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Norton #27866 09/04/16 11:58 PM
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Well......that escalated quickly.

Vikes trade next year's 1st rounder and a 4th rounder (turn's to a 2nd rounder if they win the Superb Owl) for Eagles quarterback Sam Binford.

Sam is pretty fragile, having blown out the same knee twice and has a left shoulder made out of balsa wood. However.....his throwing arm is still on his torso and it works.

Phil Camel texted me the news while I was in "study hall", and I must admit, I threw the toilet paper roll against the shower door with great vim and vigor in disgust.

But after breaking down miles of game tape a few UTube videos on Binford, I've been feeling more upbeat about the acquisition. He's got a very strong arm, and it's accurate. His pass catchers in Philly did him no favors, as they were consistently ranked at the bottom of the league in dropped passes. Give Binford some pass protection and he'll be ok. I think. Hopefully.

As far as the lost 1st rounder goes, no concern there. They've had 9 of them in the last 6 or so years anyway.

Go team.

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I've listed the previous 30 first round draft picks by the Vikings. The ones highlighted in bold are, in my opinion, first round flops. Nine out of 30 first round picks have been flops which is 30%. Us giving up a first round pick for Bradford is worth it. They're never a guarantee. Let's surround the current talent we have now with a QB that at least has the potential to do well and not just be a game manager. Bradford had zero protection with the Rams and Chip Kelly's flashcard offense in Philly was just plain dumb. Hopefully he can stay healthy. Hey Bnag you NEED to post that Troy Williamson photo you once had.

1993 21 Robert Smith RB Ohio State
1994 18 Dewayne Washington CB NCST
~19 Todd Steussie OT California
1995 11 Derrick Alexander DE Florida State
~24 Korey Stringer OT Ohio State
1996 16 Duane Clemons LB California
1997 20 Dwayne Rudd LB Alabama
1998 21 Randy Moss WR Marshall
1999 11 Daunte Culpepper QB Central FL
~29 Dimitrius Underwood DE Mich State
2000 25 Chris Hovan DT Boston Coll
2001 27 Michael Bennett RB Wisconsin
2002 7 Bryant McKinnie OT Miami
2003 9 Kevin Williams DT Oklahoma St
2004 20 Kenechi Udeze DE USC (Cancer)
2005 7 Troy Williamson WR S Carolina
~18 Erasmus James DE Wisconsin
2006 17 Chad Greenway LB Iowa
2007 7 Adrian Peterson RB Oklahoma
2009 22 Percy Harvin WR Florida
2011 12 Christian Ponder QB Florida State
2012 4 Matt Kalil OT USC
~29 Harrison Smith S Notre Dame
2013 23 Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
~25 Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
~29 Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
2014 9 Anthony Barr LB UCLA
~32 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
2015 11 Trae Waynes CB Michigan St
2016 23 Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss

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Ahh yes, T-Roy Williamson.


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He he he he

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What a crazy couple of weeks in Vikings land - from Super Bowl contenders to top 5 draft pick to now maybe playoff bound. Funny how things can go from real good, to OH NO, to okay all because of one knee. I know what some of you are thinking, how does an elite athlete hurt their knee with no contact? Well I got news for you; I’ve seen this happen first hand. Back in the day, I was lucky enough not to get cut from some good Tiger teams and witnessed firsthand one of Henderson’s finest, Mike Spellman, burn his knee with no contact. Mike was playing defense, skied really high in the air he sort of jumped up, came down with an interception and as he made his move to scamper down the sideline for the easy score his knee went – pop bing bang. There he lay in a heap. Knee wrecked and season over. No contact. D U N – done. So I learned early that even the greatest of athletes can injure themselves with no contact.

I got to be honest, at first blush I didn’t like the trade. Don’t know if I’m still sold. (Start Stave!) Trading a first round draft pick for a one year rental – that doesn’t seem to make any sense. And another thing, what about Sum Barnford’s knee? Well, I guess he doesn’t get a nice contract if his knee is trick, so it must be fine. But what are the Vikings going to do with 2 starting QB’s on their roster next year? Think Randall Cunningham – Brad Johnson? And yes, and there is some talk Teddy might be out longer than a year. And to be honest, how many games could Benny Hill play at his age? No where near 16 - I can guarantee that. So a play needed to be made and what were the Vikings going to do? Get Sanchez? Get Mike Vick off the dog ranch? Bark! No. So Barnford it is. Some are even suggesting that if Barnford hangs around the Quarterback Whisperer, AKA Norval Eugene Turner, Barnford just might be the next coming of Troy Aikman. Could be. And could be I will win at pull tabs next time around. Could happen, I suppose, but highly unlikely.

Before I was able to process the logic in the trade I had to text the Painter’s eldest son, a great football mind that I agree to disagree with at times, truth be told. I was saying paid way to high of a price and was looking for some opposing views. His take is if the Vikings can win 10 games with Sum Barnford, then the trade is worth it. (This might be one of those disagree moments.) He also pointed out like others, this was probably the best the Vikings could have done with the hand that was dealt them. (Know when to fold them, know when to hold them, know when to run.) He also pointed out that Sum never has had a running game worth a pinch of salt, ever. (Agree). And then his twisted mind came up with this bombshell - what if Sum Barnford is the second coming of Johnny Unite Us? He then suggested trading Teddy for a first rounder. What? Blasphemy! Don’t say like that. OK – let that soak in a bit and it might happen – remember you heard that here first.

Onto the task at hand – tomorrow’s game against the Titans. This will be huge - probably the biggest game so far this season. I enjoy some great defenses (why not take Myles Jack #1?) and we should look forward to Louie LeBeau’s blitzes versus Don Zimmer’s double A gap blitz package. That’s fun right there. Over under on how many times Louie LeBeau (godfather of the zone blitz) is shown on TV is 8. That will get old, especially if things are working. Considering the exotic blitzes that will be unleashed, I fully expect Benny Hill to start as he knows the offense. Besides, the Vikes can always turn to Sum Barnford if things go haywire or leave him on the sidelines if things go well. I believe the thought is better to lose with Benny Hill starting than to lose with Sum Barnford starting, don’t want to trample Sum’s spirit right out of the gate by replacing him with Benny Hill. (Like ouch, man.) Let’s just hope Benny Hill don’t get hurt before the return of Taylor Hide The Key heals up. (Start Stave!) Hide The Key = Heinicke. That’s funny stuff right there considering he severed a tendon kicking in his door because….wait for it…...he didn’t hide a key.

On the offensive side of things, I don’t know if AP has the speed he once had and this might be that year that things start to decline. It happens. Rudy at TE had looked good and so has Diggs, that duo could be fun to watch. Treadstill hasn’t been too impressive for being a #1 so we will see how things work there. One should remember they held the reins on Randy Moss as a rookie as WR’s never shine as rookies. It will also be interesting how the offensive line looks, especially Daniel Boone. I can see him mixing it up after the whistle a few times.

For the Oilers, it’s Marion Mariachi at QB and he isn’t half bad. He has DeMarko Murray at RB and he isn’t half bad either. So this will be a good test for the Vikings defense. And if the Mariachi Band gets knocked out of the game we could see Matthew Cassel at QB, one of the many, former great backup QB’s that wore purple. Right up there with Steve Dils in my book.

Get the beer on ice, clean the grill, its football season!!!

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Ugly win.

Must've heard the phrase "We'll take it" about a dozen times today regarding the ugly win.

Who ever came up with that phrase? Of course we'll take it! I've never heard of a team giving back a win because they won ugly.

"Oh geez yanno...it was an ugly win, so we've decided we don't want it. Go ahead and credit the other guys with the win."

I'm gonna find the person who came up with that phrase and knock the brownie out of his/her hand if they're eating one. Right on the carpet.

Blair Walsh. He's the field goal kicker guy. I find it hilarious an opposing coach would call a timeout before Blair attempts a field goal to "ice" him. He's already at zero on the Kelvin temperature chart. All molecular structure has stopped with that guy.

But I'll take the win.

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Ugly for sure - don't know what 99 was thinking when he scooped up the fumble, as every kid that played for the old ball coach here in Hooterville yelled, "Fall on it!" Then said good play. (Discipline yourself so others don't have to.)

Packer week is always fun, Packers WRs getting ripped for not getting open this past weekend which means they will be coming into the Dome with something to prove. Not good Vikings fans. Xavier Roads with trick knee, not good. D line will need to play much better.

The offense made a few plays but will need bigger and better against the pack. I fully expect to see Sum Barnford against the pack. Look for some long passes to "stretch" the defense and Benny Hill can't do that. Don't be surprised to see courdaroy Patterson on some fly routes which might get the running game going. Maybe. O line needs to play way better also.

I'm not expecting much - might be a tune up game for the Barnford. SKOL.

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Packers, usurped. Bring on Camera Newton.



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Well now, who saw this start for the Vikings coming besides maybe Skeddy who looks at the world through Rose Colored Glasses. At this rate the Vikings will win the Super Bowl and be undefeated. OK - probably not happening, the undefeated piece, but Super Bowl? The Bandwagon is getting some riders for that.

Signing Long was another stroke of genius by Rick Spellman or maybe not if Long gets hurt. But Jimminy Christmas Clemmings has been not good at left tackle. With the O line the way it is, fans should hope Sum Barnford don't get hurt. Speaking of him, if this continues Teddy might have thrown his last pass in Purple. Wow, what a start. Remember the days of Donovan McNugget? Makes me cringe. Kind of the polar opposite from former Eagle QBs.

Speaking of Eaglets, big tilt Sunday. It should be interesting what kind of schemes Don Zimmer has planned for the Dakota Kid, Wertz. Just my gut feeling, but Zimmer will probably make the Dakota Kid finally look like a rookie. Plus, Barnford should be able to steal a few signals and calls to help the defense out. If one isn't cheating you're not trying. (Kids, I'm not your role model! Or is it roll model? Wait, I think I could be a roll model. Pour me some coffee.)

Super Bowl Home Boy!!!!

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The Autumn Wind is a Viking
Blustering in from sea,
With a rollicking song, he sweeps along,
Swaggering boisterously.

His face is weather beaten.
He wears a sharpened axe,
With a horned hat about his head,
And a bristling blonde mustache.

He growls as he storms the country,
A villain big and bold.
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake,
As he robs them of their gold.

The Autumn Wind is a Viking,
Pillaging just for fun.
He'll knock you 'round and upside down,
And laugh when he's conquered and won.

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