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Meeting Matt Kalil: PA Summarizes First Day At Combine

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 23, 2012 – 9:34 pm

Day 1 of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine couldn’t have gone much better for vikings.com and KFAN. Keep in mind, there is no on-field activity until Saturday. But that’s actually the biggest reason why Thursday was so bountiful in interesting conversation and information gathering.

I joined Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen as a co-host of his 9-noon radio show on KFAN and we had rock star/Combine relevant guests all morning. From ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and former Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress right off the bat, to NFL Network reporter Jason La Canfora, Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz and Vikings VP Rick Spielman later in the show, Thursday’s action was non-stop. We even found some extra time to tape interviews for tomorrow’s show, so be sure to check it out because we had a solid conversation with former Vikings QB and NFL MVP Rich Gannon.

Also tomorrow, we should have NFL Network and Vikings preseason TV analyst Mike Mayock, Dallas Morning News Columnist Rick “Goose” Gosselin, NFL Network and CBS analyst Charley Casserly and Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier as guest, plus several more that will materialize as the show goes on.

For a cool recap of what kinds of things transpire at the Combine, check out PA’s summary of Day 1 on his show page by clicking here.

If you didn’t listen to the show and/or you didn’t follow our coverage on vikings.com during Thursday, I suggest you do so on Friday. There is so much information flowing, and there is so much energy. The 3-13 season is behind us, a new season has begun, and there is so much to discuss. I can’t wait for Friday and the rest of the Combine.


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LIVE from Kuwait – Power Trip Morning Show on KFAN 100.3 Friday Morning

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on February 23, 2012 – 5:27 pm

Vikings Radio Analyst Pete Bercich and Vikings Entertainment Network Executive Producer Bryan Harper are in Kuwait as part of the St. Paul based “Serving Our Troops” trip to visit Minnesota National Guard troops.  Below is their second blog entry regarding their trip so far.  Stay tuned to vikings.com for more updates over the coming days.

Don’t forget that we will be broadcasting LIVE from Camp Arifjan in Kuwait tomorrow AM. We will have an audience of about 30-50 MN Nat’l Guard soldiers throughout the broadcast although they are working so they will be moving in and out regularly during the show. We will be LIVE at the base at the top of each hour. Vikings Radio Network Analyst Pete Bercich will handle the hosting duties from Kuwait while Cory Cove, Mike Morris and Chris Hawkey handle the show from KFAN studios.

Along with Harper and Bercich, Patrick Klinger from the Twins, Ted Johnson from the Wolves and Mike Dimond of FS North are here as well. Each of the sports representatives will make a quick stop on-air as well as some of our soldiers in attendance. A very special thanks to KFAN for carving out programming tomorrow’s show around our presence here.

For more information on the Serving Our Troops project, visit ServingOurTroops.com. Stay tuned to vikings.com and KFAN.com throughout the next few days for more updates.

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Serving Our Troops in Kuwait – Arrived and Ready

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on February 23, 2012 – 4:54 pm

Vikings Radio Analyst Pete Bercich and Vikings Entertainment Network Executive Producer Bryan Harper are in Kuwait as part of the St. Paul based “Serving Our Troops” trip to visit Minnesota National Guard troops.  Below is their first blog entry regarding their trip so far.  Stay tuned to vikings.com for more updates over the coming days.

Today we arrived in Kuwait City… we were briefed on our schedule and attended a nice dinner at the Kuwait Palm Palace. We have a group of 49 members and will divide into 5 groups to spend the next few days visiting 5 bases: Arifjan, Ali Al Saleem, Buehring, Virginia and Patriot.

While here we will grill 13,000 steaks for various troops on the bases including 2700 Minnesota National Guard soldiers stationed over here (the most Minnesota National Guard troops ever deployed). It will be a wonderful experience as their food here is always boiled and these will be made-to-order Mancini’s (St. Paul) steaks. Harper was here with Mike Morris in 2009 and visited Iraq. We did the steak thing there and the response was truly overwhelming.

While we are grilling steaks, another Serving Our Troops group will be at the River Centre in St. Paul grilling steaks for 3,000 family members of MN Nat’l Guard Troops and providing hundreds of LIVE video connections via computer. Attendees of the home project will also see a special message from First Lady Michelle Obama.

It is a truly amazing project with tons of sponsors and volunteers that are too many to list here. Check out ServingOurTroops.com for a list of those involved or if you would like to donate.

Although our military’s involvement over here is winding down, our MN Nat’l Guard soldiers play a huge role in the withdrawal of troops and maintaining stability in the region. They are still here and we are honored to be able to give them a little bit of “home” over the next few days.

We appreciate you following along the journey and hope to keep you updated – technology-willing.

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Plenty Of Action In Store On Day 1 Of Scouting Combine

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 23, 2012 – 5:55 am

Early this morning I’ll make the trek from my hotel room to Lucas Oil Stadium to get vikings.com’s coverage rolling on Day 1 of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. We have a lot on the docket for today, let’s break it down.

– Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen will host his 9-noon (CT) radio show on KFAN from Lucas Oil Stadium today and tomorrow, and he’s asked me to join him as a co-host for two days. We’ll be talking Vikings and NFL for all three hours on both days, and during that time we’ll have plenty of interesting NFL guests. Already scheduled to join us are: Vikings GM Rick Spielman, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier, Sports Illustrated writers Peter King and Don Banks, NFL Network and CBS analyst Charley Casserly, and NFL Network and Vikings preseason TV analyst Mike Mayock.

– Outside of joining PA on his radio show, I’ll also be providing coverage of the Combine for vikings.com by teaming with vikings.com Videographer Jordan Struck  to ask players, Frazier, Spielman and other NFL personalities to join us for video interviews. We’ll set up near the media center early each morning along with the other teams who send their websites to cover the Combine. The media center is located in the East Club of Lucas Oil Stadium and the room is complete with tables for media members to set up the computers and equipment, podiums for NFL coaches and executives to use during press conferences and then round tables for reporters and players to use for interviews.

– The Combine is a week-long event and it’s invitation-only for the players. So about 330 of the top college prospects will shuffle though Indianapolis this week.

– Not all the players are here at the same time. The players are broken up into position groups, and then those position groups go through the various stages of the Combine on a staggered schedule. For example, the first groups to arrive here were the OL, kickers, punters, long snappers and TEs. They arrived yesterday, went through an orientation process and then today they’ll go through measurements, medical examinations, psychological examinations, interviews with teams and a media session. The second group to arrive will be the QBs, RBs and WRs. They’ll go through the orientation process today, then tomorrow they’ll do what the first group is doing today. The next group is DL and LBs, and the last group is DBs.

– Later this morning, Spielman will have a press conference at one of the podiums in the media center. We’ll record that and have it posted on vikings.com for you to view as soon as possible. Then Spielman will, hop on Sirius NFL Radio, join PA and me on KFAN and then meet with Twin Cities beat writers.

That’s it for now. I’ll have much more for you later, so be sure to check back in with us frequently.


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