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2011 Ride For Life Will Take Place On Saturday, July 16

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on May 27, 2011 – 12:00 pm

The Vikings have announced that the 2011 Ride For Life will take place on Saturday, July 16.

More details on the event will be posted soon, but you can keep an eye on this page on vikings.com or call 952-828-6577.


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59 Responses to “2011 Ride For Life Will Take Place On Saturday, July 16”

  1. By no1vikingsfan on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Another thing the state of Minnesota risk to lose, player participation in community and state events, fund raisers and ETC. do you think the state cares? They sure don’t act like it. I am terribly disappointed it had to go this far and still is not resolved.

  2. By Churchill on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Are the Vikings moving to LA if the Stadium Bill doesn’t pass? I want to know this answer. I would have already bought some sports memorabilia but i’m not certain that the Vikings are staying here in Minnesota.

  3. By paul on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Perhaps the Viking Fans and Stadium supporters should hold a rally at the state capital and voice there support for a new stadium the next time the law makers are in session.
    Sometimes you have to yell and scream in order to be heard…
    A Madison, Wisc.type protest rally would work just fine.

  4. By VIKELIFE on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    C.p. 1

  5. By Frederick Jones on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    It’s not unusual at all that people are not writing in Vikings.com.

    I checked last year at this time, and it was just as bad.

    Early last season more people were after the Vikings offensive line than now.
    It might be because alot of those people quit blogging the more the Vikings lost, and gave up fighting for better line play.

    If you check the blogger names a year ago, you won’t find many that are used now. You can assume that most people do not go on vikings.com after a certain number of months.

    Perhaps they are the sensible ones.

  6. By echo on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Well it will be good..:)

  7. By Titus on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, last year at this time which is the period you are looking for comparison was not a time when the Vikings were losing— they had just come up short of the SuperBowl by one play.

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

    Fred – I started reading and blogging last year about this time.

    Everyone was wrapped up in the whole Brett Favre is he or isn’t he going to play thing. There were a lot of TJack supporter and Tjack hater opinions.

    I will give you credit for standing out among the crowd. You (and Mike Wobs) were the only ones trying to stay positive in support for Childress when the wheels came off.
    “Old school” and “FireChildressNow” – where are you now?

    The wheels came off, so most people won’t get back on until they know the cart is fixed. I think because last year was such a reck and because the NFL is in lockout mode, it must be hard for Minnesotians to stand up and rally in support for the Vikings.

    Does anyone know why in-state Vikings fans are so timid right now???? Other footb@ll cities would have had the capital building surrounded… and ready to attack.

  9. By DRS on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    Carl K, It takes time for them in Minnesota to unfreeze their brains from the previous winter. I was born there so I should know. Average -20 to -30 averages, that is why I am in the Alamogordo NM area now. I think they have had time to thaw out now and it is time to wake up and do something to save the Minnesota Vikings.

  10. By DRS on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    Minnesotans get out and voice your support for the Vikings, as we that are out of state need you to pull the wagon in the legislator’s house. Let them know that we all want this stadium deal done now.

  11. By DRS on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    I seem to remember old school saying he was not going to blog anymore. Go Vikings where ever your home will be, hopefully and with all prayers it will be in Minnesota.

  12. By Frederick Jones on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    Carl K,

    Thank you for the kind words. I always look forward to reading your blogs !

  13. By Frederick Jones on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    They can take our team away from us, and they might.

    They can never take away our memories of the 4th best team in NFL history !

  14. By Frederick Jones on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    I had listed many of the great things the Vikings have done in their history.

    Vikings.com won’t print that ! ! !

  15. By Frederick Jones on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    Can’t say f o o t b a l l s

  16. By Titus on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    Carl, I was there supporting Childress like crazy.

  17. By Titus on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick and I were like the Greeks at the battle of Thermopylae.

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

    Titus, your support for Childress was admirable too…

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

    Last year was a train reck… but I must give the Wilfs credit for turning things around… I am excited and optimistic about what our new coaches and players will look like this year.

    I will also give the Wilfs credit for the quick development of the Arden Hills site proposal. I can only hope the Wilfs will hang on longer and keep fighting. I also hope that the State of Minnesota will see the long term economic value that the Vikings bring.

    LA is a great sports town if the team is winning… but if they lose, look out, it will get ugly. Just look at how bad it is for the Dodgers right now.

    The city might be able to support 1 quality NFL team. Maybe.
    If I owned an NFL team I would NOT want to move my investment to LA if the NFL was serious about giving LA 2 teams?? That is just crazy! 2 NFL teams in LA? LA is high risk high reward!

    I think the risk out weigh the reward.

  20. By Titus on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    I am starting to be concerned — if the stadium is not approved, we may see the Vikings playing in the sand rather than the snow.

  21. By DRS on May 29, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82010458/article/vikings-owner-wilf-sees-new-stadium-as-huge-lift-to-minnesota

    Wilf said a sizable portion of funding for the proposed stadium will be coming out of his pocket. The owner explained that he’s taking a huge financial leap of faith to build the new stadium in a smaller market with a slim margin of error.

    “There’s much more at risk than in bigger-tier markets, but we’re willing to take those risks to have a home,” he said. “It’s a balance. … We’re hoping for the best and that we’re going to make this as successful as possible, but we have to be prepared for the risk if the revenues are below our expected minimum.”

  22. By DRS on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2011/05/29/vikings-stadium-deal-air-plans-stadium-are-limbo-lawmakers-confer

    Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson said the team is still working with legislators to draft an Arden Hills proposal for consideration in the Legislature during a special session. He added that the team “isn’t interested” in waiting until next year for an agreement. The Vikings seem to have no interest in playing at the Metrodome site.

    The team would extend its lease at the Metrodome past this season only if a stadium deal is in place, Anderson said.

  23. By DRS on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    Minnesota legislature get the stadium bill done now! Or lose the Vikings forever!

  24. By Frederick Jones on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    They can move the team, but they can’t take away memories of watching the game, and then going out to imitate Eller, Marshall, Page, or Winston returning a fumble for a touchdown in the snow.

    The Vikings had the best defense in the NFL from 1969 to 1971. The cry from many fans was, “let them pass,” because that was when the fun started ! ! !

  25. By Mike B on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    I tried to support Childress but it was evident that the cart was broken and couldn’t get fixed. I was at the Arizona game with the Fire Childress chants and Fire Childress fans were outside the dome. It was obvious by then he was done. I think it was after game 4 when I knew that chilly was done. There was no point supporting him as the writing was on the wall and needed to be called out. In hind site he is not a head coach, but a good Offensive coordinator. Just like Tice isn’t a good head coach. Sorry guys it’s true. Hopefully now we have a true head coach.

  26. By Parody on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    Some interesting news here: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6608837&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines

    It states that Ponder, Webb and Bomar will be participating in a voluntary minicamp that is expected to include as many as 15 Vikings players. It disappointed me that it didn’t indicate who the other anticapted players were, but I would speculate they are presuming that all WRs and TEs on the roster are potentials to join. I would possibly include running backs as well, but that allows for a few more than 15 total participants.

  27. By DRS on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/NFL-collective-bargaining-agreement-deadline-union-updates-blog-030311

  28. By DRS on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/321692/group/Opinion/

  29. By DRS on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/30/vikings-stadium-sales-tax/

    St. Paul, Minn. — A plan to build a new Vikings stadium in Arden Hills may face stiff opposition in the city of St. Paul. Six out of seven City Council members say they’re against a half-cent sales tax the county plans to help pay for the stadium and the council might even put the tax up to a vote — a non-binding, but telling gauge of support for the plan.

  30. By DRS on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/30/vikings-stadium-sales-tax/

    City Council member Dave Thune, who represents downtown and West 7th Street, said there will not be a half-cent sales tax in St. Paul.
    “It just puts us at too much of a disadvantage, and frankly, the return isn’t there for the city of St. Paul,” Thune said.

  31. By DRS on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Minnesota-Vikings-agree-to-new-site-for-stadium-051011

    ”The vast majority of Ramsey County legislators don’t support it,” said Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville. ”They’re smoking up the wrong pipe. The public is not for this if you poll them, and if they are they want it to be as cheap as possible.”

    Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dave Thompson, a Republican from Lakeville, said a stadium that relies on new taxes ”in no way” helps average households with their finances.

    Dayton has said he would be willing to support either site, but like Rosen he said Tuesday he wouldn’t support the state share exceeding $300 million.

  32. By DRS on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Bye, bye, Minnesota Vikings; was nice knowing you, but you are going the way of the Minnesota Lakers, North stars. Minnesota does not want you. The Twinkies yes, the gophers yes, Football no, I think I will go for the AZ cardinals or maybe the Broncos. Have a great day one and all.

  33. By DRS on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    All we will have is memories; I remember seeing a Northstar’s Game. I will always remember the Vikings game at the old met. Thanks Minnesota for the memories, and no thanks for your cheap ways.

  34. By Carl K on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody – 11 guys are attending the mini camp at IMG Madden Football Academy. Ponder, Webb, Bomar, Camarillo, Arceneaux, Rice. Jaymar Johson, Harvin, Booker, Shiancoe and Rudolph.

    Berrian is not on the list.

    I am sure this IMG camp is not cheap. Who pays the bill for this camp, players or the Vikings?

  35. By Parody on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Carl, the Vikings (or any other team) are not allowed any contact with the players, and the players are not even allowed to appear at any team owned facilities, so I think it’s a safe bet that anything the players do is covered by their own bank accounts.

    I’m kind of surprised that Booker is the only RB who’s attending. I would think that with his work ethic, Peterson would definitely make an effort to participate if any other RB was there, but it’s good to see that at least all of the primary receivers who will be on the team are going to be getting familiar with each other and the playbook.

  36. By Carl K on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t understand why Berrian is not participating. ????

  37. By Carl K on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    I just read Berrian will show up on Wednesday.

  38. By Frederick Jones on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B,

    Jerry Glanville, former head coach said the NFL stands for “NOT FOR LONG,” when you make those kind of mistakes.

    It’s just tough to win in the NFL. Bill Belichick was lucky that his father was a long time NFL coordinator and coach. (It’s tough to say words that begin with an A on this blog.)

    If Belichick doesn’t get that chance, he also goes down the way Childress did.

  39. By Frederick Jones on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Facts are facts.

    Brad Childress was a good coach. Maybe he wasn’t Vince Lombardi. Then again remember even Vinnie was not Vince Lombardi ! ! !

    Frazier will need a lot of help, luck, and most of all GREAT players.

  40. By Frederick Jones on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    In Vince Lombardi’s era they didn’t have a camera focused on you 24 hours a day like they sometimes do now.

    Can you imagine how ESPN would have tried to capture any hissy fit of Lombardi?

    He might have been laughed out of the league in 1959, his first year in the league ! ! !

    Hank Stram probably wouldn’t have la s t ed long either, and I liked him as a coach.

    Don Shula might not have gotten a second chance. etc., etc., etc.,

  41. By Frederick Jones on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    By golly if I say the sky is green…it’s green. But this blog gets about one letter an hour, so I don’t think I’ll get trashed too bad.

    But I wish you wouldn’t comment, unless you know your NFL history.

  42. By Titus on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Go get ‘em Fred Jones!

  43. By Parody on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, I have to disagree with your praise of BC. There’s a possibility that he used to be a good coach, but that all seemed to change the second he got an extension to his contract. For whatever reason, when that happened the team (with very little change in personnel) started to get progressively worse.

    We began to lose more games, lost our trip to the Super Bowl due in large part to a couple of bõneheaded decisions (or non-decisions) by the head coach, we started to lose by larger and larger margins the following year, accompanied by more and more bõneheaded decisions, and players were publicly displaying how disgruntled they were with their coach.

  44. By Skol_Vikes on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Jeeze Frederick Jones ….. you make it sound like we all packed up and split town

  45. By Carl K on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Fredrick, I vote no for Brad Childress.

    Can I have a smiley face for Brandon Fusco? Our new center was at the mini camp today. Look out Sully!

  46. By Frederick Jones on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody and Carl K.,

    First off, thank you for responding to my blog. You two both know your NFL history.

    But I think my intention was misunderstood. I am not trying to bring him back as the coach (Brad Childress that is). lols x 7

    I certainly agree that he was part of the problem or problems in 2010. However he will go down as a competent NFL coach. He certainly was much more admired than many other NFL coaches.

  47. By Frederick Jones on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Les Steckel also has received more abuse than he deserved. I talked to the Head Strength Coach that year. He gave me some names (which I won’t reveal) of Viking star players who took over the team that year.

    The Vikings actually started out very competitive in the first few games that year, but these two disgruntled stars went to a superior, and the superior took their side over Coach Steckel. So Steckel had to forgive their misdeeds, and play them ! ! !

  48. By Frederick Jones on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Steckel was a great guy, and a heckuva coach. He later was the offensive coordinator for the Patriots (in at least one SB…I think).

    NFL politics can chew up the best of men.

    That’s what I am saying.

    Besides nobody cares except veteran bloggers like Parody, Mike B., Titus, and a few others. But it is summer baby ! ! !

  49. By Parody on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Veteran huh? Does that mean that I can finally get discounts at the movie theatre?

  50. By DRS on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://jerseyal.com/GBP/2011/06/01/if-the-vikings-move-to-la-who-will-the-packers-new-nfc-north-rival-be/

    Recently on this site, Kris Burke wrote: “Nordic Burial? Why the Minnesota Vikings in L.A. Would Be Bad For The Green Bay Packers” where he argues that the Vikings leaving for warmer climes is likely to hurt the Packers.

  51. By DRS on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    Think of the poor packers. LOLX10

  52. By DRS on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, yes a blogers movie theatre. LOL.

  53. By Parody on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    I just found a little disheartening news about the planned practice that the QBs and receivers began today: http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/40911/bueller-scant-attendance-at-vikings-camp

    It turns out that Rice, Harvin, Shiancoe and Berrian (the 4 veterans of the proposed group) all skipped out on the practice. The closest person they had to a veteran who attended was Greg Camarillo, which tells me that the players’ union (even though it no longer exists, we all know they still operate…) is encouraging everyone to avoid doing anything to help their team until their demands are met. So only one of the players who even had the potential to have any connection with the union (Camarillo) participated. Meanwhile, everyone else has been in the league for a maximum of one year, likely not long enough to form a relationship with the union strong enough to make them want to help their cause.

  54. By Carl K on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    Dave Campbell reported that Ponder is paying for the group of Vikings to use the IMG Academy. I like the leadership I see out of Ponder so far.

    I think the IMG Academy was a good choice by Ponder. I think more players will get involved.

  55. By Carl K on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder may have only had 7 guys at his first day of mini camp… but I like the fact that he is not just sitting around expecting the starting QB job to be his. He is trying to earn it!

  56. By Frederick Jones on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    It only takes a star to get a fire going, and soon all those around can warm up in it’s glowing !

    Ponder started with 7, make a note of it.

    Maybe next time they’ll have 8, the following time 10, etc.

    Camarillo impresses me as a hard working guy. I hope he can help the Vikings this year.

  57. By Frederick Jones on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    I meant spark (not star…although that works as well)

  58. By PA Vike on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Sooo… what of Brett during this period of dismay?

  59. By Parody on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Brett’s finished. Move on.

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