You Can't Go Home Again

Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson expected to hear some boos as he made his return to Seattle Sunday, but, for much of the game, it was more like he was returning to Philadelphia after leaving the Eagles and their thuggish fans.

When Randy Moss made his return to the Metrodome in August, there were some questions as to how the fans would react to him when he returned to the site of so many of his career high points. To their credit, Vikings fans greeted Moss with a chorus primarily of cheers.

Steve Hutchinson was at the game and hoped to get some of the same when he made his return to Seattle Sunday. Instead, he was showered with boos, curses and insults for much of the day.

Following the Vikings' 31-13 win over the Seahawks, Hutchinson was surrounded by reporters and cameras like he was a presidential candidate on a campaign stop. He may have had much the same feeling in describing his day.

"It was like I was a Republican running for office at the Democratic Convention," Hutchinson said.

While it was clear that members of the Seahawks organization weren't happy with the way Hutchinson left the team, the fact remained that, had the Seahawks franchised Hutchinson like they did with offensive tackle Walter Jones for the previous three seasons, he would have lined up at left guard for Seattle, not the Vikings. Instead, they hoped that the transition tag would be enough to save some money.

After watching film of Hutch making the seal block along with Bryant McKinnie that sprung Chester Taylor for a 95-yard touchdown run, perhaps the team should have re-evaluated what his worth was to the team.

The Vikings know it. Vikings fans know it. But now Hutch knows how bitter the Seattle fans are about it.

MONDAY NOTES
* Troy Williamson was told by Vikings medical personnel that he was unconscious for 10 seconds or more after being hit in the first quarter. Williamson claimed after the game that he felt fine and had none of the headache symptoms that accompany a severe concussion. He also claimed that it was the ground and not a hit by safety Ken Hamlin that caused his injury.
* Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck will have a MRI today to determine the extent of the damage to his injured right knee.
* Mewelde Moore played a little quarterback at high school, but hadn't thrown a pass in a game since then.
* The 40-yard touchdown to Marcus Robinson was supposed to be a pass to Williamson, but M-Rob took his spot at the X-receiver after Williamson was knocked out of the game.
* The Vikings' return game got a huge boost Sunday. Bethel Johnson, who averaged 31 yards per kick return, got things started with a 49-yard return on the opening kick and Moore averaged 16.5 yards per punt return Sunday.
* Brad Johnson tied former Viking Tommy Kramer for 54th all-time on the passing touchdown list Sunday with the 159th of his career. Next up is Joe Theismann at 160 -- which could come while Theismann calls the game next Monday against the Patriots.

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