Originally posted on Vikings Digital Diaries  |  Last updated 2/2/12

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17: Linebackers Chad Greenway #52 and Ben Leber #51 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrate a play against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Welcome to the offseason doldrums at Purple Jesus Diaries! To pass the time, we're introducing a new feature called "Much A-Poo About Nothing," which will chronicle a variety of Vikings players throughout history in comparison to bowel movements. What? Yes. Referencing the de facto Poop-tionary "What's Your Poo Telling You?" by Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, M.D., we'll be comparing Vikings players to medically described craps, all the ups, downs, messes, misses, and pains you can imagine. Read any A-Poo's you've missed by clicking here, and continue on for today's feature on Chad Greenway:


The Man: Chad Greenway is quit simply, a stupefying player. He does nothing fantastic but everything ... decent? Not quite solid, but ... fine, kind of like Elisabeth Moss' level of sexiness. In his years with the Vikings, he's shown he can consistently get burned by tight ends running open on pass plays, and he can't contain running backs sprinting out into the flats for a short gainer either. He's not exactly physically imposing, and doesn't have a face that would strike fear into the hearts of men and terrorists like Ray Lewis has. It's not JUST because he's white, either (although that'd likely a huge part of it!). Despite all of this, Greenway has led the team in tackles four years straight, with the only year he didn't lead being his rookie year when he came in third. I mean, REALLY?! Is this some kind of crazy magic? How is Greenway able to pull this off?!


The Poop: Just as mysterious is the poop that Richman and Sheth have named "The Clean Sweep," also known as "Wipless Poo," "The Perfect Wipe," and "Mr. Clean." Here's what they have to say about this sorcerer bowel movement:

On rare and special occasions, you engage in the entire stooling process from engagement to deployment and note, in the cleanup phase, that amazingly there is no poo residue on the toilet paper! Despite coming up clean on the first wipe, some skeptical souls wipe one more time just to make sure there isn't a poo illusion at play. Some experts consider the "wipeless" poo to be the pinnacle of poo performance. You may depart the restroom feeling extra clean after this type of poo.

"This is in direct contract to the other times when you use half the roll of toilet paper and feel as if you haven't made any progress. What's worse is that those moist, multi-wipe poss seem to occur at the most inopportune times - e.g., in a crowded public restroom where you only have a few inches of cheap, single-ply, essentially transparent toilet paper. In these instances, wiping can be so unsuccessful that you end up putting toilet paper between your butt cheeks to avoid painting your underwear with skid marks. These situations, juxtaposed to Clean Sweeps, remains us that although there is little discernible difference during the exit, the cleanup can have dramatic variation."
Yes, but HOW does this relate to Chad Greenway?? (See how I made that background color an off-brown? MIND BLOWN!)


See How This Works? Greenway is like the Clean Sweep in numerous ways. First, whenever the Clean Sweep happens, it's always a surprise. This is much the same feeling you get when you check the box scores after a game or at the end of a Vikings season. You end up finding Greenway as your leading tackler, and you ask yourself how the hell did he ever get all of those? And are these tackles impactful? The problem, like with the Wipeless Poo, is that people put too much stock in a single action, rather than the overall package. Hey, not having to wipe after a dump is cool, as are tackles, but there's a whole lot more to a bowel movement (and football!) than just this one stat. How about straining of the stomach, solidity of the feces, chaffing of the buttocks (solid pass coverage, tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and turnovers)? The juxtaposition here is obviously that, sure, Chad Greenway could go down during the season and we'd lose all those tackles, then I'd really feel like a multi-wipe poo. But you know what? Plug a back-up into Greenway's spot and, as Richman and Sheth say, there may be little discernible difference.

That's why, in the lore of poop, Chad Greenway is ... THE CLEAN SWEEP!

Thanks to Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, M.D., for their great book "What's Your Poo Telling You?" available for purchase on Amazon.

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