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Come Home Randy

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports has reported that the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots are close to reaching a deal that would move All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss to Minnesota.

Over 12 years ago, Randy Moss entered the NFL, joining a Viking’s team that was solid, but lacking the offensive spark required to be considered a legitimate Super bowl contender. The 1998 season (Moss’ rookie year), the Vikings finished with a 15-1 record, breaking offensive records and shredding defenses.

For 7 years, Moss not only led the league in many passing categories (six consecutive years with 1,000 receiving yards), but was a scourge to the Packers, the likes of which they have not seen since #4 joined the purple.

With his lanky frame, explosive speed, and soft hands, Moss found his way into the hearts Vikings fans. In spite of on the field antics like squirting a referee with a water bottle and pretending to moon the Packers at Lambeau (for which he is still remembered fondly by many), Moss represents a time when offense and the deep ball reigned supreme in Minnesota. So while the possibility of bringing Randy back to the land of the Norseman has been relished by many Vikings fans ever since he left, the present need for an outside wide receiver to complement Percy Harvin and All Pro running back Adrian Peterson makes the reunion more tantalizing than ever. And who is that old QB #4? I hope he is not losing any sleep at the thought of having a legitimate deep threat on his team. It seems like he could have some fun with that spry, young Randy kid.

Imagine the anguish of in the heart of a Packer’s fan as they watch the god of the Green Bay Packers come to back Lambeau Field and throw to that awesome, arrogant receiver they have loathed for so long! Now that would be true Glee, unlike some cheesy, flamboyant TV show spewing pop culture rubbish on a weekly basis.

As a life-long Vikings fan, the thought of Randy Moss coming home to Minnesota makes me giddy with joy. Pairing Moss with Farve is a win-win: a win for the Vikings and a win for Vikings Fans. The electric feeling of watching Moss streaking down the sideline, beating defenders deep, would be complemented by an explosive running attack led by Adrian Peterson. The HHH Metrodome just hasn’t been the same since Moss left. Come home Randy, come home!!!

Favre Might Be, Could Be Somewhat Indecisive – but Will Be Fun to Watch


That was my first reaction.

Brett Favre is returning to the Minnesota Vikings. For the second straight summer, he is swooping in as conquering hero to “have fun out there” and lead his team to playoff glory. The fact he is returning should not come as a surprise. Brett Favre is the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdowns, interceptions, consecutive games started and un-retirements.

The man’s employment status was a touchstone for many NFL fans in the latter half of the previous decade. His “will he/won’t he” flip-flopping raised questions of what Packer fans actually meant to Favre, and what his offseason actions meant to his legacy. In the middle of his third consecutive year of un-retirement, I believe the American sports fan has finally accepted that this uncertainty is part of the Gunslinger’s character, for better or worse. He is a player bound for Canton when -if – he can pull the trigger on a lasting retirement.

While the rest of the country leans toward ambivalence, joyful Viking fans can place their Tavaris Jackson jerseys back into storage. The nice thing about finally coming to accept Favre as indecisive is that his comeback is limited to a purely football issue. And in football, Favre remains relevant.

He had perhaps his best statistical season in ’09, and minus a characteristically boneheaded interception that killed Minnesota late in the NFC Championship game against New Orleans, was the offensive MVP for the Vikes. Favre has certainly earned the right to return, the right to be courted by a planeful of teammates begging him to come back. With no. 4 behind center, Minnesota plans to contend again for a trip to the Super Bowl.

I’ll be in the stands for the Vikes’ home opener against my Dolphins (sorry, born into it) on Sept. 19, and the game will be more exciting for Favre’s presence. His crazy, heroic, and questionable throws are still viable, despite what I said last year before his return (and I’m eating those words now). It wouldn’t be a shock to see the Vikes in the Super Bowl, winning it or losing it because of Favre.

In the meantime, his crazy, heroic (for Vikes’ fans) and questionable returns to the game will be met with that “meh” reaction. Alert me when the regular season starts, and Favre does something that’s not half-hearted: throwing the ball.

Vikes Play Own Version of ‘I Love the 90s’

Ever see an actor in person and feel like they look different on film? Or hear a musician live and find the sounds incomparable to what’s on your iTunes? Well, I just saw an image that looks completely different to me than the photoshopped versions that have existed for months – a photo of Brett Favre in Vikings gear.

Brett Favre Vikings CampAnd, just like those other examples, something feels a little off.

Three weeks after declaring that he couldn’t convince his body to undergo the strain of another full season (and three weeks after I compared him to Meg Ryan on this site), Favre has signed on to be the Minnesota Vikings quarterback. Just hours after getting off the team’s personal jet in St. Paul, Favre was taking snaps at practice, getting ready to start in Friday’s exhibition against the Kansas City Chiefs.

There he was, in purple and gold regalia, handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson, throwing slants to Percy Harvin. It sounds like a Viking fan-tasy. But as an outside observer (Dolphins fan by birth, not by choice), all I feel is melancholy, for all the parties involved.

First, there’s the man from Mississippi, who conveniently waited till just after training camp was over to renege on his retirement. Favre didn’t want the wear and tear on his body, Favre already knows the offense, Favre is a consummate pro who has worked out on his own time: the excuses will be myriad. That bit of shadiness isn’t what gets me.

He’s obviously clever enough (or manipulative enough) to get what he wants, but Favre doesn’t know what that is. I don’t begrudge the man the right to make 12 million dollars this season on what looks to be a contending team; it just strikes me as sad that a 39-year-old can’t make up his mind, even as he hurts the Green Bay fans who once worshiped him.

Packer fans put him above even Vince Lombardi, the milk that made the cheese. Despite Favre’s massive ego, I never thought he could bring himself to play for Green Bay’s fiercest rival. What I didn’t take into account was that Favre doesn’t know who he is or what he can do at this point in his career.

Judging statistically from the past three seasons, Favre isn’t a top-tier quarterback anymore. The body that led him to three consecutive MVP awards in the ’90s is not the same anymore. The credibility of a Super Bowl win and a Hall of Fame resume isn’t there anymore, replaced by 1,000 days of hemming and hawing. In essence, the Gunslinger has used up his bullets.

That spells trouble for the team that continually caved to Favre’s demands. Don’t get me wrong: on paper, the Vikings look great. On the field, Favre is still probably an upgrade over the QB offices of Jackson & Rosenfels, INT.

But wins aren’t determined on paper, and sometimes what happens off the field has just as much to do with success as what happens on it. The carnival that comes with Favre, which the Vikes have already experienced for a few months, takes a toll in the locker room. It was clear in Favre’s stint with the Jets that some of his teammates would have preferred he not be there. Now in a new setting, will he accept handing off to the game’s best rusher? Will he accept being a glorified Trent Dilfer? That’s really all the Vikings need, someone who can throw accurately and run the play-action, and it is doubtful Favre can handle the subservient role.

I know Vikings fans are, for the most part, ecstatic today. The team finally has a quarterback that can (allegedly) put the team on his (aging) back. But can Brett Favre possibly live up to the reputation of being BRETT FAVRE? Know what you’re getting: someone who fell apart in the second half of last season, someone whose legend is built on the premise of “unsafe” plays, someone who is bipolar in his decision making. On Facebook today, many of my Skol friends expressed their joy over getting a “ticket to the Super Bowl.” Minnesota, you’re not the New York Jets, but you’re not the Steelers, either.

The Land of 10,000 Lakes has embraced its old villain, and in the process, ramped up its expectations. Now, only a Super season will do. If Favre helps the Vikes achieve that goal, he’ll be hailed as a savior (it would actually be AP); if they lose along the way, head coach Brad Childress and Favre will be out the door. It’s a situation ripe for failure.

Not that it will matter on Friday, when Favre will take to the Metrodome sidelines as conquering hero, Vikes fans pouring adulation onto him. He’ll break huddle with purple over his arm and over his head, and fans will have a season left to wonder whether it’s a symbol of royalty or bruising.

I ended my last column on Favre by talking about how Meg Ryan keeps working, but it’s best to remember her for the good work she once did, like “You’ve Got Mail.” There’s a reason for that: the stuff she’s doing now is painful to see in light of the past.

Just like Brett Favre in purple and gold.

David Gregory – GooseRadio

Favre Loves The Vikes, but Just Wants to be Friends

Brett Favre has decided to remain retired, eschewing a chance to start for the Minnesota Vikings in favor of filming Wrangler jean commercials. The former Green Bay Packer star had led Minnesota on in the fashion of a junior-high dalliance (does Brad Childress like me in his offensive set? Check yes or no), but ultimately returned to the solitude of Mississippi tractors and the memory of Mary.

Brett Favre The Star Tribune first reported that Favre contacted the Vikings on Tuesday – he will continue his now one-year-plus retirement that has had fits and jumps (Lambeau leaps?) since he tearfully said goodbye after the 2007 season to a state of mourning cheeseheads.

Since he wet that Wisconsin podium, he has played a full season with the New York Jets. Favre also had surgery in the spring, which led many in Minnesota to speculate that the NFL’s all-time leader in interceptions (and touchdowns, passing yards, completions and attempts) would soon join the purple and gold.

Those folks neglected to remember that Favre is sneaky: just when you think he’s gonna zig, he zags … and then throws the ball into triple coverage. He is, or was, revered in Wisconsin, and playing for the Jets is very different than playing for the Packers’ hated rivals.

Alas, rushing stud Adrian Peterson will be left to hold up the Vikes’ offense on his own. Minnesota’s defense is set, and with Peterson entering a prime year of a running back’s career (2, 3, 5, 7, 11…), Favre’s ability to complete a deep route was enough to make Minnesota fans forget about the fact that The Gunslinger didn’t earn his nickname from actually slinging guns (don’t try it at home, kids!). His teams have died ugly football deaths due to Favre’s insistence on putting the ball where it shouldn’t be: in the hands of the other team.

brett-favre-retiresThe bright side for Star and Sickle copy editors is that the Minnesota depth chart doesn’t include the triple-headed spelling nightmare of Sage Rosenfels, Tarvaris Jackson and Favre. The dark side for Minnesota fans is that the Minnesota depth chart still includes Rosenfels and Jackson. Jackson, I suppose, will enter camp as the incumbent favorite, but in a state that has elected an entertainer and an idiot in the last 15 years (I’ll let you guess which one is which), you never know what will happen.

If Childress is in the market for old, past-their-prime field generals, I bet Randall Cunningham is just waiting by his phone.

And Favre? He will probably remain the Meg Ryan of “retired” quarterbacks: living on past glory in a body that’s showing its age, working intermittently with people who try to pretend it’s 1995.

But wasn’t You’ve Got Mail great?

David Gregory is a freelance writer and recent graduate of Northwestern College in Saint Paul. If you say anything negative… or even think anything negative regarding the North Carolina Tar Heels… he will probably locate you. Feel free to let him know what you think of Mr. Favre’s decision below.