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Tom Powers: Fans were the only ones with the game face on in Vikings' loss

There are 41 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Dec 20, 2010, titled Tom Powers: Fans were the only ones with the game face on in Vikings' loss. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

It was a Winter Wonderland on Monday night at TCF Bank Stadium. We had snow, sleet and wind.

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Crankenstein

Mankato, MN

#1 Dec 20, 2010
Powers....you have the microphone, now use it. Instead of uttering post-game drivel following another terrible performance, pen something in advance of the next game in Philly. Tell your readers right now to pay close attention to the horrific secondary play; arguably as bad as any in the NFL the past ten years. Write about an offense that doesn't use swing passes or try to get a WR to move the chains. Point out that Harvin is an exceptional ball player, that Rice under the right circumstances can change a game and how every last one of the other WR's shouldn't be on the team, period...with one exception....and thats:

Greg Camirillo; please write in your column how this team stole him from the Dolphins then didn't incorporate under Childress the best set of hands this side of Cris Carter. Point out how the new head coach apparently is following Childress. Use an entire column to ask the public to offer up rationals of having Kleinsasser catch a single pass in an offense that has Harvin/Peterson/Rice/Shiancoe. .and Camirillo.

Please don't bother to talk about the down-trodden local team and how they disappoint the fans (you). Instead, use your bully-pulpet to draw play-play breakdowns of that God forsaken secondary play. Draw that parrellel back to either Childress as the guy who hand-picked the likes of M. Williams and that slouth Tyrell Johnson or point the blame at Frasier; the former cornerback turned defensive coordinator. While you're at it, has the defensive line done anything....anything....in the past two months against teams with more than five wins? Forget the post-game analysis; offer up how much money this franchise has stuck into guys like Bryant Mountainman and Jared Allen and ask around to Vikings brass if THEY think they have had their moneys worth.

Did I forget to mention the horrific off-season work and early season blunders that sent away their best punt returner not named Harvin and the only guy on the roster not named Favre who knows how to manipulate a pro offense for nothing in return? Not signing Chester was fine, but where in your columns have you questioned the wisdom of a suppossed "far advancing" playoff team not having a veteran RB to back up Peterson? They are a dime a dozen in this league. Guys like Brian Westbrook fall off rosters all the time; did you write before their horrible collapse about why this team wouldn't secure somebody that knows what they are doing to spell Peterson?

Speaking of which, the Vikes jettisoned Matt Birk. That would have been ok given the circumstances if they had somebody with a pulse and more than five minutes of experience to anchor an offensive line charged with protecting a 41 year old stone foot guy busting his rear end to win. You should have started in June pegging this problem and not relented until this organization explains how it can have an offense with Peterson/Harvin/Favre being set up front with arguably the worst line in the NFC. Save for Hutchenson who gets a pass based off of his excellent career, there isn't another team right now (including the Rams/Lions) who I wouldn't swap lines with; this includes the Packers and their aging bookends.

What else is there to add? This team stunk before the first snap because it was constructed under false pretense; that Favre would be able to pull rabbits out of his hat again. That was in 2009, against a softer schedule, with a solid #2 RB and some breaks along the way.

Fifteen weeks go by and you offer up this? Where were you in August when the obvious articles about the Vikings should have been how Childress had set this team up for a collapse?
Fran the Man

Anchorage, AK

#2 Dec 21, 2010
"A fire at the 50-yard line would have been just as good. "

HA! That's beautiful Tom, well said.
Fran the Man

Anchorage, AK

#3 Dec 21, 2010
Crankenstein wrote:
Powers....you have the microphone, now use it. Instead of uttering post-game drivel following another terrible performance, pen something in advance of the next game in Philly. Tell your readers right now to pay close attention to the horrific secondary play; arguably as bad as any in the NFL the past ten years. Write about an offense that doesn't use swing passes or try to get a WR to move the chains. Point out that Harvin is an exceptional ball player, that Rice under the right circumstances can change a game and how every last one of the other WR's shouldn't be on the team, period...with one exception....and thats:
Greg Camirillo; please write in your column how this team stole him from the Dolphins then didn't incorporate under Childress the best set of hands this side of Cris Carter. Point out how the new head coach apparently is following Childress. Use an entire column to ask the public to offer up rationals of having Kleinsasser catch a single pass in an offense that has Harvin/Peterson/Rice/Shiancoe. .and Camirillo.
Please don't bother to talk about the down-trodden local team and how they disappoint the fans (you). Instead, use your bully-pulpet to draw play-play breakdowns of that God forsaken secondary play. Draw that parrellel back to either Childress as the guy who hand-picked the likes of M. Williams and that slouth Tyrell Johnson or point the blame at Frasier; the former cornerback turned defensive coordinator. While you're at it, has the defensive line done anything....anything....in the past two months against teams with more than five wins? Forget the post-game analysis; offer up how much money this franchise has stuck into guys like Bryant Mountainman and Jared Allen and ask around to Vikings brass if THEY think they have had their moneys worth.
Did I forget to mention the horrific off-season work and early season blunders that sent away their best punt returner not named Harvin and the only guy on the roster not named Favre who knows how to manipulate a pro offense for nothing in return? Not signing Chester was fine, but where in your columns have you questioned the wisdom of a suppossed "far advancing" playoff team not having a veteran RB to back up Peterson? They are a dime a dozen in this league. Guys like Brian Westbrook fall off rosters all the time; did you write before their horrible collapse about why this team wouldn't secure somebody that knows what they are doing to spell Peterson?
Speaking of which, the Vikes jettisoned Matt Birk. That would have been ok given the circumstances if they had somebody with a pulse and more than five minutes of experience to anchor an offensive line charged with protecting a 41 year old stone foot guy busting his rear end to win. You should have started in June pegging this problem and not relented until this organization explains how it can have an offense with Peterson/Harvin/Favre being set up front with arguably the worst line in the NFC. Save for Hutchenson who gets a pass based off of his excellent career, there isn't another team right now (including the Rams/Lions) who I wouldn't swap lines with; this includes the Packers and their aging bookends.
What else is there to add? This team stunk before the first snap because it was constructed under false pretense; that Favre would be able to pull rabbits out of his hat again. That was in 2009, against a softer schedule, with a solid #2 RB and some breaks along the way.
Fifteen weeks go by and you offer up this? Where were you in August when the obvious articles about the Vikings should have been how Childress had set this team up for a collapse?
Yeah Tom! You got some 'splaining to do!

Good points Crankenstien.
Pat

Dallas, TX

#4 Dec 21, 2010
Williams head hit Fortes knee, not the ground. While it was slippery, I saw less WRs and TE falling in their routes than
in the game at Soldier Field. The only thing that really sucked was the entire Vikings team.
Ziggly Wolfe

Brainerd, MN

#5 Dec 21, 2010
FIRE CHILDRESS! He was obviously the problem all along. The team is so much better now.
Old Vet

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Dec 21, 2010
Now you finally get it Powers. Football outdoors in the Minnesota winter is tribal.. and FUN!
The Hard Truth

Northome, MN

#7 Dec 21, 2010
Well, here's my hard truth:

1.) For the first time, I began to believe all the talk about Brett Favre being selfish. I've liked him and still do. But that was a selfish guy putting himself out there. However, several other guys who I will not name did not see fit to put themselves out there. I am sure they will show up for their paychecks, though.

2.) This team has no heart.

3.) Childress was simply the worst thing that ever happened to the Vikings organization.

4.) I know Bud Grant is odd and a million years old, but I wish he'd speak up about the current state of the team.

5.) Someone should bind, gag, and otherwise silence Fran Tarkenton. What a weenie.

6.) Leslie Frazier just handed us Bill Parcells and an axx-kicking regime due to his inability to get these dogs to stand up and play.

7.) Outdoor football would work in Minnesota, though the current Minnesota Vikings apparently won't work anywhere.

8.) This is, for all the circumstances within and out of organizational control, the low point of the franchise in my opinion.

9.) I think I'll just call these guys the Minnesota Whizzinators: soft, rubbery approximations of the real thing.
purplehaze1

St. John's, Canada

#8 Dec 21, 2010
Ziggly Wolfe wrote:
FIRE CHILDRESS! He was obviously the problem all along. The team is so much better now.
...he started it...enhanced it...now the organization has to suffer to the point of death to get out of it...GO VIKES!!!
thissucks

Burnsville, MN

#9 Dec 21, 2010
Had Ziggy retained Tice, and given him the same blank check he gave Klink. We'd have been in a super bowl by now. We came a penalty away from a super bowl last year; this year we'll probably lose 11 games. Last year we had 10 pro-bowlers; this year, other than Peterson, we don't deserve any. This proves that no matter how large your payroll, and how talented the players are, you can't win when the team doesn't buy into what the coach is selling. This team gave up on Chili, deservedly so. Now for the rest of the season, with all the injuries, and a team that was already dysfunctional to begin with, no coach could do anything. Play out the string and look to the draft.
Dieter

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Dec 21, 2010
You are the man Crankenstein... you only forgot the great coverage of our special teams. Everything else was right on.
Buck up

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Dec 21, 2010
Maybe its time to start looking at the upside and find some solace. I don't remember ever as anxiously waiting for a season to end like I'm feeling about this one. The good news is that this team still will have Rice, Harvin, and Peterson next year.Thats a great base to build the offense around. Build the O and D lines through the draft (albeit that wasted third rounder really stinks) and look for some help in the secondary (a great D line will always make a secondary look better than it really is). Webb is an amazing athlete (albeit very green)and I'll reserve judgment based upon those impossible circumstances he faced last night. The schedule will be softer next year and it wouldn't surprise me if this team makes at least a competitive showing and possibly even a playoff appearance. There is finally some positive signs of a common sense, mutually beneficial movement on a stadium as well that will keep the purple where it belongs for at least another fifty years....and I believe that someday that stadium will house one of those shiny trophies... In the meantime I'll keep loving this arctic state and this team no matter how many times they may make me groan....

Merry Christmas folks
IndyVikeFan

Fishers, IN

#12 Dec 21, 2010
Tom had a primordial impulse to connect with all the other fat shirtless guys shaking their bellies a the the cameras.
Da Bears 2010

Morton Grove, IL

#13 Dec 21, 2010
Crankenstein wrote:
Powers....you have the microphone, now use it. Instead of uttering post-game drivel following another terrible performance, pen something in advance of the next game in Philly. Tell your readers right now to pay close attention to the horrific secondary play; arguably as bad as any in the NFL the past ten years. Write about an offense that doesn't use swing passes or try to get a WR to move the chains. Point out that Harvin is an exceptional ball player, that Rice under the right circumstances can change a game and how every last one of the other WR's shouldn't be on the team, period...with one exception....and thats:
Greg Camirillo; please write in your column how this team stole him from the Dolphins then didn't incorporate under Childress the best set of hands this side of Cris Carter. Point out how the new head coach apparently is following Childress. Use an entire column to ask the public to offer up rationals of having Kleinsasser catch a single pass in an offense that has Harvin/Peterson/Rice/Shiancoe. .and Camirillo.
Please don't bother to talk about the down-trodden local team and how they disappoint the fans (you). Instead, use your bully-pulpet to draw play-play breakdowns of that God forsaken secondary play. Draw that parrellel back to either Childress as the guy who hand-picked the likes of M. Williams and that slouth Tyrell Johnson or point the blame at Frasier; the former cornerback turned defensive coordinator. While you're at it, has the defensive line done anything....anything....in the past two months against teams with more than five wins? Forget the post-game analysis; offer up how much money this franchise has stuck into guys like Bryant Mountainman and Jared Allen and ask around to Vikings brass if THEY think they have had their moneys worth.
Did I forget to mention the horrific off-season work and early season blunders that sent away their best punt returner not named Harvin and the only guy on the roster not named Favre who knows how to manipulate a pro offense for nothing in return? Not signing Chester was fine, but where in your columns have you questioned the wisdom of a suppossed "far advancing" playoff team not having a veteran RB to back up Peterson? They are a dime a dozen in this league. Guys like Brian Westbrook fall off rosters all the time; did you write before their horrible collapse about why this team wouldn't secure somebody that knows what they are doing to spell Peterson?
Speaking of which, the Vikes jettisoned Matt Birk. That would have been ok given the circumstances if they had somebody with a pulse and more than five minutes of experience to anchor an offensive line charged with protecting a 41 year old stone foot guy busting his rear end to win. You should have started in June pegging this problem and not relented until this organization explains how it can have an offense with Peterson/Harvin/Favre being set up front with arguably the worst line in the NFC. Save for Hutchenson who gets a pass based off of his excellent career, there isn't another team right now (including the Rams/Lions) who I wouldn't swap lines with; this includes the Packers and their aging bookends.
What else is there to add? This team stunk before the first snap because it was constructed under false pretense; that Favre would be able to pull rabbits out of his hat again. That was in 2009, against a softer schedule, with a solid #2 RB and some breaks along the way.
Fifteen weeks go by and you offer up this? Where were you in August when the obvious articles about the Vikings should have been how Childress had set this team up for a collapse?
Nice post, but I had said this before the draft.
YoYoYouYo

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Dec 21, 2010
Madieu Williams is the WORST SAFETY IN THE LEAGUE and Frazier should be fired just for keeping him on the field.... amongst other deficiencies on HIS DEFENSE.
Guy up the street

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Dec 21, 2010
2 more games to watch that lazy turd Mckenny.

He's gone...Right?
Kit Johnson

Menomonee Falls, WI

#16 Dec 21, 2010
Powers, you missed your calling. You should have been a weatherman, since all you do in your last two articles is write about weather. I have a feeling that you still wear "footy" pjammas, and a dasseled night hat. It's quite obvious when you were a kid you never played a game of football out in the snow with your friends. Granted the Vikings were definitely not a representative of the NFL last night but give credit to the Bears who played a very good game and don't put it on the weather.
T Pen

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Dec 21, 2010
Pretty stinky effort Monday night. The Bank couldn't have smelled worse if the guy with the horn had tooted "Skol, Vikings" out of his rearend. No guts, no game, no glory.
purplehaze1

St. John's, Canada

#18 Dec 21, 2010
Buck up wrote:
Maybe its time to start looking at the upside and find some solace. I don't remember ever as anxiously waiting for a season to end like I'm feeling about this one. The good news is that this team still will have Rice, Harvin, and Peterson next year.Thats a great base to build the offense around. Build the O and D lines through the draft (albeit that wasted third rounder really stinks) and look for some help in the secondary (a great D line will always make a secondary look better than it really is). Webb is an amazing athlete (albeit very green)and I'll reserve judgment based upon those impossible circumstances he faced last night. The schedule will be softer next year and it wouldn't surprise me if this team makes at least a competitive showing and possibly even a playoff appearance. There is finally some positive signs of a common sense, mutually beneficial movement on a stadium as well that will keep the purple where it belongs for at least another fifty years....and I believe that someday that stadium will house one of those shiny trophies... In the meantime I'll keep loving this arctic state and this team no matter how many times they may make me groan....
Merry Christmas folks
...good job Buck...it's painful and has been for as long as i have been a fan ( which wasn't yesterday); while i am not from Minne...i hear ya and i couldn't see the Vikes anywhere but there and i damned well sure can't see me cheering for any other team...merry christmas to you and yours also...keep the faith...GO VIKES!!!
Rice

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Dec 21, 2010
purplehaze1 wrote:
<quoted text>...good job Buck...it's painful and has been for as long as i have been a fan ( which wasn't yesterday); while i am not from Minne...i hear ya and i couldn't see the Vikes anywhere but there and i damned well sure can't see me cheering for any other team...merry christmas to you and yours also...keep the faith...GO VIKES!!!
Depending how the Collective Bargaining agreement works our between the players and the NFL will determine what type of free agent (restricted or complete free agent) Sidney Rice will be so he may not be with us. Hopefully he is but you never know.
Sage

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Dec 21, 2010
Frazier was the D-coordinator prior to being promoted...and was failing at that job. He's not the answer, obviously. Keep Spielman, but fire Frazier & Bevell.(Ineffective, predictable and dull.
Get rid of the following players;
T-joke (no explanation necessary...see last five years)
Mckinney (lazy and stupid)
Madieu Williams (just plain dumb)
Berrien (lazy)
Pat Williams (good guy, just too old)
EJ (too slow)
Leber (invisible during a game)

Draft a QB in the first and take some O & D linemen after that. Oh, and fire the special teams coach too. Just my opinion.

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