The Minnesota Vikings and their fans are all real impressed with themselves for winning the NFC North in 2015.
Just ask them about it.
Of course, that’s what happens when you’re dealing with a team where division championships and not Super Bowl championships are what you strive for.
Enter Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, who was on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. He managed to play that appearance alright, despite twice being asked about everyone favoring the Green Bay Packers over the Vikings in 2016.
“They have a great team in Green Bay and any time you have a guy like Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback, you’re always going to be talked about as a potential division champ. But… you can’t worry about that stuff. Each and every year is its own entity. If we’re worried about what’s going on over there in Green Bay and not our own business, then we won’t even have a chance to repeat as division champs. So our focus is just on building on what we did last year and we take what we learned from our division championship last year, but this year is a different season. All three teams in our division are very talented and we’re going to have to play well if we’re going to repeat as division champs.”
Later, on Twitter, things got chippy. What’s new, right?
Rudolph posted a link to his interview, which had the title: #Vikings TE @KyleRudolph82 wants the NFC North to run thru Minnesota!
And then this.
— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) July 6, 2016
As you’ll recall, the Packers smashed the Vikings in their first meeting in 2015 in Minneapolis. The Vikings then came to Lambeau Field and beat the Packers to win that division title in week 17. And those dirtballs celebrated… in our stadium.
That dude on the right has been eating too much Hormel Chili, but I guess that’s beside the point.
Shots have been fired.
We will now accept nothing less than two Packers’ wins over the Vikings in 2016 by a combined score of 125-0.
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Kyle Rudolph is a class act. The author’s insecurity is showing. Why wouldn’t or shouldn’t the Vikings be happy they won the division and enjoy the win?
It is noteworthy that Kyle modestly wrote he “wants” the division to run through Minnesota. That should be every player on every team’s goal (I mean, for their location each). So here we have a class act behaving professional and modest and in the way all the players should and what is the reaction? Proclaiming it was “chippy”, that Vikings are “dirtballs”, and, oh my God, hit the panic button, “Shots have been fired”.
Classiness appears to be anti-matter to this writer and many Packer fans.
No Packer fan should be making fat comments about an opposing player when (1) the player is fit, (2) the player beat them, and (3) you have Eddie Lacey-with-fat on your team — as one of your “star” players!!
Yes, please tell us more about what a modest and class act those Vikings and their fans are….
Ease off the Hormel-Chili flavored Kool-aid, big Killer
I saw nothing wrong with anything Rudolph said. Sure, i can rail on him and call him a dickhead based on the fact that he’s a Viking player. Or i can call him a “dirtbag” based on that photo. But here’s the reasons why i won’t do that.
1) They were happy they won a football game in Green Bay, so they celebrated. Who gives a fuck, they won didn’t they? They should wait until they get back to Minn. to be happy and celebrate?
2) Everything he said was respectful, humble, and a matter of fact.
3) Mordecai tries to make something out of absolutely nothing. You can always tell a Mordecai written article about 3 sentences into reading it, this article was no different.
The Packers celebrated in the locker room after their win at the Bears for the NFCC in 2010. The Packers celebrated in the locker room after they beat the redskins last year in the playoffs. It happens after every game that you win on another teams field. Some of the time the celebration may be a little louder based on the reward of the game win.
If you do not want to see or listen to another team celebrate in your stadium there is a way to overcome that problem. just win the game.
Or…If you are some wannabe sports writer that berates and calls someone a “dirtbag” simply for celebrating a win after a game in someone else’s stadium. then please tells us Mordecai…..of even one game in the history of the NFL, where a team “didn’t” celebrate a win at some other teams stadium in the history of the NFL after a game.
What i’m trying to say Mordecai, is that according to your logic, every player in the NFL is a “dirtbag” under your standard.
Most Packer fans aren’t non-thinking sheep that are going to cheer and roar for everything anyone writes about the Packers regardless of content and substance. Most of us appreciate well articulated written Packer articles.
I can’t tell Monty who should, or shouldn’t write for his site. But i can tell you this, you have shown time and time again that you are a garbage writer that writes articles with very little substance or well thought out points of view.
Your articles are an embarrassment to Packer fans and Packer Nation. Stop being so childish and if you have to write something, please do so with the mental acuity above a 5th grader.
Thank you for understanding.
What I find hilarious is he clearly says “all three teams in our division” So who doesn’t count – the Bears or the Lions?