In light of what Ted said yesterday, it has come to my attention that there are times where I have allowed my emotions to get the better of me as the head writer for this website. For the most part, this has not been pointed out by fans of the Minnesota Vikings, but rather by fans of other teams that come here for various reasons, whether it is to attempt to engage in actual, legitimate football debate or simply to troll and treat myself and the members of this site like garbage.
To the Viking fans that frequent this website, as the best fans in the National Football League, you certainly deserve better than that. To that end, I will endeavor to keep my emotions more in check, particularly when it comes to the type of. . .ummmm. . .let's just call them "people". . .that I've highlighted the past couple of weeks. (Really, "people" isn't the right term, since most of them border on sub-human, but I'm attempting to bring a bit of decorum to the proceedings here.)
I guess that after 4 1/2 years of building this site into the premiere site of its kind on the internet, my ability to tolerate such crap has eroded a little bit. But, you know, this is something that I've busted my ass and spent a lot of my spare time on to build. Quite frankly, I'm lucky to have married the greatest and most understanding woman alive. . .with the amount of time I've put into this website over the past 4 1/2 years, many lesser women would have probably given me an ultimatum to either get the hell off the internet or go back to being single.
Frankly, the way I see it, this is basically a house. And inside of this house lives my family. That's exactly what I consider all of my fellow Viking fans that have signed up here and participate on a regular basis. Whether you're a brother or a sister or a cousin or that crazy drunk uncle that we see at Thanksgiving and Christmas and really don't talk much about for the rest of the year, that's what you are. So, when other people put themselves under the impression that they can, to use an analogy I use quite frequently, simply walk into this house and take a dump on the carpet whenever they please. . .yeah, it sets me off maybe a bit more than it should.
So to you, the Viking fans that have made this community what it is, I will endeavor to keep my emotions a bit more in check moving foward. And, to the Viking fans, I apologize for anything that may have offended you or made you feel uncomfortable in any way.
To fans of opposing teams that are under the impression that this is Ground Zero for your victory dance parties? Well. . .while I will endeavor to keep my emotions in check, as I said above, there's a very good likelihood that I have offended your delicate emotional sensibilities in the past. There's a very, very good chance I will offend your delicate emotional sensibilities again. The thing about offending your delicate emotional sensibilities is this. . .I didn't care then, I don't care now, and there's a 99.9% likelihood that I will continue not caring.
See, this site? It's not really for you. It's not really about you. This site is generally about two teams. . .the Minnesota Vikings, and whoever the Minnesota Vikings are playing in a given week. After that one week (or two weeks, tops), nobody really cares about your team any more. Now, I realize that some of you out there think that we need to care about your team all the time because. . .well, who knows why, really. . .but you having that belief does not in any way make that true.
There are plenty of places out there on the interwebs for you to talk about the Minnesota "Viqueens" or stick needles in your Brett Favre voodoo dolls in the vain, selfish, self-serving hope that this team will pack up the trucks and move to Southern California, or. . .and I'm just throwing this out there as a hypothetical. . .jump into a nearly 300 post thread accusing someone that built a site where you've (thus far) been allowed to be really nice to everyone to their faces (before thrashing them elsewhere) of various forms of mental illness and/or whatever other stupidity you can puke out through the magic of the internet because that person had the audacity to not hot glue his lips to your team's rear end in the same way that you have.
Hypothetically speaking, of course. . .I can't think of anybody over the age of 12 that would actually engage in that sort of behavior.
Here? No. . .you don't get to do that here. Why? Well, to use a line we've all heard before. . .because I said so, that's why. If this is an issue for you, your best course of action is to move your mouse over the little red "X" in the top right-hand corner of your browser, and left-click.
People that want to discuss football in an intelligent and respectful manner will be given the benefit of the doubt here, regardless of their team affiliation. Everyone else will end up with my shoe print on their rear end. Don't like that plan? Well, then, don't be a jerk, I guess. Really, it's not THAT difficult.
And, with that, it's time to mellow out a bit on my behalf. Got another big announcement coming here. Well, maybe not a "big" announcement. . .a decently-sized announcement, to be sure, though.