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    I never realized how upset the Vikings were

    From the Green Bay Post-Gazette:

    Vandermause: Green and Gold? Vikings see red
    By Mike Vandermause • September 7, 2008

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    Hate is too strong a word to describe how the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings feel about each other.


    Try enmity, mistrust, hostility and animosity.

    Monday night’s regular-season opener at Lambeau Field pits two of the National Football League’s most bitter rivals. There is no love lost between these teams, and things only got worse during the offseason.

    “Once the game is on, they don’t like us, we don’t like them,” said Packers receiver Donald Driver, who is preparing for his 19th career meeting against the Vikings.

    Most of the trash talk entering this game has been coming from the Minnesota side of this grudge match, and for good reason. The Vikings, quite simply, are sick and tired of getting pushed around by the Packers.

    Green Bay has won the last four games, including a 34-0 spanking last November at Lambeau that gave Mike McCarthy a fat 4-0 coaching edge over Brad Childress. In the past seven years, the Packers have captured four division titles, while the Vikings have none to their credit.

    Then there’s the matter of NFL championships. The Packers have won 12 titles, more than any other team. The Vikings, who have been in existence for almost 50 years, have yet to claim a single crown.

    Is it any wonder the Vikings need therapy to deal with a major inferiority complex when it comes to the Packers?

    If things weren’t bad enough between these two teams, the Packers organization poured salt on an oozing, open sore by filing tampering charges against the Vikings during the off-season involving quarterback Brett Favre.

    The Vikings have said little publicly over the matter, but they must be livid.

    Childress likely will milk it for everything he can, beginning with the notion there’s nothing worse than a tattletale. Just as kids in grade school are scorned for whining to the teacher, you can bet the Packers are being vilified behind Vikings’ closed doors for making false accusations.

    The NFL exonerated the Vikings of all tampering charges, and the team is no doubt convinced the Packers not only over-reacted but also were downright petty.

    Nothing adds to a rivalry more than getting jabbed by your opponent with a sharp stick in the eye.

    Try as they might, the Vikings couldn’t keep their hard feelings to themselves. Their frustration toward the Packers spilled out in comments made by defensive linemen Pat Williams and Jared Allen in recent weeks.

    Williams, for all intents and purposes, suggested the Packers were a one-man team with Favre at quarterback and won’t be nearly as good without him.

    Allen expressed his desire to make an impression on Favre’s replacement, Aaron Rodgers, saying he hopes to “put my helmet square in the back of his spine.”

    What did Rodgers do to deserve such a malicious threat? Simply wearing Packers colors is reason enough in this rancorous border war.

    Mike Vandermause is sports editor of the Press-Gazette.

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    A little more McCarthyism from your friends across the border:

    Q. Green Bay won the division by a margin of five games last season. In your mind, are the Packers still the best team in the NFC North or have the Minnesota Vikings, on paper at least, made up the difference?A. That will be determined. You have to be impressed with what the Vikings have done on paper. More important, you have to be impressed with what they've done on film. They went out and tried to improve their pass rush, and they've accomplished that. The pressure they're getting off the edges is improved from last year. How you compete against it is a whole other story. There's been paper champions before. At the end of the day that's why you play the games.

    Any observations you wish to share?



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    Re: I never realized how upset the Vikings were

    "dfosterf" wrote:
    From the Green Bay Post-Gazette:

    Vandermause: Green and Gold? Vikings see red
    By Mike Vandermause • September 7, 2008

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    Hate is too strong a word to describe how the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings feel about each other.


    Try enmity, mistrust, hostility and animosity.

    Monday night’s regular-season opener at Lambeau Field pits two of the National Football League’s most bitter rivals. There is no love lost between these teams, and things only got worse during the offseason.

    “Once the game is on, they don’t like us, we don’t like them,” said Packers receiver Donald Driver, who is preparing for his 19th career meeting against the Vikings.

    Most of the trash talk entering this game has been coming from the Minnesota side of this grudge match, and for good reason. The Vikings, quite simply, are sick and tired of getting pushed around by the Packers.

    Green Bay has won the last four games, including a 34-0 spanking last November at Lambeau that gave Mike McCarthy a fat 4-0 coaching edge over Brad Childress. In the past seven years, the Packers have captured four division titles, while the Vikings have none to their credit.

    Then there’s the matter of NFL championships. The Packers have won 12 titles, more than any other team. The Vikings, who have been in existence for almost 50 years, have yet to claim a single crown.

    Is it any wonder the Vikings need therapy to deal with a major inferiority complex when it comes to the Packers?

    If things weren’t bad enough between these two teams, the Packers organization poured salt on an oozing, open sore by filing tampering charges against the Vikings during the off-season involving quarterback Brett Favre.

    The Vikings have said little publicly over the matter, but they must be livid.

    Childress likely will milk it for everything he can, beginning with the notion there’s nothing worse than a tattletale. Just as kids in grade school are scorned for whining to the teacher, you can bet the Packers are being vilified behind Vikings’ closed doors for making false accusations.

    The NFL exonerated the Vikings of all tampering charges, and the team is no doubt convinced the Packers not only over-reacted but also were downright petty.

    Nothing adds to a rivalry more than getting jabbed by your opponent with a sharp stick in the eye.

    Try as they might, the Vikings couldn’t keep their hard feelings to themselves. Their frustration toward the Packers spilled out in comments made by defensive linemen Pat Williams and Jared Allen in recent weeks.

    Williams, for all intents and purposes, suggested the Packers were a one-man team with Favre at quarterback and won’t be nearly as good without him.

    Allen expressed his desire to make an impression on Favre’s replacement, Aaron Rodgers, saying he hopes to “put my helmet square in the back of his spine.”

    What did Rodgers do to deserve such a malicious threat? Simply wearing Packers colors is reason enough in this rancorous border war.

    Mike Vandermause is sports editor of the Press-Gazette.

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    Read reactions to this story

    __________________________________________________ ________

    A little more McCarthyism from your friends across the border:

    Q. Green Bay won the division by a margin of five games last season. In your mind, are the Packers still the best team in the NFC North or have the Minnesota Vikings, on paper at least, made up the difference?A. That will be determined. You have to be impressed with what the Vikings have done on paper. More important, you have to be impressed with what they've done on film. They went out and tried to improve their pass rush, and they've accomplished that. The pressure they're getting off the edges is improved from last year. How you compete against it is a whole other story. There's been paper champions before. At the end of the day that's why you play the games.

    Any observations you wish to share?


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    Re: I never realized how upset the Vikings were

    Yeah, it gets pretty heated.
    I never really thought there was that much bad blood in the NFL just because I have been a Hockey fan much longer.
    In hockey, when there is bad blood everyone just fights, you never see a fight in the NFL (for obvious reasons)

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    If things weren’t bad enough between these two teams, the Packers organization poured salt on an oozing, open sore by filing tampering charges against the Vikings during the off-season involving quarterback Brett Favre.
    This guy is dreaming. He makes it sound like they did it to piss us off. ;D


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