-Let's kick things off with some good news, shall we? How about some good news about a good guy? The talkative Captain Munnerlyn, who's been leading the Vikings both on the field and in the press, was this year's recipient of the Kory Stringer Good Guy Award. The award has been given out annually since 2001, and the winner is voted by the Twin Cities chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America. It recognizes a player who was particularly cooperative with the media during the season, and if you've been following these roundups at all, you know that Munnerlyn acted as the press secretary for the defense.
"It's an honor to get this award," Munnerlyn told the press after winning. "I heard Kory was a great guy on and off the field, all I heard was great things, and man i'm truly honored to get this award. Y'all guys, man, when I got here you took me in with open arms. Y'all always asked me the tough questions, and I was okay with it to get through it, and y'all always had good things to say about me. When i had an off year last year, y'all still talked to me and made me feel wanted. This year i'm playing a whole lot better, thank god, and y'all have been really great to me."
-The Pro Bowl was this past Sunday, though as usual, nobody really seemed to notice or care. Our man Patrick DiMarco was on the scene, though, and had three carries for 15 yards. Fun fact: Patrick DiMarco has only had one carry his entire career, so this is kind of the biggest deal of all time.
-The San Diego Chargers are officially staying put, at least until 2017. While Bolts fans are likely thrilled that their team isn't going too far (not that LA is that far from San Diego), Melvin Ingram took a moment to challenge the fans to show up for games, if they claim to be diehard.
Ingram's tweet will undoubtedly put a few fans into a tizzy, but he has a point. Charger games are infamous for not just having more than a few empty seats, but having seats filled up by fans of visiting teams. Even when my Chicago Bears played on the coast, Qualcomm Stadium was filled with orange and navy blue, and plenty of crowd noise when the Chargers were on offense. Ingram's frustration is justified, though as usual, Twitter rarely is a place for calm reactions. Have fun with the tweeps, Melvin.
-Darian Stewart is in the Super Bowl! After a great year with the Broncos, Stewart has been struggling with injuries as of late, but that didn't stop him from picking off Tom Brady in the second quarter of the AFC Championship game. Now that Stewart has been cleared for the, ugh, "Golden Game", he was clear in his feelings about the Patriots and their handsome quarterback. “It was nice to see it," Stewart said, with "it" referring to the Patriots sadness over losing. "I’m just happy we got the win. To hell with them.”
Where do these strong feelings come from? Aside from frequently facing New England in the playoffs as a member of both the Broncos and the Ravens prior, Stewart saw disrespect coming from the defending champions when they elected to receive the kickoff. “That was disrespectful. We knew that going in we felt disrespected," Stewart told USA Today. "We knew what we had to get done, we wanted to play this game two days ago. We had the fire [...] Our reaction was just like ‘Really? Ok.’ That’s the way we were. You can get riled up for these games.”