This intriguing matchup places the generously-seeded #1 Viking against the #4 Cowboy. Winner will face the Chief in the next round, which has to motivate the Cowboy as he steps into the Octagon. Further hindering the morose Norseman: the realization that everything cool about Vikings -- horned helmets, skull cups, savage marauding, uncleanliness -- is all bullshit. Ouch. Drew didn't see that one coming.
Poll is on the sidebar to the right. Voting will remain open until the end of the day.
Headwear that lives on at frat parties
Cowboy hat______________Helmet with horns
Attire co-opted by gay community
Pistols, rifle____________Maybe a bow and arrow? Some rocks?
Musical endeavor diminishing tough reputation
Bastardized icon shaming the legacy
Toby Keith ___________________Techno Viking
Horses with saddle___________Rape victims bareback
Cause of decline
Homophobia___________Christianity, feudal system
Became pussified when
Jake Gyllenhaal showed up___________Re-enactors adopted them
Modern negative connotation
George Bush's "cowboy diplomacy"___Shawne Merriman's "viking date rape"
Blaze of glory, ride off into sunset____Set town ablaze, sail off edge of earth