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The obvious NFL story for a Canadian audience should centre on the Bill-Bears at Rogers Centre.

By most accounts the game -- yes the Bills lost 22-19 to drop to 0-8 -- had some juice to it and atmosphere at the SkyDome (there, I said it: SkyDome, SkyDome, SkyDome) was decently representative of what the NFL experience should be, minus the fans booing some opposing receiver laying motionless on the field for a disturbingly long time.

And for the always welcome Canadian angle, Manitoba's Israel "The Protector" Idonije - whose incredible out-of-nowhere rise to NFL stardom was nicely captured by Brunt the other day - made an important contribution as he used his 6-foot-6 reach to block a point-after. It was the seventh blocked kick of his career and a key play in a close game for the Bears' sack leader.

However.

The best NFL story continues to unfold in Minnesota, where the drama is so unbelievable it's impossible to tune it out.

The latest installment features embattled Vikings coach Brad Childress seemingly take a dig at his nemesis - who also happens to be his legendary starting quarterback - Brett Favre in his post-game press conference.

After chants of "Fire Childress" were heard ringing out, the Vikings coach (for now) was asked if he was in need of any kind of assurances from the Vikings ownership:

"No, I'm not going to stand here like Brett Favre and tell you, compassionate, I need a hug," Childress said. "I'm all right."

The comment was a shocker as it appeared Childress was sticking it to Favre shortly after the ol' gunslinger had thrown for a career-high 446 yards and led two touchdown drives in the final five minutes of regulation to push the game into overtime where the Vikings won thanks to a field goal set up by Favre again.

For his part Favre took the podium shortly after and basically confirmed that yup, he hates his coach, but that's no biggie.

"Do I always get along with my head coach, quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator? No," Favre said after leading his 46th come-from-behind victory. "Do I always agree with the plays that were called? No. Why should that factor in to me wanting to be the best player I can be?

"Whether Brad is the head coach or not, that should never change the way you approach it."

Later on Childress, realizing he'd laid an egg, tried to explain that the comment regarding his quarterback was a joke, playing off a Favre comment from earlier in the week:

"Is he compassionate as in give us a hug or something?" Favre said when asked if Childress was a compassionate coach. "Boy, I sure could use one, too. But he hasn't given me one."

That answer drew some laughs. Childress' didn't.

The Vikings are 3-5, but they're a very compelling 3-5.

 

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