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Vikings Appear To Have Some Kind Of Twisted Oral Fixation Regarding The Saints

Heading into their “rematch” (I put that word in quotes because anyone who sees this game as having any semblance of a rematch just doesn’t get it) of last season’s NFC Championship game against the Saints, the Vikings’ primary area concern shouldn’t be about the need for another serviceable cornerback or how to best prevent Brett Favre taking a similar beating as he did in the previous game , they should be far more worried about the team’s unresolved issues regarding the heartbreaking loss at the Superdome last January which is disturbingly manifesting itself in a vocalized display of oral fixation.

In an article published in today’s Star Tribune about how the team has dealt with that brutal loss, despite the fact the Vikings far outplayed the Saints in many facets of the game (a quick look at the statistics certainly qualifies this notion, except for the whole, you know, fumbling, turnovers and, ahem, horrendous twelve men in the huddle penalty), and how no matter how hard the players, coaches and staff have tried to move on from it, the experience has nevertheless been a thorn in their side the entire offseason. What’s uncanny about the statements from several Vikings is the shared and common thread by which they have chosen to articulate their emotions: most of the quotes in the article seem to illustrate that these players appear to have regressed to the first of Sigmund Freud’s psychosexual stages of development: the oral stage.

To wit (via the Star Tribune):

“It’s one of 16, but at the same time it is a little special for us, being the way that we lost last year,” tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said. “It’s right away. We’re seeing them right away. They left a bad taste in our mouth.”

And:

“It would have been a whole lot easier if they beat us,” [Anthony] Herrera said. “But when the stats show you’ve got more yardage than them, you outplayed them except for the turnovers, and you know that you killed yourself, it’s just a hard thing to swallow.”

There’s more:

“We can’t do anything now but grit our teeth and be mad at it,” [Percy] Harvin said.

Adrian Peterson added:

“I’m not going to like seeing it up there, but it is what it is,” he said. “I’ve just been focusing on putting that behind us, still got that sour taste in your mouth. It’s a new season. What they did last year and what we did last year doesn’t matter. I’m just focused on getting the ball rolling and starting it off good — with a win.”

Jeez, guys, now why don’t you go ahead tell us about your mothers…

32 weeks, 4 days ago [Star Tribune]