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The Soap Opera That Is The Minnesota Vikings

Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Aug 19 2010 @ 10:22 pm In Minnesota Vikings | No Comments

     Two days ago I recently joked about returning to “As The Favre Turns” on Facebook.  Little did I know how true the soap opera tone would ring.  Nor did I realize how much so, how fast we would see it, or how it would spread amongst different people on the team.

     Brett Favre is the easy target when it comes to casting a Viking player or coach as a soap opera like character.  He plays hard to get, but ultimately might be considered easy.  The man can be cast as a hero or a villain, yet even in most places he is despised, he was once revered.  Since we are talking soap opera, yes plenty of women would love to sleep with him.  Probably some straight men from the north as well.  So in he rides on his purple horse to save the day, and less than a full practice is complete before the writers throw in some serious pitfalls to the victory parade and happy ending.

     First we have the definition of a word.  Chilly.  This is obviously not the kind you eat because of the spelling.  The nickname of the Vikings head coach?  Yes.  A person who has made seriously suspect calls at crucial points in games?  Yes.  The relationship between Brad Childress and Brett Favre?  Absolutely.  The man who has seemed to be on his knees(this is a PG blog, shame on you), begging the knight to save his kingdom(or job at least), nearly pushed the knight back into retirement.  I have long questioned Chilly’s play calling at times, but I don’t have a day of NFL experience to my credit.  Favre has 19 years, so rather than question play calling, he just changes the play.  Can you feel a chill in the air?  Childress wanted Favre and after a desperate pursuit last year, he got him.  Keep in mind, the U.S. backed Fidel Castro and Saddam Hussein.  Be careful what you wish for Brad.  Fear not, this shouldn’t cost lives, but what about that head coaching position?  This smells almost like the NBA.  In the NFL it is a very rare occurrence when a player holds more control than a head coach, but it has happened here.

     With all of this going on, a wounded hero or sympathetic figure seems like overkill, but the writers gave us one anyway.  Percy Harvin.  The young superstar-to-be already had to endure the death of his grandmother at the beginning of training camp, only to be followed up by a series of migraine headaches that have kept him out of action for most of the practices.  Then today he collapsed on the practice field and had to be taken by ambulance to a local hospital.  All of the Minnesota players that have offered comment on this have been very concerned, almost somber and understandably so.  Hopefully, Percy will be able to recover from whatever happened.

     Is all of this an omen?  Certainly we hope not, but it would be foolish to try to put too much of a positive spin on it.  Soap opera writers would envy someone else coming up with all of this drama in a 48 hour window.  The bad news for Viking fans everywhere is that this is not a dream, but reality.  A reality that could turn in to a nightmare.

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