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Harvin Opens Up

Percy Harvin is enjoying one of his most productive and drama-free seasons of his career thus far, but it was not without a rocky start.

As many of you will remember, Harvin caused a firestorm of reports and speculation when he openly expressed his displeasure with the Vikings organization this offseason and followed up by requesting a trade.  Rick Spielman and Leslie Frazier seemed to quickly placate the star utility receiver, but we never heard for certain what Harvin’s issues were exactly.

Harvin has now opened up, following a game that was essentially won because of his opening kickoff return for a touchdown, and says that his problem stemmed from players not knowing where they fit into Minnesota’s offense.

“I think it was just the identity of our offense,” Harvin said via 1500 ESPN. “Not only me, just guys knowing exactly what the coaches (were) asking of them on a week-to-week basis. Not playing one position one week, and come in and not totally having a grasp on what they’re asking for the next week.

“I think (offensive coordinator Bill) Musgrave has done a great job — I said it all offseason — of putting (Kyle) Rudolph in great situations. We’ve got a package for Jerome (Simpson), which you’ve seen, where we’ll take shots downfield. So everybody knows their role, knows what the coaches expect them to do. Now you can just sit back and try to do it at the highest level you can.”

Harvin is on pace for a 120 catch and 1,200 yard season, not including his contributions on special teams and rushing the ball, which means his pending contract extension is likely to get more and more expensive with every week he stays healthy and production.

Sitting at 3-1 and on top of the NFC North, that is a good problem for the Vikings to have on the horizon.

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Adam Warwas

Adam Warwas (Founder) has been writing about the Vikings for a total of eight years. Five of those years have been here at Vikings Territory where he continues to surround himself with enough talented individuals that people keep coming back. As proud as he is of what Vikings Territory has become, his real treasures are in his home... a beautiful wife and three amazing children (and a dog named Percy).

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  1. his agent prolly told him to cool it, reminded him of AD’s 9-figure deal, and that the vikes need him
    then, cheech prolly rolled with his therapy

  2. What CalVkg said and isn’t it amazing that Percy’s migraines went away the same time as Childress’ firing

    1. Funny, mine went away at the same time, Ole. Notice how the players are quoting things Frazier tells them. Don’t recall much of that in the Childress era.

  3. Ok, so now we officially have Percy on film in the direct snap formation. Does that mean he will also throw the ball? Harvin… looking for Ponder… touchdown! I don’t think so. Let’s can the direct-snap-to-Harvin package. Not a fan of that.

    1. YES we do Coach! Cowboys were even playing at home sheesh.
      Cheech knows damn well he’s playing for a huge contract and so far he’s sure earning it.

      1. He’s like the Antoine Winfield of the offense, only younger. If Jerome Simpson becomes a legitimate threat, no telling what that could mean for Percy.

        (Aren’t you guys a little bit impressed that I have hidden my joy in what happened to the Cowboys last night? Maybe it was because I was actually hoping they could knock off the Bears, so now I hate them even more, as if that were even possible.)

        1. Just a little Coach. lol I’m not too disappointed the Cowboys sucked on MNF for the whole world to see. Vikes have 2 shots at the Bears in which I see as very winable games now.

        2. Coach,
          I,m glad I,m not the only one that feels that way about the cowboys lol…

  4. BTW, did anyone see the play recently in a Raven game where Bryant McKinnie was brought in as an extra blocker in a short yardage situation? As the Good Lord is my witness, he did NOT make contact with anyone on the defense during the play. He came out of his stance, looked around as people were flying in all directions around him, and then casually walked off the field. Classic BMac!

  5. This is an open letter to the entire state of Alaska.

    Sorry…no offense.

    Someday Frans, Freds looks forward to traveling to the great state of Alaska again doing what you up there. You know, things like:

    – Have night for like 6 months straight
    – Shovel snow
    – Have endless ” snow queen ” competitions and hope the queens are actually women.
    – Shovel snow
    – February’s annual crystal meth carnival
    – Shovel snow
    – The filming of COPS on location
    – Shovel snow
    – Watching Big Johnny’s bigger sister, work her magic on a stripper pole during nickle Vodka jello shot night at Woodies bar and supply depot.
    – Shovel snow
    – Watching the first run movies like Star Wars at the “drive in”
    – Shovel snow.

    Come Frans, you live in one of the most beautiful states in America. Don’t ever take your old Pal Fragile seriously.

    – oh, Freds forgot about the tradition of rubbing noses as foreplay.

    1. Right, no need to take the comments too serious. For example, I love Fred’s home state (also my home state) of Minnesota, but here are a few things everyone should know:

      – They dip fish in poison, rinse it off, and call it food.
      – The best in a long line of “great” presidential candidates to come out of this state was a guy named “Fritz”….
      – Only one State voted for “Fritz” to be president
      – Teams have to start planning for their next stadium 52 years before they actually need it because people can’t make up their minds
      – Once a year the people here gather in one place to eat deep fried crisco dipped in deep fried crisco… on a stick!
      – They border Iowa (sorry Johnny, had to)
      – They are so patriotic that their 4th of July celebrations consist partly of a drive to, gulp, Wisconsin to get fireworks.
      – They have 10,000+ lakes that freeze every year, but still managed to lose their hockey team.
      – They elected a professional wrestler as Governor once… which makes Californians look sane.
      – One word: Prince.


      1. All valid and excellent points.

        That Jesse Ventura thing always kills us doesn’t it?

    2. – Have night for like 6 months straight
      That’s right but we also have 6 months of summer!
      – Shovel snow
      That’s why we’re so big and strong up here
      – Have endless ” snow queen ” competitions and hope the queens are actually women.
      The men up here out number the women by something like 10-1, so it attracts lots of women looking for men. But bear in mind, while the odds are good, the goods are odd.
      – Shovel snow
      Wanna’ arm wrestle?
      – February’s annual crystal meth carnival
      I believe that’s more of a Minnesota thing. . .
      – Shovel snow
      I actually own a Kubota tractor with a snow blower.
      – The filming of COPS on location
      I’m proud to say I was featured on that show a few times (Snow shoveling contest that got a little too rowdy)
      – Shovel snow
      Good, clean fun and makes you strong!
      – Watching Big Johnny’s bigger sister, work her magic on a stripper pole during nickle Vodka jello shot night at Woodies bar and supply depot.
      The girl can dance like you’ve never seen!
      – Shovel snow
      That’s getting pretty old Freds. . .
      – Watching the first run movies like Star Wars at the “drive in”
      Actually we just received “Shane” What’s “Star wars”? Isn’t that something Ronald Reagan thought up?
      – Shovel snow.
      Ok, just shut up about the snow

  6. Ouch! Adam, what happened to you during your haitus? Did you leave your “good” back in Alaska? Have you already become a nasty easterner? Looks to me like you let yourself stoop to Freds’ level — never a good thing. (Wait a minute here…. did Tomb get his hands on your password?)

    1. Oh Freds, my ol’ pal, you only have to tolerate Bammerz for what, 4 and half more years? Then we can move on to Billary…that’ll be fun!

      ANYHOO, what’s up with no one roasting Ohio in honor of Adam’s relocate? I would, but in the spirit of decency, and reaching across the aisle, I won’t mention that many regard Ohio as the America’s armpit. I wouldn’t dream of relaying that’s it’s inherent lack of consonants make it nothing more than a vowel movement. That you can visit the serpent mounds and it has nothing to do with female snakes (actually, that’s a good thing).

      No siree Bob! Not going to do it, instead I’ll post the TOP 17 FUN (fun?) FACTS about the great state of Ohio! (with a few personal observations in parantheses):

      1.The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865. (not a notoriously athletic state, see “bengals, browns”)

      2.Cleveland boasts America’s first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914.(all 4 car owners bitched about how long the red lights lasted)

      3.Ermal Fraze invented the pop-top can in Kettering. (nice!)

      4.James J. Ritty, of Dayton, invented the cash register in 1879 to stop his patrons from pilfering house profits. (pilfering was ohio’s second favorite hobby, after watching traffic at the stop light)

      5.”Hang On Sloopy” is the official state rock song. (hang on sloopy, wtf?)

      6.Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team. (baseball barely nudged out watching traffic at the stoplight as an interesting social event)

      7.The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. The current bridge is the fifth construction at the same location. “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” proclaimed it the only bridge in the world which you can cross and still be on the same side of the river. (ohio, where you can cross a bridge and get absolutely nowhere. epic)

      8.Akron was the first city to use police cars. (see pilfering comment above)

      9.Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department. (arson took over for second favorite hobby after that bastard invented the cash register)

      10.Akron is the rubber capital of the world. (the trojan plant covers 300k square feet)

      11.The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus. (freds has them favorited on facebook)

      12.Ohio senator John Glenn became the oldest man to venture into outer space.
      On February 20, 1962 he was the first American to orbit the earth. In October of 1998 at age 77 he returned to the space program and traveled back into space.(77? proof today’s youth are lazy as hell)

      13.Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (you will see no mention of hang on sloopy here. none)

      14.Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants. (and horrible weed)

      15.The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton. (go visit cris carter’s bust while here…wait, what?)

      16.Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. He was from Wapakoneta. (moon has similar landscapes to his youth, what with all the strip mining. he was a natural choice)

      17.The Wright Brothers are acknowledged as inventors of the first airplane they were from Dayton. (orville took his wife on a couple of his flights, but that was back when bags flew free)

      Welcome back Adam!

  7. Here are the numbers from the Lion game that I like to see:
    Minnesota Turnovers: 0
    Minnesota Penalties: 5
    Adrian Peterson touches: 25
    Detroit yards per rush: 2.75
    Calvin Johnson receptions: 5 – 54 yards
    This is a good formula folks. Avoid mistakes, put the ball in Adrian’s hands, stop the run on defense, shut down their leading receiver.

    Yeah the offense wasn’t very entertaining, but we’ve seen enough losses full of statistics.

    1. I only got to see parts of the game (stupid redzone), but I could have SWORN I saw a couple sweet blitzes by the Vikes, Coach.

      At this point, I just assumed we weren’t ALLOWED to do that, so it came as quite a shock.

    2. Those are some good looking numbers and hopefully it’s a starting trend for us.
      You have to admit that the first stat of the game (105 yards, TD) was the best of all!

  8. By the way Adam, did you know that Ohio does not have a natural lake? EVERY lake in your new state was manmade! (Wonder if the fish are too?)

      1. We have Saugeye in North Dakota also. They transplanted Sauger in the 80’s, when the Walleye population was down. For some reason the Walleyes loved those Suagers, and we got Saugeyes.

      2. That’s weird. Never heard of that one. When I was in San Fran, I overheard some guys talkin about going out and trolling for browneye…I asked them what kind of fish THAT was, but they just giggled and skipped away.

        Still don’t know what kind of fish that is.

      3. IDK, sounds like they could taste a bit like sausage. . .
        (Not sure how I posted this same remark down below, under Tomb’s comment)

    1. So Fran, how’s it going old friend? You seem a lttle, well, confused. Hey, no pressure or anything, but I have this pamphlet for Shady Pines. NO PRESSURE, just take a peek. They have shuffleboard tournies every weekend…and applesauce wednesday, and HEY, best at checkers is first in the meds line!

      You know what, nevermind, we’ll talk about it later. It’s nothing. But hey, I’ll just leave the pamphlet on the coffee table, right here. It’s nothing, it’s nothing,

      1. Just a second, got to find my glasses. . .shoot, there right there on my head. . .ok now where’s my pencil. . .shoot, don’t need a pencil here on this computer thingamajig. . .wait a minute. . . what were you saying ?. . .