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Author: Calabogie Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 96046  
Subject: Most exciting game in years Date: 12/31/2012 2:06 AM
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The Vikings/Packers game was just flat out fun to watch. Both teams played well and watching not only Peterson become number 2 for yards in a season but also seeing Walsh add to his record for most 50+ yard FG's in a season was just fantastic. Ponder played like the QB they thought they had when they drafted him, even though his receivers still didn't play as well as they could have.

I read 2 articles that went on and on about how the Packers gave the game away and it shouldn't have been close. One of those was by a national sports writer. My thought was that the Vikings simply played better. Not by much, but just enough to win the game. They have beaten not only the Packers but also the 49'ers and the Texans. They've won all 4 of their final games and head to Lambeau this Saturday to play the Pack again.

Hopefully Winfield will be back by Saturday and if he is, it should be another epic game. Whether you're a Packer fan or a Vikings fan or just a football fan, last nights game was fun to watch and this Saturday could be even better.

For a team that was 3-13 last year, this is about as impressive a turn around as I've seen. The Colts would be the only team more surprising that I can think of.

Calabogie
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Author: wasmick Big gold star, 5000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 93262 of 96046
Subject: Re: Most exciting game in years Date: 12/31/2012 12:37 PM
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For a team that was 3-13 last year, this is about as impressive a turn around as I've seen. The Colts would be the only team more surprising that I can think of.


Why is it that when a team loaded with talent woefully underperforms, it gets characterized as a turnaround when they begin playing to their potential?

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Author: Calabogie Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 93269 of 96046
Subject: Re: Most exciting game in years Date: 12/31/2012 3:04 PM
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Why is it that when a team loaded with talent woefully underperforms, it gets characterized as a turnaround when they begin playing to their potential?

I'm not sure how anyone could say the Vikings were "loaded with talent." Peterson is the only true star they had and even before he was hurt he couldn't make up the difference. Harvin could be great but he's missed as many games as he's played. They have no other receivers who are more than average. The defensive secondary last year was abysmal. The only reason they're better this year is Harrison Smith and they got Chris Cook back. Winfield is a special player but he's a bit long in the tooth.

Yes, Allen and Williams are both Pro Bowlers and Robison came on last year but their linebackers are average with the exception of Greenway.

Please correct me if you believe otherwise.

Calabogie

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Author: wasmick Big gold star, 5000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 93271 of 96046
Subject: Re: Most exciting game in years Date: 12/31/2012 3:30 PM
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I clearly believe otherwise.

I think they underachieved last year and played solid this year. That's not a turnaround.

A turnaround is taking a moribund franchise and making it good, not getting the players you have to play to their potential. I admit I don't follow the Vikings closely but I'm not aware that they completely overhauled their roster. If they did, I retract my statement.

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