Vikings GamePlan, Vikings Weekly To Air 1 Hour Earlier This Sunday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 5, 2009 – 1:43 pm

The FOX NFL pregame show, which usually begins at 11:00 CT on Sundays and runs for 1 hour, will be broadcast from a U.S. Military Base in Afghanistan this upcoming weekend and will be expanded to a 2-hour show.

As a result, both Vikings GamePlan and Vikings Weekly will be aired 1 hour earlier on Sunday, with Weekly slated to air at 9:00 a.m. CT on FOX 9 and GamePlan set to go at 9:30 a.m. CT on the same channel. Both shows will be aired at their normal times (10:00 and 10:30 a.m. CT) on FSNorth.

Even though the Vikings are on a bye this week, both GamePlan and Weekly have jam-packed shows that will satisfy your Vikings appetite.

Here is a list of elements that will be included in Vikings Weekly:
— Host Ann Carroll is live on-site at the Vikings Taste of the NFL event at International Market Square. She examines the history of Taste of the NFL and also speaks with DE Brian Robison about raising awareness of a health issue that is personal to him.
— Ann also speaks with G Steve Hutchinson and gets the low-down on his bye week plans (hint: he’s doing something he’s never done), his favorite Twin Cities restaurant and the inside scoop on his post-Packer game celebration with QB Brett Favre.
— To wrap-up the show, Ann is joined by the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and finds out their secret to staying in tip-top shape.

Vikings GamePlan, hosted by radio voice of the Vikings Paul Allen, will feature a segment of the top 10 Vikings plays of the 1st half of the season. TE Visanthe Shiancoe will be the player guest and will have a conversation with PA. Also, the NFL Network crew will take a look and breakdown the 2nd half of the Vikings regular season.

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Vikings, Fans To Take Part In 2009 Go Green Expo

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 5, 2009 – 10:03 am

The Vikings don’t play this weekend, but Vikings fans can still join the Purple this weekend in support of a great cause.

On behalf of their Planet Purple initiative, the Vikings will participate in the 2009 Go Green Expo Vikings fans can also participate.

The 2009 Go Green Expo is a 3-day event and is regarded as one of the nation’s premier eco-friendly tradeshows. It will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from November 6-8. The event is free to all Vikings season ticketholders who show their Vikings season ticketholder ID card at the entrance.

“Minneapolis is ranked as one of the ‘greenest’ cities in the United States by National Geographic Society’s Green Guide, and it was the next natural destination to add to our growing itinerary of shows across the country,” said Bradford Rand, CEO and Founder of Go Green Expo. “We are looking forward to hosting a great show that will reach a vibrant and active green community.”

Friday, November 6 is reserved for business-to-business interaction, but the general public is invited to attend the expo on Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8.

Tickets are $10 for a full weekend pass, $5 for students and seniors with proper ID, and free for children 12 and younger.

On Sunday, attendees can receive free transportation to the show with a complimentary Metro Pass by downloading the Go Greener Pass from the Go Green Expo web site,, courtesy of Twin Cities’ Metro Transit.


Planet Purple is the Vikings organization-wide initiative committed to developing sustainable business practices and utilizing renewable energy in an effort to lessen the team’s impact on the environment. The initiative was developed in conjunction with the NFL’s Green Team and recently wrapped up Planet Purple Week, which featured several community-based and environmentally-focused events leading up to the Vikings October 18 victory against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Vikings Doing Some Self-Scouting Over The Bye Week

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 5, 2009 – 7:32 am

Most NFL teams have spent the past few days studying film of their opponent and game planning against tendencies, strengths and weaknesses. But the Vikings don’t have an opponent this week because they have their bye week.

The next time the Vikings suit up will be on November 15 against the Detroit Lions, a team they beat 27-13 in Week 2 at Ford Field. With one game against the Lions already under their belt, the Vikings coaching staff will have a little extra evidence to examine as they prepare for their next game.

But Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said that even though they’ve had this extra week to prepare for Detroit, they’ll spend some of the extra time studying themselves, too.

“We’re more focused on us this week than anything, Childress said. “We’ve played Detroit once. Obviously we’ll spend time looking at their game this coming Sunday, but there is nothing we can do about that right now.

“But really (it is) more looking at us. You always look at yourself differently right after a game when you are grading plays, than when you put that tape down and come back to it a day or two later, or a week or two later.”

Aside from grading players’ performances to this point in the season, the Vikings coaches will also examine their own tendencies. Does the offense run only certain plays in certain situations? Does the defense tend to blitz more heavily in one scenario versus another? These are both questions, along with many others, that the Vikings will answer about themselves as they do some self-correcting and self-scouting heading into the 2nd half of the season.

“We do a lot of self scouting things where things kind of jump at you and you go, ‘Jeez you realize we do that?’” Childress explained. “Even though we do it through a computer by virtue of numbers and you can access the video by virtue of numbers, you look it in a little different light when you step away and look back on it.”

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