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Jerry can identify with Vikings' woes
Forth Worth Startlegram ^ | Thu, Oct. 20, 2005 | RANDY GALLOWAY

Posted on 10/23/2005 11:52:21 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative

Who you gonna call in these dire football times?

May I suggest Mr. Jerry Jones of Irving, Texas?

But actually, I'm late with that idea.

Jim Souhan, a columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, demanded in print last week that Mr. Jones be used as a spiritual guidance counselor for Minnesota's out-of-control bow-wows.

Funny, huh, how times do change.

Recapping the latest story that has the NFL laughing.

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

NFL team has an open week on the schedule, so, hey, why don't we do the manly bonding thing:

Rent out a couple of party boats for some lake cruising.

Lots of booze, bring your own drugs, and does anybody know any good hookers?

And so two weeks ago, off they sailed, at least 17 of them since identified as members of the Minnesota Vikings.

Also aboard were about 30 females, most of whom have been IDed as fly-in road lizards from an Atlanta escort service.

Right away, we have an insult to the street-working women of the Twin Cities. The local girls weren't good enough?

The unsuspecting boat crew quickly became upset, and a 3-hour cruise was cut to an hour. The captain returned to port, and ordered everyone off his two ships.

Graphic details soon hit print of lewd behavior and such.

The police got involved, then the FBI. Something about the Mann Act, which is a federal law that makes it illegal to transport two-legged darlings across state lines for the purpose of prostitution.

Mann Act? These are football players, not lawyers. How were they supposed to know?

So we've now got a big stink up north. There is much outrage about the football team being an embarrassment to two cities, and one entire state.

Even worse than the Mann Act, the Vikings were also charged with a Dog Act violation on Sunday, the next game after this story broke publicly. They played like poodles in losing 28-3 to the Bears.

But the hookers' cruise was also only the latest in a long line of boys-gone-bad activity from Vikings players.

The Bears' game was also the latest in a crash-and-burn season for this team. Picked as a prime Super Bowl contender by some, the record is 1-4. And that's an ugly, disorganized, nobody-seems-to-care, 1-4.

Where is Randy Moss when you need somebody to blame?

The Vikings' off-the-field activity, of course, is a rather familiar one in local precincts.

It's the Cowboys of 10 years ago, except the only football difference is the Cowboys of that era had Super Bowl rings, and aging but still elite talent.

The Vikings are a flawed team. Kinky, yes. But flawed.

But Jones is the man with the blueprint on how to clean it up. It wasn't like he came up with his master plan in one or two years. It took him awhile to even move past denial.

And then Jerry, in the late 1990s, uttered, "I get it. I really get it." That meant the message he was receiving from fans and sponsors was to clean up Valley Ranch, or else there would be hip- pocket ramifications.

And he has.

No one at Valley Ranch this week , starting with Jones, will even come close to verbally touching this Vikings mess. As I was told by one staffer, "When we were going through the same thing, we didn't like reading some so-called expert in another league city telling us what we needed to do. And we aren't doing it to the Vikings."

But as a league official said Wednesday, "No owner has put the time, the manpower, and the money into this one area like Jerry Jones has. Because of that, the Cowboys have gone from one extreme to the other."

Plus, the Cowboys are the same as most NFL teams. They don't pop off, because they don't know when the next phone call from the cops will come.

Individual screw-ups will happen. That's a given. But with the Cowboys of the past decade, and the Vikings of today, it's an extremely flawed organization when it becomes a collective, continuing process.

An institutional lack of control is the obvious culprit.

With Bill Parcells as the coach, who even thinks about this kind of stuff happening again at Valley Ranch? The same theory applied when Jimmy Johnson was in charge.

Parcells has had his individual headaches in the past. Mr. Lawrence Taylor in New York comes to mind.

Jimmy, his critics will say, was always one fresh horse ahead of the posse when it came to a team going bonkers. He left here right before the "White House" was uncovered and there were police busts galore. The same goes at the University of Miami.

But The Jimster, on his watch, kept the lid slammed shut at Valley Ranch and at Miami. So has Parcells since he arrived in town.

"Probably because of a few things with the Giants, Parcells is more diligent than he's ever been," said the league official. "He is on top of this stuff. He tolerates nothing."

But at Valley Ranch, the changed started at the top -- with Jones. He pays for the best in the business to work with players on behavioral issues. Individual failures have happened: Dwayne Goodrich. Quincy Carter. But it's strictly been individual failures.

In Minnesota, there's a new owner. His original investment is pushing $800 million. And he's also campaigning the state pols for a new stadium, which appeared to be close to happening. Until now. Nothing scares politicians like bad publicity.

The Vikings have become a Minnesota and NFL joke. Everybody is laughing.

The new owner needs help, pronto.

Who you gonna call?

He might start with the guy who has been there.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: dogact; mannact; minnesotavikings; nfl; sports; vikqueens
Even worse than the Mann Act, the Vikings were also charged with a Dog Act violation on Sunday, the next game after this story broke publicly.
1 posted on 10/23/2005 11:52:22 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: GeorgiaDawg32; Only1choice____Freedom; VRWCmember; Rakkasan1; Moral Hazard; pompelmous; ...

If you want on or off my Vikqueens ping list, please contact me by Freep mail.

2 posted on 10/23/2005 11:53:54 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (France is an example of retrograde chordate evolution.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

As a classy Packer fan I will refrain from piling on....for the moment, at least.


3 posted on 10/23/2005 11:56:59 AM PDT by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
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To: Paleo Conservative
"In Minnesota, there's a new owner. His original investment is pushing $800 million"

That thought must be going across Zigy's mind over and over again ever since this Ghost Ship returned to port.

4 posted on 10/23/2005 11:58:05 AM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: gorush

Classy and Packer fan? Together? Is that an oxymoron?


Just kidding.


5 posted on 10/23/2005 12:00:57 PM PDT by SideoutFred (Save us from the Looney Left)
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To: SideoutFred

I said classy...I didn't specify low or high.. :{)


6 posted on 10/23/2005 12:06:16 PM PDT by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Titty bars and drugs go hand in hand. When athletes start frequenting those places or getting the girls from there to meet at other places, their downfall is not far away.

I often thought that is why New Orleans and Houston had a hard time getting off the bottom after years of trying. The fans blame the owners but the problem is the culture that surrounds the team. The owners can and should get on top of that unless they are too naive to know.

7 posted on 10/23/2005 12:09:52 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Week 6...Bears 28....Yikes 3. Always good to beat the Viqueens! BTW, I just love your graphic! Also just checked and the Pack lead the Queens 17-10, so it looks as though their slide continues. I wouldn't be surprised to see them finish 1-15! OK, I know wishful thinking!


8 posted on 10/23/2005 12:11:36 PM PDT by laceybrookesdad (To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Okay, I've donned my asbestos jumpsuit... aside from personal marriage issues which should be between players and their wives, and the illegality of prostitution, ask this question, What if they were gay?

These are grown adults engaging in consential sex, albeit in public, but regardless, this is scandalous to be sure, but it's about men and women having sex.

What if they were gay? The ACLU would be defending their "lifestyle" and all the consternation over this would be called homophobic. Anyone decrying the situation would be infringing on their "rights" to live their lives as they want. The press and the nation at large would quickly shut their collective pie-holes and the situation would pass into the ether. How on earth have we criminalized heterosexual relations to the point that this story is bigger than the Beatles, while a similar story, about homosexuality, written by John Cloud in TIME magazine went by without a peep. In the article Cloud wrote about a homosexual sex party that he attended at a house outside DC. Anonymous gay sex, UNPROTECTED gay sex, drug use, alcohol abuse, the gambit was run, but the story went by as "their lifestyle" and remained untouched.

Not that the Vikings weren't wrong, but the story has grown to such a point that it's taking on it's own life, while at the heart of it it's about MEN having sex with WOMEN.

flame on

9 posted on 10/23/2005 12:14:57 PM PDT by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: laceybrookesdad
BTW, I just love your graphic!

If you look at the link for the graphic, it is hosted on a website called packerpalace.com

Here's another image from that site.


10 posted on 10/23/2005 12:17:26 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (France is an example of retrograde chordate evolution.)
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To: infidel29
These are grown adults engaging in consential sex, albeit in public, but regardless, this is scandalous to be sure, but it's about men and women having sex.

What if they were gay?

No, it's about men and women having sex in a public place where they could not avoid being seen by unwilling bystanders. Would you like it if a gay couple started kissing in front of your kids?

11 posted on 10/23/2005 12:21:56 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (France is an example of retrograde chordate evolution.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

17-10 Packers at the end of 3 qtrs.

9ers 7
Redskins 45

:-)


12 posted on 10/23/2005 12:22:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Paleo Conservative
He is the president and what he does in private is his business.

The same argument could be applied to these guys.

13 posted on 10/23/2005 12:31:33 PM PDT by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit! There are sober people in Africa !)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Would you like it if a gay couple started kissing in front of your kids?

It's on MTV nightly. I don't want to see it, they have expressed to me that they don't want to see it, but it has become mainstream. As I said the public sex is scandalous, but the entire situation is blown out of proportion IMO.

Fine them for the public displays, make the arrests as necessary, but this story is not as big as it has become.

No, I'm not a Vikings fan, Steelers for me.

14 posted on 10/23/2005 12:36:10 PM PDT by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: infidel29
No flame here. Look back at the City of Berkley which had a citizens initiative on the ballot direct the Police to make Prostitution a low priority crime. Went down in flames when the lesbos joined with the church ladies.
15 posted on 10/23/2005 12:38:48 PM PDT by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Titty bars and drugs go hand in hand.



North Dallas Forty- didn't they have that stuff at house parties?


16 posted on 10/23/2005 12:43:33 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Americans need to remember Osama's "strong horse" -"weak horse" analogy. Let's stop acting weak.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

ViQueens 20

Packers 17

3:10 to go in the 4th


17 posted on 10/23/2005 12:46:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: laceybrookesdad

Vikings may win the division.

Vikes 20 Pack 17 3:00 Remaining.


18 posted on 10/23/2005 12:47:36 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Americans need to remember Osama's "strong horse" -"weak horse" analogy. Let's stop acting weak.)
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To: laceybrookesdad

20 - 17 Vikings with three minutes to go. They ain't dead yet! I am so so glad I didn't take Daunte Culpepper in my fantasy league.....


19 posted on 10/23/2005 12:54:28 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan

OH MY!!!!


56 yard field goal with 2 seconds to win the game..

23-20 Vikes


20 posted on 10/23/2005 1:04:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Exciting finish for Vikes' fans, especially with all those cheeseheads in the stands. ;-D



21 posted on 10/23/2005 1:10:28 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

I enjoyed the 9ers game too.. ;-)


22 posted on 10/23/2005 1:12:04 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: maggief

They beat the Pack but're going nowhere. Whadya expect from a team that would cut the Great Long Snapper, Number 68, Mike Morris ?


23 posted on 10/23/2005 1:19:19 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Troubled by NOLA looting ? You ain't seen nothing yet.)
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To: All

Old Dallas Cowboy joke:

Four Cowboys going down the road in a car;
Which one of them is driving?
None of them are driving, a cop is driving!

Substitute Viking for Cowboy...

...which begs an even older "freeway joke";

"Cover me, I'm changing lanes!"


24 posted on 10/23/2005 2:56:23 PM PDT by BlueDragon (when the gates are closed from within, there will be surprise as to who is there, and who is not!)
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To: infidel29

On MTV you can change the channel if you don't wish to see it.

At a party at a house outside of DC you can leave the party if you don't wish to see it. Though I'll guess that those attending that party, and those throwing that party were all willing participants.

That's not the case here. The people working those cruises were told there was to be a cruise for the players, their wives and girlfriends. Hardly what happened...

Put your 20 year old daughter on a boat in the middle of a lake with 30-40 very large men and 10 naked women all engaging in playing with large K-Y jelly covered sex toys, oral sex, lap dances...

Where do the people that don't wish to see it go? Over the side of the boat? Can they change the channel?

Maybe if one of those large men grabbed your 20 year old daughter by the arm and turned off the lights and wouldn't let go while growling in her ear and asking if she was going to dance next you'd still think this was all blown out of proportion?

Maybe if four or five of those large men blocked your 23 year old daughter behind the bar and laid a stripper on that bar and proceeded to perform oral sex on her with your daughter 3 feet away and unable to get out from behind the bar while they laughed at her discomfort you'd think this was all blown out of proportion?

No?

I didn't think so.


25 posted on 10/23/2005 3:47:59 PM PDT by terilyn
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To: Paleo Conservative
While in no way endorsing the behavior, it would appear obvious that the reason you bring in out of town girls for such a high profile event, would be to avoid bimbo eruptions while shooting PSAs and endorsements, but what do I know?
26 posted on 10/23/2005 6:21:54 PM PDT by dgallo51 (DEMAND IMMEDIATE, OPEN INVESTIGATIONS OF U.S. COMPLICITY IN RWANDAN GENOCIDE!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Okay, since I am now, back living in San Diego (no, that doesn't change my lifelong Viking Fan status--even though it hurts soooo much to admit it now) I was watching the Charger game. I used to work in PA, and was REALLY hoping for a Charger win....but alas, twas not to be.

Then, what to my wondering eyes did appear...but a Viking score WIN, not a loss--like I feared.

Thanks for the smile this afternoon, my dear Vikings....I miss the 'ol players (NO, NOT Randy Moss...Cris Carter and further back).

P.S. Congrats to the Jacksonville Jaquars for being so good --- THAT's because they have the BEST MIDDLE LINE BACKER IN ALL OF THE NFL as their coach - former Vike #55!!!

27 posted on 10/23/2005 7:18:55 PM PDT by NordP (Must See TV - Mark Levin's Supreme Court Nomination Hearings ----- I WISH!)
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To: NormsRevenge; All

Sorry, meant to post to ALL.


28 posted on 10/23/2005 7:21:21 PM PDT by NordP (Must See TV - Mark Levin's Supreme Court Nomination Hearings ----- I WISH!)
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To: terilyn

Good points.


29 posted on 10/23/2005 7:22:48 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Dante3

Thank you.


30 posted on 10/23/2005 7:47:04 PM PDT by terilyn
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To: Paleo Conservative
The VQueens eat the Cheeseheads LoL!

And I started Culpepper on my fantasy team today :)

31 posted on 10/23/2005 9:08:09 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: Paleo Conservative
Here's the snap, the ball is down, the kick is away, the kicccccccccckkkkkkkk iiiiiiisssssssssssssssssssssssss gggggggggggggooooooooooooooooooooooooodddddddddddddddddddddd! The Viking win, the Viking win.

Man, what a wild Sunday of football and college football. Then the World Series walk off HR. Wild games.

32 posted on 10/24/2005 8:11:12 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (Socialist Dems, the MSM and Islamic murderers, ALL threats to the Republic!)
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