Sunday, September 11, 2005

Buccaneers Plunder Vikings

As a longtime fan of the Minnesota Vikings, I was so disgusted after their implosion a couple years ago that I became a fan of the Green Bay Packers. It was hard to cheer for the Pack at first, because they're an arch-enemy of Minnesota, a constant rival in the battle for the NFC central (now the NFC north). I couldn't take it anymore: the fumbles and interceptions by Daunte Culpepper made me crazy! As did the nonexistent defense. So I made the switch.

Since then, the Vikes have shown steady improvement in their offense, especially the bane of my existance: Culpepper. He's been awesome! And this year it looks like there will be a defense in Minnesota, so it could be good! I've moved back and pretty much made them my team again. The Packers are now my "backup team".

But then came the opener. In the 24-13 loss to Tampa Bay, the defense looked excellent at first, but the offense struggled. Suddenly, Arrrrg! It's like I stepped into a time machine! Culpepper with 2 fumbles and 3 interceptions, and 2 of those INT's coming in the final 2 minutes of the game, when the Vikes were driving for the game-winning TD! It was hard to watch. Even in giving up 24 points though, I think there's still a lot of hope for the defense.

One bright spot in the game was Darren Sharper who Minnesota picked up from (how fitting) the Packers. An INT he took 88 yards for a touchdown. He had several great hits, and was an overall pleasure to watch.

My OTHER team (I'm still calling them my other team for now, I'm not bailing after one game) The Packers, are just starting their game against Detroit as I write this, so I'm hoping they'll give me something to cheer about. It'll be a tough decision when Minnesota meets Green Bay this year. Who to root for?

8 Comments:

Blogger TE said...

Derifter,
I told Clint that I'm going to shut down my blog and I wanted to tell you too. People are pretty much going to believe whatever they want. I've realized that arguing with people doesn't do much good. People don't actually look to see if you discovered any truth. They are to busy thinking of what they will attack you with next. It's not about people searching for good answers, it's about who wins the battles.

From seeing how you responded to things people said, I think you realized this way before I did. Your a lot wiser than I am. It's been good talking to you. I wish you the best in life.
T.E.

September 11, 2005 9:29 PM  
Blogger DErifter said...

TE,

The way I see it, everyone's looking for something. I know I don't have a lock on the truth but, like Peter said to the lame man at the gate, "...what I have I give to you."

He was talking healing, but what I'm saying is that I'm just laying what I know out there so that if anyone can benefit from it, here it is. Take it. Even if I'm wrong, maybe that will be revealed in the comments they leave, and then I'll be the one who grows.

It's like the cups in convenience stores that say, "Need a penny? Take one. Got a penny? Leave one." Except we're talking two cents: Thoughts.

Some are bound to have different motives, but I don't want to keep what I know to myself because of them. I'll share what I have in the hope that someone will benefit.

You probably got Clint's message that he's taking a break too. In the short time we've been carrying on here, I feel like I got to know you guys some and I feel blessed by it. I guess you gotta do what you gotta do. I'm telling you what I told him: It's been an honor to have your comments here, and you're always welcome to add your two cents.

Blessings to you and your family, TE!

September 11, 2005 11:15 PM  
Blogger TE said...

Derifter,
I got Clint's message too. Before I got it though, I had decided to give all this arguing up. He said, I shouldn't just delete my blog though. I have mixed feelings right now. You are right too. I can throw stuff out there and maybe something good can come from it.

I often go back over my own writings and find mistakes and feel really dumb about what I wrote. I will think I have a good answer and then later find a better answer, and then wonder why I am even trying because of the mistakes I make. Many times I don't write clearly enough for people to understand what I'm saying anyway.

It's also a little tougher than I thought it would be arguing with people on the computer. Just because I can't physically see the person I'm talking to, I still have the same emotions with people I talk to on the internet as I do talking to people face to face. For some reason, I didn't think it would be as stressful arguing on the internet, as it is face to face. It's not as easy as I thought it would be.

On a lighter note, it looks like my Chiefs might actually be able to play a little defense for the first time in I don't know how long. I grew up in Kansas, and they have always been my favorite team. I have stuck with them, even though they have sucked since after the Len Dawson days.

T.E.

September 12, 2005 9:47 AM  
Blogger DErifter said...

The Chiefs have had a great offense for a few years now! But I know who I'll be pulling for when they play either of my teams. It really would be nice to have a team with a good offense AND a good defense, or I'd even settle for an average defense. For quite a while, Minnesota's defense has done little more than stink up whatever stadium or dome they've played at. Even so, I think it's more exciting to watch that than to have a great defense and no offense. (Yawn.)

Regarding your blog, you don't need to be looking for an argument, just think of it as a discussion. If it's your post, just post what you want and leave it at that. If someone doesn't agree with you it's ok. Nobody agrees with everything anybody says so if you think they'll agree with everything you say, you'll be disappointed. You don't need to convince them of your position but if something you say moves them an inch closer to Jesus, be thankful for that.

"T.E. planted the seed, derifter watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow."

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (loosely...)

Peace man.

September 12, 2005 6:18 PM  
Blogger TE said...

Derifter,
That was very well said. That's the way I've got to look at it.

T.E.

September 12, 2005 8:32 PM  
Blogger TE said...

Derifter,
How are you doing?

The Chiefs play the team I hate the most in the NFL this week, the Raiders.
I hope the Chiefs defense is better, It's hard to tell by the Jets game. The Jets are really bad. I should know a little more after the Raiders game. I think they play Sunday night.

My Oklahoma Sooners are really stinking up college football. They are terrible, and thats a complement. But I will watch them get slaughtered by UCLA and just look at the season as a rebuilding year.

I think I have become an expert at speaking out of both sides of my mouth at the same time. I say I will give my life for somebody one minute and cry about my Sooners the next. Then I say I'm ending my blog and a week later start a new blog. I hope you don't think I'm to much of a hypocrite.

Give me a write,

T.E.

September 16, 2005 10:57 AM  
Blogger DErifter said...

Welcome back, TE! Haven't heard from you in a few days, I thought you were mad at me or something! Not really. I think that when I start paying people to visit my blog, I'm only gunna have to write 1 check, to you. Unless Google picks up on the words "PAYING PEOPLE TO VISIT MY BLOG".

I saved the above paragraph as a Word document so that I can just paste it into a comment every time you scrap your blog, then start a new one.

HA HA! You know I'm just having some fun with you, TE. It's good to hear from you. A new blog, huh? I'll have to check it out.

No, I don't think you're too much of a hypocrite. There's no commandment that says "Thou shalt not end thy blog once thou hast opened it, and neither shall you restart it after thou hast ended it."

It's been pretty slow around here without you guys commenting! I've been spending more time checking out other blogs lately. Don't be a stranger, eh?

September 16, 2005 6:50 PM  
Blogger TE said...

Derifter,

Just click on "te said" on one of my messages to you and when you are taken to my blog, just scroll down to blog names.

I'm pretty much starting over. I will be writing on both blogs. Both will be about Christianity. The Truth Explorer will be about Christian Apologetics in general. The other, "WoF" only".

T.E.

September 16, 2005 7:00 PM  

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