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mnjamie
12-15-2005, 05:18 PM
Vikings looking for a little respect !

A six-game winning streak and a 5-1 record at the Metrodome haven't kept the team from being a home underdog on Sunday.

Aretha Franklin spelled it, pro sports made it a cliché and this week the Vikings have adopted it as their mantra. You want R-E-S-P-E-C-T in this league? coach Mike Tice asked his players during a team meeting Wednesday morning. Then beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Later, Tice said: "If you want to earn some respect and be mentioned as a playoff team, this is the game you do it, quite frankly. The other games are nice, they got us back in it, but a game like this is a game where now all of a sudden [people] start talking about you as a playoff team."

Yes, even after winning six consecutive games, the Vikings remain on the statistical periphery of the NFC playoff race, trailing seven teams for six postseason spots.

Just as important to Tice, however, the Vikings also are stuck on the outside of the league's pantheon of so-called legitimate teams.

As they began preparing Wednesday for the Steelers, the Vikings were one of four home underdogs on this weekend's NFL schedule. The Steelers are getting three points on most lines, pushing the Vikings into a group that also includes the 1-12 Houston Texans, the 4-9 Buffalo Bills and the 4-9 Tennessee Titans.

Rest assured those facts seeped their way into Tice's team meeting Wednesday morning. By the time players reached their midday break, they seemed angry and were speaking with the confidence of a Super Bowl contender.

"There are some naysayers who still don't think we're for real," safety Darren Sharper said. "And it's games like this that you have to go out and prove, not only to yourself but to others, that you are for real. That's what we believe in this locker room. Now we have a chance to go out on Sunday and play a quality, tough opponent. We definitely have to show we can beat them."

Said defensive lineman Spencer Johnson: "Any time you're at home and they favor the other team, you take offense to that, no matter who you're playing. ... It will be in the back of guys' minds, knowing that we're underdogs at home."

The Vikings are 5-1 at the Metrodome this season, but they have defeated only one team with a winning record this season, the 9-4 New York Giants -- a big reason bookmakers and media analysts have yet to coronate them quite yet. The Steelers, who have been to the playoffs in three of the past four seasons, have victories this season over three teams with winning records -- San Diego, Cincinnati and Chicago.

But, as Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson pointed out, the Steelers -- like the Vikings -- are 8-5, including losses in three of their past four games. Pittsburgh, moreover, hasn't won in a domed stadium since defeating Atlanta at the Georgia Dome in 1996; in their history, the Steelers are 5-7 indoors.

"The black and gold, everyone thinks that Mean Joe [Greene] is playing," Johnson said. "But they have lost five games also."

The past six weeks have brought quite a turnaround in team confidence for players, who were openly questioning the team's direction after a 2-5 start.

Much of it has centered around nose tackle Pat Williams, who this week has engaged in an entertaining and good-natured back-and-forth with Steelers running back Jerome Bettis.

Wednesday, however, Williams seemed agitated when discussing the Steelers' favored status.

"We don't need anyone's respect," he said. "Anybody can lose on any given day. I don't care what their record is. They're not going to pay us any respect, so I don't care. We'll make our own respect.

"Who cares what the line is for this game? They're going to put their pads on Sunday. We're going to put our pads on Sunday. It will be man against man. Point-blank. Nobody gives us any respect? We'll get our own.

"Everybody counted us out at 2-5. I guess they wanted us to die around here. We didn't die. So [the Steelers] better buckle up, and we'll buckle up. It'll be man against man and we'll see what happens."

http://www.startribune.com/stories/510/5783372.html



Nice, Ticey has them fired up with the "Me against the world" mentality again .... Ohhhh, it's gonna be nasty out there ... :cool:

NordicNed
12-15-2005, 05:31 PM
Tice put it on the table,

The only way one could at this point...

This is a very big game, for both us and the Steelers...

If we want to really be recognized for a great turn-around season, it all starts with this game.

But to think our team will lay down and not be noticed, I don't see that happening this week....

We have some real players on D and can hold our own with speical teams and our O is just as good if not better than the Steelers..

This is a game where we have to go out and smash mouth....Nothing fancy, just play some real football, old school way....

Our players need to put some of their own boots up some Steelers Silliness......

This is OUR HOUSE, and NO ONE is going to come in here and push us around.........PERIOD

Mr. Purple
12-15-2005, 06:06 PM
That ish got me pumped...I cant wait till sunday.

ultravikingfan
12-15-2005, 06:25 PM
I spell respect like:

B-E-A-T-T-H-A-T-S-T-E-E-L-E-R-A-Z-Z!

:lol:

snowinapril
12-15-2005, 06:31 PM
"WilliamsonOfTroy" wrote:

That ish got me pumped...I cant wait till sunday.

I was pumped for this game when I saw it on the schedule this summer.

I thought this was going to be for our 11th win of the season or something like that instead of our 9th win. I thought the Steelers would be better than they are also.

I think that right now we are two teams in similar situations, both have under achieved this season. Both have had injuries. Both are struggling for a playoff birth. This is actually better than I imagined it previously.

We are evenly matched, even though we are underdogs.

cajunvike
12-15-2005, 06:58 PM
I will take being the underdog...all that matters in the end is who wins the game!!! And that team will be THE VIKINGS!!!

In a related news story, the Viking organization has hired Aretha Franklin to come in and sing the National Anthem.


LOL!!!

Articnv
12-15-2005, 07:06 PM
Godo there fired up, there under dogs at home, its going to be on hard hittign game and the corwd will be even pumped up more. Still hoping from phoen call from friend sayign she cant go to the game and wants to now if i want the 2 season tixs :P

gregair13
12-15-2005, 07:18 PM
repect you get by not playing dirty, and stuff like that. but the most important thing to get respect from the fans is to make the freaking playoffs. that is all we need

whiteboy
12-15-2005, 07:21 PM
we're gonna win, we're gonna win, we're gonna win

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
:occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5:
:bum: :bum: :bum: :bum:

that sure as hell got me fired up even more!!!! skol vikes!!!!

mnjamie
12-15-2005, 07:44 PM
"whiteboy" wrote:

we're gonna win, we're gonna win, we're gonna win

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
:occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5:
:bum: :bum: :bum: :bum:

that sure as hell got me fired up even more!!!! skol vikes!!!!



:lol: .... whiteboy, u crack me up ......

ARVikingsFan
12-15-2005, 08:06 PM
The Vikes are getting no respect from the experts this week. Everybody states that the Steelers will win convincingly, accept for Chris Collinsworth, and well, he seems to have bumped his head before every show. When the colts/steelers played, the announcers errrrr Madden stated that the steelers DO NOT fare well against dome teams while playing in the dome. So, all of you who are going to the game or just spread the word. MAKE SOME DAMN NOISE IN THE DOME MAN!!!!!!!!! BRING IT HOME BABY! WE MAKE THIS GAME, THE REST WILL FALL INTO PLACE.

PS
HOLLER AT A PLAYER WHEN YOU SEE 'EM IN THE PLAYOFFS!!!!!!
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CanadaViking
12-15-2005, 08:10 PM
The Dome is going to be noisy come Sunday, last Sunday the place got pretty loud at times against a team that we were supposed to beat!! Knowledgeable fans in the Twin Cities know the signicance of the 12 man, it is going to be crazy in that Dome on Sunday!!

Holla!!

Cheers!!

LuckyVike
12-15-2005, 08:19 PM
That article fired me up and gave me even more faith in my Vikings. THEY CARE!!!!!! SKOL VIKES!!!!!!

mnjamie
12-15-2005, 08:53 PM
"Vikes2611" wrote:

That article fired me up and gave me even more faith in my Vikings. THEY CARE!!!!!! SKOL VIKES!!!!!!

Vikes2611 ... i don't think you need to be anymore fired up, i think the steelers fans around here have done enough for you already .... :lol:

LuckyVike
12-15-2005, 08:55 PM
"mnjamie" wrote:

"Vikes2611" wrote:

That article fired me up and gave me even more faith in my Vikings. THEY CARE!!!!!! SKOL VIKES!!!!!!

Vikes2611 ... i don't think you need to be anymore fired up, i think the steelers fans around here have done enough for you already .... :lol:

Haha! No kidding dude, those dingle berries have been getting me going. I better calm down before I pop a blood vessel in my head or something. I know for a fact that I've never got this mad at any other teams fans either... atleast so many of them.

BigBen
12-15-2005, 09:33 PM
Just passing along to all of you what is being posted in the Pittsburgh papers...


Vikings NT says Bettis no big deal

Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his effort in a 21-9 victory over the Chicago Bears last Sunday. He ran for 101 yards, including 100 in the second half, and two touchdowns on 17 carries. It was his best effort of the season.
"It's nice to be recognized," Bettis said.
· Bettis was recognized in other ways this week, thanks to trash-talking Minnesota Vikings nose tackle Pat Williams.
"I've run through the Bus plenty of times," Williams said. "He ain't really no problem."
Bettis was diplomatic in addressing Williams' verbal salvo.
"I don't remember what game he was talking about," Bettis said. "The last time I played him against the Bills (when Williams was in Buffalo), I had over 100 yards, so maybe he is looking at something I am not looking at."
Steelers right guard Kendall Simmons also weighed in on the matter.
"You don't pay no attention and let them do all the talking," Simmons said. "We will handle ours when Sunday comes, and that's all I can say about that. Let them do all the talking."

TIMEsteelersfan
12-15-2005, 09:41 PM
They sure don't get much respect, but If they beat Pittsburgh they will definitely get some respect from the NFL, including real Steelers fans.

GreenBaySlackers
12-15-2005, 09:45 PM
good to read, good to read indeed...

mnjamie
12-15-2005, 10:19 PM
"BigBen" wrote:

Just passing along to all of you what is being posted in the Pittsburgh papers...


Vikings NT says Bettis no big deal

Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his effort in a 21-9 victory over the Chicago Bears last Sunday. He ran for 101 yards, including 100 in the second half, and two touchdowns on 17 carries. It was his best effort of the season.
"It's nice to be recognized," Bettis said.
· Bettis was recognized in other ways this week, thanks to trash-talking Minnesota Vikings nose tackle Pat Williams.
"I've run through the Bus plenty of times," Williams said. "He ain't really no problem."
Bettis was diplomatic in addressing Williams' verbal salvo.
"I don't remember what game he was talking about," Bettis said. "The last time I played him against the Bills (when Williams was in Buffalo), I had over 100 yards, so maybe he is looking at something I am not looking at."
Steelers right guard Kendall Simmons also weighed in on the matter.
"You don't pay no attention and let them do all the talking," Simmons said. "We will handle ours when Sunday comes, and that's all I can say about that. Let them do all the talking."

I havn't heard anything on this ... Thanks man. Will be fun seeing those two smash heads.

WaywardHoosier
12-16-2005, 04:59 PM
whiteboy: Great use of graphics!

Dome Ball: I'm not a fan of it and yes it is a much different style of football than outdoor football in the winter.

Just ask the Colts: This year they NEED home field in the Dome to get past the outdoor teams. Manning really struggled last year in the playoffs.

Good thing: Brad Johnson does well outdoors with his style of football.
Since the game is in the Dome: The Vikings have the edge.