If you watched the ending of the Wild Card match-up between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon, you saw what was a pretty brutal miss of a 27-yard field goal by Blair Walsh that would have put the Vikings ahead, 12-10, with very little time remaining.
Was I a bit angry that Walsh missed that kick? Well, sure I was. I wanted to see the Seahawks lose just as much as any other hater of this team. But, you know, I vented a bit, and I’m pretty much over it already. Some people, on the other hand, feel as though they’re entitled to more, as apparently we have people sending threats to Blair Walsh on social media.
Ignore the fact that Walsh, after a crappy pre-season, wound up being one of the NFL’s best kickers in 2015. He led the NFL in field goals converted and is good for a touchback on the vast majority of his kickoffs. Even with this miss, there aren’t many NFL kickers I’d take over that guy. He scored the ONLY points for the Vikings in cold horrible conditions. He was the Vikings MVP of the game, had he made that kick.
For the record, Walsh didn’t lose a playoff game by himself. He had help, specifically from Adrian Peterson whose fumbleitis cost the Vikings once again. Not to mention his poor performance on the field. Don’t forget the blown coverage on the botched snap.There is plenty of blame to go around. But i digress…
If you’re sending threats to people over the results of a football game that you, personally, didn’t have any control over, you’re pretty much a worthless human being. You may actually be some form of sub-human. We can chalk this up to what we call the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory.
Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad
Seriously, I can’t believe we even need to have this conversation. Remember after last year when some. . .not all. . .Green Bay fans were sending death threats to Brandon Bostick after his botch on that onside kick?
Is that what you want to be? You want yourself lumped into that category? I know I damn sure wouldn’t.
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Blair Walsh feels bad enough about that kick as it is. . .he damn sure doesn’t need people that probably couldn’t kick a 7-yard field goal, let alone a 27-yarder, telling him to kill himself or threatening him with physical harm.
He’s probably this team’s kicker for the long term, so you might want to get used to the idea of him being around.