“I will die a Viking”

Francis Asbury Tarkenton is a Viking to the end:

“I can’t put my arms around this as a Vikings fan,” he said. “I was born a Viking, I retired a Viking and I will die a Viking. … And in the spirit of sport — I don’t like to use the word hate — but [the Packers] are the enemy are they not? And I want to embrace the icon Brett Favre to come over here and play for my team? He’s a Packer and should be a Packer.

No. 10 is right. I think the Vikes will ultimately go with Sage Rosenfels, which is a definite upgrade from The Tarvaris Jackson Experiment and a perfectly reasonable option in an offense that needs a game manager more than a gunslinger. Favre looked pretty good his last year in Green Bay, but that was thanks to an excellent wide receiver corps. He didn’t have that in New York and he wouldn’t have it in Minnesota either.

And if you’re looking for a reason to cheer for the Vikings this year, Kenichi Udeze provides all the reason you need. His positive attitude and refusal to complain about the tough hand he was dealt are admirable.