Thursday Q & A: Max from Purple Pants, Green Jersey
Our guest this week is Max Ginsburg who runs the blog Purple Pants, Green Jersey. This blog is pretty much one of a kind as it covers both the Vikings and the Packers, two teams & organizations that are polar opposites in almost everything. We’ll find out about the impetus for the site, some insight to the current Vikings training camp as well as where Max’s loyalties really lay.
Purple Pants, Green Jersey is a blog which covers both the Packers & the Vikings, two teams which most consider arch-rivals. How did you come up with the concept for the blog?
I wanted to write about football, but I didn’t want to saturate the blogosphere with the same thing everybody else was doing. Since I was born in Minnesota, grew up in Wisconsin, and now live in Minnesota, I thought a blog about the football teams in these two wonderful states was in order. Whether this is a good idea or not remains to be seen.
So let’s just get this question out of the way right now, are you primarily a Packers fan that also covers the Vikings or a Vikings fan that covers the Packers?
I’m a Packers fan that also covers the Vikings. My wife happens to be a Vikings fan, so when I stopped hating the Vikings my life got much easier.
What is easier to write, the Vikings pieces or the Packer pieces?
Despite being a Packers fan, it’s easier for me to write about the Vikings. Sometimes I find myself going back and editing out my biases when I write about the Packers. When I write about the Vikings, I don’t have to worry about that; it’s much easier to just write what I see.
What is the general feeling of Vikings fans in regards to this year’s annual Favre ‘will he or won’t he’ drama?
The feeling is certainly different in Minnesota than it is in Wisconsin. When Favre came to the Vikings, Minnesotans fell in love with Favre so quickly. Once he threw that game-winning touchdown against the 49ers in week 3 last season, there wasn’t a Favre-hater left in the entire state.
Currently, the Viking faithful are saying all the right things: “We want Favre to come back.” “If he doesn’t, then thanks for such a great season last year.”
But it will be interesting to see how the fans feel about him in 5 to 10 years. Will they go back to hating him? I don’t know. For now, they seem to know that Favre’s right arm is their best ticket to that elusive Super Bowl victory. If for some reason he doesn’t come back (I still say he plays), then Vikings fans might turn on the ol’ gunslinger once again.
If Favre doesn’t return, will the Vikings honestly be able to compete with the Packers for dominance in the NFC North?
I honestly don’t believe the Vikings can repeat what they accomplished last year. It was a magical season for the Vikings (except for that last game); they had very few injuries and caught some lucky breaks along the way. Obviously, Favre played a huge part of that, but what are the odds of it happening again? They’re stocked with talent, so I think they’ll be good, but I don’t see them doing what they did last year again.
Who is someone in Vikings camp right now that may not be a household name that come the regular season people will know?
There are a couple of players to keep an eye on. First, Albert Young is in a good position to take the proverbial next step. The coaching staff is high on him, he knows the system, and he can pick up the blitz, so he’ll get some playing time. If Adrian Peterson misses any time, the former Hawkeye might turn a few heads.
The other guy I would mention is backup defensive tackle Letroy Guion. Guion is only 23 years old and could be Pat Williams’ replacement next season. Right now, Guion is no Pat Williams, but the kid has potential and is one of those players that simply makes plays.
Do you think there is any animosity on Adrian Peterson’s part now that he is not the ‘star’ of the Vikings anymore.
I like Adrian Peterson. I think he’s a true professional that works hard and has the right attitude. I honestly don’t think he cares who the star is, he just wants to win. And if there is any animosity, he’s done a great job of hiding it.
Who do you trust more to lead his team to the playoffs – Mike McCarthy or Brad Childress?
Mike McCarthy. And it’s not even close. If you look at the talent the Vikings have stockpiled over the last few years, you have to wonder how they haven’t won a Super Bowl. To be perfectly honest, I think Brad Childress is the biggest obstacle standing between the Vikings and a championship. I don’t doubt the man’s football knowledge or his ability to assess talent, but I don’t think Chilly has what it takes to lead his team to the Super Bowl.
From top to bottom, how does the NFC North shake out this year?
This is a perfect example of where my Packers bias creeps in; I think the Packers are going to win the NFC North every year. With that as a caveat, I think the pecking order goes Packers, Vikings, Bears, Lions.
Time to play professor, what advice would you give to sports bloggers who are starting or maintaining their blogs?
If you’re starting a blog, find something that no one else is doing and go for it. And regardless of what you choose to do, remember that the content you produce is what brings people to your site. You don’t have to be the first person to break news, but you should be producing good writing with a unique perspective.
…and now for the lighting round.
Your all-time favorite Packers (or Vikings) player is:
Your favorite football blog to read that is not named Purple Pants, Green Jersey is:
The Packer Ranter. Those guys provide what’s missing from a lot of sports blogs – a great sense of humor.
If there were no football, you would have a blog about:
Cooking. Weird, I know, but I love food.
If you were a pro football player, your position would be:
That’s the toughest question yet. I guess I could be the kicker. Martin Gramatica was shorter than me, right?
Should I ever run into you at a bar, I should buy you a ______________ for taking the time to answer these questions.
…and there we go with another edition of the Thursday Q & A. Many thanks to Max for joining us this week and also make sure to bookmark Purple Pants, Green Jersey to get the inside scoop on what is happening to the West.