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Vikings’ fantastic group TD celebration inspires amusing debate (vid)

The Minnesota Vikings debuted without question one of the best group celebrations so far this season on Monday night with a creative and choreographed tribute to  “Duck, Duck, Goose.”

Or is it “Duck, Duck, Grey Duck”?

Well, it depends on what geographical region one calls home, evidently. Or, more accurately, Minnesota stands alone in the debate, apparently.

Several Vikings players participated in the tribute to the beloved children’s game following a Kyle Rudolph touchdown during the third quarter of Minnesota’s 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears.

As players took a seat in the end zone, Rudolph moved around the circle of teammates, mimicking how “Duck, Duck, Goose” — or “Duck, Duck, Grey Duck” — is played.

The nature of the group celebration has set off a debate of sorts on what exactly the game is called. Being that the Vikings of course call Minnesota home, it merits noting that the game is referred to as “Duck, Duck, Grey Duck” in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. However, it seems that everywhere else in the U.S. the game is called “Duck, Duck, Goose.”

Rudolph, born and raised in Ohio and the ringleader of the inspired celebration, could be heard yelling “GOOSE!” during the celebration.

“Apparently in Minnesota they call it duck, duck, gray duck,” Rudolph said. “We call it duck, duck, goose.”

Count Vikings quarterback Case Keenum, a Texas native who led the Vikings to victory in relief of a gimpy and ineffective Sam Bradford, among those utterly baffled by calling the game anything other than “Duck, Duck, Goose.”

“It’s not gray duck. It’s goose,” Keenum said, via ESPN. “Where I’m from in Texas, it’s goose. Kyle called it duck, duck, goose in the huddle right before the play. Obviously Kyle is a goose fan as well. I’ve never actually heard of gray duck. What is a gray duck?”

That’s a good question, Case. That said, Minnesotans clearly won’t crying “fowl” over the issue. And it’s abundantly clear they don’t care where the rest of the country stands on the whimsical issue.