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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast



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"They're going to win the Super Bowl," I said to my wife in the waning moments of that game that I stayed up way too late to watch.

"No they won't," she replied. "He'll screw it up. That's what he does."

And he did.

Welcome to the dance, Viking Nation. This is the part where you agonize over what could have... should have been. You don't know how to feel. If you don't have Brett Favre, you don't make it that far. If you have anyone else quarterbacking the team on that final offensive play... you're going to the Super Bowl. Anyone else runs for a few yards... slides... and sets up the game winning field goal. Agony.

Oh... and it's only beginning... because now you begin to question who your quarterback is next year. When is it okay for the organization to begin asking if he'll honor his commitment (he signed a 2-year-contract) and show up for work? Is it reasonable to ask he tell you before the draft? Before OTA's? Before mini-camp? Before training camp? Before week 1?

How'd you like the part of the broadcast where Troy Aikman talked about yet another thing that's happened to Favre for the first time in his career? Aikman was making a point about all the weapons on the Viking team, and mentioned Favre said for the first time in his career, he didn't feel like he needed to score on every possession.

I take two things away from that comment. First, yet another deliberate swipe at the Packers. Brett seems to forget having won a Super Bowl with the assistance of a pretty decent defense, led by a guy who's funeral Brett attended not too many years ago. Under the divine leadership of Reggie White, that defense was so good, you barely had to score at all... much less on every possession.

Secondly... really? For the first time in your career you feel this way? Don't know why. Mike Holmgren tried to tell you that 20 years ago! You don't have to do it all by yourself every time you have the ball. I can still hear Holmy screaming on the sidelines, "Throw it away! Throw it away! Throw it away!"

You didn't listen then. You didn't listen to... well... God knows what Ray Rhodes was saying. You didn't listen to Mike Sherman! You didn't listen to Mike McCarthy! Didn't listen to "Mangenious" in New York. Now... 2 decades later, you finally decide you should run the offense?

Well... right until the last offensive play for the Vikings in the NFC Championship. Then you reverted to your old mentality of, "...just trying to make a play."

Favre's record in the playoffs since his last trip to the Super Bowl... 4-7.

The day of reckoning actually began, when the vaunted New York Jets defense gave up 24 unanswered points to blow their shot at the Super Bowl. Poetic justice answers the call after head coach Rex Ryan took a totally unnecessary swipe at the Packers and Charles Woodson after Chuck won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.

I had begun to lose faith in karma... but it is restored.


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