The death of NFL Films co-founder Steve Sabol reminds us that the NFL we know today would not exist without the value provided by the vast archive of images that helped build the league's legacy. And the Vikings hold a place -- often unhappy -- in that archive.
In 1994, Sabol weighed in on Jim Marshall's famous "Wrong-Way Run" in 1964 when it topped the "NFL's 100 Greatest Follies," shown above. Scroll to the 8:20 mark.
"It was a landslide," Sabol told Rachel Blount. "But Jim is an enduring symbol of a lot of things that make NFL football great. Perhaps that's why we use [the blooper] so much; it's the story of someone who made a mistake, then bounced back to become one of the greatest players in NFL history. It's a blooper with a moral to it."
Another, nonembeddable bitter memory is directly chronicled by Sabol on NFL.com: The push-off by Drew Pearson that the rest of the world recalls as the Hail Mary. It not only notes the bottle that hit the referee, but two hits that Pearson took on the sidelines the play before the score.
And the Vikings filled two spots in the five-part series called "The Missing Rings" on the best NFL teams never to win the Super Bowl.
The 1969 Vikings set the stage for all those other great Vikings teams to fall short in the Super Bowl.
But for heartbreak, you might not be able to top the 1998 Vikings, whose documentary is chronicled in five parts on YouTube.
Given the Vikings-related angles of the NFL's bounty-hunting scandal, we figured you might want to see how the home team's main media outlet -- nola.com, the web site of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, is covering the story.
The short answer: In depth and in detail. There are news stories, links to other media reports, and statements from the team owner and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who apologizes for what he calls his "pay for performance" program.
There's also an editorial expressing outrage over what the Saints were doing and a lone hollow-ringing denial that players were being offered bounties -- from ex-Vikings defensive back Darren Sharper.
Here's the link to the New Orleans coverage, which you can expect to be updated throughout the weekend.
Here's the link to the Washington Post story in which a former coach and five players said that Williams had a similar system of bounties when he was defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.
If you're looking for a defense of the Saints players, here's a view from Favre's hometown paper in Mississippi, in which writer Jason Munz takes the contrarian view: "At the time, I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the hits the Saints defense doled out on Favre and the rest of the Vikings. I still don’t."
Here's the rest of that story.
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