My free agent wish list for the Vikings

Feb. 11, 2008

by Aaron Schultz

With the Super Bowl now over, one might think that football season is over until training camp. Well, if that is what you thought, you’re wrong.

Eli Manning’s “I’m going to Disney Land” commercial just started running, and talk has already shifted to free agency and the April draft.

For me, this is almost as fun as is the actual football season.

I just love speculating on free agency, and looking at mock drafts, in the hopes that my favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings, will make the right moves to put themselves in contention for a Super Bowl run in 2009.

But I’ll save all my draft talk for another time, and instead, focus on free agency and possible trades this time.
Looking at the Vikings’ needs – it all starts and ends with the quarterback position.

I’m in the camp, with many others, that says Tavaris Jackson is not going to be the quarterback to lead us to the promise land.

If T-Jack isn’t going to do it, then who can the Vikings get that will?

Unfortunately, this year’s crop of free agent quarterbacks is pretty thin.

The headliner is Cleveland’s Derek Anderson, but he is a restricted free agent, meaning the Vikings would have to give up a few draft picks to get him.

I like Anderson, but I don’t know if I’d give up draft picks to get him.

First I’d try to entice the Eagles to trade Donovan McNabb, but if that failed, I would be excited to get Anderson.

The next biggest need for the Vikings is at wide receiver.

The biggest name on the market is former Viking Randy Moss.

I, like most, would love to have Moss back in the purple, but that ain’t going to happen.

The next biggest name on the list of free agents is the Cowboys’ Patrick Crayton, who I’d love, but who Dallas is sure to lock up.

The remaining free agent crop, including the Bear’s Bernard Berrian, does little for me.

What does this mean? Well, a trade for a true number one receiver is a possibility, and something I would love to see.

There are rumblings that the Bengals may trade showboat Chad Johnson.

While Johnson would no doubt give the coaching staff headaches with his antics, he sure would look good in the purple and gold.

Should the Vikings be able to land Johnson, I wouldn’t even mind if that meant keeping Jackson as the quarterback, as he would have to do better with a stud like Johnson on the outside.

Top 100 movie quotes

The top 100 movie quotes picked by ESPN continue, with quotes 55 through 51.

• 55: “Well, I figure against today’s pitchers, I’d only probably hit about .290.” This comes from the movie “Cobb.”
This is an alright movie, that I haven’t seen in a very long time.

The quote is from the actor playing Ty Cobb, and Cobb is 72 when he said it.

• 54: “Let them play! Let them play!” A great quote from a great movie, “The Bad News Bears: Breaking Training.”
I’ve seen all the “Bad News Bears” movies, but can’t really tell one from another.

Still, I liked them all, and the quote is really good.

• 53: “Well you’re better than any player I ever had. And you’re the best God damn hitter I ever saw. Suit up.”
Alright, here we go. Basketball movies have “Hoosiers,” and baseball movies have “The Natural,” which is where the quote comes from.

Roy Hobbs, the character in the movie, is the person they are talking about in the quote.
I think “The Natural” is one of the best movies ever, and the quote is pretty good, too.

• 52: “Look, mister, there’s two kinds of dumb. Uh, the guy that gets naked and runs out in the snow and barks at the moon, and, uh, the guy who does the same thing in my living room. First one don’t matter, the second one you’re kinda forced to deal with.”

Maybe the greatest sports movie ever, “Hoosiers” is where this quote comes from.

Not my favorite quote from the movie, but it is in my top five. I love the quote and the movie.

• 51: “Good crowd out there tonight, boys, let’s really try to win this one.”

Wow, three of my favorite movies of all-time, and quotes from these movies are right in-a-row. The movie is “Slap Shot.”

This hockey movie is outstanding, maybe the funniest movie of all-time, and the quote isn’t too bad.