Found August 25, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS Following sports is a practice built on impatience. No one wants the necessary buildup. No one wants to wonder. We want consensus, and we want it now. We want to know who will be a star and who's lost his edge, and we want to base those assessments on just a handful of games and a few fleeting moments.Impatience is cured in the NFL's regular season, sometimes too fast as teams become quickly polarized into haves and have-nots. But impatience has no place in preseason football. Preseason football is where consensus goes to die, and that was never clearer than on Friday night in the Metrodome, when the Vikings sputtered to a 12-10 loss to the Chargers. An offense that had a week ago been on point was sloppy. A team that had seemed capable of miracles Audie Cole, anyone? appeared doomed to amateur foibles. A defense that had been shaky looked masterful, but it did so against a severely shorthanded offense. And so, though it might be terribly hard to believe, afte...
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