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Childress enjoys the moment

12/1/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Sunday night generated several important milestones for the Vikings, not the least of which is this: They grabbed sole possession of the NFC North lead for the first time in coach Brad Childress' tenure.

(The Vikings, in fact, hadn't been alone atop the division since the midpoint of the 2004 season).

Childress downplayed the distinction during a Monday news conference but admitted -- in his own way -- that he was aware of it. Here's the full give-and-take Childress had with a Minnesota reporter:

In a situation like this, do you allow yourself to even glance at the standings right now? I think this is the first time that you're in sole possession of first place since you took over as coach. Do you allow for a moment of enjoying that ...

Brad Childress: A moment of silence?

A moment of whatever.

BC: Yeah, I had a vodka as big as your head last night.

How are you feeling this morning after that? Doubtful?

BC: No. Unshaven.

Is it something you will glance at?

BC: No. I haven't had a chance to glance at anything. I'm aware of that, but that's about it right now.

The reporter would not reveal the exact size of his head. But it's safe to say Childress had a good time Sunday night.