|GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-4)
||WK 17||MINNESOTA VIKINGS (9-6)
|Date:||30 December 2012
|Time:||3:25 PM Central||Stadium:||Mall of America Field
DirecTV Ch. 716
Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch. 228
Sirius Ch. 125
|TV Announcers:||Oh, take a wild guess. . .||Know Thy Foe:||Acme Packing Company|
|Chris' Prediction:||Vikings 27, Packers 24|
Once again, the ground rules for the Game Threads:
-Thou shalt not promote illegal feeds of today's game, or I shall kick thy arse to the curb until the game is over. Thou hast been warned.
-Thou shalt make an attempt to keep the swearing to a minimum. Understandable that it will slip occasionally, but do try to limit it.
-Thou shalt not feed the trolls. Rather, thou shall simply point them out, and they shall be banished to the fires of Mordor. Or Wisconsin. Whichever we feel is more harsh at the time.
-Thou shalt not engage in racist, sexist, or other such insulting rhetoric. Somebody disagreeing with you does not make them racist or sexist. It means they disagree with you. Talk it out like adults.
-Thou shalt not bait the fans of other teams into trolling.
-Basically, thou shalt not be a jackwagon in the game thread.
You know, I was going to look for some great speech or quote or something to put in here. . .I would have had to take some editorial liberties with most of them, naturally, but that was the original plan. But, we've been talking about it all week long. We know what's at stake for the Vikings today as far as their season is concerned. There's really nothing more to be added that we haven't gone over ad nauseum all week long. So, I'll just go with this quote from a noted latter-day American philosopher.
"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." - Mike Tyson
That's exactly what needs to happen this afternoon. The Vikings need to take control of this game, regardless of which side of the ball they start out on. They need to pound away on offense, be as physical on defense as they have been the past few games, and be the aggressors in this one. If the Vikings play a clean game. . .the most important factor, as it always is. . .then they're more than capable of winning this football game.
And if they can do that? Well, in the words of poker players everywhere. . .when you get to the final table, all you need is a chip, a chair, and a chance. Winning this afternoon will give the Vikings just that. . .and, in all likelihood, a rematch against this same Packers team in six or seven days at Lambeau Field.
The time for talk has finished, folks. . .it's time for this thing to be decided. Win or lose, it's been a fun, crazy, roller coaster of a season to this point. . .
But let's hope it goes on for at least one more week.