Field Yates tossed a log on the fire and drenched the remaining flames in lighter fluid Thursday when he broke news on Twitter that Seattle signed former Vikings kicker Blair Walsh.
One of Yates' 207,000 followers reacted with just one word, “No.” Much of the other reaction on social media was not as restrained.
Max Gross tweeted “my instant reaction,” with the well-circulated Michael Scott GIF yelling “No! God, please no! No! No! Nooooooo!”
Jeff Simmons inserted humor to his response, tweeting “they owe him after that playoff game.”
Walsh missed the potential game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the NFC wild-card game against Seattle during the 2015-2016 season. Seattle won the game 10-9 and more than a year later, Vikings and Seahawks fans are still lighting up the internet with strong reaction to the missed 27-yard field goal attempt.
Thursday’s news gave football fans another reason to vent and even show some grace to the former Vikings kicker.
The Twitter account “Life of a Vikings Fan” wrote, “Blair Walsh planned this all along.” Minutes later, the account added, “I’m willing to bet, Blair Walsh will do great with the Seattle Seahawks.”
Nick Schmitz tweeted, “Blair Walsh signs with the Seahawks? Pretty sure that’s the definition of ironic.”
Minnesota sports fan Dan Veesenmeyer wrote, “Lol…Former MN VIKINGS kicker Blair Walsh signs with Seattle. There goes your [2017-2018] playoffs hopes Seahawks fans. You’re welcome.”
Seattle sports fan "Soon" tweeted, “I don’t care what people say, Walsh is a top 2 kicker this league. Good get.”
Here are some of the highlights from the conversation:
The Seahawks signed Blair Walsh today, after all he did win them a playoff game a year ago. pic.twitter.com/I7JiBUcelq— LeadingNFL ™ (@LeadingNFL) February 10, 2017
Live look at Seattle Seahawks practice field. Makes sense why they signed Blair Walsh. pic.twitter.com/YvKp2aD2i7— Life Of A Vikes Fan (@SkolBros) February 9, 2017
If Blair Walsh starts making clutch kicks in the playoffs for the Seahawks I'm giving up on watching football— Fetti Bridgewater (@UndreTheGiant) February 9, 2017
Seahawks sign kicker Blair Walsh. In other news, Seattle plans to go for 2 every time in 2017.— These Guys Podcast (@TheseGuysSP) February 10, 2017
Prediction: Seahawks @ Vikings NFCC.— || (@SavageRodgers12) February 9, 2017
Seahawks down by 2 points. Blair Walsh drills a 56 yard field goal to win it for Seattle
Seahawks signing Blair Walsh is the biggest troll of all-time.— Bryan Throldahl (@ItsThroldahl) February 9, 2017
Alright if Blair Walsh kicks the game winning FG for Seahawks in Super Bowl next year I'm set for eternity.— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) February 9, 2017
Blair Walsh signs with the Seahawks... RETURN OF THE JEDI— Jordan (@tornadojally) February 9, 2017
Imagine Walsh and Hauschka playing field-goal-kicking Horse in Seattle...— Mike Luca (@italian_trojan) February 10, 2017
Plot twist:— YaBoySavage (@YaBoySavage_) February 9, 2017
Vikings play the Seahawks and it comes down to Walsh again and it goes wide right this time...
Warriors blew a 3-1 lead
Walsh gonna do great things in Seattle.. just don't know if it'll be for the Seahawks or for the other teams— Jeremy Springer (@Springs2714) February 9, 2017
Me seeing the Vikings cut Blair Walsh, then seeing the Seahawks signed him: pic.twitter.com/FS0yLRkRHu— Fury's Fight Picks (@FurysFightPicks) February 9, 2017