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Food Fight, Part 1: V-day

"Gentlemen," exclaimed Colonel Cucumber, "tomorrow will be our finest hour!"

A loud cheer erupted from the vast reaches of the land of Gifratrorere. Colonel Cucumber was rallying his army for what was to be the ultimate battle, the battle to end all battles. The tyrants of the frigid north lands of Gifratrorere were finally facing a true adversary, a united south, brought unified by the wildly patriotic, sometimes insane, but highly inspirational Colonel.

The Colonel continued. "I do not need to remind you how many times we have been overlooked. How many evenings have we spent in this cold, dark chamber, segregated from our spoiled friends in the north!? Oh I'm sure it would be lovely to be thrown in a microwave for 2 minutes and be ready for dinner! Or to be chosen first, given the finest spices and marinades in all the land and be treated as the essential, IRREPLACEABLE, MAIN COURSE of a dinner! And yet these tyrants continue to bask in their gluttony and leave nothing for us! Is it fair!?"

A collective "NO!" erupted from the audience.

"I feel as though what I am about to say may pour salt on the wounds of those personally affected by the events I am about to recall. My apologies to you, but do know that I am not saying this without reason. Oliver, do you remember what happened to your wife last week?"

Oliver Orange was suddenly overcome with emotion as he remembered. As frail as he was, he was still much fresher than his wife, Olivia. For months she awaited the day she would adorn the plate of a romantic dinner, or perhaps be squeezed into a refreshing drink. But she sat, and sat, and continued to sit until she rotted into nothing. And she was just one of many oranges who had been neglected for too long. Have the people forgotten how to prepare an orange?

"Or Lucy, do you remember the fate of your brother?"

Lucy Lettuce's brother, Lance, had been selected for what looked to be an extremely promising meal. Lucy had never been so proud of her little brother, who was surely destined to become one of the finest salads ever to come from the lands of Gifratrorere. But fate would have things otherwise. As he was being carried to the countertop for preparation, an inexplicable, cataclysmic event changed everything. Lance was being carried alongside the main course for the evening, a plate of the ever arrogant pork chops. And before the countertop was reached, the carrier of the food suddenly slipped and threw both the pork chops and Lance into the air. Knowing that not every piece of food could be saved, the carrier had to choose what he thought was most important: the pork chops. Lance fell to the ground, hopeful that the carrier may rescue him. He told himself not to count to 5...he must remain hopeful, even if those dreadful 5 seconds passed in their entirety! And yet each second passed with foreboding doom....ONE......TWO......at this point Lance began to panic. Was the salad ruined? THREE.....as the carrier began to get back up, Lance began to regain hope. But all was crushed when he saw the ominous face of the family dog....FOUR......five. At this point it was too late, and the hungry dog pounced on Lance and began to devour him. The carrier stole Lance back from the dog, but at this point it was too late. Lance was mangled beyond recognition, mortally wounded. He was tossed into the garbage. And the residents of Gifratrorere could do nothing but watch.

Colonel Cucumber felt the collective sadness of the room as he reminded everyone of the event. But his intention was not to depress everyone; it was to remind them what was at steak. He knew his audience, and he knew them well. Now that he had penetrated deep into the hearts of everyone who listened, he knew how to rouse them into action.

"These poor souls will not be forgotten. We will rise against the oppression, and WE will become the main course! Ladies and gentlemen, the dinner of the future starts now, and it starts with US!!!!"

And with these words, the crowd was absolutely deafening. He had instilled hope in all of the souls of the south. He had done his job. Tomorrow, they would be ready for the most grandiose food fight that Gifratrorere had ever seen.

The Colonel stepped off his podium and returned to his chambers. There he met his second in command, Lieutenant Lettuce.

"A fine speech, sir. A very fine speech." The Lieutenant had been deeply moved by the Colonel's words as it was his own son who had suffered the fate of the dog and the garbage.

"I am sorry to bring up your son's fate so soon after the incident, Lettuce. But did you see how inspired they are?? How can we lose this battle now!?"

The always skeptical Lieutenant was not as passionately optimistic as the Colonel. The very question brought several possible means of loss to his mind. The residents could order a pizza. They could go to a restaurant. They could choose to grill yet again. But the Lieutenant knew what was at steak. It was not his place to cast doubt on the circumstances, after all that Colonel Cucumber had accomplished. If there were ever to be a turning point in this battle, this was it.

"They will sing of our victory for a thousand years, Colonel."

"Lieutenant, need I remind you that the beans are in the cupboard?"

The Lieutenant laughed. It felt good to laugh after all he had been through.




To be continued......

WTF Google?

Have any of you ever seen this when using google?

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Eiffel Tower, I can understand that. Impressionism, absolutely. Cup???

Anyway, as for real-life stuff, I had a great weekend. I went down to La Crescent on Friday to celebrate Father's Day / my Dad's 60th birthday. My whole immediate family came down, along with my nephew and niece who both have enough energy to solve the energy crisis. I did many, many laps around my parents' couch with my 1 year old nephew and a big Spiderman car. He thought it was more fun to push it from behind than to actually ride the thing since he's just discovering how to walk. I think I taught him some good engine-revving sounds too because he started making some crazy grunts every time we reached the "bumpy road" (aka the rug). Takes a little extra engine juice to get through that stuff!

Unfortunately all that bending over has somehow done a number on my back. Yesterday I could barely even put any weight on my left foot. Today I can walk, but ouch! The back is the worst place to injure yourself, I think, since most of your movement goes to your back somehow. I think most of tonight will be spent lying on my heat pad.

Also, yes I am using match.com and it seems like there are a lot of really nice girls on there. Now that it's the summer, I especially want to be spending it out in the nice weather with some cutie (or inner cutie! looks aren't everything!). What's funny is that match.com gets really excited about weird things...it sums up the things that you have in common on the top of a girl's profile, and sometimes it says, with an exclamation point: "You two share the same birth month!" Good thing too, I could never imagine dating anyone that wasn't born in October! lol but seriously, I just need to make something happen.

Wow I need to go to work! Have a good Monday / week / however long it is until I write again!

Lorelei let's plan a really bad move!

I was listening to the song "Lorelei" by Styx on my way home, and I have to say that this song either makes no sense, or the people involved in the story here are just really stupid. At the beginning of the song, Dennis DeYoung sings this:

I call her on the telephone, she says be there by eight
Tonight's the night she's moving in and I can hardly wait


Since "tonight" is when she is moving in, I have to assume that when she asks Dennis to be there at 8:00, she means 8:00 PM. That means that he is planning on having Lorelei move in with him tonight, but not until at least 8 o'clock at night! Why are they starting so late? Lorelei must not have very much stuff if she can get everything moved in such a short amount of time. Either that, or they'll be moving the bulk of her things in the middle of the night, which makes no sense at all. Why not start in the morning, or at least the afternoon?

Now, later in the song, after he has already told us about his plans of them moving in together, he sings this:

Lorelei let's live together

Why are you proposing this now? You've already made your plans to move in, and it's happening on this very day! I really don't think you need to be making such a proposition, silly.

Oh yeah, and by the way, what does your wife SUZANNE think of this woman Lorelei moving in with you? I bet Suzanne is already pissed about the fact that she has to stay up all night moving Lorelei in because you planned your move so poorly. I think you've really made a mess of things here, Mr. DeYoung.

Blogulator guest post: The End of 24

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The Blogulator has asked me to write up my thoughts on 24, the show that created one of the most memorable TV superheroes of all time and was, at one point in time, one of the best things you could watch on TV. The DVD craze that really wasn't all that long ago is what brought a lot of people to this show, people who started watching the show around seasons 4 or 5 and bought up the first few seasons on DVD. Those lucky punks didn't have to wait a whole week to see what happens at the end of each cliffhanger episode.

I have been watching this show since it debuted in 2001. I was in high school at the time, and oddly enough, I still remember sitting at the dinner table with my parents saying "hey there's this new show that's premiering tonight called 24, it looks good!" My parents and I watched it together and fell in love with the show immediately. It was a totally new premise, a story told in real-time and using a lot of split-screen images which had never really been done before. All of Season 1 was spectacular, but it was the finale of that season which made the show legendary. After watching that finale, I knew this was a show I'd be watching for years to come, and I definitely wasn't wrong about that.

For years, this show was regarded by me as "the best TV show I have ever seen". And to be quite honest, despite the fact that the end of 24's run was pretty lackluster and at times completely boring, I may still think that.

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See, here, Jack Bauer is so awesome that he can travel to other shows like ER and harass people like Dr. Romano.

What is it about this show that is so great? It is not a character show, though there are some outstanding characters besides just Jack Bauer. There is no symbolism or deep themes that people would discuss over glasses of scotch. 24 knows what it is and, at times, executed it to perfection: an exciting, fast-paced action/adventure story with people making impossible decisions in impossible circumstances. The writers of this show repeatedly wrote themselves into corners and jams and relied on the creativity of the characters to get themselves out of it, if they could. Sometimes, the worst did happen. In fact, on many occasions, the worst did happen, and that set the stage for a wildly unpredictable show.

When a show is on for 8 seasons, you know it is going to lose some steam at some point. For those of you who are curious, Seasons 1 - 5 were all mind-blowingly awesome, season 6 sucked, season 7 was really awesome, and season 8 was by far the worst season the show ever saw. Season 5 is likely to be considered by most to be the best season of the show as it was the one season where the show swept the Emmys and won all kinds of awards. I remember thinking that those were the most overdue awards I had ever seen...no if you want to see a good season, watch season 3. Ryan Chappelle? Remember? And the last 8 episodes where Steven Saunders had America by the balls...those may have been the best stretch of episodes the show ever had.

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But how many disasters can you have? There were several nuclear bombs, biological attacks, hostage situations, more nuclear bombs, nerve gas, nuclear meltdowns even, assassination plots. And as for bad guys, there were islamic extremists, evil Russians, crazy Chinese, corrupt rich white dudes, corrupt politicians, moles upon moles upon moles....and a cougar! Oh the cougar...for those of you who haven't seen the show, there was an episode in season 2 where Jack Bauer's daughter, who was doing stuff all season long that had nothing to do with anything, got caught in a bear trap and was being hunted by a cougar. It's considered to be the stupidest storyline in the history of the show, and yeah it's probably worse than everything that happened this season. That's not to say season 2 wasn't awesome, because it totally was awesome.

But I digress...the series finale of this show was a major disappointment because of the decision to make this show into a movie. As I watched the show in the glory days, I dreamed of how spectacular the series finale was going to be. I expected the world to damn near be at its end, possibly a nuclear holocaust and absolute chaos. And Jack Bauer's fate would be decided at the end, but if he's in a movie, you know he's not going to die. The "go big or go home" philosophy was completely abandoned, however, and the finale was about as explosive as a wet firecracker. I had read that when the writers knew that the show was going to end, they "took big risks" in the last few episodes, which to me meant that some really huge stuff was going to happen. And you know what did happen? The current president, who had been a morally good person for the last 2 seasons, decided to give moral bankruptcy a try and did some really dumb things that got her in trouble, and eventually she just resigned. Wow, that's pretty exciting. And Jack, who finally gets some after not getting any for almost a decade, finds his woman shot just minutes after they finish doing their thing, and yes she dies. I think the writers thought that we may find an angry, vengeful Jack who wants to avenge the death of his girlfriend to be exciting. But at the start of the season, he was at home with his daughter and his granddaughter as happy as can be, so now I just feel horrible for the guy that this is how things turned out for him. I'm not excited, I just feel like my hero for the last 8 years is getting crapped on for no reason.

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See, even Renee Walker is sad about how the show is ending up.

A side note about Renee Walker...she came onto the scene in season 7, a season that was outstanding and just as good as the first batch of seasons, and it's almost entirely because of her. She may be the first character on the show who actually had...gasp...a story arc! For the first time, the show got more character-based by giving Jack a partner who was a very by-the-book person and had a completely different philosophy from Jack's rule-breaking behavior. But over the course of the season, she saw things through Jack's perspective and saw why rules sometimes need to be broken. And at the same time, she had to deal with the consequences of her actions, some of which were incredibly difficult to deal with. It gave a totally new perspective on Jack, as well. We'd always seen Jack do some bad things for a greater good, but for the first time, we started to see that those bad things do have an impact. Season 7 didn't have the excitement of other seasons as the threat they were dealing with was much smaller, and that was on purpose. For the first time, the show had serious depth rather than serious action, and the season was incredibly enjoyable as a result.

24 is at its best when the outcome is unclear and likely very bad, and the talented good guys, even those as insanely talented as Jack Bauer, have to perform their best to get out of a jam. The 24 movie will only be good if it can capture that, if it can give a real sense of mortality to the important characters. And it needs to make us like the people we are watching too...season 8 saw some really terrible characters in the annoyingly obtrusive new CTU director and a data analyst, Dana Walsh, who was poorly written and poorly acted and yet got to have her own subplot for the entire season. Bring in strong characters, people like Bill Buchanan, David Palmer, David Palmer's wife, Charles Logan, Tony, etc. etc. etc. These were all great characters who I loved watching, and when they were in danger, I seriously worried for them. If the 24 movie can't recapture this, then the show's legacy will be completely forgotten. It is up to the movie to undo the bad writing and total collapse of the show in season 8. I don't feel I can safely call it "the best show I have ever seen" because of this last season, and I really do want to let it be known as such. The 24 movie has a big job to perform, but it has the potential to be spectacular and to forever restore my faith in Jack Bauer. And yes, I will be THE first person on the whole face of the earth who sees this movie when it comes out.

And for heaven's sake, if you have never even seen 24 before, WATCH IT. I can't even imagine how addictive it must be if you can watch it on DVD and not have to wait a week before viewings.
Well, in this journal, at least! It's true, it has been quite some time. I used to write in here all the time, but now I can put my totally pointless banter in facebook or in g-chat statuses, which now even gets forwarded to Google Buzz. There is no end to the random places that I can say stuff that is totally random. Randomocity for the win!

So what's new with me? Well I get to have surgery in a few weeks! Yay! It turns out that at some point, I probably lifted something that was a little too heavy. So from there, you can figure out what it is that I am having surgically repaired, I'm sure, and you know why that's all the detail I'm going to give you. I'll be laid out at home for a little while. Not that it's a vacation, but it might be kind of nice to take it easy at home for a little while and unwind. I've been busy with a lot of stuff, including my job and my new bathroom renovation project. Yes, I'm renovating my bathroom! And yes there will be pictures. A new camera purchase is in the works because the one I have now is a piece of crap. Seriously, I think it's probably the worst camera ever. Well ok, I don't actually think that, but whatever.

I'm going to see Alice in Wonderland tonight in SUPER AWESOME DIGITAL 3D AWESOMENESS! I saw Avatar in 3D and it was spectacular, and a good portion of its spectacularocity is probably the fact that it was in 3D.

I have been toying with ideas in my head of what I can do to bring back my LiveJournal from the dead. I have come up with an idea that I plan on pursuing...it may end up being a total disaster, or it may be the finest moment in LiveJournal history. Definitely not anywhere between, nope. I plan to write a serialized short story, released in several parts over several different entries. Will it be high drama? Will it be edge-of-your-seat suspense? Will it make you laugh until you literally puke all over yourself? Maybe it will be all 3. Or none. Or, like, 2.6. Yeah, that seems likely. I may even do the first part of it this weekend. Stay tuned!

Suburbicon!

In case you haven't heard the news yet, the Coen Brothers are shooting part of their new movie Suburbicon here at my workplace today! I guess we've got a good factory set here, and the Coen Bros really enjoyed being able to film back in Minnesota again. We weren't given much notice that this was happening, and I know a few people around here are somewhat upset that they are basically stopping production for a while, but who the eff cares!? It's the Coen Brothers!

We're all invited to be extras in the movie, and we're supposed to just keep walking around as if it's business as usual. I chose to wear one of my brighter colored shirts today so that I can really stick out in the movie. I'm guessing it won't be out for another year, but when it is, I'll have to point out the red-shirted guy to you because that will be me! I wonder if I should try to do anything crazy when I walk by...I tend to think the film crews might get mad if they really nailed their scene, but then some doofus in the background did a backflip for no reason. Maybe they won't even notice? I'm tempted to press my luck. Not that I can actually do a backflip, but it's worth a shot.

I guess we can take a few pictures too, so trust me, my camera is definitely ready. I'll be taking as many pictures as I can and posting them in here later tonight. I'M SO FREAKIN EXCITED!!! The Coen Brothers!!!!! Fargo and The Big Lebowski are two of my favorite movies ever, and now I might actually get to see the Coens in real life!!

Great moments in politics, NOT

Over the past few days, I have been following the fate of a bill in Minnesota's congress. It's a bill that would sustain the General Assistance Medical Care program that provides state-sponsored health insurance for people who need it most. Most of the people who have this health care are physically or mentally disabled, and most make less than $8,000 a year.

A little while ago, Minnesota Congress worked together to draft up this bill, and last Thursday, it passed with big majorities in both the Senate and the House. The House passed this bill with a vote of 125 - 9 and the Senate passed it with a vote of 47 - 16. It had a lot of support because both Republicans and Democrats worked together to craft this bill into something they were both happy with. It was a success story of how politicians really can work together to come up with a good health care plan for their citizens.

Too bad our governor Tim Pawlenty had a different opinion.

When this bill arrived at Tim Pawlenty's desk, he promptly vetoed it. Actually, to be fair, when it landed on Tim Pawlenty's desk, he was in Washington telling everyone how awesome he is or something. So it was more of a long-distance veto. Even though almost everyone in congress approved of this bill, he vetoed the thing.

Now the veto can be overriden, and it was overriden in the Senate. However, when the House voted to override today, it failed. With a vote of 86 - 47 and only 4 more votes needed to override, the bill failed. So now there will be no bill, and 35,000 needy people will lose their health insurance.

Now here's what I'm really curious about: what the F happened to the 38 people who originally voted in favor of this bill? Nothing about this bill changed when Pawlenty vetoed it. I doubt he knew anything about the bill that all of these Representatives didn't know already, or else they wouldn't have voted yes in the first place. Seriously, why? What the hell? I suppose it is one thing to vote in favor of a bill and another thing to vote in opposition to someone in your political party who happens to be a Governor, but isn't the well being of Minnesota a little more (and by a little more I mean A LOT MORE) important?

Pawlenty's biggest reason for vetoing this bill is because it was too expensive. And the alternative plan, which involves putting these people on a plan called MinnesotaCare, is going to be twice as expensive. So he's 100% wrong on that point.

Other Republicans who voted no this second time around said it was because they didn't know what the budget was going to be, so they weren't comfortable voting yes on the bill. So, dare I ask, why did they vote yes just FOUR DAYS AGO if that was their concern?

I just don't understand how something like this could happen. A lot of people who really need health insurance are going to lose it because of politics, showing that politics are more important than people's lives, which is just ridiculous. I was clued into this whole debacle because my church has been talking about it and actually participated in a silent vigil at the Capitol this morning in support of this bill.

This could have been a moment that the whole nation could look at. People think there are such huge differences of opinion on health care that we'll never be able to come up with a good health care plan for America, but if they looked at Minnesota's example of health care and how both Republicans and Democrats came up with a good plan that everyone liked, it would be an encouraging sign that we could work together. But still, even despite the hard work and the great accomplishment, it falls victim to the sorry state of politics in this country.

To quote a certain girl named Sarah

LOST!

LOST LOST LOST LOST LOST LOST LOST LOST

LOOOOST!!!

(I feel like that should be pronounced "loost")

LOSTITY LOST LOST LOST














lost?













LOST!
ok I can't sleep...I have to talk about tonight's game.

First of all, I do have to say that if it wasn't for the ridiculous calls by the refs in overtime, the Vikings would have very likely won that game. 4th and 1, what's-his-name from the Saints dove over the big mass of players and may have gotten a first down with his forward progress, but the fact is that he fumbled the ball when he had it up there, which negates your forward progress. And when he recovered the ball at the end, he was definitely behind the line of scrimmage. Would have been Vikings ball. Second, there was the dropped pass by the Saints which was called a complete pass, and that set up the Saints for their game-winning field goal. Third (though I admit this is questionable), Ben Leber was penalized for pass interference on a pass that wouldn't have been catchable if he just let the receiver go. That may have been more Leber's fault, though.

But with the way the game was being played at the end, there was little doubt that the Vikings would have made up for their mistake at the end of regulation and set up a field goal try for real, had they gotten the ball in overtime. They would have made it. And for fuck's sake, when is the NFL going to come to its senses and realize that a coin flip is a horrible way to determine who gets the ball in overtime? Why haven't they done what they do in college football where each team gets a shot?

However, I know you can't fault the referees for losing a game. Yes, if the Vikings had played better, they wouldn't have had to worry about those bad calls at the end.

I thought our defense was great. We didn't have any big plays, but we did manage to severely limit what was probably the best offense in the NFL. Sure, they didn't get a lot of sacks, got no interceptions, and no forced fumbles or fumble recoveries, but on 3rd down, they got the job done. I think near the end of the game, the Saints had only gotten about 250 yards of total offense, and by then the Vikings had 2x as much. I really have no complaints about the defense.

But the offense? Holy crapola...yes they got some big plays, but how do you turn the ball over 5 times in such an important game? Did the Vikings not know that the Saints game plan would probably be to strip the ball away from Adrian Peterson, who is very prone to fumbling? And how has he not corrected this? He let go of the ball THREE TIMES. WTF. But most unforgivable was how we had 12 men on the field when we were setting up for a game-winning field goal. And yeah, Favre made a pretty big mistake with that interception. I've been reading commentary all night, though, and a nurse commented that at his press conference, he was showing all the symptoms of a concussion. So maybe he was just out of his mind.

Am I mad at Favre for that play? Yes. Do I want Favre to be our quarterback next year? YES! Part of it is that the alternative means Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels, both of whom really suck. We shouldn't forget that if it wasn't for Favre, we wouldn't have even been in the NFC Championship game. Near the end of the season, I wondered if he even had the stamina to play all the way through to the Super Bowl anymore, but watching him play tonight, continuing to make good plays even after getting hit so many times, I really don't think stamina is a problem for him. And seriously, he is not going to end his career with his last pass being that interception. He will want to redeem himself. And if we have him back next year, along with most of our team, I think 2010 could be just as great of a season for the Vikings.

This loss hurts, but this has been one of the most enjoyable Vikings seasons I have ever watched. It's been great watching it while working at Rosemount, too, which is completely dominated by Vikings fans. Wearing my Rice jersey to work on Friday made that one of the best work days ever, and I'm sad that I won't get a chance to wear it again for a long time. And I'm sure it will be a pretty sad and somber atmosphere at work, but at least we're all sharing each other's pain, right?

Sometimes I wonder why anyone becomes a sports fan. There are 32 teams in the NFL, and 31 of them will not win the Super Bowl each year. That means there's a 97% chance that you will be heartbroken by your team, every year. I dunno, maybe that 3% occurrence really just is that awesome. But considering that the fans of these teams who win will totally forget the championship the following year and want another one and get really dissatisfied if they don't get it, I kind of doubt that. Case in point: The Yankees. What is it, 27 World Series? And they still get pissed if they don't win a World Series. I am all for teams that haven't won Championships before. And if that's true, that means I have to cheer for the Saints in the Super Bowl. That's going to be pretty tough, considering what just happened...can't both the Saints and the Colts lose? Heck, even throw the Packers in there and make them lose another Super Bowl too, just for good measure. (oh come on, you guys have won your Super Bowl, I'm allowed to rip on you)

Miami here we come.

The Vikings are going to the Super Bowl, you know. It's true. You may as well accept it now, that the Vikings will be there.

Ok fine, I do have to admit that I'm really nervous about next week. I think we have the best chance that I can ever remember us having to get into the Super Bowl, but let me explain why I am nervous. 1998, the Vikings go 15-1 and make it to the NFC championship game which they get to play at home. They had one of the best offenses of all time and should have been in the Super Bowl. And they lost. Then in 2000-something, they went to the NFC championship game again against the Giants, and they got absolutely destroyed. 41-0 was the final. Those are the only 2 NFC championship games I have seen the Vikings play.

But the reason I feel like we have a really, really good chance this time is all because of one person: Brett Favre. I have seen him do some really amazing things this year, and I didn't know a quarterback could actually be that good. His freakishly accurate passes, his last-minute comebacks, the fact that he keeps pulling out incredible plays after being beat up for most of the game (he was getting helped up by referees a few games ago)...I've never seen anything like it. I always hated Brett Favre just because he was a Packer so I never truly appreciated how good of a player he is, but now I really understand. It makes me wonder what the point of hating the Packers is anyway. Seriously, why should I care whether another team wins or loses? The Bears, I care even less. Apparently we have a big rivalry with them? Or something? I've never hated the Bears, ever. And I mean that. They're just like any other team that isn't the Vikings, whatever. Sometimes I think the only reason I hate the Packers is just because everyone else does too. It's not like the Packers killed my dog or stole my lunch money. They're just some team.

Anyway, regardless of what happens next week, this has been such a fun season of football. All those really dumb years with Mike Tice, and the last few years of frustration with the QB which did slowly improve...it's great to finally watch a team that is successful. That last-second touchdown against the 49ers was one of the most thrilling things I've ever seen in Vikings football, and there have been many other great finishes. And putting aside what I said earlier, I do have to admit...that game where Favre went to Lambeau and kicked ass was pretty awesome.