sam's notes

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Monday, October 31, 2005

.....I don't think it was a good idea for Fred Smoot, of all people, to be talking trash before yesterday's game between the Vikings and the Panthers.

Vikings coach Mike Tice on the matchup between Smoot and Steve Smith:

"Fred didn't win that matchup today."

The Charlotte Observer's Scott Fowler rags Smoot, but declines to address the infamous boat party.

From a reader's perspective, it's hard to understand how Fowler took a pass on the incident, considering the fact that it's a major factor in the Vikings' implosion, which has been a big story in the NFL this season.

The N&R's Ed Hardin is tougher:

"Now two weeks removed from their own bye week, the Vikings have come apart. The party-boat controversy, one of the great distractions in NFL history, has split the team and its fan base and exposed the franchise as an undisciplined, ill-coached team capable of losing every game for the rest of the season, even in the worst division in football."

Still, where there's love......

Tice to quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who's out for the season:

"I love you."

Culpepper to Tice:

"I love you."


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