‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’: Not all that incredible

By Molly Grosskreutz
A&E Editor
and Valerie Groebner
A&E Assistant Editor

In Don Scardino’s film “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” best friends and magic duo Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carrell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) rule the Vegas scene for a 10-year stretch. When a younger and more intrigu¬ing street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), comes along and performs ludicrous acts on the Vegas strip, Burt and Anton must prove that their act can be revitalized.
VG: I was pleased at how unpredictable the film was. With a cast like this (Steve Carrell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini), I was expecting a lot of dirty and suggestive humor and content. I was wrong! There were some family-friendly elements, and lessons for people of varied ages are tucked away within the scenes.
MG: You thought the movie was unpredictable? I didn’t find any¬thing surprising about it. Spoiler: friends fight, make up. We’ve seen it thousands of times. This premise had the potential to tell that formulaic story in a new way, but it was so predictable and pedantic that it fell flat.
VG: One thing that called my at¬tention was the message this film conveyed and the manner in which it was conveyed. As time goes on, celebrities and performers of all sorts get old and are taken over by something or someone newer and hotter. Using the example of rising and fading performers in Vegas is clever and spot on.
MG: I agree that this movie tackles a very relevant phenomenon in American pop culture. I wish they had refocused the whole “be loyal to your friends no matter what” thing toward what I believe to be the more compelling conflict: self-preservation.
VG: I really liked how the Las Vegas atmosphere was displayed. I personally have not been to Las Vegas, but the cast portrayed Vegas to appear crowded, gaudy, fame-hungry and over-the-top. The wardrobe line-up was phenomenal and tacky—just like Las Vegas ap¬pears to be.
MG: I’m with you on that. If there’s one thing this movie did well, it was capturing the excessive and gaudy rhinestone fashions of Vegas. And the hair. Such glorious and luscious hair.
VG: I was irritated and disappointed at the way in which Burt and Anton climb back to the top of the entertainment realm. SPOILER: drugging an audience as a means of performing the most amazing magic trick is not smart, and clearly illegal. I guess, though, this was the example of the desperate measures celebrities take to stay at the top or make their way back to the top.
MG: I was disappointed in the level of Wilde’s involvement in the movie. Unfortunately, she was the pretty accessory at the men’s sides, which I suppose is realistic, but Wilde is capable of so much more.

Final Verdict:
MG: Thumbs down.
VG: Thumbs down.

‘Side Effects’: Can prescription drugs change your life?

By Molly Grosskreutz
A&E Editor
And Valerie Groebner
A&E Assistant Editor
MG: We live in a time where problems are “solved” by prescrip¬tions. Feeling anxious? Take a pill. Depressed? Take a pill. Nauseous from those pills? Take another. This phenomenon is explored and cri-tiqued in Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects,” a riveting psychological thriller other critics say is reminis¬cent of “Basic Instinct” and “Fatal Attraction.”
In the film, distressed wife Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) copes with the side effects of anti-depressant medication. Her husband, Martin (Channing Tatum), has just been released from prison, and she seeks help from psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) to ease her with that transition. Emily’s apparent dependence on the drugs leads to curious and grave consequences.
MG: First and foremost, this film is a profound commentary on our status as a “Prozac nation.” The ease with which all doctors in this film prescribe and distribute drugs at will is disturbing and raises questions about the ethics of those drugs.
VG: Consumption of prescription drugs is almost a fad, and looking closer into the life of it twists one’s perception of the matter. Drugs are treated like a meal these days, yet the general public doesn’t totally know what they do. In this film, we’re shown how horrifying the abuse of drugs can be, and that is necessary to be shown.
MG: The cinematography of this film is quite impressive. The hazy shots suggest Emily’s skewed clar¬ity of mind. The mirrors, light and shadow are characters unto them¬selves. In that way, this film feels like “The Shining” or “Black Swan.”
VG: I related a lot of the film ele¬ments of this movie to that of “The Shining.” However, I enjoyed how the effects went the extra mile by stepping into the mentality, or life of a character such as Mara’s, through the daring cinematogra¬phy. It was hypnotizing.
MG: I was blown away by Mara’s performance as mysterious Em¬ily. I haven’t seen her in “Girl with a Dragon Tattoo” yet, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I saw in this performance was an enticing darkness and an exquisite beauty that I haven’t seen in other actresses.
VG: I had not seen a film starring Mara, so I was curious to see how impressive she was. Her character handled insanity with such poise and grace; she made insanity look attractive, in a way. I agree that Mara possesses something that is not seen in other actresses, and she lets that shine very well in this role.
MG: This film is a little genre-con¬fused. It’s a drama, it’s a psycholog¬ical thriller, and it’s a mystery. But I think this blending of genres works in the context and subject matter of this film. If you’re confused half¬way through the movie to the end, that’s what you’re meant to feel.
VG: The confusion makes it so much more enticing, though! The audience doesn’t know what will happen next. Just as I thought something would be resolved or someone would fess up, a twist of suspense or mystery strikes just at the right millisecond. In all honesty, this is a flick I’d have to watch a few more times to wrap my mind around every aspect.
Final Verdict:
MG: Thumbs up.
VG: Thumbs up.

Use YOLO for good acts

By Melissa Freund
Assistant Sports Editor
It’s the newest slang term that everyone’s using: YOLO!
Log onto Facebook, Twitter or any other social media type website, and you’re sure to see those four letters. You only live once.
Do something while drunk that you later regret?…..YOLO!
Get caught doing something your parents don’t approve of?…..YOLO!
The phrase, which was popular¬ized by Drake when it appeared in one of his songs, was once referred to in a Tweet by comedian Jack Black as, the “Carpe Diem for stu¬pid people.” Sadly, I must agree.
Rather than a motto to remind us of how precious each and every day is, the acronym seems to have become the college partier’s excuse to party even harder. If you ask me, this is exactly what is wrong with our generation.
If you truly believe that you only get one chance at life and every mo¬ment is precious, and if you really want to live your life by this motto, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to actually do something meaningful?
I don’t think college students need another excuse to get wasted and high. What’s the point in enjoy¬ing life, if you’re constantly too intoxicated to remember anything you do?
Maybe it’s time to take a new ap¬proach.
Help someone in need. Join the peace corp. Volunteer at a home¬less shelter. Travel to a place you’ve never been to before. Challenge yourself. Learn a new skill. Make a difference in the world.
After all, you only live once.

‘Movie 43’ full of disappointing performances

By Molly Grosskreutz

A & E Editor

and

Valarie Groebner

A & E Assistant Editor

This joint-directed flick is a montage of suggested-then-rejected story lines for once potential mov­ies. Although there are no concrete main characters, as this flick is composed of film shorts, we are continuously channeled back to a desperate writer Charlie Wessler (Dennis Quaid), and hesitant Grif­fin Schraeder (Greg Kinnean).

This twisted duo is the brains behind sketching out each short film throughout this movie, ranging from an inappropriate relationship between a cat and his master, to an unabashed commentary of how black people are better at basketball than white people. Many familiar A-List actors make their appear­ances in this film and sure have no shame in making lewd, shameless entrances and exits.

VG: I’m impressed at the underly­ing messages in this film. Films of this day and age have completely lost their meaning and sentiment, and Movie 43 obnoxiously exempli­fies just that. I gathered that Quaid and Kinnean symbolize the fame-hungry, sick-minded and desperate creators out in Hollywood.

MG: Really? I don’t think this movie has any underlying mes­sages. I think it’s trying too hard to be “fun” and insensitive, and its utter disregard for convention is by no means cutting edge. I’m so disappointed that this type of film makes more money than smart Indie flicks.

VG: I was disgusted at nearly everything this film contained. I was shocked to see that a talented line-up of actors would accept a role in this movie. I was fully con­vinced—not even 15 minutes in to the movie—that said actors’ careers were plummeting, and this film was their scream for help.

MG: I can agree with that. Richard Gere? Josh Duhamel? Kate Wins­let!?! Accepting a role for the fun of it is one thing, but these sketches weren’t even funny. Again, I’m just disappointed. In the actors. In the entire crew responsible for this mess.

VG: The obsession our society has is like the white elephant in the room, and this film pointed it out shamelessly—that is, obscenities, vulgarities, and sexual innuendos. I am aware that many ill-motivated individuals would do nearly anything to get their 15 minutes of fame, but the content of this film illustrated it all too precisely… and disturbingly.

MG: For me, there’s a difference be­tween quality films and entertain­ment. Quality films raise question about the societies in which we live. Entertainment appeals only to our most basic functions as humans, and while I don’t think things need to be serious all the time, this movie has absolutely nothing to offer.

VG: I’m starting to think that I take back ever wanting to have embarked to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a stunning movie star. Movie 43 embodies the insanity that is Hollywood and the actors that thrive there. Film producers pull plot lines from dirty toilets, and the only people they care about casting are those who have outer perfection; good acting and talent is a lost cause.

MG: Having spent a significant amount of time in Hollywood, I disagree. It’s a magical place and a lot of good things happen there. But, yes, beneath its shiny exterior, it is a business, and certain ideas are crazy enough to get made. As for this one, I want that hour and a half of my life back.

VG: Thumbs down

MG: Thumbs down

Can women ask out men in today’s society?

By Tim Metzler

Online News Editor

Valentine’s day is Thursday, Feb. 14, and many men and women on Viterbo’s campus will endure the day alone. Perhaps the most pes­tering of all questions surrounding this situation is not why more men don’t ask out women, but, rather, whether or not the women can ask out the men.

“Females technically can ask out the males but I don’t think they should,” Shane Reinbold, a junior social work major from Bismarck, North Dakota, said.

“I think it’s the man’s job to pursue the relationship and it’s the gentlemanly thing to do to ask them out,” Reinbold said. “I think that women should express their feelings to the man but the man still needs to initiate the relationship. If he can’t initiate it then maybe he’s not ready for a relationship.”

Reinbold is not alone in his opin­ion that males should be respon­sible for initiating a relationship.

“Females cannot ask out males,” Molly Machometa, a freshman nursing major from McHenry, Wis., said.

“I think that men are just too afraid to ask out women,” Macho­meta said. “They just don’t under­stand that you don’t need to ask out someone in a special way. If you like each other then you don’t need to write out your love in rose petals. It isn’t prom, it’s real life.”

While both Reinbold and Macho­meta lean to the side where males need to ask out females, not every­one agrees with their perspective.

“I think females can ask out males,” Claire Doughman, a junior liberal studies major from Love­land, Colo., said.

“I asked out a boyfriend in the past,” Doughman said. “We origi­nally hung out in groups. Later we started hanging out, one on one, and we both knew that we wanted a relationship. However, he never asked me out.

“Eventually, I got sick of wait­ing,” Doughman said. “I deter­mined that there was no reason I couldn’t ask him out. So I said, ‘do I have to ask you out on a date or are you going ask me?’ He was speechless, so I said, ‘let’s just go to a play and get some dinner, you little pansy.’”

Clearly, there are opposing opinions with the matter of which gender can ask out which. Perhaps today’s males aren’t what they used to be.

“I was asked out by my boy­friend, so I don’t think that today’s males are too chicken to ask out females,” Megan Carlson, a junior nursing major from Eau Claire, Wis., said. “But men definitely aren’t like they used to be,” Carlson said. “They aren’t respectful and nobody opens the doors for women anymore.”

“I think today’s men are more interested in being manly and less interested in being gentlemanly,” Carlson said.

“I think men and women in today’s society take the easy way out,” Reinbold said. “Essentially, young men and women are afraid of commitment. They’re scared to take the first step.”

“People are afraid not of being in a relationship but of why they are in that relationship,” Reinbold said. “Dating is not for recreation. Dating is to find a spouse—some­one you will spend the rest of your life with in marriage. You date to get married and you marry to help each other get to heaven.”

“That whole progression is over­whelming,” Reinbold said. “That, I believe, is why both men and women are afraid to take the first step. Alas, that’s why people settle for casual relationships.”

So, Carlson believes that men aren’t what they used to be and Rienbold believes that relationships aren’t how they should be. What’s the answer to all of this?

In regards to relationships, Re­inbold believes that relationships have specific requirements.

“Both the man and the woman should identify and be strong in Christ, on their own,” Reinbold said. “Once this happens, then each person can start looking for a member of the opposite sex, who is right with God and who shares similar values.”

“Really, the goal is for both the man and the woman to get as close to Christ as possible, and to help the other person do so.” Reinbold said. “Unfortunately, that idea is counter-cultural. People nowadays can’t find true love because they are looking for true lust, not true love.”

In regards to relationships, Carl­son believes that guys are not hope­less, but they could use a little help.

“The worst thing a guy can do is cheat on a girl, so as long as you stay away from that sort of thing you are on the right track,” Carlson said.

“There’s no such thing as a perfect couple,” Carlson said. “And girls don’t want a perfect guy, either. We just want someone who treats us with respect.”

Study abroad to change and enrich your life while in college

By Jessica Schurmann

Assistant Editor

Unless you are deathly allergic to foreign food or have a heart attack when you see something strange, there really is no reason why you shouldn’t study abroad.

In today’s job world, globalizing oneself has become not only a fun experience, but a necessary one. Job markets are becoming more and more competitive, and global experience is one way to do some major budging in the long line of candidates.

Many people believe that study­ing abroad is expensive. WRONG. Most often, studying abroad is the same price as studying at Viterbo, if not cheaper. Even the most expen­sive places, such as countries in Europe, are about the same price as a semester here in La Crosse.

Not to mention, all of the FAFSA grants, loans, and outside scholar­ships apply toward your trip. And there are limitless scholarships geared toward students who are studying abroad, including the Sis­ter Bernyne Scholarship at Viterbo. Work hard, save a little on the side, and you can go. Granted, you will have extra costs such as a plane ticket and spending money. As long as you budget, a little money can go a long way and gain you many unforgettable experiences in any area of the world.

With studying abroad, the options are ENDLESS. Want to improve your Spanish? Go to Costa Rica for a semester and spend your week­ends exploring the rainforests and soaking in the hot springs. Need to practice your business skills? Try studying in Germany or taking an internship in China. You can even do your general classes abroad, or take an interest such as wildlife or art and see it for yourself. Any­where you want to go, anything you want to do, it’s all open to you.

The Global Ed office is in Mur­phy Center 371, right across the hall from Career Services. Pop in and chat with Caitlin Browdie, coordinator of Global Education, or Shaojie Jiang, director of Global Ed. There is a room full of catalogues and information about the limitless options you have.

Taking classes in foreign countries gives you a wider perspective on all topics. The world is a very unique place, and in order to understand its various beliefs, traditions, opin­ions, and values, we must experi­ence them firsthand.

Studying abroad is such a fulfill­ing, life-changing, incomparable experience, it’s a wonder more people at this university don’t do it. Study abroad NOW, while you are in college. Never again will you be able to live in another country for such a long period of time, while barely paying a thing outside of your normal tuition. Not studying abroad is like turning down a free trip around the world.

It’s YOURS. Take your adventure. Boost your resume. Get out and see the world beyond our campus.

For more information, contact Cait­lin Browdie at cmbrowdie@viterbo.edu, or stop in the Global Ed office, MRC 371 (open Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm).

Five basic rules of manliness for Valentine’s Day

By Tim Metzler

Online Editor

Because I’m Tim Metzler and you are not, I’ve decided that you and the rest of Viterbo’s males need a lesson in chivalrous living. If you really are a man and not just a boy, you will follow my five basic laws of manliness this Valentine’s Day and every day. Additionally, it is important to note that manliness has nothing to do with your body; it has everything to do with your state of mind.

Tim’s Five Basic

Laws of Manliness

1. Always open the door for any female, regardless if you know her or not. You don’t have to date every female you do this for, you just have to do it. There are no exceptions to this rule so just do it already.

2. Ben Franklin once wrote, “drink not to elevation.” The moral here is that you shouldn’t drink so much that you lose control of your body. A true man is always in con­trol of himself in every situation. If you can’t do this then maybe you should rethink why you’re drinking in the first place.

3. Don’t be vulgar around a wom­an. Instead, seek to compliment her on either her outfit, attitude or daily accomplishments every time you speak with her.

4. Smile and politely greet every person you pass by or meet. Male or female.

5. You’re not funny. I’m funny, but you really are not. You can be nice, though, so just concentrate on that and the attention of your female counterparts will follow.

Apart from the lack of chivalry on this campus, it has also occurred to me that Viterbo males lack brains. Thus, the following list of five includes points of inspiration for what you might wish to give your valentine on February 14. If you have any questions about the fol­lowing then you’re hopeless.

Tim’s Top Five Valentine’s

Day Gifts to Give

1. Chocolate. This should always be given with something else. Nev­er give just chocolate, but always give chocolate.

2. Something handmade. For example, make a Valentine’s Day card, don’t buy one. This gesture of making something by hand is known in the female community as cute.

3. Flowers. This is where things get tricky. Before giving a woman flowers, make sure you know what the flowers mean in a sym­bolic way. For example, red tulips signify a declaration of love, but acacias represent friendship. A mis­take with what flowers you give a woman can be disastrous.

4. Write her a poem. If you’re no good at writing poems, then bor­row from William Shakespeare. Us­ing his sonnets in your Valentine’s Day gifts makes you look cultured. I suggest Sonnet 18, 20, 24 or 40. Sonnet 40 is my personal favorite.

5. Beware the teddy bear. There’s an unspoken rule about giving stuffed animals, but now it’s a written rule. You can only give a woman a stuffed animal one time. That’s right—the stuffed animal is a one-time use only. Giving one every year makes you look boring.

In conclusion, the second best thing you can do is just be yourself. The first best thing would have been being me, but that’s not pos­sible. Regardless, good luck this Valentine’s Day!

Students and faculty predict winners at the Oscars

By Jordan Weiker

Campus Life Assistant Editor

Hollywood’s biggest night is ap­proaching. The 85th annual Acad­emy Awards will air live Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. on ABC and will be hosted by comedian Seth Mac­Farlane.

New on the agenda for this year’s show is an increase in the number of musical performances compared to previous years, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Among the list of performers for the evening are Barbra Streisand, Norah Jones, Shirley Bassey—bet­ter known as the voice for several James Bond theme songs—and Adele, who will be performing the theme song for the new James Bond movie “Skyfall.”

Although the James Bond film franchise has in the past been snubbed by the Academy, this year’s ceremony will include a special tribute to 50 years of 007, with rumors even circulating about a possible reunion between all six James Bond actors, according to the Huffington Post.

Of course, the immense hype is focused on which of the selected nominees will take home Oscars this year, especially in the big six categories: best picture, best direc­tor, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and best support­ing actress.

Nominees for best picture include “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Silver Lin­ings Playbook,” “Lincoln,” “Les Misérables,” “Life of Pi,” “Amour,” “Django Unchained,” “Argo” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

Michael Ranscht, director of the Fine Arts Center, concluded that “Argo” is most likely to win, due to the great deal of attention it has been receiving lately from critics.

“I’m favoring towards ‘Lincoln,’” said Anne Drecktrah, adjunct professor of theatre and film. “I thought ‘Lincoln’ was a phenom­enal movie, and it deserves best picture.”

“I think Les Misérables will take best picture, but I’m pretty sure Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) will win for best director,” concluded Elissa Coady, a theatre minor from Zum­brota, Minn.

“Lincoln” holds 12 nominations, the most of any film this year, and most critics are already in agree­ment that Daniel Day-Lewis will take home best actor for his por­trayal of Abraham Lincoln, accord­ing to the Huffington Post.

“I’m pretty confident Day-Lewis will win, but I do think Denzel Washington in ‘Flight’ gave one of the bravest performances I’ve ever seen playing a thoroughly unlike­able character,” Drecktrah said in a statement to Lumen. “I also really enjoyed Bradley Cooper in ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’”

Other predicted wins, according to the Post, include Jennifer Law­rence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) for best actress, Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”) for best supporting actor and Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables”) for best supporting actress.

“I think best actress should go to 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis for ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ but I’m betting Lawrence will win,” Ranscht said. “Furthermore, I think Sally Fields should win best sup­porting actress for her portrayal of Mary Lincoln in Spielberg’s film, but again, I think popular opinion is Hathaway will win.”

Either way, it does seem “Lin­coln” will be a hit on Oscar night.

For a complete listing of nomi­nees, visit oscar.go.com/nominees.

‘Gangster squad’: A love song to L.A.

By Molly Grosskreutz Arts & Entertainment Editor and

Valerie Groebner Arts & Entertainment Assistant Editor

Kicking off the list of noteworthy 2013 movies is Ruben Fleischer’s period mob movie “Gangster Squad.” It is just after World War II, and soldiers return to Los Angeles only to find that the fight is not over; their city has been taken over by ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Sargeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) assembles an undercover squad to shut down Cohen’s intricate power system and restore peace to the city.

MG: This film is many things: an action movie faithful to the cop versus robber genre; plenty of car chases, gunshots and neat special effects. It is also an impressive period piece. This film is not many other things. It is neither complicated nor deep. But it’s not trying to be.

VG: I was thoroughly taken aback by the violence and gore—I caught myself cringing for a few good minutes during such scenes. However, it’s no surprise that such actions occurred within 40s-era gangs. For the A-List, pop culture hungry groups, this is just the flick to see, especially if you have a yearning for vintage aesthetics. I questioned the portrayal of fashion, though. Like many of us, I was not there in the 1940s to witness what was actually worn, but something tells me that middle-to-high class US citizens of this era didn’t dress to the perfection that was in this film.

MG: Emma Stone plays Cohen’s etiquette coach, Grace Faraday. Having seen her in several other movies and knowing what she’s capable of, I was disappointed in how infrequently we see her in this. For once, she was the damsel in distress, constantly leaving the scene to powder her nose or smoke a cigarette. She completely lacked her characteristic wit, although this is by far her most glamorous role.

VG: I saw Grace as more of a call girl than an etiquette coach. Maybe the director could have given her better directions as to what she was intended to portray. I have to agree that this was “her most glamorous role,” and she does old-Hollywood very well. However, it does make some sense that her wit was suppressed as women of this era were seen as a nice piece of meat. We can’t always have our cake and eat it, too.

MG: This movie embraces the fact that it is highly stylized. I think the team behind this production did a wonderful job taking us back to Los Angeles in 1949. The gorgeous sets and period costumes made me nostalgic for an era I was never a part of.

VG: Despite the fact that the perfection of fashion appearance has me questioning everything under the sun, I did think every element of the film was eye-catching and astonishing. I was impressed that Gosling’s character, Sgt. Jerry Wooters, had a certain stylized tone to his voice that resonates very well with that of a 1940s mystery man. In concurrence with Molly, I couldn’t help but want to live in this era and don the classy and coquettish garments displayed. I especially wouldn’t mind driving around town in a mint green, Cadillac Series Coupe de Ville.

MG: Usually, I don’t like action movies, but I appreciate that this movie embraces its simplicity in plot and centers its attention on the aesthetics.

VG: I too am rather leery of action movies myself, yet this film demonstrates different realms of cinema, and a nice spicy taste is always necessary.

Final Verdict

MG: Thumbs up.

VG: Thumbs up.

The Packers are making their comeback

By Melissa Freund

Sports Assistant Editor

It’s official. The Green Bay Packers are back on top.

After defeating the Minnesota Vikings, on Sunday, Dec. 2, Mike McCarthy and his team are now tied with the Chicago Bears for the top spot in the NFC North Division.

After losing to the New York Giants 38-10 in week 12, the Packers returned to the field with a vengeance on Sunday.

Unsure of how the defense would perform, as linebacker, Clay Matthews was benched due to a hamstring injury, the Pack managed to hold onto the lead and finish the game with a 23-14 victory over Minnesota.

Also missing from the Packers’ line-up on Sunday were wide receiver, Jordy Nelson and guard,
T. J. Lang.

According to Fox Sports, the win on Sunday night was the second time in a row that the Packers have defeated the Vikings, and the fifth time out of the last six match-ups.

After a touchdown pass to James Jones early in the first quarter, Green Bay quarterback, Aaron Rodgers and his team had to face the Vikings’ running back, and the NFL’s leading rusher, Adrian Peterson, who had a staggering 210 yards on Sunday.

Late in the second quarter, Peterson had a career long 82-yard rushing touchdown, putting the Vikings up 14-10 at half time. Yet as the second half winded down, Minnesota was unable to keep the lead.

Although a trick play by Rodgers and Cobb ended in an interception, the Packers’ defense responded in a similar fashion, as Green Bay free safety, Morgan Burnett picked off two passes, giving Minnesota quarterback, Christian Ponder, a career high of two interceptions in a game.

Rounding out the fourth quarter with the longest drive in the NFL this season, spanning a remarkable 11:00 minutes, the Packers pulled out the win.

Closing up the Packers’ final drive, Mason Crosby put Green Bay’s final score at 23, with his third field goal of the game.

How did the Packers manage a win? The numbers say it all.

While Peterson finished the game with an impressive 210 yards, Rodger’s 27 completions and 286 passing yards dwarfed the 12 completions and 119 yards put up by Ponder.

While the Pack is back on top, there are still four games remaining in the regular season.

In a fight to maintain their position, the Packers will face the Detroit Lions at 7:20 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, followed by a match-up with the Chicago Bears, and rounding out their season with a rematch against the Vikings on Dec. 30.

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