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LAST WORD (WE SWEAR) ON PETERSON'S HELMET REMOVAL

We’ve got one more thing to say about the incident near the end of the Packers-Vikings game, during which Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson removed his helmet moments after scoring what ended up being the decisive touchdown.
Many commenters over the past two days have argued that Peterson took the helmet off because he was hurt, or that the helmet was knocked off by a teammate, or that the thing on Peterson’s head really wasn’t a giant condom.  (That last contention is correct.  We think.)
On Wednesday, Peterson explained his actions in a conference call with the Tampa media.
I was just really caught up in the moment,” he said, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  “For me, it was more emotional because I had just fumbled to put us in a bad situation that could’ve cost us the game, and then in the last drive when we needed it, turned it around and got into the end zone. . . .  I was just caught up in the moment.  I wasn’t trying to celebrate.”
That last part is hair-splitting.  Whether it’s because Peterson was celebrating or was caught up in the moment or was hoping to give some air time to his newest corporate sponsor, Trojan, if a player takes his helmet off in the end zone after a touchdown, the player has committed unsportsmanlike conduct.
Next step?  Peterson likely will be making a contribution to the Human Fund.

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79 Responses to “LAST WORD (WE SWEAR) ON PETERSON'S HELMET REMOVAL”
  1. VikingAP says: Nov 13, 2008 12:41 PM

    Get over it your Packers lost.

  2. Mossey Cade says: Nov 13, 2008 12:42 PM

    So this means the Packers WIN!!!!!!!!!
    Oh, wait, it doesn’t. Never mind.
    (and as long as Florio keeps writing about this game, I’m going to keep posting this comment).

  3. TCLARK says: Nov 13, 2008 12:44 PM

    “I’m a super star and fans need to know what I look like if I’m going to endorse everything under the sun.” They made this rule (Thanks Emitt) to prevent the “I’m more important than the team mentality. Thats when the bat sh*t crazy Wr’s started to get nuts with other types of celebrations. Not a big dea until everyone starts to do it.

  4. mrmossyman84 says: Nov 13, 2008 12:45 PM

    Swing and a miss with that Trojan joke.
    Unless PFT is now sponsored in part by Trojans? Subliminal advertising?
    I see what you did there

  5. steelcurtn75 says: Nov 13, 2008 12:48 PM

    My god I want Goodell gone.
    When are we going to worry about football and not this stupid crap… WHO CARES!!!

  6. Pantherfan105 says: Nov 13, 2008 12:49 PM

    I still say he wasn’t in the endzone, he was on the white, his own player knocked him out of the endzone.
    Either way it shouldnt of really been a call. It happens all the time, watch any defense in the NFL after the team makes a big play for a crucial 3 and out.

  7. zygi milf says: Nov 13, 2008 12:49 PM

    This story finally made it in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this morning. I’m sure Childress has addressed it with Peterson and we won’t have to hear about it again.

  8. oigetit says: Nov 13, 2008 12:51 PM

    Breaking News from Roger Goodell’s Office…
    “The NFL has awarded a win to the Green Bay Packers in reference to last week’s contest with the Minnesota Vikings. Likewise, the loss has been awarded to the Vikings. The reason for this decision was that Adrian Peterson (RB for the Vikings) should have been flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he removed his helment during the fourth quarter in which he was celebrating a touchdown. Moreover, a fine will be forthcoming. Based on our assessment of the game, the was a CHANCE that Green Bay would have used the shorter field to position themselves for the win. Likewise, there was a CHANCE that Mason Crosby would have then made the field goal and there was a CHANCE that the Vikings would not have gone back down and scored.”

  9. Canadian Mike says: Nov 13, 2008 12:51 PM

    I’m sick of talkign about this but I want to make a point about the 1st safety call (“illegal fwd pass”). A lot of people have said that it changed the game because it was a one point win for the Viks. But few remember that the event actually cost the Viks a point. This is because they received 2 points for the safety and another offensive posession. But Ferotte through an interception on that drive that lead to a Packers filed goal before the half (3-2 = 1 point for the Pack).
    It is highly unlikely that the Pack would have driven down from their own 4 yard line to score those three points without the safety and the interception.
    Maybe other people have pointed this out already. The fact is, the better team won and lets leave it at that. Thre are missed calls all the time and the helmet removal is non-call is not a big deal. The refs haven’t been calling it consistently for a long time.

  10. bored_of_seinfeld_jokes says: Nov 13, 2008 12:51 PM

    I don’t think Florio is a Packers fan, because he posts a lot of negative stories about them. However, for all the whining Jets/Raiders/Patriots/Cowboys fans who think Florio has an agenda against your team, I think it is safe to say he doesn’t hate your team nearly as much as he hates the Vikings. His obsession on this topic is over the top.

  11. Ranger481VS says: Nov 13, 2008 12:54 PM

    The condom on AP’s head was ridiculous. Taking his helmet off with that thing on his head should’ve been a separate penalty in itself. I’m sure it served his intended purpose just fine, but how about using a black, purple or yellow-colored one instead.? C’mon AD, I gotta believe that you have a little style, don’t you? I mean, don’t you? Right now, you make a Belli-cheat look good in his old, grungy cut-off hoodies.

  12. svnrdr says: Nov 13, 2008 12:55 PM

    First the over exposure to spygate, now it’s Helmet-Gate.
    What’s next Peter Kings ass-zit-gate?

  13. colonel angus says: Nov 13, 2008 12:56 PM

    This has been beaten to death. Move on, get a life! It happens in every game.

  14. NodakPaul says: Nov 13, 2008 12:59 PM

    For those who haven’t seen it (Since Florio hasn’t posted it), Here is the EXACT RULE:
    “A player may not remove his helmet during a game while on the playing field unless: (1) a timeout has been called for reasons of injury, television break, charged team timeout, or between periods, or (2) the player is in the bench area. Violation of this rule will be penalized as unsportsmanlike conduct.”
    Does anybody have clarification on what the “playing field” is. Does that count as the entire field surface, including the benches, behind the endzone, etc? Or is that just the field of play, not including out of bounds. If it is the latter, I don’t think it would have been a penalty, as Peterson was clearly out of bounds.

  15. Osterhouse says: Nov 13, 2008 1:00 PM

    No reason to get fined, he wasnt being a douche, wasnt show boating, or doing all the b.s. ocho cinco and those guys do

  16. bakler5 says: Nov 13, 2008 1:04 PM

    God as a Packers fan I love this site. Keep rubbing it in the Vikings face all year that their team needs outside help to win. I love it. Makes my day every time I see this stuff.

  17. jstrong says: Nov 13, 2008 1:04 PM

    Oh geez… This whole helmet thing is pathetic. Did Peterson show any signs of celebrating, taunting, true unsportsmanlike conduct, anything like that? Drivers little shakity shake and pointing for the first down after his record setting catch was more inappropriate than Petersons helmet deal. The guy, who was out of bounds (feet were in, but his knees were out of bounds first :-)) went to his knees, took a true appreciation of the moment without making a scene took his helmet off and looked to do something like thanking god or something. No ill intention. No over the top celebration. No cell phone, no sharpie, no river dancing or golf. A small pump of the fist and thats it. Peterson is one of the few that doesnt go over the top and has a true true appreciation of the game. But hey, you wanna flag him, then flag him. Sad to see it to someone who is a good role model for the NFL over something so stupid
    Give it up Florio. Nothing better to do? I think Brady Quinn just farted, so go see whats up with that..

  18. kackyl says: Nov 13, 2008 1:05 PM

    I just think it’s funny how many people wrote in saying how clear it was that a teammate knocked it off his head, when AD himself admits that he took it off.

  19. jstrong says: Nov 13, 2008 1:06 PM

    BREAKING NEWS… Brady Quinn just farted. Thats bigger news than this pile of cow dung

  20. Mactator says: Nov 13, 2008 1:07 PM

    The Queens need all the help they can get in order to get a win. It’s safe to say that if Peterson would have been penalized, the outcome of the game would more than likely be different. It is what it is, the Queens getting a win when they should have lost.

  21. TeflonDon says: Nov 13, 2008 1:08 PM

    Someone with a valid opinion on the matter (AP himself) finally provides some clarity. Jeeze, in hindsight, that almost makes those first 12 posts about this non-story superfluous, huh?
    Yeah, almost.
    Hail Florio, the beater of dead horses.

  22. TheDPR says: Nov 13, 2008 1:10 PM

    >>>>>>
    No reason to get fined, he wasnt being a douche, wasnt show boating, or doing all the b.s. ocho cinco and those guys do
    >>>>>>
    I agree completely. The spirit of the rule wasn’t violated, though the letter of the rule was.

  23. bgman says: Nov 13, 2008 1:11 PM

    We get it. This missed penalty changed the spot where the Vikings kicked off. How many more posts are you going to do on this?
    Don’t forget the Vikings squib kicked and gave the Pack the ball at the GB 40 after the TD. If the penalty is called, there is no way they squib kick from the 15 and the Pack most likely start the drive from around the same spot. So this was such a non-factor that I’m surprised Florio is beating it into the ground just to pump up his web site’s comments numbers.
    The winner in all this? Mike McCarthy. He coached a horrible game. Couldn’t adjust pass protection to constant pressure by a one-armed Jared Allen and Viking blitzes. With the ball deep the in Packer territory he calls for deep drop back by Rogers twice (resulting in two safeties) instead of rolling Rogers out or doing quick slants. Wasted a valuable timeout with his first challenge of the season on a call he was probably going to lose, and even if he won it would have allowed the Vikings to use more clock in the final two minutes of the game. Called screen passes and underneath routes on 3rd and long all day. Settled for a 50+ FG attemt at the end of the game by running the ball on 2nd and 3rd downs and refusing to even throw the ball for a 1st down.
    But his coaching blunders are invisible to most Packer fans, who are buying into Florio’s constant harping that this game was decided by officiating mistakes and not coaching and execution errors all day long by the Packers.

  24. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Nov 13, 2008 1:12 PM

    Of course the Vikings needed outside help. Have you not seen all their games this year? Only 1 win can really be attributed to not receiving outside help from undeniably bogus calls or non-calls.

  25. Big Daddy Rog says: Nov 13, 2008 1:13 PM

    Hey, no flag was thrown on a very obvious penalty. I mean it is easy to tell if someone takes off their helmet in the end zone, esp. when it’s a running back going all Emmitt-Smith style on you. Clearly, this did not happen. So I guess Peterson didn’t take his helmet off after all. You’re wrong. And you can’t fine a man who left his helmet on.

  26. JAXSUN says: Nov 13, 2008 1:15 PM

    Articles like this make me go back and check espn from time to time in hopes that they have something good written for the day.
    After I realize theres nothing, I switch to hockey.

  27. berg1597 says: Nov 13, 2008 1:17 PM

    He this keep getting funnier that people actually make a big deal of this. The taking your helmet rule off might be the dumbest rule in the book. Who cares if they do or not. The play is over and I don’t think the players are in danger of much in the end zone besides some crazy celebration dance. Get over it, please. But I do agree with the condom comment and am a little mad they don’t have a reservoir tip on those things. haha

  28. NodakPaul says: Nov 13, 2008 1:19 PM

    Mactator says: “It’s safe to say that if Peterson would have been penalized, the outcome of the game would more than likely be different.”
    Actually it isn’t safe to say that at all. In fact, I would say that it more than likely would have ended with the same score. The Pack got the ball at the 40 regardless, which is where they probably would have gotten it with a 15 yard penalty on kickoff.

  29. VikingsFan23 says: Nov 13, 2008 1:25 PM

    We’ve all read the commentary by Florio and others about how the outcome of the game could have been different had Peterson been called for the 15 yard penalty. But, really would it have?
    Now, obviously we can’t just add 15 yards to the Packer’s final position and call it good. We also have to look at how the Packers elected to play that drive, and they played it rather gutlessly.
    The Packers had the ball at the Vikings 41 with two minutes left. They then ran the ball 2 times and did a quick pass to get it to the 35 where they proceeded to kick. My suspicion is that they didn’t want to Risk Rogers any more by dropping him back deeper to pass, and they didn’t have faith in the line to hold back the Vikings D line from getting a sack, which would have driven the Packers out of field goal range.
    So, let’s add the 15 yards to the Packers’ starting field position. Now, instead of starting at their own 41, they would be starting at the Vikings’ 44. Do you think they’d have played it differently starting from Min’s 44 than they did when they had 1 and 10 at the Vikings’ 41? I think it would be a pretty hard argument to make that they would have.
    Anyway, this is just further evidence in the futility of playing “coulda, woulda”.

  30. Vox Veritas says: Nov 13, 2008 1:26 PM

    Rule 12, Section 3 Article 1:
    Section 3 Unsportsmanlike Conduct
    Article 1 There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct. This applies to any act which is contrary to the generally understood principles of sportsmanship. Such acts specifically include, among others:
    ( h) Removal by a player of his helmet during or after a play. (Exceptions: The player is not in the game or he is in or has returned to his bench area; or, the player is in the game and a time out has been called for reasons of injury, television break, charged team time out, or it is between periods.
    However… AP did a pretty good face dive into the turf, ref could have reasonably assumed that the helmet was causing some degree of discomfort going on his body language. Saw this happen in the Cowboys/Cardinals a few weeks ago. A cardinals defender hit Barber, jumped up and tore his helmet off after the tackle, obviously in pain. No flag, no gripes.

  31. bakler5 says: Nov 13, 2008 1:26 PM

    Canadian Mike I am going to go ahead and say you are wrong and an idiot. Watch a replay of the game if you need to know why I said it. I am sure everyone else here already knows.

  32. UBB says: Nov 13, 2008 1:29 PM

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  33. jstrong says: Nov 13, 2008 1:31 PM

    Since we are going on this whole “if the Vikes kicked off at the 15, then the Packers COULD have been closer”. So lets take a chance. With the coverage skills of Minnesota, anyone think there could have been a CHANCE that Chilly would have had Kluwe just boot the ball out of bounds and have it placed at the 40 anyways?

  34. VikeRube says: Nov 13, 2008 1:52 PM

    Alright it’s Thursday, let’s move on from this topic…And I’ve heard Florio on KFAN in Minneapolis say the Vikes have been his favorite team since he was a kid. Therefore he has had his heart broken many times with this team so maybe that’s why he always writes negative items about the team….it’s like his therapy

  35. Mossey Cade says: Nov 13, 2008 1:55 PM

    Heads up, Packers fans: Mike McCarthy is now 4-6 in his last ten games, and just got outcoached by Chilly, of all people.
    There is one very good young player on the team–Greg Jennings. Every other one is either old, ineffective, or both. Thompson can’t draft to save his life, and won’t use up the plethora of cash on hand to sign decent free agents (too busy overpaying Ryan Grant and Nick Barnett). A-God can’t escape the rush forever–once he goes down, the ghost of David Whitehurst will appear in the form of Matt Flynn.
    If I were McCarthy, I’d keep my dogs in the house, rather than take a chance that they’ll end up dead on the front lawn.

  36. Seaniemck7 says: Nov 13, 2008 1:59 PM

    After having to endure the NFL sactioned excessive celebration of Fav-re’s 421st career TD pass by Fav-re last year, maybe the refs felt it was ok that AD took his helmet off this time… maybe.

  37. bored_of_seinfeld_jokes says: Nov 13, 2008 2:01 PM

    “But his coaching blunders are invisible to most Packer fans, who are buying into Florio’s constant harping that this game was decided by officiating mistakes and not coaching and execution errors all day long by the Packers. ”
    bgman, don’t confuse the majority of us Packers fans with the crap that Florio is spewing. We’re as sick of hearing about it as you are. Neither team played a good game. The Vikings played a slightly less sucky game, and therefore they won. And no, McCarthy does not get a pass. He cost us that game more than any individual player did OR any calls/non-calls did.

  38. garydartsch says: Nov 13, 2008 2:12 PM

    Hey vikings fans” SHUT THE F UP” YOU MAKE ME SICK. WHAT HAS YOUR TEAM DONE IN THE LAST 10 YEARS NOTHING I REPETE NOT A CHUMADA. GREENBAY IS STILL THE BETTER TEAM TAKE THAT AND REWIND IT BACK. THE VIKINGS SUCK AND SO DOES THE COACH!!!! BRAD CHILDRESS WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!
    VIKES WILL GET BEAT DOWN BY THE BUCS SUNDAY!!!!!!

  39. vikingsfront4 says: Nov 13, 2008 2:12 PM

    OMG get over this subject. who cares he did, shouldnt of done it. what else needs to be said about it

  40. omegalh says: Nov 13, 2008 2:13 PM

    “if a player takes his helmet off in the end zone after a touchdown, the player has committed unsportsmanlike conduct.”
    is it just me or does that quote sound ridiculous?

  41. radneck says: Nov 13, 2008 2:16 PM

    New England’s dead horse is alive and well in the upper midwest.

  42. LionsFan says: Nov 13, 2008 2:22 PM

    Wait.
    Adrian Peterson took his helmet off after he scored a touchdown and no flag was thrown? WHAT? That’s CLEARLY a penalty. It’s been in the rulebook for a few years now.
    This was a HUGE mistake by the referees.
    Why is this the first time we’ve heard about this?
    Unacceptable, NFL. Unaccpetable.

  43. RedGoneWILD says: Nov 13, 2008 2:23 PM

    I’ve only been here a couple weeks, but you seem to be Commissioner Goody’s pet troll….why do you go around drumming up support for fining players for something as stupid as taking off a helmet? Do we really need 18 posts and a video you shot in your basement about this?
    I understand the rules are the rules, but the rules are quite frankly stupid! No team celebrations, no hitting QB’s, no questioning anything….it seems you want NFL players to be a bunch of emotionless robots

  44. TimTheEnchanter says: Nov 13, 2008 2:27 PM

    The fact that 4 days later Florio is still able to drive up hit count by agitating a big rivalry like Vikes/Pack is impressive. I can’t wait to see what on-going, week-long “controversy” he will be able to get out of tonight’s Pats/Jets game. Or maybe it will be the Cowboys/Redskins game.

  45. Ntrikit says: Nov 13, 2008 2:27 PM

    Breaking News from Roger Goodell’s Office…
    “The NFL has awarded a win to the Green Bay Packers in reference to last week’s contest with the Minnesota Vikings. Likewise, the loss has been awarded to the Vikings. The reason for this decision was that Adrian Peterson (RB for the Vikings) should have been flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he removed his helment during the fourth quarter in which he was celebrating a touchdown. Moreover, a fine will be forthcoming. Based on our assessment of the game, the was a CHANCE that Green Bay would have used the shorter field to position themselves for the win. Likewise, there was a CHANCE that Mason Crosby would have then made the field goal and there was a CHANCE that the Vikings would not have gone back down and scored.”

  46. kellyb9 says: Nov 13, 2008 2:30 PM

    It’s a matter of safety – make it a fine, NOT A PENALTY. No team should ever lose a game because a player removed their helmet.

  47. JimmySmith says: Nov 13, 2008 2:40 PM

    Actually the condom comment might be more targeted toward Childress for he is the true dickhead on the team.
    Hey Viking fans, enjoy the win, you are now looking at your head coach for next year also!

  48. cheeseweasel says: Nov 13, 2008 2:45 PM

    I love the blame Packers fans were giving a missed flag. They were outgained 2 to 1 on offense and Erin Rogers was almost killed, and they had to rely on 2 fluke plays to be even close FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR!!! Get over it Packer Fans, your team should have lost and their season is over. Rogers is not better than Favre. buh buh buh BAAAAA HAAAA HAAAA !!!!

  49. k-new says: Nov 13, 2008 2:46 PM

    For all that is Holy….give up on this. I am nauseaous thinking about it. You need to redirect your energy Floiro….this hatred of my Vikings needs to be rechanneled into a healthier outlet….quilting or something. It cannot be changed the call was missed. This behavior reminds me of a small child who doesn’t get his/her way when things don’t go as they like they throw fits. I hope you are above that.

  50. jimicos says: Nov 13, 2008 2:46 PM

    I agree with bgman.. Mostly, anyway. The Peterson non-call and the wrong call on the 1st safety affected field position and scoring, but if McCarthy coaches a good game and the team executes even half as well as they did in the week 1, none of us would be talking about these bad calls. The Packers did not deserve to win the game. That’s part of what made it easier for me to accept this one. They were outplayed. It’s a shame that they wasted an excellent effort by special teams and the secondary. But they were outplayed in all other phases of the game. What’s worse is that McCarthy seems to be unable to accept any blame. When asked why they didn’t use more max-protect schemes to protect Rodgers, he replied that they have safeguards in place to take care of it without going away from their gameplan.. OK but IT WASN’T WORKING, BRAINIAC! You can talk until you’re blue in the face about how you don’t HAVE to do something, but if it doesn’t go to plan, you need to make an adjustment. He failed. Also, he was asked about the conservative playcalling on the final drive with the two runs to Grant and the short pass to Driver. He replied (in an irritated manner) that one of the runs to Grant was the same play that resulted in a 50 yard gain for Grant in week 1. Oh, OK. Then why wasn’t that the only play you ran all day? If you honestly believe that you can gain 50 yards on that play every time you run it, then do it. But this piddly little run, run, run, kick at the end of games really pisses me off. Play to win. Take some risks and live with the consequences. The NFL is overrun by coaches too afraid to put the ball in the air with the game on the line. It’s pathetic. Don’t try to protect your lead with your defense! Keep driving, keep scoring. No, they want to run three times and punt the ball away. That’s why so many games come down to the final play. On another note, good luck to Charles Gordon. I recorded the game and watched that one in slow motion… Yeuuch.

  51. bakler5 says: Nov 13, 2008 2:49 PM

    Jstrong you too are awarded idiot of the day. Read the rules regarding kicking out of bounds. 30 yds from the spot of the kick. It is not placed at the 40 regardless of where the kick occurs from.

  52. thisdj84 says: Nov 13, 2008 2:49 PM

    GET OVER IT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!
    THE HORSE IS DEAD, THE FAT LADY HAS SUNG,
    AND THE PACKERS STILL SUCK!

  53. Mark Troy says: Nov 13, 2008 2:50 PM

    OK who the Fawk cares.
    I haven’t – heard a Farve story in a week. I need Farve news you get a lot more traffic pushing Farve rumors!!

  54. Tileman says: Nov 13, 2008 2:54 PM

    This is hilarious, even when the player himself admits to the infraction, the dumb arse Viqueen fans still attempt to make excuses. What a pathetic bag of dog crap fan base.
    Thank god all the Packer fans can rest assured the the Viqueens will be starting their normal season choke this week.

  55. The Delinquent Formerly Known as Pacman says: Nov 13, 2008 3:01 PM

    jimicos says
    “Play to win. Take some risks and live with the consequences. The NFL is overrun by coaches too afraid to put the ball in the air with the game on the line. It’s pathetic. Don’t try to protect your lead with your defense! Keep driving, keep scoring.”
    When the Patriots did that last year, all you bitches cried about them running up the score, classic. That isnt a shot at your comment jimicos, just the double standard of the football fan.

  56. bgman says: Nov 13, 2008 3:03 PM

    I have one thing for Packer fans to think over — your GM Ted Thompson’s drafting philosophy of ALWAYS trading back and NEVER trading up, and going for quantity over quality in the draft.
    Going into the 2007 season RB was hands down the Packers biggest need, but the Pack didn’t pick in the first round until No. 16 overall (thanks to winning four meaningless games to end the 2006 season). With 11 picks in the draft Thompson could have packaged some picks and moved up, but opted to stay put and use two later picks on RBs (Brandon Jackson in the 2nd round and DeShawn Wynn in round 7). After neither established himself by the end of preseason, they took Ryan Grant on the cheap from the Giants.
    But had Thompson had the balls to move up to No. 5 or No. 6 overall, Adrian Peterson would be wearing green instead of purple (and looking at the holes Grant had to run through last year with teams selling out to stop the passing game, he easily could have had a 2,000 yard season and the Packers may have won the Super Bowl). The likely cost for Peterson would have been your 1st, 2nd and 4th round picks.
    But Thompson went for Justin Harrell (round 1), Brandon Jackson (round 2) and Allen Barbre (round 4) instead of moving up to steal Peterson from the Vikings and shore up the Packer’s weakest poistion at the time with an immediate Pro Bowler.
    And you call Thompson a genious.

  57. thisdj84 says: Nov 13, 2008 3:12 PM

    oh jimicos stop your hurting my feelings!!! oh wait a minute your a fudge packer fan….never mind

  58. TheGonz says: Nov 13, 2008 3:13 PM

    Related stories:
    -The Vikings still won
    -The Packers still lost
    -The Packers are still looking up at Minnesota in the standings
    -Packer fans are still whining crybabies
    -Brad Childress is a better football coach than Mike McCarthy
    Those are just the obvious ones.

  59. bakler5 says: Nov 13, 2008 3:14 PM

    Ok all Vikings fans who say the Packers suck, seasons over, yada yada yada. Did you watch the game? Or your whole season for that matter? The Vikings did destroy the Pack on Sunday, and they got some favorable calls, which in my eyes made no difference on the outcome, but the Packers still SHOULD have won at the end. The Packers played their worst game of the year, and they were due to lose to the Vikes. I mean do you forget we beat you the 5 previous times we played? We can’t beat you guys every time we play.
    I guess what I am saying is that I would be greatly surprised if the Vikings won this weekend, and even more if they finished with a better record. But I know that doesn’t really matter to you “fans” because since they beat the Packers that is a good enough victory to be happy till next offseason when you win the superbowl. That is till the season starts and you realize just how terrible your team is again.
    Keep getting those moral victories because that means more Childress.

  60. thisdj84 says: Nov 13, 2008 3:16 PM

    sorry jimicos I meant to slam Tileman not you! oops

  61. Ntrikit says: Nov 13, 2008 3:32 PM

    Breaking News from Roger Goodell’s Office…..
    “The NFL has awarded a win to the Green Bay Packers in reference to last week’s contest with the Minnesota Vikings. Likewise, the loss has been awarded to the Vikings. The reason for this decision was that Adrian Peterson (RB for the Vikings) should have been flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he removed his helment during the fourth quarter in which he was celebrating a touchdown. Moreover, a fine will be forthcoming. Based on our assessment of the game, the was a CHANCE that Green Bay would have used the shorter field to position themselves for the win. Likewise, there was a CHANCE that Mason Crosby would have then made the field goal and there was a CHANCE that the Vikings would not have gone back down and scored.”

  62. Ntrikit says: Nov 13, 2008 3:34 PM

    Marty, we’ve gone back in time!
    No, Doc. It’s just a repost.

  63. kellyb says: Nov 13, 2008 3:48 PM

    Mike,
    Go check out the Washington/Dallas game from several weeks ago. Look what Brady James does as Detroits 4th down 4th quarter pass falls incomplete.

  64. ryguyMN says: Nov 13, 2008 3:53 PM

    Someone needs to tell Peterson where the condom goes.

  65. Whoa There says: Nov 13, 2008 4:08 PM

    Too funny
    Even the player admits he screwed up, yet some rube (Purple) fans and the idiot refs or the league office can’t admit it.
    Peterson should have just come out and said he’s thankful to the zebras for helping them giftwrap the win and that he will be sending them XMAS cards this year with a C-note inside.

  66. east96st says: Nov 13, 2008 4:10 PM

    There is an undefeated team that appears to have a shot to go to the Super Bowl staying undefeated for the second year in a row. The Super Bowl champs are 8-1 and facing a huge test against a surprising Baltimore team. The Colts seem to be coming back to life. Romo is coming back from an injury in a must win situation for the Boys. The Bengals and the Lions are competing for the worst run franchise award. The head of officials seems to believe he and his crews are bigger than the game. Yet, Florio devotes endless space to this story. Good thing nothing else is going on in the NFL. I would hate to think we were missing out.

  67. vikesfan99 says: Nov 13, 2008 4:30 PM

    *yawn* is it Sunday yet?

  68. graunkem says: Nov 13, 2008 4:31 PM

    If he takes the penalty, the Pack get better field position. Then how do they advance on the tipped pass that miraculously falls into the hands of the bonehead WR? It all comes down to more than officiating. Get over it.
    Florio, please post an article about Favre retiring or Pacman making it rain. Thanks.

  69. Tileman says: Nov 13, 2008 4:32 PM

    thisdj84 says:
    November 13th, 2008 at 3:12 pm
    oh jimicos stop your hurting my feelings!!! oh wait a minute your a fudge packer fan….never mind
    Can’t even get the name right. Maybe you should move out of your mom’s basement and get a life. Glad to see the truth hurts.

  70. Ntrikit says: Nov 13, 2008 4:44 PM

    Breaking News from Roger Goodell’s Office…….
    “The NFL has awarded a win to the Green Bay Packers in reference to last week’s contest with the Minnesota Vikings. Likewise, the loss has been awarded to the Vikings. The reason for this decision was that Adrian Peterson (RB for the Vikings) should have been flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he removed his helment during the fourth quarter in which he was celebrating a touchdown. Moreover, a fine will be forthcoming. Based on our assessment of the game, the was a CHANCE that Green Bay would have used the shorter field to position themselves for the win. Likewise, there was a CHANCE that Mason Crosby would have then made the field goal and there was a CHANCE that the Vikings would not have gone back down and scored.”

  71. thisdj84 says: Nov 13, 2008 4:52 PM

    oh wow, now that was a good one! the old move out of my moms basement slam. I have no comeback for that it is just to good and original.
    Good one!

  72. PLUKK says: Nov 13, 2008 4:56 PM

    WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 59 MINUTES THAT THE PACKERS COULDNT GET IT DONE?
    OH THOSE DONT COUNT ONLY A STUPID HELMET RULE THAT IN REALITY WASNT A HOLD OR AN ON FIELD PLAY JUST A GUY TAKING HIS FREAKING HELMET OFF…..MAN THE WAY THIS SITE OVER DOES STUFF IS CRAZY MAN JUST CRAZY MAN….WHILE WE ARE ON THE HELMET THIS LETS GIVE A 15 YARDER TO ANYONE WHO JUMPS AND BUMPED THIER ASS TO ANOTHER PLAYER FOR BEING HAPPY THEY MADE A GREAT PLAY OR TO THE PEOPLE THAT DO THE SIGN OF THE CROSS IM SURE THAT ALSO COULD EFFECT THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME I MEAN WITH GOD ON YOUR SIDE? OFCOURSE ITS ANA ADVANTAGE

  73. JuicyMelon says: Nov 13, 2008 5:00 PM

    Okay, if you are saying that a penalty not getting called for a TD celebration cost you the game…You didn’t deserve to win. If Favre was in, you guys probably would’ve won.
    Tileman,
    Go ahead and tell us when the Vikings start losing and the Packers start putting up some wins. When playoff time comes, I just don’t see a certain Greenbay team making it. No running game, Bad QB, Kicker who can’t kick when the pressure is on…Yeah, nothing but up for the GBP.

  74. Tileman says: Nov 13, 2008 5:45 PM

    Tileman,
    Go ahead and tell us when the Vikings start losing and the Packers start putting up some wins. When playoff time comes, I just don’t see a certain Greenbay team making it. No running game, Bad QB, Kicker who can’t kick when the pressure is on…Yeah, nothing but up for the GBP.
    That’s rich. Maybe you can tell me the last time you’ve won anything. How’d you finish last year. Oh wait never mind, the same way you’ll finish this year.

  75. BlackMagic7 says: Nov 13, 2008 6:03 PM

    Peterson took his helmet off out of bounds. He was on his knees CLEARLY on the white out of bounds line. He stood up, again on the white line, never entered the field of play again. He walked over to the stands, and then to the bench.
    Florio should have brought up the 4th and 1 fumble, because Peterson was running around with his helmet off while Vikings/Packers were fighting for the ball.

  76. jimicos says: Nov 13, 2008 6:08 PM

    So much hatred in this thread.. So little common sense.
    Packer fans:
    It sucks to lose to the Vikings. No doubt about that. But they were the better team on Sunday. If this call had been made and it resulted in a Packers win, it would be an undeserved win. I wouldn’t complain about it, but it would be undeserved. The Packers still have two games against CHI on the schedule, and a CAR team with a decent run game. They need to shore up the run defense and concentrate on winning the division if they’re going to be in the mix.
    Viking fans:
    I wouldn’t order any tickets to Tampa just yet. The toughest part of the Vikings schedule is still ahead of them and they are not a good team. Generally bad QB play, poor coaching, and a below-average pass defense. They play 4 of the remaining 7 games on the road (where they are 1-3) and the home games are against CHI, ATL and NYG. They have some work to do if they’re going to come out of the second half with a winning percentage above .500.
    Vikings won this time, congrats to them. Enjoy your complimentary Childress. 😉

  77. jimicos says: Nov 13, 2008 6:19 PM

    JuicyMelon,
    I just have to call you out on this one…
    “Go ahead and tell us when the Vikings start losing and the Packers start putting up some wins. When playoff time comes, I just don’t see a certain Greenbay team making it. No running game, Bad QB, Kicker who can’t kick when the pressure is on…Yeah, nothing but up for the GBP.”
    Bad QB? Last week was by far his worst performance, but he’s #5 in the NFL in passer rating. Is that bad? I wonder what that would make the guy down in 26th place.. You can guess who that is.
    Oh, and their kicker who “can’t kick when the pressure is on” has made just about every other big kick in his short career. Oh, and he led the league in scoring last season. I’m not worried about him. Now the running game. Yeah, I’m worried about that.

  78. LordViking says: Nov 14, 2008 1:52 AM

    Last time I checked, Florio was a Vikings fan. He is posting all this bad karma to vent anger at Childress. Childress responds by spanking his monkey (Bevell) and polishing his Dome.

  79. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Nov 14, 2008 3:53 PM

    PLUKK says:
    November 13th, 2008 at 4:56 pm
    WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 59 MINUTES THAT THE PACKERS COULDNT GET IT DONE?
    You mean like the times they were running back punts for TD’s, forcing fumbles on your only weapon, or picking off your QB for TD’s? Yeah, you’re right….the Vikings dominated in ALL aspects. How many yards passing did they have? How many forced turnovers did the Vikings get on the Packers? Last I heard it was decided by 1 pt. Vikings fans act like they laid the smack down 34-0 that they got laid on them last year and won the Super Bowl or something. I suppose, that was their Super Bowl after going 0-5 to the Packers, since they know their team is the biggest Choke Job in the NFL

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