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Franchise Tags, Free Agency And The Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 5, 2012 – 7:37 am

Today is deadline day for teams to designate their franchise player. And while the Vikings are not expected to use the franchise tag to retain a free agent this year, deadline day for using the tag does have implications for the Purple.

The Vikings have holes to fill on the roster, and one of the ways to fill those holes is through free agency. Where the franchise tag comes in is that every player who is tagged by their team is one less player available in free agency. The Vikings may be looking for a shutdown cover CB or a field-stretching WR, and many of those types of players are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents. But if their teams choose to retain them via the franchise tag, then the Vikings – and any other team wishing to pursue them – will have to move on to other options. Also, deadline day for the franchise tag can also serve as a leverage point for teams in their contract negotiations with potential free agents, so you could also see a string of re-signings announced between teams and top-tier free agents, which also decreases the depth of the free agent market.

While building through the draft is the right way to go, there’s also gold to be found in free agency. The Houston Texans signing CB Johnathan Joseph and the New Orleans Saints signing RB Darren Sproles last year are two examples of free agents making tremendous impacts on their new teams. There could well be players in this year’s free agency market who could make similar impacts for the Vikings in 2012 and beyond, if they aren’t franchised. Those players include, but are not limited to: WR Dwayne Bowe, CB Cortland Finnegan, WR Vincent Jackson,WR Stevie Johnson, WR Brando Lloyd, DT Paul Soliai and LB Kamerion Wimbley.

Long story longer, even though free agency doesn’t start for 8 more days, today is a big day in setting the market. Below is a list of players who’ve already been franchised by their teams. We’ll update the list as the day goes on, so be sure to keep checking back here for updates.

DE Calais Campbell – Arizona Cardinals
CB Brent Grimes – Atlanta Falcons
RB Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens
RB Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
K Mike Nugent – Cincinnati Bengals
K Phil Dawson – Cleveland Browns
LB Anthony Spencer – Dallas Cowboys
K Matt Prater – Denver Broncos
DE Cliff Avril – Detroit Lions
DE Robert Mathis – Indianapolis Colts
K Josh Scobee – Jacksonville Jaguars
WR Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs
WR Wes Welker – New England Patriots
QB Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
P Steve Weatherford – NY Giants
S Tyvon Branch – Oakland Raiders
WR DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles
S Dashon Goldson – San Francisco 49ers
K Connor Barth – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
S Michael Griffin – Tennessee Titans
TE Fred Davis – Washington Redskins


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280 Responses to “Franchise Tags, Free Agency And The Vikings”

  1. By vikings4life on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Mike what do you think the chances are of getting Carl Nicks, I think if anyone to go full on attack after is Nicks he is young he instantly improves our line and if we can get him and a receiver like pieere Garcon or Vincent Jackson we would be in great shape. Plus our 3rd overall pick.

  2. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/56735627.html

    This morning, Vikings co owner-and team president Mark Wilf also visited with Paul Allen on KFAN expressing his glee for what he’s calling “a big milestone for us.”

    Wilf revealed several additional details about the stadium, noting it will measure close to 1.6 million square feet. (Mall of America Field, it’s worth noting, currently occupies approximately 900,000 square feet.)

    Wilf said the new stadium will have a seating capacity near 65,000. Yet what has Vikings ownership even more excited is the proposed development of the land around the new stadium, allowing for much larger tailgating areas and developed plazas. The Vikings also plan to have a Hall of Fame with additional restaurants likely in the area.

    Said Wilf: “It’s going to make the game experience totally different than what they have now.”

  3. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think everyone should read this article, I find it interesting.

    http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20102156?source=rss

    AREA’S LONG-TERM POTENTIAL

    Diane Hofstede and seven other Minneapolis Council members have signed on to a letter to Rybak and Council President Barb Johnson asking for $30 million in job training to be added to the stadium package.

    The stadium, Hofstede believes, will bring hundreds of construction jobs to downtown. What else it might give rise to is harder to predict.

    “Because it’s so new to everybody, I think it would take a little while for anyone to form an economic development strategy,” Hofstede said.

    Minneapolis Council member Cam Gordon believes the economic development potential of the location isn’t necessarily tied to the Vikings. Instead, growth there will be tied to public and private investments such as light rail, theater offerings and riverfront development.

    “We’ve seen a lot of improvements, mostly coming in from the river, the Guthrie Theater and some housing,” Gordon said. “We’re going to have two light-rail lines there, so I think it’s going to be a great potential site for economic development, whether it’s at the new dome, or the old dome, or even if the Vikings leave.”

    OTHER OPTIONS FOR METRODOME SITE

    Some planners and developers take a more critical view of the Dayton-Rybak proposal, arguing that little fresh development can spring up until the Metrodome is torn down.

    Real estate investor Bruce Lambrecht; Dave Albersman, president of a local planning firm; and Oyaas have made no secret of their interest in razing the Metrodome. They would replace it with homes and a health-science campus of sorts for the University of Minnesota medical school, the Hennepin County Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic or private medical firms.

    The Dayton-Rybak plan stands in the way of that vision. But they suspect the latest stadium plan will stall in the Legislature and the campus or another redevelopment proposal could yet
    succeed.

    Leer, the chairman of the 2020 Partners group, represents several downtown property owners eager to see the Vikings move west of downtown, Minneapolis. The landowners are willing sellers, he said, and the move would free up the existing Metrodome location for economic development to take place.

    “Move (the stadium) as close as you can to Target Field. You want to create a sports district,” Leer said. Otherwise, he said, there’s not enough construction space to pierce “the force-field around the Metrodome that has prevented development for the past 30 years.”

    Frederick Melo can be reached at 651-228-2172. Follow him at twitter.com/FrederickMelo.

  4. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Rd 1- OT Matt Kalil
    Rd 2- WR Stephen Hill/ LB Vontaze Burfict/ S Mark Barron (BPA)
    Rd 3- CB Chase Minnifileld/ Stephon Gilmore/ S George Iloka (BPA)
    Rd 4- CB Trumaine Johnson/ LB Sean Spence/ DT Mike Martin/ OT/OG Amini Silatolu & James Brown (BPA)
    The best out of the three I listed that is available is who we should pick. I have 5 guys listed for 4th round because im hearing thats what round we will have the extra pick.
    There is enough depth at WR CB and DT that we can find a solid player at those positions in the middle rounds, Or if in the 2nd or 3rd round one ends up falling to us that is just too good to pass up I say take him.
    One thing Ive learned from the draft over the years is players could fall. players that were predicted to go in the 1st could fall to 2nd or even 3rd round. Teams will pass on BPA to get need and that could result in some great players falling to us when they had no business being there in the first place. BPA should be the strategy.

  5. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    With the exception of QB and RB and maybe DE but thats a stretch, We could use upgrades at every position. Thats why drafting the Best Player Available is the strategy we should have going into the draft

  6. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    GDP there are some concerns with Burfict after the combine. After all the research i’ve done it appears he needs Psychological evaluation before teams can draft him. No real off-the-field issues(drugs, arrest, etc) but he might have slipped to day 3 of the draft currently.

    Still sold on his talent 100% and the Ravens fans are convinced he is the Ray Lewis replacement

  7. By Troy on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Why is everyone so high on Stephen Hill already? He had a good combine.. If he didn’t nobody would be talking so much about him. Troy Williamson had a good combine….. and who wants another one of those WR’s?

    1) Kalil
    2) Stephon Gilmore, Jamell Fleming
    3) Brian Quick, Marvin Jones, Tommy Streeter
    4) BPA from here on out

  8. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ive been thinking the same thing Troy. What you do on the field should mean more than what you do at the Combine.

  9. By Spencer *1 Day* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Stemming from an October 21st fight in his home, Chris Cook will soon stand trial for charges of domestic assault and third-degree assault, both of which are felonies.

    The charges stem from an incident in which Cook allegedly assaulted, and then tried to strangle, a 21 year old woman believed to be his girlfriend at the time. Cook’s attorney is expected to use the self defense argument, and also try to play up the idea that the woman in question recanted the strangulation accusations late in 2011.

    Right now, it is unknown whether or not the woman will testify in court.

    One more step in the process should be completed on Monday, as it is expected that his jury will be selected in Hennepin County.

    The last time Cook appeared in court he appeared very clean cut, having rid himself of the long dread locks, and attributed the new look to a “lifestyle change.”

    It is believed that Cook’s future as a Viking, or as an NFL player in general, is tied directly to the outcome of this court case.

  10. By VegasVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus – I don’t read the articles I just look at the pictures

  11. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen Hill came from Georgia Tech the same as Megatron. The offense they ran was the main reason why he didnt put up numbers like Justin Blackmon and the other top WRs. Just Like Megatron Hill is Very tall and extremely fast. The game film i have seen from him he was able to make catches that very few people can. His stats dont tell the full story.

    What he did at the combine, and coming from the same school as Calvin Johnson are two big reasons why his value is increasing. They look at him as potentially a Calvin Johnson type player, and who wouldnt want the next Calvin Johnson?

  12. By Carl K on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Troy – just watch Stephen Hill run, catch and block. Stephen lead the country with over 21 ypc average… that was with a running style option offense.

    HIS UPSIDE IS OFF THE CHARTS!

  13. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    We need Cook’s talent on this roster

  14. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    i thought he averaged 29 YPC?

  15. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas– me too. But I just happened to read one the other day, hoping it would be informative concerning the stadium.

  16. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer– I suddenly wondered to myself if Cook handed over some money under the table, so the girlfriend would recant.

  17. By Carl K on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    GPD- Stephen Gilmore could go in the first round. I don’t think he will be available in round 3. I also don’t think Stephen Hill will be available with our 3rd pick.

    If we could land CB Gilmore or WR Hill in round 2… that would be sweet.

  18. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Very good article breaking down our Cornerbacks.

    http://vikingsterritory.com/2012/analysis/offseason-preview-the-corners

  19. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Are they showing the trial on Television in Minnesota?

  20. By Carl K on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen Hill career stats… 49 catches for 1248 yards. 25.46 average.
    over 29 yrd average for the 2011 season.

    Thanks GDP for pointing that out.

  21. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    With the Depth at WR and CB. There will be high quality players at those positions that WILL fall to us in the 2nd and 3rd round. If we pick BPA and not on need we should be able to grab players in rounds 2, 3, and maybe 4 that have 1st round talent

  22. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer– please! This is not OJ or Michael Jackson. Seriously, on TV? If it were, I would never know because the only TV I watch is football and an occasional show once every six months.

  23. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    the following is from Sid Hartman: Stadium proposal has Vikings excited

    Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune Updated: March 5, 2012 – 12:34 AM

    Mark Wilf called the agreement a compromise, but one that has the team enthusiastic nonetheless.

    Sen. Julie Rosen appeared with Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf and others at a news conference at the Capitol last week.

    Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf want to make clear that regarding a new stadium, they will only share in revenue from the 10 Vikings games each season, plus any additional playoff games, NFL events and a Major League Soccer team, if they get one.

    The Vikings will not own the stadium, and the operators of the stadium will earn all the revenue from all other events there.

    “We are very excited that Vikings fans will finally be able to have a first-class gameday experience, which is so important in the NFL,” Mark Wilf, the Vikings president, said in an e-mailed response to my questions. “There is a tremendous opportunity for a dynamic and programmable plaza, enhanced tailgating, a Vikings Hall of Fame, the NFL Experience and other amenities. The site is also at the convergence of two LRT lines and is the most cost-efficient stadium site, which is important to the public and to the Legislature.”

    He added that this will be a multipurpose stadium modeled after Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which since opening in 2008 has already been home to a Final Four and a Super Bowl. It is also the regular home to other Indiana high school and college sports as well as many other community events.

    Wilf added: “We also look forward to pursuing a Major League Soccer franchise for this market, if we are able to resolve the stadium issue this year.” The Vikings have exclusive rights to bring an MLS team to the new stadium within five years of its opening, and the team could play there without paying additional rent.

    “We feel like the agreement we have delivered to the Legislature meets the parameters and the direction we were given by legislative leaders,” Wilf said. “This proposal uses no new taxes or general fund dollars, has the Vikings contribute more than 50 percent of the life-cycle costs of the project and will create a tremendous number of construction jobs and ongoing jobs in this community.”

    Furthermore, Wilf said: “We have delivered the most cost-efficient site and put the plan together that legislative leaders and the governor [Mark Dayton] told us was the only one that could pass this session. And, given that the Vikings lease at the Metrodome has expired, it is critical that this gets done this year.

    “We feel good that we now have a package that we can take to the Capitol to discuss with the Legislature and the public. This agreement was a compromise for all three parties. The team is making a significant private contribution in a small- to medium-sized market — the third-largest team/private contribution in NFL history. … I don’t think any of the three partners in this deal got everything they wanted.”

    Wilf said that while team ownership has generally liked the Metrodome site, the Vikings had concerns about the “disruption to our fans, our football team and our business by having to play outside of our own stadium. We think we can limit the games to TCF Bank Stadium to perhaps one season.”

    Wilf made it a point to say the Vikings owners thanked Dayton, Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chairman Ted Mondale, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, City Council President Barbara Johnson, Sen. Julie Rosen, Rep. Morrie Lanning and the bipartisan legislative working group for their work in putting together this agreement, adding that “they are also fortunate to have the support of many of Minnesota’s top businesses and labor organizations.”

    I want to remind the political world that holds the fate of this stadium that it is what Dayton calls a “people’s stadium,” since the Vikings primarily would occupy it only for game days, and that the stadium should be built so that all kinds of events can be played in it, including high school and college baseball.

  24. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    on and on gdp but it’s not likely you will ever convince us BPA is the best way to go!

  25. By TheCalihanology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Mike-

    If I were the GM, this would be my offseason:

    Contracts:
    – Erin Henderson- resign
    – EJ Henderson- resign if the deal is in the 3-4mil range only.
    – H. Abdullah- resign if he truly is good to go from a health stand point

    Restructured contracts or release:
    – Steve Hutchinson: his cap number is too high, although I hope he finishes his career as a Viking
    – Cedric Griffin, followed by an immediate move to safety.

    Players that shouldn’t be on this roster:
    – Tyrell Johnson- I’m done with him
    – Remi Ayodele- unless he wants to play for under 1mil

    Free Agency:
    – Cortlan Finnegan: just do it. We have to get a premier CB on this roster and stop whiffing on 2nd and 3rd round picks.
    – WR: My preference is M. Colston, who can play outside as well as the slot. V. Jackson would be my second choice.
    – I’m not optimistic about Dwayne Bowe reaching FA. If he did, he’s the guy.
    – Pierre Garcon is a good WR, but not worth that kind of money.
    – Mario Manningham would be a nice addition, at the right price.
    OL: Carl Nicks would be nice, he is our guy, Hutchinson either moves to RG or is cut.
    – Levi Brown is the only guy I’m considering at LT
    – Grubbs doesn’t reach FA

    Draft: Stay at #3
    – Khalil is a no brainer.
    – I would look into trading back into the bottom of the first if one of the following players is available:
    – Michael Floyd
    – Kendall Wright
    – Dontari Poe
    – Dre Kirpatrick

    Other than that, we need depth across both lines, LB, DB and RB. It would be wise to consider an eventual replacement for Ryan Longwell. Best player available is always the way to go, which why I think 5 years from now Khalil will be looked back as the steal of the draft… At #3 overall!

    – Anthony Hererra:

  26. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/141381553.html?source=rss_teams_Minnesota_Vikings

    ottings

    • The Vikings have drafted these offensive and defensive linemen in the top 10: Jim Dunaway of Mississippi State in 1963 (never played), Carl Eller of the Gophers in 1964, Jerry Shay of Purdue in 1966, Ron Yary of Southern California in 1968, Doug Martin of Washington in 1980 and Bryant McKinnie of Miami (Fla.) in 2002. I’m predicting that tackle Matt Kalil of Southern California will be added to this list at the April draft. Incidentally, they also took Pitt’s Chris Doleman in the top 10 in 1984. He was a linebacker at the time but became a Hall of Fame defensive end.

    • Gophers football players Duane Bennett, Chris Bunders, Anthony Jacobs, Brandon Kirksey, Eric Lair, Da’Jon McKnight, Kim Royston and Gary Tinsley will participate in a pro day on campus for NFL scouts Monday

  27. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Drafting BPA got us Rudolph, Percy, ADRIAN PETERSON, RANDY MOSS.

    Drafting based on need got us Troy Williamson? Erasmus James? Tavaris Jackson?

    BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!BPA!

  28. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry the J on Jottings got cut off.

  29. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Soccer back to Minnesota?

  30. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Troy….One reason to consider Hill is the catch Hill made at the combine…T Williamson never made that nice of a catch the whole length of his contract with the Vikings….Not even close…Williamson could not catch a pass coming in from over the top of his head or shoulder area…Pretty important job skill for a speed receiver…Hill has that ability….And from what I have seen on tape…Excels on catching the long pass and difficult one at that…This kid is going to be special talent…Very special…

  31. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil #3 just happens to fall under both bpa and draft of need. BPA could have us WIFFING at cornerback in rounds 3-5. Very dangerous move imo

  32. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, that is what the Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf want, and professional Soccer requires an open air stadium, that is why they have left the possibility of an retraceable roof on the table.

  33. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://minnesota.sbnation.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/3/5/2846480/vikings-stadium-update-owners-excited

    Vikings Stadium Update: Proposed Stadium Excites Vikings Owners

    Mar 05 10:58a

    by Chris White

    Read More: Minnesota Vikings

    There’s finally a deal in place for a new stadium to be built for the Vikings, though all of the parties involved had to make compromises to get a deal working. It was expected with so many people getting input on the project that compromises would need to be made, but Vikings President Mark Wilf is happy that something is finally being done.

    “We feel good that we now have a package that we can take to the Capitol to discuss with the Legislature and the public. This agreement was a compromise for all three parties. The team is making a significant private contribution in a small- to medium-sized market — the third-largest team/private contribution in NFL history. … I don’t think any of the three partners in this deal got everything they wanted.”

    The Vikings owners are excited, and for good reason; the stadium is slated to be a ‘people’s stadium’ that can host all manner of different events, in the vein of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis which just hosted the Super Bowl and has hosted a final four as well since being built.

    There is also room for a Major League Soccer team to join in the festivities at the new stadium rent free if MLS decides to make the Minnesota Stars the 20th franchise of the league instead of Orlando or New York.

    For more on the Minnesota Vikings, head over to the Daily Norseman. For more on the NFL in general, check out the SB Nation NFL hub at sbnation.com/NFL.

  34. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    We had the luxury of going the BPA route in past drafts because the team didn’t have so many needs/holes to fill. Completely different story this year as the team is rebuilding. Must fill key positions on this roster!

  35. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    “BPA could have us WIFFING at cornerback in rounds 3-5″

    So are you saying CB is NOT a need?

  36. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Having a professional sports team coming to Minnesota instead of leaving will be refreshing for once. It has been a long time coming, that is if it does. I think the last time was when the Washington Senators moved and became the Minnesota Twins.

  37. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Why hasnt Michael Wobschall written anything about the trial, or bounty-gate?

  38. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    No, i’m saying cornerback is the #1 need. If BPA gets us something else(te,rb,dt,etc) in rounds 1-3 then we are in a world of trouble again next season in the secondary

  39. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Really? Soccer?!? Soccer is a womens game.

  40. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    With the amount of positions that need an upgrade on this roster, excluding QB and RB, BPA will give much needed upgrade at any position.

    Matt Kalil does fall under need and BPA which is why he is the ONLY sure pick for the Vikings.

    So your supporting Need over BPA when BPA got us ADRIAN PETERSON and need got us troy williamson?

  41. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    You ever play soccer, Spencer? I was on my team in school– takes an incredible level of endurance.

  42. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ive been saying this for a while now. THIS TEAM NEEDS A TRUE SAFETY more than it does a CB. that is unless Cook, Winfield, and Griffin all dont return

  43. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    It takes even more endurance to suffer through watching it.

  44. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats. It takes lots of stamina. Then go run a marathon instead.

  45. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial*, I dare you to say that to the man who play Soccer, I do not think your friend Cook has the talent to play Soccer, he would be all tired out in the first few seconds of the game, all that running you know. I played Soccer as well as Football, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, wrestling, I would have put anyone down for calling any of them sports a sissy sport, aka a woman’s sport.

  46. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    yes sir Absolutely support drafting for need in the earlier rounds. We have to trust Spielman this year considering the advance knowledge of college players the staff has before the draft. Take a chance on a bust

  47. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Soccer is like basketball, by that i mean constantly running up and down the court, except instead of a court its a Football sized field. So Titus you are right it requires incredible endurance.

    Also the FLOP originated from soccer

  48. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond- I forgot drafting players because of need automatically means they wont be a bust. Sorry about that

  49. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial*, It takes talent to control the ball with your feet, in Soccer you are not allowed to use your hands at all unless you are the goal keeper. That probably means Cook could play Goal keeper, he is good with his hands I hear.

  50. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Why do soccer players go off in a stretcher when they fake injuries?

  51. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    GDP lol, this is all premature right now until we know the status of Cook, Winfield,Griffin and any free agent DB on the roster before the draft in April

  52. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial*

    Just as NFL players do to get injury pay. That was to show how out rages your last statement about Soccer players was.

  53. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Nova– ha ha ha. I have to agree. Like a number of sports, soccer is one of those that can be fun to play, but not so much to watch. Like bowling or golf– I can enjoy an occasional outing, but be a spectator? Why?

  54. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Name one time when a player who faked an injury went off in a stretcher.

  55. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial*, go out and play some Soccer someday soon and then come back here and tells us how easy it is. BTW Soccer players make some of the best Football kickers there are out there.

  56. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Sleeper pick for the Vikings second round…Coby Fleener

    Reason for pick ?

    1….Shaincoe most likely leaving for greener pastors and money..

    2….If Kalil is picked in the first round…A very good blocking and pass catching TE could help a young LT out on the edges…While both devolope…

    3….Musgrave loves running a 2 TE offensive scheme…Allow max protection for Ponder and the running game…

    4….Gives Ponder another big weapon in the passing game…Fleener is a big 6′-6″ target would be huge along with Rudolf in the passing game…”Rudolf and Fleener” could be the bext “Hernandez and Gronk” combination in the league…Seems to work for the Pats…

    5….Would give the Vikings that extra man to help protect the edges on the O-line…While Harvin demands extra protection in the middle of the field in the slot position…

    6…Fleener is 6′-6′ tall…247 lbs…10 inch hands…33 3/3 inch arms…And even with those long arms…Benched 225 lbs…27 times at the combine…

    7….Might drop into the second round for the reasoning he is mending a broken bone in his foot…But will have a pro day this month before the draft…After poor combines from all the other TE’s that participated at the combine…Fleener is projected as the first TE to be claimed in the 2012 draft…

  57. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    So your supporting the pick of troy williamson (need) over the “bust” pick we had i cant remember his name what is it oh yeah ADRIAN PETERSON (BPA)?

  58. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial*, I was pointing out how out rages you where by being out rages myself.

  59. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, the only thing more boring than golf on TV is golf on the radio.

  60. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I never said soccer is easy, I just think its a feminine sport. They can at least wear longer shorts for a start.

  61. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    GDP one example of a bust or a steal in the draft doesn’t predict the future!!

  62. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

  63. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ex-Twin Don Mincher dead at 73. I remember watching him in the old black-and-white days. God, that makes me feel old….. R.I.P.

  64. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, there must be something to being a fan of Soccer, look how the fans act overseas, and how many they get at their events. BTW rugby and soccer are similar sports and rugby is the fore runner to football I do believe though I may be wrong.

  65. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Soccer fans are crazy.

  66. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Oh no here goes OTK with a dream of another TE in the 2nd round. We can only pray that Spielman doesn’t think like that

  67. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think the reason the British soccer fans are so unruly is because they know that when the game is over, all they have to look forward to is a warm beer and eating things like kidneys.

  68. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    From Wiki…..Spotted d1ck is a British steamed suet pudding containing dried fruit (usually currants) commonly served with custard……..Nothing like a bowl of spotted d1ck after 2 hours of watching soccer.

  69. By bozz on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been playing soccer my whole life and am currently playing it at a D-1 school, I’m not trying to brag or anything but hopefully showing that I have some experience in it. Soccer is a VERY exhausting, competitive and often difficult sport. Not only is your physical endurance put to test, but also your mental endurance, along with your agility, dexterity, coordination and analytical capacity.

    It’s much harder to control a ball with your foot, knee, head or chest than it is your hands and the elite soccer players across the world are about as good of athletes as you’ll find. True, there is a fair amount of diving and that does hurt the reputation of the game, but don’t let that detract from the physicality of it, which I promise you is quite brutal at times.

    Sorry for the long post/novel, but I just really dislike it when people bash on the world’s most popular game without knowing much about it.

  70. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

  71. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    We should do this in the Metraodome

  72. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

  73. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    DRS– they are nuts overseas. I was in Paris a few years ago in a little dive for lunch with my friend– it was hard to keep her attention– behind me was this big screen TV with soccer– and everyone in the place was glued to that set.

  74. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Or, if you prefer your soccer Scottish-style, after 2 hours of watching , you can have a big bowl of this:……From Wiki…..C0ck-a-leekie soup is a Scottish soup dish of leeks and chicken stock……..mmmmmmm !

  75. By bozz on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    @NovaScotiaVike,

    What’s your point, what does regional cuisine have to do with anything? It’s not like “enjoying” Lutefisk after a Vikings game sounds appealing at all.

  76. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I never said soccer is easy, I just think it’s a feminine sport. They can at least wear longer shorts for a start.

    Why do those shorts turn you on? Just kidding, why do you think a feminine sport is any less talented then them so called manly sport? I would like to see some of the NFL players do gymnastics and such.

    I have had some lady friends who were very talented in them there sports, I bet that they would put to shame some of the NFL players we all praise now a days.

    My first point is and was, it would be nice to have a professional sports team to come to Minnesota rather than one leaving.

  77. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Faced with eating animal organs, Spotted D1ck and C0ck-a-leekie soup, I would riot too.

  78. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    We should do this at the start of games in the Dome !

  79. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, sounds a lot like the NFL over here I would say.

  80. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    ” I forgot drafting players because of need automatically means they wont be a bust. Sorry about that”

    And drafting the BPA has been 100%?

  81. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    The Wild and the Timberwolves don’t count as professional teams DRS? Or are you going along the lines that they didn’t come from an already established location?

  82. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Well, to give it a global perspective, my female friend there is Kenyan– and Kenyans are crazy for soccer.

  83. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial*, yes it would be nice to see our fans get that into the Vikings.

  84. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I would go to an occasional soccer game at the new stadium.

  85. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    NorthwoodsVikesFan, I am going along the lines of they did not come from outside of Minnesota, Not that there has not been any new pro sports teams in recent years in Minnesota.

  86. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, they are also great marathoners, I think it’s from running away from lions.

  87. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    NorthwoodsVikesFan, to clarify it is nice to have teams coming to Minnesota not leaving.

  88. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Lmao.

  89. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Gotcha.

    Personally, I don’t believe a soccer team would be supported in this neck of the woods.

  90. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Much of the rest of the world is crazy about soccer.
    IMO, soccer would be better to watch if they made the field smaller and the net smaller..more contained action……in leiu of the endeless running up and down the field only to have the game end 1- nil

  91. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, who are you calling a female friend, I am a male who is trying to support the female personal who play sports for a living, maybe I have been around to many feminist in them there collages.

  92. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    IMO if having pro Soccer come to Minnesota would get us a retractable roof for the new stadium; I am 100% for it.

  93. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Rock, and land mines placed strategically around the field !

  94. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    We barely have enough support to keep the Vikings here. Soccer would fizzle and die shortly after inception from lack of fan base.

  95. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    But, as you say, if it would get us a fancy roof, go for it.

  96. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    DRS, I was merely commenting on how obsessed the global community is with soccer.
    Nova, it is crazy how they can run. My last gf was Kenyan and she decided to get back into running because she had not done it for six or eight months– first time out she ran 10 miles like it was nothing.

  97. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    LOL NOVA!
    And throw in a few Lions……

  98. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, Gotcha.

  99. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

  100. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus….was is something that you said to her?

  101. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I always liked the NHL commercials when a golfer was teeing up, and WHAM he gets clocked by an NHL player…….and the slogan “goly would be more interesting if it were hockey..”

  102. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    NOT goly, golf..sorry tor typo

  103. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    dang
    wrecked my moment…..

  104. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    wish my keyboard was lighted….

  105. By Derrick.G on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

  106. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Land mines, snipers in the crowd for guys like that.

  107. By Derrick.G on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

  108. By Derrick.G on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

  109. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Soccer is pathetic. End of discussion. I’ll watch the WNBA before I watch a bluddy football match wif’ me mates.

  110. By Derrick.G on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I can find these all day.

  111. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    And these guys are idolized.

  112. By Derrick.G on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

  113. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    The only answer is land mines.

  114. By Derrick.G on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Im sure it used to be good, but then they let in drama school graduates to ‘play’ the ‘game’ just like WWE its all acting.

  115. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial*, that is OK am sure nobody would come to see you play any sports. BTW How is your friend Cook doing? Have to pay some bills now so have fun everyone, and if Soccer get us a retractable roof, I am 100% for it.

  116. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ha ha ha, Nova. No.

  117. By Carl K on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    We need a healthy balance of both BPA and drafting players that fit a need our systems.

    I am excited about this draft class because it is deep with OL, WR, CB, DT, and it also has good talent at safety in the mid to late rounds. I think we could also find some linebackers in this draft. I think we might even find a good QB that might fall to the late rounds that is just too good to p a s s up.

    Let the draft come to us and we should not have any trouble filling holes.
    With that said, I can NOT get too excited about the idea of drafting a TE or DE because the Vikings have good young talent at those positions.

  118. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. This is Ponders’ Girlfriend?

  119. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I guess I never should have dumped her.

  120. By Carl K on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Do you think that dress makes her look fat?

  121. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, she should take it off.

  122. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    What in the HE|| did she see in Hank “Waste” Baskett?

  123. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    The same thing she saw in Hefner….$$$$$$$$$

  124. By Carl K on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Dang it Nova, I am not supposed to laugh in my work cubical.

  125. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Its great to see Adrian Peterson dating a women with class..

  126. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K…..sorry.

  127. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    But not really.

  128. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Well, it seems as though our players girlfriends/wives are all wh0res.

  129. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, God love them !

  130. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    “Chris Cook trial: pretrial motion to dismiss second charge of assault in the third degree denied. Cook will be tried on that charge and on one count of domestic assault by strangulation. Jury selection now underway. Judge expects Chris Cook case to be ready for jury deliberation by next Monday at the latest.”

  131. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spence where are you coming up with these pics? twitter? stop the bs!

  132. By CaribooBill on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting:
    NFL network was supposed to replay NFC title game from 2010.
    They replaced with some game between Dallas and the 49ers.
    Gee, I wonder why???????????
    Not that I wanted to see that travesty again.

  133. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Cariboobill you mean 2009? hide all film of the Saints! lol

  134. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    @sandiamond- Its not bs. I did some homework.

  135. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    just keep in mind that because nfl players RT the hottest women doesn’t mean they are dating. I’d like to see a link on Cook’s Trial results today?

  136. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I dont have any links regarding Cook.

  137. By DRS on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Bob Sansevere’s list: Minnesota Vikings’ top left tackles

    Pioneer Press

    twincities.com

    Posted: 02/29/2012 12:01:00 AM CST

    March 1, 2012 5:7 AM GMT Updated: 02/29/2012 11:07:02 PM CST

    THE LIST

    It appears the Vikings will have the opportunity to draft Southern California left tackle Matt Kalil with the third overall pick in the NFL draft. Kalil is considered a potential Pro Bowl player and all-pro performer. Here, in order, are the five best left tackles in Vikings history, with the years they played in Minnesota in parentheses …

    1. Gary Zimmerman (1986-92): A hall of famer after a stellar career with the Vikings and Denver Broncos, Zimmerman was a terrific pass defender and run blocker, and he was picked for four of his seven Pro Bowls (1987, ’88, ’89, ’92) while with Minnesota. He also was an all-pro in 1987 and ’88 with the Vikings, as well as ’96 with the Broncos.

    2. Grady Alderman (1960-74): He was there when the Vikings were very bad, and also when they were very good. Alderman protected Joe Kapp’s and Fran Tarkenton’s blind side during the heyday of the Purple People Eaters. He was chosen for six Pro Bowls (1963-69) and was an all-pro in ’69.

    3. Steve Riley (1974-84): He wasn’t flashy and didn’t pile up Pro Bowl appearances – actually, he never was a Pro Bowler – but Riley was steady and tough. In 1984, he played despite a broken hand, wearing a heavy wrap to protect it.

    4. Todd Steussie (1994-2000): A Pro Bowler in 1997 and ’98, Steussie did a nice job opening holes for Robert Smith while protecting the five quarterbacks who played during his tenure with the Vikings – Warren Moon, Brad Johnson, Randall Cunningham, Jeff George and Daunte Culpepper.

    5. Bryant McKinnie (2002-10): Known as a devastating blocker in college, McKinnie was a disappointment through much of his career and was cut in training camp for being out of shape. Even his one Pro Bowl season (2009) ended in disappointment when he was thrown off the NFC Pro Bowl team for unexcused absences.

  138. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Brett Favre on Saints bounties: “Now the truth comes out. That’s good.”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/141440663.html

  139. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, you said only the Browns would give the “franchise tag” to a punter. Well, apparently so would the Super Bowl champions, to Steve Weatherford.

  140. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I see more Chris Cook posts-un-believable. Spencer, Spencer, Spencer!

  141. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Im confident someone will do the same thing will happen once Chris Cook returns.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82762f23/article/a-deals-a-deal-johnson-signs-so-fitzpatrick-shaves?module=HP11_content_stream

  142. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    If Chris Cook goes to prison, he said he would launch a new career behind bars. The following is a sample: “Cooking with Chris” today’s treats include Choke-Cherry pie and Pickled Hearts of Arti-Choke.

  143. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!! VO !

  144. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Cook plays for the Minnesota Vikings last time I checked. So whats up with the constant bashing? I expect that kind of behavior from Packer fans.

  145. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Or fans of women.

  146. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Spence-couldn’t resist!

  147. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, do you believe in things you dont see?

  148. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Re you asking me if I’m an atheist?

  149. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    He tried to promote candy bars, but was turned down by Butterfingers.

  150. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    * Are

  151. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    It has nothing to do with religion.

  152. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Why do we keep reliving the past– we all knew at the time the Saints were deliberately trying to kill Favre– we learned nothing we did not already know– at least Vikings fans knew it.

  153. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Well, I believe in God, but I can’t see Him. What is your point?

  154. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Lighten up Spencer-I’m just trying to break the daily agony that you continue to post with CC. Relax!

  155. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I believe that there is a country called India, but I can’t see it.

  156. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    V.O. Im not mad lol. And nevermind Nova.

  157. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I believe that there is a planet called Neptune, but I can’t see it.

  158. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Your “argument” doesn’t hold water.

  159. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Thats good to hear Spencer-It’s all in fun.

  160. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    A Heroic Bull-fighter makes a valiant return !

    http://news.yahoo.com/gored-spanish-bullfighter-makes-comeback-192521099.html

  161. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    titus yes true, but it was important to some for Favre to acknowledge the bounty accusations publicly . He did that today! at Peace now

  162. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    That game was the hardest Vikings lost I ever endured and to know now for certain that it was unfairly won only stings more– I do not want to relive that. Honestly, I was never fully seated during that whole game– was on edge.

  163. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I saw a video clip of one of those ESPN debates– they debated whether spygate or bountygate is worse- two players said spygate cause it was cheating. To eliminate your quarterback’s effectiveness by purposefully trying to injure him is not? Give me a break.

  164. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, you can remedy that by installing seatbelts on your sofa.

  165. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Thats why this bounty-gate needs to run it’s course. The Saint’s and William’s must pay.

  166. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Goodell should give the Vikings and Cardinals the Saints picks in the draft.

  167. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, I was actually on the coffee table most of the game.

  168. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    In all honestly how much of a difference is a bounty than giving college kids helmet stickers for hard hits?

  169. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think Goodell will see through all of the BS when dealing with this issue.

  170. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    http://blog.vikings.com/2010/01/25/agonizing-defeat-ends-vikings-season/

  171. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think I can ever watch that game again.

  172. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    That game put a hole in my heart. Losing in OT is bad, but the reason why it hurt so much is because we should of blew them out !!!! Like 6 fumbles, 2ints, it was a disaster. Yet we still had a chance to win in regulation.

  173. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    What stands out the most about all this is Vilma’s 10k personal payout bounty. If true i hope he gets jail time

  174. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    If memory serves me right, a few days after that game, the referres admitted to not throwing penilty flags on hits taken by Farve when they should have. Yes the Viking’s are snakebitten for sure.

  175. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    We should of had home-field advantage but we stumbled during the final stretch. Losses to the Bears, Cardinals, and Panthers were all inexcusable.

  176. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond, hes not getting jail-time. Football players dont get the same treatment as the average Joe

  177. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, you’re one of the wisest and best bloggers. It pains me to see you do one of the most abused errors in sentence structure.

  178. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spence that’s nutz. We still needed help from the football gods going into the game. Favre was already injured and couldn’t rush or scramble for even 2 yards. Saints knew it and pounced on the Opportunity to finish him off

  179. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    So true Sandiamond. If this happened on the street, the offender would be facing a court date.

  180. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    What team has a winning percentage close to or better than the Viking’s and have yet to win a Superbowl-NONE.

  181. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Worse yet, I would imagine stats would show the Viking’s to be in the top 5 all-time in regular season record.

  182. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, don’t you mean “commit” instead of “do”?

  183. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    You’re welcome.

  184. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    whoops…grammar wars

  185. By Viking-ology on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    That would be a good name for a rock band

  186. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Excellent, VO !

  187. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Well, considering Spencer’s obsession with trial cases, I think the word “commit” might be more appropriate.

  188. By sandiamond on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    No news story on Cook’s trial from Kare11 tonight but they did respond back this morning after i sent in a copy of the court doc

  189. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Does anybody see Cook going to prison?

  190. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s hope the Judge does.

  191. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I wish I was on the jury.

  192. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, I can see you trying to convince the other jurors that what he does off-the-field doesn’t matter in your eyes.

  193. By Carl K *22 days til Alshon's pro day* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Cook is toast… no Spence you can’t put the choke hold on the other jurors.

  194. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Alshon would be good in Purple. Speed isnt that much of a concern…Fitz ran like a 4.5

  195. By ozzinator on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Awesome sniper video Spence, too funny!

  196. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Since the blog is kind of quiet, I would like to tell you guys that I have a blast reading this blog almost every day. I’m a fairly new Vikings Fan (since the 2009 season). I’m from Portugal (for the ones who don’t know it’s a country in Europe) and I fell in love with the purple and gold the first time I saw this team play!
    I’m really looking forward to see what we do (hope you guys don’t get offended for the use of “we”) in this years free agency and the draft.
    About the draft I think 1# round Kalil, 2# Mark Barron/Harrison Smith. What do are your thoughts?

  197. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Nevermind the “do” in the last sentence..Sorry

  198. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    PT….I spent some time touring around Spain and Portugal…….awesome country, awesome wine and awesome women !

  199. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Totally agree with the wine and the women..We’re blessed in those categories!

  200. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus-
    Maybe you and Spence need to get a hotel room……
    Nova-
    Throw in hand grenades from audience along with landmines and I am with you on the Futbol c.r.a.p

  201. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    By the way Nova, You really crack me up with your comments!Great sense of humour!!

  202. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Latin women are smolderingly sexy…..

  203. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    PTvikings- Webb or Ponder? Rudolph or Shiancoe? Griffin or Cook?

  204. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I try, PT !

  205. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spence- Give the Griffin/Cook c.r.a.p a rest…..

  206. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    whatever Rocksalt.

  207. By Carl K *22 days til Alshon's pro day* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Mohamed Sanu set the bar pretty high with his 4.67
    Gerell Robinson 4.62
    Dwight Jones 4.55
    Rueben Randle 4.55
    Nick Toon 4.54
    Marvin McNutt 4.54

    If Alshon can shed 6 more pounds (that would put him at 210) and run near a 4.55, he will make some money. He already owns the best hands in the draft.

    Sidney Rice ran a 4.51 at the combine.

  208. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    No hard feelings, Titus, but you have been ,in IMO, putting Spence on a pedestal….

  209. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    you’re putting me in a weird spot Spence..Ponder of course! Really like Rudolph bur I think if we can keep Shiancoe at a fair price we should. Now the tough one..
    I think Cook was showing potential this season..but c´mon..choking a woman!! I can’t agree with that kind of behaviour! If he’s found not guilty I say bring him back, otherwise good riddance!!

  210. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Its sarcasm, im sure Titus doesnt mean what he says about me.

  211. By Mike B. on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    The bounty issue and the Saints should be dealt with harshly. I think that Williams should get a 5 yr ban from coaching in the NFL. The Head Coach and GM should get 1/2 yr off without pay and fine for hiding the issue. I also think that an * should be added to the Saints superbowl win. Saying that an illegal bounty was inplace during that year.

  212. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Smart folks over there in Portugal.

  213. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Wow PT. I agree with everything you said.

  214. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    How about including Tar and Feathering , Mike B?

  215. By Mike B. on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Players involved still on teams should also get 1/2 year off without pay from the NFL.

  216. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Rock….good idea, because it’s just not the same without the tar !

  217. By Mike B. on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    @Rocksalt that could come later by fans

  218. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks! Now tell me what you guys think about the LB position.What should we do? I think it’s a area of need , maybe not as much as LT, CB, S, Wr but still a area of need.Re-sign Erin and let E.J. go?

  219. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed , Nova…….or we could crazy glue angus beef Sirloin streaks to them and put them in a stadiumwith Hyenas….HEY MAYBE NEW VIKES STADIUM!

  220. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Of course, Mike B….we must have fan participation…..

  221. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spence, you dump on Shiancoe all the time, what are you talking about?

  222. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Let me say we need an LB that others fear! NO PILATES TRAINING!

  223. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Tracy Porters first.

  224. By Mike B. on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    @ Rock I think that is fairly light punishment for what happened and how many players were hurt by Saints bounty system

  225. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    @Nova- I dump on Va$hittte Shiancoe because hes the most overrated player on the team. He was only “good” because of Favre. And he ended the final 4 games with a whopping Zero catches.

    Hes just not that good. But I would keep him if he wanted a paycut, and realized he would be demoted.

  226. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Rice was also good cuz of Favre……

  227. By Carl K *22 days til Alshon's pro day* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    PT- welcome to the blog.
    I think we need to sign free agent MLB David Hawthorne and draft OLB Nigal Bradham, Terrell Manning or Tyler Nielsen late in the draft. However, rumor has it that Singletary likes MLB Audie Cole from NC state.

  228. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    DRS-
    Thanks for the continual updates.

  229. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I really don’t know much about some of the colleges players.But thanks for the names.I’ll try to check them out. I need to start to pay more attention to College Football.

  230. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    PT- Do you guys have ESPN?

  231. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn-
    You in?

  232. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I have ESPNAmerica. I think it’s kind of a adaptation to the European market. But it’s great. I get to watch NCCA – Football, Basketball, NHL and of course the NFL.
    They broadcast 3 NFL games per Sunday,Monday Night Football and on Saturdays they show 5 or 6 colleges football games.

  233. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    ok in the context of those who have supported women’s rights re Chris Cookm how’s about ole Rush Limbaugh???? he seems to feel the need to degrade women under the guise(lies) of religious freedom….LOL!

  234. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s SEE SOME FORWARD THINKING ON THIS!

  235. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Where is the emperor?

  236. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Wait, maybe the emperor has NEW clothes to show us!

  237. By Rocksalt on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    ZEIG HEIL!!! RUSH LIMBAUGH!! SCHNELL,,,,,,SCHNELL……..

  238. By TheRealDon™ on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Things have been very interesting sense I been gone these few weeks.. But I see Spence hasn’t changed..

  239. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    rocksalt, how about practicing what you preach?

  240. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll never change. I’ll take Talent over Character anyday.
    Shiancos overrated. Allen isnt as valuable as we all think. And #31 is the best corner on the team.

  241. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Here we go again..:)Sorry Spence but I can’t agree with you on Allen..Allen’s a beast!!!and #31 last time I checked isn’t on the team!

  242. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Allen is without a doubt the best DE in the game, however hes not that valuable to the defenses success. The stats dont lie. Im not debating this.

  243. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    PTviking…Check out OLB Shea McClellin….The coaching staff for the Vikings were high on this young man during senior bowl week practice…Looks like a solid LB…

  244. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    PT, what do you know about Portugal Telecom?

  245. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    OTKalil – Thanks, I’ll make sure to check him out. And I’m really looking forward to see you next year protecting Ponder’s blind side!
    Spencer – I can understand your point, but the guy’s the heart and soul of our D!! Not to mention a great long snaper!!!

  246. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – Not much..Why? I think it’s our national telecommunications company..

  247. By Shawn on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    WOW … John Sullivan ranked 5th according to this site

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1052850-br-nfl-1000-top-32-centers/page/29

  248. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    5th? Thats a little high. Cant say I agree with that. But the fact that others think hes top 5 means hes obviously doing something right.

  249. By Shawn on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings all time 5th round picks … My favorite on the list is Ed McDaniel

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/3/5/2845257/minnesota-vikings-all-time-draft-round-5

  250. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Just wondering PT– I was watching their stock for a while. I know they are in Brazil, which is a great market.

  251. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    By the way PT, their ticker is PT, so you definitely reminded me of them.

  252. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

  253. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think they bought one of the major cellphone operators in Brazil a while ago.
    And yes, its a great market. They also work in cable TV, Internet. It’s one of the few national corporations that still makes any kind of profit around here. As you might have heard our economy is in bad shape right now. Like almost every European country.

  254. By PTvikings on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Got to now.It’s getting really late here. It was a pleasure talking with you guys. Take care.

  255. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    The day he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook had a conversation with her from the Hennepin County Jail, where he was being held.

    In their talk, “the defendant blames the victim for putting him in jail, for missing a game,” said Hennepin County District Judge Robert Small, who is presiding over Cook’s trial on charges of domestic abuse by strangulation and third-degree assault.

    Jury selection in the trial began Monday after the two sides discussed several pretrial motions.

    “The victim apologizes for telling police he strangled her, that she had never been strangled before. The defendant tells the victim that the strangulation accusation is the reason he is still in custody,” the judge said, referring to evidence the prosecution asked to have admitted into the trial. The judge granted the request.

    The apology hints at what jurors are likely to hear this week: a recanting by Chantel Baker of her statements that the now-25-year-old Cook choked her.

    When police came to Cook’s home in the 6400 block of Regency Lane in Eden Prairie at 1:40 a.m. Oct. 22, Baker told them that Cook had put his hands around her neck twice, restricting her breathing.

    He had become angry with her for talking with an ex-boyfriend, according to a criminal complaint.

    Cook strangled her once on a bed and another time on a couch in the living room, the woman told a police officer in an ambulance, the judge said.

    Defense attorneys David
    Valentini and John Lucas argued that they should be able to bring up evidence during trial of a prior incident involving the couple.

    Lucas said they interviewed Baker on Sunday. She told them that on one occasion, which she thought was last summer, she drank too much and tried to hit Cook in the face.

    Her friends told her she had succeeded in punching him, and that he complained of jaw pain.

    But Cook had said she never actually landed a blow.

    The alleged incident “is too amorphous or vague to be probative of anything,” said Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Sarah Hilleren. The judge said he would not allow it to come in as evidence.

    The defense previously has said that Cook would claim self-defense during trial and that he denied strangling the woman.

    At the time Cook was charged, however, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said there was physical evidence that Baker was choked.

    “There are pictures of marks on her neck consistent with strangulation,” the prosecutor said. “She was strangled not once, but twice. There were fingerprints on her neck.”

    Cook was arrested at the scene. While in jail, he missed a game at the Metrodome against the Green Bay Packers.

    The second charge against Cook, third-degree assault, was added to the complaint after Baker went to the doctor with an ear injury that she said occurred when her head hit the wall.

    At Monday’s hearing, the judge refused to grant a defense motion to dismiss that count. He said he reviewed medical evidence, which he ordered sealed, that showed the woman suffered a broken eardrum and temporary hearing loss.

    Within about a month, doctors reported the ear was healed, the judge said.

    The Vikings’ roster lists Cook as 6 feet 2 inches tall and 212 pounds.

    Cook’s salary for 2011 was $450,000. His four-year, $5.37 million rookie deal included a $1 million roster bonus for 2011.

    Jury selection will continue today.

    Emily Gurnon can be reached at 651-228-5522.

  256. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/FBN-VIKINGS_7442537/FBN-VIKINGS_7442537/

  257. By Spencer *Day 1 Of Trial* on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Cook is toast.

  258. By VegasVike on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Yes Sandiamond, I’m not blogging much lately but I keep an eye on you guys. Not only do I think the saints payed their players to knock Brett around but maybe the NFL too? No sorrow here when Sean Peyton got mangled last year, that was Favre karma!

  259. By ozzinator on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    Just heard Randy Moss is working out for the Saints, wow.

  260. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82762ece/article/super-bowls-just-arent-instantly-won-in-free-agency?module=HP11_content_stream

  261. By DRS on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/24893;_ylt=AlIrSevKB9jXxz4xeNFhDEb.uLYF

    C-h-r-i-s-t-i-a-n Ballard #99 Defensive Tackle Minnesota Vikings Team Home
    Height: 6-4 Weight: 283
    Born: Jan 3, 1989 – Lawrence, KS
    College: Iowa
    Draft: 2011 – 4th round (9th pick) by the Minnesota Vikings

    Talk about not much production. No sacks for the year.

  262. By Parody on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    Ozz – No real surprise there. The Saints have a competitive team with a good QB. I can see how Moss would think that would be the perfect spot to land. And now Moss and the Saints each have something to prove to the NFL – Moss that he can still play and the Saints that they can play without playing dirty.

    Add in the liklihood that the Saints will be losing a draft pick, and Moss must be looking really intriguing right now, especially if he’s gotten his act straightened out. I can see the Saints and Moss working together to wipe the slate clean with a legitimate shot at the title this year.

  263. By DRS on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/141529203.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue

    ‘Losing proposition’

    Several miles away, near Nicollet Island, Victor Grambsch, president of the local neighborhood association, expressed doubts.

    “I see no economic benefit with the city for having a stadium,” said Grambsch, 64. “To me, it’s a losing proposition. And it’s also clear the Vikings aren’t going anywhere. It’s extortion, and I don’t think we should put up with it.”

    Across town, Linden Hills neighbors gathered at the home of Joan and Don Hawkinson on a recent night to talk about the stadium issue with Betsy Hodges, their coucil member.

    “Why would Minneapolis pony up that kind of money when we have so many needs?” Joan Hawkinson asked. “If we do, it should be with the caveat that we get a lot of out of it. That our schools get something, that the North Side gets something, that our kids get something.

    “I don’t want the city of Minneapolis ponying up that kind of money and not get something. Let’s get something out of it.”

  264. By Parody on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    DRS – Ballard was a backup rookie DT. Kevin Williams is considered one of the better DTs in the NFL, and he only averages 6 sacks a season.

    4th rounders rarely get much production in their first year anyways. They drop that far because there’s concern that they won’t be able to produce right away.

  265. By sandiamond on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    NFL Free Agency Rumors – Pierre Garcon to Minnesota Vikings?

    The latest rumor has the Vikings looking at Pierre Garcon of the Indianapolis Colts after the young receiver had a breakout season with over 900 yards receiving and six touchdowns for a team that struggled all year on offense.

    Garcon recently turned down the Colts offer of $35 million for five years and with the Vikings having $10-13 million in salary cap space, Minnesota could be looking at adding the former sixth round draft pick.

    The Vikings need another wide out to take away double-teams on Percy Harvin and adding a proven player looks to be the team’s best option. They have other needs that they can fill with the NFL Draft, but Ponder needs more weapons to continue his growth as a professional quarterback and the front office needs to bring in a couple of veterans to help the youngster.

  266. By sandiamond on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    http://minnesota.sbnation.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/3/5/2846979/minnesota-vikings-free-agents-2012-cortland-finnegan-brandon-carr-minnesota-cornerbacks

  267. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    Pierre Garcon…..Sacre Bleu !! Oui, Oui !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  268. By vikesfan87 on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    Thoughts on Brandon Lloyd anyone?

  269. By SucksToSuck on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    When it comes down to it, it is obvious that the Vikings biggest holes are o-line, WR, and secondary… It would be nice if 2 of these problems could be fixed via free agency, considering at pick 3 one of the holes should for sure be fixed (Kahil, claiborne, or blackman). If all three holes could be patched I think the Vikings could improve immensely and be back in contention to win the NFC north.

  270. By peever on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    not another offensive lineman with a first round pick…..hows mckinnie working out for ya…..a wr is more like it…another moss would be nice,,

  271. By Alex on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    Go after Manning he still has a lot of football left let Ponder sit behind him. Then take Kalil in the first round then we get Vincent Jackson in free agency and a couple of corners also. We need a linebacker go get mario williams then we should be just fine in the division. Do these and we will be contenders again.
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO VIKINGS.

  272. By Max on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    Good free agency this year but the vikes never go and get a really famous name. I think they’ll get one famous name this year but get most of of their talented players in the draft this year. We should get Matt Kalil in the first round and then trade 2nd and 3rd round picks to the 49ers if Morris Claiborn is still on the board.

  273. By tom on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s get manning now , not 2 years before he retires.

  274. By Petie97 on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    It may just be me but I think a player like Michigans Junior Hemingway would be an interesting mid-round pick. He has the size 6’1” 225lbs and he ran a 4.53 40. He also is a good run blocker and has the size to create holes on the edge for AP. What do you guys think?

  275. By peyton on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone hear of Reggie Wayne he doesn’t play for the colts anymore, I think he would be a good addition to the team

  276. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Petie nobody has ever mentioned Hemingway here so probably nothing to compare or analyze

  277. By peyton on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    If Payton comes to Minn. reggie Wayne will follow, we need there leadership and experiance, and a superbowl win may not be far behind them….

  278. By Petie on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    First of all Sandiamond, its called looking at players that you usually don’t hear of. Go on NFL.com and look under the combine and you can analyze players its also being an educated fan. I have watched Hemingway since on TV since is in the big 10. So you can look at his attributes and his production with a QB who wasn’t a prototypical pro QB. He also did great at the east-west shrine game while doing pretty well at the combine. LOOK HIM UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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