Sunday, July 5, 2015

brett favre

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The Packers-Vikings Border Battle was always special to my Dad and I, as I’m sure it is to many fathers and sons on both sides of the river. The feelings and brain chemistry probably date back to prehistoric times when a father and his brood would share and bond over the hatred and disdain for a rival tribe and vice-versa. However our tradition wasn’t warring over the good pasture lands, but instead getting up to The Dome for the Packer-Viking game at least once every two years, starting when I was nine-years old in 1994.

2007 was the last one.

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John Wolfsberger is a man of many talents and interests. I initially made his acquaintance as a fellow Vikings fan, and when I came to know more about his life outside of the football, I discovered he is a husband, a father, a firefighter and a voiceover actor.

I assumed that Wolfsberger tried one career, then transitioned to something different. I was wrong. Wolfsberger navigates the schedules and atmospheres of both jobs, and he loves each of them.

Working out of Station 7 on the East Side of St. Paul, Wolfsberger is a full-time firefighter and takes great pride in his job. He has had hundreds of calls over the years, some more memorable than others, but one day that stands out clearly in his mind happened a couple years ago.

We received a call with a report of a house fire and a person still trapped inside,” Wolfsberger recalled. He explained that crews got to the fire extremely fast and were able to save the little girl. “The paramedics stabilized her and got to the hospital quickly. After her recovery, she and her family stopped by the station [to meet us]. It was so cool to see that she was doing great!

His everyday job is often rewarding, but Wolfsberger doesn’t deny the intensity of it, either—which makes it that much more fun to have such a vastly different side gig.

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The Minnesota Vikings have had 34 quarterbacks start games for this illustrious franchise. Andy ranks them #1 all the way through #34. There are a few Hot Takes in the rankings, most notably who’s at #32, #7, and #2 overall. (That’s a tease)

The Ranking Criteria Include (But are not limited to):
• Statistics
• Short Greatness vs Extended Averageness
• Lofty Expectations vs None
• The Grandma Scale™
• Andy’s Personal Opinion

So enjoy the rankings! If you agree or disagree, please let us know in the comment section or hit me up on Twitter @AndyCarlsonShow or @PurpleForTheWin!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Images courtesy of Vikings.com

Hating Brett Favre wasn’t a choice; it was an innate fire, burning brighter with each loss to the man in the green and gold No. 4 jersey. Deadspin’s Drew Magary put it best in 2008 when he wrote:

“I have spent the past 15 years nursing my blind hatred for Brett Favre.” 

Blind, unwarranted, inexplainable. Why did we spend so many years rooting against Brett Favre? Was it because we watched the organization struggle with quarterbacks like Daunte Culpepper, Brad Johnson, and Tarvaris Jackson under center? Was it because Favre succeeded where the Vikings had so tragically failed — the Super Bowl? Or, was it because Favre took the Vikings to new heights in 2009, only to bring them crashing down with one ill-advised throw across his body?

The collective hate is a metaphor for the longstanding Vikings-Packers rivalry, which started in 1961 and has only become more heated in recent years. All-time, the Packers lead the series 58-49-2, with Brett Favre accounting for 17 of those wins. Some not-so-fond Favre memories include the Antonio Freeman miracle catch in 2000, the last-second touchdown heave in 1999, and his record-breaking touchdown throw to Greg Jennings in 2007.

Simply put, Brett Favre spent the majority of his career bringing pain and suffering upon the Vikings. His path of destruction, though, was a path to one of the greatest careers in NFL history. Favre has thrown and completed the most passes (10,169 and 6,300), thrown for the most yards (71,838) and trails only Peyton Manning in total touchdown passes (508). With numbers like that, it should come as no surprise that Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings’ quarterback of the future, aspires to follow in Brett Favre’s footsteps.

Say what?

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Meet Andy Carlson. For many of our readers, you know Andy as the voice of Purple FTW! podcast. We at Vikings Territory have gotten to know Andy as not only an audio aficionado but as a family man, a Twitter fiend, a .GIF guru … and obviously, a Vikings fan.

Andy expressed his love for the Vikings at a very young age.
Andy expressed his love for the Vikings at a very young age.

Football runs in the Carlson bloodand for the most part, that blood is purple. Andy’s dad played football through high school, and his uncle Dean Carlson actually played three years in the NFL. Dean spent the majority of his career with Kansas City before a short stint with Green Baywhich, of course, “we don’t recognize,” ribs Andy.

Because of his family connection to the Chiefs, Andy identifies as a “down-low fan” of the team, second of course to Minnesota. Interestingly enough, the one game Dean started in was against the Vikings on Dec. 14, 1974.

Andy played for Rushford/Peterson High School, suiting up at both wide receiver and cornerback. He doesn’t consider himself an exceptional athlete, but being part of the team remains one of his favorite memories. He did have a few plays for the books, including a touchdown that made it onto the local KTTC news, and the team won the State Title in 2002 under Coach Jim Reinhardt (since retired).

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