The Minnesota Vikings were sitting at an unexpected 5-0 before last week’s game against the Eagles, and head coach Mike Zimmer used stuffed animals to motivate the team. He put stuffed cats in the locker room, and he apparently hung a sign around one that said: “Fat Cats Get Slaughtered.” The idea was to make sure the team did not turn into a complacent “fat cat” because of the undefeated record.
At some point, someone allegedly put red paint on some of these toy cats, and then cut their throats. Reports came out that Zimmer himself did it. However, he has now denied those reports, saying:
“I want to set the record straight on an erroneous report that I feel like attacked my character and reputation. I had nothing to do with that. The stuffed animals I did have here were given to charity and Toys for Tots. I just want to make sure we get the record straight because my foundation website is getting things saying, ‘Your dad’s crazy, blah, blah, blah’; all this stuff. I do a lot of crazy stuff but I’ll admit to it.”
No one knows who really did it. The irony, of course, is that the “fat cat” did get slaughtered. The Vikings lost their first game of the year to the Eagles. Of that, Zimmer said:
“I know I wasn’t happy with our team last week, but I believe in this football team. I believe this team still has a lot of great people on it. They want to be good. They’re focused on the task at hand all the time. I wouldn’t want to coach any other football team than this.”