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I too am incredibly conflicted here...
1. I honestly believe AP thought that using a switch was OK and an acceptable way to parent. I think he's super, super wrong about that, but I do think this was coming from a place of trying to do the right thing (as opposed to a guy who just hits his kids because it makes him feel better).
2. I also honestly believe that he had no intention of it being that bad, but he's just a large, badass man.
3. I really wanted to give AP the benefit of the doubt when I first heard about it... but now that we've got reports that he was reported to the police before for a different kid makes me fear that he isn't going to be able to learn his lesson about this. It's one thing to not realize that hitting your kid with a switch isn't OK because you were hit with a switch when you were a kid... it's altogether another to be nearly arrested for the same thing last year and keep doing it.
4. Also... has AP heard of a condom? Vasectomy? How many kids does this dude have? And from how many women? What else does he have (an STD... I'm talking about an STD)?
5. I'm SUPER conflicted because he's a player on my favorite team, and he WAS my favorite player, and I'm really concerned that the only reason I'm conflicted at all (instead of being on the "through the book at him" bandwagon) is because I'm a fan and I'm giving him a pass because of that. I really, really don't want to be one of those guys. I think I'm coming at this from a place of calm rationality, but I fear I'm just being a homer, and the worst kind.
As far as being a sports fan, this sucks... it sucks so bad.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/
Teddy looked great, which is awesome... but as you noted it was mostly against 3rd stringers. What really shocked me was CASSEL! Who the fuck was that guy?! He looked really, really good. Not Peyton Manning good... or even Tony Romo good... but certainly at least Andy Dalton good. This offense with even an Andy Dalton QB (by which I mean average) is going to be kind of scary. AND... AND it will give Teddy a few more weeks to practice and develop before we end up having him start. In other words, Teddy's going to be coming in as the starter when WE WANT HIM TO, not because we have no other choice. That is beyond exciting.Unfortunately, the defense totally shat the bed.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/
I almost busted a nut after Teddy's first throw... luckily the play was called back on a penalty so I didn't have to clean myself off.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/
The throw at 2:25 (Sugar Bowl against Florida) is just sick... utterally amazing threading the needle against an ELITE defense. Excuse me, I need a Kleenex to clean up this mess.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/
Is "Candy Barr" or "Chocolate Barr" too racist? Yea, probably.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/2014-articles/vikings-draft-olb-anthony-barr.html
There is really only one realistic scenario where I will fail at #2 and get pissed off about a pick (or failure to make a pick): if Teddy Bridgewater falls to our Round 2 pick and we don't take him. That's it. I don't care if we pass on him and every other QB with our Round 1 pick (even if Manziel is still available there). I wouldn't even blink if we made a big trade up to get Clowney or Khalil Mack (I hope we don't, but I could at least understand it).
FWIW, I think we should draft Bridgewater with our #8 pick (or trade back to like #12 and take him), and then pick Chris Borland with our second round pick (one of the best middle linebacker's I've ever seen in college), but for some reason Bridgewater is not getting the love he deserves in this draft.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/2014-articles/2014-nfl-draft-day-vikings-draft-promises.html
@CollegeWolf I say Briene of Tarth as a late round sleeper.
If by "perfect" you mean "in the same mold as Christian Ponder" then yes, he's perfect. If you mean "should we pick him," the answer is "GOD NO!"
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/
I too am completely at a loss as to why his draft stock seems to be plummeting. Part of me wonders if it is just smokescreen by GMs, and that a QB-desperate team (like the Texans, Jaguars, Browns, etc.) isn't going to snap him up.
If he drops to us at 8 I say we snap him up immediately. Heck, if the Falcons No. 6 pick comes up on the clock and Bridgewater isn't picked, I say we seriously consider using some of our draft capital to trade up a couple spots for him (normally, I am totally against this tactic, but for a QB, you can make an exception).
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/2014-articles/2014-who-ya-gonna-draft-teddy-bridgewater.html
Dimitrius Underwood (remember the "Where's Dimitrius?" T-Shirts?)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/2014-articles/vikings-top-5-draft-picks-ever-an-expert-opinion.html
"... providing them the opportunity to draft a new, franchise defining, inaccurate quarterback to move forward with"
7 months, 1 week ago on Teddy Bridgewater's Poor Pro Day Makes Him Perfect Fit for Vikings
I'm cautiously optimistic about this hire... although I have a bit of a Woody-Allen complex about it (e.g., "he can't be that good of a coach if he accepted a position with the Minnesota Vikings." (I'd never join a club that would have ME as a member). Good or bad, he won't be as big of a dumpster fire as Caldwell's going to be in Detroit... ha ha, stupid Lions fans.
9 months, 1 week ago on How Exactly Is This Mike Zimmer Interview Going With the Vikings?
This made me so happy, I just can't even... it's... just... MWAH! Thank you internet! Unreasonable Packers fans misery just makes my day.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Packer Fan Loses His Mind After Playoff Loss
We're all the way to Suckville. We're the Mayor of Suckville. We're just halfway through experiencing this dumpster fire
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Masturbatory Vikings Game 8 Preview: Half Way to Suckville
Freeman only really started to suck last season... when Schiano started coaching the Bucs (and when they didn't have even a half decent tight end and only one decent receiver). Frazier may not be the best coach, but is damn sure better than Schiano (who's totally get fired after this season), and we have a better receiving corps overall than the Bucs (I don't know how that is possible, but its true).
Freeman isn't an elite QB or anything, but he's got to be better than Ponder and Cassel... or he'll be a train wreck and we can get Bridgewater or (dare to dream) Clowney (which would give us a D line of Griffin/Robinson, Floyd, and Clowney... and maybe another DT that would could pick up in the second round (Hageman from the Gophers)... I get a boner just thinking about that D line))
1 year ago on [UPDATE] Is Josh Freeman a Viking Yet? Yes!
Each of the 0-3 teams have issues that have caused their current winless status.
1. The Steelers have a ton of injuries and an aging defense (albeit with a couple elite players). Their injured players will heal. Maybe it won't happen this season, but they'll be fine next season (particularly if they get a top 5 or top 10 draft pick)
2. The Giants... well, I don't know what is wrong with them. It might just be bad luck, or aging talent. I think they also have some injuries. I also think their misfortune is temporary.
3. The Bucs actually have a TON of talent (particularly on defense). Their biggest liability is their coach. He'll get fired this year. The Bucs are going to be fine.
4. Washington and Minnesota probably have the lowest overall levels of talent, especially on defense. Both teams have elite players (Vikings with Purple Jesus, the Redskins with RGIII). It's debatable which of us has a worse coach (I personally think Frazier is actually a pretty good coach who is saddled with (a) mediocre talent (at least on defense), and (b) a marginal coaching staff).
I think the Vikings are slightly worse off just because: (a) our best player is a RB, and unfortunately in a couple years, his production is going to start declining (even for PJ); and (b) this is such a pass-happy league, and no matter how bad RGIII has been this year (although I still think that is just rust that he had because he didn't have a preseason), he is still an elite QB. Our QB is an abandoned tire fire.
Of course, the Jags are by far the most doomed team. There talent level is so awful that I can't believe it. Their "starting QB" is somehow even worst than Ponder. Their star RB is aging faster than ours. I don't even know who their coach is.
1 year ago on Are We Sure Vikings Aren't Most Doomed Team?
@Chase Tyler Anderson Yep... we call them Twin Cities Packers fans.
I don't think Frazier's the issue. I think we should keep Frazier as HC, and fire Musgrave as the OC. His playcalling is atrocious.
We can replace Musgrave with either Shaw or Strong. I doubt we could convince Shaw to leave Stanford for an Offensive Coordinator job, but Strong might jump at the chance to parlay his team's (temporary) success into an NFL position. Plus, he would get to continue to coach Teddy Bridgewater after the Vikings (hopefully) sew up the #2 pick in the draft.
1 year, 1 month ago on So Who Should Be the Vikings Coach in 2014?
1 year, 1 month ago on PJD's Game Three Recap: Keeping That Winless Streak Alive!
When there's something strange, in your backfield today... who ya gonna call? Ghost Backer!
When you see tackling stats, but you don't know where... who's it gonna be? Ghost Backer!
1 year, 1 month ago on PJD's Preseason Game 4 Recap: An Epic Comeback
1 year, 1 month ago on Reputable News Source Ranks Ponder 4th Best NFL QB
This is why I don't watch preseason games (at least other than the third one). (1) They don't count; (2) Teams play differently than they really plan to (the Bills apparently had an "exotic" defense that worked, it just as easily could have blown up in their faces... and they could never have pulled that crap in a real game with PJ actually playing); (3) it just makes you pissed off.
Call me when the games actually matter.
1 year, 2 months ago on PJD's Preseason Game 2 Recap: The Exotic City of Buffalo
That being said... I'm really enjoying this moment right now. The favorite thing I've read so far was a comment on the Seattle newspaper's story on the surgery from a guy called "MNHawk" who wrote:
"As a MN resident I am really regretting all the needling of my Viking coworkers back in March. Tomorrows payback will suck"
1 year, 2 months ago on So That Percy Harvin Trade Seems to be Working Out
@Hammy1724 I assume like Ramen noodles. Mmm... Ramen.
So if I'm doing my math right, Percy could possibly be back and available around Week 10 or Week 11. Let's just see who the Seahawks play in Week 11... oh %&*#%&! Now I know God is just fucking with us.
I'm guessing you are relatively young if this is your Top 10. I would only consider two on your list even worth of consideration as Top 10 "of all time" (The Simpsons and Seinfeld, with Friends getting an honorable mention but not cracking the Top 10). And "Big Bang Theory"? Really? That's not even Top 50.
As others have listed, there are several others that at least need to be considered above these (most are repeats of those already listed):CheersI Love LucyAll in the FamilyHappy Days (two of the spinoffs from this show, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy, are better than most of the shows on your list)The Mary Tyler Moore ShowPerfect Strangers (probably more of a guilty pleasure pick, but I still loved it)Sanford and Son (you may be racist for leaving this off your list)Arrested DevelopmentCosby Show (the best family comedy ever)M*A*S*H
1 year, 5 months ago on The 10 Best Sitcoms Of All Time
The Extension Cord
1 year, 5 months ago on 2013 NFL Draft-or-Bust Off: Vikings Select WR Cordarrelle Patterson
@CollegeWolf Agreed... maybe if his name was "Xander" or some other crazy X name we could go with another name, but since his namesake is Charles Xavier (clearly), we owe him the honor of "Professor X."
1 year, 5 months ago on 2013 NFL Draft-or-Bust Off: Vikings Select CB Xavier Rhodes
1. Sharrif Floyd - Love this pick, and I'm surprised we didn't screw it up. Personally, I was a bit higher on Sheldon Richardson from Missouri, and I am a bit nervous to know why Floyd slid this far... but I read somewhere that there were no character issues and I don't think there was an injury concern, so maybe it's just good luck.
As I tweeted you last night, my nickname suggestion is "The Terrorist," because it's offensive and hopefully what he'll be doing to opposing centers, guards, RBs, and QBs for years to come.
2. Xavier Rhodes - also really love this pick. I think we may have needed an ILB more, and Ogletree would have maybe been my pick, but he had serious character issues, but I'm also a firm believer in picking the best player available in the draft (or failing that, the best player available in a position of need). Rhodes was the No. 1 CB on many draft "experts" boards, and was almost never lower than the No. 2 CB. Pair him with Cook (who really is turning into a nice CB) and if Robinson continues to develop as the Nickle, and we might actually have a pretty strong DB corps (with a minor hole in the form of Mistral Raymond).
I don't think you can find a better nickname than "Professor X"
3. Codarrelle Patterson - I'm very torn on this pick. On the one hand, he had been considered the No. 1 receiver at one point during the pre-draft process. Since then, he has slid a bit (although he was the second WR chosen). The dude seems to clearly have some awesome raw talent.
BUT, his work ethic concerns me (although I hope Greg Jennings and Leslie Frazier whip him into shape). And I've also read a lot that he doesn't run very good routes right now (again, hopefully Jennings can whip him into shape). Ponder needs all the help he can get, and a receiver who routinely isn't where he needs to be scares me a bit.
All in all, I like the balls of making the pick, and honestly the price makes sense (we were asking the Patriots to essentially drop their No. 1 pick back an entire round, so we had to compensate them for that). If the kid actually has the work ethic to improve, he's going to be good, and maybe even great.
Nickname suggestion: um... I got nothing. How about "Extension Cord" (because he can extend the defense?)
As I've said on your blog before, I continue to be impressed by Speilman. He may not be Ozzie Newsome, but he is doing a damn good job.
1 year, 6 months ago on NFL Draft Day One: Vikings Get to Peacockin'
I agree that we should go defense-defense in the first round.
I hope you're wrong about Teo. I hope even more that Ogletree from Georgia slides to us. He's better than Teo.
Weirdly, I hope most of all that teams go insane at the top of the draft and Chance Warmack (the stud OG from Alabama) slides to us. I know there is no way this can happen, but can you imagine that beast pulling and destroying a path for PJ for years to come. It'd be a god damn thing of beauty.
If we have to go defense, I hope either Star Lotulelei or Sheldon Richardson somehow slide to us. I don't see it happening, but it would be nice to basically replace Kevin Williams in this draft and still have Kevin around to place above-average in the other interior D line spot.
1 year, 6 months ago on 2013 NFL Draft-or-Bust Off: Minnesota Vikings Draft Predictions
Except for the "horns" on the numbers, I FREAKIN' LOVE THIS. Oh please be the new unis! PLEASE!
1 year, 6 months ago on More Vikings Uniform Clues: Dark Purple, Dark Words
Dear God, I hope not. Both are aweful.
1 year, 6 months ago on Are Either of These the New Vikings Uniforms?
And Cordarrelle would be a good fit, but I don't think he'll last until our first pick. There are a few other teams with receiver needs (the Steelers being the most obvious), and he would be a very good pick for them.
1 year, 6 months ago on 2013 Who Ya Gonna Draft? - Cordarrelle Patterson
I think Barkevious Mingo is a bit harder to spell. Or Star Lotulelei. Or something called a "Matt Barkley"
You forgot to answer the most important question... what does Shawn Zobel think of him?
1 year, 6 months ago on 2013 Who Ya Gonna Draft? - Tavon Austin
*squint* Can't tell if Ponder's celebration looks good because it's a good dance or because he's wearing badass throwback uniform
1 year, 7 months ago on A Challenger Appears: Kyle Rudolph's Ice Auger Celebration Has Potential
@PJD Fine... guilty. But only because it is cold as Hoth outside. Otherwise, I'd TOTALLY have something else to do.
1 year, 7 months ago on What is Happening with Local "Draft Expert" Shawn Zobel?
I think your prediction is accurate, except for one thing. Substitute Alec Ogletree for Manti Teo. Or maybe that's just my hope.
1 year, 7 months ago on Brian Urlacher to the Vikings? Bad Enough to Be True
Thanks to this post, I am now obsessed with this little twat. Thanks PJD! because I don't have anything better to do in my day than read old stories about this crapweasel and how he has somehow made a name for himself. /sarcasm
@mnsportszone HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! [deep breath] BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!! [deeeeeeeeeeep breath] BWAAAAAAA HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
@mrsamk @PJD I agree with a lot of what you said, but not necessarily the overall analysis of the Vikings front office.
1. I completely agree that we should have gotten out front with our resigning of Loadholdt earlier... but its a myth to think that had we done that, we could somehow have saved enough money to keep Winfield at his current cap number.
2. And even if we could have, Winfield's cap hit was too big. There is no way he's going to get the same amount of money from the team he signs with next (which I hope is us, although I'm doubtful). Like I said originally, there was just no way Winfield was going to be playing under the same cap number this season. I would have preferred that the Vikings restructured his contract, but they decided the long-term success of the team would be better served by cutting him, which I can't say is right or wrong.
3. I can say with utmost confidence that we are NOT going to be "spendign MORE to get a player that isn't as good as Winnie." First, we could end up resigning Winfield tomorrow for half of what his cap hit would have been (which is still probably above market value for him, but is certainly LESS than we would have been paying). Second, we could end up getting Nnamdi (cut from the Eagles) who, despite his nightmarish couple of seasons in Philly, is a very good CB who is (a) better than Winfield (although not a better leader) and (b) younger than Winfield... and Nnamdi could probably also be gotten for less than Winfields cap number. There are probably several other medium-skilled CBs in FA that we just don't know about that can be gotten for cheap and that will upgrade our current secondary (and BTW, Cook is actually a damn good cover corner.... and many of the missed games you cited were either from a freak injury or THE TIME HE WAS IN JAIL for the charge that he ended up beating).
4. Of course we are "worse now" than we were before we traded away Harvin and cut Winfield. BUT, we aren't going to stand pat where we are right now. With Harvin and Winfield gone, we have a lot more cap room to work with to sign some more free agents, which I'm sure we will do to at least upgrade some of those "8 positions that need [to be] filled."
5. As for the draft, Spielman has already done very well in the draft, so I think he has earned the benefit of the doubt. Heck, screwing the Browns out of a mid-round just so they could move up one spot to pick a player we didn't want anyway was a master stroke. And Harrison Smith and Blair Walsh were amazingly astute picks when a lot of people were saying "Huh? A WHITE defensive back from NOTRE DAME and a KICKER? Are you CRAZY?"
1 year, 7 months ago on Understanding Vikings Free Agency Roster Moves Through Popular Memes
Wow... sorry for the wall of text. I didn't realize how long that would be when I started it... and once I was done, I just couldn't let that time go to waste.
I'm going to preface this by saying that I subscribe whole-heartedly in the Bill Bramwell theory of buidling a roster. Hee takes a "Moneyball" style look at it, and thinks that in free agency you look for deals on mid-range and low-cost players who won't hurt you that much if they don't work out, but have medium-range upside if they end up being good (e.g., they can upgrade a position with a terrible player to average or above-average). It doesn't sound sexy, but it's how free agency can work for you (instead of saddling you with huge contracts down the road that you regret, like the Cowboys, Redskins, Giants, and Raiders all seem to be suffering from)
But, I think Speilman is kind of killing it so far. Although a lot of things look bad on the surface, I think they make a lot of sense (so pull up a chair Mr. Wonka):
1. The Harvin Trade - as I said yesterday, we all know we were going to lose Harvin some day anyway, and most likely it was going to be this season anyway, as Harvin was going to holdout if we didn't restructure his contract. Since he was being an unreasonable little bitch, I didn't think restructuring (at least not for the money Seattle ended up paying). That means we either had to throw this season away, Harvin-wise, or try to get some value. And damn did we get some value. I know you hate trading a "proven commodity" for the "potential" of draft picks... but I have two responses to that (a) there is no guarantee that Harvin would continue with his same production (and now that he's gotten paid, he could easily phone it in the rest of his career), and (b) after the new CBA, draft picks are worth their weight in gold (especially in the first round). Spielman has actually shown he is a pretty good drafter, so let's see what he can do with those picks. If two of the three picks we got from Seattle turn out to be solid players, this will be a monumentally good trade for us, regardless of how well Percy does in Seattle.
2. The Jerome Simpson signing - OK, he sucks as a receiver. But we're paying him next to nothing, and he has all the motivation in the world to prove himself. If he can actually learn to run routes at all, he could actually be a dangerous weapon.
3. The Winfield cut - I love Winfiled. But he was getting cut or restructured no matter what. I forget what the number was, but his cap hit this year was just too huge. I think it's weird that we didn't even try to restructure before cutting him, and that after all his years here we didn't at least give him a heads up, but this is a business, and sometimes it sucks.
The only "mistakes' I've really seen so far have more to do with execution than the actual decision. Like I think we overpaid a bit for Loadholdt. Maybe we really did need to do so to keep Chicago out of the picture, but I somehow doubt it. That being said, I'd rather overpay a "bit" for a player that is clearly a great fit for our team (a massive and very good run blocking RT to pave the way for Purple Jesus). The only other error I see is how the Winfield situation was handled (again, not that we cut him, but how we didn't really try to negotiate or even let him know ahead of time that it was a possibility). Resigning Felton was huge, and Henderson is a decent LB that we didn't overpay for. I'm OK with that.
@PJD I kind of wish teams did that more too. If the Vikings hadn't gotten any decent trade offers for Percy, then I would be totally fine with not giving him an extension, and watching him wrestle with the lack of paychecks from a holdout.
At the very least, it would show the next player who thinks he's god's gift to football that we mean business and that they aren't the special little snowflake they think they are.
1 year, 7 months ago on A Totally Reasonable Response to the Percy Harvin Trade
I hate that he's leaving too... but I think this was a really smart move by the Vikings (and yes, I hate to admit that). Percy was either going to hold out this season (most likely scenario) or, at best, we'd lose him in free agency for the RFA tender we put on him (probably a 1st round). In this deal, we still got the 1st rounder plus a 7th rounder and a mid-round pick.
I know it sucks to trade him, but I think this will be more like a Sidney Rice kind of move than a Randy Moss (and even Randy Moss looked like a good move for the first couple years after we made it).
@PJD You see, that's why you have the blog and I don't. You're always thinking outside of the box and are about ten moves ahead of the rest of us.
1 year, 7 months ago on Percy Harvin: Still Super High All the Time, Apparently
OK... I love Percy and all (and not just because of his Hogwartsian name), but Calvin-Johnson money is ridonk! Heck, even a Dwane Bowe-type of contract is probably ridiculous for a short slot receiver (which is all he's ever going to be).
I absolutely agree that you should pay someone what they are worth, and if Percy was being a good team player then I agree the Vikings shouldn't dick him around... BUT, I also think you need to treat a bitch like a bitch, and it is starting to sound more and more like Percy is kind of a bitch (and I mean bitch in the non-gender way, ladies... ah, who am I kidding, no ladies read this, right?).
Short answer, the Vikings need to negotiate, in good faith, an extension, but they don't need to pay Percy some ridiculous amount just to keep him happy. If Percy can't realize he isn't worth #1 receiver kind of money, then we should trade him for whatever we can get (hopefully before the draft) or force him to play out the last year of his contract and drive down his market price even further (because other teams don't want a prima donna bitch either... at least other teams besides maybe the Jets and the Cowboys).
He TOTALLY quit on the "Not looking like Ron 'Hellboy' Perlman" contest.
Oh, and "not being a douche." He quit on that a long time ago.
1 year, 8 months ago on Matt Birk Retires from the NFL; Is He a Quitter?
I've always thought Loadholt was good... and as far as right tackles go, he's one of the best.
1 year, 8 months ago on Dammit, Is Phil Loadholt Actually Good?
I have one more thing to add... Peterson has 1313 yards in just the last 8 games. Think about that. He has as many yards in half the season as Arian Foster has had the entire season (in 14 games). And Peterson has done that in just a bit over half as many carries (176 over the past 8 games vs. 325 for Foster over 14 games).
Heck, Peterson's total for that 8 games alone is only 66 yards behind the player with the second most yards for the season (Lynch)... for the entire season! This is ridiculous. Anyone who says another RB is better at anything other than being a little bitch compared to Peterson needs to STFU.
1 year, 10 months ago on Adrian Peterson - Blowing Minds, Including His Own