Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints is the only head coach in modern NFL history to be suspended. As punishment for his role in the “Bountygate” scandal vs. the Vikings in the 2009-10 playoff game, Payton was forced to sit out an entire season.

Let that sink in for a second… Ok. Are you pissed off, yet? If not, someone needs to check you for a pulse.

We’re all familiar with the story by now. Minnesotan’s have had night-terrors for 8 years, in regards to the NFC Championship Game that ended our 2009-10 season. For the vast majority of those nightmares, we’ve known the New Orleans staff was using cash bonuses in hopes it would motivate their defense to injure then-Vikings QB, Brett Favre.

The Minnesota Vikings and Skol Nation officially get their opportunity for revenge:

Well, guess what? New Orleans advanced to the Divisional Round, after outlasting the Carolina Panthers Sunday night (31-26), during the Wild Card round.

Congrats, Saints! As a reward, you get to play in the loudest stadium in the NFL. Not only that, but it’ll be against the best 3rd down defense the league has seen in over 25 years. You’re going to need that banged up offensive line to recover awfully quick. Mike Zimmer and company will be plenty rested, after a week off.

Outside of coach Zimmer, I don’t respect anything or anyone more than the Football Gods. The Saints HC seems to be on the opposite side of the fence. Sean Payton apparently doesn’t give a shit about the almighty powers over looking the pigskin.

I know, I know. Then New Orleans DC, Gregg Williams, was the one who implemented the “bounty” program. At the end of the day, that was Payton’s team and staff. In my opinion, he is responsible for making sure nothing along those lines occurs. The fact that this man was suspended for the entire 2012 season speaks for itself.

For rats like him, I just hope everything plays out like my 2012 Fantasy Football season. Meaning, shit ends up coming full circle and the jackass of the scenario ultimately gets what they deserve.

The beat-down I expect the 13-3 Vikings to put on Payton’s Saints will be good for him. He needs a reality check shoved down his throat. That will be better for his health than all of that Vicodin.

As for this article’s sake, I decided to forego the X’s and O’s aspect. Unlike the Minnesota staff, that will be saved until later this week. When it is posted, there won’t be much mention of the week 1 drubbing of the Vikes over New Orleans, earlier this season. The team we are about see on Sunday is a completely different animal than the one we beat in September.

Hell, the Saints had Adrian Peterson in that first game. Unlike going for it on 4th and 2 vs the Panthers, trading number 28 and increasing Pro-Bowl Rookie RB, Alvin Kamara’s, touches was a GREAT move.

Speaking of the artist formerly known as “Purple Jesus,” how pissed is he right now? After a decade with the Purple, he signed with New Orleans in free agency. If he were able to work things out with the Saints, AP could be preparing for a playoff game vs. the team that drafted him.

Anywho, as I was saying, no (well, a little) X’s and O’s in this piece.

At this point, the most important thing is setting the tone, leading up to game day. From a fans’ perspective, early in the week is our proverbial opening kickoff. Sometimes, coming out of the gates like a bat out of hell is more crucial than anything.

#whof*ckdat

Johnny Minnesota @TheJohnnyMN
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