Although Minnesota's harsh winter weather isn't living up to the hype this year with a rash of unseasonably warm weather and a serious lack of snow, I have definitely come down with a case of the winter blahs. The Minnesota Vikings' 2011 season was done on the first day of January, the post season wrapped up almost two weeks ago, and we still have nearly a month until free agency will begin. Yes, we have hit that really boring stretch of time when very little is going on in the world of professional football.
Except the Vikings' stadium quest, but I'm so tired of reading about the stadium situation that I can't bring myself to write about it. Not that there is anything I can say that hasn't already been covered by Chris or Ted.
This soul-sucking lack of football wouldn't be so bad if I had another sport to distract myself with, but I don't. I have a tepid interest in the Minnesota Timberwolves and I'm glad they are on the rise, but I'd be lying if I said I was following them closely. Hockey overlapped so much with football that I've missed most of the Wild's season, which now seems to be flagging. Baseball doesn't interest me at all, so hearing that the Minnesota Twins are getting geared up for spring training is about as fascinating to me as a wallpaper comparison. It's a boring winter wasteland.
So it seemed like a good time to manufacture some fun with another of DN's classic contests, the caption contest. That's right, we're un-retiring our Burger King crown and we're looking for a winner. But this time, there's a twist.
What twist could we add to an otherwise straightforward competition? So glad you asked.
As you might have guessed (or I might have told you, can't remember), in the past people have submitted their clever captions in the comment section below, I then compile the captions, present them to my fellow DN writers (who regret that I have their email addresses), we choose a winner, and I post the results. We're still going to do that. But, this time, in addition to a winner chosen by the DN writers, we're also going to crown a people's choice winner.
Here's how it will work: if you're reading the submitted captions and you find one you think should be the winner, cast your vote by choosing to rec that caption. The caption with the most recs will be the DN People's Choice winner and will enjoy the adulation of his/her peers. Hopefully, that's enough because cash and prizes aren't in our 2012 budget.
So, just to recap, we have another caption contest. Study the picture of Christian Ponder and Donovan McNabb at the top of the page, then compose a fitting caption and post it in the comments section below. Make us laugh and wow us with your cleverness. All entries will be presented to the DN writers and we'll choose a winner, but you can also vote for the People's Choice winner by choosing to rec a caption that you think should win. I'll compile the results and we'll crown the DN Writers' Choice and the DN People's Choice.
All captions need to be submitted by Monday, February 20, 2012 at 8pm CST. I'll publish the results later next week and we'll crown our winners. Good luck!