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Audio: Ponder Joins PA On KFAN

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on June 8, 2011 – 8:34 am

Yesterday, Vikings QB Christian Ponder joined the voice of the Vikings, Paul Allen, on KFAN radio to discuss a variety of subjects, including the offseason workouts he’s trying to coordinate, the upcoming season, and more.

To download / listen to that interview, click here.


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31 Responses to “Audio: Ponder Joins PA On KFAN”

  1. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K, Titus, Parody, Shawn, CA Norwegian, and all others who responded on the “Playgrounds” blog about the offensive line.

  2. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    ….Thank you to Carl K, Parody, Shawn, CA Norwegian, Titus, and others for giving their opinions on the offensive line.

  3. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    I had John Sullivan ranked as the 2nd best offensive lineman on the team. I do not feel strong about that opinion but consider that he is just 25 years old, and had alot of injuries last year (which no one commented on !)

    He may not be the 2nd best lineman, but I think alot of you would change your opinion of him if you could see him play for extended periods without injuries.

  4. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    I had John Sullivan ranked as the 2nd best offensive lineman on the team. I do not feel strong about that opinion but consider that he is just 25 years old, and had alot of injuries l a s t year (which no one commented on !)

    He may not be the 2nd best lineman, but I think alot of you would change your opinion of him if you could see him play for extended periods without injuries.

  5. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Which brings me to another point which no one ever talks about, including ESPN, WGN, HBO, or whatever……

    THE LISTED WEIGHTS OF NFL PLAYERS IS GREATLY EXAGGERATED.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Most of the bloggers I listed above know weights are greatly exaggerated, or they wouldn’t claim Sullivan is a “Mosquito.” (or is too small)

  7. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    If you took the nfl weights as exact, then 90% offensive linemen weigh between 295 and 315.

    I’m making the claim that, like high schools, and colleges, weights are exaggerated by as much as 40 pounds in some individuals.

    Almost all player weights are listed as 10 pounds too heavy.

    John Sullivan might be 6’3″ 275′ rather than the 6’4″ 305′ (or so) he is listed at!

  8. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    8 straight blogs that could have been condensed into one or two. But you really have to fight to get some word thru ! ! !

  9. By Titus on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Well, I am for the new stadium and I look forward to the NLF season every fall– takes away some of the sting of our short summers (knowing we are heading back to arctic land). But I believe the timing of this CBA with so many common folk hurting the past few years with the crash of the housing market, etc could kill the NFL– these privileged few better get a full season in swing or we may witness a huge decline in fans— and then all the billions they are fighting over will shrink. Their pie is going to get a lot smaller and it will take years for them to recover these few months of bickering over how big a mansion or how many Hummers they can buy.

  10. By Shawn on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    @titus … i agree, i have never been so disapointed in the whole NFL thing as i am now and if the Vikings leave MN I will never watch again …. its very disapointing that the 2 sides cant get this done in a day considering everything you mentioned

  11. By Shawn on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    @fred its ok to have an opinion thats not the norm … you ranked sully higher than the rest of us and i ranked herrera higher than most

    lets just hope coach frazier knows more than we do :)

  12. By Stoney on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, I agree, Sully will be a good center for this team once he is healthy. I’m expecting a good year for him (if we have a season)

  13. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    I guess it’s a given that the weight of each NFL player is unknown. In that, the nfl is like pro wrestling. Every year they publish bogus weights, and probably heights in media guides, magazines, and other places. What baffles me is that there is never any comment(s) on this.

    It used to be that a player who was 6’0″ 250′ was extremely obese. Now running backs and linebackers commonly sport those numbers. In addition, one team STARTED a guard who was listed at 5’9″ 350′ !!!

    Yes, players are bigger, and stronger. But that doesn’t account for 5’9″ 350 !

    I suggest the weights are exaggerated more that ever in today’s NFL.

  14. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    I do not believe that all nfl offensive linemen weigh 300 pounds. I bet some weigh around 260 ! ! !

  15. By Titus on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know Frederick– I have been up close to some of these players and I am just shy of 6 feet and about 180 give or take how many miles I cycled that week. And I seem like a toddler next to these guys. They are much larger than the average person. Much.

  16. By Shawn on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    @fred … i think your wrong on that one, i know that players have a weight clause in their contracts …. they could be fined if they dont make weight

    i have heard of high school teams adding weight in their programs probably to pysch other kids out … but im almost positive NFL teams keep the weights within the normal human 5-10 pound flux

    ask mike wobs

  17. By Parody on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred – I experienced the weight thing first hand, in a couple of ways. In my high school team, we were strongly encouraged to supply them with a weight of at least 10-pounds higher than it actually was. I was offended by this, so in a meager effort to spite the coach on his open policy of lying I supplied a weight of 10-pounds less instead.

    In 2009 I participated in a volunteer event which Vikings players were helping with a few weeks before Halloween. I was assigned to the same table that Sullivan was working at, and it surprised me how small he was. I’ve been to training camp a few times, and most of the players make me feel like a dwarf in comparison, (I’m only about 5-9 so that’s not hard for a professional athelete to accomplish). But Sullivan only appeared slightly taller, maybe around 6-2, and he didn’t seem all that bulky either.

    In contrast, I once chased AP down at a Mankato convenience store (along with a small squad of Vikings fanatics) and he actually had to bend over to sign the back of my shirt.

  18. By Parody on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Also, I think that injuries are a valid classifyer to help decide how good a player is. The fact that Sully was injured a couple of times last year makes his stock fall dramatically. If he can’t stay healthy, then he should be replaced by a player who can, even if that player plays at a slightly lower level when he is healthy. This is the primary reason why Da’Quan Bowers dropped from a potential first overall selection in the draft all the way down to number 51. And that’s just the most recent example I could think of, but there are countless others.

  19. By Titus on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, I was doing room service some years back at one of our finer hotels– the Eagles were staying there the night before they played the Vikings and I served at least half the team. And every room I went to, I was within inches of these players and they seemed like from another land– giants. I also use to do the same job before that at a different hotel near old Met Center– I served all the hockey greats — also larger than average, but not like the football players.

  20. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody,

    Thanks for your commentary. It’s only natural that the NFL would pad some guys weights, and perhaps even lower others. Why did Brett Favre have so many heights and weights? Was he really 6’2″ and 220′ his last year? Fran Tarkenton admitted more than once that he weighed less than his listed weight, which was sometimes as high as 200 !

  21. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus,

    We had an NFL player in my hometown. The first time I saw him, I noticed he was tall, but I couldn’t figure out, in that moment, why he looked so big. Then I realized I had never seen a muscular 6’6″ 250′ person before !

    So it is possible that most of the guys you saw were only about 270-290 pounds.

    A 300 pound fat guy looks big, but you have to admit, it is a much less impressive kind of bulk.

  22. By Frederick Jones on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn,

    Even though we don’t agree, your blog was interesting because it tells why nobody talks about it. Perhaps there is more truth to those numbers than I think. And it is likely that many players also report a lighter weight.

    “Hey man, he’s still a sveldt 6’3″ 190′ , and is probably still capable of climbing the ladder to snare one!” (can’t say p a s s)

  23. By Shawn on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    fred if you remember that whole starcaps thing with the williams wall its a weight loss supplement they were taking to make weight for training camp … i dont know if WRs and DBs have to weigh in but i know the fat guys have to maintain a playing weight or risk fines and possibly cut

  24. By Parody on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve had a few silent doubts about the innocense of Pat and Kevin since the starcaps incident. They say that they were using it just to meet weight requirements, but what if they really were just trying to cover up the symptoms of steroids?

    It did seem as if their effectiveness had dropped since the incident, but there are numerous reasons for this to be the case. Maybe the coaching had waned. Maybe they were affected mentally so much by the incident and Goodell’s relentless pursuit of punishing them for it that it hurt their performance. Maybe the natural aging of Pat Williams was enough to decrease his presence and the stats for both of them. And of course there’s the one answer that I try to avoid: maybe they decided to stop using performance enhancing drugs so that they could pass any future drug tests and improve the probability that they’d finally win their case against Roger Goodell and the NFL.

    Obviously I don’t like to consider that last answer because it requires the conclusion that they had both been using performance enhancing drugs up until the test caught somebody’s eye.

  25. By Frederick Jones on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    test

  26. By Frederick Jones on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    I think vikings.com has morning sickness. Whenever I right the first blog in the morning it won’t print it.

  27. By Frederick Jones on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    #2

  28. By Frederick Jones on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    See ya on the next blog ! ! !

  29. By Parody on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, I think you just have some sour language in your typing that you don’t realize.

  30. By CA Norwegian on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    As far as healthy goes, I think these guys could be healthier if they were in a traffic accident once a week. Everybody in the pits is getting so beat up. I think line play when the QB didn’t show up for camp and got a pile of money bigger than most linemen will see in their careers was impacted. Did Favre show love for the line? Also the missing of 1st downs either by absence of Chester, or going for the big plays and missing, wore down the D, made us play from behind too often. This made us less predictable and put speed pressure on our ‘hogs.’ Sully may be better than I thought, but I wonder about the backs and sacks numbers were behind a Birk led year vs Sully.

  31. By Rocksalt on Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

    What a shame……if you go to the Star Tribune website and look at most of the blogs to any stadium article, it appears that stadium supporters are in the minority…..

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