The Vikings yesterday fell to 1-3 on the season. The offensive linecontinued their unceasing campaigning for the “Bumblers of the YearAward.” Highlights of offensive line play included:1. Holding calls on consecutive plays.

  1. Helping the running game to a combined 34 yards.
  2. Letting the Saints sack Culpepper 6 times. The defense played a decent game, but they were worn down by being on thefield the whole game. The offense (minus Culpepper) barely broke assweat as they trotted onto the field for a quick three-and-out most of thegame. At one point, the New Orleans defense actually did the Vikings afavor. Cris Carter caught a long pass and raced downfield. Before he could cross the goal line, Mathis (Saints CB) smacked the ball outof Carter’s hands. The ball bounced into the end zone and started aseries of bounces which would have carried the ball out of the back of theend zone. However, before the ball could go through the end zone, aSaints player fell on the ball and forced a touchback. However, hadthe Saints let that ball go through the end zone, it would have been asafety, the Saints would have gotten two points and the ball. There is a fascinating article in this month’s Scientific Americanmagazine. The article in question details how New Orleans is slowlysinking into the earth, how the land and marshes surrounding New Orleans aredisappearing at the rate of one acre every twenty-four minutes, and how thecity will cease to be (with over 100,000 dead people) when it gets hit bythe next hurricane. While there is a general consensus thatsomething should be done, there is also the expected fighting aboutwhat and how that something should be done. Oil and gas interests (whoare among the biggest causes of the problems) don’t want to do anything thatwould affect their drilling and pumping operations and that might cost themmoney. Fisherman want to protect their fishing grounds. Peopleliving in New Orleans obviously want to protect their lives and homes. All of this has led to some wonderful political gridlock. Given theimmediate danger to the city and the complete inability to do anything aboutit, I want to visit New Orleans so I can see itbefore it disappears beneath the waves.