Darren "Doogie" Wolfson

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson has a passion for sports, but not a consistent forum in which he's allowed to spew his thoughts. Well, now he has one. Darren spent 12-plus years with KFAN Radio, wearing multiple hats - from producing and technically directing, to reporting and hosting. He spent a majority of his time working with Sid Hartman's son, Chad on the 'Chad Hartman Show.' Read more about Darren Wolfson.

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Oh my God, Packers vs. Bears

Posted by: Darren "Doogie" Wolfson Updated: January 17, 2011 - 12:38 PM
It is as predictable as women crying after episodes of "The Bachelor," Vikings safety Madieu Williams missing a tackle, Snooki acting intoxicated on "Jersey Shore," and Patrick Reusse repudiating new-age baseball statistics: insufferable Packers and Bears fans.
 
And now we have a nightmare scenario: the two playing for the NFC championship next Sunday.
 
In my professional capacity, it is a home-run match up. I always want the best storyline. But in my personal life, my friends/co-workers/virtual friends don't understand that. Among Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, Friendster, email, text, and hand-written messages, I give-up -- I'm saying uncle and begging for mercy. I get it: what do the Vikings and marijuana have in common? When you put them in a bowl, they get smoked. 
 
How many times will we hear this week about the Packers-Bears being the oldest and/or best rivalry in the NFL? It really isn't the best -- give me Steelers-Ravens or Jets-Patriots -- but that won't stop anyone. How many times do you think we will see the famous Vince Lombardi, "What the hell is going on out here?" clip, with some TV outlet then dissolving into a video referencing the Bears-Packers game.
 
 On Sunday night, national talk-radio host Mike North kept stressing that, "Chicago is championship city USA… The Blackhawks, the White Sox, the Bulls, and now the Bears, oh my!" This is the same guy who called for coach Lovie Smith's head after their 4-3 start.
 
I bet we experience every Packers reminding us that Green Bay is "Titletown, USA." 
 
If I thought the onslaught of "Who Dat? The Saints Dat" chants were infuriating last year, this week will be worse. The backlash from those who follow the Bears and Packers will begin in earnest, so let me get some more of it out of the way: the Vikings are a long-shot to compete for a playoff spot next year, and the Packers, with the return of running back Ryan Grant, tight end Jermichael Finley, and others, will be just as good. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a combination of Bart Starr and Brett Favre, well on his way to winning more Super Bowls than the Vikings ever will. 
 
And the Bears? They finally have a championship-caliber quarterback, and the Vikings don't. Then even before the offseason arrives, both fan bases will argue that through free agency, the Vikings will lose more players than the Packers and Bears combined.
 
These same Bears fans will make no mention of Week 1, when Lions receiver Calvin Johnson scored a game-winning touchdown that was called back because of a foolish rule. In the first meeting with Green Bay, the Packers were flagged 18 times for 152 yards, and it still took a last-second field goal for Chicago to win. Quarterback Jay Cutler had to miss a game with a concussion, and Chicago had the woeful Panthers next. Worst of all, they got to play the under-.500 Seahawks in their first playoff game. Maybe Chicago has made some of its luck, but I'm sorry; they are not the second-best team in the NFC. But we'll hear how they are Super Bowl-bound for the next six days.
 
Green Bay is legitimately good, which is a green light for the numerous Packer-Backer Hubbard Broadcasting employees to remind me. Maybe my best hope could be for the Jets defense to contain in consecutive games Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Aaron Rodgers, four of the best signal-callers in the NFL.
 
Here are some recommended verbal comebacks -- even with intoxicated Packers fans, never attempt physical violence: 
  • Don't be afraid to go the, "Will Bears assistant Mike Tice sell his Super Bowl tickets?" route… although, that easily can be more of an indictment against a Vikings fan.
  • What do you call a Packers or Bears fan holding a bottle of champagne after this year's Super Bowl? A waiter.
  • Jan. 9, 2005, the one-and-only Green Bay-Minnesota playoff matchup: Vikings 31, Packers 17.
Or on second thought, can we just hit F5 on this weekend, or hope for next Sunday's game to be a blowout and then have the winner get annihilated in the Super Bowl? Even as fun as two straight weeks of Jenn Sterger/Ines Sainz jokes leading into the Super Bowl would be, those of us who are bothered by Packers and Bears fans should root for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the real most dominant franchise in league history.

Super Bowl, homeboy?

Posted by: Darren "Doogie" Wolfson Updated: October 6, 2010 - 8:18 AM

 "I did want to retire as a Viking." -- Randy Moss in Jan. '08

The happiest member of the Vikings' organization this morning might not be quarterback Brett Favre or wide receiver Percy Harvin. It could be No. 84, Logan Payne, who's stuck on the practice squad. If Randy Moss wants his old number back, Payne will make a lot of money. But what if Moss wants No. 81? Will Vistanthe Shiancoe give-in?

This trade is a fan's dream. It's also a reporter's dream. Judd Zulgad may not take off his Chicago Blackhawks hoodie until February. He won't have time.

Only the acquisition of Moss could shift my wife's Vikings' tentacles away from wondering if Kendra has officially moved to Eden Prairie to be closer to her husband, Hank Baskett. 

Any move that upsets Packers and Bears fans is a good one. This is a "wow" trade. There are no guarantees attached. But this is monumentally impressive. Moss will have a chance to have a big-time impact starting Monday night against the Jets. He really only has to run a few routes.

We can now add Moss to a long list of Vikings' free agents after this season. Favre, Sidney Rice, Chad Greenway, Ben Leber, Ray Edwards, Pat Williams, Ryan Longwell, and Husain Abdullah are among the players only signed through this season.

The Vikings are all-in on this year, which is fine. The NFC appears to be the weaker of the two conferences. In other words, it's eminently winnable. 

To quote Moss from years ago, "Super Bowl, homeboy!" It's a better possibility now. This much is known: the Vikings are a lot better on-the-field today.

Do the Wild really start their season on Thursday? Are we really just days before the 120th meeting between the Gophers and Badgers? Oh, by the way, the Twins are good enough to win the World Series. But does anything else matter on the local sports landscape today?

Vikings fans: America's team should be your most despised

Posted by: Darren "Doogie" Wolfson Updated: January 13, 2010 - 12:51 PM

After listening to many of ESPN's talking heads the past two days, this question needs to be asked: Should the Vikings even show up on Sunday?

They are making it sound like the Cowboys are a combination of the '85 Bears and '96 Favre-led Packers.

The only thing that could make me more nauseous this week is if NBC announces that former Cowboy Emmitt Smith is taking over for Conan O'Brien, although since you can't change the stripes of a leopard, we don't have anything to worry about.

Raised by a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, I was taught early to despise the Mets, Celtics, Knicks, and Cowboys. This latest slurpfest fuels my Dallas dislike even more.

For obvious reasons, the teams Vikings fans loathe the most are the Packers and Bears. With all due respect to those feelings, the franchise you should reject the most is Sunday's opponent, the Dallas Cowboys.

Sure, some of it is jealousy and envy. Five Super Bowl championships to zero. 57 playoff games to 43. The Vikings have been eliminated in the postseason by Dallas four times, which is tied for the most against any team.

The Cowboys have more Hall of Famers, get regular Thanksgiving exposure, and have a longer sell-out streak. Also, according to Forbes, the Cowboys are the most lucrative sports franchise in the United States. A big reason why: A $1.2 BILLION stadium that features go-go dancers as we are entering a second decade of fighting for new digs.

More of it is the perceived inferiority complex that exists with the Cowboys fanbase. They love being called "America's team." So if you root for the Vikings on Sunday, are you anti-American?

Most of it is because Dallas won three Vince Lombardi trophies after being on the receiving end of the most lopsided trade in professional sports history. Simply called "The Trade," in 1989, running back Herschel Walker came to the Vikings for five players, three of them defensive starters, and eight draft picks, including three in the first round, three in the second and one in the third. Dallas soon went from 1-15 in 1989 to titles after the 1992, 1993, and 1995 seasons.

The Vikings had a losing record with Walker (21-23) before releasing him. Their only playoff appearance was a 41-13 loss to the 49ers in 1989.

The 1975 "Hail Mary" Dallas win at Met Stadium, where Vikings cornerback Nate Wright was pushed by Dallas' Drew Pearson, was made easier when the Cowboys eventually lost in the Super Bowl.

Running back Adrian Peterson's favorite childhood team: The Cowboys.

Quarterback Brett Favre is 2-9 lifetime against Dallas. That includes a 0-3 mark in the postseason.

Head coach Brad Childress is 0-1 versus Jerry Jones' team.

Dallas has a winning record against the Vikings in overtime games (2-1), has won the lone NFC championship matchup (23-6 on 1/1/78), and even came away victorious in the Vikings' first ever game, a preseason contest in 1961.

We even have to tolerate a former Cowboy, Troy Aikman, calling this Sunday's game.

For once, instead of hearing "How 'bout them Cowboys?" after these two teams play, wouldn't it be nice to be able to say, "Why not mess with Texas?" 

**Add-on: The Vikings beat the Cowboys on 12/30/73 in the NFC championship game 27-20. They then fell to Miami in Super Bowl VIII 24-7.

 

Vikings fans, repeat after Tice: Go Eagles; E-A-G-L-E-S

Posted by: Darren "Doogie" Wolfson Updated: January 9, 2010 - 9:30 AM

Whether he is at Chili's enjoying chips and salsa or at his western suburbs home enjoying a vodka the size of Judd Zulgad's head, Vikings coach Brad Childress will presumably be locked in on Saturday night on the Eagles-Cowboys first-round matchup.

While doing so, he needs to adopt former coach Mike Tice's one-time mantra: Go Eagles; E-A-G-L-E-S!

Why? Dallas is the worst possible opponent for the Vikings.

Quarterback Tony Romo's first two playoff games -- both losses -- would be an afterthought and he is the type of signal-caller that can give the Vikings fits. 

Romo established team records this season for passing yards (4,483), attempts (550), completions (347) and 300-yard games (eight) to go with 26 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He has at least one touchdown pass in 12 straight games. The Eagles don't allow 300-yard passers very often; Romo did it in both regular season meetings. In the year of the quarterback, he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Manning, Favre, Rivers, Brees, and Rodgers.

After breaking down film of Dallas' 24-0 win over Philadelphia in Week 17, NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger said of Romo: "He's in a zone right now." Even with Rodgers' brilliance and Brees' skill-set, Romo is the quarterback the Vikings least want to see the rest of the way. He has 11 touchdown passes and only two interceptions in the last six games.

The recipe to scoring on the Vikings: Three-step drops with quick-strikes, which Romo pulls off as well as anyone in the NFL. Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will have to take his mind off the Buffalo Bills head coaching job long enough to game plan for such occurrences. That won't be a problem, but his safeties will.

Tight end Jason Witten, on his way to his sixth straight Pro Bowl, is very capable of causing headaches. He could easily do what Green Bay's Jermichael Finley (6-120-2 TDs) or San Francisco's Vernon Davis (7-96-2 TDs) did versus the Vikings. According to footballoutsiders.com, the Vikings are the 9th-worst team defending tight ends in the NFL.

They have a top-five offensive line, running backs that can block, and a wide receiver, Miles Austin, that plays all over the field, which could isolate Antoine Winfield or Benny Sapp. According to Winfield, his right foot won't be 100 percent until the off-season. Dallas' offense would be a good bet to put at least 24 points on the board against the Vikings.

Its defense has the best duo at getting to the quarterback of any remaing team. Outside linebacker Anthony Spencer recorded 17 tackles, four sacks, five pressures, one pass breakup and one forced fumble in the last three games. The other outside linebacker, DeMarcus Ware, strikes fear into opposing left tackles like no other. Bryant McKinnie would need constant help from a tight end or running back, which oftentimes would mean one less receiving option.

Dallas' 3-4 defense could replicate what Pittsburgh did on October 25. Be grateful the potential tussle won't take place on grass.

They even have a kickoff specialist -- David Buehler -- who can render Percy Harvin useless. Buehler led the NFL with 29 touchbacks.

FInally, should the Cowboys beat the Eagles, their coach Wade Phillips would no longer be worrying about his job security or his inability to win a postseason game (0-4). Same goes for Romo on the latter. They would instantly become loosey-goosey.

In contrast, under coach Andy Reid, the Eagles have advanced past their first playoff game every time (7-0).

For the Vikings' best chances to win their first playoff game since the 2004 season, they should hope for that trend to continue.

Vikings fans, repeat after Tice: Go Eagles; E-A-G-L-E-S

Posted by: Darren "Doogie" Wolfson Updated: January 9, 2010 - 9:30 AM

Whether he is at Chili's enjoying chips and salsa or at his western suburbs home enjoying a vodka the size of Judd Zulgad's head, Vikings coach Brad Childress will presumably be locked in on Saturday night on the Eagles-Cowboys first-round matchup.

While doing so, he needs to adopt former coach Mike Tice's one-time mantra: Go Eagles; E-A-G-L-E-S!

Why? Dallas is the worst possible opponent for the Vikings.

Quarterback Tony Romo's first two playoff games -- both losses -- would be an afterthought and he is the type of signal-caller that can give the Vikings fits. 

Romo established team records this season for passing yards (4,483), attempts (550), completions (347) and 300-yard games (eight) to go with 26 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He has at least one touchdown pass in 12 straight games. The Eagles don't allow 300-yard passers very often; Romo did it in both regular season meetings. In the year of the quarterback, he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Manning, Favre, Rivers, Brees, and Rodgers.

After breaking down film of Dallas' 24-0 win over Philadelphia in Week 17, NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger said of Romo: "He's in a zone right now." Even with Rodgers' brilliance and Brees' skill-set, Romo is the quarterback the Vikings least want to see the rest of the way. He has 11 touchdown passes and only two interceptions in the last six games.

The recipe to scoring on the Vikings: Three-step drops with quick-strikes, which Romo pulls off as well as anyone in the NFL. Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will have to take his mind off the Buffalo Bills head coaching job long enough to game plan for such occurrences. That won't be a problem, but his safeties will.

Tight end Jason Witten, on his way to his sixth straight Pro Bowl, is very capable of causing headaches. He could easily do what Green Bay's Jermichael Finley (6-120-2 TDs) or San Francisco's Vernon Davis (7-96-2 TDs) did versus the Vikings. According to footballoutsiders.com, the Vikings are the 9th-worst team defending tight ends in the NFL.

They have a top-five offensive line, running backs that can block, and a wide receiver, Miles Austin, that plays all over the field, which could isolate Antoine Winfield or Benny Sapp. According to Winfield, his right foot won't be 100 percent until the off-season. Dallas' offense would be a good bet to put at least 24 points on the board against the Vikings.

Its defense has the best duo at getting to the quarterback of any remaing team. Outside linebacker Anthony Spencer recorded 17 tackles, four sacks, five pressures, one pass breakup and one forced fumble in the last three games. The other outside linebacker, DeMarcus Ware, strikes fear into opposing left tackles like no other. Bryant McKinnie would need constant help from a tight end or running back, which oftentimes would mean one less receiving option.

Dallas' 3-4 defense could replicate what Pittsburgh did on October 25. Be grateful the potential tussle won't take place on grass.

They even have a kickoff specialist -- David Buehler -- who can render Percy Harvin useless. Buehler led the NFL with 29 touchbacks.

FInally, should the Cowboys beat the Eagles, their coach Wade Phillips would no longer be worrying about his job security or his inability to win a postseason game (0-4). Same goes for Romo on the latter. They would instantly become loosey-goosey.

In contrast, under coach Andy Reid, the Eagles have advanced past their first playoff game every time (7-0).

For the Vikings' best chances to win their first playoff game since the 2004 season, they should hope for that trend to continue.

      

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