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    Johnson: 'Business As Usual' for Vikings

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    [size=18px]Update 4: Johnson: 'Business As Usual' for Vikings [/size]
    12.16.2005, 05:13 PM

    The chatter was upbeat, smiles abounded and hip hop blared on the locker room stereo. If the Minnesota Vikings were shook up by the news that four of their teammates were charged with misdemeanors stemming from an October cruise on Lake Minnetonka, they sure did a good job of hiding it.

    "It's business as usual," quarterback Brad Johnson said Friday. "Everyone knew that at some point this was going to come out. We've dealt with it as individuals and as a team and we're moving forward."

    The timing couldn't have been worse. The Vikings are looking for their seventh win in a row Sunday against Pittsburgh (8-5), the best team they've faced since their winning streak started against the New York Giants.

    On Thursday, Hennepin County authorities charged Daunte Culpepper, Bryant McKinnie, Fred Smoot and Moe Williams with indecent, lewd and disorderly conduct for participating in a bawdy boat party on Oct. 6.

    Smoot and McKinnie were at practice Friday, but declined comment. Both were expected to play Sunday. However, Culpepper and Williams were on injured reserve and away from the team. Culpepper did not return a message left with his agent Friday. Attempts to contact Williams were unsuccessful.

    A team attorney said Thursday that owner Zygi Wilf would determine if suspensions were appropriate, but did not set a timetable for the decision. Wilf did not return an e-mail message sent Friday.

    A day after the media circus descended on the Vikings practice facility, everything appeared back to normal Friday.

    Coach Mike Tice was cheerful, saying that the charges were not as tough to swallow as the shock that came when the news of the party broke in October and turned the team into a national punchline.

    "We knew this was going to come up again," Tice said. "We didn't feel like it was going to go away. We endured three terrible weeks, three of the harder weeks since I've been around. ... I think that helped these kids grow a little bit. ... This is a young team. Adversity like that helps you grow and realize things about the decisions you have to make.

    "The worst part of it is the initial part of it. This part is embarrassing, obviously a distraction, but nothing near the first time."

    Tice has called this the most mature team he's had in his four years as a head coach. He doesn't think the charges will affect them heading into their first real test in seven weeks.

    "They're very focused," Tice said. "They're very enthusiastic and fired up. ... It's going to be a fun day on Sunday. That's what you play for. You play for these games. It's pretty special."

    There certainly is a lot riding on the game for both teams. The Vikings (8-5) have only beaten one team with a winning record all season - the Giants - and need a win to keep pace in a hyper-competitive NFC playoff race.

    "If we lose one game," cornerback Antoine Winfield said, "we might not make it."

    That, and a tough Steelers team that is also scratching for a playoff berth, seems to be motivation enough for the Vikings to disregard the latest round of distractions.

    "I really don't even think it's a distraction," free safety Darren Sharper said. "Those are things that happen outside the locker room. ... We've done a great job of not letting those things affect us."

    Like Tice, most of the players took the charges in stride, steadfastly maintaining focus on Pittsburgh.

    "It's pretty much the same around here," Winfield said. "We're winning. The boat party and all those issues are pretty much dead. It'll take care of itself."

    Spoken like a player who has seen a thing or two this season, and Winfield has.

    Starting in the offseason with Tice's Super Bowl ticket scalping and Onterrio Smith being caught with device designed to beat drug tests called "The Original Whizzinator," the Vikings have been cloaked in scandal.

    From Culpepper's season-ending knee injury to the now infamous "Love Boat," these Vikings have gotten used to dealing with distractions and have somehow managed to stick together and stay competitive on the field.

    "Well, anything that's demeaning towards any of the players I think is bad," receiver Marcus Robinson said. "You've got to look at it as bad if they are talking about you. You've still got to come out here and focus. Do your job. It's an unfortunate thing that happened, but you live with it and move on."

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    Re: Johnson: 'Business As Usual' for Vikings

    Same old, same old .... Focused ! It's the word of the week children ... learn it, live it, love it .....


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    From Forbes;

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    [size=18px]Update 4: Johnson: 'Business As Usual' for Vikings [/size]
    12.16.2005, 05:13 PM

    If the Minnesota Vikings were shook up by the news that four of their teammates were charged with misdemeanors stemming from an October cruise on Lake Minnetonka, they sure did a good job of hiding it.
    You bet your arse they're hiding it .... National attention causing a national embarassment. Gaurenteed the Vikes come out and wet the bet on Sunday as a result of the circus media being made of your Love Boat crew!

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    Re: Johnson: 'Business As Usual' for Vikings

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    "singersp" wrote:
    From Forbes;

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    [size=18px]Update 4: Johnson: 'Business As Usual' for Vikings [/size]
    12.16.2005, 05:13 PM

    If the Minnesota Vikings were shook up by the news that four of their teammates were charged with misdemeanors stemming from an October cruise on Lake Minnetonka, they sure did a good job of hiding it.
    You bet your arse they're hiding it .... National attention causing a national embarassment. Gaurenteed the Vikes come out and wet the bet on Sunday as a result of the circus media being made of your Love Boat crew!
    Nice first post kid. :roll:

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    Thanks ultravike, I enjoy talking ball and a little smack with everyone. Thought I'd stop by your shop to see what the locals are saying.

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    Thanks ultravike, I enjoy talking ball and a little smack with everyone. Thought I'd stop by your shop to see what the locals are saying.
    :roll: He didn't get it Ultra! It went right through. :lol:

    Typical Steelie, comes here to cut down our boys & forgets all about his favorite player. Think I'll refresh his memory;

    Mistrial declared in trial of former Steelers linebacker

    Thursday, March 18, 2004
    By Harry R. Weber, The Associated Press

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A mistrial was declared this morning in the case of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Greg Lloyd, who was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly shoving a gun in his son's mouth to punish him for poor grades.

    The five-time Pro Bowl pick had faced up to 20 years in prison if he was convicted.


    The jury deliberated for 91/2 hours over three days before telling Judge Johnnie Caldwell that they were hopelessly deadlocked, split 11-1 to convict Lloyd, jurors said.

    The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Lloyd is accused of sticking a Glock semiautomatic pistol in his then-12-year-old son's mouth in 2001. Lloyd, upset over his son's poor grades in school, allegedly told the boy, "If you want to waste your life, I can end it now," prosecutor Dan Hiatt said.

    But Lloyd's lawyer, Ricky Morris, said his client is innocent and was being set up by his estranged wife, Rhonda Lloyd.

    Lloyd, 38, will remain in custody as prosecutors decide whether to retry him.

    "I'm relieved that he was not convicted," Morris said.

    Prosecutors left without talking to reporters and were not immediately available for comment.

    Juror Glenn Bearden, 60, of Fayetteville, was one of the 11 who voted to convict Lloyd.

    "I studied this case for three or four days and went back and forth," he said. "The son seemed very credible, the defendant did not seem at all credible."

    Lloyd and his wife are involved in a bitter divorce and Rhonda Lloyd is seeking full custody of their son. Morris noted that the charge was not filed until last year, after the boy first reported it to a counselor.

    The boy, now 15, is currently living with Rhonda Lloyd. Greg Lloyd has been in jail the last three months after a judge denied him bail.

    Greg Lloyd has been in trouble with the law before.

    In January 2003, Lloyd was charged with simple battery for allegedly pointing a gun at his wife's head, Hiatt said. He later pleaded no contest to that charge and was sentenced to probation and ordered to undergo domestic violence counseling.

    In June 2003, Hiatt said, Lloyd was charged with aggravated stalking in connection with an incident at a Mail Boxes Etc. store. Rhonda Lloyd accused her husband of taking a package that belonged to her and calling her on a cell phone in violation of a restraining order, Hiatt said. That case is still pending.


    Testimony in the current trial lasted two days. Both the boy and Lloyd testified.

    Lloyd played for the Steelers for 10 seasons before he was cut from the team in 1998 because of injuries, and he finished his career with the Carolina Panthers. He was selected to five Pro Bowls with the Steelers.

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    [quote]"Blitzburgh" wrote:
    Thanks ultravike, I enjoy talking ball and a little smack with everyone. Thought I'd stop by your shop to see what the locals are saying.
    :roll: He just doesn't get it Ultra!

    Typical Steelie, comes here to cut down our boys & forgets all about his favorite player. Think I'll refresh his memory;

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    Old news on Lloyd douch bag.... Doesn't take away the physical domination he displayed on the field.... Mighty presumptuous of you to think I came over here to cut your team down .... as easy as that sounds.

    I just came over to talk some ball with some istute fans of the game. By your ignorant response ... you just ruled yourself out.

    Now go practice some deep knee bends over a frozen firehydrant and come back and let me know how it felt.

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    Old news on Lloyd douch bag.... Doesn't take away the physical domination he displayed on the field.... Mighty presumptuous of you to think I came over here to cut your team down .... as easy as that sounds.

    I just came over to talk some ball with some istute fans of the game. By your ignorant response ... you just ruled yourself out.

    Now go practice some deep knee bends over a frozen firehydrant and come back and let me know how it felt.
    Bed time little one. It's past 8:00. You may want to take some time & brush up on your spelling.

    And what type of response is;

    Gaurenteed the Vikes come out and wet the bet on Sunday as a result of the circus media being made of your Love Boat crew!
    Doesn't exactly sound like intelligent football talk about the game Sunday to me.

    Nighty-Night!

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    Thanks ultravike, I enjoy talking ball and a little smack with everyone. Thought I'd stop by your shop to see what the locals are saying.

    Locals are saying:

    Blitzburgh is a :tool: , who just doesn't understand the way you enter another teams fan site and those same locals hope he gets :banned: if he doesn't pick up quick how to get along and post something productive. :evil5:

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    Listen, I came here to find some good Vike fans who wanted to have some spirited discussion about the game this week... You want to be f'ing idiots go ahead, but never never question why the Vikes or fans never get any respect in the league.

    It's because your team and fans lack heart and don't know how to be winners. Once you learn that .... you may be something. Until then, stay in the basement and STFU!

    Peace out .....

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