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minnesota-vikings.jpgThere's an episode of "How I Met Your Mother" -- which is not the worst half-hour sitcom out there -- where one of the characters (Marshall, a native of Minnesota) frequents a Vikings bar in New York City.

One of the gags is that every time someone brings up the 1999 NFC Championship game, the entire place yells "damn" and downs their beers to cope.

That was, of course, when Gary Anderson blew a game-winning field goal and the 15-1 Vikes lost to Atlanta in overtime.

With that in mind, one wonders what the patrons of that particular fictional bar will do when someone brings up the 2010 NFC Championship game -- assuming the place didn't get burned down following Brett Favre's silly interception at the end of regulation.
Two human beings that could have spearheaded that event are the Vikings radio broadcast team of Paul Allen and Pete Berchic, who absolutely lost it when ol' No. 4 threw that across-his-body abomination.

Listen here to the call. It's definitely worth your time.

Poor Vikings fans. Not even the Prince fight song can comfort them now.


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Kyle, thanks, my man, for providing this radio clip. I'm a life-long Bears fan (since the Doug Buffone era) living in the Twin Cities. I would not have survived two more weeks of Favre hype had the Vikings won. I LOVED the Favre pick, when all he had to do was limp a few more yards to a game winning, Super Bowl destined field goal. Who Dat???? Who DAT!!!!!!!!!!!

in the last minutes of game in new orleans, why didn't coach brad childress call for a field goal instead of going for more yards? Vikes could've won!!!

Better than they have done in the ten previous years. Favre has been nailing cross body passes since before most radio jocks could crawl. It might change things to try it with an injured ankle.

Given Favre's ankle injury and the beating he had taken all day, his reticence to run was understandable. When he was limping around one has to wonder about the ifs and whens of pulling him.

Losing is always disappointing. But, until this year, I had sort of forgotten what winning felt like.

SORRY...BUT THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYOFF GAMES OF ALL TIME...
PHENOMINAL....YES HE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE JUST RUN A FEW MORE YARDS...AND THAT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT HE WILL ALWAYS THINK BACK TO ...AND MAYBE CHILDRESS SHOULD HAVE STOPPED AND CALLED FOR THE FIELD GOAL...SHOULDA, WOULDA, COULDA.......

BRETT FAVRE DID BETTER THAN ALL THE QUARTERBACKS , SOME HALF HIS AGE, SOME 5-8 YEARS YOUNGER THAN HIM....BETTER THAN ANYONE EVER EXPECTED..HE BROUGHT LIFE BACK TO MINNESOTA...

I FOR ONE WANT TO SEE HIM RETURN ...LET HIM HAVE A GOOD OFF SEASON...
LET HIM GET IN THE TRAINING CAMP EARLY...GET BACK WITH THE GUYS AND HAVE A FULL PRE SEASON TO CONTINUE TO GELL WITH THEM....BRING BACK THE SAME PLAYERS ..GIVE HIM ANOTHER SEASON TO TRAIN JACKSON AND ROSENFELS AND GO ALL THE WAY 2011

Sorry to all the Vikings fans out there but last night's game was awesome. I was sitting watchin the Vikings last drive when I thought to myself, how much it would suck if Favre turned the ball over, and sure enough as I sat there next thing you know, interception. Sweet!

I think Brett Favre did a great job last night considering he was almost beaten to a pulp everytime he threw the ball. He continued to play after being injured and I admire him greatly. If anything lost them the chance to play in the Super Bowl it was the 5 turnovers which happened throughout the game.

I hope and pray that Brett will not retire. He is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. It was certainly proven that they were out to get him last night. The Saints knew if they didn't knock him out they wouldn't win the game. Shame on them.....

for the same freakin' reason the SD Chargers handed over an onside kick with 2:30+ minutes left.

NO BRAINS AT ALL!

That was a bunch of bs. what was he doing. i love the clip its great. In my opinion Brett Farve needs to get his act together and come back next season with the same aditude he had this year. Now this is not all his falt but i still dont understand why the hell he would through the ball when he could have ran and got us closer to feild goal range. Thanks for the clip it help a lot haha.

I'm a lifelong Saints fan, but a fan of Brett Farve all the same. Last night Brett played a spectacular game. Hurt and limping, he hung in that pocket and continued to move the ball on the saints. I thought for sure Minnesota was headed for the Superbowl instead of the Saints because from every statistical point, the vikes outplayed the saints with the exception of turnovers. Hats off to you Brett, you overcame the nay-sayers and took your team to the championship game. No-one can ever overlook that!

I totally agree with Linda Whitaker's comment! It takes a "team" to get to the superbowl. Brett did what he set out to do and that was to do everything he could to get the Vikings to the Super Bowl. After last nights performance, I truly believe HE did do everything he could. Too bad the rest of the Vikings (offense AND defense) didn't play against New Orleans with the same feeling. Even though I would love to watch him play next season, I hope Deanna has enough sense to talk her husband into retiring and spending time with her and his family before he isnt capable. It amazes me how much abuse someone his age can take and still get up fighting. I have repect for him regarding his fight, his integrity for the love of the game, and confidence in himself to continue his life long passion no matter what critics have to say. Who will all of you talk about next year if he does retire?????? We will ALL miss Brett Favre, legend in his own time....for one reason or another..............

The Diva has done it again... King will continue caressing his ball$ and ESPN will continue the Favre network, however, we all know what a farse he is... 1 superbowl (courtesy of Desmond Howard)... everything else, MEDIOCRE!

BRETT FAVRE WILL ALWAYS BE A GREEN BAY PACKER !!! GO PACKERS

It's a sign of the times that you can find so many people that rejoice purely out of Favre's few failures than the man's true competitive nature. He will be gone soon from the game and these people are oblivious to what an amazing athlete he truly is. All they can do is say how he chokes in big games and yet most people can't ever even get the chance to get to a game like that to begin with. He must be doing something right. Cheers old man. See you next year!

Has there been any discussion about the unearned touchdown the Saints were given? The players knees hit the ground prior to the ball crossing the line.... but the refs called it a touchdown and it wasn't challenged. This along with several missed holding & roughing the passer plays that were not called lead to a poorly reffed game.

My dream came true. No not N.O. going to a Super Bowl but Brett Farve being the reason that the Vike's are not. Retire / Unretire, make up your damn mind! He did it to the Pack even before he left the team, screwed the Jets and made the Vikings wait too! To see him blow the NFC Title game twice in 3 years was my christmas and birthday gifts all in one day. He is a tough guy and a gamer but he got the crap knocked out him yesterday. Brett is his own worst enemy and has been forcing the ball down field for years.
He was in it for himself, he wanted to get back to a Super Bowl. It did not matter with what team, he just had to get back there. Well he and A.Peterson cost them a ticket to Miami but maostly Farve and his greed for a title. I loved it ! Now retire already !!!!

Brett took you for a ride and a great season.

But as a die hard follower of the Green & Gold, now you purple people eaters know what it feels like to have Brett end the season of hope for you one play short of the Super Bowl.

He can win most games. But he just can't win the big one.

Ha Ha Ha I hope the Old man waits until september to make up his mind to come back and blow another playoff game with a stupid A** THROW.

What seems to be forgotten is that Brett had to recover the yardage lost when someone miscounted the number of players on the field. There was no excuse for that 5-yard loss, especially when they were coming off a time out. It's not as though they were scrambling to get in the huddle.

You can't lay all the blame for the loss on Brett's shoulders. Berrian fumbled, Harvin fumbled, Peterson fumbled, the pass rush wasn't there, and some bonehead sent an extra man on the field when the game was theirs in the final seconds of the game. In overtime, you can blame Leber (or maybe the officials) for the pass interference penalty that brought the Saints well into field goal range.

Sure, if that pass hadn't been picked off, they would have had a better chance of winning. But it wasn't a sure thing at 58 yards.

What about all the fumbles and dropped passes. I don't think Favre has anything to be ashamed of, it does take a team to win.

You Viqueen fans relax....what comes around goes around. It gets better. The old man will be retiring and then he won't and then he will ... we Packer Backers are enjoying watching. Here's hoping yous guys get the same run around as we did from the guy. Glad we hot rid of him!

Are you (the Viking's broadcast team) nuts. Brett got the Vikings to the Championship game. Where would this team been without him this year? Fumbles, too many in the huddle, not much of a pass rush, all in this game. Brett came back time after time of being knocked down and did everything to keep the Vikings in this game. We've had the pleasure in Green Bay of watching him for most of his seasons and were disappointed when he finally retired. But then he ends up with the Jets and then the Vikings. We missed him, but never forgot what he did to make the years he spent here exiting. Brett did his best in this game. He can't do everything. This game was lost by the rest of the Vikings. Take a chill pill.

Too many mistakes by other than Favre lost the game. Three fumbles by their best back, dropped handoffs, bad ref calls during the overtime. If I could see the football move when the final pass was received, fumbled and he hit the ground, why did the "booth" guys not see it. Say what you like about Favre, but New Orleans was destined to go to the Super Bowl, and the "booth" guys ensured they did!

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This book was written back in the day by some Pioneer Press journalists, and has remained a prophetic voice to this day.

I was very impress with the total game except for the fumbles. I do not blame Brett for the loss. I think at the time of the INT he was trying to make something happen and it did not work. I really hope he does come back and prove everyone of the fair weather fans a thing that to be a true viking fan has to accept the ups and downs. I feel that if he does come back that we can do it and win the Super Bowl.

COME BACK BRETT!!!!

Farve is what I call a Big Game Choker!!! I took such joy in seeing him blow another game. Brings a smile to my face.

Ha! Here's to you looser's crapping out lastnight. Your classless fan running your mouths all week about Katrina and the disaster deserve to lose! Maybe you need to learn how to protect the football better!LOL. The best team won! Now geaux back to your ice shanty's and lick your wounds. The New Orleans Saints are#1 and NFC Champions!!!!WHO DAT. WE DAT!

It very depressing to see the Vikings lose to such an overated team! For the saints having the #1 offense in the NFL they where 3 and out everytime they touched the ball. As for the game the Vikings didnt lose to New Orleans the Vikings lost to themselves. Between all the fumbles and interceptions they had, they gave an easily won game away. To all the saint fans who watched the game the Vikings are by far the superior team. Go favre! Flukes do happen.

From the small town of Kiln,where he was raised, to the Sporting News recognizing Favre as one of the 100 “Good Guys” in sports.
At four years old Brett was hit in the head with a baseball bat! Brett Favre did not even cry!!
Favre claims if he ever did cry, he did it because he figured he was supposed to—not because it hurt.
When he wasn’t in school he was either playing sports, practicing for sports,helped him alot!.
Find out more about this great guy from this article I read about him!

http://ketiva.com/Sports/the_biography_of_brett_favrethe_life_of_a_legend.html

Brett's last pass as a Packer was an interception. His last pass as a Jet was an interception. His last pass as a Viking was an interception. Why didn't he retire four years ago when he was on top of his game?

Only Favre haters could blame him for Sunday's loss. There is plenty of blame to go around, begining with the coaching staff. 12 men on the field after a time out?!?!?! What was that about? 5 or was it 6 fumbles; and what happened to the offensive line that showed up for the last Dallas game? I didn't see them on the field at all...did they miss the team plane?

Long time Packer fan who has survived numerous Favre-A$$ interceptions. I clearly recall the infamous "4th and 26" Philadephia debacle (not all Favre's fault) and the Giants NFC championship game two years ago. Same foolish approach at a key point in the game and the same results. He likes to blame it on his need to carry the team.

I thoroughly enjoyed this soundbite. I couldn't think of a more arrogant group of sports fans to have their hopes and dreams crushed by Mr. Waffle.

I hate to break it to you all, but there is no way on earth that the Vikings would have even made this far without Favre. Sage Rosenfels, Tarvaris Jackson? Are you kidding me? Favre didn't fumble twice in the red zone, AP and Berrian did. If you watch the replay, if he had tried to run five yards, there was a linebacker there who was going to drill him over to Bourbon Street. No way was Longwell going to make a kick 58 yards in the Superdome with that rush. Not his fault that the vikes lost, they shouldn't have been in that position at all. They should have been up by two touchdowns, but for the fumblitis sydrome of Peterson. Favre will take the fall, but his teammates are the ones who blew it.

I'd first like to say it was bullshit they didn't call the Tom Brady rule on Bobby McCray. Even tho Favre threw the pick it didn't end the game. Is it Favres fault the Vikings cant count to 12? Is it Favres fault they fumbled 4 times? I'd like to see you guys have an ankle injury taped up at the age of 40 in full pads and run 5 yards!


Sucks for you Anonymous the Bears are going to become the new Lions I'd be mad to if I was a Bears fan.

Favre's picked pass was completely bone-headed on many levels. Why put the ball at risk that close to FG range? Run! Get the 4,5,6 yards. Then it's up to the kicker. Why throw cross body like that? Fundamental football. You just don't do it. Vikes lost and it was because of a straight up stupid decision by Favre to pass in the first place, and the pass itself was bad - a lame duck easily picked off. Horrid decision, horrid execution. And that, football fans, is a text book example of what's called "a choke". Period. Everything that happened prior to that didn't matter. It came down to that one play and the NFL's and sports media darling, Favre, blew it. Big time. If he can't take the hits, he didn't belong in the league and should has stayed retired. That's the way it is. Listen the the Vike radio announcers. They're spot on and have every right to be furious with Favre. He - and he alone, in that one putrid play, cost the Vikes a trip to the Super Bowl. He retires for sure this year, and this one play will be his legacy. Moral? When you decide to retire from pro sports after a successful career, stay retired. Leave the fantasy comeback storylines where they belong, at the movies.

What a game! As I told my Viking supporting colleagues after the Vikes' miracle last pass win over San Fran earlier in the season, "Enjoy all #4 brings you now, because I assure you, at the most inopportune time, he will put a stake through your heart." And boy did he ever...all you have to do is listen to the radio call a few times to actually feel the dagger being impaled. Brett did not lose the game for the Vikings, but he blew the opportunity to win the game at the closing moment...and of course the rest was karma as you just knew they wouldn't even touch the ball again.

In 18 years of watching Brett and his teams, I can't count the times that against quality opposition, his team outplayed, outhustled and out-gained the opponent, but somehow the score was not reflective of that domination, but instead victory came down to the last series or two. Typically because of a few errant gun slinging moments that often spilled over to his teammates. Maybe that is what the NFL really wants? Certainly helps viewership by creating regular drama.

For those complaining about the boneheaded 12 men in the huddle, after a time out has been taken, it is the QB's responsibility to make sure the huddle is only 10 (plus himself) before entering, because you can't call another time out, etc. Given how badly #4 was beaten up, he was probably pretty dazed by then.

All in all, though, a gutsy performance, and the better team lost - the same result as his past 2 NFC Championship games in the green and gold. Too bad AP and others couldn't hold onto the ball. Maybe #4 will take a clue from the "Three Strikes and Your Out" rule this time. Somehow, I doubt it Vikes fans.....be ready for "I am old, tired and beaten up....I know I can still play, but my body and desire just aren't quite there".....until end of July when you hear he is throwing passes to the high schoolers down in Miss...then come that first pre-season game....I would expect #4 to be back in the purple / gold / white for one more run - minus the hassle of training camp.

In the end, #4 is both a legend AND an enigma....the iron man drama king....tough as nails....a decent humanitarian....and an "aw shucks" media manipulater. Maybe that is what you have to be when you become Brett Favre Inc.....just ask Tiger:) But luv him or hate him....enjoy what might be left because there hasn't been one quite like him....nor will there be for some time....and that is what the NFL is REALLY worried about!

WOW! What a bunch of haters and pretend NFL fans. Yeah Favre had a bonehead moment but how about this: The O line couldnt have protected any worse all night. The defense played bend but dont break all night. There were fumbles that were not Bret's fault and sloppy play calling and management during that last drive that led to 12 men in the huddle.

As for bad officiating I will grant you that there were some bad calls ON BOTH SIDES. They dont swap out officials when the other team gets the ball. There were two roughing the passer calls that shouldnt have been called and one that wasnt and should have. The last pass interference call was a bit of a reach. There were at least two blatent missed holding calls against the Vikes that never were even mentioned. Bottom line is you have to be better than the other team to win no matter what the officials do or dont do. The Vikes were the better team statistically except for turnovers. Might as well say its dark out at noon except for all that damn light.

The Viking TEAM lost for one reason only... turnovers. You can blame Bret for three (maybe) of them... the two interceptions and the botched handoff after the R. Bush fumble. Now, how many turnovers or near turnovers that cost field position were there???? I am not a big Favre fan but give the guy some credit. Without him I dont think the Vikes are in the championship game this year and no other QB alive could have taken the abuse he got Sunday and stayed in the game... I was amazed.

WOW! What a bunch of haters and pretend NFL fans. Yeah Favre had a bonehead moment but how about this: The O line couldnt have protected any worse all night. The defense played bend but dont break all night. There were fumbles that were not Bret's fault and sloppy play calling and management during that last drive that led to 12 men in the huddle.

As for bad officiating I will grant you that there were some bad calls ON BOTH SIDES. They dont swap out officials when the other team gets the ball. There were two roughing the passer calls that shouldnt have been called and one that wasnt and should have. The last pass interference call was a bit of a reach. There were at least two blatent missed holding calls against the Vikes that never were even mentioned. Bottom line is you have to be better than the other team to win no matter what the officials do or dont do. The Vikes were the better team statistically except for turnovers. Might as well say its dark out at noon except for all that damn light.

The Viking TEAM lost for one reason only... turnovers. You can blame Bret for three (maybe) of them... the two interceptions and the botched handoff after the R. Bush fumble. Now, how many turnovers or near turnovers that cost field position were there???? I am not a big Favre fan but give the guy some credit. Without him I dont think the Vikes are in the championship game this year and no other QB alive could have taken the abuse he got Sunday and stayed in the game... I was amazed.

WOW! What a bunch of haters and pretend NFL fans. Yeah Favre had a bonehead moment but how about this: The O line couldnt have protected any worse all night. The defense played bend but dont break all night. There were fumbles that were not Bret's fault and sloppy play calling and management during that last drive that led to 12 men in the huddle.

As for bad officiating I will grant you that there were some bad calls ON BOTH SIDES. They dont swap out officials when the other team gets the ball. There were two roughing the passer calls that shouldnt have been called and one that wasnt and should have. The last pass interference call was a bit of a reach. There were at least two blatent missed holding calls against the Vikes that never were even mentioned. Bottom line is you have to be better than the other team to win no matter what the officials do or dont do. The Vikes were the better team statistically except for turnovers. Might as well say its dark out at noon except for all that damn light.

The Viking TEAM lost for one reason only... turnovers. You can blame Bret for three (maybe) of them... the two interceptions and the botched handoff after the R. Bush fumble. Now, how many turnovers or near turnovers that cost field position were there???? I am not a big Favre fan but give the guy some credit. Without him I dont think the Vikes are in the championship game this year and no other QB alive could have taken the abuse he got Sunday and stayed in the game... I was amazed.

WOW! What a bunch of haters and pretend NFL fans. Yeah Favre had a bonehead moment but how about this: The O line couldnt have protected any worse all night. The defense played bend but dont break all night. There were fumbles that were not Bret's fault and sloppy play calling and management during that last drive that led to 12 men in the huddle.

As for bad officiating I will grant you that there were some bad calls ON BOTH SIDES. They dont swap out officials when the other team gets the ball. There were two roughing the passer calls that shouldnt have been called and one that wasnt and should have. The last pass interference call was a bit of a reach. There were at least two blatent missed holding calls against the Vikes that never were even mentioned. Bottom line is you have to be better than the other team to win no matter what the officials do or dont do. The Vikes were the better team statistically except for turnovers. Might as well say its dark out at noon except for all that damn light.

The Viking TEAM lost for one reason only... turnovers. You can blame Bret for three (maybe) of them... the two interceptions and the botched handoff after the R. Bush fumble. Now, how many turnovers or near turnovers that cost field position were there???? I am not a big Favre fan but give the guy some credit. Without him I dont think the Vikes are in the championship game this year and no other QB alive could have taken the abuse he got Sunday and stayed in the game... I was amazed.

A lot of things could be said, but this I know to be true. You do not deserve to win if you turnover the ball 5 times! Nothing else matters.

Plain and simple, it never should have come to overtime. The Vikes dominated the highest scoring team in football, and them promptly shot themselves in the foot! Way to go! Better luck next year, then again we have been saying that for a long time.

To Brett, thanks for your best season ever. Hope to see you next year. I will still be watching whoever is the quarterback.

Why, because that is what a true loyal fan does, STAND BY YOUR TEAM!

My dad was Bear's fan. I've been a lifelong Packers fan, but became a Vikings fan in view of #4's stature and approach to the game.
The Vikings and Favre beat New Orleans on both sides of the ball.
Mr. Favre heart and sheer guts are an inspiration, he's one of the best that ever was.

Interception or no interception - Brett Favre is the best quarterback ever!! He didn't lose the game all by himself, he is just the one who will get the blame by all the jealous haters! This whole season has been exciting because of #4. I don't see other quarterbacks play with the enthusiasm and pure love for the game like he does and I just hope and pray he will return this year. Brett Favre is the reason I watch football. And I don't just watch the Minnesota Vikings, I watch all the other teams too, but I watch them and appreciate what a special player Brett Favre is! No one plays with more heart than Brett Favre. Yes, he threw an interception and yes, the Vikings lost, but it was still an amazing season and I am proud to be a Favre/Vikings fan! PLEASE DON'T RETIRE YET BRETT!

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