Once again, I sat down with Ted Glover of the Daily Norseman to swap insights on the NFC North rivalry that is renewed again this Sunday. Since the last meeting between the Packers and Vikings, Ted has added a new duty to his job description: grief counselor. Be warned, Vikings fans have apparently unloaded plenty of grief on poor Ted, and he seems to be turning into more of a R. Lee Ermey-esque shrink.
For the record, I tried not to kick him when his team is down...I really did. But at some point, there's nothing more to talk about but the team's struggles and locker-room chaos.
APC: Four weeks ago, it seemed like there was still optimism in the Vikings’ fan base. The Randy Moss circus had only recently arrived in the Twin Cities (again), and the Vikes were coming off a close win against the Cowboys. Now, the team is 3-6, and Moss is already gone. What is the general feeling among Minnesota fans, and is anyone holding out any real hope for the rest of this season?DN:
APC: What’s the latest on Sidney Rice? Is he expected to return this year, or would the Vikings’ recent struggles make them more likely to place him on Injured Reserve?
APC: The Packers’ defense has been impressive in ten quarters of football since halftime of the first game between these two teams, allowing only 14 points in that span. What are the matchups that you expect the Vikings to target when they have the ball, and how effective do you think they’ll be?
APC: Have there been any Vikings’ players who have impressed you this season with their effort and dedication despite the rather crazy circumstances surrounding the team?
APC: How long will it be until Brad Childress gets canned like a batch of Grandma's marmalade?
Well. there you have it. If we could guarantee Ted that Childress would get fired, he'd turn into Saint Vince on Sunday. Although if it were me, I'd say skip the Blatz and go with Schlitz. Their new (old) recipe is great. GO PACK GO!