Arctic Blast XV To Be Held This Weekend

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 10, 2010 – 2:36 pm

The Vikings narrowly missed out on an opportunity to play in Super Bowl XLIV, but that won’t deter the organization from participating in Arctic Blast XV this upcoming weekend at Lake Mille Lacs.

The 15th annual Minnesota Vikings Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally, sponsored by MillerCoors Brewing Co., the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Total Luxury Limousines and Arctic Cat, will feature current and former Vikings players, Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders, Viktor and team executives as the Vikings organization raises money for the Vikings Children’s Fund (VCF).

Arctic Blast XV is comprised of a full slate of events that includes snowmobile giveaways, free arcade play for kids, an ice fishing pond, outdoor BBQ, Karaoke and food/drink specials at various Blast Points throughout the day. There will also be numerous prizes and games for fans of all ages at Vikings headquarters at the Blue Goose Inn in Garrison.

On Sunday, a prize party will be held with more than $30,000 in prizes to be awarded, including a choice of a new Arctic Cat Snowmobile or ATV.

Current players scheduled to attend are TE Jeff Dugan, DE Ray Edwards, LB Jasper Brinkley and S Jamarca Sanford. Also, assistant coaches Derek Mason and Diron Reynolds will also join the festivities. A full list of alumni will be at the event, including Bud Grant, Jim Marshall, Scott Studwell, Joey Browner and Doug Sutherland.

Participants can register day of event at any of the 4 Blast Points located in Garrison, Onamia, Isle or Malmo ($35). For the list of Blast Points and more information, call (952) 828-6577 or visit

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Discussing Possible Changes To The Pro Bowl

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 10, 2010 – 9:01 am

As I was surfing the internet and frequenting my usual web destinations, I came across an interesting piece by Jack Bechta of the National Football Post regarding the Pro Bowl and a few ideas to change and improve the NFL’s annual all-star game.

This year, of course, the NFL made a couple of significant changes to the Pro Bowl, moving it from the week after the Super Bowl to the week before and also moving it from Hawaii to the host site of the Super Bowl – South Florida. These changes were significant and much was made about them. For starters, Pro Bowl players on the Colts and Saints rosters were obviously precluded from playing in the all-star game. Also, several players who had just lost playoff games weren’t able to play because of injuries sustained in the previous couple of weeks.

With so many players unable to play and consequently so many replacements needed, the honor of being named to a Pro Bowl roster was a bit watered down. There were a few other complaints and critiques that came out of this year’s Pro Bowl and although this year’s event captured solid ratings, I think many participants came away unimpressed with the experiment.

I have to admit that at first I was very much in favor of moving the Pro Bowl to the weekend before the Super Bowl because I thought it gave the all-star game more relevance. It would be a kick-off even to Super Bowl week and it would be played at a time where it would garner more attention. After all, can you imagine being excited to watch the Pro Bowl this upcoming weekend? I can’t.

But another reason I think I liked the idea of this year’s experiment was because I was generally not a fan of the Pro Bowl. Even with the adjustments made to the playing rules, I think an exhibition game at the end of the season that involves the game’s brightest stars is a risk that isn’t worth the reward. I’d rather see the NFL name Pro Bowl rosters for the NFC and AFC, pay those players their bonuses and call it good. Perhaps that’s too simple, but it would be good enough for me.

In case you didn’t feel like clicking the link to Bechta’s article above, here are a few of his ideas to enhance the Pro Bowl: eliminate the game all-together and replace it with a bevy of events from a QB accuracy contest to a golf outing to an ESPY/roast/awards show type of production as the grand finale, move the event to San Diego and find a way to include celebrities.

So what do you think? Let us know with a comment below…

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