Thursday, January 18, 2018

Good sports

Your feel-good story of the day. It probably doesn't hurt that he has what is very nearly a proper Minnesota name:
It all started after the last play of Sunday’s game, following the touchdown that thrilled Vikings fans and broke the Saints’ hearts. By NFL rule, an point-after touchdown attempt must be played after a touchdown, even if it comes with no time left and with no chance of that attempt affecting the outcome of the game. So after the Saints had already gone to the locker room and the Vikings had already taken the field to celebrate, the officials went into the tunnel and informed the Saints that the game wasn’t over and they had to put 11 players on the field for the point after.

Morstead, a punter, isn’t used to lining up on defense, but he was the first guy to volunteer to jog back onto the field. He wasn’t happy about it, but he had a job to do and he was going to do it. That impressed Vikings fans.

So Vikings fans, appreciating Morstead’s professionalism, took to social media and encouraged donations to What You Give Will Grow, Morstead’s charity for kids battling cancer. When Morstead heard about that he said that if donations topped $100,000, the charity would use the money for programs at Children’s Minnesota hospital, and that he’d personally go to Minnesota to deliver the check. As of Wednesday night, the $100,000 goal had been reached.

“Alright, Minnesota, you guys are officially ridiculous — $100,000 raised for the child life program at the children’s hospital in Minneapolis. I am totally blown away,” Morstead said in a Twitter video.
Of course, the proper spelling is Morstad.... In any event, it is a good cause and a great hospital. I was more impressed that he kept punting so well despite being observably injured.

It would have been funny, though, if Bill Belichick had been the coach. It wouldn't have mattered to him that the game was over. If he saw an injured punter playing goal line defense, you know he's going for two.



Blogger Keef January 18, 2018 11:15 AM  

I saw the punter come back out into the field along with a few other players.

It was a straight up act of class and sportsmanship and it’s very cool that the Minnesotans noticed it and rewarded it.

Anonymous Eduardo January 18, 2018 11:21 AM  


Really cool.

Anonymous Steve Canyon January 18, 2018 11:24 AM  

Sparklepunter, and the rest of the do-nothing "activists" should take notes. That's how you bring positive change into the world.

Kudos to Morstead, he's demonstrated class and sportsmanship. May his career be long.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera January 18, 2018 11:34 AM  

Excellent. But I wonder if his coach will cuck when the owner clucks about the strategic stupidity of getting injured just to make a symbolic stand. We'll have to keep an eye on it.

Anonymous JAG January 18, 2018 11:42 AM  

Props to Morestad. It was a classy move in a time when so many players act like a bunch of asses.

Blogger Dave January 18, 2018 11:54 AM  

Good on the fans and Morstad. There's a lot of stories like that in the NFL but you don't hear about most of them. Chris Long donated his entire season salary;)

Millie, the Vikings fan that just celebrated her 100th birthday is said to have already procured SB tickets. I dunno, might be bulletin board material for the Eagles;)

Anonymous dh January 18, 2018 12:00 PM  

One of the only positive things I can I learned from TV was learned from 15 minutes of Apprentice, that featured Donald Trump.

It was a long time ago, but basically, one person had the idea in his head that he was the star of the week, and he also had some type of protection from being fired by Trump. The guy wanted to protect someone, I feel pretty strongly it was a woman, and felt that because he was the star he could confer his protected status to the other player, and still be effectively protected because hey, he was the star of the week.

Trump told him abruptly that you never give up an advantage to an enemy, and fired him on the spot.

It's a great lesson and I think Belicheck probably lives by it. Yeah he's gotten nailed a few times crossing the line, but you never give up a tactical advantage to an enemy. The two point conversion story rings funny and true at the same time.

It's a really good life lesson and one the alt-right hopefully won't forget.

Blogger Cleveland Screamer January 18, 2018 12:26 PM  

"Bill, the game was over. Why did you go for 2?"

"Because I couldn't go for 3."

Blogger Unknown January 18, 2018 12:48 PM  

I wouldn't put that past Belichick. But that mindset is a big reason why he has a fistfull of SB rings.

Anonymous Anonymous January 18, 2018 12:58 PM  

oh crap.

i got political activism in my Heavy Metal. and it's awesome.

Anonymous Anonymous January 18, 2018 1:01 PM  

8. Cleveland Screamer January 18, 2018 12:26 PM
"Because I couldn't go for 3."


a Browns fan would know.

Blogger YIH January 18, 2018 1:44 PM  

Sadly this is another fail of the misadministration of Baddel.
Under Rozell and Tagliabue the NFL took pride in such stories and TV would promote them as well - often at least once a week. Now, they're few and far between, replaced with tiresome SJW ''breast cancer'' and ''support the troops'' months.
Also, in something that will surprise no one here, ratings are down for the second round of the playoffs as well compared to last year:
That’s an overall viewership decline of over 16%, even steeper than last week’s 13% playoff decline. (Even if you leave out the Packers-Cowboys numbers completely the NFL playoff ratings would have still been down 10.3%).
These playoff numbers weren’t just bad compared to last year either, they hit a ten year low.

Of course, the acid test is coming, if the Super Bowl ratings are down this substantially (or worse) people are going to talk about it. I've noticed what would seemingly be minor this year, typically before the playoffs a news blurb would come out: ''Ad rates for the Super Bowl are up and all the 30 second spots have already been sold out''. No such announcement yet.

Anonymous Gouv January 18, 2018 1:45 PM  

Didnt know Vox was such Belichick hater. Lol. Hope you dont cry too much when they beat the Vikes in the Super Bowl, VP.

Anonymous TheTruthIsNeverAcceptable January 18, 2018 1:53 PM  

dh wrote:...Trump told him abruptly that you never give up an advantage to an enemy, and fired him on the spot.
It's a really good life lesson and one the alt-right hopefully won't forget.

Then why did he even let Durbin into the meeting? He is a known liar and provocateur.

Anonymous Iron Spartan January 18, 2018 2:12 PM  

This is exactly the kind of story that the NFL needs to be trumpeting to help bring fans back.

The reason they won't is that it lacks the SJW required diversity elements.

Blogger Mike Wallens January 18, 2018 2:21 PM  

This punter caught my eye in the first quarter when he made an open field tackle on the punt returner. That's above and beyond for many kickers. It might not have saved a td but it saved quite a few addition yards. It was on this tackle that he appeared to have hurt his chest.

Anonymous Steve Canyon January 18, 2018 2:40 PM  


Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Probably allowed him access so he could publically undermine him and discredit him beyond a shadow of a doubt. Snakes are easier to find and kill in the open than they are hiding in the grass.

Which does beg the question, when does one cede a tactical advantage for a strategic benefit?

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim January 18, 2018 3:00 PM  

Enjoy... the 9th ward almost flooded from drunken tears of Saint's fans...

Anonymous Football January 18, 2018 3:12 PM  

yeah there's a lot of good people in the NFL, lot of good stuff going on, good role models, people should support it.

speaking of the NFL, ya know he was a great running back? Dorsey Levens,
I remember the 1997-98 NFC championship game 13-3 Green Bay at 13-3 San Francisco... the 49ers had a great run defense that year, they were really difficult to run on, but I was amazed at how tough Dorsey Levens was just pounding it right into them picking up 4 yards here 4 yards there. I thought the 13-3 49ers were going to win that game at home but the Packers won. I recall watching the 49ers run defense shut down other running backs that year but Levens gained 114 yards on 27 carries against them in that game. He had a 5 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter that put the Packers up 23-3. The Packers won 23-10.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 18, 2018 4:10 PM  

GouvJanuary 18, 2018 1:45 PM
Didnt know Vox was such Belichick hater. Lol.

Didn't know you couldn't tell the difference btw hate and respct, cuck-boy.
when does one cede a tactical advantage for a strategic benefit?
Every time you can relibly withstand the tactical loss. Pyrrhus is remembered for a reason.

Blogger tublecane January 18, 2018 4:34 PM  

@7-Tactical advantage doesn't apply in this situation. The Vikings literally already won the game. There's no upside to scoring, and there's always the chance one of your players could get injured or do something stupid and get suspended. Which wouldn't normally be much of a concern, but it is when there's absolutely no upside.

No advantage was given away by kneeling.

Anonymous Gouv January 18, 2018 5:45 PM  

"Didn't know you couldn't tell the difference btw hate and respct, cuck-boy."

Uh, it's reasonable to see it as hate, especially when I don't know Vox that well.

Secondly, 'cuckboy'? What are you so mad about? We're talking typical trash about sports and you want to throw that shit around? Relax...

Blogger Thucydides January 18, 2018 7:01 PM  

Now if the rest of the league took this lesson to heart, then maybe they would not be looking at their fan and viewer base evaporating.

Anonymous Colorado Confederate January 18, 2018 9:05 PM  

The Vikings didn't even try the PAT, just knelt. That's disappointing.
If they are to make the teams come back on the field, at least KICK the ball, Vikes...

Blogger Akulkis January 19, 2018 2:07 AM  


Do you know the difference between hate and admiration?


Apparently not.

Blogger Akulkis January 19, 2018 2:08 AM  

To provoke the predictable Durbin into putting the Dems in a box.

Blogger Akulkis January 19, 2018 2:21 AM  


Uh, it's reasonable to see it as hate,"

Only if you are some kind of retards. Tell, Gouv, which particular classification of retard are you properly filed under? Accuracy counts, so don't attempt to mince words.

" especially when I don't know Vox that well."

So, you know that you don't know Vox that well, but you don't know that you shouldn't make rash, unfounded claims about him.


Blogger mike January 19, 2018 9:05 AM  

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Anonymous Gouv January 19, 2018 9:08 AM  

Any general observer would read the comment in question and think Vox hates Belichick. If you can't see that, then so be it.

But all caps and namecalling? Over sports? Looks like both you and Snidely need to get the sticks out of your asses lol. Crack open a beer and go relax.

Blogger Akulkis January 19, 2018 2:42 PM  


Has anyone told you that you're a One Dee Ten Tee?

Anonymous Gouv January 19, 2018 5:08 PM  

Still can't let this go, huh? I'm telling you: a nice cold beer and a relaxing hour on the couch...should fix you right up.

Let me know how it goes.

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