

...could be free agent help out there

Well fans, the first weekend of the playoffs is behind us, and after watching Vikings victims, both the Giants and Chargers, defea ... 

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Viking View (01/02/2008)
By John Edstrom -- Disappointing season

...now for the off-season

Well fans, this season fizzled out like one of those state-of-Minnesota approved fireworks that wouldn't scare the dog if you tied it to his t ... 

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Viking View (12/26/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes absolutely must win in Denver

...so they will lose, lose, lose

Couldn't you guess that Fred Smoot, who never never made a play in the two years he spent here, would pick off Tarvar ... 

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Viking View (12/19/2007)
By John Edstrom --

Vikes eke out win on bad day

Purple uniforms must go, however...

Well fans, this is filed to you from a bed of pain, as I woke up this morning with the flu and am now hunched alternatel ... 

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Viking View (12/12/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Jackson shines yet brighter

...Mr. Coach Childress an obvious genius

Well fans, the first impression of Sunday's fairly routine defeat of the 49ers was of Tarvaris Jackson putting in a cr ... 

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Viking View (12/05/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Hope, the wandering dog, returns

...only to bite us once again?

week we are truly in the black-and-blue division, from repeatedly pinching ourselves to determine whether we wake or sleep. S ... 

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Viking View (11/28/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Three in a row?

...beware!

Well fans, the Vikes followed up the solid effort against the Raiders with their best game of the year against the 7-3 Giants on the road. Experienced fans of th ... 

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Viking View (11/21/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes could mount a run...otherwise hope for 6-10

Well fans, the Vikes are refusing to allow this season to sink beneath the waves, but only just, as the dragon ship barely answers her helm. After  ... 

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Viking View (11/14/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes may face Culpepper Sunday

...could be underdogs anyhow

Well fans, the football god giveth, but just as surely he taketh away, at least from the fans of the Purple. As well as the Vi ... 

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Viking View (11/07/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Cheese doomed in Lambeau!

...all the Purple needs is another 300 from Peterson

Well fans, the Vikes put it all together last Sunday and looked like a playoff team. What was different, a ... 

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Viking View (10/31/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Bollinger sparks offense!

...Kluwe up next

Well fans, another week, another deep disappointment. Why does this team so consistently come out of the blocks sizzling and then promptly fade? ... 

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Viking View (10/24/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes could be .500 after Oakland

...Then come the Giants in Joisey

ointment of Sunday's anemic offensive production against the Cowboys comes the news of Tarvaris Jackson's latest injury ... 

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Viking View (10/17/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Look for an aerial circus

...could be painful to watch

Well fans, I'll take the win, even if it comes with some nasty stuff on it. Apparently, the Vikes have developed a defense, if only th ... 

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Viking View (10/10/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes back in Minneapolis

full of...optimism

Well fans, the Vikes are back in Minneapolis and full of...optimism. You hear that the proverbial glass is half full, and that the season is o ... 

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Good News! (10/03/2007)
By John Edstrom -- McKinnie was sick last Sunday

ut of Sunday's loss is that Bryant McKinnie was sick, and so had some excuse for being cuffed around all day by the Pack's KGB, you know the Vikes recorded anot ... 

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Viking View (09/26/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes contrive to lose another

...woe, woe, woe

Well fans, the Vikings contrived to lose yet another game they appeared to have well in hand after the first quarter. Then through a combinat ... 

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New old questions reopened (09/19/2007)
By John Edstrom -- O line turns in an especial stinker

Well fans, most of the questions we thought were answered in the affirmative last week were reopened against the Lions. But to cut to the chase, the key b ... 

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The Purple shines in opener (09/12/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Will this last till they get to Detroit?

Well fans, last Sunday turned out to be Christmas morning for followers of the Purple, who found just about everything they had asked for under the b ... 

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Viking View (09/05/2007)
By John Edstrom -- A teaching moment

...for the edification of

liars, hypocrites, phonies, or the just plain stupid

Well fans, once in a while the field of sports journalism provides the writer with what may ... 

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Viking View (08/29/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Dragon ship sets forth once again

bound for who knows where

Well fans, we are about to embark on another football season, with the same sense of adventure and high hopes that must have animated ou ... 

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‘07 NFL Draft Wrap-up (05/02/2007)
By John Edstrom --

Well fans, based on the results of last weekend's NFL draft, things may well be looking up in Vikings land. The Purple was able to draft for need, and got excellent value for every pick, at least by ... 

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Viking View (04/25/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the ‘07 NFL draft is set for this weekend, and despite all of the disappointments Vikings fans have suffered through this last year, hope springs up anew. A dismal season with a dire  ... 

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Well, it’s over
What should we do?
(02/07/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it seems like only yesterday we awaited the exhibition season with bated breath. Now, the Super Bowl is behind us, and there will be nothing worth reading about in the sports pages until th ... 

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Things were looking bleak...
and then Mike Tomlin left
(01/24/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, things were looking bleak and then Pittsburgh went and hired away Mike Tomlin. Now what? Tomlin showed a great deal of promise, but his defense had a long way to go. Who will the Purple get ... 

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Smith, Dungy a match made in heaven
...but don’t bet against B&B
(01/17/2007)
Well fans, I have discovered a way to transform the Vikings franchise overnight, from an increasingly confused and bedraggled loser to perennial winner. All Zygi Wilf has to do is hire Bill Belichick  ... 

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VIKING VIEW: Vikings make watching paint drying seem exciting (01/10/2007)
By Patrick Marek -- It's unseasonably warm in the upper midwest. There's no ice on the lakes, golfers are shining up their clubs, and it's easy to imagine the crocuses pushing their way up through the sun drenched soil. ... 

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On to the draft...
at least they didn’t blow that!
(01/03/2007)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Vikings listless laydown before the 7-8 Rams was a suitable finish to their perfectly horrible season, dousing the last glimmer of optimism fans of the Purple could take into next year  ... 

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Start Bollinger next week...provided his shoulder still hurts (12/27/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, somewhere at home there is a sheet of paper with copious notes from last Thursday's disgusting spectacle of Viking impotence. This piece will be written without the benefit of any reference ... 

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So now we get a look at Jackson...
hopefully not getting himself killed
(12/20/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it would appear that what the Vikings showed us last week was not flashes of brilliance or even, necessarily, improvement. It is just that the Lions are so much worse than the rest of the l ... 

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Vikes still in the hunt
could they really
(12/13/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, now that their ‘06 season is down to its last few tight swirls, the Vikes show us flashes of brilliance. At least they keep us guessing. Who would have believed that Artose Pinner cou ... 

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Vikes find many ways to lose...playing together (12/06/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it was obvious fairly early on that many of those wearing purple pants down at Soldiers Field didn't really want to be there. They looked like they were expecting a spanking and just wanted ... 

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Viking View: Vikes seem improved
or perhaps Cards were especially bad
(11/29/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Vikes got the victory, but they didn't make it easy on their followers, with Chester Taylor's fourth quarter fumble down on the Cardinals' goal line and resultant 14 point swing. Cheste ... 

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VIKING VIEW: Vikes season slip sliding away
looking worse each Sunday
(11/15/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the difference in Sunday's miserable bow to the Cheeseheads was that Brett Favre had all the time in the world to pick out his receivers, and Brad Johnson got chased all over the field and  ... 

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VIKING VIEW: Vikes offense to improve miraculously
when elephants fly
(11/08/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the most quotable of the Vikings this week was Matt Birk, who observed, after the offense supposedly got over the hump against Seattle, that it turned out there was yet another hump on the  ... 

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Viking View: DĂ©jĂ  Vu All Over Again (10/18/2006)
By Patrick Marek -- I never thought I'd write the words again, but here they are. Denny Green should be fired immediately! After enjoying a rare and wonderful stress free weekend of bye-week football, I settled in to w ... 

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Vikes defense best in years
Now what about that offense?
(10/11/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, what you saw last Sunday was a win by a team with a winning record, 3-2. Last year this bunch was 1-4 after five games and were blown out in three of those losses. Things could be worse, al ... 

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VIKING VIEW: Vikes developing definite tendencies
Mostly bad ones
(10/04/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, a quarter of the season has already gone by, and this Vikings team is displaying definite tendencies, most of them not so good. The worst of these is the penchant not only for penalties --  ... 

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Vikes eke out win
even though Peppers
(09/20/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, I think the Vikes got their gift of the season early when Carolina's John Fox called the fourth quarter trick play and gave them the ball back. What could he have been thinking? Maybe he ho ... 

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VIKING VIEW: Vikes deliver rich, satisfying opening day win
Live for today
(09/13/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, when have we last seen such a wonderful road victory to open the season? It might have been the first year Dennis Green came to town, but I don't remember the details. Unfortunately, it loo ... 

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Viking View: ‘06 looking great
unless...
(09/06/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, we face a long wait until next Monday night before the endless football season commences once again. Hopefully, the Vikes performance against the Redskins will augur a long and enjoyable, r ... 

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Viking Views: Vikes to choose QB, LB, and ? with first three picks? (04/26/2006)
Well fans, draft day will soon be upon us, and with five picks in the first three rounds, there will be much for MInnesota fans to watch, for better or worse. Despite expending numerous high picks on, ... 

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Bones do themselves proud Officials, NOT! (02/09/2006)
Well fans, the nightmare has become real, and the Super Bowl was truly decided by the officials this year. The best we can hope for is that the refs, heads swollen by their undisputed new central role ... 

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A Modern NFL Fairy Tale* (01/25/2006)
By Patrick Marek -- The atmosphere at the press conference was electric. This was Daunte Culpepper's first public appearance since his devastating, season ending knee injury. Adding to the drama were the recent comments  ... 

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Vikes off-season needs to be a busy one
Second year in a row
(01/18/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, last weekend's playoff games featured a lot of surprises, including the worst piece of officiating witnessed all season, the denial of Troy Polamalu's obvious interception in the Colts/ Ste ... 

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So long Mike Tice Happy landings somewhere else (01/04/2006)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, for having basically written Mike Tice off at midseason following the loss down in Carolina, I didn't take much satisfaction in seeing him gone last Sunday. You would think the Wilfs would  ... 

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The Trials of Tice continue...
Or perhaps the Vikes could go 8-8
(12/21/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, Sunday's loss to the Steelers could hardly be described as close, but the game hinged early on several key plays that, had they gone differently, might have made all the difference in the w ... 

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Fat Pat against the BusBattle of the big men (12/14/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Vikes have won six in a row and the Bears just dropped one to Pittsburgh, so the Purple is edging into a scary territory of real playoff possibilities. For years I have adopted the exp ... 

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Big play offense At least against Detroit (12/07/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Vikes have now won five in a row, an even more improbable stretch than the 2-5 beginning of the season. They are a good bet to finish the season 10-6 or even better. Yet, the victory ov ... 

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Vikes actually playing defense Playoff hopes not entirely nuts! (11/30/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it's been so long since the Vikes had any kind of legitimate defense that a lead of only ten points merely leaves their fans with a sense of impending doom. I know I didn't feel they had th ... 

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Vikes get to .500 at Lambeau Creeping up on respectibility (11/23/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, I figured that the Vikes, having used up two years worth of luck in defeating the Giants last week when their offense couldn't swat flies, couldn't possibly manage a win at Lambeau this wee ... 

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Will Vikes pillage, sack Lambeau? (11/16/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, had it been I at the wheel of this vehicle last week, rather than my distinguished associate football journalist, Mr. Marek, I would have advised one and all to mortgage the house, sell the ... 

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Vikings Extreme Makeover Tames Lions (11/09/2005)
By Patrick Marek -- Sunday's game against Detroit was like a special double episode of "Extreme Makeover."ť The Vikings were magically transformed into an offensive and defensive juggernaut while mauling the Lions, and f ... 

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Thank God for Smoot
Otherwise this defense would be really bad!
(11/02/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, thank God we picked up Fred Smoot in the off-season, or this Vikings defense would be really bad. As it was, the Panthers' Steve Smith faked Smoot out of his pants in the opening series on ... 

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Another famous victory!
Vikes get well on cheese diet
(10/26/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, let it be on record which pundit it was who fearlessly predicted the Vikings' big victory against the Cheeseheads last Sunday.

What an amazing turnaround. In the first half, everything wa ... 

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Woe is us, all is lost!
So look for big win against the Cheeseheads
(10/19/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, who would have believed at the beginning of the season that the Bears/Vikings game down at Soldiers Field would degenerate into a contest between two such totally impotent offenses, with th ... 

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Clippety-Clop
Rhome and Fazio
(10/12/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, that clippety-clop we are hearing is the sound of Jerry Rhome and Foge Fazio riding to the rescue of the besieged Purple. You will note I have avoided any "thunder of hooves"ť metaphor, as  ... 

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The Purple scatter like rabble
The rout is on
(10/05/2005)
Well fans, the astute observer of Minnesota football could tell the Vikes would suffer a rout down in Atlanta on Sunday by watching the Gophers fall down and hurt themselves in Happy Valley on Saturda ... 

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From outhouse to penthouse with one win! Love that Central Division (09/28/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, all it took was one win to move the Vikings from the outhouse up to the penthouse. Love that Central Division! All it will take is for the Lions to lose next Sunday down in Tampa Bay, surel ... 

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This could be the year!
No, really
(08/31/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, another season of football is about to dawn, and this could be the year that the Vikes put it all together. No, really. Consider all these bright developments:

1.) Just a few years after i ... 

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Bad play, bad breaks, dumb mistakes
Season over
(01/19/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, this time when the yellow hanky flew against the Vikes on the opening kickoff, it was an omen of things to come. The Purple was obviously overmatched by Philadelphia, but could have won if  ... 

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Number three is the charm
Moss brilliant, butt...
(01/12/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, when the familiar yellow hanky fluttered against the Vikes after the opening kickoff, I thought, here we go again. How wrong I was. If I were the sort of person who offers up prayers in hop ... 

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Vikes make playoffs - Do we have to watch? (01/05/2005)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, after the Vikes disgraceful exeunt from the regular season, I found myself numbly watching the end of the Panthers/Jets game, dutifully rooting for the latter so that the Vikes could back i ... 

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Vikes manage to lose again, or Can I look yet? (12/29/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, this team is just too hard to watch. I can never remember a year when there was so much greater a measure of dread than pleasure involved in following the Purple. Has there been more than o ... 

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Season winding down - Too late to play for draft choice? (12/15/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Purple is on a fast track to sink into a deeper swoon than last season. (Perhaps they shall be known, henceforth, as the Deep Purple.) How ironic that just one more win will likely put  ... 

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History repeats - Vikes find a way to lose (12/08/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, didn't the Central Division of the NFC just cover itself with glory on Sunday? It is hard to say whether the Purple or the Cheeseheads laid the more stinky rotten egg -- the Vikes were at l ... 

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Season still intact But only just (12/01/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, our season is still intact, but only just. Take away the last-minute sack and forced fumble by Kenechi Udeze, and the Purple faithful would be sitting even now in the bars and coffee shops ... 

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Vikes still in the hunt - But season hanging by a thread (11/24/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, this was another of those games when you had kissed the season goodbye, gone off to the bathroom or refrigerator, and come back to find that the Vikes had won, with statistics that weren't  ... 

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Purple must get back on track vs. Lions - Or its goodnight sweet ladies, goodnight, goodnight (11/17/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, shortly after the start of the third quarter your faithful correspondent decided to abandon the Vikes/Packers game early in favor of a somewhat more punctual arrival at a dinner invitation. ... 

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Vikes lose shootout - Outgunned without Moss (11/14/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, going into Monday night's match up with the Colts, my prediction was that there was a small chance that the Vikes would get out in front early and win going away, and a large one that the m ... 

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Have we been here before? - Seems like deja vu all over again (11/03/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Giants brought an October surprise to the Hump, only part of which was the thoroughgoing 34-13 dismantling of the Vikes. Anyone predicting that the Purple could manage five sacks agains ... 

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Cautious optimism for the Purple - Also, fear and trembling (10/27/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Vikes are now 5-1 and, unlike last year, elicit a cautious optimism rather than Super Bowl fever. They have not blown away an opponent yet, but have managed to beat the teams they shoul ... 

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(10/20/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Vikes looking good But beware bad defense!

Well fans, the new game plan against the Vikes is a simple one; call it heads, take the kickoff, and score first. That looks to be about the only  ... 

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Grossman down for the count, Favre taking a standing eight - Could be the year of winning ugly for the Purple (10/06/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, we got an early vacation from football this fall, and a lucky thing it is for the NFL that every Sunday afternoon during its endless season is not the gem of perfection that this one was, o ... 

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Vikes take more casualties - Hovan and Williams missing in action (09/22/2004)
Well fans, at least this year the Vikes will not be leading us down the primrose path of unreasonable expectations. They did not look anything like a Super Bowl contender Monday night, nor even a sure ... 

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Viking View: It’s going to be another great season! But beware... (09/08/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, in four short days Santa Claus arrives for Viking fans, albeit three hours and fifteen minutes late, but by about 7 p.m. we will have a substantial idea of what is under the tree for us thi ... 

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‘04 could be another vintage year (04/28/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it would appear the Vikes once again have done an excellent job on draft day, getting consistently highly regarded prospects at each draft position, while at the same time filling their mos ... 

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Look for Vikes to take a DE or OLB (04/21/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Vikes have already done much to shore themselves up defensively by acquiring free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield from Buffalo. He is supposed to be a genuine shutdown corner, a major ... 

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It could have been the Vikes in the Super Bowl Five would have been a nice round number (01/21/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, that whining noise you hear, like the sound of power saws at a construction site down the block, is network execs grinding their teeth over the prospect of a Patriots/Panthers Super Bowl. T ... 

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It could have been the Vikes in the Super Bowl (i)Five would have been a nice round number(/i) (01/21/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, that whining noise you hear, like the sound of power saws at a construction site down the block, is network execs grinding their teeth over the prospect of a Patriots/Panthers Super Bowl. T ... 

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Coming soon to a stadium near you The wine and cheeseheads (01/14/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, you would be hard pressed to convince a cynic that these NFL games aren't scripted like rassling matches, and that the Cheeseheads and Eagles were mistakenly handed the same one that the Vi ... 

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Cheeseheads squeak by There was a sound of revelry by night (01/07/2004)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, it appeared until the very end of the game that the Cheeseheads would have to spend a long, weary winter of deep sighs and what-ifs, victims of the fluke play (the tipped ball down at the g ... 

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Fear not, for Tice will reappear for his third year He is working cheap (12/31/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, my fears of a Vikes loss down in Arizona were all to prescient, but I never dreamed of the incredible series of mishaps, flukes, bad luck, and bad calls which brought it about. Told in adva ... 

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Warning To Individuals Who Are Mentally Unstable Or Unfit, Or Whose I.Q. Is Extremely Low! (11/26/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Do not attempt to read this column. Such a person, some sort of remedial student in journalism over at WSU named Brian Krans, recently attempted it. The resulting strain was such that he went into a f ... 

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Vikes keep finding ways to get worse So, they’ll probably start winning again (11/19/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, just when it got to the point where the defense could get no worse, the offense and special teams have stepped up to ease the pressure in a reprise of some of last season's worst outings. T ... 

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Tice says Vikes not panicking Fans run shrieking for the hills (11/12/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, those who tuned into the Gophers-Wisconsin game got an excellent preview of what it would be like to watch the Vikings play defense out in San Diego the following day. At least the Gophers  ... 

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Booo! It’s back The return of the invisible defense (11/05/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the Vikes played the perfect nightmare of a game just in time for Halloween weekend. There is no worse torture for the football fan than to watch a team which can't play defense, and the cu ... 

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Vikes let one get away Sloppy play, bad breaks catch up (10/29/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, this was the game in which sloppy play, bad breaks, and the Vikes flaws on both offense and defense caught up with them. Once again the Purple committed way too many penalties, particularly ... 

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Vikes survive 14 penalty outing - Is this what they call the "duh"ť offense? (10/22/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, after nearly stroking out during the fourth quarter of the Broncos game, I don't know whether to be pleased or disgusted with the Vikes. One more brainless play and they could easily have d ... 

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Step on a crack...Break the Vikings back (10/15/2003)
By Patrick Marek -- Everything I know about superstitions, I learned from watching the Minnesota Vikings.

I think that Joe Kapp was quarterback when I first discovered that the Vikings seemed to play a lot bette ... 

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Vikes regroup to go 5-0 Looked like the Return of the Mutts there for a while (10/08/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, after the first half of the Atlanta game, I was pretty much reconciled to the Return of the Mutts. Dumb penalties, missed tackles, zero pass rush, opposing wideouts wide open, and a tendenc ... 

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Heady days for Vikes fans We go from wearing to breathing into paper bags in one season (10/01/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, I could have written this last Friday and mailed it in..."star receiver pops off to the press, dogs it on the field, and then participates in whacko sidelines meltdown...teammates sick a ... 

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3-0 too good to be true? Try 4-0 (09/24/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, this feels pretty good so far. Anyone willing to bet that the Vikes would start 3-0 could have parlayed about a thousand bucks into a nice little retirement nest egg. I ask myself if this i ... 

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Vikings were loaded for bear (09/17/2003)
By Patrick Marek -- Vendors were handing out free samples of Vanilla Pepsi and Old Spice deodorant outside of the Metrodome after the Vikings Sunday night victory over the Chicago Bears.

At first I joked that they must ... 

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Vikes dance at Packers homecoming (09/10/2003)
By Patrick Marek -- I had the strangest dreams the night after the Vikings ruined the Packers party dedicating the newly renovated Lambeau Field with a 30-25 victory. The first dream featured Brett Favre standing next t ... 

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Which Vikes Team Will Show Up At Lambeau? or Don’t bet money you can’t afford to lose (09/03/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, by late Sunday afternoon we will have a pretty good idea whether the Vikes have actually upgraded themselves in a major way, as indicated by the first team's play vs. Oakland and St. Louis, ... 

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The Purple mobilize for war or Remember the Marne! (08/27/2003)
By John Edstrom -- Well fans, the magic hour draws nigh when the purple-helmeted warriors once again gird their loins in preparation for the football wars, at least sixteen battles with a final preliminary skirmish to t ... 

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