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Arifjan Event – Success!

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on February 25, 2012 – 2:49 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 fifth blog entry regarding their trip so far. 

We fired up the grills and started the actual grilling at 3 pm. When all was said and done at 8 pm we had grilled 2736 Mancini’s steaks for some very appreciative troops here at Camp Arifjan Kuwait (I have heard the other sites experienced similar success).

Since the MN Nat’l Guards arrival 7-8 months ago, it has rained a total of 7 days… today was one of them. Seems like we brought more from home than just steaks as it was chilly and wet. The rain didnt set us back though… we simply set up a tent and kept working.

We had 13 people working the Arifjan project (49 overall at 5 bases) and it took focus from everyone to get the job done. There were several moments when the emphatic thank you’s coming from the troops made you stop in your tracks a bit… they were so appreciative but yet we are so appreciative of them. Thats what Serving Our Troops is all about… we brought some “home” to them and like true Minnesotan’s, they let us know how appreciative they are.

I heard comments like, “you came all the way to Kuwait just to grill us steaks” or the best was when we’d get a request for a steak… “medium rare” and our response would be 1 or 2? The look on the faces was priceless… “I can have two?!” Of course!!

We have more MN National Guard troops over here now than ever before. They are dedicated, love serving our great nation, but certainly do miss home. Pete and I and the Serving Our Troops crew will not forget that as it reinforces why we do this… its an impactful one-of-a-kind event that accurately reflects the support of an entire state for those who sacrifice for us.

We hope you enjoyed following along this project. It’s been an honor to be a part of another Serving Our Troops project. Pete and I will recap on-air during the morning show on KFAN 100.3 FM likely on Wednesday (I’m not getting up that early on Tuesday after returning Monday night). Feel free to tune in.

For more information on Serving Our Troops, visit ServingOurTroops.com.

Previous Entries

Getting Some High-End Steaks Ready For Our Troops

Serving Our Troops in Kuwait – Arrived and Ready

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

Arrival at Camp Arifjan

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  1. By kylervasfaret on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    thank you much the steaks were delicious!!!!

  2. By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    The bloggers I appreciate the most are:

    Titus…a steady blogger for years, always has your back, and seems to get along with everyone. I appreciate your knowledge of the game, and people.

    NovaScotiaVike…known as much for his dog, Nova also packs a punch with his dry humor. He also is supportive, and we have never had a battle.

    DRS…The stadium guy. The DRS does not always agree with me, but allows me to have my freedom of speech.

    Shawn…we had a legendary battle once, but now find we seem to have many areas in which we agree.

    Carl K., ….not a frequent blogger any more, but man this dude made sense.

    Viking61: I just love the fact that this guy enjoyed the days of Eller, Page, Marshall, and Larsen. He knows what it takes to win football games when it comes to the draft, free agency, and trades.

    I have enjoyed many other people on this site, of course. But my memory is fleeting!!!

    1. By 61Vikings on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply
    @Rudso
    WHAT???? You can’t build your OL through the draft and free agency, did you really say that!!! How else do you build an OL?? To me the first round should be for playmakers and if you can get RG3 or Blackmon, you take him!! The last time I checked an OL does not catch the ball or carry the ball!! Kalil maybe the obvious choice, but he isn’t a playmaker, and we desperately need playmakers on this team!! If you look at Rick Spielmans’ drafts’ from the past, he always drafts playmakers in the first round!! I’m hoping the Rams don’t trade their pick and take Blackmon out of fear that he won’t be on the board when they draft, if they trade their pick to the ‘Skins or Browns!!! You always draft your OL from the draft, period!!!! If you look at Viking teams that made it to the NFC championship games or Superbowls, they had great OL and DL”s!!!!!

    @61Vikings,
    I thought Rudso was bad. What are you trying to do?
    We need OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND DEFENSIVE BACKS TO WIN IN THIS LEAGUE!!!
    A lousy RB or WR can have a great year with a line in place. We can stop the run, if we can at least slow down the throwing game.

    Did I misunderstand something you said? Please tell me that is true!!!

    Some are worried that Webb/Ponder will not be able to lead the Vikings to the World Championship.

    I’m not worried.

    I was watching, and reading about the Vikings before 1969. That year some said that it was the offensive line that was the best part of the Vikings Offense. That defense had Eller, Marshall, Page, and Larsen.

    Joe Kapp was, in many ways, an average quarterback. But he got lots of chances to attempt bombs to Gene Washington, and John Henderson. He only had to connect once in a great while.

    The running backs Dave Osborn, and Bill Brown averaged less than 4 yards per carry. They got lots of chances because of that offensive line. Then again the defense put the offense on the field.

    We need a great team, and do not be mistaken, it is rare in the NFL to get more than 20 guys working together. The Vikings may actually have pretty good talent, but there is very little commitment to team.

    “Encourage” SPIELMAN to draft, and obtain offensive linemen and defensive backs. THOSE GUYS ARE TEAM PLAYERS. THAT IS WHAT WE NEED!!!

    1. By Rudso on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply
    61Vikings, but that’s the thing, you CAN”T build your OL through draft and free agency. All the top OL will be gone in the 1st round and there aren’t good free agent OL out there. All the teams in the late 1st round will gobble up any potential starting LTs, just like every other year, specially with the debt at CB and WR in this draft.
    We really need to make it look like the Vikings are taking Blackmon at 3 to scare the Rams. The Rams no doubt want Blackmon and want the Browns #4 spot along with their #22 overall pick. They get their guy in Blockmon AND another 1st round pick? That’s almost not fair. The Vikings need to scare them that they won’t get Blackmon. Let the poker game begin!

    I am not sure what you are implying here. But the Vikings HAD BETTER do what
    they can to get an outstanding Offensive Lineman in the First Round of the Draft.

    We cannot afford to take a chance on skipping out on offensive linemen for THREE Years in a row!!!

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    The view that the average football fan has of an offensive lineman is amazing. The conventional thought out there is that you just need a fat guy that has good foot work within a small area of the field.

    I once had a former NFL offensive lineman as my assistant coach in basketball. This guy wrestled and played football in college. With very little prior experience, he helped win an AAU title in basketball as a player. He also ran 5 miles every day after he retired from the NFL.

    These men are great athletes.

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    It is alarming to hear Dan Patrick list predictions as if they were sent from
    heaven, and then to hear them repeated on Vikings.com blog. Dan Patrick is an entertainer, and has to be obnoxious.

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    “They are running around like it’s a Chinese fire drill out there!”
    Hank Stram, KC Chiefs Head Coach of Super Bowl VI

    WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN!!!

    Too much emphasis about other positions such as QB, WR, LB, etc.

    HAVE WE FORGOTTEN ALREADY!!!

    WE MUST HAVE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND DEFENSIVE BACKS

    Do not lead HOLLYWOOD Astray. He needs encouragement to pick the
    unglamorous pick. D. back yuk O line yuk

    MEN…stay focused!!!

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    H o l y C o w ! ! !

    “What’s going on out there?” Vince Lombardi

    Gentlemen we MUST draft an offensive lineman in the 1st Round, and probably the
    2nd Round.

    We need DEFENSIVE BACKS!!!

    Why have so many bloggers changed their minds???

    All I see written about is something called an RG3 and WRs.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooo!!!

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Hollywood, and Wobscall:

    Yes, we have plenty of “other needs.”

    They are called cornerbacks, and safeties.

    The priorities are centers, guards, and tackles.

    DON’T EVEN DARE THINK ABOUT
    ANY OTHER POSITIONS!

    WHY???

    Your stinking jobs depend on it.

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    I just have a very strong feeling the Vikings are going to take a WR in the first round of the draft this year, whether it be Justin Blackmon, or whoever.

    Big mistake.

    It’s like when a family of 8 goes shopping for a Chevrolet Corvette. Yeah, I guess Dad, might look pretty good going to work. But it’s not too practical!!!

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    What a line of baloney!

    “Sometimes when you move on from a guy it has nothing to do with character, or what they brought to the team.” Rick “HOLLYWOOD” Spielman

    Wobschall says that we need a left tackle. What??? You are clueless. We need a center, two offensive guards (if Hutchinson moves on) , and two tackles.

    Hey baby, how ya gonna get im.’

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    “The Voice of the Fan” starring Dan Bizzario (pun intended)

    The guy talks about how Tubby Smith, U of M Basketball coach can’t complain because he lost his best two players. Heck, I’ve seen teams lose only their best player in basketball, and go in the tank. In basketball you only play five at a time, one player can make a huge difference!

    Remember Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? They were one-man teams early in their NBA careers.

    Bizzario does not understand coaching at all!!!

    By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    @ Fred, yeah, we always get along. Now I’ve got to get used to Feb. in Nova Scotia again. Goodnight all…..

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    THE VOICE OF REASON

    We must select Offensive Linemen and Defensive Backs in this draft. Any other position is an after thought.

    The Offense cannot work without a line to LEAD the way. Offensive Linemen…
    The Defense cannot stop the run, if it cannot stop the p a s s. Defensive Backs…

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Posted by Ryan Cardinal on May 21, 2010 – 3:17 pm
    KFAN’s Paul Allen, who of course is also the voice of the Vikings, was recently at Winter Park and caught up with Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach Leslie Frazer, DE Brian Robison and rookie QB Joe Webb. Allen chatted with each for several minutes as the trio is participating in Organized Team Activities, which concluded for this week on Friday.

    Let’s put this baby to rest. I don’t know what the paper listed as Joe Webb’s position. Perhaps it was WR. But everything I saw, INCLUDING THIS ARTICLE SAID JOE WEBB IS A QUARTERBACK!!!

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    “Playing the Race Card”

    Well, it’s not a game. Racism is a very serious thing
    and it is alive right now with Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin.

    American Caucasians are always looking for the great white
    hope. They won’t give up.

    Charles Barkley said it well, “when most people start watching
    a basketball game they immediately count the number of blacks
    and whites on the floor.”

    Racism will never go away, at least not in our lifetimes. Really it’s
    silly because it has been scientifically shown that we are all the same
    race genetically!!!

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Well why wasn’t there a thinking called Vicking, when Michael Vick came into the league. He was unreal running for over 1000 yards!!! And unlike Bobby Douglass he could pass as well.

    And how about Rice-ing. NO ONE dominated football more than Jerry Rice (Except Jim Brown).

    Actually when Rice played all you heard about was Montana or Young.

    Race Card? Huh!!!

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Wobschall has done a very quiet job of building a wonderful blog.

    If you go back to 2009, there were very few blogs that had more than ten posts.
    Now Mike has a great following, and some of the blogs get 50 posts in an hour!!!

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    A lot of us are not doing much blogging these days, but we can still influence the Viking Scouts, and Spielman during this time.

    They have to quit doing the eye test on players, and begin to scout them!

    By that I mean they have to quit looking at players of the wrong positions!!!

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Titus once credited me with getting Spielman hired as GM.

    IF WE ARE GOING TO MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE AT ALL AS BLOGGERS IT WILL HAVE TO BE DONE AS ONE VERY STRONG GROUP!!! I think it’s great that you have bonded together to stay on one blog, fantastic.

    About 75% of us are in favor of picking OLs and DBs in the draft (Order not with standing!!!). Let’s keep it that way, or increase our numbers.

    I accept that I was an influence on the procedure of getting Spielman hired as the GM, but I had a lot of help. Jim Souhan or the Mpls. Tribune was one of the biggest fan boosters. And then us Vikings.com bloggers stepped in.

    We cannot allow the Vikings to MAKE A MISTAKE on offensive linemen and defensive backs for the THIRD YEAR in a row.

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  3. By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    @Spielman, and Wobscall:

    Yes, we have plenty of “other needs.”

    They are called cornerbacks, and safeties.

    The priorities are centers, guards, and tackles.

    DON’T EVEN DARE THINK ABOUT
    ANY OTHER POSITIONS!

    WHY???

    Your job depend on it!!!

  4. By DRS on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    To all Military personal, thank you for your service where ever you are.

  5. By SAN JO VIK! on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    They should make MV patches on the sleeves!!!!

  6. By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    :) THE VOICE OF REASON :)

    We must select Offensive Linemen and Defensive Backs in this draft. Any other position is an after thought.

    The Offense cannot work without a line to LEAD the way. Offensive Linemen…
    The Defense cannot stop the run, if it cannot stop the p a s s. Defensive Backs…

  7. By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    “They are running around like it’s a Chinese fire drill out there!”
    Hank Stram, KC Chiefs Head Coach of Super Bowl VI

    :( WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN!!!

    Too much emphasis about other positions such as QB, WR, LB, etc.

    HAVE WE FORGOTTEN ALREADY!!!

    WE MUST HAVE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND DEFENSIVE BACKS

    Do not lead HOLLYWOOD Astray. He needs encouragement to pick the
    unglamorous pick. D. back yuk O line yuk

    MEN…stay focused!!!

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