Vikings VPs To Be Featured On FSN March 12 and 23

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on March 11, 2011 – 9:00 am

A pair of Vikings Vice Presidents will be featured on Fox Sports North over the coming weeks in a pair of shows that are designed to give fans an inside look at how local sports franchises are run.

FOX Sports North will debut “Unscripted: Decision Makers” and “Unscripted: Team Executives” as part of the “Unscripted” mini-series on Saturday, March 12 beginning at 10:00 p.m. Moderated by Anthony LaPanta, the new series of specials was designed to bring together leaders and figures in the Minnesota sports landscape. The first special, “Unscripted: Coaches/Manager” debuted earlier this year.

The second special,  “Unscripted: Decision Makers” features Vikings Vice President of Player Development, Rick Spielman along with Twins Senior Vice President and General Manager, Bill Smith and Wild General Manager, Chuck Fletcher.

Episode one of “Unscripted: Decision Makers” debuts March 12 at 10:00 p.m. with a candid conversation about how the men rose to the top of their profession. They talk trades and free agent signing, relationships with managers and head coaches as well as what it’s like to have the final say on decisions.

Episode two, premiering March 23 at 9:00 p.m., will focus on handling media criticism, contract negotiations and the overall demands of the job.  Click here to view a video preview of the show.

The third special, “Unscripted: Team Executives,” features Vikings Vice President Sales/Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer, Steve LaCroix along with Twins President, Dave St. Peter; Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka and Timberwolves Team President, Chris Wright.

Episode one of “Unscripted: Team Executives” debuts on March 12 at 10:30 p.m. and addresses how the men got into their current positions, philosophies of running a pro team and the implementation of new media into business practices.

Episode two debuts on March 23 at 9:30 p.m. with a candid discussion on the approval process for new stadiums and arenas. The group also talks about handling criticism and balancing work and personal life.  Click here to view a video preview of the show.

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170 Responses to “Vikings VPs To Be Featured On FSN March 12 and 23”

  1. By Ham on Mar 11, 2011 | Reply

    So…Episode two, premiering march 23 at 10:00pm appears after the “Third special, Unscripted: Team Executives.”


  2. By Titus on Mar 11, 2011 | Reply

    How can a second episode in a series make a “debut”— come on Mike!!!

  3. By Titus on Mar 11, 2011 | Reply

    Oops, Ryan!!! Sorry, Mike, but the writing overall could use some improvement.

  4. By moorevikes on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply

    boycott if there’s no season. start by not watching the draft

  5. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply


    Adrian Peterson had 1298 yards last year with perhaps the worst offensive line in the NFL. That’s the only possible reason he made the Pro Bowl, because they knew the Vikings offensive line was so bad.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply


    1298 is not 1400, and if the Vikings do not improve the O Line, they will be gunning for him ! !

  7. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply


    Being able to run for 1000 yards is not about math. It’s about having an O line that can block.

    :) :) :( :) :)

    Why is the man in the middle frowning?

  8. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply

    Fred – man in the middle is frowning because you don’t like him.
    Say something nice about him and I bet he will smile for you.

  9. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K,

    Good Answer.

    The man in the middle is frowning because he is upset that he is doing a great job blocking, and yet the line continues to let pass rushers in to the quarterback.

    Because, you see, if one guy fails, the whole line fails. That is why DRAFTING AN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN IS THE PRIORITY THIS YEAR.

  10. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply

    Even the coaches give in to drafting that spectacular head-slapping defensive end, or the classic white quarterback.

    We do not want to pick an offensive lineman. How boring.

    It scares me that we won’t pick an OLineman, because the coaches haven’t talked about doing it.

    That would be a 350 pound mistake.

  11. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply

    What did I tell you about that 18 game schedule? It was all a hoax by the owners to gain an advantage in negotiations. They never dreamed it would be possible to implement.

    “We’ll ask for alot, we won’t get it, but we’ll get something.”

    I am on the players side in all this. They are the ones who risk permanent injury every game. What do the owners risk?

  12. By Titus on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, Fred, Fred. Lots of postings, my friend. Don’t worry about it.

  13. By Titus on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply

    If there is no season, I doubt I will watch the game any longer.

  14. By Titus on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply

    So, I give credit to Ryan, the writer of this article, for taking my critique of his word choice, debut— he changed it to premiering –BUT– it is the same meaning, and hence, the same mistake.

  15. By frank on Mar 13, 2011 | Reply

    great!By the way,may be this will be better cheap jerseys come in and take yourfavorite!

  16. By Frederick Jones on Mar 13, 2011 | Reply


    There will be alot of gnashing of teeth if there is no NFL football when fall 2011 rolls around!

  17. By Titus on Mar 13, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, it’s all good– just got home from a great time—

  18. By moorevikes on Mar 13, 2011 | Reply

    way to go chris cook. why do so many players insist on living the thug life during the off season? lets see, i have the best job in the world (i play football) and make millions doing it but for some reason i feel the need to impress my homiez back on the block so i think i’ll carry a gun. don’t get me wrong i live in wyoming and most of us good ol boys are packin. however, we do it responsibly. hey chris just because someone starts s-hit doesn’t mean you have to pull your weapon. try being a real man and walk away. if that doesn’t work, do you know those things at the end of your arms they’re called hands ( we all know you didn’t use them much during the season) ball those up into a fist and defend yourself that way. chickens-hit p-ussy. i hope your career is over.

  19. By Titus on Mar 13, 2011 | Reply

    What did Cook do?

  20. By Dave the vike fan on Mar 13, 2011 | Reply

    Pulled a gun out at some night club I think Titus.. He got arrested for it too.

  21. By Dave the vike fan on Mar 13, 2011 | Reply

    He “banished” his weapon.

  22. By ashton on Mar 13, 2011 | Reply

    vikings arent that good were only good with ap

  23. By ashton on Mar 13, 2011 | Reply

    cook isnt that good anyways im glad he got arrested

  24. By Titus on Mar 13, 2011 | Reply

    I hope we have a season. Frazier seems to me the kind of coach that will not tolerate any poor character to poison the team. I so hope the labor talks resume; the general opinion is that new coaches and teams with new QBs would be hurt the most with a delay of season— and we know that is the Vikings.

  25. By Carl K on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    C.Cook makes me appreciate our high character guys like Madieu Williams and Husain Abdullah.

  26. By Parody on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s not pass judgement before the courts do. Anyways, Cook isn’t even officially a Viking anymore. We’ve extended a restricted free agent offer his way, but it’s likely that won’t stick. Our coaches will get all the facts and decide if he’s worth pursuing any further once his case and the CBA are resolved.

  27. By Titus on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Good point Parody– none of us were there.

  28. By Carl K on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    @parody – I think you have Ryan Cook and Chris Cook mixed up. Chris Cook is still under contract with the Vikings. Ryan Cook is the restricted free agent.

    Your point is well taken!

  29. By Parody on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    @ Carl – Thanks for correcting me! I was thinking of Ryan Cook when I made my statement.

    That makes a bit of a difference, but we should still wait to see how things pan out in the courts. It is a big disappointment that 2 rookies have been stirring up trouble this offseason, but hopefully the coaches can turn them straight like they did with J.Allen.

  30. By Shawn on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    We need to cut Everson Griffen and Chris Cook ASAP … before the Viking turn into the Bengals we dont need it

    STUPID people cant become SMART players !!!!

  31. By Parody on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    That doesn’t mean that stupid people can’t become smart people. Both players are very young and have plenty of talent. Proper coaching can turn them around.

  32. By Shawn on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    parody i know my opinion wont get these guys cut , but i feel this because overall in the NFL most players dont have these issues … and the jury’s still out on Vick but for every Vick there are three PacMan Jones Tank Williams and Chris Henry’s … now I also think its sad Henry died young

    Im just frusterated again because I dont have much faith in the people handling the stadium issue and when the team itself is counting on contributions from these apparent morons it becomes to much for my Viking mind to handle

  33. By Frederick Jones on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn and Parody

  34. By Shawn on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody … heres and idea, Mike Singleterry should coach 3 people

    1. Everson Griffen
    2. Chris Cook
    3. Bryant McKinnie

    Thats should be his whole responsibility , they will get right or quit

  35. By Frederick Jones on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Singletary would probably end up in jail, if that was his only duty.

  36. By Parody on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Why Singletary? Dunbar did a good job with Allen, and he already is in charge of Griffen. Being a defensive coach he already has plenty of contact with Cook as well, so he can take both of them under his wing. Meanwhile, McKinnie can be given an option: Music or Football. If he chooses the former, then he can be traded to the Bengals for a token sum. They seem to really like players who express interests in other areas of the entertainment media.

  37. By Shawn on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    LOL you think Dunbar had to do anything with Jared Allen?

    your comparing Griffen to Allen?

    I said Singleterry because these thugs need a lesson about being proffesional football players or cut them either way

  38. By Shawn on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Some players dont need coaches to be great players they are great because of an inner discipline … Peterson, Allen, Greenway, Winfield

    Cook and Griffen have shown not just a young kid making a mistake but a complete lack of discipline … there is a differance in my mind between a DUI and pulling a gun on someone, do you dissagree?

  39. By Frederick Jones on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn 6, Parody 3

  40. By Frederick Jones on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply


    Shawn 13, Parody 3

  41. By Titus on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Ha ha ha– great stuff- keep it up!!! The blog is the most funny and interesting since Chilly was in the crosshairs– pun intended.

  42. By Shawn on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    lol that was funny fred …

  43. By DRS on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    No more collective bargaining this year, Play this season with replacements, and them who will play from the pro-players! There is no union to be crossing the line as it were. Have to go, God bless U-all.

  44. By Frederick Jones on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply


    Hey you know that in most of our arguments there is no right side or wrong side. Plus, I think sometimes we misunderstand where the other person is coming from.

    Remember, communication is 70% nonverbal. It’s easy to see why there is disagreement on here. How do I know when someone is kidding.


  45. By Titus on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply


  46. By Shawn on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    fair enough fred …

    @DRS … Remeber the owners opted out of the current / last CBA which was to run through 2012, so I think its unfair to place blame on the players association for 2 reasons

    1-owners opted out of 2011 and 2012 football

    2-owners have been found guilty of hiding TV revenue from the players association

    3-owners are refusing to open the books for the last 10 years as the players association requested … which i can only assume means they have something to hide

  47. By Shawn on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    sorry that was 3 reasons

  48. By Titus on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Well, if the players feel they are not properly compensated for their work– do what every one of us does in such a situation– go to another employer– the beauty of a free market system. The problem is, most of these players, probably do not have the developed skill sets to do different work– and once they find out their new employer is going to pay them 30-45K a year— they will realize what a sweet deal they have in the NFL.

  49. By Parody on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, I’m comparing Griffen to Allen. They’re both DEs, they’re both 4th round draft picks, and they’ve both had legal problems. And yes, I think a DUI is just as bad as pulling a gun on someone. At least after you pull a gun on someone you can still choose to put it away without pulling the trigger. When you drive under the influence, you’ve already fired the bullet, the only question is whether or not it’s going to hit someone.

    Anyways, they’re young kids and they just need to get their act together. Give them a chance to make use of their talent and convince us to forget about their early mistakes. We have a lot of holes on the team without cutting them. These holes will be tough enough to address in the offseason, so we need to give these kids another chance to straighten out.

  50. By Stoney on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, when you’re 19/20 years old, if you don’t understand that pulling a gun is a knucklehead move, you don’t deserve to make 1 mil. plus per year. Your NOT a kid, don’t be an A$$. You know what your doing at 20 years old! Don’t give them an out for stupid behavior! People like you giving them an out for being knuckleheads, makes them think it’s OK, it’s not! HEY GRIFFEN/COOK, BE A MAN. GROW THE “F” UP AND STOP ACTING LIKE A-HOLES!!!!!!!!!

  51. By Parody on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    @Stoney – I’m doing just the opposite of what you’re accusing me of. I’m saying that driving drunk is much worse than people give credit for. If you’re old enough to drink then you’re old enough to know when you’re drunk and make sound enough decisions, (regardless of intoxication level) to avoid doing something stupid like turning on your car and putting it into gear. I’ve been drunk plenty enough times to understand that very well, and it’s always been easy for me to wait until the effects wear off before taking control of a 2-thousand pound weapon.

    The difference is that I believe most people want to be good and that most people want a chance to correct for their errors. Because of that, I believe everyone deserves a second chance. I have the sneaking suspicion that people who don’t believe this enjoy the sensation of schaudenfreude far too much and should try to reevaluate their own personalities.

  52. By Shawn on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    I dont agree with your DUI theory … I got one for sleeping in my car in a parking lot, IM NOT MAKING LIGHT OF DRUNK DRIVING BUT THE LAW AS ITS WRITTEN IS STUPID … so I dont see a DUI as worse than pulling a gun

    Ill tell you since that cop gave me a DUI when i was trying to be responsible I LEARNED ONE THING NEXT TIME IM DRIVING HOME

  53. By Carl K on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    @shawn- the owners did not opt out- The current cba expired!!! The owners moving forward want to take an additional 1 billion right off the top to help cover rising costs like…(you should appreciate this) stadium building costs. Sounds like a good idea to me. I would rather see the NFL and owners cover the cost of new stadium than see tax payers get hit.

    As far as opening the books. Why should the owners open their books? I have no right asking my employer to show me his books.

    The owners didn’t hide the TV revenue… they were smart enough to plan ahead and go ask for it. If a player goes out and lands sponsorship or autograph money, do they share it with the NFL???

    It takes two to tango.

  54. By Carl K on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Drunk driving and pulling a gun can have the same deadly out come. I would say they are both equally bad news.

    Good people can make poor choices. Smart people can make dumb choices.
    The man up stairs – JC – gave his life for our imperfection and our free will.

    I try not to point fingers and judge. All I can do is pray for protection and forgiveness.

  55. By DRS on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Play replacements, play replacements and have some fun this year. Have to go, Dod bless U-All.

  56. By DRS on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry,meant to say God Bless U-All, not Dod Bless U-All.

  57. By Parody on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn, in that case you learned a horrible lesson. I just hope whatever unlucky bästards you hit on your way home have good insurance because you can’t find a better solution for your need to get home after drinking yourself stupid.

  58. By Frederick Jones on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply


    You gave three good reason why we should be on the players side.

    Personally, I care more about paralysis, than I do about all the other stuff. I think if you are willing to risk your life, it’s worth A LOT of money.


  59. By Titus on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn– how did the cop know your intentions? You were in your car, drunk. How did he know that you would wait it out or if you would drive in 15 minutes?
    Cops often have tunnel vision– I am not denying that– but we could not have a peaceful society if cops made decisions based on invisible intentions— I have to give the cop the benefit of the doubt in your situation. By your reasoning, Cook could say— Gee, I was just waving my gun to prevent a fight; I had no intention of firing it– Okay, go home– no problem. Life cannot work that way– we cannot see inside your heart.

  60. By Bubba on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Payton Manning need to turn in their superbowl rings and go find a job in the real world. I think the NFL and the fans have been very good to them. And this is how they show their gratitude.

  61. By Titus on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Bubba– my sentiments exactly.

  62. By Bubba on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    I just wish their was a collective fan base association group that could step forward and give the fan base one voice and power.

    This is the age of the internet and social networking… I believe it is just a matter of time before fans realize the power and influence they could have if they would just work together collectively to negotiate ticket prices or boycott or what ever.

    I think it is time for NFL fans to rise up and form a union. Lets do this.

  63. By Cali on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Boycott the NFL!!!!!!!!

  64. By Frederick Jones on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply


    Your idea is not so bad. Reduce ticket prices, concessions, etc.
    It would also mean: not building new stadiums, lower player salaries, less owner profits, etc.

    That’s not a bad idea, at all. It will never happen though, money rules.

  65. By Shawn on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    @carl k … the 2008 deal was a 4 year deal with an owner opt out after 2 years which is what they did

    the owners did do this to the fans the owners did do this to the players and the OWNERS DID DO THIS TO THEMSELVES ….

    @about my DUI err sleeping under the influence … I got the max adn did my penalty , but IT SENDS A BAD MESSAGE WHEN A COP SAYS YOU ARE BETTER OFF DRIVING HOME THEN SLEEPING IT OFF IN THE PARKING LOT

  66. By Parody on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Boycotting the NFL wouldn’t be the best option. We’d be hurting ourselves at the same time that we’re hurting the owners. I think a better choice, if a union of fans were to be created, would be to boycott NFL merchandise. Mabe avoid going to games, but for some people that would be asking a lot.

    Also, you can get a group to take note of the commercials broadcast during NFL games in order to create a list of supporting companies to boycott as well. There is only one NFL, but there are more than enough beer companies, fast food chains, insurance providers, cell companies and so forth that we can choose from without losing anything from our lives. Once companies start to realize that advertising to the NFL is losing them business nobody will buy commercial time.

    That’s just my idea, and it would definitely get the owners’ attention, but it needs a large group of fans to join this hypothetical union. That is no small task and it will likely take a few years to form.

  67. By Shawn on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    cost of 1st time DUI … $2000, 90 day suspended liscense, 90 hours community service, mad mothers class, victims impact class

    cost of a hit and run with no injuries … $500

  68. By Carl K on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    @shawn- The current CBA was intitially negotiated in 1993 after a antitrust lawsuit that lead to free agency. That deal has been extended on several occassions. Most recently in 2006. The agreement gave both the owners and the NFLPA the option to shorten the deal by 1 or 2 years. You are corrected that the owners exercised that option so they could negotiate a new agreement that would benefit both.

  69. By Parody on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    @ Shawn – I’m not saying that I agree with the way that your case was handled, in fact I think that it shows a flaw in the system. Unless you were behind the wheel while the car was moving, it doesn’t count as a DUI in my book. But driving drunk is a serious threat, and when it does happen the penalty sounds good enough to convince people to find a different way to get where they need to go.

  70. By Carl K on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    It was the players that rejected a very good offer by the owners.
    it was the players that decertified.
    It is the players demanding higher million dollar salaries (and crying that it is not enough) that push ticket through the roof.

  71. By Carl K on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    @shawn- a taxi -$25.00

  72. By moorevikes on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    so a. peterson feels that today’s players are like modern day slaves. huh? i’m pretty much speechless at this point. is it possible to be a million dollar slave?

  73. By moorevikes on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    the money hungry owners can kiss my a-ss. the money hungry players can kiss my a-ss. titus i need your positivity man. give me some bright side to this off-season. don’t get me wrong i’m very grateful for what i have (not much when it comes to money) but nothing pi-sses me off more than millionaires arguing over money. just shut up and play the game.

  74. By moorevikes on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    speaking of dui’s when i lived in mn. it seamed a year wouldn’t go by without reading a headline, “man or woman receives 20th dui.” have they finally upped the penalty? keep in mind i had the pleasure of living in fergus falls (sarcasm)

  75. By Carl K on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings are going to work out a CB that can play safety and WR.
    Richard Sherman from Stanford. His first 3 years he played WR and caught 81 receptions for 1340 yards. He switched to CB but can play safety as well. His senior year he had 4 ints and 49 tackles. 6 career Ints. He also avg 10 yards per punt return. 6-7 round prospect that has good b@ll skills and could even get better.

  76. By Carl K on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings are also going to work out Andy Dalton… I hope they fall in love with the kids. All he does is win.

  77. By Frederick Jones on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Parody’s idea to have a Fan’s Union is a good one. What would you do to make it work? Packers and Vikings fans would be in the same union? I suppose it could work if someone was willing to spend time, and money developing the union.

    The Fans Union could say “We won’t attend a game until ticket prices are reduced by 10%”

    It could pack a wallop if 10 million fans were going to boycott!

  78. By Titus on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    I might start watching baseball again.

  79. By Titus on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Add a little basketball.

  80. By Titus on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    But the attitude of the NFL– both players and owners is pathetic. Forget football. I have heard enough.

  81. By Parody on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the sentiment Fred, but the union idea came from Bubba. I just provided an idea for an action that I think would be more effective than boycotting the NFL for that supposed union.

  82. By James on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    The three QB,s mentioned earlier on thier lawsuit might be what needs to be done. I thought i heard if ruled in thier favor it would open up free agency and trades/etc. Don’t you think that would be good before the draft.To me it seem they want the talks to start back up.say we all

  83. By vikesfan78 on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    I am so disillusioned by the players statements. They are making millions and still b@tching? The owners too. Who’s really going to get hurt? US, THE FANS!!!

  84. By Titus on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Vikesfans– exactly. We can put a stop to this insanity– but only with one voice.

  85. By Shawn on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    @carl k yea ok your right about it happened in 1993 … but that article also says they extended it in ’06 to run through ’12 but the owners opted out … so the owners opted out like i said … its the owners fault there is a lockout

    if you had a deal with me and i end the deal and then offer you a differant deal wouldnt you think im an A’hole … becasue we already had a deal, would you just accept me changing the deal whenever i want?

  86. By Shawn on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    c’mon carl k hurry up and sign the deal or your family wont like you, you dont need to know any details just sign the deal …. if you dont sign the deal now everyone suffers …. SIGN THE DEAL CARL K

    No you dont need to see the books just trust me and sign the deal

  87. By Shawn on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    yea i know i was being greedy before carl k the courts have sided with you but this time and this deal im being honest … cant you just trust me and sign the deal, why do you need to see the books? just because i lied 1 time that you know of … now all of a sudden you dont trust me

  88. By Mike B on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    I am still basking in the I told you so that TJack was on his way out. It also sounds like Joe Webb will have to prove himself to get to start. This means we will be drafting a QB in the first or second round. I am sure it will also mean the team will bring in a Veteran to compete with these two young guys. I am not going to speculate on who that will be, but I don’t think it will be an older QB not without some improvement in the OL. Farve was very luck not to have a permenant injury last year.

  89. By Mike B on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    lucky that is

  90. By Mike B on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    Does anyone have the scoop on Ryan Longwell? I have only heard rumor that he is also on the outs. I don’t agree with this choice, but with salary issues he could be out just due the league min salary requirement. That’s what gets kickers in the end anyway.

  91. By Carl K on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    @ shawn – are you telling me… if your employer help you become famous and gave you and other employees mulit million dollar contracts… and helped pave the wave for you to live out your dream… you would not trust or respect them enough to negotiate in good faith. You would take them to court every chance you get.

  92. By Carl K on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    I am just tired of the fans paying the price for this cr@p. You are ok with it, but I am sick of it. SICK SICK SICK

  93. By Carl K on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    Bubba is right, fans need to stand up and create one base that will purchase tickets from owners. Maybe each city should have one non-profit ticket hub that fan buy tickets from. That group works collectivelly with a web site to info and instruct fans. Maybe…. or
    I don’t know… all I know is that the players will run the NFL into the ground if they have total control.

    Can you imagine no draft. (teams recruiting like colleges)
    Total freedom in free agency.
    No salary cap.

    Sounds like a train wreck to me.

    AP thinks the current rules are like slavery for the player. If the players keep getting thier way… A big rich fan base like Dallas can go out and win the superbowl every year.

  94. By Frederick Jones on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B., I don’t think anyone thought the Vikings would retain Tarvaris Jackson. Tarvaris made a live statement saying he probably would not be back for 2011. He did that in January.

    There still is a possibilty he could come back to the Vikings at a later date. Put me down as one who doesn’t think that will happen.

    I’ve always said that I think it’s a mistake to let Tarvaris go. I’ll stand by that, and we’ll see how he does in the next few years.

  95. By Mike B on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    Ok Fred I will lay off the basking. I just never seen what you did with T Jack. I felt that the older Vet QBs that played during his time with the Vikings bailed him out of trouble. That’s how I saw it. I think Chidress saw that also and needed a leader on the team to keep his job and why the Vikings paid so much money to bring Farve in. The down side is Farve probably ended up costing Chilly his job. I never bought in that Childress was a good Head Coach. I think that vikings should plan on long term building of the team. We have great players in key positions, but that doesn’t make for a great team. Last year was a good example of that. With that said I still think that the Vikings can be competitive this year, but will need to make some big changes with an excellant draft.

  96. By Parody on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s some news that will get everybody fired up – one way or the other:

    Moss made it sound pretty clear that his second choice for a team this year will be Minnesota, right behind the Patriots. With all of the high draft picks that Bellicheck has and his preference to develop young talent, I highly doubt that he’ll entertain the idea of bringing Moss back on board.

    I know a lot of people will scoff at the idea because of the trouble that he supposedly causes in the locker room, but I love it. Moss was drafted by the Vikings and has the ability to get the fans revved up at any time. So what if his personality isn’t ideal? Nobody’s perect. He will add one extra great option for whatever young QB to consider throwing at and make it that much easier to develop a young QB.

    If you can get Moss, Rice and Harvin on the field at the same time, it won’t matter who’s blocking for the QB, because defenses won’t be able to have the luxury of blitzing, or they’ll get burned on every play. Moss has been humbled by last year and he’s ready to remind us all why he was the rookie of the year.

    By the way, how awesome would it be to have 3 Rookies of the Year (Harvin, Peterson, Moss) helping out your QB? If he happens to be a rookie as well, the QB will have a great chance of becomming the 4th added to that list!

    3rd time’s the charm. Come on back home Randy!

  97. By Shawn on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply


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  98. By Shawn on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    @CARL K … the rich greedy scamming owners have already been found guilty of shady business and now you believe whats in the books WHICH THE OWNERS WONT SHOW TO THE PLAYERS you believe these greedy people are working in good faith?

    How many times can you see in your lifetime rich corporate greed and shadyness before you stop supporting it ? wall street ? bank ceos? nfl owners? well i refuse to turn a blind eye to the corporate criminals …





  99. By Titus on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    Most of these players earn in their average 5 years MORE than what the average person makes in a lifetime– the avg salary I think I read was over 300K — with some intelligence and financial literacy, every player who plays 5 years should have investments that make for a nice lifestyle for decades and decades– for life.

  100. By Shawn on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus … Im not arguing the players make a ton of money but the owners have caused a 2011 lockout … by opting out and refusing to open the books

    Had the players opted out I would blame them

    If this was 2012 and the players went litigation i would blame them




  101. By Titus on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply


  102. By Shawn on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    FEEL THE LOVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  103. By Titus on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    Okay Shawn– I don’t know enough about it to adequately defend a position– it just seems like the players and owners both live in the top 3% of the world as far as physical comforts– Just very hard to understand.

  104. By Shawn on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    Im with ya there titus … but the last CBA was in 93 and in 06 it was extended through 12 but the owners opted out ….

    Im can see greed on both side but the owners did start the fight 2 years before it was necessary … which leaves me on players side

    like i said if players opted out or if in 2012 they made this stand i would most likely be on the owners side … hard for me to commit to a hypothetical lol

  105. By Carl K on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    @shawn – They both agreed to give each other the option to end this CBA early if needed. Re-negotiating a new agreement needed to happen sooner or later. Whether they negotiate now or after the 2012 season doesn’t really matter….BECAUSE THE PLAYERS DON’T WANT TO NEGOTIATE… THAT IS WHY THEY DECERTIFIED…THEY ARE TAKING IT TO COURT TO CHANGE THE RULES AND GET MORE FREEDOM TO MOVE FROM TEAM TO TEAM TO GET THE BEST CONTRACT…

    You win. I give up. Right now, I don’t want to be on any side…

  106. By Shawn on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    @ carl k … i did laugh at your $25 dollar taxi cab idea though =)

  107. By Titus on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    That’s what I am talkin’ BOUT!! The players left the table.

  108. By Titus on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    The players need to take a course with Dave Ramsey– that would solve all the financial issues.

  109. By Frederick Jones on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, it always matters who the offensive linemen are for your team!

    I can’t believe you said that! Maybe you were just excited about the possibility of Moss rejoining the Vikings.

    The offensive line is 5/11ths of your offense. It bothers me when people say it’s Adrian Peterson, or it’s Sidney Rice, or some other “skill” position player.

    They can do nothing w/o a good offensive line. lol

  110. By Frederick Jones on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    Chuck Noll, (Steelers coach of 4 SB wins) said the players he identified most with were offensive linemen, and defensive backs.

    Why? Because they get very little credit when things go well, and tons of blame when things go bad (holding or defensive pass interference.)

    What are the weakest areas on the Mn Vikings?

    Exactly – – Offensive Line and Defensive Backs ! !

  111. By Titus on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    Fred– Parody was merely overstating how good we would be with Moss back in the house — along with Peterson and Harvin and Rice— he did this by emphasizing that these players can overcome some weaknesses in our OLine, but he was not suggesting we should not improve the OLine– Come on, Fred, you are better than that.

  112. By Dave the vike fan on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    The players decertified while the negotiations were still going on. The owners showed them the last five years of books. Then the players wanted ten years of books.. As far as Im concerned.. The players walked out first.. Also, as far as I’m concerned.. The entire NFL can kiss my @ss.

    Skol Vikes!!

  113. By Parody on Mar 16, 2011 | Reply

    Fred – We had the same O-Line this year as we did in the 09-10 season. I’d argue that the biggest difference in their production was having a healthy Sidney Rice on the field for the 09-10 season when 2 of them were elected to the pro-bowl. That’s the point that I was trying to make, that awesome receivers can help to make average offensive linemen appear spectacular.

  114. By Guestwho on Mar 17, 2011 | Reply

    I would have to say o-line is a huge area of concern for this team, I will say its the most boring position to draft that’s why I”m not a fan of drafting a o lineman in the first round but if we look at teams that won the super bowl they have a good front that gives the qb time to make the throws. This team cannot protect the qb even if we had brady manning or rodgers they would get sacked on almost every play. We need to upgrade that position. Favre can tell you that the front is a pos he was getting killed out there those mckinny loadlholt cook has to go.

  115. By Titus on Mar 17, 2011 | Reply

    Parody– I see what you are saying, but would you agree that we had the same names on our Oline– but they were not the same players? — in other words, not everyone played to the same level– But you are absolutely right– every position is symbiotic to the other positions. You do make a valid and good point.

  116. By Parody on Mar 17, 2011 | Reply

    I think that they played to about the same level as they were playing at towards the end of the year. It seems that the team started going downhill the second that Childress received his extension. It just goes to show that to convince people to aim for their potential, most people need a lot of incentives built into their contracts – even coaches.

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