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Vikings Alumni Step Up Big During Annual Playground Build

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 4, 2011 – 6:03 am

The Vikings organization, along with Toro and KaBOOM!, conducted its 6th annual playground build on Friday. The event, which is held in early June every year, took place at Northport Elementary School in Brooklyn Center. As usual, every member of the Vikings organization was present at the event.

Because of the work stoppage, though, current Vikings players were not at the event. Traditionally, the entire Vikings roster and coaching staff deploys to the playground build following a minicamp practice to help put the finishing touches on the project. So in the current players’ absence this year, several Vikings alumni joined the current Vikings coaching staff in the effort.

Matt Blair mixes concrete for the playground's foundation

"Benchwarmer" Bob Lurtsema is always a fun guy to have around

 Alumni who participated in the event included: Matt Blair, Chuck Foreman, Ed Lurtsema, Ed McDaniel, Dave Osborn, John Randle, Stu Voigt and Ricky Young.

Dave Osborn, Chuck Foreman and Stu Voigt pause for a photo

 Aside from mixing concrete, moving mulch and mingling with each other, the alumni spent time talking with students of Northport Elementary, signing autographs and posing in photos. It was also fun to see some of the greatest Vikings to ever suit up visit with members of the Vikings coaching staff.

Fellow LBs Mike Singletary and Matt Blair

 

John Randle, standing next to Leslie Frazier, waives to the crowd during the ribbon-cutting ceremony

 Vikings Executive Director of Community Development/Youth Football Brad Madson did another excellent job of organizing this event on the Vikings side and even more credit goes to him for reaching out to alumni in a year when current players were not able to attend. Madson has a good relationship with many former players and that’s a big reason why so many of them turned out on Friday and were willing to pitch in and help.

Madson commented during the ribbon-cutting ceremony that he will return to Northport Elementary School later in the year (once the work stoppage is over) with current players to allow students and staff a chance to meet some of their favorite football players.

We’ll have more coverage of the playground build, including photos and video, in the days ahead.


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80 Responses to “Vikings Alumni Step Up Big During Annual Playground Build”

  1. By no1vikingsfan on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I sure wished I knew about this in advance, I would had been there, I would had loved to meet some of those ex-viking players. Great bunch of guys doing a good thing for the community.

  2. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    no1vikingsfan, it will be missed if and when the Vikings move out of state because the lawmakers seem to have no need of the Vikings. Just the Twinkies and the Golden Gophers get their respect. I think they think that Minnesota has too many pro teams as it is. Oh and do not forget the timber wolfs. Minnesota fans who live in Minnesota need to wake up and let the legislators know if they let the Vikings go that they will lose their jobs and that Minnesota will lose things like this.

  3. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    no1vikingsfan, I agree with you. It would have been nice to have been there.

  4. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-zirin/silver-lining-for-vikings_b_437360.html

    Shawn read this!

    As Minnesota resident and dogged stadium opponent Willard Shapira wrote, “Most communities around the U.S. have caved in to such outrageous demands but socially concerned Minnesotans are fighting the Vikings tooth and nail. Others around the U.S. battling big-money and establishment power politics would take heart from a public victory over the Vikings and their gang of arrogant, plutocratic conspirators in business, politics and the media.”

  5. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.topix.net/nfl/minnesota-vikings/2011/06/dayton-draws-line-on-states-share-of-vikings-stadium-costs

    Shawn read this!

    Gov. Mark Dayton has put the owners of the Minnesota Vikings on alert that while he and key state lawmakers remain committed to keeping the football team in Minnesota, he can’t support a $1.1 billion stadium project in Arden Hills without knowing who will foot the bill for $131 million in unresolved road improvements.

  6. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    What party is Mark Dayton?

  7. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    Gov. Mark Dayton is not for improved roads, Hmmm.

  8. By Shawn on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, you need therapy, do you know who was in charge of Minnesota’s legislature before this year? And no republicans do not what to give to the rich, only to get what if fare for all Americans. Only selfish lazy communist, better red then dead types want to take what is not theirs and have not earned it. Why do you not go out and start a business and the give all your profit to your employees to be fare to them.

    _____________________________________________________________

    DRS … this is the exact republican greedy propganda Im talking about

    THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY DID NOTHING FOR THEIR WEALTH THEY ARE RICH BECAUSE THEY WERE BORN AND DADDY DIED

    YOU GIVE DALE EARNHARDT JR A 100 LAP LEAD AND I BET HE WINS AND THEN TELLS YOU YOUR LAZY BECAUSE YOU DIDNT DO WELL

    SHOULD WE GIVE PEYTON AND ELI MANNING 10,000 YARDS WHEN THEY SIGNED THEIR ROOKIE CONTRACT? BECAUSE CLEARLY THEY WORKED HARDER THAN BRETT FAVRE …. THEY WORKED SO HARD THEIR DAD PLAYED IN THE NFL

  9. By Shawn on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    Yes some people did not inherit daddies money and got lucky but most were just givin a head start … then they start this lazy communist BS aka republican propganda

    and i dont want to hear o i made 100k last year so why doesnt everyone, its nothing but ignorant greed coming from your mouth

  10. By Shawn on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    most people catch 1 or 2 bad breaks in life and it destroys them … like a tornado that wipes out their home or a levy that doesnt hold

    f your republican BS selfish greed … the people selling you that non sense are the people who inherited daddies money

    and i dont care if you have 1 million in the bank YOUR NOT WHO IM TALKING ABOUT

  11. By Frederick Jones on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    DRS, Shawn:

    Feuding fans is what those opposed to the stadium would like to see.

  12. By Frederick Jones on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier stated that they may have no choice but to pick up a free agent qb, if there is no training camp.

    D. McNabb would be a fine choice. He is only 35 and should be approaching his best years in the NFL.

  13. By Frederick Jones on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam is a book about Bill Belichick.

    According to Halberstam, Belichick believes in drafting “non-skill” position players like offensive linemen low in the draft, and saving the higher picks for “skill” position players.

    That would be fine except that’s not what they did last year, they drafted an offensive lineman in the first round.

  14. By Frederick Jones on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    and if that is the way to go, why aren’t the good teams in the NFL following suit?

  15. By Frederick Jones on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    ey…Freddie Jones giv it a res’ dude !

    Okay are you really comfortable with this as your offensive line:

    Bryant McKinnie, Phil Loadholt, John Sullivan, Herrera, and Hutchinson???

  16. By Frederick Jones on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    How’s that for specific. Hutchinson will probably be good, and that’s it.

  17. By Carl K on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    Freddie – you are preaching to the choir.
    Herrera needs to be replaced! NOW! He looked good enough to get a new contract when he was playing next to Matt Birk…but now he looks like…DEAD WOOD. Herrera, I mean Dead Wood is over 30 with bad knees and may not be healthy enough to play this year??? It is time to up grade in free agency.

    That is right Freddie, we need a stud like Harvey Dahl at RG. The Vikings need a tough and nasty interior run blocker to open holes for AP. I am sick and tired of AP getting hit 3 yards deep almost every time he touches the Rock. FIX IT!

    I would love to see AP just hit the hole and run. Run like he was Forest Gump.
    Instead he is dancing around defenders in the back field trying to get the handoff.

    It seems like AP has to manufacture every yard he gets!!! Am I wrong?
    Ok, the lockout and the stadium issue has me worked up…it is time for me to go chill. Sorry for the rant.

  18. By Shawn on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    @carl k … i think the lockout and stadium issues and the season we had last year are wearing on all us fans … i am guilty as well of ranting :)

  19. By Titus on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    self control everyone

  20. By Mike B on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I think the voters really forget how much the players and team give back to the communities they are part of. The Vikings have always made themselves availilbe for charity. What a loss for the state of Minneasota to lose the Vikings. The team is part of the state, but that doesn’t mean that the owner should accept just any stadium deal. The state needs a multiuse facility, this means some type of dome. The owners need the best facility to provide a good expeience for the fans. The Arden Hills provides this and adds the benefit for parking on site. Let’s keep the Vikings here.

  21. By Frederick Jones on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    It seems that it may be cheaper to keep the Vikings in Mpls. The way to go is Arden Hills, but we don’t need all that Hall of Fame Junk, and other entertainment. That could be added later. I hope that isn’t stopping the deal.

    What the Cowboys have is excess greed. All we need is a stadium, and roads to get there!!!

    THAT AND CARL K.’S HARVEY DAHL AT RG ! ! !

  22. By DRS on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, you need therapy, I made less than $25,000 a year, and I am an American veteran who thinks the democrats are nothing but the legal party of the communist, Them Bull sh-itters from Russia. Whose party says they will help the poor person just to take all their freedoms and liberty?

    Now I hope and wish the Minnesota legislators will get over their petty ways and get the job done and build the stadium as they did for the Twins.

  23. By DRS on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/205609/group/homepage/

    ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers say they can’t move forward with legislation for a new Vikings stadium without resolving issues with the team.
    A letter today to the team’s owners says legislation for a new stadium in Arden Hills won’t advance until the team shows how $131 million in road costs will be covered without increasing the state’s $300 million contribution.

  24. By DRS on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    Bye, bye Minnesota Vikings. He-llow some ware new Vikings. Minnesota does not respect you to give you a new stadium, just play in the dome with a face lift. 60% think this.

    Have a great day.

  25. By Shawn on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    @DRS lol i might need therapy and i dont know everything but i will tell you your being lied to …. if you just think about it you will see it , whos telling you dems are russian communist spies? Rush? MrBeck ? FOX not really news?

    NONE OF IT IS 100% TRUTH …

    those media sources are the same to republicans as bill maher and michael moore to dems ….

    and as a vet who made 25k, i would think you could see it … i know they put soldiers through a major brain washing in boot camp, but why is it you and your middle to lower class families going to war on the front lines? ITS NOT THESE RICH KIDS WHOSE DADDIES STARTED THE WAR

    its always the inner city poor kids going to die for the ” country ” then when they return the ” country ” doesnt want to take care of them for long after all as republicans make you believe they are just lazy if they need help

    ITS PURE INSANITY DRS … SOME PEOPLE NEED HELP

    AND ITS NOT THE UPPER CLASS AS REPUBLICANS BRAINWASH YOU TO BELIEVE

  26. By Shawn on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    and DRS you have to know some people worked hard and made a good living but the people republicans are protecting and pampering with their tax breaks

    ARE LAZY RICH KIDS WHO DID NOTHING BUT WAIT FOR DADDY TO GIVE THEM MONEY OR DIE

    THE BUSH FAMILY IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF REPUBLICAN TRUTH …. EVEN THE FIRST BUSH PRESIDENT WAS GIVIN A HEAD START BY HIS PARENTS

    and the second bush gave all his buddies raises and lowered taxes for them and now they attack teachers making 50k

    HYPOCRITS TO THE CORE

  27. By Shawn on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    and for the record Democrats are not much better but at least they acknowledge the middle and lower class as human beings

    UNLIKE REPUBLICANS WHO JUST SAY MIDDLE / LOWER CLA’SS ARE ALL JUST LAZY SCU’M BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT MILLIONAIRES yes i paraphrased SLIGHTLY

  28. By Shawn on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    and for the record Democrats are not much better but at least they acknowledge the middle and lower cla’ss as human beings

    UNLIKE REPUBLICANS WHO JUST SAY MIDDLE / LOWER CLA’SS ARE ALL JUST LAZY SCU’M BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT MILLIONAIRES yes i paraphrased SLIGHTLY

  29. By Shawn on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    and for the record Democrats are not much better but at least they acknowledge the middle and lower cla’ss as human beings

    UNLIKE REPUBLICANS WHO JUST SAY MIDDLE / LOWER CLA’SS ARE ALL JUST LAZY SCU’M BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT MILLIONAI’RES yes i paraphra’sed SLIGHTLY

  30. By Shawn on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    and for the record Democrats are not much better but at least they ac’knowledge the middle and lower cla’ss as human beings

    UNLIKE REPUBLICANS WHO JUST SAY MIDDLE / LOWER CLA’SS ARE ALL JUST LAZY SCU’M BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT MILLIONAI’RES yes i paraphra’sed SLIGHTLY

  31. By Shawn on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    grr sorry about triple post

    and i dont mind a disagreement or a debate, I still have to learn how to do it calmly so maybe typing is the best way for now :)

  32. By Titus on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, I will only say I once thought much like you do. But I don’t anymore. When I studied political science at Miami University, and then later at the U of MN here in the Twin Cities, I began a search for truth. Everyone of my “comrades” preached about being open-minded. Once I did that, I discovered I was wrong about a lot. Of course my comrades disagreed and many disowned me later on, but when you are truly open-minded, you will work hard to see what the other person stands for. When I use to yell at the “capitalist pigs,” I was merely spewing a propaganda that had built a stronghold in my mind. When you can articulate a viewpoint without bashing other people and without assuming intentions, then you are arriving at an open mind. You believe you know the heart of the people you label, when indeed, you have no idea what they believe or think. This is not a place to debate this– would love to in person– but honestly, I was once in your shoes. Have you ever been in mine?

  33. By Mike B on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    It is unfortunate that politics plays into everything and no common ground can be found. This division between red and blue is the ruination of this country. We sit together republican and democrats and enjoy a football game but can’t get along when it comes to taxes or deciding on how this country should be run. The most import things are forgotten. Take care of each other Treat others as you would like to be treated. Don’t cheat and lie. Deliever an honest days work for an honest day’s pay. When called to serve your country volunteer and give your best. This is what my parents taught me and served me well. Support your sport teams and help they stay where they belong. Have a great day.

  34. By DRS on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B, I agree with you all the way. Shawn when I see a group of people trying their hardest to limit and or take away my freedoms / liberties that I served to protect, well I am totally against them and their leaders. Yes, I agree with some of their concepts, but not for their reasons, power, control, big government, big brother, the Germans fell for the same propaganda. The same thing they teach in the collages today, and by the way, I have 68 hours credits so I should know.

    On to the Vikings, Please lawmakers get out of the pockets of the twin cities, pass the bill, and build the new stadium where the Vikings want it.

  35. By DRS on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, I respect you and served so that you and others can hold your beliefs, I just hope there will be that freedom in the years to come.

    God bless you, one and all.

  36. By Odin's One Good Eye on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Who the H- is ED Lurstema? One is enough and I don’t think Bob’s ego could handle another one anyway.

  37. By Shawn on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Look if greed has to steal from someone making 50k , like the teachers in Wisconsin …. YOUR HURTING AMERICANS SO YOU ARE NOT AMERICAN

    If greedy companies making hundreds of millions in PROFFITS lays americans off to send jobs overseas to make billion dollars PROFFITS … YOUR NOT AMERICAN YOUR A GREEDY POS

    IF THESE RICH PEOPLE NEEDING A TAX BREAK SO BAD SHOWED ANY CONCERN FOR THE AMERICAN CITIZENS THEY WONT GIVE HEALTHCARE OR RETIRMENT

    THEN YOU COULD TELL ME SOMETHING

    BUT THE TRUTH IS WHEN A WORKFORCE STARTS TO AGE THE GREEDY FREE MARKET COPORATIONS WILL SELL OR FILE BANKRUPTCY OR CLOSE OR LAYOFF … TO AVOID PAYING ANYONES RETIREMENT

    ITS ALL BS … FACT ARE FACTS

    TO REPUBLICANS IF YOUR POOR YOUR LAZY …. WHICH IS A LIE AND THEY MAKE MIDDLE AMERICA BELIEVE

    ANOTHER REPUBLICAN LIE … PAT TILLMAN , THEY LIE ABOUT EVERYTHING

  38. By Shawn on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Republican Sarah Palin thinks paul revere warned the british HAHAHAHAHAHAH

    AND TEA PARTY IS THE SAME THING AS REPUBLICANS … NO DEMOCRATS WENT THERE

  39. By Shawn on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    @DRS .. We wont have freedom for long the way rep run the world …

    Reublicans are the attackers of freedom of speech

    republicans made it ok to tap your phone for any reason they choose

    republicans attack public education

    republicans if they can tell you what you cant say and keep you un educated and invade your privacy ANYTIME THEY WANT THEY CAN CONTROL YOU !!!

  40. By Shawn on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    and yes there are some good union hiring corporations still left in america that take care of their american employees like good americans would

    but its less than 20% in the modern free greed economy we live in

  41. By Parody on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, I can see you have some strong opinions about the evils of democrats and republicans, but this is far from the place to be discussing them. I don’t know why you feel the need to rant about this, but it will have little more effect than to turn people against you that otherwise agree with your opinions.

    I’m sure there are more than plenty of sites that discuss political differences, and I think we’d be better off trying to keep the discussion much closer (at least) on the topic of Vikings.

  42. By Frederick Jones on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody,

    Although I do agree that this is not a forum for politics, right now we should be happy that anyone is writing about ANYTHING on Vikings.com.

  43. By Frederick Jones on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    It’s hard to make efficient commentary about offensive line play. John Madden was an offensive lineman, and even he rarely talked about offensive linemen.

    It is much easier to talk about the activities of the qb and wr on a play. Anything else would make your head explode !

  44. By Frederick Jones on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Did you notice that many of A.D.’s runs were stuffed up the middle?

    Most of the time when he makes a good run, he is vertually untouched during the first ten yards. Often he will use his stiff arm to overpower defensive backs.

    Mckinnie made many great blocks for AD in 2008, and 2009. Last year they were not as frequent.

    That said, it takes a whole line to block well. They say if ONE GUY misses his block the entire offensive line play is compromised or lost.

    More than any other group, the offensive linemen are the best leaders because they get less glory than any other position.

  45. By Frederick Jones on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    People would like me to expose the Vikings individual offensive linemen. I suggest that the average fan could not accurate rate the Vikings offensive linemen. And if you watch the games on tv, you cannot really watch the offensive linemen too well because the camera follows the ball.

  46. By Frederick Jones on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Okay here is my ranking of last year’s Vikings starting offensive linemen:

    1. Hutchinson
    2. Sullivan (when healthy)
    3. Loadholt
    4. McKinnie
    5. Herrera

    It would be interesting to see how other people rate the linemen.

  47. By Frederick Jones on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    If you don’t like my blogs, you do not have to read them.

    I never read boring blogs, neither should you ! ! ! (Yes, this means you, you, and you.)

  48. By Frederick Jones on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    That was Bully Proofing.

  49. By Frederick Jones on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    9 blogs in a row, if Titus is counting. But I will let you have your record of 12 !

  50. By Titus on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick, I may have a longer run, but your posts simulate a conversation better– I almost thought there were two or three Fred Jones.

  51. By Shawn on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred … great observations, you should have said something sooner on the OLine :)

    @Parody … your right about time and place just the politics of the stadium got me on a rant, and Im not so sensitive to be bothered by people not liking me

    Id rather speak my mind and be hated than say nothing to be liked

  52. By CA Norwegian on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hutch – The deception. The nickname sounds flimsy, while he is not.
    McKinnie -The job. Blindside protection, did not match up well at times.
    Look for a McDonalds sponsorship if we win it all.
    Herrera – Sounds like a sportscar.
    Loadholt – Sounds like a German big rig. Park him next to the Peterbilt,
    Sully – at times was brilliant, but I remember he led the charge for some terrible fighting Irish teams and Pat Williams called him a Mosquito.
    When we avoided loosing to the Ravens,(missed fg) Mat Birk called the blocking that ran and jumped over our Wall. The real lineman evaluation should take place when they sign the payouts. It should be thought of in the light of the huge bonuses like Favre got. We have held onto some good ones, like Yary. But let some go like Birk and Zimmerman. For pennies on the QB dolllar.

  53. By CA Norwegian on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    I think it is a mistake to think sll the blocking problems iare wth the Big guys. We lost another good blocker when they let Chester Taylor go. We missed his 1st downs the most, and I think they should use Percy as the 3rd down Chester replacement. Shenk missed the speed rusher to the outside that caused the TD fumble in the endzone last year. No matter who wins a spot on the roster, the guys they drafted will push the bar, and the competition will make the O-line better. I think 2 TEs with Shenk and Kyle will make the blocking much better if they chip and keep the speed rushers to the inside where they can lock up with the tackles.

  54. By Carl K on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hutch
    McKinnie
    Loadholt
    Sully
    Herrera

    Tim Rohan compared some of Birk’s stats to Sully’s stats in a recent post at startribune.com. Tim says that Sully gives up 1 sack every 3 games to Birks 1 sack every 6 games. He also says AP in his first 2 years with Birk at center had 16 games over 100 yards rushing compared to the last 2 years with Sully at center only having 8 games over 100 yards. In 07 and 08 with Birk Peterson ave per carry was 5.6 and 4.8. IN 09 and 10 Peterson ave per carry was 4.4 and 4.6.

    So IMO a young Sully is only half as good as a probowl player like Birk.
    With that said… I think Sully has more potential than Herrera.

  55. By Bigfan1 on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Building playgrounds is good community involvement, but why haven’t a lot of the veteran players gotten together to practice? Why didn’t they join Ponder’s effort in FL? Maybe scheduling conflict or ego? Needless to say the Vikings need practice. Other teams are doing it.

  56. By Shawn on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred … I want to play your OL game, and hope you allow me to add 2 additional names to the rankings due to injuries and a couple guys really getting some playing time ….

    1 … Hutchinson

    2 … Ryan Cook … yup I said it, a couple years ago he was drafted as a center and Chilly in another not so genius move , moved him to tackle where he couldnt go 2 drives without a penalty … IMO HE WAS THE BEST CENTER WE HAD THIS YEAR !!!!!!

    3 … Degeare … again as a rookie he stepped in for herrera and hutch and was solid

    4 … McKinnie … he said it himself he got lazy

    5 … Herrera … IMO he is underated and a very solid right guard who has had concussion issues along with the injury last season

    6 … Loadholt … definately suffered sophom’ore jinx but at 24 has nowhere to go but up

    7 … Sullivan …. HES WORTHLESS, CUT HIM YESTERDAY

  57. By Carl K on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn – I disagree that Sully should be cut. He doesn’t have a big contract, so why cut him? He may not be a star yet but he is certainly a solid backup at the very least.

    Ryan Cook is a free agent… and even if he is restricted with a second round tender, I think another team will have him sloted as a starter. Cook can play center, guard and tackle. Peterson’s best years as a Viking came when Cook was a starter for us at RT. I think what is holding Cook back from being a solid starter in the NFL is his mental game (penalties). Focus and technique can be coached. Cook has great NFL size, power and speed… and he has put enough good things on tape his rookie year that I believe another team will take a chance on him and give him a shot at starting.

    I will agree that Cook and DeGeare should be on the list… I don’t think Cook will be a Viking next year because I think other teams will like Cook’s physical tools and potential.

    When he did get a chance to play center, he and Favre had a problem with the snap and Cook was benched. I thought it was alittle unfair because the b@ll went right through Brett’s hands and it didn’t appear to be snapped early.

  58. By Carl K on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    I think McKinnie has good respect for coach Frazier. I am going out on a limb here, but I think McKinnie will be back to playing at a pro bowl level.

  59. By Carl K on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hutch will be back to pro bowl form.

  60. By Shawn on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    @carl K … yea I agree with your sullivan point, right after I posted it I thought i might be being a little harsh … i started to think my main problem with sullivan might be Chilly’s fault more than sullivans

    Sullivan replaced my personal all time favorite Viking center for no good reason except Chilly doesnt like smart players

    so again i agree hes good value and I hope we resign Cook

  61. By Carl K on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Loadholt will be solid as a run blocker. If we help him out with a TE who can chip and slow a speed rusher down, Loaholt will be just fine.

  62. By Shawn on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Carl I also think Loadholt will shine almost to stardom in the running game but people forget that its hard to get the run going when you never have the lead or threat of a passing attack

  63. By Shawn on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Carl I also think Loadholt will shine almost to stardom in the running game but people forget that its hard to get the run going when you never have the lead or threat of a pas’sing attack

  64. By Shawn on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    hmm delayed post

  65. By Carl K on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Cook is worth resigning… But don’t think it will happen.
    I will say letting Birk go was big time stupid! Someone in the front office should have been fired over that call. Unbelievable!

  66. By Shawn on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    I agree Cook is coming into his prime 26 i think and everyone needs OL help …

    right Fred? :)

  67. By Carl K on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    I still can’t believe we let Birk get away.

  68. By Shawn on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Yea I tried to believe in Chilly and I even forgave him for that move after a few months and a bunch of wins but when he came into last season without a number 1 reciever I couldnt take it for long

    I thought he shouldve kept javon walker … but hey what did I know we had 2 philly cast offs

  69. By Shawn on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    I hope the stadium deal and the CBA get done soon … I am really excited to see Ponder and Webb battle

  70. By Titus on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    I read there may be an 8 game season today, possibly starting in November if they finally get their act together and let go of their pride (both sides). That is a worst case scenario, but it tells us two things. First, there will be no replacement players and secondly, there is still deep issues to be resolved that both sides are unwilling to compromise over at this point in time. So, we may have a season, but the question is how long will it be?

  71. By Parody on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    I wholeheartedly agree with the complaints about Sullivan, and made a strong case against him in the most recent Monday Morning Mailbag. For some reason, Mike is trying to convince us that Sullivan is comparable in skill and veteran presence to what Birk was when Sullvan was signed to the team. That’s just ludicrous. I know Mike is paid to try to put a positive swing on things, but far too often I see him trying too hard and stretching the truth in his attempts.

    I thinkt that Sullivan and Herrera are the two weakest links to the offensive line right now. and if they don’t find a way to revert back to their 2009 form (or better) I hpe the coaching staff has some good guys in place who can start showing them how it’s done.

  72. By Parody on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    That’s some dark news Titus. Things just continue to look worse in the NFL, especiall for Vikings fans. On the other side of the coin, I recently found a strong argument for a stadium, maybe everyone can wave this link in front of their representatives to show them just how much sense it makes to help the team build a new stadium: http://www.dailynorseman.com/2011/6/7/2210408/moneygrabber-looking-at-the-vikings-value-to-minnesota

    Why is it so hard to get politicians to see the logic behind this? I’ve been debating for weeks with my local House Representative over the issue, and he keeps on referring to things like “Net Gain” where the “opportunity cost” of NOT building other things at the site (such as a school or library) needs to be taken into effect. This argument just comes across to me as ludicrous, as it could potentially be used to shoot down ANYTHING that the state is considering to invest in, but I have no idea of how to speak his language, and in all honesty I think that he just secretly has a loathing for the team and would find joy in seeing them depart the state.

  73. By Carl K on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    The NFL makes a 9 billion dollar profit each year and the NFL is unwilling to pay for half of new stadium cost. I am/was a big NFL fan… but that is embarassing!!!

    How many other big businesses are demanding that kind of state support???
    The Vikings and the NFL together are unwilling to pay for half the cost. Period.

    Taxes suck! A state with a hurting economy has chipped in 650 million compared to the Vikings and the NFL’s combined 407 million. It is not like the state of Minnesota has a 9 billion dollar surplus each year. My respect for the Minnestoa law makers is growing every day.

  74. By Carl K on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    What is the word for people who live off of others and never want to pay thier fair share. I like the word “leach”. That is what the NFL is becoming in my eyes.

  75. By Carl K on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    What would the NFL be without the Fans and the players. Not much really.
    The NFL lack of appreciation for the Fans and the players is a joke. 50% to the player and 50% back to NFL stadiums/fans should not be too much to ask. That is just thier fair share.

    I have enjoyed all my friends here at Vikings.com but it is time for me to move on an follow somethin else. Maybe Nascar.
    Good bye and God Bless.

  76. By Shawn on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    but on the other side carl just having an nfl team provdes countless jobs you dont even think of … hotels and restaurants for fans and opposing teams and opposing team fans as well as people that make a full weekend trip of it supporting local business … travel agents , maitenance workers , janitorial services , you know the lazy people middle to lower class jobs ( not my opinion its just what i have been told )

  77. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Can’t we all just get along? and bring a winning team back to MN? I think our best bet is with the Vikes!!

  78. By DRS on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    Just got back from AZ. May be the team I will have to go with if there is no more Minnesota Vikings. I do hope there will be a season this year, and that the Vikings get their stadium but it is not looking good to me.

    Shawn, you need therapy, have a great night.

  79. By DRS on Jun 11, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, not all them people are commies like you, and do work hard. I never told anyone that they where lazy, just the commies like you.

    Have a great day.

  80. By DRS on Jun 11, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s get a new stadium and a state budget very soon Minnesota. Time is running out.

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