The Vikings final touchdown against the Cowboys has unfortunately stolen much of the attention away from what the game really was about: America’s Team getting their asses handed to them in one of those to-go containers you get from your local deli counter.
Keith Brooking, the emotional leader of the Cowboys defense, thought so little of the Vikings decision to throw the ball that he confronted the Vikings sideline immediately after the play happened. In the locker room, Brooking said, “I was just trying to say something to whoever wanted to listen on their sidelines, whoever was in charge of calling that play and making that decision. It was B.S.”
“Yeah, they get to see us [next year], so you better believe I will have that one circled on the calendar,” Brooking said. “I say we get paid to stop them. I don’t care what’s called, but there comes a time, I just think there wasn’t much class involved in that decision in what he did.”
Brooking made a point of calling the choice a “classless” call by the Vikings.
The Vikings players, however, had little sympathy for Brooking.
“We don’t care what Keith Brooking says,” Pat Williams said. “He was about to get his ass whupped on our sideline over there. It don’t matter. Nobody said anything when they blew out the Eagles [the past two weeks]. It’s the playoffs. It ain’t no regular-season game. If you lose, you go home. We take no pity on them. Do they expect us to? I don’t care about no Brooking. He can say whatever he wants to say.”
“I don’t like to speak too much but they ran up the scoreboard the previous week before [against the Eagles] and they were calling timeouts and everything,” Benny Sapp said. “So you want to keep playing and that’s what it looked like to me. He got upset for no reason. It is football and I think he was probably the one that got scored on.”
“I didn’t see it because I was soaking in my touchdown, but I heard he said it was classless and unprofessional, etc.,” Visanthe Shiancoe said. “So I sincerely apologize to Brookings for doing that to him. We apologize, Brookings. If you don’t want us to score, stop us, right? It’s the NFL. You never know what could happen. We scored 24 points in, what, a quarter against the Giants. Who knows? I don’t want some fluke stuff to happen in a playoff game, a miracle.”
So, from the sounds of things, perhaps Brad Childress was seeking revenge for the butt-whooping the ‘Boys put on his former boss in the previous two weeks.
Or, perhaps more accurately, the Vikings were simply tired of watching Keith Brooking be “classless” when Brooking himself knew the game was over: