Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 20, 2011 – 9:01 am

There isn’t as much activity as we typically see at this point in the offseason, but there are still issues to address and questions to answer. That’s why we have the Monday Morning Mailbag.

To submit a comment or question to the mailbag, send an email to me at You can also submit your comment or question in the comments section below this entry.

Remember to include your name and town on the email. We can’t post every comment and question, but we’ll try to answer each question.

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175 Responses to “Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions”

  1. By Hill Billy on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Why does our team suck so bad every year?

  2. By DRS on May 20, 2011 | Reply

  3. By DRS on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    Days before the Legislature is slated to adjourn, a bipartisan group of lawmakers dropped a bill Friday that would use racino profits to fund a new Vikings stadium.

  4. By DRS on May 20, 2011 | Reply

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  7. By DRS on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    This is from

    The Minnesota Vikings stadium situation could be turning into a real political and economic mess. If it’s not cleaned up, the Vikings could soon be a team without a home.

  8. By DRS on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    What are the Minnesota Vikings plans if there is no stadium deal this year?

  9. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, being 1800 miles away, I am not knowledgeable about the political and economic climate in Minnesota. However, I have to wonder this: How can a City like New orleans, in a state that is regularly devastated by natural disasters, record-breaking unemployment and mass emigration, not only support an N.F.L. franchise, but use it as a rallying point to bolster the spirits of its citizens? Surely if Louisiana’s attitude toward its team makes the Saints a priority in that ravaged state, why can this not be the case in Minnesota?

  10. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    As a follow-up, New Orleans has actually been able to attract another professional sports team (the Hornets), who managed to survive HURRICANE KATRINA and still prosper. This potential loss of the Vikings would be the 3rd pro franchise to leave the Twin Cities, not a record to be proud of. Are fans in southern Louisiana really that much more passionate than those in Minnesota? Make your voice heard, Minnesota, you can hear mine from Eastern Canada.

  11. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    By the way, because of the lack of prime-time Viking games this year, I will have to pay close to 20 bucks per game to watch them this year (assuming there is a season at all,)on Sunday Ticket. I would still pay if it was double that! Minnesota taxpayers, its time to realize just what a treasure you have there, don’t be fools and let it slip away.

  12. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I guess I’ve blown off enough steam. I’d trade you our politicians for yours, but believe me, you would be no better off.

  13. By Carl K on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    New Vikings’ Offense Coordinator Bill Musgrave has stated his new offense will be influenced by the one he help run in Atlanta as QB coach under Mike Mularkey. Mularkey has a smash mouth style in Atlanta and favors a power-running attack. Can we expect a lot of two-back and two TE sets designed to help the run game and set up a play action p@ssing attack?

    I also notice frequent split back formations in Atlanta’s offense. Frazier has said he wants to feature and utilize Harvin more. Do you think because Harvin is a multi-dimentional player, Musgrave will line him up in the back field with Peterson more than what we have seen in the past? What do you think of Harvins blocking skills? I have noticed Atlanta’s backs are good blocker. Can Harvin or Gerhart fill that roll? I don’t think N. Tahi is dimensional enough to run and catch out this type of offense?

  14. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Carl K, do me a favor and shake some sense into some people there. I would, but my arms aren’t that long.

  15. By Carl K on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    @nova – I am from Indiana… my arms are too short. I will say I am confident a stadium deal will get p@sses. Economic growth and development will usually trump most opposition at the legislative table. I think the Arden Hill Stadium is one Minnesotian could be very proud of.

    I know Fort Wayne LOVES and is very proud of thier new minor league baseb@ll stadium. It is a great venue for out-door concerts and baseb@ll games. They would NOT trade it NOW for the world… but before it was built… it was an ugly fight. Keep the faith! It is worth the fight! Even the people who oppose it now will love it later.

  16. By Frederick Jones on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Vince Young vote:

    Yes: 5 No: 12

    We may keep this going.

    Vince is an athlete who can really whip a ball with accuracy (much of the time). Does his attitude over-shadow his abilities? Is he worth the money?

  17. By Frederick Jones on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    The thing I don’t understand is why the NFL didn’t learn anything from the last baseball strike.

    Nobody will gain anything from this strike.

    I suppose it’s like war, and makes just as much sense.

  18. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, yes, yes, no.

  19. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    He is a good athelete who can throw, with a terrible attitude and too high a price tag.

  20. By Titus on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I have an idea that might get the legislators and governor moving– and moving quite quickly to pass the stadium bill.

  21. By Titus on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    It is a bit of a long shot and I have done no research into the matter– it might not even in the long run be feasible, but just the idea– just if the Wilfs entertain the idea and take some action towards it– might get Minnesota moving.

  22. By Titus on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Heck, I don’t know, maybe the idea has already been proposed— I have not heard it in the news, but I don’t know.

  23. By Carl K on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Fredrick – is it time to move on to a new QB? How about an Orton vote..or McNabb vote? or maybe a Hasselbeck vote or Rex Grossman vote, Marc Bulger maybe…
    This lockout looks like it will last a while… you might be able to get a vote going every week on a different QB.

    We might be able to get Vince Young cheap… but if he starts early on… will he throw a fit when he has to turn the keys over to C. Ponder? That could spilt the locker room and get coaches fired.

    It would be nice to find a veteran QB who has been a solid starter, but who has handled being a backup well also. Is that QB out there?

  24. By Frederick Jones on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K,

    As usual, I like your ideas. I think enough people have spoken, and voted on Vince Young. And if what you said could happen…obviously it’s not worth it.
    I think bloggers are against McNabb.

    Suggest who to vote on….That’s the ticket!!!!




  25. By Frederick Jones on May 20, 2011 | Reply


    What is your idea???

  26. By Frederick Jones on May 20, 2011 | Reply


    Move to Minnesota!!!

  27. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, if the winters weren’t so bad, I would be tempted. To answer your other question, I would try to bring Carson Palmer with me.

  28. By Carl K on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I want to here the idea too.

  29. By Carl K on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Hear the Idea. sorry

  30. By Carl K on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I wish my writing skill were better.

  31. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    And Titus, Fred is right, what is your idea, or do I have to go back to the psychic?

  32. By Titus on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Nova, I don’t care much for psychos, err, I mean psychics. So, please don’t. Just be forewarned, it is a bit of a power play and probably a bit out of character for the Wilfs to play leverage games, but one thing I do know— if they even started the process, the MN capital would be filled with people camping out demanding action.

  33. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply


  34. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    You’ve kept us in suspence long enough.

  35. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    *Sunpense, it’s getting late here.

  36. By Titus on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I know– I have been in your beautiful province– Okay, first off, all of you know Vikings are arch rivals of Green Bay? Vikings actually hate the Packers— I am not overdoing that– it’s intense.

  37. By Titus on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    What is also intense is what has happened to the Twin Cities in the past thirty years.

  38. By Titus on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    The cities have grown a lot– like most places.

  39. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    *Suspense, this whole stadium issue is driving me crazy.

  40. By Titus on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    So, some of you out-of-towners may not realize just how much western Wisconsin is a part of the Twin City metro– In fact, many in Hudson, Wisconsin commute to the cities– I know people who moved there to save money– it’s a little bit of a drive– maybe 25 minutes from St. Paul. SOOO.

  41. By Titus on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    IMAGINE a proposal to build the stadium in Wisconsin!!!

  42. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I think that the NFL and the Packers would have some infringement problems with that.

  43. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Having said that, I will say good-night. But Titus, you made me think; to all the Minnesota taxpayers who are against a new stadium, all the money you save can go towards buying your children and grandcildren Green Bay Packer jerseys, because that will be your “local” team. Every Sunday.

  44. By Titus on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, I know its a bit whacky– but it would sure open people’s eyes. You never want something with passion until you might lose it to someone else, especially the neighbor you don’t like.

  45. By Carl K on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Wisconsin is alittle closer than LA. But your are right! Reguardless of the location of the other proposal…. PEOPLE NEED TO SHOW UP AT THE CAPITAL AND DEMAND ACTION. Great Idea. Even if it starts out as 2 or 3 people holding signs…. the news media cameras will be all over it, and the crowd will grow larger each day. I love it.

  46. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    If I lived in Minnesota and every Sunday at noon the Packers were on TV, I would leave the state. Good-night everyone, and Nova Scotia appreciates the compliment,Titus.

  47. By Carl K on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    The demonstation on the capital is the key. The Wilfs already have a proposal from another city. So from my Indiana prospective… California or Wisconsin it doesn’t really matter, but it is time to RALLY. Right on the money Titus.

  48. By NovaScotiaVike on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, just so you know,I think Minnesota is beautiful…… the summer.

  49. By Titus on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I have been in Nova Scotia– I think if I lived there, I probably would not want to move to Minnesota. Nova can be at the ocean, hit big spots like Montreal or Boston with a long day of driving–and probably much milder in temps due to the ocean currents. No, Nova, stay where you’re at– we can be your vacation home.

  50. By Parody on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Everybody knows the world is ending at 6:00pm tonight, right? Why don’t we all hold a rapture party at the capitol while rallying for a stadium at the same time?

  51. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Nova Scotia is a party.

    Titus I’m sure your idea would stir up some people. And there are some Minnesotans that would say good riddance.

    When ya ain’t got nuthin,’ ya ain’t got nuthin’ ta lose! ! !

  52. By Parody on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    We could even make signs that said something to the tune of “And you thought we were exaggerating when we said the world was going to end if the Vikings didn’t get a new stadium!”

  53. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply


    I don’t want to touch that one.

    Nova votes for Carson Palmer. I have never seen him play, but have read good things about him as a quarterback. So let’s start the vote:

    Carson Palmer for Quarterback:

    Yes: 2 No: 0

  54. By Carl K on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Fans need to push and demand a special legislative session!!! That can be accomplished – and might have already been arranged on Friday?? KEEP THE STADIUM ALIVE THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE ADJOURNMENT. That can be done. The Wilfs will not move durring a lock out. The Fans need to stand up and fight for the Vikings. A week long tail gate party at the capital to show support for for the Vikings and let the Wilfs and the state government know the fans are behind them and that we apprieciate all the hard work and effort they put into the stadium proposal durring the last few weeks will go a long way.

  55. By Carl K on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Rally at the capital building all week to get the point out (starting Monday – Titus its your Idea – I want to see you on the news with your purple on). It would be a fun, positive and productive way to voice your support. IT IS NOT LATE.

  56. By Carl K on May 21, 2011 | Reply


    KEEP FIGHTING! Minnesotian need to show the Wilfs how much they love the Vikings.

  57. By Carl K on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Fred – I will vote yes on Carson Palmer with 2 conditions.
    A) We don’t pay more than a 2 round pick for him.
    B) That he understands his roll and his value. He might be asked to start… or he may be asked back up C. Ponder at any time. His professionalism and leadership as a backup is just as imprortant as his ability to help us win games as a starter.

    The only QBs I would trade for is Palmer and Orton. I think both QBs are worth a 2nd round pick. Kolb, Palmer and Orton are the top 3 QB on the market and they will require a trade of some kind. With that said, I see 4 teams that will probably out bid the Vikings for them. Washington, Arizona, Seattle, Miami.

  58. By Carl K on May 21, 2011 | Reply


  59. By Carl K on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Get your grills and your Vikings gear and go have a tail gate rally at the capital to KEEP THE STADIUM ALIVE. I am 1 of many out of state Viking fans that are counting on Minnesotians to stand up and start fighting!

  60. By Carl K on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    I should say keep fighting!

  61. By NovaScotiaVike on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Show those %$&&##@! politicians YOUR HORNS!!!!!!

  62. By Josh on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Wobschall-
    What happened with the stadium bill on Friday?

  63. By Carl K on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    “SHOW YOUR HORNS” – I love it.
    Nova – we might have to fly to Minnesota for this.

  64. By Stoney on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t want a QB that we have to give a draft pick for. we used a 1st round on ponder, they said he is the most nfl ready QB, so play him.. If we get a QB, get a F.A. so no draft pick needs to be used.

  65. By joshK on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    i like Palmer as QB, wisconsin doesnt need another football team that would never happen. vikes need to start moving to LA and unless Minnesota can get it done fast enough. move to LA.

    im still a Laker fan i would be dissapointed if they moved like crazy but it would be better for them financially.

  66. By joshK on May 21, 2011 | Reply


    why havent the Wilfs even entertained the idea of a LA stadium site? do you think that would push Minnesota to get the job done.

  67. By Titus on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Josh– time after time, NFL has flunked in LA. Minnesota has an incredible market– with the right moves, the Wilfs know they can have a very profitable team in Minnesota– going to LA is a risky business move. Sure, there are a lot more people, but the Twin Cities is around the 15 th largest metro in the country at about 3 million, so the size here is more than adequate— plus the long tradition of the Vikings in Minnesota— the Wilfs need only bring in a few great players and coaches– win, and the team is making tons of money. In LA- – it would take a lot more to create a huge passionate fan base. Sorry, am a bit wordy- still waking up.

  68. By Bubba on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    i vote no to palmer – i agree, no need to trade – we have too many holes
    i vote for offensive line
    we need harvey dahl right guard from atlanta
    he knows musgraves system and can step in right away
    herrera suuuccckkks

  69. By NovaScotiaVike on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    I think it is to the Wilf’s credit that they haven’t openly discussed the possibility of moving to L.A. It shows their commitment to keeping the team where it belongs.

  70. By Stoney on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Bubba, is Dahl a F.A. if so would be great move

  71. By Bubba on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    @fredrick, what do you think of harvey dahl? he is a nasty good run blocker that will help control the line of scrimmage. that is what AP needs. spend the money on a real need.

  72. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings, If Minnesota legislature turns your new stadium down, why not move to Sioux Falls SD. That way you would be centralized to your full fan base. How does that sound SD Vikings, or maybe you can move to Fargo ND. I hear ND has no debt to hold them back in funding a stadium. I do hope Minnesota legislature wakes up and see what is at stake.

  73. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Viking fans let your politicians hear your voices and if they let the Vikings leave Minnesota, you will fire them!

  74. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Carson Palmer vote:

    Yes: 4 No: 2

    Bubba, I know nothing about Harvey Dahl. I will have to do some research. I would indeed choose a great right guard over any free agent qb, even though I voted for Carson Palmer.

    As for C. Ponder starting, that is for the coaches to decide. Joe Webb may yet the man for Minnesota.

    We probably will have a debate during the season on who should start, Webb, Ponder, or a new FA qb. Remember 1970 with Gary Cuozzo, Bob Lee, and Norm Snead? Everyone wanted Snead or Lee. Cuozzo wound up starting at least half the games!!!

  75. By Fred Owens on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    I live in the Detroit area, but I am a longtime Viking fan. Last week, I notice that the Detroit Lions players organized and held a 6-day training camp where over 30 of their participated. I was wondering our team (Vikings) are holding player organized player training? I am concern because I do not want the Vikings to fall behind.


  76. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Vote 1 yes to Carson Palmer, and one yes to Web being the Vikings starter.

  77. By Bubba on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    @stoney – dahl is 29 and has been in the league for more than 5 years. yes he is a F.A. will he be restricted or unrestricted depends on a new cba. he is in the same boat as ray edwards.

  78. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Oldschool where are you? What do you say? Web or Ponder? Have not heard from you as of late, have you changed your blog name, did I miss that? Have a great day one and all.

  79. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply


    Did you know that Harvey Dahl and Mike Singletary got into an argument on the field? Singletary is supposed to have spit on Dahl, and the NFL did an investigation. (Singletary was coaching SF at the time)

    Also Dahl is listed as the starting right guard on He is a good run blocker, if we could get him great.

    Singletary might punch out Frazier and Musgrave if we do it.

  80. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Carson Palmer:

    Yes: 5 No: 2

  81. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Old School and Shawn haven’t been heard from much lately, unless I missed something.

  82. By Titus on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    I know my idea did not get a lot of attention- it is a leverage play to a degree, but is it so unrealistic? Both New York city teams play their home games in New Jersey. Having the stadium in Wisconsin is still technically part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro and the land is cheaper– and plenty of it with Interstate 94 — I believe is 6 lanes near there– Now, if there was a proposal for the stadium there, everyone would be mad at the thought Minnesota economy would miss so much revenue– especially since that revenue would go to a state that houses the Vikings biggest rival. It would never pass, but just considering it would get Minnesotans awake and moving to get the stadium bill passed. The thought of the stadium across the border would be too much for fans to bear.

  83. By joshK on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    i dont think it would get as far as even being brought up in an actually business conversation tbh. it would never happen we are more likely to change our uniforms pink and call ourselves the unicorns. (remove one horn, slide the remaining one on the top of the helmet we are good to go)

  84. By Titus on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Josh– you prove my point– it is so unthinkable, that if it were to be discussed, Minnesotans would demand action to get the stadium bill passed. Has anyone driven to Hudson, Wisconsin in rush hour lately? It is an extension of Minneapolis-St. Paul and is considered in metro population counts. But it is a bit crazy, I admit– the Wilfs are too classy to pull a leverage play— I can think of some NFL owners who might try such a thing, but since it is conjecture, I won’t mention anyone by name.

  85. By Bubba on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    fredrick – nice reseach. dahl was playing agianst singletary at the time. i think he is the kind of mean nasty player singletary would love to have on his own team. i say they need to kiss and make up. if we lose ray edwards, a 1st rd tender player, we need to go get a 1st rd tender player. i think we need a mean nasty right guard who is a proven run blocker. i think dahl is a good fit but i am not sure what singletary thinks?

  86. By CP7 on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    A move to Wisconsin is just plain silly and cannot be taken seriously.
    We don’t have time to play games! Wisconsin is in love with the Packers and no way will they let the Vikings move in.
    NY can do it because they are NY.
    Some one must have dropped you on your head when you were little!

  87. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    The plan to win legislative approval for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium moved forward late Thursday – by an inch.

    After days of delays, the chief House author of stadium legislation said he had received details of the team and Ramsey County’s plan for building a $1 billion stadium in suburban Arden Hills. The details, which were not immediately released, were broadly expected to follow an agreement announced last week by the team and the county to build the 65,000-seat stadium on the site of a former munitions plant by 2015.

    The latest development showed that the proposal – with just four days left before the Legislature adjourns — still had a slight, but diminishing chance of being approved before Monday

  88. By Nick on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    I guess I must be the only blogger who would go with VY over Carson Palmer! I just think Young wants to prove so many doubters wrong that he will succeed. However, I would NOT give up a draft position for him. I would also like to bring in Pat Devlin as a solid back up and turn Joe Webb into a developmental wide out. With Ponder I’d like to see him get plenty of action as a rookie but think it’s a little ambitious that he will take the opening snap against the Chargers.

  89. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    Posted by on May 19, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Minnesota VP of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley believes a special session of the Minnesota legislature will determine the fate of a new Vikings Stadium, says the Minneapolis proposal is not viable, wants the team to stay in a new stadium for a long time and more in the final segment of today’s PFT Live

  90. By CP7 on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    No to Palmer
    Yes to Ponder

  91. By Titus on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Palmer has never shown me anything to get excited over–

  92. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings new stadium would help the Minnesota environment as well. It would make the area safer form the contamination left over from the making of ammunition. So why is the Government waiting?

  93. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

  94. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Yes: 6 No: 4

    for the obtaining of Carson Palmer for the Vikings.


    Your idea, while unlikely, would certainly make the front page of the Tribune!!!

    @Nick, I agree with you that it is unlikely Ponder would start all 16 games this year. The lockout works against any rookie starting, unless it ends in a few weeks. GO WITH JOE.

  95. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    How did this get into my post?(Your comment is awaiting moderation) it is not on my note book. Hmmmm. Strange. oh-well.

  96. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

  97. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry this should look better.

  98. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hmm, guess not, oh-well.

  99. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

  100. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    That wasn’t the only obstacle facing the Vikings in their stadium push. Rep. Morrie Lanning, the bill’s chief House sponsor, said no stadium bill would start moving through the legislative committee process until after Dayton and GOP legislative leaders reach a still-elusive deal on the state budget.

  101. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

  102. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings Roster and Off Season Player Moves

  103. By Titus on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Frederick– you obviously understand the employment of such a strategy– you probably were never dropped on your head as a little boy.

  104. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Mike what happened to Rhett Bomar QB
    R.J. Archer QB? Are they still on the team?

  105. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings News From KFFL
    Your Source for Daily NFL News Hot Off The Wire!

  106. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    What U-all think?

    Vikings | Could show interest in Kyle Orton

    Fri, 20 May 2011 11:17:58 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings could show interest in acquiring Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton once the lockout ends.

  107. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    have to go. God bless U-All.

  108. By Gubber on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Who is your favorite MV cheerleader? Pam is adorable.

  109. By Shawn on May 21, 2011 | Reply


    Originally I was on the players side for this negotiation but now I am fed up with all the greed. Is there a way to let the players know how disgusted we are with their complete lack of concern for football and its fans? I have come to the conclusion I like the Minnesota Vikings more than any player involved in this lockout. I think Demaurice Smith is leading players astray and destroying football. I SAY CUT THEM ALL AND GET SOME PLAYERS ON THE FIELD !!!!!!!!!!! The NFL is far bigger and better than any one individual. Tom Brady …. good bye. Peyton Manning c ya. Drew Brees dont need him. Jared Allen, Adrian Peterson, and Percy Harvin WONT MISS THEM !!!! BECAUSE I MISS FOOTBALL !!!!!!!

    I want to express this to every player making more than 1 Million per year , how can I?


  110. By NovaScotiaVike on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    You are RIGHT ON SHAWN. Billionaires bickering with millionaires. They have all forgotten what a struggle the real world is. BY THE WAY, ARE YOU STILL A BANANNA???????

  111. By NovaScotiaVike on May 21, 2011 | Reply


  112. By NovaScotiaVike on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone who remembers the last work stoppage will remember the “replacement” players. What a joke that was, and I was young and stupid enough to watch them. I wouldn’t put it past Sunday Ticket or Direct TV to charge the regular price if this should happen again. They can keep their “replacement” product and put it in their “end zone”.

  113. By NovaScotiaVike on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, why don’t you take a poll of fans re watching replacement players? I have to guess (hope) it would be somewhere around 90% NO. You already have my vote.

  114. By NovaScotiaVike on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Things I will do before I will watch repacement players: (1)……Send my ex-wife flowers on her birthday…..(2)….Phone Revenue Canada (our version of your IRS) and ask to be audited…..(3)……run through a kennel wearing pork-chop underwear….(4)….Try to have an intelligent conversation with a Packer fan.

  115. By NovaScotiaVike on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    That last one is impossible, sorry.

  116. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply


    Someone should think of something to get this stadium settled.

    The CBA argument is just stupid. I’m not real happy with either side. The players got rid of the 18 game schedule. What else could they possibly want?
    The owners own the teams. The players should own up to that, and admit defeat.

    The Carson Palmer thing is over. The consensus seems to be to obtain Palmer without using a draft choice. I’d worry about who we would trade to them. Where is our “excess” area to trade for him? Perhaps a 2nd string defensive lineman???

  117. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply


    Good to have you back. I will not watch replacement football. Why would anyone else?

    Someone should put these guys on a couch and find out what is wrong with their brains. To not have a season means a loss of millions (billions?) of dollars.

    Why can’t we all just get along?

  118. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    The executive director of the NFL Players Association says the lockout shouldn’t be boiled down to ”Shut up and play.”

    DeMaurice Smith was the guest speaker Thursday at the University of Maryland’s commencement. He told the graduates that the players made the decision two years ago to think in a different direction. The new mindset: ”Do we care enough about who we are and who we want to be?”

  119. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    I think replacements are the way to go. At least they play for the fun of the game and not for them self, as the last thing I posted shows; the players only care for themselves, not the fans. I liked seeing players play for the fun of the game. As long as the owners charge 2/3 less on the price of admission and reduce price on the food and such I am for it. At least it is football. If you would not go, leaves more room for them who would.

  120. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Better yet, let us have the woman football on Sunday night TV.

  121. By DRS on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    What U-Say?

  122. By NovaScotiaVike on May 21, 2011 | Reply


  123. By Shawn on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    @Nova … welcome back , Hows my Nothern neighbor?

    @Fred … Thanx

    Replacements would only be replacements for a year then they would be regulars and the greedy players would come back eventually because the money is still there.

    Whats really starting to bother me is the rumors of the players eliminating the tags like franchise players and such …. team fans deserve those tags so we can keep our Adrain Peterson’s. Then the rumor of eliminating salary cap , i would hate the players if that happens. Rumors of eliminating the draft and creating a ” free market ” for players …. ITS SICKENING !!!!!

  124. By Titus on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    DRS– the problem with watching the replacements is you are paying money to the owners who were part of the equation in not getting this CBA worked out. Why pay for an inferior product? Sure, the players may, in general have more pure motives to play, but at the end of the day, you are paying owners something– so they do make a profit. If the replacements were a permanent solution, that is a different story. Otherwise, you are paying the price for a NY Strip Steak at your favorite restaurant and getting a burger served to you– and you say it is okay, because the waiter is not so greedy– but the owner still gets paid and keeps his restaurant intact– a year later, back to business as usual. NO, WE NEED TO SAY ENOUGH– when baseball striked, I stopped watching– in fact, I still to this day, rarely watch any baseball— The NFL needs to understand that they are a business NOT complete UNTO THEMSELVES— there are customers involved. The NFL knows that most fans will follow like a herd of cattle back into the stadiums, even if there is no season this year (but next year and probably for replacements this year). How many of you go back to a restaurant where the service and food were not good? Never. If the fans acted like real customers, the NFL would get their act together quickly.MAIN PROBLEM AND WHY THE CBA can go on and on — It is A REAL BUSINESS TO THE NFL, BUT NOT TO THE FANS– THE FANS need to start seeing the NFL as a business and expect better and not to be ripped off.

  125. By Titus on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Whoa, sorry– I would have broken that post up with some white space– I got carried away typing.

  126. By Titus on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    I see while I was typing that long post that Nova and Shawn concur in their own postings.

  127. By NovaScotiaVike on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, while you were typing that out, I got a mortgage and drove to Vermont!…..JUST KIDDING!!!

  128. By Titus on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Nova, what do you drive? The Concorde?

  129. By NovaScotiaVike on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    But the mortgage took a while.

  130. By Mitch on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    I was just think… What is up with Cedric Griffin? How is he doing? Will he back to normal and up to speed for next year? or do you have no idea due to the lockout?

  131. By Shawn on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    too bad we couldnt get 65,000 fans to throw there jerseys on the field while booing week 1 for every game … then walk out

  132. By Shawn on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    then just not show up at all week 2 … before we forgive and forget by week 3

  133. By Shawn on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Fred Im not sure what QB poll you have going , i just skimmed through some of the stuff up top so just in case heres where I stand ….

    Palmer …. Yes …. UNLESS it costs a first rounder than … NO

    V.Young …. I already voted … NO

    Ponder / Webb …. Yes / Yes …. May the best man win

    McNabb …. Yes

    Kolb … NO

  134. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply


  135. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Part of me thinks that the players will have to give in to the owners first, because the owners can fall back on their other businesses. Players will become worried when their mortgages, and other bills become due.

    I hope for some games after the pre-season is over.

  136. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply


    I also like McNabb. He can still play, and has to work hard to get his body ready. He would be a great role model for Webb, and Ponder.

    His price tag will be high, according to some articles I read.

    Palmer could be ready for a breakout year.

    Norm Snead was obtained before the 1970 season, and lots of people were excited. He stunk with the Vikings that year, and then was traded to the Giants where he led the NFC in passing, and made the Pro Bowl.

  137. By Frederick Jones on May 21, 2011 | Reply


    Young is not favored by a vote.

    Palmer is accepted according to a vote. BARELY.

    Most of us are worried about giving away a high draft choice, as Shawn stated, a 1st rounder is too high a price.

  138. By Parody on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred – I’m slightly concerned about the Palmer idea. As others have said, he may be too high of a draft pick to trade for. A first rounder is definitely too much, but I’m beginning to think a 2nd is too high as well. He’s threatening retirement as it is, and I’d expect a 2nd rounder to set up a solid starter for years to come. IF he happens to remain a starter for years to come, then our big 1st round pick becomes a bench warmer for the same time, which is also not a scenario that I care for.

    The fact that Palmer is threatening retirement tells me that he won’t be happy holding a clipboard and playing the role of the washed up but intelligent veteran. I’d rather get Ponder on the field as quick as possible so that he can start building skill from NFL experience.

    With all that said, I’m voting a no on Palmer, but I’ll still be satisfied if we get him for a 3rd-round pick or lower, and he becomes a respectable mentor for the young blood around him.

  139. By Nick on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    Obtain a vet QB of course but not at the cost of a second or third round draft pick. We have an aging roster and we should be going the other way – acquiring more draft picks if anything.

  140. By Mike B on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    I think that the vikings go for a released Vet QB. I think when the time comes some of those QBs will be release as their salaries will be to high for them to be kept. I am not sure if that’s the case for Palmer, but McNabb will be. I don’t think we should trade a 1st or 2nd rounder for a Vet QB beyond that I would say we are ok. I have a question on Palmer has he recovered from his many injuries.

  141. By Frederick Jones on May 22, 2011 | Reply


    Like you seemed to indicate, attitude is also a big thing for acquiring Carson Palmer. As fans, we do not know what their attitude is like. That goes for all of the FA qbs.

    So the coaching staff will have to find a fit. Chances are it will be someone we hardly know. The only rookie qb that ever took his team to the super bowl was Ben Roethlisberger. Correct me if I am wrong.

    So it may be a long shot to expect Ponder, or even Webb to take us to SB.

  142. By Frederick Jones on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    Like me you have probably researched Palmer on the web. He wants out of Cincy, and his ACL is effecting his play.

    In 2006 he was among the NFL’s best QBs. He is on a BAD team, right now. It’s possible that he may be ready for a breakout year.

    But it’s a risk, and Cincy may demand money + a high draft pick.

  143. By Titus on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    Will someone please explain the allure of Palmer? I just have never been impressed by his play. Am I missing something? I lived near Cincy for a couple years, so the Bengals are a team I keep one small part of an eye on.

  144. By Chris B. on May 22, 2011 | Reply


    Do you believe that when the Vikings where drawing up thier plans for the stadium that they took in to consideration of noise factors? Noise can really add to the lore of a stadium I believe

  145. By Titus on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    I just watched the MN Vikings Weekly with Pagac at the start– then the Biggest Loser came and filmed at Winter Park– now one of the representatives from the Loser show seemed to say– Minnesota Lions– I am not sure, or if she said the Minnesota Lines— meaning our d and o lines– Anyone else catch that?

  146. By Titus on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    @ Fred– You mention Palmer was one of the best qbs in 2006- that is 5 years ago– you also mention he played on a bad team. In 2009, the Bengals were hot– I don’t recall everything but they beat up the Ravens for the first time in forever, they were 9-3 I think when they came to the Metrodome and the Vikings beat them up badly– and by the end of the season, they lost in the first round of the playoffs, I believe to the Jets– That was a decent team that year– Palmer often made errant throws in the game here — of course that was our big year– but you cannot say Palmer had a bad team then– plus Henry fell out of the truck after that game, so you cannot blame the death of a teammate.

  147. By Parody on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred – I was adding up the reasons why I’m apprehensive about Palmer, and the attitude potential was just one of them. The biggest question it creates for me is will he accept a role as a veteran backup? After the reach for a QB in the first round, I’d rather have Ponder learning the ropes as soon as he can and reassure us that he was worth the reach.

  148. By NovaScotiaVike on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    Carson Palmer is just sick and tired of playing in the Cincinnati Zoo. You would be too, if after every game you had Owens and Chad Whatever screaming at you that they were not getting the ball enough.

  149. By NovaScotiaVike on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    With the defence they had, Palmer probably felt he had to put up 40 points per game to win.

  150. By Parody on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    I just came across a new article today that gives a little reassurance that Griffen is ready to turn things around and start playing football instead of running from and sèxually aqssulting police officers:

    It sounds as if the leadership shown by Frazier was major catalyst of this transformation. Hopefully he can keep the kid on the right path. We have some good young potential on the DLine right now, and good coaching will ensure that they live up to their potential.

  151. By Carl K on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    @ Fredrick – So Vince Young is a NO.
    Did you officially give McNabb a NO?
    Palmer is a maybe with a big question mark.

    So far it is not looking good. Who do we have next?

    We have Kolb and Orton (who will cost draft picks). Or we have Marc Bulger or Rex Grossman – both have been starters and both have shown professionalism and leadership as backups.

    Outside of Hasselbeck… the list get pretty weak.

  152. By Carl K on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    I guess we could alway re-sign Patrick Ramsey as our veteran QB???

  153. By Carl K on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    If Frazier can transform E. Griffen, B. McKinnie, and C. Cook into decent citizens and productive footb@ll players, he will have my vote for Coach of the Year.

  154. By Stoney on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    NOVASCOTIA, your remark about replacement players made me laugh so hard beer came out my nose! FRED i vote no for any QB we have to give a draft pick for

  155. By Titus on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    After watching Ponder in one of the videos where he displays a confident expectation of winning the starting job because he intends to do what it takes, I believe he is enough– Webb and Ponder– do we really need another? Bring in Favre to tutor.

  156. By Titus on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    Save the money for a vet QB, hand Fred a blank check and tell him to seek out help for the offensive line.

  157. By Titus on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    If the Vikings bring in a QB, it will most likely be McNabb.

  158. By Frederick Jones on May 22, 2011 | Reply


    I wondered about keeping Webb, Ponder, and Bomar only. If Webb and Ponder are as good as advertised, why do they need a veteran backup. That may cause more problems no matter who the Vikings bring.

    @Carl K,

    You have mentioned many possibilities as a veteran q

  159. By Frederick Jones on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    Whoops, I must have hit the send button.

    Carl K,
    You have mentioned many options the Vikings could take. Perhaps our next vote is to decide whether to choose a vet qb or to stay as we are with just young qbs.

  160. By Frederick Jones on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings will make some moves when the CBA is lifted. Until then we can only speculate.

    Perhaps what many bloggers have said is true. Vikings management feels good about the offensive line we have now. Many experts do not feel that way, and so what!

    Experts are often wrong. I think I was wrong once a few years ago, I may be wrong again. And Nova may serve Sonja for supper.

  161. By Titus on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, that doesn’t sound good about Sonja– you sure you meant to say “for”?

  162. By Frederick Jones on May 22, 2011 | Reply


    That was an attempt at humor.

  163. By Titus on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    Will there be a contest to name the stadium or will it be named after a corporate sponsor or famous person?

  164. By Carl K on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    Fred – my pre-draft opinion was our oline wasn’t our biggest need.
    My post draft opinion is that RG is now our biggest hole to fill. Herrera has not looked great the last 2 years.. and now that he hurt his knee late in the year last season, will he be healthy and ready?

    The question I have is, will the Vikings move DeGreare from LG to RG? Or will the Viking try to use D.Love at RG or will the Vikings find a RG in FA.????
    Frazier is a man of his word, and I think he promised McKinnie 1 more shot to get it together.

    Fred – how would you improve our oline?
    Fred – how would you improve our safeties?

  165. By no1vikingsfan on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    I also say no to Palmer, because I agree that I don’t think the team needs to spend another 1st round pick to get one when we already done that this year, a QB we get should be OK with the role of back up and has no tenders placed on him, a total un-restricted free agent.

    The Vikings in Wisconsin? I truly think not! Purple cheese does not sound appealing at all, what a cheesy thought.

  166. By NovaScotiaVike on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    Stoney, I guess if you you have to drown, beer is the way to go!

  167. By no1vikingsfan on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    Talking about coach Frazier giving McKinnie 1 more shot, it also sounds like he is willing to give Pat Williams another shot as well, good chance for that happening.

  168. By no1vikingsfan on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    Things just can’t get any worst, a tornado hit Minneapolis Sunday, making stadium talks even less of a priority, but they have scheduled a special session, hopefully this matter will be disgusted at that time.

  169. By NovaScotiaVike on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    no1vikingsfan, I think you meant to say “discussed”, but in a way you are right. This whole thing has left me disgusted.

  170. By no1vikingsfan on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    ohh yea!! disgusted with the lack of discussion on the stadium issue

  171. By Spanky8 on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    how about we the fans lock them out…we have all the power because without us they have nothing…Go back to work by June 6th or we the fans will lock you out refusing to buy any NFL products or go to any games. then watch how fast they get a deal done.. i want every NFL fan to put this same thing on every site you go to. lets let them know we have had enough of this bull….

  172. By NovaScotiaVike on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    After the last MLB work stoppage, it took Sammy Sosa, Barry (big-head) Bonds, Mark McGuire and an ocean of steroids to bring the fans back. What will the NFL do to appease its fanbase, offer 1 dollar hot dogs?

  173. By NovaScotiaVike on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    A “date a cheerleader” lottery?

  174. By NovaScotiaVike on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    Actually, that would be a GREAT promotion.

  175. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K.,

    I like your ideas, however I feel that the Vikings are looking to obtain a good free agent offensive lineman (and hopefully DB) when the CBA is settled.

    I have entered some more “nasty” blogs in the next about the QBs.

    We fans can identify more easily with the QBs because their play is easy to see, and it’s the most important position.

    We must address the OLine position, or come September we’ll all be complaining about Webb and Ponder as if they were Favre!!!

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