Shiancoe takes X-Files to another level

The now-infamous X-Files exchange, which I vowed not to document again until it got interesting, certainly veered in that direction late Tuesday night.

(If you don't know what the X-Files exchange is, go here for background.)

Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was among a group of players and coaches who rode a National Guard helicopter and participated in military-type training while visiting with Minnesota guard troops. According to a series of posts on his Twitter account, Shiancoe said one soldier offered a custom-made target for shooting practice.

Guess he wanted to start my engine early for the SAINTS game!

Shiancoe later posted a series of photos of the target: A visage of Osama bin Laden, with the No. 42 on his chest and "I'm Darren Sharper" written next to it. You can view the picture here.

X- marks the spot".. Loved the idea, ehhh so I went for it

Later, Shiancoe posted a picture of the bullet-ridden target. He closed with this tweet:

The aftermath.. Can't even hold a game check with hands like that.. See you thurs night @sharper42

I'm not one to get preachy about taste, politics and the difference between a real enemy and one on the football field. But by all means, feel free to do so yourself.