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VT Question of the Week: Thanksgiving Edition

In the spirit of the holiday, we decided to have a little more fun with this week’s question. We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section as well. All of us at Vikings Territory are wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

Name one Viking (past or present) most likely to ruin your Thanksgiving dinner.

Austin: “The Williams Wall”
Together, Pat and Kevin created havoc for the Vikings defense, with their best seasons together coming between 2006-2008. Their large presence inside helped the Vikings field the league’s best run defense for three years straight, and I’m sure they’d put a stop to leftovers at Thanksgiving as well. While both always seemed like great teammates, I think they’d make terrible dinner-mates, if only because there would be little in the way of leftovers. One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is the leftovers, and Pat and Kevin would easily put a stop to that by eating most of the food on Thanksgiving night. No turkey soup and no turkey sandwiches the day after would ruin Thanksgiving for me.

Andy: Fred Smoot
I don’t like burned food, and you can’t say the name “Fred Smoot” without associating “being burnt.” Also, he’d talk way too much at the table, probably be a sore loser at dominoes, make Aunt Gert look like Antonio Brown in the post-dinner football game (then she be talking all year like she all that), and there’s zero chance I’m letting him plan the after-dinner activities… Because we all know what happens when Fred Smoot is allowed to be a party planner. Plus we’d argue about who was gonna win the Egg Bowl and I’d have to go all Hotty Toddy on his Mississippi State cowbell ringing self. Thanksgiving supposed to be about being thankful. And I’m thankful Fred Smoot ain’t at my table.

Adam: Chris Kluwe
I think inviting former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to a Thanksgiving dinner would start out well enough. I mean, looking at his Twitter feed suggests he’s one heck of a cook, so you know he’d contribute some tasty delight. After that, however, I have a feeling that things might spiral downhill. Thanksgiving dinner usually involves a mix of generations and anyone paying attention in recent years knows that younever want to bring up politics at a family get together. Anyone paying attention to Kluwe over the years, however, knows that he wouldn’t be able to help himself. There would also be a certain fight for “dibs” on the television, where most would want to watch Thanksgiving football, but Kluwe would try to commandeer it to show everyone his mad video game skills. Being somewhat reasonable, Kluwe shows his belly and all the men settle in to watch the big game… only to have annoyingly constant analysis of how the holder performed on every place kick.

Carl: Les Steckel
Les Steckel was Bud Grant’s successor in 1984. With a military background and emphasis on discipline, the 38-year-old rookie head coach had a short-lived and rocky 3-13 record in his only season as the Vikings head coach. His gung-ho approach and no-nonsense attitude alienated him from key players and team leaders. With complaints that he didn’t listen to his players, he lost the locker room and the final six games of the season by a average of 27 points per game.

Now, I realize Steckel is nowhere near as nasty as Gordon Ramsay of Hell’s Kitchen, but who wants to take a chance that the cook will walk out before the turkey and trimmings reach the table. Yeah, and after stuffing myself with pumpkin pie, doing pushups for every derogatory comment about the 1984 team is certainly not on my wish list.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Lindsey: Matt Birk
Matt Birk had an impressive run with the Vikings as their center; during his 1998-2008 career, Birk made six trips to the Pro Bowl and received All-Pro honors in both 2000 and 2003. The Minnesota native has quite the impressive resume both on and off the field, having graduated from Harvard University. However, I’m a pretty competitive person, and I imagine he is, too. I think we might clash a bit over a Thanksgiving meal, especially since Birk’s high school (Cretin-Durham Hall) rivaled my friend’s team growing up. And if we played after-dinner board games like my family often does, my pride would be damaged by a loss to Birk in Scrabble…

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Lindsey Young

Lindsey Young (Featured Columnist) is a graduate of University of Northwestern – St. Paul and is an avid Minnesota sports fan[atic]. It’s been argued females don’t know much about sports, but she begs to differ. Her work has been featured on Bleacher Report,, and Fox Sports North. In addition to her work with VT, Lindsey is a contributing writer for Canis Hoopus, runs a bi-monthly fan feature for and is a freelance writer for You can read her blog at Making the Call and follow her on Twitter.

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  1. If you’re out there Coach…chime in, like to hear your take on the division this year. No, really, would like to know what your take is on this Viking squad. I think we have a decent chance to win a few games here.
    I know you still look in occasionally.

  2. Lelie Frazier.It’s not that he’d mess things up during dinner,but afterwards…..
    “Hey Coach,you wanna play a game?”
    “Well I’m not sure we’re ready for a ball game?”
    “I was thinking more like chess”
    “Ok then, I’m in”
    “Since you’re the guest Coach,you get first move”
    “You mean I have to move?But I don’t like moving,prefer to just stand here and watch everyone else move”
    “Ok then,I’ll make the first move.There we go,now it’s your turn”
    “What just happened?Can I watch the tape to see what happened,I don’t understand what happened.Did somebody move?”

  3. Only one? I’m gonna go with four.

    First up. Childress. He’s the rat bastard who cut JeffMetaUniversalPeaceDugan.
    Two words – shallow grave

    Second. Norm Van Brocklin. He traded Tarkenton to the Giants. Alas, he has passed on. Norm will be stuck sittin’ at the kiddies table. Silenced forever by death, thank Jeff.

    Third. Fred Cox. Dude was a dentist. He would be droning on, boring the hell out of everyone as he explains the root causes of Halitosis.

    Lastly, Brett Favre. The drunk driving convicted (twice), wife beating, Vivodin addicted asshole who sent photos of his dong to Jenn Sterger gets a seat out back, next to the compost pit. You can tell I don’t live in Wisconsin, those idiots honor a POS like this by retiring his jersey. Did I mention he consistently cheated on his wife?

    1. Luckily for Favre, he didn’t discipline his children. The NFL will suspend you for an entire season if you do that. To be clear, it’s ok to beat your wife and OD on enough Vivodin to cause a seizure. No punishment for that. Imagine if he deflated a few football’s……..

    2. Van Brocklin had already been fired when Tarkenton was traded. By the way, the backstory of that first trade is so complicated and multi-faceted – involving not just player-coach relationships and team chemistry but also the league trying to fix one of its premier franchises – that it’s almost beyond belief. And I don’t think the full story has ever been laid out on line (Hint, hint, Lindsey).

  4. I’m surprised Randy Moss never came up. After proclaiming he wouldn’t feed your food to his dogs, he’d spray you with a water bottle while leaving dinner before it’s finished.

    Then he’d push the nice old lady from down the road out of the way with his car on his way out.