The Vikings continue to get bashed by the national media as a 2006 also-ran. It's bad enough when the boys at ESPN rank the Vikes as middle of the road when it comes to offense and defense, but Sports Illustrated has taken it a step farther – taking pot shots at owner Zygi Wilf.
In a recent story, one of SI's writers ranked NFL owners from 1 to 32 – giving kudos to owners that were deemed to be the best in the business and cheap shots to those SI determined to be bad for their franchise. Wilf ended up in the latter, clumped together with a group of owners termed "Out To Lunch" – including Alex Spanos of the Chargers who has refereed a feud between his coach and general manager, and Georgia Frontierre, who is viewed as self-absorbed and a wannabe Hollywood starlet.
About Wilf, who was sandwiched in between Spanos and Frontierre, SI wrote, "Wilf, like a certain high-profile leader with a plummeting approval rating, talks a big game -- he threatened during a locker room rant to cut the players responsible for the Vikings' infamous "Love Boat" party last fall -- but hasn't bothered to deliver. His first big front-office hire, former Chargers scouting director Fran Foley, blew up after three months."
Apparently $1 billion in private money to keep the franchise in Minnesota doesn't cut the mustard with the good folks at Sports Illustrated. Then again, Jerry Jones finished second in their "great owners" list, so take it for what it's worth.
* It was a day of comings and goings for a couple of former Vikings with the Buccaneers. Wide receiver Ben Nelson was released after being signed last month and quarterback Jay Fiedler was signed to serve as a veteran quarterback backup to Chris Simms.
* Denny Green is at it again. When with the Vikings, Green loved to make outrageous claims about his running backs – whether it be Robert Smith or Michael Bennett. Now he's got Edgerrin James as his protégé and he hasn't let up. In a story in the Phoenix newspaper, Green said this week that he expects Edge to rush for 1,600 yards. He made no mention of how many touchdowns he expected, which was probably a wise move – the Cards had the worst rushing offense in the league last year.
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