Shutdown Corner - NFL

Sunday afternoon after the Vikings game, FOX wanted to show the world Vikings owner Zygi Wilf's emotional presentation of the game ball to Brad Childress, whose son just became a Marine. This presentation came in the Vikings locker room, a place where there are often a lot of large, nude men.

If you don't know by now, I'm sure you see where this is going. FOX's camera accidentally caught a glimpse of Visanthe Shiancoe's penis, and the image was broadcast to the world. I believe Deadspin was the first with the story (obviously, some not-safe-for-work language and imagery there).

I didn't post about it myself, because I didn't think it was that big of a deal. I figured it was something that a few people would chuckle about, and then it would go away. It's something that's bound to happen every so often. You put cameras on a football field, and eventually, you'll get footage of a punt block. You put cameras in a locker room, eventually, you're going to get footage of some penis.

But since the Deadspin post, the thing's kind of snowballed. It's been in the Minnesota papers, the LA Times, countless other papers and nearly every blog. Shiancoe's commented on it, his agent's commented about it and FOX has issued an apology. No penis has received this much media attention since Bill Clinton was in office.

The good news is that Shiancoe doesn't appear to be experiencing any personal embarrassment about the situation, despite what his agent says. I'd feel bad if some guy accidentally had his junk put on the airwaves, and was horribly embarrassed about it and felt like his privacy had been violated.

Fortunately, that's not the case here. The agent's official quote was that Shiancoe was embarrassed, but Shiancoe himself only asked a reporter, "How'd it look?" Shiancoe seems to believe that it should have its own network television show, and it wouldn't surprise me if FOX went for some cross-promotion and had it star on an episode of "House," where Vistanthe went into Princeton Plainsboro, complained about some pain in the appendage and House eventually diagnosed that there was a small Volkswagon manufacturing plant operating in there.

So, how did it look? Eh. A little shadowy, maybe, but clean and well-groomed. I give it a seven out of 10. But remember, I've seen "Any Given Sunday," and that movie set the bar high. Most critics are coming in at about the B+/A- range. That's something you can be proud of, young man.

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