I know the Vikings are pretty far off the national media radar screen right now but this is ridiculous. On Tuesday morning’s Mike & Mike there was a Q&A segment previewing the purple and during said package one of the questions was this mind-blower: Will rumors of an L.A. move affect the Vikings’ players on-field performance (clip here, segment in question begins around 1:40)? After careful consideration, Mike and Mike both determined that the L.A. rumors won’t in fact bother the players. Um, yeah guys, you’re right. Because there won’t be any rumors because the team already got a new stadium in Minneapolis. Remember?
Oh wait. You don’t remember do you. Because neither of you actually follows sports. You depend on a team of low-paid lackeys to prep you and apparently they suck at their jobs because none of them realized the Vikings sealed their stadium deal months ago and are no longer candidates to move to L.A. Well it’s a tough job working up show prep for a major national radio program. If only there were a tool that could make life easier for these folks. Some means of quickly gathering large amounts of information from various sources? Something that feeds directly into a PC or phone and can be accessed at relatively low cost 24 hours a day?
Get on that, science. And when you’re done with that, you need to do a study of this Skip Bayless guy. I think he might be an alien or some kind of freakish mutant.
Seriously though, this is truly embarrassing. But at the same time, is it really surprising? I mean this is ESPN we’re talking about. The same people who think it’s worthwhile putting Stephen A. Smith, Chris Berman and Woody Paige on television. Probably shouldn’t expect much in the way of competence from them. Then again, it’s not like anyone really cares about the Vikings. They’re not important like the Jets, Knicks or Yankees. Or Tiger Woods. Or that Tebow guy. They’re just an NFL team with a fairly sizable and very loyal international following.