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The IMossible has Happened

By Brandon Merrill

Back in 2004 when Randy Moss was making his exit out of Minnesota, Vikings fans everywhere were heartbroken to say the least. He ended up playing for a terrible organization in the Oakland Raiders (well anyway a team that has little implications in the Minnesota sporting world). After several sub par seasons there, the idea of becoming a Packer and joining Brett Favre came into play. As a die hard Vikings fan, you would think that I would absolutely hate that very notion, but I must say that it may have been entertaining to see how the two would mesh. As we all know, Moss ended up playing for the Patriots, but that final question still remained. What if? What if the best wide out in the game teamed up with the best QB to have ever graced the gridiron?

Ask and thou shall receive. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf once again comes through in fine fashion and gives the fans what they want. Many are saying that this is more of a move of desperation by giving up a 3rd round draft pick to hire a “play when he wants to” wide out in the wake of finding a temporary replacement for the injured Sidney Rice. That is a sound argument, but Randy Moss wants to play for an organization that appreciates him, and I can tell you with a record of 1-2 and no deep pass threat, he will be more than appreciated.

Others argue that the Vikings are overly catering to Favre and giving him whatever he wants for his presumably last season. The pay increase and now Moss are signs of that, and maybe the Packers organization dodged a bullet in having to deal with that by signing Aaron Rodgers. What is clear with a slew of decent receivers, the man they call Favre can make magic happen on the field. With veteran Randy Moss on the team, this is not another dime a dozen move like Javon Walker or Hank Baskett. We have hired some real talent; a player who we know firsthand can play like no other.

You cannot stand there with a straight face and say that no improvement has been made with this deal. For starters a couple of people get put back into their comfort zones with the acquisition of Moss. Percy Harvin is back in the slot, Visanthe Shiancoe can focus on being a tight end, and not a receiver, Adrian Peterson will have more open running lanes, and defenses will have to plan for a deadly deep threat. Let us not forget that Sidney Rice will be back at some point. Do you remember the 3 Deep Crew in 1998 of Cris Carter, Jake Reed, and Randy Moss? That trio could make any quarterback look incredible. With Harvin, Moss, and Rice doing what they do best, I think it will make for a spectacular rest of the season. Oh yeah we also have Adrian Peterson, and Visanthe Shiancoe.

Finally, what this move should also do is be a serious morale booster for the entire squad. Yes the Vikes built some momentum with the victory over the Lions with Adrian Peterson having another breakout game, but they did that going into a bye week. Did they need the rest? You bet, and this move should force the rest of the team to wake up, the offensive line especially, and realize that they have the tools to comeback and make a serious Super Bowl run. Expect harder hits, faster play, and a protected QB Monday night and beyond for that matter. The naysayers claim that owner Zygi Wilf is running the team with a “Super Bowl or bust” mentality, and for the life of me I agree. Who, though, ever said that that was a bad thing?

No matter what happens, I think we will all be entertained and you can thank good ownership for that. Next season if we resign Peterson and Moss, I see no reason for a top flight quarterback to look our way if and when Favre decides to throw in the towel. The end goal of any professional sports organization is to win, but also to entertain the spectators, and I am as excited as I was last year upon hearing about Favre coming to MN. How could you not be ecstatic? This Monday Night you get to see “Purple Jesus” go deep to the “Super Freak” beating Darrelle Revis (again), watch how the Jets will crumble to a newly lifted offense, and see Jared Allen do a new sack celebration. I would guess if we are up by a huge margin late in the game he may still go down to one knee for no one other than you the fans.

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