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Visanthe Shiancoe: the Twittering Viking

Posted at 10:58 AM on November 17, 2009 by Sanden Totten

Like everyone in Minnesota, we at In The Loop were surprised the day that Brett Favre became a Viking. Of course we wanted to talk to him about donning the purple jersey and playing for the team that was once his greatest rival. It's a story so epic you could imagine it as a segment on This American Life, the theme could perhaps be "turn coats" or something like that.

Visanthe's Twitter background. Clearly this guy is awesome.
After politely asking for an interview with number 4 we were informed that there's no way we'd get it. So we started thinking of other Vikings we'd love to interview. And it was kind of a stroke of luck, since instead we found Visanthe Shiancoe, number 81, tight end and social media super-star. Since our show also makes much use of the social webs we figured we'd have a lot to talk about with this guy. To top it off, the NFL has been having a host of problems with players using social media in inappropriate ways, even causing one player to lose his job.

So we called up Visanthe and had a fun conversation about Twitter, interacting with the fans and his new pet cow named Li'l Moo Moo. Check it out.

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