What About Herschel Walker?

, the paper ranks the 10 biggest trades in Vikings history from best to worst. Best? The trade that brought back from New York. Fair enough. The worst? The trade.

Sure, that was a bad trade but, um, what about ?!? Please. The Herschel Walker trade was without a doubt the worst trade in ‘ history, if not in NFL history.

At the time it was the largest player trade in NFL history, probably still is. On October 12, 1989, Vikings general manager Mike Lynn sent linebackers Jesse Solomon and David Howard, defensive back Issiac Holt, defensive end Alex Stewart, and running back Darrin Nelson, and 6 draft picks (conditional picks in the 1st & 2nd round in 1990 and 1991 and their 1st round and a conditional 3rd round pick in 1992) to the for their star running back, Herschel Walker.

Dallas shrewdly waived and schemed and manuevered and ended up drafting the team that built their Super Bowl dynasty of the 90s on the foundation of the Herschel Walker trade.

The most notable players the Cowboys got in the deal were running back , defensive tackle , cornerback Kevin Smith, Pro Bowl safety , and cornerback Clayton Holmes.

It took nearly a decade for the Vikings to recover.


Maybe there’s a reason Knight Ridder was being sold.

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HBO’s Football Show – 1st & Ten

is the best. I mean, who needs TV when you’ve got Home Box Office? ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; and now and –the list goes on.

Apparently, it goes back as far as the 80s, when HBO boasted their comedy series , a sitcom about the fictional NFL team the California Bulls. The show stars as a divorcee who seizes control of the team from her ex.

The show ran from 1986 to 1991 (before I started subscribing to H-boe) and featured appearances by a plethora of NFL stars and former stars.

With the Vikings season over, I’ve been filling my time watching episodes from the box set of 1st and Ten. The highlights for old school football fans like myself, no doubt, will be the player appearances. The Vikings featured on the show include , , , , and .

While , you can find the box set now at Best Buy, Circuit City, Wal-Mart, Borders, and Barnes & Noble.