Which Minnesota icon deserves an appearance alongside Paul Allen this season?


The end of August means Skoldiers will be flocking to The Great Minnesota Get-Together over the next two weeks. With Twin Cities residents enjoying what little fun in the sun we have left here, it’s easy to see why the majority of people have a little more pep in their step. After all, the NFL season kicks off in just 13 days when the Buffalo Bills travel to SoFi Stadium to take on the reigning world champion Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, September 8. And Minnesota football fans are giddy watching the Vikings enter a new era under Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O’Connell.

But life isn’t that hectic in the league right now. With cut-off day – when all 32 teams must trim their rosters to their official 53 – just around the corner on August 30, countless dreams will be dashed. Instead of adding to the tension this week brings to young men competing for NFL spots — and the inevitable doom for Minnesotans at the end of the summer — let’s have a little fun today, huh?

Most Vikings fans would agree that over the past 20 years there have been a few touchstones for purple and gold.

  • Oohing and ahhing on Randy Moss’ Hall of Fame career
  • Getting started with Daunte Culpepper
  • Heartbreak courtesy of field goal kickers
  • Heartbreak Courtesy of Luke McCown Week 17 Fourth & 24
  • Experiencing that adrenaline rush when Adrian Peterson rushes into the open field
  • Further grief over Brett Favre throwing himself through his body in midfield in New Orleans
  • The Minneapolis Miracle
  • Heartbreak courtesy of Big Stick Nick and the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Another triumphant playoff win over New Orleans

The soundtrack to these memorable moments is none other than Paul Allen. And, since 2007, former Viking Pete Bercich has provided the colorful commentary on those unforgettable moments in Viking history.

Taking nothing away from what Allen and Bercich have accomplished together – and the magic they will continue to create together in the future – but what if, for just one game this season, the Vikings and KFAN brought another Minnesota icon to be PA’s sidekick on the radio call?

With so many icons to choose from, where do you start?

No, I’m not talking about a meeting between PA and “The Super Freak” Randy Moss.

Even Hall of Famer Cris Carter couldn’t make the cut for this occasion.

Matt Birk is probably too engrossed in gas prices right now to take a three and a half hour break from PA.

The same goes for Michelle Tafoya, more than likely.

Could Robert Smith be missing his college football gig with Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network? No.

But if not one of the aforementioned Minnesota heroes, who could be up to the occasion for such a momentous occasion?

Enter Brown’s Clown. The Fourth North. The best of the ugliest. And the dumbest of the best. Yes, I’m talking about Minnesota Sports Radio’s capeless hero and fellow KFAN AP Dan “The Common Man” Cole – yeah, baby!

Now, if you know anything about KFAN, I guess you’re probably thinking, “Why would I want two polar opposites to call a game Vikings?”

Yes, PA and Common are unmistakably cut from two completely different fabrics. But sometimes, when two people who aren’t necessarily “meant” to collaborate, that’s where the magic happens. Ask Anyone Who’s Ever Listened to Beyoncé’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself” Lemonade album, which features Jack White and an excerpt from Led Zeppelin.

Listen to me. In Week 3, Detroit’s Common Motor City Kitties visit US Bank Stadium. In the spirit of the lighter approach that accompanied the Adofo-Mensah and O’Connell era, why can’t the Skoldiers enjoy a breath of fresh air?

Can you imagine the hilarity that would ensue with these two iconic KFAN colleagues calling a game together?

Pennsylvania“It’s third and seven. The clock is ticking.” Vikings drive. Common, do you think KOC can open JJ on this game? »

Common: “You know, PA, I hung up my short irons.”

Speaking of which, the real question is, would Common be able to sacrifice a Sunday afternoon on the golf course to give Minnesota sports fans what they really want? Even if they don’t realize it yet?

Imagine Common playing “Profound or Absurd” with The Purveyor of Purple Positivity in the middle of a Vikings game.

Do you think PA knows how Common learned to count? (Oh-and-one. Oh-and-two. Oh-and-three, etc.) The Detroit Lions offense, led by Jared Goff?

Bringing these two together in the booth for a single game would earn a cover charge at the door – which, of course, would go straight into Common’s pocket, and rightfully so.

Kidding aside, putting the guy who takes life a little less seriously than most alongside the CEO of Sports Sports Your Whole Life is Sports at a Vikings game is all this state ever needed.

Now, how do you get in touch with Chad Abbott to make that dream come true on September 25?


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