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The Key To Taming A Frenzied Environment? Relax

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 21, 2010 – 8:45 am

A crowd of 63,000+ loud, passionate and towel-waving fans packed the stadium last week during the Vikings game. The fans’ energy created an environment that is best described as frenzied while the opponent’s offense was on the field and electric while the home team’s offense was at work.

This Sunday, when the Vikings play the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game, the atmosphere will be quite similar. Except this time the Vikings will be the opponents instead of being the home team and the beneficiaries of that frenzied environment.

Fans at Mall of America Field have built a reputation for being some of the loudest in the NFL. But they are rivaled by fans at the Louisiana Superdome, who’ve gained a similar reputation and will no doubt be looking to validate it on Sunday.

While the Vikings must deal with the disadvantage to playing on the road in a hostile environment, they do have the advantage of a veteran QB who has seen just about anything a defense – and crowd – can throw at him. Brett Favre has been to this point in the season before and he’s played the game in friendly and unfriendly environments.

“I try to keep not only myself but the other guys calm and relaxed,” Favre said of his role as a leader in Sunday’s game. “ It’s OK to be excited, but especially in an environment like we’re going to face and like Tony (Romo) faced coming here last week, to be able to focus – and I’ve played them at home, and I’ve played them away – these games, they’re tough anyway, but they’re really tough on the road, because of the noise.

Another area of focus for the Vikings will be communication. The loud noise makes it difficult for the opposing team to communicate, whether it’s coach-to-player or player-to-player or sideline-to-player.

“It’s always the communication,” Childress, who has also been in a situation such as this in the past, said. “You want to be able to communicate seamlessly.

“I’ve been in an NFC Championship (with Philadelphia) at the Edward Jones Dome, where I had to hand signal the last three plays to Donovan McNabb in a game where I couldn’t hear Andy Reid talking in my ear. Donovan couldn’t hear me. Communication; that’s the significant part of the challenge.”

In order to practice communicating in an environment that makes it hard to communicate, the Vikings have used various methods, including piping in crowd noise during practice to simulate the noise.

“Not only are you playing the Saints, but you’re playing the fans, and all of those things work against you,” Favre said. “I’ll emphasize that during the week.  We’ll practice as much like a game as possible with those elements, but there’s no substitute for the game itself.  So, really, what I will try to do is just keep it relaxed.”


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57 Responses to “The Key To Taming A Frenzied Environment? Relax”

  1. By favrefan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Favre on SI cover !!! its over for us :-(
    he should have asked SI to remove him from the cover… this is a repeat of 2007 season when he was on the cover after playing great against Seahawks in the Divisional round…

    Sanchez on the last one, so they are going to lose too. looks like its going to be a Colts-Saints SB.

    heartbreaking !!

  2. By Canadian Viking on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    There is an SI Curse or what never heard of such?

  3. By bigfan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    omg shut up your obviously a bandwagon fan. if anything it should pump him up. a game is a game anything can happen. skol vikes

  4. By VikingsDefenseFan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Do any of you guys remember Favre choking often when he came to our Dome? With the Decibels going through the roof? Simple answer. NO.

  5. By VikingsDefenseFan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    favrefan also sounds like a drunk.

  6. By Canadian Viking on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    At least we don’t have any cowgirl fans here this week.

  7. By purplehorn on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I didn’t know sports rags had that much mojo. When did magazines start playing footballl? Time to prove the SI curse wrong.

  8. By vikefan4eva on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Come on People this is ridiculous! Stay focused and just play consistent the rest is just meaningless.

  9. By david Carson on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Yall don’t really believe the vikings can win a super bowl do ya?
    Nah, I didn’t think so.

  10. By David Carson on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Super Bowls 4, 8, 9, 11
    Super Bowl 4 >> Lost to the Chiefs 23-7
    Super Bowl 8 >> Lost to the Dolphins 24-7
    Super Bowl 9 >> Lost to the Steelers 16-6
    Super Bowl 11 >> Lost to the Raiders 32-14
    if they make it…..it’ll be: Super Bowl 44 >> Lost to the AFC team

    The vikings can’t win at the big dance….maybe that’s why they are 32nd in revenue for the NFL

  11. By David Carson on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Yes SI put a curse on favre….sure to lose now.

  12. By David Carson on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Shades of 1998….best team to not make it to the super bowl….will most likely happen in 2010.
    Too bad…

    Run Adrian..Run

  13. By David Carson on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    where are all the minnesoda fans….

  14. By bigfan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    dave is a mental midget who got picked on in school. it makes him feel good to come on this sight and talk trash. it didnt work for the cowboys and its not going to work for a moron like you. sorry. maybe u should try another websight. what is your purpous here anyway. were u born a moron or did u have to work at it.SKOL SKOL SKOL SKOL.

  15. By Bleed Purple on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    The Odds Setters in Vegas have the Saints by 4 points. All that is is the 4 point home field advantage. If we stay focused and relaxed, I don’t think we can be stopped.

    Oh.. David Carsoncan suck some purple D

  16. By David Carson on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Ahhh they awaken….gotta love them Vikes fans….they are the best.

  17. By David Carson on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Come on Bleed Purple….be nice

    I had to wake yall up….

  18. By David Carson on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikes should have no problem in the Lousy-anna dome. It’s not like they haven’t played in noisy stadiums before.
    And I stick with my comment….Run Adrian…Run

  19. By David Carson on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    At least I use my real name…no hiding here.

  20. By David Carson on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    dallas whupped up on the saints….so the vikes should have an easy go of this…Run Adrian…. a lot.
    I’d personally like to see the Vikings play the Colts at the Super Bowl….Favre versus Manning…
    Is Favre drawing social security?
    Or as Cris Carter would say “Come on man”, I’m just kidding….

  21. By Antonio on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Come on Vikes! This is our year! We can definitely beat any of the remaining three teams. Maybe we’re not favored but we can definitely match the talent of any of the remaining teams!

  22. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Come on Vikes-just because of the noise. That should not stop you guys from playing the way you have been playing. You guys have too many offensive and defensive weapons to use. So use them all and make your way to the Super Bowl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Practice with noise so you get used to it. You guys are doing great and always will be great. But to rub in in to the people who never believed in you guys make it to the SB. This is your year just 1 game away from it. Play hard and always have fun. I have a friend that is a Cowboys fan but now that the Vikes crushed him he is hoping that the Vikings make it to the SB. Got to love the Vikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. By vikefan4eva on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I like the fact that we are not favored because it should give us the extra motivation and also forces us not to get over confident. I hope the team plays with desire and shuts everyone up like they did with Dallas.

  24. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Farvefan I believe that you are not a real Vikings fan (if you are) becuase you would not give up on them like you are if you were a true fan

  25. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    IF DON’T HAVE HARVIN, EDWARDS,K.WILLIAMS ON THE FIELD SUNDAY……WE ARE DONE! THESE 3 GUYS ARE A MUST ON THE FIELD FOR SUNDAY! 2 KNEES AND A MIGRANE! SOMEONE GIVE HARVIN SOME ASPRIN! WHAT IS WRONG WITH K.WILLIAMS KNEE?! THIS IS NOT GOOD……..AT ALL!

  26. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Viking Fans please stop with the negative attitudes and get the postive attitudes back

  27. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Attitude? I know this…..if we don’t have 2 out of our 4 starting D-LINE in that game Sunday…….WE ARE DONE!!!!!! NO PASS RUSH?! NO WIN! tHEY WILL EAT US ALIVE!

  28. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    The way I think is that ok maybe ( praying to the viking god up above) that they will be good to play on Sunday. If not, they it will not be a blow out game with vikings win it will be a tight game. Then you got to think about that we still got Jared Allenand Williams(the other half) to put the pressure on Brees. They will still have the chance to get to Brees and still put on the pressure. It will just be a tight game but the vikes will still come up on top.

  29. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I HOPE YOU ARE RIGHT BRAD!

  30. By blake318 on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    i swear, yall are funny. U really think ur gonna blow us out???? True, yall do play good in A dome, but its not on the road. Welcome to nawlins!!!!!!! 4-4 on the road…… And if u wanna look at the cowboys saints game and say that gives u an edge, just look at what the cardinals did to yalll. This is going to be a classic game, unless we get up early, then ive got a feeling sharpers history with the wly ol waffling weenie will be huge, wther way pleez keep buckin ur heads up for this game. We retired kurt last week, now time to retire favre.

  31. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    ahhh, you southerners and that “yall”

  32. By paul on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    To all of you Viking Fans.

    How can you cheer for a team that has two cheaters Pat&Kevin Williams .
    They violated the N.F.L. drug policy and got caught and now are using a Minnesota state law and judge to keep playing.

    This season and playoff run will be forever tainted (a touch of dishonor or discredit)

    Minnesota Vikings a franchise with a history of cheaters..

  33. By jbork88 on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    it’s impossible to find a team who has NEVER been accused of cheating.

  34. By jbork88 on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    so many players have broken the law accross the league it is stupid to pick this up and start accusing minnesota of being cheaters. get your head out of your @$$ paul

  35. By Tim on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I would bever be a Saints fan no matter what they do. a lovely 4 division championships and 7 playoffs berths. geez what a great franchise

  36. By jason on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Paul,

    Quit yer whinin’. This is pro football…not intramurals. Are trying to claim football players don’t use drugs??….HAHAHA!!

    Paul, a fan with a history of whining..

  37. By Tim on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    the vikes may have never won a superbowl but have 4 conferance championships, 18 division champinships, 26 playoff berths and a 15-1 record from 1998 that only 4 other teams have equaled, just the 2007 patrios have beaten it. COME ON GUYS WIN THE SUPER BOWL

  38. By jason on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Paul, a fan with a history of whining..

  39. By Tim on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    and in terms of franchise histroy, The saints have lost most of their games in their whole career and are 7-20 againts the vikings,

  40. By Tim on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    right jason, jolly from the packers was arrested not too long a go for possesion

  41. By Tim on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    so really my point is, WHO CARES?????!!!!!!!!

  42. By ClRsnmn on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Paul, dont start the flame war

  43. By KyWeaver on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    that was about a year ago though tim, when he was charged

  44. By jbork88 on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings lost 4 super bowls true, but the saints HAVN’T EVEN BEEN THERE and wont be in miami this year either

  45. By Eric on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    ya, the saints have been in the playoffs even fewer time than the lions, good job guys! lol

  46. By bigfan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    go vikes

  47. By bigfan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    lets not act like the cowboys fans here people dont jinx ourselves saints are a good team it will be a very good game we need our a game on sunday. SKOL

  48. By jbork88 on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    the saints are probably the best team in the NFC right now, being as unbiased as possible, it’s just people like paul that get other people and me mad

  49. By jbork88 on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    well more annoyed than mad

  50. By LLB on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Minnesota do what you did last week!!!!!!!!!!
    Go VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. By Effem on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Did anyone see the espn special with Jared Allen and Percy and childress and mckinnie playing in wrangler jeans?

  52. By Canadian Viking on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    You should post a link Effern, i want to see it.

  53. By alby/the state of south jersey on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    GREAT PLAYERS ALLWAYS RISE UP TO THE CHALLANGE. IN DOING SO THEY START A FIRE WITHIN THIER 53 MAN ROSTER THAT THE GULF OF MEXICO COULD NEEVVEERRR QUENCH!!!!! WE ARE A TEAM FROM THE FRONT OFFICE TO THE COACHING STAFF DOWN TO US DIE HARD LOYAL FANS.SO LET IT TOLD HOW WHEN ONE VIKING WHOM THEY THOUGHT WOULD STUGGLE,ROSE UP ALONG WITH 52 OTHER PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS TO OVERCOME THE HATERS, THE DOUBTERS,S.I. CURSE.AND MOST OF ALL THE NEW ORLEAN SAINTS.LETS GO VIKINGS!!! ALBY BELIEVES IN YOU ALLWAYS WILL! AFTER ALL IM THE 54TH MAN ON THE ROSTER. A SOUTH JERSEY DIE HARD OF A FAN.

  54. By rcmatti Albq NM on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    I AM A LOYAL FAN SINCE 1961,I AM OF NORWAY DECENT FROM MINNESOTA,I AM A DEFENDER OF VIKINGS FROM BAD LANDS TO WINTER PARK,I WILL SHOW MY HORNS TO BOTH FRIEND AND FOE,ONE TO GIVE CHEER,THE OTHER TO GIVE FEAR,SUCH THAT IT FREEZE THE HEARTS OF MEN WHO DARE COME TO THE LAND OF ICE AND SNOW. THEY WILL KNOW US BY WHERE GREEN AND GOLD FLED,BY FEASTING ON LION AND BEAR,BY THE HORNS ON OUR HEAD. I WILL SHOW MY HORNS IN WEATHER FAIR AND FOUL.I WILL SHOW MY HORNS UNTIL I WHISPER”SKOL”WITH MY LAST BREATH.I WILL SHOW HORNS TO THE YOUNG,BECAUSE OUR STORY WILL BE THEIR LORE.
    TO THIS I PLEDGE MY SACRED HONOR AND MY PURPLE BLOOD
    (OATH OF THE VIKINGS) ” GO VIKINGS “

  55. By Beowolf on Jan 23, 2010 | Reply

    If there is or was a curse the Vikings proved it wrong against the Cowboys. Farve has “never beat that Cowboys” is what all the sports casters were saying. Well that was another time, another team, another offence, another defense. And if memory serves me right, The Vikings buried the Cowboys. As far as the Vikings having not won a Super Bowl in years, again; it was another time. The Vikes have an outstanding team this year. They have a real good chance. Now stop all this negative talk. And unless any of you have second sight, nothing in the future is predictable or set in stone.

  56. By TW Vike on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Paul, why dont you go toNew Orleans and pack SAND in your @ss!

  57. By staubach60 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    The Curse Lives On! same old Vikings! Next year pull Fran Tarkenton out of Retirement!

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