It’s officially the off-season! That means that you’ll get all sorts of super helpful (if by helpful you mean pointless) articles like this two-parter!
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Classic Vikings/Other Players
Adrian Peterson – Wolverine / Juggernaut
Adrian Peterson is inhuman, which means he probably should’ve been someone like Black Bolt or Gorgon. However, it’s his agelessness and healing factor (coming back from a torn ACL in a time that no one has matched, let alone the subsequent season he had) that makes him so special.
Beyond that, when vintage AP got momentum he was nearly impossible to take down a la Juggernaut.
Aaron Rodgers – Dr. Doom
Don’t get me wrong, Dr. Doom is amazing. Don’t get me wrong, also, as Aaron Rodgers is also amazing.
Both have very whiney and vain primadonna-esque qualities. Take Dr. Doom, who couldn’t handle the tiniest of scars on his face after a science experiment gone wrong so he creates a mask, but can handle his “disfiguration” and puts the red hot metal mask on his face.
As you can imagine, not the best move.
Doom later goes on to run the/his country of Latveria as a full dictatorship, however, the standard of life there has bordered on utopian status at times.
Both also seemingly never reach their full potential despite all the talents (or technology, or magic), which makes the good guys happy.
Sound familiar x 2?!?
Stefon Diggs – Winter Soldier / Ultron
“You wanted to [win a Super Bowl], but didn’t want [your run first philosophy] to change. How [is the outcome of a season going to be any different] if [they’re] not allowed to… evolve? These puppets [“coaching” the offense]. There’s only one path to [a Super Bowl]. The [Buffalo Bills]”
Beyond that stretch of a quote, Diggs and Ultron both have jealous issues, Diggs with Thielen or Dalvin Cook and Ultron with his creator Tony Stark (or Hank Pym in the comics).
I could also argue that Thielen is Captain America/Minnesota and that would make Diggs his Bucky/Winter Soldier. Considering that Diggs went from Minnesota’s cold to Buffalo’s snow, you could also call him the Winter Soldier as well.
Tom Brady – Stan Lee
Since exploding onto the scene in the NFL near the turn of the millennium, Tom Brady has been a mainstay in nearly every Conference Championship game and about 50% of the Super Bowls.
Up until his passing, Stan Lee was in every Marvel related movie.
Speaking of Brady, I’d definitely give Gronk the honorable mention as Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy. This scene will explain what I mean.
Randy Moss – Thor
This may seem a bit strange as many think of Thor as a large, Oafish and over encumbered with bulky muscle. However, Thor is actually one of the faster characters in the comics and movies as his hammer Mjolnir can travel at the speed of light.
Courtesy of the Bifrost, Thor can also travel anywhere in the universe with relative ease. You could argue that the operator of the Bifrost, Heimdall, is an amalgamation of Red McCombs and Brad Childress and the bifrost is the trade deadline with the universe being the league.
Playoff coaches against Zimmer – Professor X
Much has been said about Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer’s regular season “success” and the fact the he’s made the post-season every other year. How that became the bar for good enough to some Vikings fans is beyond me, but I’m not going to focus on that here/again.
Instead, I want to focus on the playoff embarrassment that the Vikings have had in those every other playoff seasons. While I could obviously extrapolate this reference out to every Vikings team, with the 41-0 loss to the New York Giants being particularly apt, but I want to relate to the Gen Z’ers out there so let’s stick to the Zimmer era.
Watch/attempt to stomach the above and tell me that it didn’t feel as if Doug Pederson was reading Zimmer’s mind.