Yes it's the return of your favorite PSH journalist in-training, CURT! Lately i have been quite busy with my Job, School, and athletics i have barely found time to post at PSH. But now that Soccer season has come to an end, and my knee injury has forced me to sit out for 4-6 weeks, i suddenly have a lot of time on my hands. Funny how things work out like that. My Articles will come at you in a partially different style from here on out, you may have noticed the name change, as I feel my work is no longer random nor rambling, and i will attempt to give you a more journalistic style of writing about the Minnesota Vikings games, moves, and off field actions, and the play of the Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Gophers. My opinion will still be used heavily throughout my articles, as it always has, and if you have any questions or comments feel free to post them. Think my articles suck? Tell me! Any feedback would be wonderful.
11/6: Vikings Vs Lions:
Well this week should be the final test for the Vikings to see if they can hang around in this division that would make the NL west turn away in disgust from the standings. The Vikings will be without their on again off again quarterback Daunte Culpepper for the rest of the season, and a familiar face will be at the helm in his place. Brad Johnson, nearly 7 years to the date from his last start in Minnesota re-begins his career as a Vikings starter against a team that sits at 2nd place in the division. In this game, the Vikings must establish a strong rushing game if they want to muster any offense at all. The Vikings will live and die on the legs of Mewelde Moore, and should look at the running game to set up the pass for an aging Brad Johnson.
The biggest problem facing the Minnesota Vikings offense this year has been the struggles of the offensive lineman. Penalties and ineffective play have killed the Vikings this season. Rookie Marcus Johnson has not been effective and neither have his replacement Adam Golberg. The Rotation of centers trying to fill the void left by Matt Birk (IR) has been manhandled by opponents interior lineman. Withrow, despite solid play last season, proved that he is not a starting offensive lineman. The 3rd string center Fowler has performed better than Withrow, but that performance is still not good enough. Daunte Culpepper was running for his life most of the season so far, and Brad Johnson a prototypical pocket passer will be in for a nightmare of a time if the O-line cannot give him protection.
I do not expect a Vikings victory this weekend, but i am happy that i finally get a Sunday off, and will get to watch the Vikings play. My Final prediction on the score is Lions 23, Vikings 13
The Vikings play has left me contemplating the future of the Minnesota Vikings. Obviously new owner Wilf will not be standing for this conduct. Most Vikings coaches are not under contract for the 2006 season, meaning that drastic changes could be underway. Many names have bounced around as future head coaches for the Vikings, and my personal favorite looks all but guaranteed dead when Charlie Weis was given an extension on his contract to 2015. Many people point to Ex Giants coach Jim Fassel, who i believe would be an excellent coach, bringing the Vikings discipline they most sorely lack. Look for the Vikings to be in the market for Linebackers, Offensive Lineman, and a Nickle Corner in the off-season.
#14 Badgers @ #10 Penn State:
The Wisconsin Badgers head into PA to face their toughest challenge of the season. The Nittany Lions have been the surprise of the Big 10(+1) and look to grab a Victory vs. the Badgers to solidify their claim to the Big 10 Title. Both Teams control their own destiny in the Race for the title, and the victor of this game instantly becomes the favorite to be atop the standings when the season ends.
Heisman Candidate Brian Calhoun needs to have a big game for the Badgers if they hope to have a chance against Penn State. Penn State Opponents have averaged only 231.9 yards this season, and look to be up to the challenge of stopping Calhoun. Wisconsin WR Brandon Williams, The offense's big play threat, will also need to have a big game if the Badgers intend to leave Pennsylvania with a win.
My prediction is the Badgers will pull off the upset this week, and put themselves in the drivers seat of the big 10. Brian Calhoun's performance will gain him even more Heisman hype as he rushes for 3 TD's and 200+ yards. Final Score: Badgers 34, Penn State, 31
News about Curt:
Yesterday i received some very good news, I have been accepted into the University of Minnesota, the School atop my list of potential colleges. I intend to study journalism at U of M.