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Vikings and Buccaneers

January 4, 2010 - Chuck Hunt
Well, the Vikings finally returned to their early season form and put away the hapless New York Giants on Sunday. That win, plus a win by the Cowboys over the Eagles, gave the Vikings a bye for next week's opening round of playoff games. All the announcers and pundits say that is a good thing. I am not so sure, as the Vikings seem to need to stay on a roll, and a week off might take off their edge. Hopefully it won't. After the debacle the week before in Chicago, the win on Sunday felt pretty good. Was the same team performing? In the first half against the Bears, the Vikings looked like a bunch of bumbling buffoons. Actually it looked like they did not show up to play. It was pathetic. Then six days later, against the Giants, the Vikings put up 31 points in the first half and had the game put away early. Same team? After watching the Vikings come back against the Bears and tie the game, only to lose it in overtme, was painful. It sure looked like they were meant to win. I mean, after the Bears missed a field goal, I thought it was 'in the cards," that the Vikes would score. Call it karma. Instead, they fumbled. The next night I watched the Buccaneer girls play in St. Clair. Like the Vikings, the Bucs found themselves way behind - as much as 12 points. And, also like the Vikings, the girls fought back in the second half and not only tied it, but went ahead. It looked like they were destined to win, just like the Vikes had seemed to be meant to win. It was NRHEG who came back with seconds left to tie the game against the Buccaneers. Did the BEA girls fold under the pressure? Did they 'funble' the ball away at the end, and let the Panthers score? No, they did not. They calmly called a time out, made a plan, and executed it to perfection for the victory. The next night they went on to win the tournament. Our professional Minnesota football team could take a lesson from these girls.


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