Bud Grant turns 86 today....and we'd like to wish him a happy birthday! We also wish we would have made him these cupcakes...but we didn't, we're not that creative. Have a great day Coach!
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Whether it was planned or not, the NEW Minnesota Vikings uniforms for the 2013 NFL season were leaked yesterday. It's really too bad this happened because Jacksonville did it right (well, minus their actual uniform design...which is hideous) and made an event out of it and it was pretty cool. The easy way to NOT leak images is simple: Don’t show them to anyone besides the players.
The person who leaked the photo obviously took it as part of a "hey, here's the teams that are changing their uniforms" at Nike's annual uniform showing. Why do that? Why not make the production videos, the pitch, etc the day before the official release at the draft day festivities? I know some people like the leaking of photos (as shown by how fast that blew up yesterday), but the suspense is so much better.Either way, the uniforms are here...sort of. My personal reaction? A - ....which is light years better than the ones they've been wearing for the past 7 years. The purples appear to match, unlike the uniforms of the 90's. The stupid ass stripes are gone on the shoulders. And the matte finish to the helmets look tough...like an actual Viking would.
Purple pants though? You know what.....I can deal with that. They look tougher than they used to and Adrian Peterson will look like an absolute BEAST in these uniforms. I like how they ditched the yellow gold and appear to be going with the metallic gold as a secondary color. I think that creates more opportunities to get creative with fan apparel and any potential alternate uniforms (we all know the Pro Combat series is coming to the NFL...soon).
I wish they would have added some grey as a thirdary color (yes, I'm using the word thirdary). It doesn’t need to be prominent, but it allows for some sweet alternate ideas as well as I'd like to see the facemasks be grey. Maybe that's a change that will happen in a few years...who knows.
Overall, the uniform changes are badass...and very much needed. Since Leslie took over, the feel of this team has been different...now the identity change begins. Speaking of identity changes, we'll be doing the same to WhatWouldBudDo.com before the season starts. As for the Jags and Dolphins uniform changes, the 'Fins get a "B" because it's better looking, but they missed some chances to make their uniforms tougher looking. The Jags get an F...because those are dumb, awful and the Nike sales pitch to the "theme" is bunk. Sorry, better luck next time.
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I couldn't have picked a better day to take off from work, because the Percy Harvin trade news took over Twitterverse, and it was GLORIOUS. The immediate, quick trigger, reaction brought back similarities to when Obama won his re-election bid. Hate, happy, sad, mad, joy, confusion, pros/cons...etc. I'll admit, this isn't an easy situation for any Vikings fans.
Love him or hate him, Percy Harvin needed to go. He didn't want to be here and he didn't get along with half the team. He wanted to quit on his team and no doubt would have done it this year if he didn't get paid. Guess what Percy? You gettin' paid...and now the pressure is on YOU.
Fans in Seattle are happy, obviously...who wouldn't be? They gave up a lot in picks AND salary to add a weapon...but they are in a similar spot to where the Vikings were in 2009: Win now. If they aren't able to get to a Super Bowl in the next two or three years, a lot of their players will be getting to new contracts (Wilson, Lynch), facing cuts (Rice and others)...plus they'll have rookies each year to take care of. I won't call it a "no brainer" for the Seahawks, but they are taking a risk...and you have to do that in the NFL these days.
As for the Vikings, no one likes to get rid of one of your best players. Unfortunately, it happens...and for different reasons. People seem to forget that Percy DROPPED to the Vikings because teams were scared of his character. Like it or not, that's a huge deal to most teams. Childress and co. couldn't develop talent (Tarvaris Jackson), and had to rely on luck in the draft (Peterson getting passed on). They HAD to take Percy because his value late in the first round was worth the character risk to a team needing WR help. You risk losing a good player because of his character as you fear something like this might happen.
This Percy Harvin situation is the reason that teams pass on character issues. It also goes to show how risky the draft can be...because character is just one of many attributes a player is evaluated on. Lets be honest: If Harvin wasn't a dicknose, he'd be a Viking and would have gotten paid LAST year. Adrian Peterson is honored to be playing in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings...and others should be looking to him as a role model of how lucky and gifted they are.
The Vikings and Leslie Frazier need to change this franchise. It's time to get rid of guys who don't give a rip about their teammates and just want to get paid. Chris Johnson did that to the Titans and hasn't done squat since getting his money, and damn near got cut! I get it...guys are "worth" so much to a franchise, and that's just fine. But at some point, getting something rather than nothing can save you from being in a bad place.
Percy Harvin is going to have help, and that's a great thing for him. However, he's going to be one of the highest paid wide receivers in the NFL and has yet to reach 1,000 yards in a season. He probably won't have to do AS much in Seattle, but he's going to have to learn that the "diva way" isn't the right way. Ask Keyshawn, T.O., Randy Moss (he gets a pass in some cases because he's a legend).
One thing I'd like to ask Percy is this: How many "diva" wide receivers retire on their own merit? Answer: Not very many...because they want to get paid because they THINK they are worth more than what teams want to pay them. Ask Chad Johnson, T.O., Plaxico, and co. what it's like to sit at home and wait for the phone to ring...
Something to think about while you get a second chance at being a man, a professional, a good human being while under the microscope of a die hard NFL fan base.
Also, you're going to have to change your number...because that "12" hanging in the stadium isn't for you.
All of the "rumors" that we keep hearing about are 90% false...we all know that. It's leverage put out by GMs. Those that want Percy for less, leak rumors out there to make his value come down. So, just to see what it feels like to make up a bunch of crap and see what happens, here are some teams I think should consider trading for Percy.
(keep in mind, I have not looked in to cap space/number of picks for any teams...this is strictly off need vs Percy's skills....and mostly for fun)
Niners - They have the picks (including those from KC in the Alex Smith trade), they have the system, they have the talent...it'd be another tool for a team that's already dangerous. Jim Harbaugh would straighten Percy out in four minutes too...lets not forget that.
Jacksonville - Harvin's home state, a team in need of some talent and a face of the franchise? Seems logical. Their owner is physcotic, so that works perfect for Percy.
Patriots - If they lose Welker, why not replace him with Harvin? Belichik doesnt want to to deal with dinkfaces...but I bet he'd take Percy for the right price.
Not so obvious choices:
Broncos - Peyton Manning loves slot guys...that's about all that needs to be said here (I think they go after Welker however)
Colts - Another Welker possiblity, but Andrew Luck is already making his WRs better...Harvin would absolutely crush in Indy.
Cardinals - They need help, but they have less offensive talent than us...which would be great to watch Percy quit on them.
Eagles - The team is full of drama and the could cut others to make room for Percy...Chip Kelly would love to have his speed.
"Lets get 'Harvin High' and make stuff up: choices:
Raiders - Made for TV situation...move over Kardashians.
Packers - Out of spite for every Packer the Vikings have signed.
Bears - Replace Hester, and weekly ego fist fights with Brandon Marshall.
Dallas - Another reality TV dream...Dez + Percy + Romo's suck jobs + "Im an awful GM wanna be" Jerry Jones + players who drive drunk and kill their friends..... = giggles for everyone.
Jets - I'd love to see Rex Ryan go two rounds with Percy. My money is on Rex....well, fat, foot fetish Rex...not skinny Rex.
Browns - Just to watch Percy suffer in an awful town, on an awful team, with fat chicks every where. And REALLY bad weed (just a hunch).
There you have it...Harvin could go any where. The Vikings are trading him and Vikings fans are going to have to deal with it. If the reports of him wanting to quit on his team because he wants to pull a Chris Johnson "pay me play maker money" are true, then screw him...go be someone else's problem. We'll find a solution.
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