Food Network Looking For The Best Tailgaters in Minneapolis

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on July 26, 2010 – 3:31 pm

The Vikings and New Orleans Saints will renew their rivalry by kicking off the 2010 NFL season on Thursday, September 9 at Louisiana Superdome, as the Saints will celebrate their Super Bowl XLIV victory and the Vikings will try to exact revenge for a heartbreaking loss to the Saints in the NFC Championship Game.

But even before kickoff inside the Superdome, the Vikings and Saints rivalry will be rekindled thanks to a delicious competition created by Food Network’s Guy Fieri and the show Tailgate Warriors. Fieri, Page Productions and Food Network are searching for the best tailgaters in Minneapolis to go head-to-head in a cooking competition against a tailgate team from the New Orleans Saints, with the competition staged outside of the Superdome on September 9.

If you and your band of loyal, hungry fans think you are taking tailgating to the next level, and have what it takes to be crowned “Tailgate Warriors”, email by July 28th with a brief bio about your team and an example menu (2 apps, 1 entrée, 2  sides, 1 dessert), along with a photo of your team and your rig and you could be representing your team on Food Network’s Tailgate Warriors! The team of four people should have culinary chops, colorful characters, team spirit, and, of course, an outrageous rig!

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Childress Talks QBs

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 26, 2010 – 2:07 pm

The Vikings QB situation – from the status of Brett Favre to the mystery that is Joe Webb – is at the forefront of Vikings chatter among fans as training camp quickly approaches. The Star Tribune’s Chip Scoggins has a few quotes from Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress regarding his QBs.

In regard to Favre, Childress told Scoggins that the 20-year veteran will need “two or three weeks” of time to prepare, an amount of time similar to what he had last season before guiding the team to a 12-4 record and throwing 33 TDs. The Vikings open the regular season with a game on Thursday, September 9 at New Orleans.

While Favre is away from the team, Childress told Scoggins that Tarvaris Jackson will get most of the reps with the 1st team and that Sage Rosenfels will also get a few look. Rookie Joe Webb will work primarily with the 3rd team.

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Bieniemy Chooses Vikings Over USC; Is Promoted

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 26, 2010 – 8:15 am

After an offer from the University of Southern California to be the program’s offensive coordinator, RBs coach Eric Bieniemy has decided to remain with the Vikings and will have “assistant head coach offense” added to his title. Bieniemy informed the Vikings of his decision on Thursday after making what was surely a tough decision.

Bieniemy is an original member of Childress’ staff here in Minnesota from when the group was hired in 2006 and he is held in high regard by the Vikings head coach. Childress has commented frequently during his tenure with the Vikings that Bieniemy is a bright coach and a good teacher of the game.

“Eric’s a bright young guy, he’s Adrian Peterson’s mentor and obviously he has aspirations,” to move up, Childress told the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad. “Like we talked about, there is no exact way to climb the ladder. It sounds extremely appealing, to live out there and recruit, and he’s great at recruiting. You’re talking about giant money and it costs giant money to live [in Southern California]. It was extremely appealing and maybe you become a head coach in college. But I think he has the ability to be a head coach at this level. He’s a tremendous teacher.”

Bieniemy told Zulgad that he came to his decision after talking with Vikings ownership and management and with Childress. He said there were a lot of factors in the decision but that he made the right decision and is in the right place for him at this time.

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