After the Vikings thoroughly shamed and humiliated the Cowboys this weekend, the biggest item of controversy was the last touchdown scored by Minnesota. Pundits abound discussed whether that last touchdown, scored with 2 minutes left, on fourth down, was considered "running up the score." As mentioned before, our resident vagina Keith Brooking thought it was classless. Then again, when it comes to knowing what's classless, he'd be the expert, especially since it appeared that he got a pin and a choke out on Bernard Berrian not too long before that.
Oddly enough, from the fan's standpoint, the Cowboys fans do not appear to be entirely too offended by that last score. Perhaps it's because they buy into the belief that if you don't like it, you should stop them. Maybe it's because they were the team running up the score in the early 90s with Jimmy Johnson. Regardless of the reason, the outrage from Cowboy fans was minimal at best.
The real outrage, believe it or else, has come from those on the other side of the Mississippi. Apparently, hell hath no fury like an irrational cheesehead scorned. Those dolts have been unrelenting in their assertion that said touchdown was running up the score, and that the Vikings are dirty, cheap, classless, low-down, ne'er do wells. The Vikings, despite kicking an extra point, actually went for two after scoring due to trying to run up the score and show just how dirty, cheap, and classless they are. At least, that's what you would have thought had you believed some of those Packer rubes.
After further review, and some stat searching, I was referred to this article from CSN Philly, which is surely going to be burned by every cheesehead across the globe. From this article, they looked up the last time a quarterback threw a touchdown pass with his team leading by 24 or more points with fewer than 6 minutes remaining in a game.
It just so happens that Brett Favre was the last quarterback to do such a thing. No, not on Sunday against the Cowboys, but on December 9, 2007. Leading the Raiders 31-7 with 4 minutes left, he threw a touchdown pass to Donald Lee, making the Packers lead 38-7. You heard me right, Brett Favre, playing for the Packers, was the last quarterback to do such a thing.
Fine, maybe that was a fluke. So who was the last one to do it before then? As we all know, no Packers would ever be classless enough to do something like that. Oh wait, it was once again Brett Favre. This time, leading the Minnesota Vikings 27-0 with 5:38 remaining in the game, he threw a touchdown to Ruvell Martin to make the score 34-0. This was only a month before, on November 11, 2007.
So, to all the fans of the Green and Gold trying to feign outrage about this, take a good hard look in the mirror. Hopefully you'll realize just how strong the hypocrisy is. Then again, you may go the route of the Cardinals fans who continue to deify Mark McGwire and enter full apologist and denial mode. I expect nothing less than the latter.