Wednesday, December 28, 2005

When a Win Hurts

"With a victory on Sunday, we can go 5-1 in the division. With a victory on Sunday, when things were bleak and it was 2-5, the team rallied together and finished 7-2. With a victory on Sunday, we can finish 6-2 in front of our home fans."~Mike Tice

Now, I know that Tice is fighting for his job. I know that the Vikings are actually going to try to win on Sunday. And, I know Da Bears are going to go all out...until they pull their starters midway through the second quarter. To put it simply, the Vikings are going to win on Sunday, not because they out play Da Bears, but because Da Bears aren't even going to try. And that win could drop their draft position from 15th to 20th. And that's all I care about, now that the Vikings are out of the playoffs. 5-1 against a 3-12 squad, a 5-10 squad and a team that only tried once just isn't that big of an accomplishment. 4-2 and a higher draft pick would be a lot better for the Vikings' chances of making the playoffs next year. While it's not like it's the difference between getting Reggie Bush or Mr. Irrelevant, it could still prevent the Vikings' from getting someone like DeAngelo Williams (RB-Memphis), Chad Greenway (OLB-Iowa), or LenDale White (RB-USC), all of whom are projected to go somewhere between 10 and 20 in the draft by

Then again, the Vikings' could wind up with the 18th pick in the draft, take a player with top 5 talent and 2nd day baggage and have him lead them to a 15-1 season. Too bad things like that never happen in the real world...

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