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If you think the QB situation in Minnesota is bad, well ... it is. The Vikings will be on their third starting QB in six games when Josh Freeman takes the snaps Monday night against the Giants. Whatever plan existed was flawed, and this rush job stinks of desperation, even if it is the right thing to do at this point.
BUT: Things could be worse.
Nobody in Minnesota, at least not yet, has put the Vikings' starting quarterback job on Craigslist. That is what happened in Cleveland, which had brief success this year with Brian Hoyer but is now back to Brandon Weeden. A fan actually put the job on Craigslist. You can read the whole thing here, but this is an excerpt:
Hello, and thanks for reading.
Have you played pro football? College ball? Highschool? Pee-wee?
Have you played Madden before?
Do you sort of kind of know some of the rules of football? If yes keep reading. If no...well also keep reading! We will take ANYONE. This could turn into a regular gig for the right person.
The Cleveland Browns as you may have noticed are having problems scoring points on offense consistently. ... Please no redheads, people named Brett, or any U. Of Florida alum.
The Browns have used 19 starting QBs since 1999, which is just awful.
Then again, the Vikings have used 12 starting QBs, starting with Daunte Culpepper and presumably ending with Josh Freeman on Monday, since 2005.
If Freeman doesn't work out, maybe it's time to take some drastic measures?
Google Maps says it takes 37 minutes -- in good traffic, mind you -- to get from Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play, to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox.
We imagine traffic last night would have been next to impossible, but still there is this:
It was possible to attend the Patriots/Saints game in Foxboro, which ended at around 6:40 p.m. Central time, hop in a vehicle, and make it to Fenway in time for most of the innings of the Tigers/Red Sox ALCS Game 2 -- most importantly, the 8th inning and beyond.
Had you done that, you would have seen Tom Brady complete an improbable comeback after the Saints gave him the ball one too many times. The winning TD in the waning seconds was a throw for the ages and would have been enough to make the day go down in Boston lore.
But if you were so inclined, you could have then made your way to Fenway and watched David Ortiz resurrect a lifeless offense with a game-tying grand slam, after which Detroit looked so shell-shocked that the 9th inning game-winning hit was the least surprising outcome of the entire day.
Talk about a sports day for the ages.
Seriously, we watched both endings on TV. We had no rooting interest in either case. And still, it gave us some chills. We can't imagine what it is like to be a Boston fan today -- and we particularly can't imagine what it would have been like for what we imagine are the few lucky souls who managed to see both endings in person.
Unbelievable. We are officially jealous.
Programming note: If you are looking to wipe away the sting of the Vikings debacle yesterday with some positive vibes, we will be live at the Lynx parade starting at 11:30 a.m. today with a livestream of the goodness there. Please do join us?
From KOMONews.com. This Seahawks fan is 3 years old, and the only thing that would be more adorable is if we could teach her to say, "Increasingly Lost Season" on command.
San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner, who has revealed he was fined $21,000 by the league for a hit during last Thursday night's victory over the St. Louis Rams, said Wednesday he's dropping the "W" from his last name.
"I actually put the paperwork in yesterday afternoon. Just waiting to get the paperwork out," he said in a conference call with the Houston media. "So from here on out until I retire, my name will be Donte Hitner, without the W."
The name change will not be cheap for Whitner. A league official told ESPN's Darren Rovell that NFL rules stipulate that if a player changes his name during an NFL season, he is required to purchase all the remaining inventory of merchandise with the old name that hasn't been sold.
Also, you know, it sounds a lot like Hitler. But don't let that stop you, Donte.
Last year, 11 QBs did it. Ten years ago, in 2003, two QBs did it.
At some point, the NFL will change rules and help out pass defenses a little bit more. But as it is now, it is a great time to be a very good -- or even average -- NFL QB.
It is, dare we say, a Golden Age. This underscores the Vikings' sputters in the passing game for much of this season and last. It also brings us to one man who could completely demolish the record books this season: Peyton Manning.
He will almost certainly not keep up his pace, but right now it is eye-popping. Through four games, Peyton has 16 TD passes and ZERO interceptions. He has an otherworldly passer rating of 138.0. He has thrown for an average of almost 370 yards per game. Extrapolate everything over the course of a full season and he will finish with 64 TD passes, no INTS and nearly 5,900 yards passing. And to think there was once an honest debate over whether the Broncos should have brought him in and dispatched Tim Tebow.
Oh, and he is also completing 75 percent of his passes and averaging 9.4 yards per ATTEMPT.
That is Rick-Diculous. He's like 2009 Brett Favre but even better. Giving him Wes Welker should be examined for just how unfair it was.
Of course, Drew Brees is nipping at his heels. The TD/INT ratio (10/4) isn't as good, but he is just 36 yards behind Manning. Li'l Aaron Rodgers, in three games, has already topped 1,000 yards.
The adage that three things can happen when you throw and two of them are bad? Obsolete. Manning's Broncos and Brees' Saints are both 4-0.
It is, indeed, a Golden Age.