burnsie's night before christmas
bud grant, the stoic minnversity athlete and vikings coach, still stands as a great icon of minnesota sports. but vikings fans also look back fondly on the burnsie years from 1986-1991. unlike mr. grant, the quick-tempered mr. burns wore his heart on his sleeve. he was burgess meredith in purple, the very personification of crusty.
all manner of local radio stations still replay his obscenity-laced tirades, and one still plays a spot-on impersonation of uncle burnsie reciting twas the night before christmas. the references to tommy kramer and rick fenney will only register with vikings die-hards, but it brought a chuckle on my run yesterday.