VU Daily Blog: Weekend Edition

While the NFC Championship loss still lingers from January, so does the 1998 version. And another player checks in regarding Brett Favre. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 7:00:00 PM

Harvin: Favre 50-50 to return

Vikings players and coaches truly don't seem to have a good read on whether or not Brett Favre will return, and Percy Harvin's answer this weekend while in Florida was just one more indication of that.

"Brett's played a lot of years," Harvin told the Palm Beach Post at a Florida Gators autograph signing. "Right now I'd say it's 50-50 he comes back."

Harvin's first season in the NFL included the Offensive Rookie of the Year award from the Associated Press and a Pro Bowl appearance as a kickoff returner. However, he said he doesn't think he would have been as effective that quickly if it weren't for the oldest player on the team.

"I just went into it trying to contribute to the team first of all in the special-teams area, but Brett got there and kind of took me into the game a little faster than I probably would have learned it under other quarterbacks," Harvin said.

"I knew my job would be a lot easier when Brett got here. He knows the game better than some of our coaches there. I knew our offense would run a lot smoother with a lot more opportunities. He's known as a gunslinger."

While Harvin texts back and forth with Favre, Harvin's answer is much like other players and coaches – they all claim to stay away from questioning Favre on whether or not he'll return and sound like they don't want to apply the pressure.

"Brett, he's really a goof," Harvin said. "We just clown, talk about some TV show or something. We don't even talk about football. He might feel I'm trying to pressure him. I just let him be him. He'll make the decision that's best for him."


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:40:00 PM

NFC Championship losses linger

Last week, we pointed to a couple of comments from Vikings guard Anthony Herrera about how much the loss to the New Orleans Saints still sticks with him. That overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game was four months ago.

Try 12 years of festering. Former Vikings defensive lineman Stalin Colinet talked to the Star Tribune about a variety of subjects, mostly regarding his new career helping student-athletes choose a college. But Colinet wasn't afraid to admit that he still thinks about the Vikings overtime loss in the 1998 NFC Championship Game.

"It breaks my heart. The better team lost that game," he told the Star Tribune. "If we would have played 10 more times, we'd wipe the floor with them 10 times. We royally screwed that up. From the coaching staff all the way down to the players. The touchdown at end of the half switched the momentum. ... The game should have never came down to a kick. That game was supposed to be a blowout. That breaks my heart. I was a game away from the Super Bowl. ... Watching the (2009 NFC title game) game made me sick to my stomach. It brought up the memories. We really thought we were the better team. We started off like it, but we got complacent, and they picked up momentum. They felt like they deserved to be there, and they thought we were looking past them." 


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