Originally Posted by Parson
Ain't that the truth! I think the Vikings could be quite a bit better and still struggle to win 6 games. They have to be decided underdogs in each of their meetings with Green Bay, Detroit, and Chicago. We're just going to have pound those non-division foes, especially week 3.
I'm very pessimistic about the Stadium issue. I don't see the state coming through with the funds to underwrite what the League thinks their fair share of the stadium expense should be. And I think that if nothing gets done in this session, a huge long shot at best, we might have another Minnesota franchise move to LA, like the Lakers did so many years ago. (I don't think that LA Vikings sounds any worse than LA Lakers.)
Well most commentators are agreeing that the Vikes played a blinder in this year's draft. Trading down 1 place with the Browns to net their picks and still get what they were supposedly after in the form of Matt Kalil - aka Jeff Saturday. Seriously, the guy is a clone or something!
The Niners confused me a little by taking yet another wide receiver to go with their free agent acquisitions but hopefully they know what they're doing and it's a safety net for the inevitable Randy Moss flop & diva performance I suppose. St Louis seem to be getting tons of draft choices through various trades to, so I can only hope they pick stinkers by the boatload!
It's quite horrifying how monetized the whole system has become though, I saw some stills of the draft choices and one of them had enough jewelry on his person to shame BA from the A-Team! I thought these were supposed to be amateur 'student-athletes'? I remember my years of education being somewhat more frugal!
It makes a mockery of the various 'scandals' where college system coaches and administrators are outed as bribing the best prospects to come play for them. The key lesson seems to be "It's only wrong when you get caught".
The stadium issue may take longer to settle. I haven't been following it closely but surely it's too late to organise prior to next season anyway, so will the Vikes be playing in a local college stadium instead or some neutral venue for their home games? Sadly you could well be right and they might end up moving. I don't think LA is quite as keen on the idea currently as opposed to past years though, only because the financial outlay seems extravagant in a recessionary cycle, which is of course why the State authorities are resisting so fiercely as well no doubt.
There is a settlement to be made of course, but the owners probably need to stick more of their own money into it and being a parson you know the parable about there being more chance of getting blood from a stone than coin from a rich man...