Saturday, December 23, 2006

What now?

The Vikings are out of playoff contention; for all intents and purposes, week 17 doesn't matter for them. It's a detestable situation: a Viking game that doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if they win or lose; 6-10 or 7-9 isn't going to change a damn thing about the respectability of the season. Losing to get a better draft pick doesn't really pay off; the Vikes will pick somewhere between #7 and #13 and it truly doesn't matter where. Troy Williamson was the #7 pick, so what does it matter if the Vikes pick a few picks later or earlier? It doesn't. Well, it does, but there is no way I, you, or any of the Viking brass really know how it will. So there's no reason to root for a Viking loss.

When the Vikings are playing, it's better if they win than if they lose. That's all we can say. But nobody should really care. And that's what sucks. It feels like life to be watching the Vikings and Packers play and to feel the tension, anxiety, and hatred over the outcome. It feels like death to watch the Vikings when you don't actually care who wins.

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