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Sean Payton's NFC Championship speech focused on Favre's age

I had the pleasure of having dinner with a group of NFL writers last night which included Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, who has been killing it on the Saints beat for a decade now. 

There were a lot of great stories told. One that was suitable for print was the subject of Duncan’s column on Thursday morning, detailing Sean Payton’s Saturday evening speech before the NFC Championship.  It showed the thoughtful, sometimes salty and engaging side Payton doesn’t often show to the media.

The speech, like the gameplan, focused on Brett Favre

“When you get older in life, you tend to get very careful, and a little
more fearful,” Payton said, according to accounts of players and staffers.  “You start thinking about your own mortality. If it rains outside
you might not go to the store, especially at night. You figure you’ll
just wait it out. You might have somewhere to go and you tell yourself I
don’t want to go there. You don’t want to get in a wreck.”

“If you keep hitting [Favre] he’ll make a mistake. If we keep
putting pressure on him he’ll start being careful, he’ll
start doing anything he can to avoid getting hit and he’ll make a
mistake. I promise you, if we hit him for four quarters, he’ll turn into
that old man who’s scared of the rain.”

Favre played an incredible game; he’ll be remembered for his picks but it was one of the best performances of his career.  Still, he threw costly interceptions in Saints territory in the third and fourth quarters after taking a beating.

Speeches don’t win games, but Saints players uniformly told Duncan that it was memorable; one of Payton’s best.  It emphasized emotion and the game plan at the same time.

It still holds meaning as we prepare for the season opener tonight.  Brett Favre has sounded weary all preseason, unsure if he was making the right decision to return to the Vikings, worried about the mountain his team has to climb.

He sounds like a man who knows too much, and the Saints will do their best to make him look like that “old man in the rain” again Thursday.

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109 Responses to “Sean Payton's NFC Championship speech focused on Favre's age”
  1. turbodog says: Sep 9, 2010 1:07 PM

    Cue the whiny bitches called Viking fans. It’s a contact sport ladies.

  2. 7th Heaven says: Sep 9, 2010 1:08 PM

    I hope Favre puts up 5 TD’s and 400 yards on the Aints.

  3. stiller43 says: Sep 9, 2010 1:10 PM

    Favre played an incredible game; he’ll be remembered for his picks but it was one of the best performances of his career.
    ____________________________________
    Pretty sad when one of the best performances of your career includes 1 TD, 3 turnovers, and of course losing the game…

  4. harloeisdead says: Sep 9, 2010 1:10 PM

    Hurry, there’s not much time to fit one more Favre story in before kickoff!

  5. superb owl says: Sep 9, 2010 1:10 PM

    hit him in the walker. that’ll show him.

  6. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 9, 2010 1:11 PM

    Any coach that would not have taken advantage of Favre’s age would have been a fool. The gameplan helped Favre throw INTs but also gave him the opportunity to have a great game.
    Hopefully the Vikings will that the “If you keep hitting [Favre] he’ll make a mistake.” and insert Brees for Favre.

  7. coldtundra says: Sep 9, 2010 1:11 PM

    I think Peterson might go off for 150 yards and a couple scores tonight! Keep it on the ground and victory is yours Vikings! Skol
    Saints 27
    Vikes 35

  8. Scrodge2010 says: Sep 9, 2010 1:11 PM

    Not a Vikings fan, but I happen to think Brett is a pretty ok guy…he’s been great for the game and, for better or for worse, continues to be…however…
    I have a gut feeling that he will only stick around this year until he has a HORRIFIC game, at which point, he will immediately retire siting health/injury/it’s what’s best for the team- issues.
    I see it as something close to what Tate Forcier said after Michigan’s game on Saturday on his way into the locker room. “All you need to know is, I’m out.”
    Not a Favre hater AT ALL, but I think the first time he really plays an awful game this year…that will be it. He seems much less into things this year than he did last year. It may be tonight, week 10, or may never happen…but just a gut feeling.

  9. Gautam says: Sep 9, 2010 1:13 PM

    The way the media is writing about the game, it would seem that this can go only two ways – Brett Favre tears New Orleans a new one or his body gets so beat up that the Vikings end up with a losing season.

  10. SDW2001 says: Sep 9, 2010 1:13 PM

    Maybe if Sean and the saints focus on Favre enough, they’ll lose. Whoops.

  11. Norseman says: Sep 9, 2010 1:14 PM

    Well, gee. How ’bout the Saints just throw their jocks on the field and we can call it a win? Can you possibly puff up those Mofos any more? Oh, Nawlins suffered a hurricane, the Saints never had a championship, the people need hope and inspirational. Cry me an Effin’ river.
    It’s a football game. ‘Deserves’ got nothing to do with it. You win by scoring more points and making fewer mistakes than your opponent. New Orleans did that last year. Hooray and congratulations, but get over yourselves. It’s a new season and we’ll see what happens. If they win again, BFD. If not, that’s good for the Vikings. There ya go.

  12. DarkHorse81 says: Sep 9, 2010 1:15 PM

    Wow after reading that I want to go out there and hit Favre, no seriously I do.

  13. SaintRat says: Sep 9, 2010 1:16 PM

    Enough about the Saints and tonight’s game, it’s been 15 minutes, how’s Brady doing?
    I’ll never forget where I was when I heard the news that Brady was in a car crash.
    Is Don McLean still with us? Maybe he can write a song about it.

  14. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 9, 2010 1:16 PM

    Also, Favre told Payton to “go hug Chilly and give it (the flu) to him” prior to the NFC Championship game. It’s clear that Favre doesn’t respect the guy.
    And…how come you’re not reporting that Adrian Peterson GUARANTEED a win tonight?

  15. Hap says: Sep 9, 2010 1:21 PM

    I would think Brett would have thrown caution to the wind and not worried at all about being careful. He never has.

  16. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 9, 2010 1:22 PM

    # 7th Heaven says: September 9, 2010 1:08 PM
    I hope Favre puts up 5 TD’s and 400 yards on the Aints.
    ————————————————-
    Along with 3 interceptions, including a game-killing one.

  17. PackisBack10 says: Sep 9, 2010 1:22 PM

    Brett’s sandbagging the Saints. He’ll have a great game. Vikings still won’t make it to the superbowl though.

  18. ignoringthehaters says: Sep 9, 2010 1:23 PM

    YAWWWWN. The new season starts tonight and you post about a speech LAST YEAR????????

  19. LarryBird18 says: Sep 9, 2010 1:23 PM

    How many times the saints sacked Favre? ZERO Times…AP is licking his chops right now looking at the 21 ranked rush defense…without darren sharper and a starting Line Backer. Cant effin wait….Vikes are going to kill this team. we gave the ball away 5 times last game and still pushed into Over Time…

  20. jimmySee says: Sep 9, 2010 1:24 PM

    But he’s a wily old buzzard, too.
    “Don’t count your chickens,” they say.

  21. Rip says: Sep 9, 2010 1:25 PM

    Turbodog – it’s just a matter of time.
    Who dat!

  22. shoeless says: Sep 9, 2010 1:25 PM

    Last season in New Orleans, Favre showed the football world just what a warrior he is. When they drilled his ankle, he got up off the turf and came back out on the field to finish what he started. It didn’t turn out the way he would have liked, but not because he was “the old man in the rain.”
    Anyone who saw the game knows what Favre is about. Call him a diva, a drama queen, indecisive, whatever you want, but if you are honest with yourself you know he is a warrior.
    He may be weary, but we Vikings fans are excited to watch him another season–win, lose or draw. Who wouldn’t want to cheer for this kind of football player.

  23. themage78 says: Sep 9, 2010 1:25 PM

    They still got some BS flags in OT to help them win. The Saints offense wasn’t moving the ball, the refs were. If the new OT rule was in place back then, the Vikings would’ve won.

  24. Nosredna says: Sep 9, 2010 1:27 PM

    Favre will tear the ‘Aints a new asshole tonight! The weary old man bit was all for show…..
    This year he may not be as good as last, but he will be easily be good enough to destroy most teams, including the ‘Aints and the Green Bay FudgePackers!

  25. longrodvanhungendong says: Sep 9, 2010 1:27 PM

    Favre has been throwing INT/s for almost 20 years now. So I guess he has been scared of the rain since day one. This was a great speech….. since the Saints won that game and then the SB.

  26. JAYO MOFO says: Sep 9, 2010 1:28 PM

    AP is going to SHRED the Aints defense!
    -Write that down!

  27. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Sep 9, 2010 1:28 PM

    Led Zeppelin’s “Fool in the Rain” was actually about Favre.

  28. Bringing the Pain says: Sep 9, 2010 1:28 PM

    This is going to be funny if the Silver Fox takes them to school tonight. If he does, I hope he offers to drive the team bus home in the rain.

  29. CHIEF ZEE says: Sep 9, 2010 1:30 PM

    He should have retired 3 years ago…Brett is just giving these poor Minnesota fans false hope.

  30. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Sep 9, 2010 1:30 PM

    Tony Dungy wouldn’t have given that speech. Tony Dungy respects his elders.

  31. rcunningham says: Sep 9, 2010 1:30 PM

    # turbodog says: September 9, 2010 1:07 PM
    Cue the whiny bitches called Viking fans. It’s a contact sport ladies.
    Cue the recycled jokes from Packer/Saints fans.

  32. Allliiieee says: Sep 9, 2010 1:30 PM

    7th Heaven…. the “Aints” won the super bowl. That ain’t bad.

  33. DaBadGuy says: Sep 9, 2010 1:31 PM

    Couldn’t agree more — it’s a contact sport.
    I want to see the Vikings hit Brees in the pocket, outside the pocket, in the huddle, on the sidelines, in the tunnel, during warmups — whenever.
    They should be fined, penalized, or whatever the rules call for.
    But beyond that…it’s ok because its a contact sport.

  34. mbbrazi says: Sep 9, 2010 1:31 PM

    You can also inspire an “old man” to do amazing things. This is one time where Sean Payton should’ve kept his mouth shut and not do his impression of Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson. This may very well inspire some old man to kick Sean Payton’s teeth in!

  35. JustRay says: Sep 9, 2010 1:32 PM

    YESSS!!! this is going to be good, and im not a Saints or Vikes fan.

  36. Biggie says: Sep 9, 2010 1:35 PM

    7th Heaven says:
    I hope Favre puts up 5 TD’s and 400 yards on the Aints.
    He might just do that; but you do know that 5th touchdown will be to a Saints defender bringing in for a touchdown that will end the game in a Saint’s win.
    Sorry for your disappointment but thats just what Farve does.

  37. Cowgirl Hate-ahh says: Sep 9, 2010 1:36 PM

    I hope the diva hangs five INTs including a couple where the DBs take it to the ‘house,’ a la what they did to ‘the forehead’ in January.

  38. purpleguy says: Sep 9, 2010 1:39 PM

    Once again, the frigging Saints won fair and square, and this Viking fan was glad they won the SB if my team couldn’t. However, all the praise heaped upon Payton and Williams is overblown to the point of ridiculousness. The Viking defense held the offensive genious to 250 yards — a full 225 yards less than the Vikings offense gained and 100 yards less than their season average. The Viking game plans on both sides of the ball were superior, as clearly shown by the statistics. The Saints won because their players caused turnovers and didn’t make mistakes (while the Vikings did the opposite) — not because some stupid ass hit Favre alot because he’s old speech and strategy.

  39. Wiscdave says: Sep 9, 2010 1:39 PM

    Favre has been k’vetshing for years, but he always shows up. His motto could be “Me krechts, me geht veyter” (I complain and I go on). What Payton said about Favre is true for any game–make the quarterback uncomfortable and he will make mistakes. It was no doubt the emotional quality of the speech that was inspiring. Rosenthal seems to be drinking the Florio KoolAid these days, looking for anything that makes Favre look bad.

  40. DieHardSaintsFan4Life says: Sep 9, 2010 1:39 PM

    Haha! If there’s anything I can’t stand, is whiny sore losers such as the Viking fanbase.
    I used to enjoy watching them play until they turned into spineless whiny crybabies after losing a very close championship game.
    The Viking fan base is the absolute most disgraceful spineless fan base I ever encountered.
    Wake up people! This “Pro Football”! Not a quilting class! When you’re on the field, you’re going to get hit! And sometimes hit very hard. Drew Brees even took some hits, but never cried about it.
    For any of to say the refs won the game or we played dirty, cheap shots, frauds blah blah. Do yourself and every fanbase a favor, and give up being a Football fan! This is not for “Spineless Idiots” who run and cry to momma because they’re QB got hit hard.
    We’re “Superbowl Champs”!! And you will never take that away from us! You had 4 chances and “Failed”! We made it our first time and “Won”.
    So shut the Hell up and stop blaming everyone else for your failures!

  41. Oakley Freak says: Sep 9, 2010 1:40 PM

    Everybody whines when things don’t your your teams way. And you will probably be whining after this weekend.

  42. Joe says: Sep 9, 2010 1:41 PM

    Payton is a great coach…

  43. ClayMath52 says: Sep 9, 2010 1:42 PM

    That was genius on the part of Payton to give that speech pre-game. Worked like a charm.

  44. VKGSFN says: Sep 9, 2010 1:44 PM

    I have to admit that I am a Brees fan, But Sean Payton is still a fag and the Saints have a wake up call coming….

  45. Wipackman says: Sep 9, 2010 1:45 PM

    Saints Fans – This is what the Queen Nation is all about
    ” IF ” “IF ” “IF ”
    YOU LOST !!!! YOU ALWAYS LOSE THE BIG GAMES
    YOU ALWAYS WILL

  46. shaggytoodle says: Sep 9, 2010 1:46 PM

    Well its ok for Payton to do that. He was right on just about everyfact. Favre knows he is old, he retired 2-3 times all ready so he understands that concept.
    __________________________________
    7th Heaven says:
    I hope Favre puts up 5 TD’s and 400 yards on the Aints.
    You probably hope the Vikings win the superbowl too…
    My prediction tonite is that Vikings will actually outplay the Saints, in every facet of the game. Favre will lose it for them in OT and then we can listen to Viking fans piss and moan about it til the next season opener.

  47. Ilovefoolsball says: Sep 9, 2010 1:55 PM

    This is a great speech. You know why? Because it worked! The Saints went on to be Super Bowl Champions!
    …and no viking fan’s opinion will ever matter.

  48. shaggytoodle says: Sep 9, 2010 1:59 PM

    LarryBird18 says:
    September 9, 2010 1:23 PM
    How many times the saints sacked Favre? ZERO Times…AP is licking his chops right now looking at the 21 ranked rush defense…without darren sharper and a starting Line Backer. Cant effin wait….Vikes are going to kill this team. we gave the ball away 5 times last game and still pushed into Over Time…
    ____________________________
    The Packers forced OT, after TOs on the first two drives, but you probably think thats TOTALLY different. Rodgers “fumblepunt” as quoted by so many Viking fans, is way more of a FLUKE than some, QB 20 seasons into his career trying to throw across the field to cost you the game.

  49. Simon12345 says: Sep 9, 2010 2:03 PM

    I hope Favre lights them up.
    I understand firing your guys up, but Payton came off as kind of a d-head. Last year I thought the Saints were a good story, but it’s starting to wear thin already.

  50. GBfanForever says: Sep 9, 2010 2:03 PM

    “Cue the whiny bitches called Viking fans. It’s a contact sport ladies.”
    Usually it’s the first comment on the threads here that are the most spot on.

  51. trippen says: Sep 9, 2010 2:04 PM

    Florio’s column on Farve’s age => prime example of SENSATIONALISM
    BFD

  52. poiuyt says: Sep 9, 2010 2:06 PM

    “Favre played an incredible game; he’ll be remembered for his picks but it was one of the best performances of his career.”
    ———–
    Favre had many great games as a Packer and even a few as a Jet and Viking. But the NFC Championship game can hardly be considered one of the best of his career.

  53. snnyjcbs says: Sep 9, 2010 2:08 PM

    Lets be honest, the Vikings man handled the Saints for the majority of the game and should have won it even with Favre mistakes.
    The officials handed the Saints the game on 1 drive with phantom calls. The dude with the Saints is a jerk and does a bunch of talking, lets see them back it up tonight.

  54. RagnarTheBloodAxe says: Sep 9, 2010 2:09 PM

    Florio is a Packers fan… and as such, I’m quite sure he would love to see Favre get killed during the double digit Saints win he predicted.

  55. VKGSFN says: Sep 9, 2010 2:10 PM

    go eat some crawdad stew and keep on believing in a fag coach
    “ good speech COACH” I hope a Viking hits that bitch in the knee….

  56. Fire Ted says: Sep 9, 2010 2:15 PM

    I’ve heard all week, really since January how the Vikings dominated the Saints and gave it away at the end…how the MN offense gained so many yards, yada yada…well, the Saints had scoring drives of 76, 64, 37 and 7 yards…MN had scoring… drives of 80, 73, 80 and 57…and the Saints won with a FG. What does that mean? It means the Vikings made the Saints’ job easier by repeatedly giving them a short field to work with, not to mention fumbling 6 times (recovering 3) and two picks. Oh, and there’s the little matter of the scoreboard at the end of the game. Can’t believe I was so blind to the Favre-apologist thing for so long. Great QB, but really…get over it, Vikings fans.

  57. saintswhodi says: Sep 9, 2010 2:16 PM

    purpleguy says:
    September 9, 2010 1:39 PM
    Once again, the frigging Saints won fair and square, and this Viking fan was glad they won the SB if my team couldn’t. However, all the praise heaped upon Payton and Williams is overblown to the point of ridiculousness. The Viking defense held the offensive genious to 250 yards — a full 225 yards less than the Vikings offense gained and 100 yards less than their season average. The Viking game plans on both sides of the ball were superior, as clearly shown by the statistics. The Saints won because their players caused turnovers and didn’t make mistakes (while the Vikings did the opposite) — not because some stupid ass hit Favre alot because he’s old speech and strategy.
    ————————————————-
    When you mention the yardage from that game, mention the special teams yardage as well, you know, the third phase of the game? Saints special teams SHREDDED the Vikings, given them shorter field to work with, coupled with the turnovers. Saints had 183 kickoff return yards. Vikes had 33. Wouldn’t starting on a shorter field give a team less yards? Also, Saints punts averaged 51.3 yards, Vikes 39. Again, starting on a shorter field. Add in the turnovers. Now, you can say the Saints should have scored more with all these opportunities, and I commend the Vikes D for some of that, and some of it was Drew having an off game. But let’s come off it with the we had more yards so they only one with turnovers nonsense. Special teams dominated the game for us.

  58. mattgso says: Sep 9, 2010 2:16 PM

    While I love seeing faver fail, isn’t this true of any QB?

  59. Percy Headachin says: Sep 9, 2010 2:17 PM

    amazing

  60. mrcmos says: Sep 9, 2010 2:17 PM

    PurpleGuy had it exactly right.
    Too many mistakes!
    Will that happen tonight, who knows. I guess that why they play the game. Being a cheesehead, I hope the Viqueens lose the game for my own selfish reasons.
    To me, the Viqueens aren’t the same team as last year due to injury to Rice, Percy’s headaches and don’t forget the loss of Chester Taylor. He was the best 3rd down back in the league last year. You also can’t dismiss the fact that Fredo just caem into the fold a few weeks ago.
    I just think they are missing too many parts to be as productive as last year.
    Saints 31
    Viqueens 24
    No overtime.
    We’ll see. I’ll be tuned in with eys wide open to watch the spectacle or the debacle.

  61. Supersuckers says: Sep 9, 2010 2:19 PM

    Listen UP! Tonight is going to be a disaster for Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. He came to camp late and they ain’t opening up against the freakin Browns this year. He will look old. Worn out. Like he doesnt want to be there. And i cant fuken wait!!!

  62. robert ethen says: Sep 9, 2010 2:23 PM

    That old man in the rain carries a scythe, Swamp Turds. His face is Grim under that hood, and he is come to Reap his revenge.

  63. LordFavre says: Sep 9, 2010 2:25 PM

    What a load of B.S…
    All that speech did was motivate the Saints to take a lot cheap shots at Favre…
    The Refs were already in the Aint’s pocket because the Comish felt sorry for Katrinaland…
    What about that pussy Aaron Rodgers…hit him a few times and he’ll “fumblepunt” the game away for you (same goes for Brees)..
    All you Packtards will do anything for a cheap shot at Favre (like the Aint’s) because you’re all a bunch of ball-less wonders..(like your GM and QB)..

  64. Carl says: Sep 9, 2010 2:26 PM

    It is a contact sport, no whinning here. How many games has Favre missed in his career?…………That’s what I thought!

  65. overkil2 says: Sep 9, 2010 2:29 PM

    Favre should be put down like an old mangy dog that has outlived its usefulness. Last year was a fluke, history shows he will revert to his old INT throwing form.

  66. Mrsteve says: Sep 9, 2010 2:34 PM

    No need to focus on Farve
    when the refs handed them the game

  67. BigSlick says: Sep 9, 2010 2:36 PM

    @turbodog
    Cue the whiny bitches called Viking fans. It’s a contact sport ladies
    ———————————————-
    I’m a Vikings fan and trust me, if you said that to me I would make you my whiny bitch.
    It has nothing to do with getting hit, we all know its football and its a contact sport. But when reports come out saying that “X” marks the spot and shit like that…now thats bitch shit. Re-watch the game and tell me how many times he was hit after the ball was thrown….watch the play where he was hurt and tell me the league shouldnt have fined the worthless linemen who hit him between his knee and ankle while that piece of shit safety hit him up high. How about the play against the Cardinals when Kurt Warner gets layed out by a fat ass linemen when he’s 15 yards from the play.
    Keep talking your bs and someday you’ll run into a real sports fan like me that will lay your ass out!
    SKOL VIKINGS!

  68. Mark Loy says: Sep 9, 2010 2:36 PM

    To all who want to call Viking fans whiners:
    From Sports Xchange:
    “It became evident rather quickly that if the 40-year-old Favre was going to remain on the field that day he was going to pay the price. New Orleans was assessed two 15-yard penalties for hits on Favre and defensive linemen Bobby McCray ($20,000) and Anthony Hargrove ($5,000) were both fined by the NFL.
    A high-low hit on Favre in the third quarter left him with a damaged ankle and resulted in an interception. Only later did it result in an NFL executive admitting a penalty should have wiped out the pick.”
    The NFL admitted that they made a mistake that cost the Vikes points in a game that went into overtime and injured their starting QB. Doesn’t seem like whining when it is confirmed.
    So, Saints fans, would you want the Vikes to do what your team did and “go after” Brees low, late, and illegally whatever the consequence to Brees and your season?

  69. Hauschild says: Sep 9, 2010 2:41 PM

    I can’t wait until late this evening, after the Vikings win and people’s jaws are still laying on the floor.
    Suddenly, the talk will turn from “unsure if he made the right decision”…..”old”……..”brittle”…….”slow”
    to
    “MVP”……….”incredible”………”passion”………..”fortitude”……..
    Just like after the miracle toss against the ‘Whiners last year.

  70. trickbunny says: Sep 9, 2010 2:43 PM

    Bringing the Pain says:
    September 9, 2010 1:28 PM
    This is going to be funny if the Silver Fox takes them to school tonight. If he does, I hope he offers to drive the team bus home in the rain.
    ————————————————-
    The “Silver Fox”? Wow, that’s gay.

  71. gdeli says: Sep 9, 2010 2:45 PM

    ok, lets get this over with so the subject is dumped…sean payton(malcom in the middle) didn’t win the nfc champ game for the saints. The Vikings IMPLODED. 5 turnovers? come on man! The Saints D- line needed to show more class like Jared Allen when he sacks the QB. Late High/low hits? really? If you wanna play mean the Vikes have Kevin Williams and Ray Edwards, they’ll go after Brees. Farve is like a Timex watch…but if our O-line doesn’t protect him(look at Rodgers last year) and a bad pass D then what good are we? This is just game 1. We still have Julius Peppers and Suh to play against TWICE! We may see the Saints again in the NFC champ with our Rice and there Sharper in. Cut the BS and lets play the game already right? With Brees’s pre-game who-dat chant to the crowd/banner raising it will surely fire the Vikes up.

  72. chc4 says: Sep 9, 2010 2:46 PM

    How manny Katrina references will we be subjected to tonight? Get over it people!

  73. drewschlitz says: Sep 9, 2010 2:55 PM

    Wouldn’t an “old man afraid of the rain” throw the ball away or check down to a tight end or back instead of throwing an ill-advised lob into double coverage?

  74. Big mike says: Sep 9, 2010 2:56 PM

    As much as i hate farve and all his drama. I dont agree that the saint hits were dirty!!! But i do agree that there were some late hits that should have been called. Let bradys bitch arse take those hits. There would have record pentalys in that game because of it lol

  75. Deb says: Sep 9, 2010 3:08 PM

    Payton is an incredible coach, but with all due respect … that is the SAME thing I said about Brady the year the Pats went undefeated, and it had nothing to do with his age. If you hit any QB relentlessly, he’ll start making mistakes. Self-preservation is human nature at any age.
    I’m not a Vikes or a Saints fan, have nothing against either team, rooted for the Vikes in that game, and the Saints in the next. What I saw that night was one of the gutsiest performances I’ve ever seen by a warrior QB of ANY AGE capped by a stupid mistake that any young gunslinger could have made.

  76. Polorl69 says: Sep 9, 2010 3:09 PM

    Saint win 45-17 Favre leaves the game with the gimp wheel

  77. FMWarner says: Sep 9, 2010 3:10 PM

    The Vikings should probably wear tinted visors so they don’t get blinded by the glare of the Super Bowl rings on the opponents.
    I honestly have no particular love or hate for either of those teams. But that said, I hope that tonight the Saints challenge the old 73-0 whupping the Bears put on the Redskins in 1940.

  78. ejolson9973 says: Sep 9, 2010 3:10 PM

    Come on Vikes fans, you’re making us look bad. Don’t you remember? It was “their time”, “the city needed it”, “Poor New Orleans”, the stupidest slogan in the world (that no one knew existed until last year) “who dat” will help the economy in Louisiana….don’t you remember?!??! It’s “their time”….man, after reminiscing on those points, it really must suck to live in NO when you have to rely on a football team to bring back your city. By the way, how is that going?

  79. SSgtLMJ says: Sep 9, 2010 3:12 PM

    I’m gonna be looking for you viqueen goons come tomorrow morning…my guess is that either you’ll all be gone or that you’ll still be spewing the persistent allegations and excuses…you’ll still be crying and whinning and you’ll be on your way to 0-2! Saints will rock the queens tonight and I think deep down, you all know what’s coming in only 5 hours.

  80. redscare says: Sep 9, 2010 3:13 PM

    I’m saying it now: Adrian Peterson will be the difference in this game, one way or the other. The Saints don’t seem to have lost a step in the offseason, the Vikes are kind of rough in a few spots, so the difference will be a playmaker like Peterson stepping up for the Vikes, or not.

  81. goombar2 says: Sep 9, 2010 3:14 PM

    # PurplePeopleBeaters says: September 9, 2010 1:16 PM
    Also, Favre told Payton to “go hug Chilly and give it (the flu) to him” prior to the NFC Championship game. It’s clear that Favre doesn’t respect the guy.
    And…how come you’re not reporting that Adrian Peterson GUARANTEED a win tonight?
    —————————————————-
    Yeah, and to boot he also claimed he was gonna have a 2500 yd season, and win a few Super Bowls, and be the best football player ever…
    I remember liking AP when he shut his mouth and led by example. This new AP is the biggest douche ever and so over hyped.
    Best player ever? He’s not even the best player on his own team.
    2500 yd season? Ha ha ha! Obviously this guy isn’t too bright, but he’s talking out of his butt. Dude, Ahman Green’s had a better season than you! Your average has plummeted since being a rookie. How’s about you have a 1800 yard season before you go on with the foolishness.
    Multiple Super Bowls? Dude, the window for the team doing that ended last year and you guys weren’t that good. Unless you leave vikeland, one Super Bowl ain’t gonna happen, much less multiple ones.
    Oh, and his favorite all time player? Deon Sanders! Ha ha ha! What a model! And Mr Fumbles wants to be a gunner!
    The more Mr. Fumbles talks, the dumber he gets. Someone needs to tell him to STFU!

  82. muchmaligned says: Sep 9, 2010 3:15 PM

    I understand Coach Payton was high as a Georgia pine on Oxy when he made that speech.
    Nice.

  83. mrbr00ks says: Sep 9, 2010 3:33 PM

    The Lord’s (Favre’s) Prayer
    Our Savior, which art in Minnesota, Hallowed be Thy name.
    Thy gameday come. Thy will be done on Thursday, as it is in the offseason.
    Give us this day our weekly win.
    And forgive us our anxiety, as we forgive your doubters.
    And lead us not into despair, but deliver us from losing:
    For thine is the season, and the power, and the credit, for ever.
    Amen.

  84. goombar2 says: Sep 9, 2010 3:35 PM

    SSgtLMJ says: September 9, 2010 3:12 PM
    I’m gonna be looking for you viqueen goons come tomorrow morning…my guess is that either you’ll all be gone or that you’ll still be spewing the persistent allegations and excuses…
    ——————————————————
    So what’s the over and under?
    If I’d have to wager I’d say they’re gonna whine about injuries to players.
    The way I see it, vike fans are too stupid and have so little pride (come on their saying is “purple pride” is their a wussier color?) to shut up.
    The game wont be close enough to claim ref conspiracy stuff.
    Their line is so porous that the hits will be sacks.
    Sure their coach is an idiot, but when they’re dominated what can you say about coaches?
    I know this, vike fans will have excuses we will have seen before because they just aren’t bright enough to come up with new ones and they have such a rich history of loser football to cull excuses from.

  85. vikes backer says: Sep 9, 2010 3:49 PM

    Favre is a competitor, an ironman, you saw that last year and in the championship game. He did not quit, and will not be the old man who is afraid of the rain. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to the game tonight, vikes 33 saints 17!

  86. saintswhodi says: Sep 9, 2010 3:55 PM

    Vikes fans keep saying Saints had no sacks in the NFC champ game, but guess what, YOU HAD ONE. ONE. And never touched Brees outside of that. They cry so much they can’t even see clearly. Man.

  87. RC IV says: Sep 9, 2010 3:57 PM

    Supersuckers says:
    September 9, 2010 2:19 PM
    Listen UP! Tonight is going to be a disaster for Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. He came to camp late and they ain’t opening up against the freakin Browns this year. He will look old. Worn out. Like he doesnt want to be there. And i cant fuken wait!!!
    ============================
    This all but makes sure the Vikings will win tonight. Thanks Super. You went down in flames with your meaningless predictions last year….idiot.

  88. mikemcsaint says: Sep 9, 2010 4:00 PM

    Every time I think that most Viking fans aren’t pussys all I have to do is come to this site and read their posts. Like the words of grade schoolers, ” they cheated, the refs were paid, they took cheap shots, they hit Favre late, etc.” and the pissing and moaning goes on and on and on…..
    Many of you have said that we, New Orleanians, need to move on from Katrina, the largest disaster in the history of the U.S., and yet you can’t move on from a football game. You have more excuses than any fan base in history. Your motto should be “The Minnesota Vikings- 50 Years of Never Winning the Big One and finding a way to blame everybody else”

  89. SSgtLMJ says: Sep 9, 2010 4:00 PM

    ejolson…you are a perfect representation of what we as saints fans refer to as VIQUEEN GOONS…only you classless, cultureless, historically insignificant goons make those types of statements and thats why you and your desperate organization have become the laughing stock of the NFL.

  90. nutnbutnet says: Sep 9, 2010 4:07 PM

    purpleguy says:
    September 9, 2010 1:39 PM
    Once again, the frigging Saints won fair and square, and this Viking fan was glad they won the SB if my team couldn’t. However, all the praise heaped upon Payton and Williams is overblown to the point of ridiculousness. The Viking defense held the offensive genious to 250 yards — a full 225 yards less than the Vikings offense gained and 100 yards less than their season average. The Viking game plans on both sides of the ball were superior, as clearly shown by the statistics. The Saints won because their players caused turnovers and didn’t make mistakes (while the Vikings did the opposite) — not because some stupid ass hit Favre alot because he’s old speech and strategy
    ——————————
    Dead wrong. There are three kinds of lies; lies, damn lies, and statistics.
    The Vikings outgained the Saints true, but the yard they didn’t gain, the one that’s just before the goal line is the only one that matters.
    The only defense that matters is scoring defense. A team that runs all over between the 20’s and fails to score the most points is the inferior team.
    The average turnover is worth at least the yardage of the average punt.
    The stats from the NFCC were anomalous, the Saints dominated the actual football game. The Vikings did not give up the game, the Saints took it. And kicked Favre’s ass to boot.

  91. JMC296 says: Sep 9, 2010 4:16 PM

    Wait, let me get this straight…if you can hit the QB you have a good chance of winning because it will throw off his rhythm? Wow! How come nobody else thought of that! That’s brilliant! It’s gonna be the new strategy throughout the league now! More sacks! More sacks! Yeahhhhhhh!

  92. sand0 says: Sep 9, 2010 4:30 PM

    The Saints were outcoached in the game. Their strategy was dominated thoroughly. Vikings did not lose the game because of hits on Favre. It was fumbles and officiating by far more than anything else. Doubled them up in yards and over that in first downs. Not one sack. Yeah…nice try guys.
    The hits to the ankles, knees, and head are what the Vikes don’t like. We don’t mind opponents taking a strategy that results in them being dominated. We just take offense to them trying to cause injury with illegal hits.
    Watch out for Ray Edwards. He’s probably the only Viking who would sink to their level (meaning shoulder pads to the knees or lower) but he’s still one to watch out for.

  93. Jeff Harper says: Sep 9, 2010 4:37 PM

    I just wonder what the life expectancy among Minnesota fans is. After reading their comments filled with anger the blood pressure in Vikings country has to be nearing stroke level. If they lose tonight FEMA will have to airlift BP medicine in there by the plane load.

  94. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 9, 2010 4:38 PM

    I’m in the house Saint douchers….who wants to get spanked first??? Favre just texted me…he says he feels better than ever! Right on…

  95. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 9, 2010 4:50 PM

    Fans,speeches and predictions will mean nothing at the end of tonight . When the smoke clears in the FEMA Dome,the man..the myth …the legend…Brett Favre will have orchestrated yet another beautiful destruction of the world chumpion Saints. Like a 20 year old girl at a bar with Ben Roethlisburger….the Saints will get bent over and used by the old gun slinger. Key players…a dude we just got from the Dolphins with Berrian a sleeper….

  96. mikemcsaint says: Sep 9, 2010 4:55 PM

    Pervy, you can go spank Brock Lesnar since he’s your hero. Man your source’s are unbelievable. Did Favre say they were going to win?

  97. Ruvell100 says: Sep 9, 2010 4:58 PM

    If a Viking fan who is a true warrior for his squad and fan of the game* saw all of the whining and sobbing from the majority of his comrades, he would be embarrassed to be from Minnesota.
    *This person doesn’t exist. Standing up as a man is a concept foreign to Minnesota.

  98. Someone says: Sep 9, 2010 5:02 PM

    Same mantra as last time. This isn’t news. Every team does this including the Vikings.
    Sorta funny it’s actually raining in NO right now. However, it is raining on the Saints parade. Kinda makes things even.

  99. Ruvell100 says: Sep 9, 2010 5:03 PM

    “It was fumbles and officiating by far more than anything else. Doubled them up in yards and over that in first downs. Not one sack. Yeah…nice try guys.
    The hits to the ankles, knees, and head are what the Vikes don’t like. We don’t mind opponents taking a strategy that results in them being dominated. We just take offense to them trying to cause injury with illegal hits.”
    —————
    You don’t even live in Minnesota. You must have decided at a young age that you were a little bitch and couldn’t hack being a championship caliber guy. Hence, the world’s only out-of-state Viking fan.

  100. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 9, 2010 5:15 PM

    mikemcnugget- no,Favre never makes predictions…he is too smart for that…

  101. thirdandgoal says: Sep 9, 2010 5:21 PM

    i hope it is a good game. week 1 can be pretty sloppy play.

  102. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 9, 2010 5:27 PM

    sand0 says:
    September 9, 2010 4:30 PM
    The Saints were outcoached in the game.
    ————————————————-
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    Yeah, Payton would never have 12 men in the huddle right after a timeout, you’re right. Brad Childress is a joke of a coach, and will be out of a job by the end of this year.

  103. turbodog says: Sep 9, 2010 5:37 PM

    @BigSlick,
    You proved my statement perfectly. You sound like the whiniest of all the whiny bitch Viking fans.Oh..”look at the film…they hit Brent soooo late…”boo friggen hoo asshole. I bet you have your purple skirt and pumps on right now ready for the biggest bitch slap of your life.
    How’s those fishnet stockings fittin??

  104. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 9, 2010 7:15 PM

    I think it’s safe to say that the Saints run last year was magical…but also lucky. Eventually the law of averages always wins out. As the 2010/2011 season kicks off tonight, I would encourage Saints fans to enjoy their Superbowl Championship from last year – however ill-gotten it may have been. I would also suggest that they demand more class from their organization, most importantly the coaching staff. There’s a reason why EVERYBODY loves the Vikings. They are a class organization from top to bottom. Saints fans, you deserve better.

  105. dave says: Sep 9, 2010 7:30 PM

    speeches don’t win games, if they did, marty playoffcancerheimer would have many superbowls

  106. footballrulz says: Sep 9, 2010 7:58 PM

    There’s a reason why EVERYBODY loves the Vikings. They are a class organization from top to bottom
    ___________________________________
    Pervy, Pervy, Pervy
    There’s not an NFL franchise out there that meets that statement. Not even my Packers even though JS & BN would have you believe differently.
    It’s about game time. It is what it is. Let’s see what happens & good luck tonight bro.
    Football begins tonight–Hallelujah!!!!!

  107. superb owl says: Sep 9, 2010 8:15 PM

    vikings always threaten to move. class.
    vikings always choke. class.
    vikings’ love boat. class.
    vikings prostrate before favre. class.
    vikins poison pill re hutchinson. class.

  108. Deb says: Sep 9, 2010 10:12 PM

    rulz, my friend, if all their fans were like you, I might believe Green Bay was that rare top-to-bottom class organization. Alas … you share a fanbase with JimmySmith and Bob Nelson, two of the most moronic nitwits in PFTland. Bless you :)
    Perv, I’d like the Vikes more if you could find someone else to use in your analogies besides my QB ;)

  109. turbodog says: Sep 9, 2010 11:30 PM

    Where ya at, Pervy????? Who’s fault is it this time..moron

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