And Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe recently told Howard Balzer and Dan Leberfeld of Sirius NFL Radio that the Vikings will be looking to exact revenge against the Saints for the illegal hits the New Orleans defense applied to quarterback Brett Favre in the NFC Championship.
“When you’ve got teams like that and defensive coordinators saying those types of things publicly it just creates a little turmoil, I feel, a little animosity,” Shiancoe said. “So it all depends on who it is placed upon and how they react to it, man, but we didn’t like that too much, of course. Especially being that it was Brett, it’s unnecessary hits and a little bit of extra. So, you know, we play these guys again. It might be a little bit extra out there.”
Like teammate Ray Edwards, Shiancoe says he didn’t realize that the Saints were applying “remember hits” to Favre. And Shiancoe says he would have done something about it, if he had known.
“That’s what I’m trying to tell you, is that I didn’t know it was going on because usually I was in a route or stuff like that but after the game when I seen all that definitely I probably would have said something to our defense,” Shiancoe said. “And, like, that’s the truth. I would have said something to our defense about it and it would have been damn chaos out there. It would have been a war out there.”
It’s just another reason to hope for the NFL and NBC to schedule the Vikings to visit the Saints on September 9, as the first game of the 2010 regular season. And if it happens, I’ll be there, infiltrating the Vikings radio broadcast.
Of course, the folks who run the Vikings radio broadcast might feel differently about that vow, but I’ve got nearly seven months left to wear them down.