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A Look Back at the 6 NFL Teams that Passed on Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson, aka “All Day”, aka the “Dominator”, is without a question the best running back in the NFL right. At this rate, he’s going to be in the Hall of Fame in the future.

He runs with speed, power, fury and a little chip on his shoulder for teams passing him in the 2007 draft.

Teams questioned his durability with his aggressive running style.

Let’s take a look back at the 2007 draft to see which teams passed on Purple Jesus.

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Brett Favre Makes It Official: Sports are Only a Business

Looking for a hero for your kids? How about yourself?

Looking for a great charitable cause? United Way, Goodwill, your local food pantry, your local school district.

Looking for something to cheer? A high school football team, a cheerful grocery store checkout person, a doctor who saved your child’s life?

Looking for new clothing? Goodwill, a t-shirt you designed for your family reunion, a United Way t-shirt that says “I gave to my Community”.

Whether all the pundits, the sports fans, the celebrity followers, the sometimes football fans want to admit it or not, the Minnesota Vikings’ signing of Brett Favre was like the final nail in the coffin of folks who believed there are heroes still left in pro sports.

Pro sports consist of team owners who enjoy special monopoly laws endorsed and enforced by the U.S. congress. Pro sports team owners and players don’t give a crap about who wins the championship this year: they just want to get paid.

No pro athlete or team owner (except publicly owned teams) cares about you. As long as the team and athletes are raking in the money, they wish you would go away: they want to live in their gated communities, buy shoes and cars, and spend more on jewelry in one day than you make in a year.

Most pro athletes hate fans. After all, you might recognize them on the golf course, or in the grocery store, or at a team facility, and ask them for the dreaded autograph or an opinion on the team. Just because they make more than the president of the United States and play in publicly-funded stadiums or reach their locker rooms via publicly-funded infrastructure, or played at your publicly-funded university in preparation for their million-dollar pro careers is no reason to think they should deign to speak with you.

Brett Favre needed to do what his family needed for perhaps another pair of shoes or a new refrigerator: he went to yet another team willing to pay him $25 million. His new team, the Minnesota Vikings, is hoping to parlay Favre’s play into $700 million in taxpayer funding for a new stadium.

Favre’s old team, the Green Bay Packers, got taxpayer funding for stadium renovation. (The difference between the Packers and Vikings must be noted, however: the Vikings are a private, for-profit corporation; the Packers are not.)

Favre is not to blame here. He is just a mercenary: a pawn for far richer men. He’ll play if you pay. But isn’t that what we all do? You bought all those things at discount stores who outsourced all the manufacturing and jobs to other countries just to save a few dollars. You paid but, of course, fewer U.S. citizens can play because there aren’t as many jobs as there used to be. If a country whose economy is based on buying things doesn’t make anything, how long does that last?

Favre is just like you: he goes where the money is.

Of course, in Favre’s situation, his profession is covered by special U.S. anti-trust and monopoly laws which include very prohibitive employee laws. In your case, tough luck: Congress allows your manufacturing or service job to be outsourced. While Congress will honor and protect the restrictive employee laws for major sports teams, they don’t care about the sports fan. Your jobs and profession are not protected.

Good luck trying to find health coverage and job protection like Congressmen get.

The Favre situation is a microcosm of life in the United States: if you work in a profession specially protected by Congress, you will thrive. If not, it’s time to eat your young or at least feed them your Favre jersey.

Looking for a hero? Probably outsourced: after all, the U.S. only buys and pays for things. We don’t really manufacture anything anymore, including heroes.

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Dissecting the Minnesota Vikings (Fantasy Football)

(Reprinted from www.SCFantasyFootball.com)

So apparently Brett Favre is re-re-un-retiring and is going to be a Viking this season. What does this mean? Well, now you’ll find out in SC Fantasy Football’s first-ever Dissection article, where we pick apart the individual player-by-player fantasy fallout. And what better way to start than here with ESPN’s Golden Boy? So here we go…

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What the Favre is Going On?

It is perhaps a dream come true and a nightmare at the same time.

Those who have followed my articles know my love for the indecisive Brett Favre. Though I am probably in the minority these days on wanting him back, my dedication doesn’t waiver, nor will it ever. Brett has had that much impact on not only the game of football, but the passion I feel towards the game.

Those are some big shoes to fill.

I don’t think the smile has left my face since I read Favre was hopping on a plane to Minnesota to sign those papers he just can’t seem to let go of.

On the other hand, the Minnesota Vikings are the one team I just can’t bring myself to root for. As a woman, we thrive on our emotions, so I am sure you can put together the pieces as to why I feel so strongly about this new development.

If you are still confused, you are just going to have to think about it a little harder. Ask your little sister what on earth I could be talking about; she could probably read between the lines. It’s a girl thing.

Listen, as far as Favre is concerned, I look at it like this. His legacy is already tarnished due to the debacle made last July between him and the big wigs over in Green Bay. It’s also not like he can have any worse of a season that he did last year; actually he isn’t John Kitna so I take that back/

Let’s be serious for a moment though. Brett actually has the team to take this further than he could have ever taken the Jets or the Packers. He’s got a running-back that can do hurdles over most linemen, without so much as trying. Additionally, both his offense and his defense are a team any quarterback would like surrounding them.

He’s got the team to take this all the way folks.

Love him or hate him, be prepared for a fun filled football season full of intensity, battles, drama and pride.

I’ve got some thinking to do now. Do I cave in and root for the dreaded Vikings who are my nemesis? Only time will tell, but I can tell you one thing; I definitely am looking forward to seeing no.4 play again.

Granted, not everyone feels the same way I do about this, but at this point, all you can really do is sit back on the sidelines and watch history happen. You may not agree with Brett or his decisions, but griping isn’t going to get you anywhere. I could mope that my favorite athlete is donning a purple and yellow jersey, team colors that I once thought were very lady like; however, instead, I am going to take the high road and try and make light out of a heavy situation.

A die-hard Patriots fan came up to me this morning and said, “I can’t wait for when Brady plays Favre”. I looked right back at him and grinned so big you could practically see the cavity I received when I was 12 years old. I replied back what every woman and some men would all be thinking, “Me too; I get to watch two of the best looking men in football on a field for three hours together, and quite frankly Cody, it just doesn’t get much better than that. Amen.”

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Minnesota Vikings: 2010 Draft—Franchise Quarterback

The Minnesota Vikings have yet to take a snap into the 2009 season, but it’s quite clear that many have written off success in their 2009 season based on the quarterback situation between veteran career backup Sage Rosenfels and incumbent Tarvaris Jackson.

However, the Vikings may only be a contender for a few of the following years, and will need to fill their biggest position if they ever hope to achieve the Super Bowl title that has eluded them.

Tarvaris Jackson is progressing, but unless he becomes the quarterback of the future over night, T-Jack will be testing free agency next year, as his current contract expires after 2009.

Sage Rosenfels, acquired from the Houston Texans for the Vikings 2009 fourth-round draft pick, has been given the nod from most critics concerning the current quarterback situation. The problem, though, will be once 2009 is done.

Let’s say the Vikings fall short again and get stranded in wild card or divisional round of the playoffs, and find themselves in the same spot they did after the 2008 season. What then? Chances are, with that said, Brad Childress will find himself out of a job.

After a change in coaching, what next? Try their hand at grabbing old hall of fame quarterbacks like Brett Favre again, and try to put a band-aid on an issue that’s equivalent to a broken arm?

The Vikings have needed a long-term quarterback since the Culpepper era. This much is certain. The Vikings have their best legitimate chance in 2010 draft.

Now, the Vikings aren’t going to flop with a 4-12 record. They will definitely be a contender in a competitive NFC North. Over .500 is almost a gimmie.

On that note, they will most likely be in the bottom half of the first round in the draft, most likely around the 22nd or later.

At that point in the draft, the Vikings have few options at quarterback. The 2010 draft does feature the likelyhood of three top-notch quarterbacks ready to possibly come in and start. All three of the said quarterbacks were Heisman finalists, but will likely go in the first five picks.

The three quarterbacks in question are Sam Bradford (Oklahoma), Colt McCoy (Texas), and Tim Tebow (Florida).

Sam Bradford is the 2008 Heismen trophy winner and current senior at University of Oklahoma. Coming from a pro-style offense in Oklahoma, his stock places him squarely in position to be the top quarterback, if not the top pick, of the 2010 draft. There is no question that Bradford will be an immediate starter in the NFL.

Colt McCoy is a 2008 Heisman finalist, and currently a junior and starting quarterback at the University of Texas in a highly competitive Big 12 conference.

Colt also has the benefit of coming from a pro-style offense, but has unfortunately a blemish from his freshmen year of throwing the ball up for grabs a lot, but seemed to tame his throw in the 2008 year as a sophomore.

He should go as a top 10 pick—maybe 15—but his pro-style will make him highly coveted to middle-round teams.

That leaves us with Tim Tebow—2007 Heisman winner, 2008 Heisman finalist, team leader of two straight national championships, and incoming senior to the University of Florida.

Tebow’s currently holds many of college football’s passing and quarterback rushing records, making him an interesting duel-threat quarterback.

The problem is that in the NFL he wouldn’t fit into the schemes of pro football, and likely would be grabbed early because of his passing records and ability to play in the clutch.

However, the University of Florida is trying to incorporate pro-style plays into it’s playbook this upcoming season, which should only help Tebow’s positioning.

The Vikings could probably take a swipe at Tebow, and he’ll probably fall to that 20th pick plateau…but will be risky pick. His questionable arm strength will not keep defenses from stacking the box on Adrian Peterson.

On that note, Tebow’s dual-threat ability would make a dangerous combo with Adrian Peterson, and would prove a good combo with former teammate Percy Harvin—who he has great chemistry with.

To grab Bradford would be a miracle, but he is the best option for an immediate impact. The Vikings would have to trade multiple draft picks, a playmaker, or both to get him.

None seem like good ideas with how talented the 2010 draft is shaping to be overall. However, the Vikings will be in the best condition they’ve been in for years, which would make it the best time to trade up.

McCoy would be the happy medium for the Vikings. Drafting him wouldn’t require an arm or a leg, and they would be getting a fine quarterback in return.

McCoy’s freshmen year looks daring, but it could be nothing but a fluke if he comes out and performs well in 2009.

On top of that, McCoy is also known for having decent speed, and could be nice cross between Tebow and Bradford. The problem is that McCoy has no hardware (awards).

Of course, Sage Rosenfels could prove to be the quarterback of the future for the Vikings and lead them to a playoff berth and the franchise’s first Super Bowl.

Or Tarvaris Jackson could finally be the quarterback he was meant to be…

Then again, the Vikings better be planning, just in case…

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Will Brett Favre Bring the Vikings Success or a Season Of Mediocrity?

Yes, another Brett Favre article.

It seems like I’ve started an article similar to the way I started this one.

Trust me when I say that I’m not a fan of writing about a topic that everybody writes about. I felt the strong need to write about subjects that have been intensely argued for the past couple of weeks now.

Some say that bringing in Favre would be a mistake because he isn’t accustomed to the players on the Minnesota Vikings roster.

Others say that bringing in Favre is a huge addition because he is a great quarterback with a cannon for an arm.

One of these two options has to be right.

Personally, I feel like bringing in Favre would be outstanding. Is there any shocker there? Not really.

Brett is easily a future hall-of-famer, but he has a torn bicep that has been surgically repaired that could hold him back. There is a chance that his arm will not be what it once was.

Everybody knows that Brett Favre has been an interception thrower his entire career. He makes decisions that are very stupid at times. Brett takes the gamble and throws into double and sometimes even triple coverage.

Don’t be befuddled if you see Brett throwing to Bernard Berrian when he’s being double covered a time or two. It’s bound to happen.

The good things in Brett Favre outweigh the bad, though. He’s a great and well-spoken leader. He is able to control the team from the very get-go. He will make friends right away and know his targets from day one.

The Vikings run a West-coast offense, which is an offense that Brett ran for his entire tenure with the Green Bay Packers.

What does this mean?

It means that Favre will know how the system works. He will read the plays and have them down-pat within a matter of days. He will not struggle to realize what needs to be done to get the points.

Brett can feel safe in knowing that he doesn’t have to do the job on offense all on his own. The Vikings have a running back on their roster named Adrian Peterson.

Ever heard of him?

If you ask most people, they will say that Adrian is only the best running back in the league. He has great speed and is able to carry the ball 25 or 30 times per contest.

Favre only had Ahman Green in Green Bay. He was often inconsistent and wasn’t a huge player on the Packers roster, although he was the best running back they had. What happened with the Texans, though?

Minnesota has a great offensive line that will be able to block for Brett including arguably the best left side of an offensive line in the NFL today.

At left tackle there is Bryant McKinnie, a former first round pick. At left guard stands Steve Hutchinson, who is easily the best guard in the league.

Now on to Tarvaris Jackson.

A lot of loyal Vikings fans think that Tarvaris should be the starter at quarterback at the beginning of the season.

Wow, how many chances can one guy get?

Clearly Tarvaris isn’t working out. He is a bust and will likely never amount to much in the NFL unless he stops choking in the clutch.

Why start this guy?

Because he’s familiar with the team? Big whoop.

Brett will be a better leader than Jackson by far and away.

Tarvaris Jackson now claims that he would like a trade if the Vikings sign Brett Favre.

That’s really team loyalty you are showing there Tarvaris.

That’s like a kid who doesn’t get a toy and says that he hates his parents. You really won’t get your way by whining and complaining. I can’t be the only one who thinks that is a little immature on his part.

There is only one year left on the contract that Tarvaris received after being was drafted in 2006. He will be a free agent after this season.

Minnesota would be able to get a solid draft pick and will be able to free up cap space to make it easier to sign Antoine Winfield to a big money extension.

This needs to get done immediately.

Tarvaris is a good backup, but not a good starter.

Simple as that.

Sorry, but have fun with whatever team you might get traded to.

Favre is not the perfect quarterback, but he is better than what we have by a lot. I will argue anything otherwise until the cows come home.

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