The Love Boat, 10 years later

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2005 was a strange year for the Minnesota Vikings. It began with the trade that sent Randy Moss to the Raiders. It continued with a change in ownership. It culminated with quarterback Daunte Culpepper suffering a torn knee ligament trifecta against the Panthers on October 30.

Earlier that month, the strangeness reached a crescendo on Lake Minnetonka, where a bye-week booze cruise became a money-for-sex romp that resulted in several players facing criminal charges.

It came to be known as the Love Boat scandal, and Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune looks back on the fiasco a day after its 10th anniversary. (The Wikipedia page devoted to the case, regardless of accuracy, is far more entertaining.)

Back in December 2005, Deadspin summarized the police reports, which include bizarre allegations involving Fred Smoot and Bryant McKinnie. More recently, Smoot described McKinnie’s activities that night in a way that may or may not induce a craving for okra.

51 responses to “The Love Boat, 10 years later

  1. I loved Bryant McKinnie’s on-camera quote when a reporter told him that some of the hookers on board told her they were hookers:

    “Ain’t no woman gonna say she a ho!”

  2. It’s a painful memory, but the pain is eased by the knowledge that this could never happen with Zimmer as coach.

    Keep an eye on Peterson, though. You never know what he’s going to do.

  3. Well, one good thing came out of that incident in that young babes now know what they are getting into when they get mixed up with these neanderthals.

  4. I still remember that Vikings vs panthers game , Steve smith went off, and celebrated when he scored touchdowns by sitting down on ground and rowing like he was paddling upstream lol

  5. minnesotablizzard says:
    Oct 7, 2015 2:32 PM

    I wish I was on the love boat, don’t pretend you wouldn’t want to be on it either
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    So, you wish you were on a crowded boat with a bunch of naked dudes having sex right next to you?

  6. Good Lord, you had to bring this up? Seriously?

    What’s next, a ten year anniversary story on Onterrio Smith and the Whizzinator? Did you miss that one, or just forget about it?

    The only good thing to come out of those two events was the firing of Mike Tice. But then, bringing that up would bring up a ten year anniversary story on Tice’s scalping of Super Bowl tickets.

    Those were dark days for Viking fans.

  7. jcbadger34 says:
    Oct 7, 2015 2:41 PM

    minnesotablizzard says:
    Oct 7, 2015 2:32 PM

    I wish I was on the love boat, don’t pretend you wouldn’t want to be on it either
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    So, you wish you were on a crowded boat with a bunch of naked dudes having sex right next to you?

    ______________________

    No one would want that.

  8. The worst thing is that Al and Alma’s is basically a boat cruise for a retirement community. It’s known as “The Perkins on the Lake.”

  9. that incident ended randy moss HOF run with the vikings now imagine if culpepper didnt get hurt they built a team around him and moss they have alot more records today
    we know NE wouldnt have went to 2 more Super Bowls thats for sure

  10. I loved it that year when Panthers WR Steve Smith beat Smoot for a touchdown and celebrated by pretending to row a boat.

    Ladies and gentlemen, the classless, hapless, tasteless, shameless, gutless Minnesota Vikings.

  11. Coincidentally, the Mini coaching staff back then was talking about “getting over the hump” as well.

  12. Now days the Vikings are afraid to stetch the field they would rather do short passes and run the ball, back then with Culpepper and Moss it doesn’t appear any the Vikings were afraid to go deep.

  13. Other cities hide their baggage. The media in this place adds a spot light on it. For better or worse. Can’t do anything about it now except be even more offended McKinney has a Super Bowl ring…

  14. Now days the Vikings are afraid to stetch the field they would rather do short passes and run the ball, back then with Culpepper and Moss it doesn’t appear any the Vikings were afraid to go deep.

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    We’d probably have to pay to find out how deep.

  15. A more interesting article would have been a “where are they now” involving all the non-players involved…

  16. Keep in mind, the Whizanator and Love Boat were within 6 months of each other. Add in a Coach scalping his Superbowl tickets, a head coach being sued for sexually harassing his own administrative staff, and league leading amount of criminal arrests for a very recent 5 year period and only then can you begin to understand just how classless this franchise really is.

    Then shed a spotlight on their choke jobs in the playoffs, 0-4 in Superbowls in the 1970’s, losing the last 5 NFC championship games they appeared in. Add that haplessness to their classlessness and you get the hapless, classless, no Championship Minnesota Vikings.

  17. As a Vikings fan for over 30 years, I can tell you that this debacle is at the top of my “Worst Vikings moment ever” list. Worse than the Herschel Walker trade, worse than Darrin Nelson fumbling, worse than the 41-0 loss to the Giants in the NFC Championship game, worse than Favre’s backbreaking INT against the Ain’ts, and yes, even worse than Gary Anderson. Falling short on the football field is bad enough, but these jackasses couldn’t even act like civilized human beings.

  18. How many profiles do you have and why do you always say the same thing on every Vikings post?

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Oct 7, 2015 4:17 PM

    same tired lame repeated line about hapless men and how they taste.

  19. thanks for beinging up a blemish from a decade ago.

    packer fans will never forget though, their pathetic shallow useless and hopeless lives are dependent on it.

  20. In 2005 the vikings problems began before the Whizzinator. They began with the draft.

    Every pick that year was a bust and gone in 2.5 years. The vikings passed on Aaron Rodgers twice in the first round. They hired Fran Foley to be the new GM just after the 2005 season ended.

  21. ariani1985 says:
    Oct 8, 2015 5:42 PM
    the packers have ZERO championships since choke gate and boat gate! ZERO!
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    Big time adorer of the purple here. We’ve never won anything since forever. You need to stop humiliating your fellow queenie fan. You do realize that the rest of the country reads these idiotic comments. It’s bad enough that my wife is always hanging out with her “friend”. I don’t need the rest of the world laughing at us too.

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