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The Misdirecting Media

I’ve been a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan, which has meant dealing with a ton of frustration. Last week, after dominating the New Orleans Saints for most of the game the team fell apart in the final quarter, and with only 25 seconds remaining were losing by a point and seemed doomed to add to the five-decade history of sadness for Vikings fans.  But a miracle occurred and the Vikings quarterback, unheralded Case Keenum, led them on a remarkable drive that culminated in a 61-yard touchdown pass as the game ended.

In that final play, one of the Saints’ defenders tried to tackle the receiver, Stefon Diggs, and missed him entirely allowing him to waltz into the end zone for the win. In reflection, much of the media attention has gone to the poor chap who missed the tackle, and not too much attention paid to the amazing performance of quarterback Keenum. The thing is, even if the defender didn’t miss on the tackle, the Vikings’ receiver, Stefon Diggs, would have been able to get out of bounds to stop the clock and allow the Vikings’ kicker plenty of time to kick a fairly easy game-winning field goal. The missed tackle meant little, because the Vikes would have won anyway. The last drive not only included the amazing final pass, which threaded the needle, but also the pass reception immediately prior which kept the drive alive, and was equally impressive as Keenum was under tremendous pressure and lofted a pass that dropped in between two defenders and into the arms of a diving Vikings receiver.

Keenum, who has had a career year after being given the chance to play once the two other Vikings quarterbacks were sidelined early on with injuries, deserves major accolades, and his performance needs to be appreciated as one for the ages. Yet, the media continues to disrespect Keenum, not acknowledging his amazing success last week or throughout the year, and even wondering which quarterback will prove more reliable this week in the NFC Championship game – the star Keenum or a Philadelphia Eagle backup quarterback who was called into action a few weeks ago when their starter went down with a season-ending injury and who has never performed on a high level.

Remind you of other such situations?

SKOL! (A Viking thing)

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