December 20, 2005

Pot, kettle...kettle, pot. You two should have a lot in common.: Vikings coach Mike Tice shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that no matter what school he went to, or degree he received, he simply does not know the definition of the word "irony."

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 05:46 PM - 15 comments

And, as a bonus, check the picture of Tice with the article...look like a Nazi much?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:48 PM on December 20, 2005

I'm a Vikings fan, but I'm becoming less and less of a Mike Tice fan.

posted by kirkaracha at 05:51 PM on December 20, 2005

I like that Tice draws the conclusion that "...maybe Pittsburgh fans are just a little more diehard than our fans are." Cause it couldn't possibly be that they don't want to cheer a team in turmoil with a jackass for a coach.

posted by lilnemo at 06:01 PM on December 20, 2005

A coach only Marge Schott could love. Minnesota's Million Dollar Honkey.

posted by yerfatma at 06:06 PM on December 20, 2005

I don't think it's so much a case of irony. There's a difference between a coach selling his tickets to the Super Bowl where he maybe had absolutely no interest in or just had extra tickets and a fan selling his ticket to what could have been a make or break get to the playoffs game. Don't get me wrong... A man making professional sports kind of money should be able to sell those extra tickets at face value to friends, family or whomever. Or maybe even given them away. A team should expect, however, for their "loyal" fans to show up, especially in this type of atmosphere. Not to say that those fans don't have a right to sell their tickets, but if Tice is right when he said up to 15,000 Steelers fans, that is ridiculous. Maybe many fans don't want to come out since Culpeper is out, but Johnson has far outplayed him this year. my .02

posted by Ricardo at 06:24 PM on December 20, 2005

I've only lived here for a little over a year, but Minnesota sports teams are fucking weird. I just don't get 'em. How can they screw things up so badly so frequently? It's insane that this guy is still the coach. He should've been gone long ago. Yeah he's underpaid and his staff sucks, that doesn't change the fact that he's an idiot. Why would a man who was busted for scalping Super Bowl tickets (and talk about die-hard fans, the man is a football coach and he's selling Super Bowl tickets?) ever say a damn thing about ticket scalping? Especially something so stupid as, "Oh, maybe they needed a little extra cash for Christmas, I don't know, seems weird that our fans would sell their tickets though."

posted by panoptican at 06:41 PM on December 20, 2005

Old news. Numbnuts Nolan said it first. "I would like 49ers fans to keep their tickets," Nolan said. "That would be nice." It would be even nicer if Nolan knew how to coach. Niners home game tickets are going wholesale on ebay and craigslist this year. The number of season tickets seats and rights up for sale is staggering.

posted by irunfromclones at 06:44 PM on December 20, 2005

How can they screw things up so badly so frequently? It's insane that this guy is still the coach. He should've been gone long ago. Yeah he's underpaid and his staff sucks, that doesn't change the fact that he's an idiot. Try being a Lions fan for awhile. At least your guys have a winning record and a shot, however slim, at the playoffs.

posted by philly54 at 07:34 PM on December 20, 2005

What A JERK !!!

posted by Tigger at 08:00 PM on December 20, 2005

Forget Tice. The News in the NFL is that the Saints have played their last game in Louisiana ever. The question now is where will they play next year: S.A. or L.A. Remember, Baton Rouge and N.O. are now out of the picture for 2006 and beyond.

posted by Joe88 at 11:08 PM on December 20, 2005

Where's that news, Joe88? The wires have been pretty emphatic saying the exact opposite. Tagliabue's on record as saying he's committed to keeping the Saints in Louisiana long-term despite Tom Benson's protestations, and they are in fact renovating the Superdome, which should be ready for NFL games by November 1, 2006. So, back to Tice. He's dug in enough with all the things that have happened this year that he might as well stay and see if he can pull the Vikings out of this hole once Culpepper gets healthy and everyone's back on message. He'll start next year, but if they don't do well in the first half-dozen games, he might be getting the hook then. Not before, though.

posted by chicobangs at 11:40 PM on December 20, 2005

Matt Millen and Mike Tice deserve each other. But neither deserves another team. The Lions and Vikings are sad enough with those two. I would not want to see another group of players subjected to M&M.

posted by roberts at 07:18 AM on December 21, 2005

"Maybe, in their defense, they sold the tickets when ... we were 2-5. Maybe they said, 'The heck with it, I'm not going to that.' " ... = our players were to busy importing strippers and playing with plastic dicks on boats instead of concentrating on getting better at a time when

posted by woody1090 at 10:19 AM on December 21, 2005

"I've only lived here for a little over a year, but Minnesota sports teams are fucking weird. I just don't get 'em. How can they screw things up so badly so frequently? " As a native Minnesotan, Vikings aside, what other teams are you talking about? The Twins are owned by a tightwad jackass, so that explains their situation. Even so, they have won their division 3 times in the last 4 years. And the Wild are quite competitive, despite having the lowest payroll in the NHL. They're a young team, give them a few years and I think they'll be something special. As for the Vikings, Mike Tice is an idiot and a jerk, and I can't even express to you how much it pisses me off that he's trying to shift the blame for this loss onto hometown fans. Yeah, how many penalties did your undisciplined team take in that loss, Mike? Can we discuss that? I have no idea why he still has a job. No. Idea.

posted by criedel at 10:26 AM on December 21, 2005

I'm no complaining so much as wondering. It's actually pretty entertaining. The Vikings are obviously the crown jewel to the bumbling. The T-Wolves have the best player in all the land and because their GM can't make up his mind about what sort of team he wants to have, KG's stuck watching TD collect rings. The Twins have done well for themselves these last couple years, I still have to wonder though why this GM is so obsessed with prospects to the point that he ends up losing the possibility of turning them around for proven veterans. And the manager, as far as a I can tell, doesn't know what the word "platoon" means. Gopher football comes so close to finally being something and then they fumble the punt (glad I'm not a big Gopher fan because that would have really sucked). I don't follow hockey too much, and yeah, the Wild have been pretty good so far so I'll leave that one aline. Like I said, I'm not really complaining. Certainly there are worse teams to follow. And I've followed them. It just seems like Minnesota teams come up with some weird ways to screw up. Ways I haven't seen before.

posted by panoptican at 02:00 PM on December 21, 2005

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