Week 2 is in the books and the Minnesota Vikings, as a rebuilding team, are living up to the expectations of inconsistency that the local beat writers were preaching through training camp and preseason. The Vikings might have trouble ahead of them in the form of the dominant San Francisco 49ers coming to town next Sunday, and they have trouble behind them in the form of the Indianapolis Colts' last-second win over them last Sunday, but for now, we have silliness.
Last week I presented you with a multi-track song challenge for our 2012 Redemption Songs Soundtrack. There were a lot of great songs submitted, but with the aid of the fine DN staff, we have some winners.
Join me after the jump for a look at the winners of Tracks 3-5 and a Track 6 Challenge.
Track 3 Challenge--A song for the Percy Harvin "trade me" drama
Back during the last Vikings mini-camp of the summer, Percy Harvin briefly made headlines for becoming seriously cranked at something, demanding to be traded, missing a practice, and then showing up at practice the next day completely flummoxed about what all the fuss was about. It was an odd interlude, just the sort of thing that we like to commemorate in song.
For this track, I was partial to abba7's submission, "Say You Love Me or Say Goodnight" by REO Speedwagon. Kyle cast his vote for The King with PurplePeopleEaters' submission of "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley. But the winner of this challenge, with votes from both Eric and Chris, was drew.threepointone's song "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green. Sometimes you just need soul.
Track 4 Challenge--A song for Adrian Peterson's arrest for resisting arrest
When I heard the news about Peterson's dust-up in a nightclub I thought I was being punked. It just seemed so out of character for Peterson and, as more details have come out, it still seems strange. When it comes to our season soundtracks, strange is very much our thing.
I liked CCNorsemen's submission "People are Strange" by The Doors since Jim Morrison was no stranger to getting drunk and disorderly. Eric went with "Kick Some Ass" by Stroke 9 and submitted by bringbackthigpen--a song featured in the movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. But Chris and Kyle chose abba7's submission "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister, making it the winner of this track challenge.
Track 5 Challenge--A song for the Vikings 1-3 preseason record
Preseason is weird. If the team does well you want to be hopeful about it but not too hopeful because it doesn't count. If the team does badly, you temper your disappointment because it doesn't count. The coaches try not to give too much away about the kind of schemes and protections they will run because it doesn't count. Basically, you end up with four games of NFL football that aren't really like NFL football because they don't count.
Again, I was off from the rest of the writers. I liked SouthSotaPop's submission of "Weird Science" by Oingo Boingo--fingers-crossed we won't have "Dead Man's Party" as a theme song for the season. Everyone else loved, loved, loved PurplePeopleEaters' submission of Elevator Music. In fact, Kyle was such a fan of the submission he thought it should get extra points. If we gave extra points, or, any points, we'd give them to PurplePeopleEaters for this song selection. The only way it could be improved is with Ron Burgundy's jazz flute.
And there you have your winners for our multi-track challenge. Congratulations to drew.threepointone, abba7, and PurplePeopleEaters! Thanks to everyone for submitting so many great songs.
But wait, there's more!
Our Track 6 Challenge is going to be to select a song for Adrian Peterson making it back from reconstructive knee surgery for the start of the regular season. The guy is such a freak athlete that even his teammates are awed by what he managed to accomplish--and they saw him in practice every day. Nothing short of amazing.
If you want to submit a song for this challenge you can submit it in the comments section below. Please include the name of the song and artist, and a link to the song on Youtube. This just makes my life easier. Feel free to make your case for why your song is great and cast your submission by Wednesday, September 19, 11pm CDT. I'm looking forward to hearing your song choices!