Originally posted on Vikings Digital Diaries  |  Last updated 12/30/11

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: John Sullivan #65 of the Minnesota Vikings runs blocks against Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)


You know what? I'll be the first to admit that Purple Jesus Diaries has probably ignored John Sullivan more than we should have during his career with the Vikings. It's not that we don't think he's a fine football player (I actually have no idea!), it's just that he's kind of invisible when placed around the rest of the characters on this team. I mean really, if you had a choice to write about John Sullivan or Chris Kluwe, who do you choose?

While the answer appears simple, THAT MAY ALL BE ABOUT TO CHANGE.


BOOM. John Sullivan has a smokin' hot lady friend. As a fan, this make me very proud. I like it when I find out that players on the team I happen to cheer for are doing well for themselves. It boosts my confidence, telling me that just MAYBE the team has a chance because the guys playing maybe aren't a bunch of doodle-bugs afterall. Or maybe they are, but at least we know they're people too, and that makes hating them a lot harder.

This lady is Ashley Tarutis (@ashleytarutis), who certainly knows how to decorate for Christmas. She also happens to be a Master's student at the University of Notre Dame (BBOOOOO!!!) and is a volleyball player for them. She also originally hails from Long Beach, California, and was almost born on the 4th of July. Would that have been fun? I kind of feel like it would have been a crap job to share your birthday with America. I want two separate days of binge drinking, dammit! So Ashley lucked out.

What this all means, if any or nothing at all, is that John Sullivan became a hell of a lot cooler for no reason at all. Maybe it's the lumberjack look with his red flannel. Maybe it's the fact that Jim Kleinsasser is retiring this year, and we need a new woodsy-looking guy with a beard on the team. Maybe it's because he signed that contract extension recently, and I better find out a little bit more about him. More likely, it's the fact that he's towering over Ashley here, which has definitely assuaged any negative feelings I've had that he may be too small to play center for us. I mean look at him! He's taller than a fireplace! That has to be a good thing!

Whatever it is, prepare for some "Sullivan The Lumberjack" fan-fiction in your near future. Or maybe Al Borland fan fiction. He kind of looks like Al Borland here, right? Weird. Whatever. Best of luck to these two crazy kids, whatever may happen in their life. Go get 'em, you two!

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