A Little Vocabulary Practice at Football Practice

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 27, 2009 – 4:21 pm

At practice on Thursday Vikings defenders worked a little bit on the Tampa 2 defense. The offense ran through some plays in the West coast offense. And some players even gave their vocabulary a little exercise, attempting to use the word “schism” in the proper context.

As’s NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert referenced, LB Chad Greenway yelled “Schisms! Watch out for media schisms!” as he ran off the field. Chip Scoggins wrote in the Star Tribune’s “Access Vikings” blog that P Chris Kluwe gave it his best attempt as well when he saw camera crews scatter during the early stages of practice. “Uh-oh,” Kluwe said, “there’s a schism in the camera crew.”

All the “schism” references come because of a report on ESPN that cited a source as saying there was “a schism” in the locker room regarding support for QB Brett Favre. As for Favre’s reaction, the QB didn’t seem too concerned with the report or with the meaning of the word “schism.”

“I don’t even know what that means, I’ve got no reaction,” Favre said. “I’m just doing what I can do to hopefully help this team win and just trying to fit in. I’m not worried about that. That’s for you guys to have some fun with. Once again, I have no idea what that means. I’m assuming it’s controversial.”

Favre made a good point regarding the word schism and the identity of the source who used the word to describe a possible sentiment in the Vikings locker room.

“I can assure you, I don’t think any guy in the locker room, me included, would use that word,” Favre said. “We’d probably come up with something a little different. You guys have to come up with something a little more locker-room related.”

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19 Responses to “A Little Vocabulary Practice at Football Practice”

  1. By Will Wall on Aug 27, 2009 | Reply

    Something like towel fights?

  2. By Brownicus on Aug 27, 2009 | Reply

    Its kind of sad that the media has nothing better to write about. That’s news for you though, take a small story and blow it out of proportion.

  3. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 27, 2009 | Reply

    It only bodes well for the team. Other teams will come in thinking that they are going to have things a little easier because of “all of the chaos screaming around the locker room about who OUGHT to be the QB.” They’ll prepare less and we’ll trample them even worse!

  4. By Geno on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    Favre should determine the the length of the practice for the receivers, not the coach. If He is the leader on the team, keep them on the field until they meet his requirements!!!

  5. By purple08 on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    meet favre’s requirements you freakin’ clown? are you serious? meet HIS requirements?!!?? obviously you must be joking. the only thing favre should decide is when his adult diapers need to be changed! also… do you really think other teams will prepare less because of something in the media? don’t kid yourself.

  6. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    Who says I’m kidding myself? I’m just having fun with this ridiculous idea. I figured of all people, someone as ridiculous as yourself would have figured that out!

  7. By Viking-ology on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    Lets not have any schisms here now!

  8. By DCpackerfan on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    Viking fans need to get used to these senseless stories from the media who use Favre as their punching bag. It was really bad last year when Thompson was leaking inaccurate stories to Glazer to put Favre in a bad light. I will always be a Pack fan, but I hated the way Favre was treated. Thompson wanted him out as soon as Rodgers was drafted.

  9. By Vikings1 on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    In my dealings with the media, I take everything they say with a grain of salt. They get paid for what they write and most if not all of it in untrue to say the least, the more untrue it is the better for them, however, it does what it was intended to do.

  10. By rap99 on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    08, i don’t care if favre does wear diapers, an eyepatch, or uses a cruch, as long as we don’t have to watch TJ behind center!

  11. By purple08 on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    serious or delerious??

  12. By rap99 on Aug 29, 2009 | Reply

    very serious, r u kidding he is terrible, how many more years do we have to wait for him to get it? if the vikes were rebuilding, that would be one thing, but we are built to win now! we have a real QB now, but we will need another when favre leaves. if we go back to TJ it will be one and done in the playoffs, the last thing this team needs is a replay of TJ!

  13. By purple08 on Aug 30, 2009 | Reply

    good thing we have a real QB now. if you say so, i am convinced.

  14. By rap99 on Aug 30, 2009 | Reply

    08, please don’t say you think TJ is the answer, you usually sound intelligent.

  15. By purple08 on Aug 30, 2009 | Reply

    i have not brought jacksons name up… in this blog anyway. hey, i hope favre can get it done and i know about his iron man record but, i worry about his legs and fear he will be knocked out at some point. sage is not the guy. i would rather tj get more reps and develop more since he knows the offense and has been there. there is always so much pressure on jackson to perform. no other vikes QB has that much pressure put on them. he does look awkward mechanically at times i admit, however if favre does gets hurt, he is our best option to take this team where it needs to go… in my opinion.

  16. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 30, 2009 | Reply

    I honestly think Sage is the better option for the backup to Favre. Maybe Sage checks down quickly, but he looks much more comfortable in there than Jackson. TJack seems to be scrambling the second the ball is snapped on every single play. He’s not trusting his line to protect the pocket. The backup QB needs to be a guy who can manage the clock. He’s the guy who can come in at the end of the game, after it’s been clinched and maintain ball control. TJack wants too much to be a star, and will take too many chances in his attempts.

  17. By purple08 on Aug 31, 2009 | Reply

    fair enough, I guess only time will tell.

  18. By rap99 on Aug 31, 2009 | Reply

    PPE i agree 100%

  19. By purple08 on Sep 1, 2009 | Reply

    i don’t think jackson wants too much to be a star. i think you guys will change your tune if sage ever gets to play in a regular season game. i just hope you will be as critical of his mistakes as you are of jackson’s. whoever starts at QB, remember… this is still AP’s team! also… a backup is a guy who can come in and win games when the starter goes down. if the game is clinched already, the game is clinched!!! what are you talking about?? that is not what a backup is for!?? you want a backup that can come in cold in the 4th quarter down by 2 pts and drive the team down for a last second field goal!! that is what a good backup is supposed to do, not just clean up the garbage. the team must know that if the starter gets hurt, they can still be confident they have a chance to win with the backup.

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