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Hot Topic: Manning On The Market

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 7, 2012 – 7:35 am

There’s no way to avoid this discussion today, so I thought we’d discuss it right away here on the vikings.com Blog and then let the chips fall where they may. It’s expected that the Indianapolis Colts and QB Peyton Manning will officially part ways on Wednesday, which means one of the greatest QBs in this era and perhaps in NFL history will hit the street as an unrestricted free agent.

And that means many Vikings fans will want the Vikings to be in on the bidding for Manning, while other Vikings fans will insist the Vikings stay out of the bidding.

Before we get into that, let’s make sure everyone is on the same page as to how the Colts and Manning got to this point. It’s a long and complex story, but here are three basic reasons Manning is being released today: 1) a complicated and severe series of neck injuries and, consequently, surgeries eventually cost Manning all of the 2011 season and now has some wondering if Manning will ever play at or near the level he once did; 2) on July 30, 2011, the Colts signed Manning to a 5-year, $90 million contract that called for a $28 million bonus this week, which the Colts weren’t willing to pay given Manning’s pending recovery from the neck injury; 3) the Colts currently hold the rights to the #1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and they’re expected to use it on QB Andrew Luck.

So the question of the day here becomes, should the Vikings be in play for Manning? As I typically do in matters such as this, I’ll qualify my opinion by saying I don’t know what the Vikings intend to do and I also reserve the right to alter my opinion if new information comes my way. Ultimately, though, as curious as I’d be to see Manning follow his father, Archie, to Minnesota for a late-career stint with the Vikings, I’m not sure it’d be in the best long-term interests of the Vikings and I don’t think it’d be in the best short-term interests of Manning. Ultimately, I don’t think the Vikings will be in the bidding.

If we rewind back to the 2009 offseason, a Vikings-Manning union might make more sense, just as it made sense for the Vikings and Favre to unite. At that point, the Vikings were a defending division champion looking for a QB to put them over the hump. That’s exactly what Favre did for the Vikings. This time around, though, the Vikings are 3-13 and are a franchise in transition. Rick Spielman has the task of rebuilding this roster, and a significant part of that rebuilding project is developing Christian Ponder – or at least figuring out if Ponder can be developed – into a franchise-caliber QB.

Even if you can get past all of that and still want the Vikings to pursue Manning, I’m also not convinced the Vikings could acquire Manning and also address other needs on the roster while staying under the salary cap. Vikings VP of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski is as good as it gets at managing the cap and finding room to sign important players, but massaging the cap in a way that will allow the team to sign Manning will probably not result in a sound long-term salary cap plan. The Vikings are getting out of a salary cap squeeze that was the product of going “all-in” with Favre in 2009-10, so I don’t think we want to see the Vikings jump right back into another one of those situations with a QB who will be 36 years old when the 2012 season starts, is recovering from a severe neck injury that cost him all of 2011, and may never return to that elite level because of the injury.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for Manning to make it back. He’s one of the best QBs in NFL history and I want to see him retire someday healthy and playing well. And if the Vikings shock me and sign him, I’ll be all-in on the decision and will be anxious to see how it plays out. But as of right now, I don’t see a union between Manning and the Vikings. A few teams to watch in this are Cleveland, Kansas City, Miami, the NY Jets, Seattle and Washington. But my guess, as of right now, is that the Arizona Cardinals will win the Manning sweepstakes. We’ll see what happens, should be fun to watch.

What do you think, Vikings fans? Should the Vikings pursue Manning? Where do you think he’ll sign?


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391 Responses to “Hot Topic: Manning On The Market”

  1. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    It was a pleasure watching Manning play. Its a shame that the start of his injuries occurred when he was hit illegally under the helm of Greg Williams. But thats besides the point. Anyway, he will go down as one of the best Quarterbacks to ever play the game. And to those that have the audacity to compare Peyton to Eli, stop it. Its insane. Right now Manning is easily seen as a top 3 Quarterback of all time.

    Right now, Eli Manning isnt even the best Quarterback in the NFC..

  2. By Rocksalt on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Manning a Viking? Fat chance….he will no doubt choose a team that is ready now to make a deep playoff run. With our Oline woes, he would probably get beat up.

  3. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I could see Manning with the Cardinals, or Dolphins. Both teams ended the season on a positive note. The Cards actually finished 7-2, with John Skelton.

  4. By purplehaze1 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    as great as PM is/was…i really hope the Vikes don’t do the Favre thing again. i would rather see them take a chance and pursue Flynn, if they feel like another QB…the guy had good numbers when he played, and he might just be the real thing. GO VIKES!!!

  5. By 61Vikings on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Eli (2) Superbowl rings, Peyton (1)!! Nobody would have ever guessed that!! If Peyton waants to win another Superbowl, then he needs to look at the Texans and the 49ers, teams that are on the brink of making it to the Superbowl!! Other teams that would be a good fit would be, Arizona,Seattle and Kansas City!! The concensus is that he will end up in Miami or Washington, but like the Vikes those teams are in a rebuilding year(s)!! No chance that he would even consider Minnesota, even though his Dad ended his career here!!

  6. By DRS on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    what do you think about this?

    http://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2012/03/vikings-stadium-proposal-bad-public-policy-and-profoundly-unfair

    Vikings stadium proposal is bad public policy and profoundly unfair

    By Paul Ostrow | 05:00 am

    Paul OstrowHow does a progressive Democrat explain $728 million for the “luxury” of a new stadium when so many are in need? How does a Republican committed to ”no new taxes” and to “the free market,” explain $728 million in new government spending to subsidize a wealthy sports owner who claims the free market just won’t work in football?

    The perfect political solution may be at hand. Remarkably, it is quite possible no one will have to take a tough vote. A tentative agreement to pay for a new Vikings stadium and future “operating costs” apparently relies on $398 million in new gambling revenues and $330 million from the dedication of city sales and entertainment taxes.

    For the over 90 percent of Minnesotans who do not live in Minneapolis, this is a pretty sweet deal. You might be a bit uncomfortable with this use of public money, but at least it won’t be your money. If you are not a gambler and if you don’t live or work downtown, you get to enjoy the Vikings pretty much for free.

    Much is made of how tough a vote this will be for legislators in an election year. Really? The Legislature got a free pass when Hennepin County decided to fund Target Field. It was an easy vote to let Hennepin County raise someone else’s taxes. This bill is another free pass. Once again the Legislature will not be raising anyone’s taxes – only allowing someone else – the City of Minneapolis – to use taxes from its residents and business patrons for the next 30 years to pay for the stadium.

    This proposal is bad public policy and is profoundly unfair. The Minneapolis City Council should act now to push the reset button. The city should pledge to work with the state and the Vikings on a new stadium in Minneapolis and to commit up to $10 million to its construction. The City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak were unanimous in their support for the City’s Charter during the Target Field discussions. The same message needs to be delivered now on the Vikings Stadium.

  7. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    If Winfield and Griffen take a paycut keep them otherwise let him go.

    With the rookie contract i agree keep loadtholt. This is his last year to show he can play better more consistently.

    Sanford being a solid special teas player, ok. But he is not good enough to start at safety for us.

    Chris Cook- I dont want him to leave i believe he is our best CB on the roster. If he does come back this year should be his only chance to prove he can be the Viking on and off the field that we all are hoping he can be. Its also a plus hes still on his rookie contract.

    Micheal Jenkins needs to take a paycut.

    Hutch is at the end of his career. I would love to see him retire a Viking but right now his salary is just killing the cap

    We fix some of these problems then we can be able to bring in a top-tier free agent like Carl Nicks or Ben Grubbs or Finnagen or a couple 2nd-tier free agents

  8. By DRS on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Manning would be a nice addition to the Vikings if and only if we had an O-line to protect him, and a Defense to keep the other team from scoring.

  9. By DRS on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Gooing back to El Paso to day, have a great day everyone.

  10. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Best fits for Manning:
    1. Texans
    2. Chiefs
    3. 49ers
    4. Cardinals
    5. Dolphins

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  12. By DRS on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Ooops that is Going not Gooing, have a good one, bye for now.

  13. By 61Vikings on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    One team I didn’t even think of and it would make alot of sense, would be the Titans!! Went to school at Tennesse, and if signed he could even run for govenor and win!! Matt Hasslebeck is there but I would think they would part ways with him in a heart beat, if they knew they could get Peyton!!!!

  14. By LifeLongVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Rick, Leslie and Company would be insane not to at least call and see if there is a chance. I love how folks say they don’t want another Farve situation. Who likes the excitement the 2009 season gave us, ARE U KIDDING ME!

    Our team is about to fall hard the next couple of seasons if we don’t make some major moves. It is painfully obvious Ponder needs time and work and may not be the QB that they thought he was. They’re lying to us when they say they expect Ponder to do great things for us (what else are they going to say).

    Manning is a proven blue chipper that can run any offense with any personnel. He also will not be motivated solely by money because he has a boat load and has invested wisely. Leslie should leverage any relationship he has with the Manning camp and start talking. If not, you can bet Leslie will be gone midway through the 2013 season or earlier and we will continue to be frustrated and disappointed Viking fans. Sign Manning and I will personlly purchase 4 extra season tickets!

    Not to mention, Manning can come with Reggie Wayne! We drafft Kalil and grab another OL via FA and we’re back baby!

    Nay Sayers need not comment. If you don’t love the Vikings, get out!

  15. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    But how long does Manning want to play for? He might want to play for another 3-5 years. I’d rather stick with Ponder

  16. By 61Vikings on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I could see Manning pulling a Brett Favre, and signing with a team in his old division!! Houston,Tennesse and Jacksonville, all would love to have him and he would be able to play the Colts twice a year!! On Mike & Mike, John Clayton just said the Texans aren’t interested in Manning because there discussing a long term deal with Matt Schaub!!

  17. By Titaniumtigers on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with lifelongvikingfan…. If we can get PM, then sign wayne as our possesion reciever and harvin as our speed guy… We would be in the hunt for the SB. We could draft an Olineman with our first pick… Ponder could learn from the best QB to ever play……………..GO VIKES

  18. By Carl K on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Seahawks – Move over T-Jack here comes Manning!

  19. By 61Vikings on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    @LLV
    I agree 100% but Peyton wouldn’t want to come to a team that is in a rebuilding mode!! We have way to many holes, especially at the most important position for him, OL!! It’s time to rebuild this team through some good drafts and free agency signings and build a team around Ponder!! In our history, one position we always seem to never build around is the QB position!! In our mind here in Minnesota, the mentality has always been, we’re one player away from the Superbowl!! Stop it!! It takes a team on both sides of the ball to win a championship!! We are so hungary here in Minnesota for a championship, that we will take all the short cuts to get it and it has shown that it just doesn’t work!! Rebuild and continue to build a championship caliber team!! We need OL,DL and DB’s, plus a deep threat on offense!!!

  20. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    That would never happen. Peyton Manning will not come to the Vikings. We spent valuable time of looking at Ponder and he has done wonderful for us. The only problem was is our blockers, the FB, O-Line, has done nothing but terriorizing Ponder. He IS Peyton Manning. We just dont have COLTS O-Line to begin with. Ponder is a great QB and we will be fine with him. Have some faith and believe of a mircales would we. Peyton Manning will either go to Redskins or Miami Dolphins but as far as I heard, Dolphins wants Matt Flynn. Reskins so be it.

  21. By sandiamond on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Greatest waiver wire player of all time? Reggie White and we all know what he did for the Packers! something to think about with Peyton being the new decade waiver wire splash

  22. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    There would be 2 reasons to sign Manning.

    1. To make a SB run right now. It’s been discussed that a 7-point swing each game last year, whether our defense prevented one or our offense scored one more, would have put us in the playoffs at least. Even a minor upgrade in the secondary or the offensive line would accomplish that feat, but who’s to say that our schedule this year would put us in the same position. Granted, Manning could play with one arm and one leg and win more games than McNabb did, but to put our faith in him (a la Favre, second year) is a long shot.

    2. To mentor our young QB prospects during a period of rebuilding. The lack of Colt’s success last year tells us one of two things: Either Peyton is a cruddy mentor, or his backup was a cruddy student.

    I would rather see the Vikings use their resources to fix the positions that need fixing with the best talent they can afford. QB isn’t one of those positions.

  23. By 61Vikings on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Best free agent signings for the Vikes would be, Carl Nicks and Cortland Finnegan!! We need a guy like Finnegan, who has an attitude and isn’t afraid to mix it up with the best receivers in the league!! Carl Nicks is the best guard in free agency and the need to fill holes on the OL is critical!! Both of our guards will probably be released, so the need for guards is just as high as the tackle position!! Our starting OL next year should be: LT/Kalil LG/Nicks C/Sullivan RG/Johnson RT/Loadholt-would love to see someone else at RT!! Loadholt is a good run blocker but he stinks at the passing game!!

  24. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder if they’ve had him practice at the RG position. He would be a complete beast there.

  25. By Jim on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    you guys are crazy, stick with Ponder develop him and organize a winning franchise, we cant just buy our talent. Plus Ponder will to great things, he will develop. we can’t waiste money for short-term stints.

  26. By Jim on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I also think V-Jax would be our best FA signing, especially for Ponder. We need that giant on our offense and then we could get Kalil for protection. And possibly we could sign Finnegan if we have money left but we need to resign Shiancoe!!!

  27. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K….Seattle is my pick for Manning also…Just signed RB Lynch to a multi year deal…Seattle defense is young and strong group…If Peyton brings Wayne along with him…They have Rice and little speedster Golden Tate…If Carol beefed up the O-line in the draft….Seattle could do awesome with Manning at QB…Nickname them Peyton Manning and his Lynch mob…: )

  28. By Carl K on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    IMO, Manning will make a successful come back for Arizona, Miami or Seattle.
    Should the Vikings pursue him? Sure, go ahead and kick the tires… but I think the bidding will be too high for the Vikings. I would much rather have V. Jackson.

  29. By Jason on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Our Oline is in Woes? We are set to draft a future Pro-Bowl LT Kalil move C.Johnson to Right Gaurd ( who was Mannings former teammate that he really liked in Indy) keep Hutch for one more year, and draft a gaurd later in the rounds for 2013. All honestly Manning makes your O-line better anyway. Don’t let all the other older QB’s that we tried to bring in the past ruin this decision. Manning changed the game like no other QB ever has. Go after him let Ponder learn from a real QB. He is not Mcnugget Ponder will learn a lot from this Future Hall of Famer

  30. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    What makes you think Peyton Manning will be a good mentor for Ponder? Did Peyton mentor Curtis Painter last year? Curtis Painter couldn’t even play as a QB and Peyton was Painter’s mentor. Peyton is the worst mentor he will not teach or help Ponder. No point of wanting Peyton in the Vikings uniforms when we already have Ponder who is as good as Peyton. WE DO NOT NEED PEYTON MANNING! NO!

  31. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I would be okay with bringing players like V Jackson,C Finnegan, or B Carr in as a Vikings free agent…But these 3 players while being solid…I expect will get bigger contracts than what they are actually worth…They are solid players though…But the “only” player I see on the free agent list I would give an elite status too…Is M Colston…I still believe Colston will receive a nice contract…But Colston will be worth every penny of that contract and more…Colston at times while with the Saints was neglected by Brees…In Brees never ending search of getting all his players on the team the ball…Trying to make Brees himself and Sean Peyton look good…But when things on offense got really tough…Who was Brees favorite WR without question ???…Yepper…M Colston was always there in the clutch…And was literally force fed by Brees when games were on the line….

    What kind of year would Colston have if targeted like a normal number one WR should be….Colstons numbers would be elite in yardage and TD’s…

  32. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    We do not need Vincent Jackson. He is a slot route WR. We have 4 Slot Routes WR. Jenkins, Harvin, Burton, Armastroux (spelling). We need deep threat like Randy Moss, Stephen Hill, Justin Blackmon type of WR. God you guys are day dreaming.

  33. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Colstons is another slot route. We need Deep Threat WR.

  34. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    If we bring these two, V.Jackson and Colstons WR, Harvin will request to be traded or requested to be released. Frazier has told him that he will be on the field as often and will try to get Ponder to throw him the ball more. Now with these two on the field, Harvin will get nothing and he will run his own route every time knowing of the fact he will never gets the ball. Say bye Harvin if we are bringing them in.

  35. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    LarsonFamily…

    Slot receiver for the Saints ???…Not unless Meachum and Henderson were on the field at the same time as Colston in a 3 wide set…A guy named L Moore is their slot receiver when healthy….Oh…Did I forget to mention…Colston has the “versatility” to play the slot position if people get injured…

  36. By Troutdaddy on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    As great as Manning is, we have already addressed our QB needs. Ponder will shape up nicely. Manning is not the answer for the Vikes. I agree that Seattle or Miami could be a good place for him. I would even think San Fran could benefit to get out of the Alex Smith hump… Vikes ought to get a couple of nice players with the free agents available if they play their cards right. Oh and DRS- too many posts about the stadium issue in every single blog. We get it. I value your opinion and would like to hear more what you have to say about the current blog. Not trying to kill your crusade here, but holy cow…

  37. By Carl K on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Marques Colston career average per catch is only 13.9 yrds (that is with Drew Brees at QB). Colston only ran a 4.55 at the combine and didn’t get drafted until the 7th round.

    Colston is not a deep threat. He is a big WR 6-4 225 target with good hands who can give Drew Brees a little window to put the ball in.

    Does that make him a good fit for the Vikings? Will he be able to catch the rock 70-80 times with out Drew Brees?

  38. By Jon on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone here is throwing out all these wide receiver names like they’re going out of style, but not many are acknowledging the fact that we don’t really have a top notch offensive coordinator, competitive offensive scheme, ANY offensive line to allow routes to develop, and also the jury is still out on Ponder’s abilities.

    Most of the mentioned names are going to want serious money. If the bidding gets too high they have no choice but to say pass to Colsten, Jackson, etc. Too many other spots need to be filled, a wide receiver won’t help at all unless other areas are addressed.

  39. By Stoney on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know who the vikes will sign in FA. But they better sign someone who will help the team, not like last year when they took the cr@p that no other teams wanted. We can’t build this team through the draft alone, we must also sign a few key FA, no matter what Mike W says.

  40. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    MINNEAPOLIS, March 6 (UPI) — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook’s girlfriend recanted her claim he strangled her and apologized for telling police he had, a judge said.

    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Sports_News/2012/03/06/Viking-Chris-Cooks-girlfriend-recants-choking-claim/UPI-79761331058030/#ixzz1oRMb8o00

  41. By Trevor on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder’s only chance for success is for the Vikings to sign Manning. Take a look at Rodgers. He sat behind Favre, learning and growing as a player. I would take a concussed Rodgers over a healthy Ponder (which only happens every other quarter) everyday. The only way that Ponder can succeed is if he takes a few years and learns the game from someone like Manning. I know that the front office is not going to make a run at Manning because they reached on Ponder and now they are trying to justify it. It’s too bad that they over reacted to all the QB’s coming off the board last year. If we stuck with Mcnabb we could be getting Luck and only having one bad year instead of the 5-6 that we will have sticking with Ponder. It’s fun being a glutton for punishment – I mean a Viking fan.

  42. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Curtis Painter sat behind Manning. Apparently didn’t learn a thing, other than how to hold a clipboard.

  43. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder didn’t succeed because he was flattened, chased, and terrorized by every defense he went up against. He didn’t have time to look over the receivers, the receivers didn’t have time to run complete routes. Peyton Manning would have performed the same had he been behind our O-line last year.

  44. By vikingsfan1955 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    It would be nice to have such a great qQB and role model but the risks are to great.I think if he is healty he will be as he was before because his mentality and work ethic are great. We have to work with what we have and can’t give up our draft choices of even a mid-level player and take a chance on him being healty enough to play a full season.

  45. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    For everyone thinking Peyton can be a good mentor, dream on. Here is a list of all the QBs that Peyton has had a chance to mentor in his career:

    Steve Walsh (Veteran, finished his career in Indy in 99)
    Billy Joe Hobert (Career backup, ended a 7 year career in Indy in 2000)
    Kelly Holcomb (Started 24 games in 13 years, before retiring a Viking in 2007)
    Mark Rypien (Veteran, finished his career in Indy in 2001)
    Brock Huard (4-year career ended after failing to impress anyone while in Indy)
    Cory Sauter (4-year career ended after failing to impress anyone while in Indy)
    Jim Sorgi (Spent first 6-years backing up Manning before retiring with the Giants a year later)
    Curtis Painter (3-year backup to Peyton who couldn’t impress enough to be the starter for the worst team of 2011)

    Then you’ve got Orlovsky and Collins who came to Indy this last year to fill in for the player who Manning was incapable of mentoring.

    Manning was a top-notch QB, no question, but he’s never been a mentor and I doubt he’ll change now. Can Manning still be a top-notch QB? We there’s plenty of question about that….

  46. By New Vike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, most of those dudes you mentioned are older than Peyton. How was he supposed to mentor them? Just because you study under the best doesnt mean you will become one of the best. If you dont have the skills or the mental make up it doesnt matter who you play behind.

  47. By New Vike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Mark Rypein was a former super bowl mvp, for what its worth. Pretty much nothing, and was done before he got to indy, but alot of ppl forget about Rypein, and his daughter is hot haha

  48. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Manning won’t come to Minny-and we don’t need him. He is too into himself to mentor, and Ponder will make the necessary adjustments, as long as the O-line gets fixed.

  49. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    You can make a case that Manning’s skill set is so unique, it would be like Superman mentoring any earthling to be a superhero.

    I don’t think it would be possible to “learn” Peyton’s style of play. Look at how different his brother is.

  50. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    New Vike – I felt it necessary to mention every QB who was on the team at the same time as Manning. I made sure to point out the players who were Veterans before arriving in Indy. But you still have Holcomb, Huard, Sauter, Sorgi and Painter who had at least one of their first 3-years as Peyton’s backup, and none of them ever became anything. Meanwhile, I couldn’t find one player who was “mentored” by Peyton who ever did anything afterward leaving Indy.

  51. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    On the other side of it, Favre at least had some success in that category, with Hasselbeck and Rogers becoming quality starters after holding his clipboard.

  52. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    If anyone were to play similarly, it would be Eli.

    But Ology is right – we don’t need him. We need a solid front line.

  53. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    My guess is Manning will be tempted to go to Washington because of the $$$ that would be thrown at him, but I think he will go to a team that needs a QB to get them over the hump. There are two teams that fit that need: Miami and Seattle.

  54. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    NorthwoodsVikesFan – I have to disagree with that a little. I’ve always understood Peyton’s skillset to be one that relies on his ability to read defenses and make adjustments to attack their weaknesses before the snap. That can be taught, but you need a good teacher to do it. It’s probably comparable to learning calculus. I doubt most people could learn how to do it just by watching someone else do it, they need to learn it from someone who already knows it well.

    The problem with that is, only Manning knows his style of play well enough to teach it. The question is, does Manning want to spend all that time teaching it to someone else? I doubt it. He wants to play the game, not teach it.

  55. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    The Viking’s can make great strides this year if they make the right choices, easier said than done but Kalil would be a step in the right direction.

  56. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    That’s the perfect compliment to the point, Parody. Exactly why we don’t need him in MN. Manning failed to pass on his talents in Indy, why should we expect him to do any better with Ponder or Webb?

  57. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    If the Vike’s don’t finish at .500 or better with the FA market and high draft picks then Zigi will clean house. I have been sceptical with Frazier ever since he took over, but I really hope we see great improvement this year and I do wish him well, after all, he wants to win too!

  58. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with your conclusion Northwords, I just felt it necessary to correct its premise. It’s tough to convince anyone to agree with you if you don’t present a good premise.

  59. By Viking33 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    We can’t even fathom the reality of gettting Manning or any other top notch Free Agent for that matter. We have no Cap space to sign big name Free Agents, not without losing the ones we already have. Addition by subtraction = No Improvement. Also – with our stadium issue, we are the least appealing girl at the dance. If you don’t think so, just ask the current Vikings how much they like playing in the Metrodome.

  60. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Both CBs Richard Marshall(27 can play FS) and William Middleton(26) could be got for less than Brandon Carr.

  61. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    To make it easierfor you to understand. If you are a race car driver and you’ve won bunch of races, will you ever tell the other drivers how you win the races or would you just keep it to yourself and keep winning? If you do tell the other drivers how to win then you won’t win. You will lose because the other drivers knows what exactly you would do on the race track. Same with Peyton Manning, he will not teach other QB how to be a good QB because then Peyton will lose his position and then he will stumbling towards the end of his career. No point in bringing Peyton Manning. Ponder is fine we just need to believe in ourselves that Ponder can help us win.

  62. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    On a side note – I think Manning’s father is by far and large, the most popular QB in NFL history who never had a winning season. In 13-years, his best season was an 8-8 record with the Saints in 79. He had 5-years as a starter for New Orleans where the team achieved 3-wims or less! From all this, it’s surprising that he was ever considered a good QB.

  63. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    March 7, 2012, 12:11 p.m. EST
    AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A domestic assault trial for Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook will turn on whether jurors believe his version of events or his girlfriend’s.

    In opening statements Wednesday, prosecutor Sarah Elizabeth Hilleren said Cook choked Chantel Baker and hit her so hard she flew into a wall. Hilleren said Cook was jealous because Baker had been talking to an ex-boyfriend.

    Defense attorney David Valentini says Cook never choked Baker and was simply trying to ward off her drunken attack when he reflexively hit her in the side of the head. Baker suffered a perforated eardrum.

    Cook, 25, is charged with domestic assault by strangulation and third-degree assault — both felonies — in the October incident. The Vikings held him out most of last season pending his trial.

  64. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Did you know when Culpepper first played for the Vikings in his rookie year, the whole audeinces in the Vikings Metrodome were laughing at him when first played? He couldn’t even snapped the ball, and set himself up to make a pass. Dude he was the worst QB in his rookie year. We had no choice and kept him through his contract and during his contract he became a great QB. It takes a while man, 1st year does not proove anything. Ponder played better than Culpepper’s first year. I promise you Ponder is a great QB.

  65. By davjr99 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    What makes anyone think the Jets are a player in the signing of Manning. They are, in many ways, in the same boat as Minn with QB poss. but with more exp. in who they have.

  66. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Larson – That’s ignorant. Nobody is going to do it as well as Peyton just because he taught them how he does it. To knock him out of the position, they’d have to do it better than him. Do you realize how improbable that is? Simply knowing how to do something doesn’t make you an expert at it.

    Peyton is not teaching the other QBs not because he’s trying to maintain his stronghold on the position, but because he doesn’t have the time or desire required to try to teach it to others. It would take far too much effort. Maybe he’ll consider it after he retires, but for now his focus is on being a good football player, not teaching others how to be good football players.

  67. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Draft Lt Kalil R1, R2 Wr Stephen Hill or S Harrison Smith, R3 Cb Josh Norman, R4 Wr Marvin Jones or Wr Marvin McNutt, R4 1stC Dt Akiem Hicks, R4 2ndC Cb Cliff Harris, R5 OT/OG Andrew Datko utility backup, R6 LB Audie Cole, R7 BPA.

  68. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer – That sounds interesting, but how does it explain for evidence that she was choked, (photos with finger prints indented on her neck)?

  69. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    davjr99 – I think the Jets are a much more likely candidate than MN. They have had recent success, reaching the Conference Championship in two of the past 3-years. This is with a QB who, at least in my opinion, should be a career backup. The only thing about Sanchez that ever impressed me was that he was ABLE to make it to the Championship game. His best attribute is that he knows how to manage the game. Other than that, he’s a poor QB. This would make the Jets a great candidate for Manning. He has the skills that could easily provide the extra boost they need to get to the Super Bowl.

    The question there is, does Rex Ryan agree with me about Sanchez? I recall hearing that he has lost faith in his QB…but has he lost enough to bring in that one last piece he needs for a Super Bowl?

  70. By mILITARYvIKING on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    “I agree with lifelongvikingfan…. If we can get PM, then sign wayne as our possesion reciever and harvin as our speed guy… We would be in the hunt for the SB. We could draft an Olineman with our first pick… Ponder could learn from the best QB to ever play……………..GO VIKES, by Titaniumtigers.

    OMG yes

  71. By ManninInPurple on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Sign him!

  72. By vikesfan87 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Manning is nothing more then a liability, as sad as it is to say he could be a hard hit away from being paralyed. Where would that leave us? We need to back Ponder, he had a rough year but played well given the offensive line we have. Things will come together in the next season or two. We made a mistake with Mcnabb should have rolled with Ponder from the start, thats why we drafted him right. Experience is going to help Ponder’s play not watching from the bench.

  73. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    MINNEAPOLIS, March 6 (UPI) — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook’s girlfriend recanted her claim he strangled her and apologized for telling police he had, a judge said.

    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Sports_News/2012/03/06/Viking-Chris-Cooks-girlfriend-recants-choking-claim/UPI-79761331058030/#ixzz1oRMb8o00

    Um, yeah…..Just how do you explain the evidence she was choked, when she admits that she wasn’t choked?????

  74. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Were they perhaps her OWN handprints on her neck?

  75. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Placed there prior to the cops arriving?

  76. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Both Cook and the girlfriend need help.

  77. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Norhwoods-impossible, the grips would be backwards. Titus-yes, they both need alot of help.

  78. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I’m surprised her jaw didn’t break along with her ruptured eardrum. It takes quite a blow to accomplish that.

  79. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Cooks girl needs the most help. Shes violent.

  80. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, PLEEEEESE!

  81. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    And I’d be hard pressed to beleive she would consider herself his girl.

  82. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    This is the result of RAGE and MONEY.

  83. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    One difference between M. Vick and C. Cook is Vick was a STAR before he went to prison, Cook has only seen stars on a clear night. If Cook gets convicted, he will be forgotten in the NFL circle from the moment the guards say “lights out.”

  84. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Vick was lucky in that regard, otherwise no team would have looked at him. I still cannot bring myself to root for him, that is my choice.

  85. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    FA for the Vikings will start with a corner and the release of C.C. all in the same day.

  86. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    -impossible, the grips would be backwards

    No, they wouldn’t – cross your arms over your chest, palms toward the body, grab your neck – they line up exactly the way someone else would do it.

  87. By DeerTracks on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    DRS…I picked up an interesting tidbit from the Historey Channel …They had stories on all 50 states,,,The story on Minnesota has a bit about the Dome..

    The Dome was completed in 1981 The Roof needed 250,000 cubic feet of air presure per minute to stay inflated…They didn’t state how this was done….

    Sure hope the NEW Pidgeon Roost, has a better plan…

  88. By DeerTracks on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe all those fans eating popcorn and drinking beer had something to do with it, huh.. Or Pinto Beans….

  89. By DeerTracks on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, Spenser, climb up on the roof, check it for air leaks!

    Everybody down below, strain a little,,Puff! Hows that Spence?

  90. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    NVF-If she could pull it off, more power to her. But I would like to see how she would overcome her handsize.

  91. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Bad combination. A weak minded woman thats loves to be man-handled, and a domineering man that loves to control weak minded woman. The result…

  92. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    (women)

  93. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not saying Cook isn’t guilty of something, and I’m not saying he’s an angel. There’s a lot of anger towards him that might not be warranted. People should save comments until the full truth comes out. Yesterday’s release shows she lied about being choked. What else has she lied about?

    Over 800,000 men are treated fcr domestic violence at the hands of a woman each year. Many more are abused and don’t report it because they are ashamed.

    We don’t know the whole story yet about Cook. Perhaps she turned all Loraina Bobbit on him? What guy wouldn’t hit a woman if he woke up in the middle of the night with her holding his junk in one hand, a fillet knife in the other? The guy who ends up losing his junk, that’s who.

  94. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Cook was punched. He then tried his best to restrain his drunk girlfriend. Why does society refuse to hold women accountable for their actions?

  95. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    It doesn’t take that hard of a hit to rupture an eardrum. If you get slapped open handed and the palm covers your ear, you have a good shot to get eardrum damage.

    The girlfriend probably did get choked by Cook. Only they know the truth. At the risk of sounding like a wife-beater, she may have had a slap coming. There are too many women that lose it and start throwing haymakers during an arguement secure in the knowledge that their man can’t do anything about it without landing in jail. These people deserve a little of their own medicine. Just a taste, not a beating.

  96. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Perhaps forensic evidence showed that it wasn’t his handsize, and that’s why she admitted it? I don’t know. Why else would she admit it now?

  97. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    …a necklace of bruises around a woman looking for love in all the wrong places.

  98. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    On Manning:

    There is NO way Peyton lands in Minnesota.

    #1) The Vikings can’t afford to compete with other teams financially to acquire him.

    #2) The Vikings O Line is so horrible, he would get injured almost immediately. He’s a bright guy and realizes this.

    #3) The Vikings have no real shot at making the playoffs any time soon. We are a running team with bad pass defense in a passing league. We need to retool extensively before we can dare to dream of a wild card spot. Manning will be going to a team that has a shot at a Superbowl.

    Manning would be better off in San Francisco or in Houston. If they won’t spring for him, Arizona or Miami will land him.

  99. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Has anyone ever heard of a hostage feeling sorry for their capter. I expect this is similar. Just before he goes to trial, she makes a valient effort to save him. She is comfortable in their relashionship, that’s all she knows.

  100. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    C Cook will be a Viking this coming season, if he makes the right moves and says the right things, regardless of the verdict of his trial (unless he lands in jail, of course). Rick Spielman was already making noise about supporting Chris weeks ago.

    The VIkes are sorely short on talent in the DB area (as well as many other areas). If they keep Cook, that is one more talented guy they don’t have to go out and find. Yeah, he may be a D-Bag(I have no idea whether he is or isn’t), but he can cover big WRs with success. Those guys aren’t easy to come by.

  101. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    That is a phenomenon that typically happens over months/years of captivity, where they get to the point that they believe they are dependent on the captor to survive.

    How long were they dating?

  102. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    There is a rumor going around that P. Manning is going to the NY Football Giants-he wants to learn from his brother how to win THE BIG GAMES.

  103. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Woodbot,

    If our D stopped one more TD per game, or our O scored one more TD per game last year, we would have made the playoffs.

    We’re closer than you think.

  104. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Viking-ology…

    Wow, you know a LOT about the inner workings of this particular womans mind. She is a complete victim in this case, I guess. I mean, shouldn’t she be able to throw punches at her man completely unmolested? Really, she should be allowed to come home, scream him down, and lay about his dome with clenched fists whenever she likes… sounds reasonable.

    Or… MAYBE… she’s an out-of-control b!tch that, in the heat of the moment, had a slap coming. C Cook isn’t a victim here, either. He probably has violence issues that need to be dealt with, and obviously, those two can’t cohabitate. He should have figuratively kicked the gold-digger to the curb rather than letting their problems escalate to this.

    In short, if you weren’t there (and none of us were), taking a side in this is pretty stupid.

  105. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    A couple a key players, and a couple of key plays during the course of a game/season goes a long way. Vikings 2012 if.

  106. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    We should have started the season 5-0.

  107. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Northwoods…

    Most of the big plays we had last year were caused by Ponder or Webb scrambling and making the play on the run. Manning has no shot of making those kind of plays… he’s immobile.

    Our areas of need take more than one guy to fix. One O-Lineman isn’t going to fix our line… we need at least 4. We need 2-3 DBs. We need 2 LBs. We need a DT.We need 1-2 WRs. That’s a minimum of 10 starters we need in order to really compete. We aren’t going to get 10 real starters in this years draft, and we aren’t slated to do much in FA.

    Keeping in mind that every other team in the league is trying to improve as well, yeah, I’m pretty confident in saying that we a long way off from getting in the tourney. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am.

  108. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Woodboat-thanks for your comment, this is what blogging is all about. There is a difference between (she asked for it) and (she had it coming) someone posted ealier that he could have just walked away.

    Yes, in the heat of battle (especially when there was drinking involved) anything is possible. My guess is he is probable stronger than her and he does have violence issues to deal with. Not saying she is probably a nut case in her own right.

    But the point you made is really the bottom line in all this-they are not compatable.

  109. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Like Parcells says…

    “You are what your record says you are”.

    We ARE a 3-13 team. Only 2 teams out of 31 were worse than we ARE.

    I’m hopeful that we make strides this year, I’m just not setting my sights at the Superbowl, like many of you did last year and were ready to jump off the nearest cliff when it didn’t happen.

  110. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Viking-ology….

    Totally agree with everything you just said.

  111. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Where did you get the idea that I’m advocating Manning in MN? Far from it.

    Upgrade our O-line, upgrade our secondary, and we’ll be going places. Throw in another pass rusher and a deep threat receiver, and we’ll have the world by the b@lls.

  112. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Cooks girlfriend was strangled around the neck so hard…The blood vessels in her eyes burst…For that too happen is not a game a woman can do to herself that would make her man look bad…Cooks girlfriend must have been close to passing out or shear panic of lack of breath for that to have ruptured the blood vessels in her eyes…That type of eye hemorrhaging basically only happens in a strangulation case…When “extreme” pressure is applied around the neck area…To break an ear drum usually takes a good shot to the side of the head also…Not just a well placed cuff along side the head…

    Cook is in trouble…Any kind of conviction to either felony charge…The Vikings will drop very quickly…And that is what I expect will happen…

  113. By CaribooBill on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Would you like to win a SB this year? OF COURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Are we more likely to win one with PM? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Therefore, we should go after him???? YES!!!!!!!
    Will he come here? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Why not??? He might have to eliminate Eli from the playoffs.
    It is being reported (speculated) that the Mannings want to be in different conferences so that their dream of both playing in a SB against each other is kept alive.
    Mentoring is BS – I can’t think of any top-notch QB who ever became a solid NFL coach. Can anyone else? Tom Clements comes to mind, but he was a top notch QB in the CFL – not the same thing. An elite QB is a type A personality – much too competitive to be a good teacher.
    I agree with not signing him – too old, too expensive, too risky.

  114. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    OTKalil2012…..my thoughts exactly. The fact that she recanted her story actually works in the prosecution’s favor, it coming after a jailhouse phone call from him.

  115. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, I would be wondering if the girlfriend was threatened or bribed. A better defense would be to say, yeah, we got into a fight, she got physical and it got out of hand. And to admit he is seeking help.

  116. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    BUT at the end of the day, none of us are on the jury– thank God, because many of us are acting so biased. Let the court system reach a verdict.

  117. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I have serious doubts about Crook’s lawyers. You would think that they would have told him not to have ANY contact with the alleged victim. Of course, he could have simply disregarded their advice, which makes him an even bigger clown than he appears to be now.

  118. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    That is why it is so very important to listen to all the facts in a case…Because Spencer wasn’t way off base about a women being bold enough to leave marks on her body…And those marks possibly being self inflicted…I have seen that done personally…Where a woman showed me how she could grab her arm with a very firm grip…And bruises did show in that area the next day…Being brown on the outer edges…And yellowing marks in the finger print area…

    But a women trying to build pressure to the point of strangling herself to a point of blood vessels bursting in her eyes ???…That isn’t happening…Not self inflicted pressure…

  119. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Titus. If Cook would admit that he got in a fight with his girl he would go to jail no questions asked.

  120. By Viking33 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Their are two sides to everything – society still jumps in to aid the “Damsel in Distress” at a moments notice, regardless of the facts. I doubt that she is so innocent, but I do not know, as I do not know if Cook if guilty or innocent.

  121. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, even a rookie prosecutor would nail her hard about changing her story. Not to mention the fact that she is probably not a courtroom veteran, and will try and contradict forensic evidence by saying the strangulation simply didn’t happen. The defense team must be pulling their hair out.

  122. By PTviking on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone read anything about the two versions presented in court?
    Sounds like a bad soup opera. Strip clubs, engagement rings, jealousy, crying, violence..

  123. By PTviking on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/141762223.html

  124. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Simple prosecution 101…….So, you lied when you told the police that he strangled you?…….only response possible…..”Yes”………So, you are a liar and could be lying now……

  125. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, read carefully what I wrote– I am not suggesting anything different than the self-defense theory his attorneys are stating– I am saying it better to be more truthful than to now have his girlfriend changing positions despite all the physical evidence– it looks worse for Cook with her story changing. She will be portrayed as the typical battered woman who runs back to her abuser or worse, suggestions that through discourse and perhaps associates of Cook’s, that money was offered to her or threats made.

  126. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    How much physical evidence do they have ??…If they got Cooks finger prints off the victims neck…Remember …There was blood present also…

    I am not trying to convict Cook bt any means…But hope only the real truth is found…One way or another…Could care less if the Vikings need him in the secondary…

  127. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    PT…..strip clubs would be a GREAT soap opera !

  128. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I like the original version by PT– Soup Opera!

  129. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I missed that…..I’ll have a bowl of French Onion.

  130. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    WOW. Cedric Griffin is NOT interested in taking a pay-cut. Clearly he wants to leave and I couldn’t be any happier. He was the most disgraceful cornerback I have ever seen. Week in and week he gave up big play, after big play. Watching him out there was just embarrassing. He was arguably one of the worst starting cornerbacks last season and he has the audacity to think he shouldnt take a pay cut? Good bye, and Good riddance.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NFL&id=3672&line=229127&spln=1

  131. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

  132. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Great news Spencer…I am with you Cedric Griffen can be leave…

  133. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Soap opera is right…Now that is a new one…I have seen guys put rings in bowls of ice cream…Tie rings into bows on teddy bears…But popping the big question after taking your gal to a strip club ??…

    Priceless !!!…

  134. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Yep, Cut Cedric Griffen

  135. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Thats a classic-strip clubs and engagement rings all in the same sentence.

  136. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    You’ll find some good highlights on this guys blog

    http://thevikingsworld.blogspot.com/search/label/Brian%20Quick

  137. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Good grief this offseason b l o w s … Im sick of hearing about Peyton Manning and Im even more sick of hearing about Chris Cook

  138. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Soap-on-a robe-opera (pending)

  139. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    (rope)

  140. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    O look Spencer puts up more highlights of other teams. dou’che bag.

    Chris Cook is a bust and Ced Griffin is better

  141. By Troutdaddy on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Final thoughts- Manning is not going to be a Viking- sorry- it is just not going to happen. Ponder will be the go-to person and will do a GREAT job as long as we can protect him. O-line is the key here. Free agency and the draft are going to decide our fate. PERIOD for 2012. If our picks are smart and the FA’s we get are in places that count then that is what matters. Chris Cook doesn’t matter. Regardless of the outcome- damage is done. Most people do not see him as a contributing factor for 2012- especially if we address it in the draft or Free agency. We can’t focus on the “What ifs” here. We have to focus on the her and now. Get R Done. Nuf said.

  142. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, the Chris Cook talk will die down once the trial is over.

  143. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Soap-on-a-rope inventor Benjamin (Ben) Dover uses only the finest ingredients with his soaps and lotions.

  144. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer the Cook talk will die down once you let it rest.

  145. By Viking33 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Being in Law in general would make me nuts – no matter what side of the story you are on it is crazy. Common Sense goes out the window as the stories get turned and twisted this way and that way by each party involved. You can’t hope to get to the truth – just what version of the truth is left by the time the trial finally comes around. You can say the same about most things these days – “Things just ain’t like the used to be”

  146. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    How do I say goodbye to what we had
    The good times that made us that outweighed the bad
    I thought we’d get to see forever
    But forever’s gone away
    It’s so hard to say goodbye to my homies

  147. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    V33 … or are things just more out in the open? The good ole days were a lot more hush hush. We grew up in a time where no one liked a tattle tell. Nowadays you cant trust a secret with anyone.

  148. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Yall need to smile for my ghetto heroes niqqa

  149. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    So many homies gone, trying to ball till they fall
    Now I’m left with nothing but old cards
    and a bunch of pictures on the wall
    RIP tatoos niqqa, just to show you that we real
    But I still can’t believe that your dead fool, and how you got killed
    And on your birthday me and my boys visit your grave
    And I remember when you first got high
    and the first time you got laid
    And I’m going through a thing, Kevin niqqa, what should I do
    I never imagined living life without a niqqa like you

  150. By Viking33 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    @ GrandDaddy P – Good highlights on Quick – I saw him play two games last year, he is a solid player. I am a fan for sure.

  151. By AlaskanViking on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Peyton Manning gets released and then the Seahawks release Marcus Trufant? Looks like someone is clearing some cap space to make a push for Manning..

    On that note, I think the Vikes should take a look at Trufant. He IS 31 years old but he still has three or four years left in him and he would be a good mentor for some young defensive backs that we take in this year’s up coming draft. You just don’t hear about him because he plays in Seattle.. The Seahawks always seem to fall off the NFL map when is comes to big news.. Besides “Beast Mode” of course.
    Anywho, what do you guys think? The Vikes take a look at Trufant?

    Skol!

  152. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Chorus
    Cause it’s so hard to say goodbye to my homies
    Cause it’s so hard to say goodbye to my homies

    We shed so many ghetto tears, see time is crazy
    And every sunday grandma go to church
    she said she gotta pray for her baby
    And ah, your little son, he look just like you
    And momma going through a thang, but she gonna pull it through
    And ah, me, C and Silkk, we got all the money but that don’t mean chit
    Cause I burn all that chit up niqqa, just to have you again
    And it’s real out here, all you niqqas that’s goin through some pain
    Keep your head up, and this for everybody
    that lost a relative in the street game

    Chorus
    Cause it’s so hard to say goodbye to my homies
    Cause it’s so hard to say goodbye to my homies

    Now look, I couldn’t imagine life without you
    I just sit here wonderin why
    But the law of life, and god placed us here
    and said everybody must die
    Aint it hard trying to move on, but still I try
    Even though we got money, judgement day
    just some things we can’t buy
    Even though you gone, I never let you move on
    Cause every time i think about you
    I sit back and write your name in a song
    Now ashes to ashes, and dust to dirt
    It’s kinda spooky when I see your face on a t-shirt
    I just pray to god it’s hard wishing it would get better
    And watch it, cause death or funerals bring our family together
    Now look, we done lost a brother, your son done lost a father
    Life ain’t promised us so tell somebody you love them
    You’ll never know when they’ll be here tommorow

    Cause it’s so hard to say goodbye to my homies
    Cause it’s so hard to say goodbye to my homies

  153. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Why not, our DB’s are shrinking rapidly.

  154. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Good byee to Peyton Manning

  155. By AlaskanViking on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I agree! Like I said, he could give us a solid 3 years.. If anything at least be a nickel corner, he’s better than anything we have on our roster now

  156. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    So interesting how young men prepare themselves to ask a woman to marry them now days…First take them out to a strip club for the evening…Then start disrespecting the woman of your dreams while at that strip club…Enough where she gets up and leaves…Heck of a start to a weekend with love,romance and marriage in the air for Cook…Isn’t it ???

    Us boring old guys might have picked different way to spend a weekend with a woman..If you were thinking of asking her to marry you ??…

    You mean to tell me Cooks girlfriend is believing this stuff ???…Is she blond ???

  157. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I believe Chris Cooks girlfriend was just being a drunk idiot. I think Chris was screaming at her and did push her but I dont think he grabbed her around her neck because the evidence does show she was drinking. Welcome back Chris Cook. We missed ya.

  158. By LarsonFamily on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Good bye to Peyton Mannninngggggg

  159. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Whatever happened to the good old days, when her father would just show up on your doorstep toting a shotgun ?

  160. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    What else does the evidence show Spence ??/….Oh yeah, that she was strangled. Volunteer your services for the defense team, the jury could probably use a good laugh by now,

  161. By vikings4life on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    GET CARL NICKS DRAFT KALIL RETAIN STEVE HUTCHINGSON AND OUR LINE BECOMES VERY GOOD WITH TOBY AND AP. AP COULD EXTENT PEYTONS CAREER AND VICE VERSA PLUS WE COULD TRADE UP IN SECOND ROUND OR TRADE DOWN IN FRIST GET THE IOWA TACKLE AND A SECOND SECOND ROUND PICK ALONG WITH A FIRST NEXT YEAR. WE WOULD HAVE ENOUGH TO BUILD AROUND MANNING. ARE YOU KIDDING ME WE TAKE A CHANCE ON FAVRE, ON MCNABB, BUT NOT PEYTON MANNING THE TOP 3 QBS WHO HAVE EVER PLAYED THE GAME IT WOULD BE A DISGRACE NOT TO TAKE A TRY AND SIGNING PEYTON!

  162. By AlaskanViking on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I wish we could just talk football!
    We should just let the Chris Cook situation figure itself out.. The reality is this, if he’s in purple next year you’re gonna cheer for him on Sundays.. You might hate him every other day of the week, but I guarantee, if this dude picks off Aaron Rodgers or Stafford on Sunday you’re gonna be a happy Minnesota Viking fan regardless of what he did off the field. That’s what we all did with Moss for the longest time. So just let it play out

  163. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply
    I believe Chris Cooks girlfriend was just being a drunk idiot. I think Chris was screaming at her and did push her but I dont think he grabbed her around her neck because the evidence does show she was drinking. Welcome back Chris Cook. We missed ya……”Esteemed members of the jury, the evidence shows that she was drinking, therefore I dont think he strangled her”……HAHAHAHAHHA!

  164. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Why cant women just take it like a man?

  165. By AJue11 on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Run away from Manning. Draft Kalil, sign Nicks and move Hutch to the right guard spot. Then load up with young talent

  166. By vikings4life on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Plus Tony Dungy is Peyton’s favorite coach and he is best friends with Leslie. And Leslie was in indy the only time they won the superbowl. And we just got the Indy Coordinator. I think we are a dark horse to get him.

  167. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I cant wait for Cook to be choking footb@lls in the air next season.

  168. By Anton on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I doiubt Manning will go to Cleveland, he has to think about his safety and health, playing the Steelers twice and the Rvens twice is not a good idea. Just go back to the 4 games last year and see how well the line protected a much younger QB. Manning is not at all mobile, he is not comfortable running for his life. Last year a lot of QBs went to teams including the Vikes, unless a team is willing to shelf their pick from last year then really only the skins, fins, Cleveland which we can rule out, the Cards and maybe if Seattlle is ready to give up on mighty T-Jack, HAHAHAHA. As we Vikes know all about.

  169. By AlaskanViking on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Yep, just like I said.. They were clearing cap space.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82772bf6/article/seahawks-contact-mannings-camp-qb-on-waiver-wire?module=HP11_cp

  170. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    NOVA– Exactly! You could not have explained Spencer’s logic any better! I wondered how he came to such a conclusion; you made it abundantly clear.

  171. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    vikings4life– something tells me you might be right. We may see Manning in Purple, if not for any other reason than to excite the fans. Wilfs may think it a great PR move and hope to see a repeat of 2009.

  172. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Why is the Manning to the Jets such a far fetched idea? Sanchez hasn’t done enough to solidify himself as a franchise QB, so why not look in a different direction?

    Plus, it sounds like it could create a perfect story for the NFL. Manning and Manning would be starting QBs in the same stadium, both for teams with a realistic shot at going all the way. The Manning Bowl would likely create the best viewing ratings ever. The Super Bowl already is known for holding most of the TV-Viewing records, but this would give it a very realistic shot of breaking their own record.

    Manning vs. Manning, NY vs. NY, Coca Cola vs. Coca Cola Classic. It just sounds too good to be true!!

  173. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Imagine if the Jets would have drafted Josh Freeman instead of Sanchez? They would have won a Superbowl by now if he was at the helm.

  174. By Greek Butter on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I really hope that Cook gets convicted and gets the max sentence and then gets cut from the team. At this point he has hurt the team more than he has helped it.

  175. By Greek Butter on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I like the idea of Manning to the Jets or to the Dolphins. Just for the sole reason of see Manning vs Brady twice maybe three times a year.

  176. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Based on their blogs, it looks like the Jets fans are, for the most part, very supportive of the idea of getting Manning to come in and take over:

    http://blog.newyorkjets.com/2012/02/25/qb-talk-for-the-jets-and-others-in-indianapolis/

  177. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    You cant blame them. Sanchez is horrible. But in his defense he is a clutch QB. He has many game winners so far in his short career.

  178. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Really? I haven’t watched many Jets games, so I can’t speak for that. I thought most of Sanchez’s success came from the fact that he had some great running backs to hand the ball to, and one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. I’ve never before heard any reports that Sanchez has been saving the team in clutch time..

  179. By metalholic on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    With Manning on the roster the whole team would play like they did the year we dominated the saints in the nfc championship barring many fumbles that are suspicious in their own right!

  180. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Sanchez has no run game. The once great o-line is now in shambles.The past two seasons L.T has rushed for 4.2, and 3.7 yards per carry. While Shonn Greene has 4.1, and 4.2 yards per carry.

    Finally, yea, Sanchez is clutch. He has 11 game-winning drives. Its very impressive.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/play-index/comeback.cgi?player=SancMa00

  181. By metalholic on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    One more thing. My whole trust isn’t in Ponder until he can show that he can do the off field things such as keep his head in film and learning to break down deffense. When you watcha great qb come to the line behind the center to hike the ball what do you see? The qb aint even thinkin about the play hes gonna run someone like brees is breaking down the deffense or manning for that matter. Thats what we need ponder to do aswell as be a great scrambler. Something tells me he wants to be like elway. Thing about Elway he never had a o-line. We have one here. Just need to give them a reason to step up. THIS is where PEYTON COMES IN. Teach Ponder the breakdowns if Ponder is capable of pickin the old mans brains. The O-LINE will step up for manning. But I understand we do need to draft a WR,CB,2Safetys,and AN O-LINE. Peyton helps Ponders developement hands down!

  182. By metalholic on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Just wanna clear it up here. We only need 1 o-line player!

  183. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Peyton Manning went 3-13 as a rookie QB. Chris’tian Ponder went 3-13 as a rookie.

    Peyton Manning had a 71 QB rating as a rookie. Chris’tian Ponder had a 70 QB rating.

    Peyton Manning completed 56% of his pa’sses as a rookie. Chris’tian Ponder completed 54%.

    Bud Grant won 3 games in his first NFL season. Leslie Frazier won 3 games in his first year.

  184. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder went 3-13 in his rookie year? Quite odd considering McNabb started the first six or seven games.

  185. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I just read that article about the Cook trial. The defensive story sounds very believable. There was an argument that was started out of some kind of jealousy. Cook’s girlfrind, Chantal Baker, was apparantly very drunk at the time. She got violent and started attacking, throwing a lamp in the process. It wasn’t until she caught him off guard with a shot to the back of his head that he struck her in a reflexive action, causing her eardrum to burst. He held his hands around her neck while she continued to attack, and he kept on squeezing until she stopped.

    Not exactly the best way to deal with, but how unreasonable is it? Yes, with his size, it should have been relatively easy to wrestle her down and subdue her without causing the injury to her neck, but how many of us make horrible decisions in the heat of the moment?

    The question now is why Baker is changing her story – saying that she was never choked? Is she telling the truth, was she so drunk that she doesn’t really remember, is she just changing her story to save her lover, or is this new lie more beneficial to her in some way? Many people are assuming a bribe was offered, but what about blackmail? Cook has a questionable legal history, so who’s to say that his GF has a clean conscious? Just another idea for everyone to consider…

  186. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Bah you got me titus … good catch

  187. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I had almost forgot about McNabb

  188. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Easy to do, Shawn. That was a disaster– I actually thought McNabb would do decently— trouble was he has/had no fire.

  189. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Same here Titus, I thought McNabb would do solid and carry us into the playoffs. But boy was he terrible.

  190. By PTviking on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    39 passing yards against the Chargers..Oh boy..

  191. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Titus & Shawn – Ponder’ first career start was in week 7, when the Packers came to town and won by a margin of 33-27. Not bad considering you’re going up against the mst recent Super Bowl champs. His first pass in that start was the play action TD to Jenkins. That sure got a lot of us hyped up on him nice and early.

    So officially, Ponder has started 10-games in his rookie year with a 2-8 record, giving him a 20% winning percentage compared to Manning’s 18.75%. To be fair, we should probably only compare Manning’s first ten. Well that makes both players 2-8, but Peyton had a full off-season to get familiar with his team, so that probably gave him a bit of an advantage.

    In 10 starts, Manning had the edge in completions by 1% (55% to 54%). With 87 more attempts in that time span, Manning was only able to get 2 more TDs than Ponder (15 to 13), but threw 7 more INTs (20 to 13). All of this was done while Manning arguably had a much better offensive line, giving up only 13 sacks compared to the 30 that Ponder endured. In that comparison, I think that Ponder has a very good chance of becoming a star in the NFL.

  192. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    As an aside, if you heard the Manning / Ursay (sp) news conference, and you didn’t get choked up, you are on hard hearted S.O.B. Peyton sounded like he’d just been exiled from his family. Good job by both of them staying classy.

  193. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    One…. one hard hearted S.O.B. Proof reading is an acquired skill I have yet to acquire.

  194. By PTviking on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I think Ponder could be the guy, but he struggles a lot with the deep throws, don´t you think?

  195. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Parody … awesome breakdown. You are an elite blogger :)

  196. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Stats per attempt in their First 10 Games:
    Peyton
    – 3.97% TDs, 5.29% INTs, 3.44% Sacks
    Ponder – 4.47% TDs, 4.47% INTs, 10.31% Sacks

    So even though Ponder was getting sacked much more frequently, he was producing better in TD% and INT%. Pretty impressive.

  197. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Parody…

    Nice stats and comparisons. I don’t know if they prove anything, but they lend credance to the opinion that Ponder will become a franchise QB.

    I like to use the “eyeball test”, myself. Personally, I like what I see from the kid in his first year behind the debacle of a line. Let’s see what he can do with the line that Spielman is going to build (please, Rick, PLEASE rebuild that line as a top priority).

  198. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    PTViking..

    The jury is still out on whether he can be a high end deep b.all thrower, I think. He’s made jokes about his “rocket arm” in the past, making it sound like he isn’t going to be the best at throwing the deep b.all.

    I’d like to see him throw some deep pa.sses when he has time to set his feet on a seven step drop, something he really didn’t get much of last season.

  199. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Woodboat … I agree. I like what I saw from him on an awfull team. worst OL and worst secondary I can remember.

    Now Chri’stian Ponder is a Viking that deserves more attention. Im on the Ponder bandwagon for at least 2 more years …. and hopefully for the next 10-12+

  200. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder didnt have time to throw deep … tom brady and Joe montanna were small arm qbs

  201. By PTviking on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Woodboat – You’re right about him not having any time to set his feet. Hopefully that is going to be addressed in the draft (Kalil). I just think he tends to overshoot receivers because he’s playing it safe. But I may be wrong.

  202. By PTviking on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    overthrow..sorry

  203. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I like statistics, so I’m going throw in one more scenario for comparison. Ponder had 291 attempts in his first year. In his first 8-games, Manning had 292 attempts, so this might create a good (better?) equivalent to compare them on as well.

    In those 8-games, Manning’s completion percentage dipped ever so slightly, from 55.29% to 55.14%. With that, his TDs went down to 3.77% abd INTs went up to 5.48%. The biggest change was sacks, which jumped to 4.11%, still more than 6% less than Ponder’s in the same number of attempts.

    So while he was getting beaten bloody, the only thing that Ponder didn’t do better than Manning was completions, where he got beat 161/292 to 158/291, not even a 1% difference.

  204. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Metalholic….

    BAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!! Whew, that was a good one…. let me wipe the tear from my eye. Ah, that was hilarious…. we only need one O-Lineman.

    Johnson…. doesn’t have the talent to play LT. He gets beat by the pass rush regularly.

    Hutchinson… formerly great, could pull in the running game. Now, gets beat regularly by the much younger/stronger/faster DTs he faces….

    Sully… Jury is out, but undersized for a center. Can his body hold up at this level? Not so far.

    Herrerra… Gets beat like a rented mule.

    Loadholt… didn’t he lead the league in offensive holding calls? WAY too slow to play OT in the NFL. He MIGHT be able to handle OG duties, if they’d move him.

    So…. in my mind, and most other Vikes fans opinions (I would guess), we need at least 3-4 O Linemen to make this a solid group.

  205. By Woodboat on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    PTviking…

    You may be right, he may never develop in the long passing game. I don’t think we can really use this past season as an accurate gauge of what he’s going to be. He’s smart, he works hard, he had the rep of being accurate ( though I wasn’t really impressed with his overall accuracy last year… shrug…). Lets see him get some time to work with his receivers, get the timing down, then we’ll see what’s what. I remain optomistic (yet unsure).

  206. By PTviking on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    A full off season will help him a lot. I share your optimism. Until he proves me wrong, he’s our guy! And what about free agency. What do you think we should do? I would be happy with 1 Cb – Porter, Carr (too expensive?) and a Wr – Pierre Garçon.

  207. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Statistics can say whatever you want them to say.

  208. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Woodboat – I agree that Metalholic is crazy thinking we have a great offensive line, but I think that we only need 1-2 guys to turn it around. Loadholt needs more discipline, no doubt, but he’s young and can still learn a lot. Give the coaches a chance to get him on track this year.

    With Kalil, we can move Charlie Johnson to Left or Right Guard, depending on what we do with Hutchinson’s contract situation. Many experts say that he will have a great improvement if he moves inside, and he’s significantly shorter than Loadholt (6’4″ to 6’8″), making it easier for Ponder to get completions in the middle of the field.

    If Hutch is cut for cap reasons, then I would put Johnson at LG and bring in DeGeare, Love or Fusco for the right. If none of them work out, then we should spend an early pick in 2013 for a guard and the line will be set.

    Alternatively, if Hutch stays, then I would still want to make sure that one of these 3 linemen are ready to take over by 2013 or else still spend an early pick to solidify the line.

  209. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – How do I make the statistics say that John Madden always hated Brett Favre?

  210. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    or how can we make statistics say we won the super bowl and will make the playoffs every year ?

  211. By Greek Butter on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Rebuilding both lines is definitely a must. I believe there is young talent with a ton of potential on this team and getting Kalil will definitely help. What this team lacked last year was chemistry on both sides of the ball and hopefully a full off season will help improve that.

  212. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    ….or that Chris Cook was doing missionary work in Ethiopia when his girlfriend got strangled?

    …then again, maybe they were doing “missionary” work just before it all happened….

  213. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    or that spence has all chris cook thoughts wiped from his memory

  214. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    …Or that Shawn is capable of recognizing that Chris Cook really is a better player than Cedric Griffin? :P

  215. By Lef on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Haven’t we had enough of hall of fame level but over the hill quarterbacks? Is the Vikings front office really that stupid? Take the time, rebuild the team properly and bring us a World Championship. This over the hill quarterback, lose the NFC Championship game in overtime business is BS.

  216. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    lol

  217. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    i hope chris cook proves me wrong but as of right now hes a bust.

  218. By dingwizard on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    It would really be great to see Peyton in a Vikings uniform next season

  219. By VegasVike on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    “We acknowledge that the violations disclosed by the NFL during their investigation of our club happened under our watch,” Payton and Loomis said in a written statement released by the Saints that was the pair’s first response to the results of an investigation released Friday. “We take full responsibility.”

    WTF?? Do you take “full responsibility” for basically ending the career of one one of the greatest QB’s to ever play the game?? Even if the Viking would have went to the SB Favre couldn’t have played. They should be stripped of their championship.

    Let’s take a collection up to give to the player that broke Mrs. Peyton’s leg. Bounty Karma!!

  220. By Greek Butter on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Having a veteran QB to help mentor and backup Ponder and Webb is a great idea and economically resigning Sage would be the smart choice but If there’s a veteran out in F/A that the Vikes could get for a reasonable price while still being able to go out sign a player or two to fill in the holes of bigger need (O line, DB, ect). Would you and if so who would you pursue?

  221. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Easy– find numbers to quantify the times Madden mentioned Favre’s name in relation to negative comments vs the number of similar remarks toward other players– or non-remarks, or whatever– statistics are notorious for their manipulation.

  222. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Saints should be required to give ten of their best players up immediately to be given to Arizona and Minnesota– five for Kurt Warner and five for Brett Favre.

  223. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Then relocate the team to LA– South Beach Saints–

  224. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    VegasVike – They ended the career of two of the greatest QBs to ever play the game. Kurt Warner, (multiple league and Super Bowl MVPs) was also injured by the Colts in the playoffs, after which he retired.

  225. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Venice Beach Saints

  226. By Greek Butter on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Well hopefully Brees does decide not to sign his tender and hold out the whole year and then take his talents some where else the following season.

  227. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Talking about stats – I’d say this set of stats from Wikipedia is enough to say that Warner was a better QB than Favre:

    “Warner has now recorded the three highest single-game passing yardage totals in the history of the Super Bowl, and joined Joe Montana, John Elway, Terry Bradshaw, and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks to throw a touchdown pass in three different Super Bowls. Warner has taken his team to the Super Bowl every year that he has played as the starting quarterback during all regular and post season games.”

  228. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – Why not just call them the LA Saints? In stat books, they would then be represented by LAS, (just in case LA ends up getting 2 football teams again). Then we’d all just call them the Lásses in stead.

  229. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Saints (yeah right) should have to forfeit their 1st and 2nd round picks for the next 5 years.

    Simply taking 10 of their current players and giving them to other teams could be detrimental to the receiving team, if those players decide to underperform.

  230. By KoN on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I think you guys also forgot to mention that many people attribute the neck injury that Peyton has been troubled with to the a hit by the Saints. They ended the careers of Warner and Favre (essentially), and it remains to be seen whether Peyton will ever return to form. At the very least he was robbed of a year of football if it truly was the hit by the saints that started his neck problems.

  231. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Well, it’s all in speculative fun, northwoods. No one here seriously believes the Saints will lose their players or have their franchised moved. Actually, the Saints did not, on the field, do anything much differently than many teams– the problem is that it was sanctioned by the coaches and that the intent was injury.

  232. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    KoN – I didn’t know that. Manning last played the saints in the 2009 Super Bowl, after which he played an entire season and lost the wild card game to the Jets before doing anything to address his neck problems. I’m surprised that a surgery that kept him off the field for an entire year was caused by an injury that happened a year before his last playoff appearance.

  233. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I just read through a couple of reports on his injured neck – I didn’t see any mention of the Saints. What WAS stressed were the 2 sacks and numerous knockdowns he took during week 1 against the Texans in 2010.

  234. By KoN on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I would argue that they did act differently on the field; I’m sure that with the incentives they were much more willing to hit people in more risky situations ( all of the late hits on Brett in 2009 and AP’s ankle getting twisted at the bottom of the pile this year come to mind).

  235. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – Another part of the problem was that the Saints were, in effect, giving bonuses that were not recorded on the salary cap. I’m not sure how much of an effect this had, but it had the potential to allow the Saints to go above the cap.

  236. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I know that Titus. What’s the point in blogging something like that if you don’t expect a response?

  237. By KoN on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not saying that the saints are the sole cause of Peyton’s neck problem, just that they began it, I’m sure it only became a problem after repeated hits. Similar to Favre’s ankle, it was bothering him before he played the saints and they turned it into a problem.

  238. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, wasn’t the money tossed in the pot by the other players? That’s essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul, isn’t it? Moving money around to stay under the cap?

  239. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Actually— There was an article I read a couple days ago where Tony Dungy said a hit by the Washington Redskins a few years back by a Williams defense is where he believes Peyton’s neck problems began. I am sure it is easily Googled.

  240. By KoN on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I’m sorry I just watched the video again (here’s the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nBxHse5s74) and it was actually the Redskins that laid the hit on him, but it was under Greg Williams’ coaching.

  241. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Any way you slice it, Manning is a wild card with the potential to be immediately retired after one more hit. Not worth the risk. Not worth the expense. Not worth restructuring your entire offense around him. Not when you consider the potential in Ponder.

  242. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Slice it one way and we have a Superbowl Sandwich.

  243. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    There IS that possibility. And truth be told, I would put far more faith in Manning to lead us there than I did Favre.

  244. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Put 5 Kalils in front of him, though.

  245. By metalholic on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Just wanna clear up this up. I didn’t follow my long post up with we only need 1 o-line draft pick why? Anybody been paying attention to the draft the last few years? All we really draft is o-linmen and d-linemen. Now we need db’s hands down! don’t just watch the first 2 rds. Pay attention!

  246. By metalholic on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Another thing we didn’t get to the superbowl with favre because of suspicious fumbling problems. More of a story line if peyton plays the saints in the super bowl. Also for the Cunninham game we lost. More of a storyline if elway plays his old coach in reeves!

  247. By metalholic on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Drop hutchinson and some of the others sign peyton and draft an o-linement and some db’s. Super Bowl here we come!

  248. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Northwoods – Try to make that claim to the IRS. They tax money every time it changes hands. Why should the NFL treat it differently?

  249. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Stop calling him a bust, Shawn.

  250. By Greek Butter on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/03/05/gregg-williams-bounty-issue-has-salary-cap-irs-implications/

  251. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Lol. Things just keep gettin better and better for Fan Favorite Chris Cook.

    “Minnesota Viking Chris Cook assault trial: Woman says he never strangled her, neck mark was a hickey.”

    “She told jurors she originally made the claims about being choked because she was mad at Cook, whom she’d been dating for 10 months, and “at that time, that night, I wanted him to go to jail.”

  252. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    “Are you saying you deliberately lied?” Hilleren asked her of her earlier statements to police.

    “Yes, I did,” she replied.

  253. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    “I got mad and I proceeded to throw a lamp across the room,” she told jurors. She said Cook grabbed her arms and threw her on his bed and got on top of her. To fight him off, she punched him and grabbed two or three of the shoulder-length dreadlocks he was wearing at the time and pulled them out.

    She testified she still has one of the dreadlocks.

    “Was his hand around your neck?” Hilleren asked.

    “No,” she said.

  254. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    chris cook is a bust

  255. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    OJ would be proud of you Spencer.

  256. By Greek Butter on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Spence- Cook missed the majority of his first two seasons in the league and if he gets convicted then thats three seasons he’ll miss the majority if not the entirety of. If your drafted with high expectations then not live up to your expectations then your a wasted pick and a wasted pick= a bust.

  257. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    When Cook eventually climbed off, she said she got a wedge shoe and beaned him from behind “and that’s when he hit me in the left side of the head and I hit the wall face-first.”

    “It’s a foolish question, but did that hurt?” Hilleren asked.

    “Yeah,” she replied.

  258. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Didn’t Nova aready clarify that for you Spencer? Just add she could be lying right now.

  259. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    She ran outside, but not before telling Cook he was going to go to jail. Cook followed and grabbed her and carried her back inside. She threw another lamp, she said.

  260. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. Today was just a great day. First, Cedric Griffin basically gave the Vikings organization the Middle Finger so he probably wont be here next year. Now Mrs.Cook finally comes clean. And just for that she deserves some season-tickets. I applaud you Mrs. Cook.

  261. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    “Yes your honour, thats right, Chris is very talented in making 10 hickey’s look like a stranglehold around my neck.” Would you like me to get him riled up so he can demonstrate?”

  262. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yea, heres the link so you guys no im not Bs’n.

    http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20121086/vikings-cornerback-chris-cook-assault-trial-opens?source=most_viewed

  263. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    And I suppose the contact from a wedge shoe had a pleasing feel to Cook’s head? Seriously, how much can women get away with without before it is acceptable to strike back?

  264. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook is a warrior for defending himself against his attacker.

  265. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    They should serve beer to her-that will get her to loosen up.

  266. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Good thing the linch mob from the blog here wasn’t able to get to him before his court date.

  267. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Is it true you can punch a woman in self defense? Perhaps Cook should have went that route.

  268. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    So how stupid is this woman? What does she think she will accomplish by changing her story to something that is completely unbelievable? It’s almost as if someone gave her advice to make up these blatant lies to confuse the jury, and make the defense’s claim harder to accept.

    If you give your side of the story and he gives his, they’ll realize that you were both wrong. But people are stupid. If you make it look like you’re trying to protect him from punishment with something that is an obvious lie, people will see you as the victim, just trying to be the good samaritan. They’ll turn you into a Saint (remember how much we loathe Saints), and save you from your “torture” by locking him up for years.

  269. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    How muck does the GF weigh?

  270. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    (much)

  271. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

  272. By TheRealDon™ on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for keeping me updated on Chris Cook’s case Spencer

  273. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    She definetely has a few loose scr3ws.

  274. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply
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  275. By Viking-ology on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    perhaps Cook only wanted to tighten them for her.

  276. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

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  277. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    WAIT WAIT ….

  278. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply
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  279. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    OMG my sides hurt … o man ha o haha o wow he he he said

    By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply
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  280. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, it took courage for Cook to stand up to his attacker. He was dodging fists, lamps, everything. Cook is a Warrior.

  281. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

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  282. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Ah, well I feel good right now.
    Goodnight to you all.

  283. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply
    Shawn, it took courage for Cook to stand up to his attacker. He was dodging fists, lamps, everything. Cook is a Warrior.

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  284. By Greek Butter on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Since Cooks been in the league what has hes done. Got injured, Got into a sideline heated arguement with fellow teammate during a game, Got legal charges filled against him on two different occasions (granted one of those got dropped), and got suspended. That’s a pretty impressive resume for some who’s only been the league for two seasons. Seems to me we got ourselves a really class act who’s not a distraction for the team what so ever.

  285. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, give it up. I agree, warrior is the wrong word. He shouldn’t be commended for retaliating, but if this is indeed what happened, the judicial system should be lenient on him. I’m just wondering how he’s going to prove this is what happened when the GF is playing the role of apologetic victim.

  286. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    WARRIOR!!! I am sure the hits on the football field are nothing next to what he endured that night at home.

  287. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, you are the most entertaining blogger– I grant you that.

  288. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, it took courage for Cook to stand. Cook is a Warrior

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    C’MON Parody … Thats funny

  289. By Shawn on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Parody … it was just yesterday that I voiced the same thing your saying but “Chris Cook a warrior” thats flippin funny

  290. By Parody on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Shawn, but I don’t get my jollies at the expense of others. Maybe it’s because I grew up as the victim of people who did the same to me, but I see it as extremely immature.

  291. By vikingsgary on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    I think Ponder with a good O-Line would be a great QB, even better than Manning. We don’t need Manning, We already have a good QB and a good backup as well. Leave Manning where he is. We don’t need another QB, We need a good OL to protect the ones we have. Ponder will be a great QB in the NFL. I stand behind the QB’s we already have. Looking forward to a better year 2012, I believe our team will be back in the hunt for the playoff’s

  292. By vikingsgary on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Also I think the Vikings and Cardinals should get the Saint’s 1′st and 2′nd round draft picks for the next two year’s, I’m just saying!

  293. By VegasVike on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    AND, relinquish their Lombardi.

  294. By drakevikes on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    This is our chance. The vikes have became to adapt to playing the middle and staying out of the limelight. Spielman let’s go let’s do it let’s make the big move, let’s put all our eggs in one basket, Peyton running the O (in need of a complete offensive staff destruction anyways – lets be real), and as painful as it is to say, let Frazier stick around and build that defense back to elite, Frazier although not a great commander, he is a great defensive coach and has an amazing staff lead by Mike SIngletary, and not to mention some good pieces there with Allen, Greenway, Williams ( BUT PLEASE DRAFT SECONDARY!!!!!!!!!!!). Lastly, his calm cool collective persona would work great with Manning – Peyton has always had a even keel kinda coach (Dungy and Caldwell) and I would say it has worked out fairly well – Frazier concentrating most of his attention on the D would naturally lead to success, and having Peyton have full-reign, even allowing him to have a say in staff decisions (A WAY TO RECRUIT HIM!) would put the Vikings over the top, making them a SB contender immediately.

    After signing Manning,
    There are still three areas the Vikings MUST address in order to ever have a chance – The O line, Receiving corp, Secondary.
    You need to solidify that Peyton will have complete protection so use the 3 pick to get Kalil, an obvious solution to a short term and long term problem the Left Tackle. Prior the the draft, you have to use free agency to either add a PRIMARY receiver (Percy is a fantastic ballplayer but not a primary guy – he is an amazing weapon and deadly slot receiver, but Peyton needs his real #1). The good thing is one of the free agents is Reggie Wayne, why wouldn’t Wayne want to keep playing with the man that elevated his stats and made him a SB champ earning him millions of unexpected dollars. Wayne would sign with MIN if Peyton signed, even for cheap. For some odd reason Wayne wants to move on, you still have to address the primary receiver problem, either sign Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, or Manningham or trade someone that could save cap room and help move to a new era – like EJ Henderson or Kevin Williams for a great receiver.

    Key Oline signing – check
    Answer primary receiver question – check
    Address the secondary –
    Further develop Oline –

    Ok the secondary, after signing Manning, signing an elite WR, and paying Kalil his rookie salary, the MIN cap will not be the most secure cap, you will not be able spend too much more in the market, but will have to gamble in the later rounds of the draft. With out a doubt, use the second round pick on either a CB or S no matter what. Draft the best available secondary player with the second round pick (the talent there will still be great and you can find phenomenal talents in the secondary in the second round – guys like Taylor Mays, Patrick Chung, Eric Weddle). I guess role with Antoine right now, he could be beneficial with the development of a young promising talent. In the later rounds gamble on a couple members of the secondary, you never know what you could find.

    Promising Offensive Line Protection is huge in order for Manning to really be interested in signing, the right side of the line is decent and has some upside with Loadholt, John Sullivan is a good young Center who would be honored to snap the ball to Peyton Manning and Manning I believe would love to help develop the young career of Sullivan. Drafting Kalil is perfect, Peyton needs a LT and Ponder needs a LT in 3 years, Kalil answers both needs. Hutchinson’s future is a little questionable, but I say give him a chance let him play his last year on his contract in MIN and help get to a SB, Manning would want Hutchinson too, I guarantee it. So the only question is RG. Herrera is inconsistent but when’s he’s good, he’s really good,but I would highly recommend bringing in a veteran G willing to take less pay for a ring opportunity.

    Key Oline signing – check
    Answer primary receiver question – check
    Address the secondary – check
    Further develop Oline – check

    Above is the plan of action I would carry out if I were Spielman, of course it’s extremely far fetched, but never impossible remember that. Of course no one important will ever see this but it doesn’t matter to me, I can write long length books about what I would do with my Vikings. The only way to actually initiate this plan would have to be the signing of Peyton Manning, the recruitment would be tough, but some key points to lean on would be:

    The Metrodome, Yes seriously the Metrodome. He’s always played in a dome, and early in his career played in dome possibly even worse than the Metrodome, the aesthetics of the stadium and team environment will not matter, he wants to go to a place that gives him a great chance to win, and that has always been a dome.

    ALTHOUGH NOT MENTIONED ONCE ABOVE – WHEN MANNING FEELS THE NEED TO AUDIBLE FROM A PASS TO RUN HE WILL BE HANDING THE BALL OFF TO THE REST RB IN FOOTBALL. Manning would have a field day being able to feel secure about handing the ball off to AP 25 – 30 times a game.

    Although Manning to be everything, he runs the offense and decides a staff. Now you might say, what? But in all honesty, why not? We all know that is basically the case anyways there is just no need to be so secret about it anymore, take the gamble give him the keys to the car, what do Vikings have to lose? (Not the strongest team upside)

    Promise your new QB two things – Strong improvement to the line (Draft Kalil) and sign a primary WR

    SPEND!! No matter what at the end of the day it’s a business, the highest roller will get their guy, I can stress it anymore we need to take a risk somewhere, we never had and look where it has us.

    Don’t forget you still have Ponder in the shadows who can do nothing but develop because of this.

  295. By Rocksalt on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    I find it hard to believe the bloggers who even REMOTELY think that Cook was justified in defending himself. If he were truly a man, he would have walked away from his girlfriend’s tantrum.

  296. By tommyt178 on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    No way manning will go to redskins. He wont want to repeatly put his brother out off the playoff hunt.

  297. By tommyt178 on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    No doubt cook is a good player. But that being said I say cut him I would rather see us try to find someone else than have a no good woman beater on are team. What are we telling are kids! Its alight to beat women as long as your good at corner! I think not cut him now!

  298. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    As a defender, Crook is alright. As a defendant, he is all wrong. Crook will be found guilty and will be cut. Count on it.

  299. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Really bad timing for Crook, today being International Women’s Day. I’m sure at least some of the jury is aware of it. What a loser.

  300. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

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  303. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    We need someone who can actually kick the ball into the endzone on kickoffs. For us it always looks like the kickoff is at the same spot it always was and there was no rule change.

    This needs to change

  304. By Spencer *Day 4 Of Trial* on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    By tommyt178 on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply
    No doubt cook is a good player. But that being said I say cut him I would rather see us try to find someone else than have a no good woman beater on are team. What are we telling are kids! Its alight to beat women as long as your good at corner! I think not cut him now!
    ———————————————————————————————–

    Funny how we kept Randy Moss despite all the trouble he got in. He was a terrible role-model.

  305. By Spencer *Day 4 Of Trial* on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    You should read this…

    http://football.about.com/od/nationalfootballleague/a/mossantics.htm

  306. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Backup Vikings stadium-funding plan weighed

    By Brian Bakst and Patrick Condon

    Associated PressAssociated Press

    Posted: 03/06/2012 12:01:00 AM CST

    March 7, 2012 8:24 AM GMT Updated: 03/07/2012 02:24:14 AM CST

    Minnesota lawmakers crafting a Vikings stadium bill are discussing whether and how to include a backup funding plan in case proceeds from gambling in bars doesn’t adequately cover a needed state contribution, prominent lawmakers said Tuesday.

    The hang-up is one reason legislation for the nearly $1 billion football stadium won’t become public earlier than Monday. That’s more than 10 days after city, state and team officials celebrated a handshake deal to build their franchise a new home.

    The difficulty turning a term sheet into actual legislation is but one challenge ahead for the Vikings stadium effort. The session clock is working against advocates: Lawmakers expect to adjourn no later than April 30, and a gauntlet of time-consuming committee and floor votes stands between the bill and Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk.

    The House sponsor, Republican Rep. Morrie Lanning, acknowledged that “time is short” and said that negotiators are still working through key details, including the security of the state financing.

    “We’ve recognized all along that it could be an issue. That’s one of many things that has to get sorted out,” said Lanning, of Moorhead. “Some people may want more comfort than what might be readily available.”

    Neither Lanning nor others involved in the project will disclose what backup sources they prefer.

    The financing blueprint splits the construction costs three ways: $398 million from the state, $427 million from the Vikings or other private

    sources and $150 million from the city of Minneapolis, where the stadium would be built.
    Under the stadium framework, the state would get its share by allowing charitable groups to shift from operating paper pull-tab games to electronic forms of the game of chance. The state Revenue Department estimated recently that the pull-tab expansion would generate about $72 million a year in new tax revenue to the state.

    That would seem to leave plenty for the $35 million a year that stadium supporters say would be needed to cover the state’s bond payments. However, bond investors typically seek assurances that revenue coming in will be well more than the annual debt and interest owed, sometimes as much as double that amount. That’s especially true with bonds like those eyed for the stadium, which won’t be backed with full state taxing authority.

    In addition, the charities that would run the new electronic games said they expect to see tax rates on their profits lowered, further cutting into the main funding stream. King Wilson, executive director of Allied Charities of Minnesota, said that without tax relief, it may not be worth the hassle for some charities.

    “Charities are questioning whether they will even do the electronic pull-tabs,” Wilson said. “We don’t think electronic pull-tabs without tax reform and relief are economically viable.”

    Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, the bill’s lead Senate sponsor, said several commissioners in Dayton’s administration have convinced her that the pull-tab revenue estimates are sound.

    “They ran those numbers once, two, three, four times, and they’re very confident those are actually conservative numbers,” Rosen said.

    But she admitted there is concern in some quarters that a backup financing plan should be crafted that could “blink on” in the event the gambling tax revenue comes in lower than expected.

    “Is there some kind of blink-on thing that would give people comfort?” Rosen said, describing the content of the private discussions among lawmakers working on the bill.

    Meanwhile, hundreds of construction workers roamed the Capitol hallways Tuesday as they lobbied lawmakers to act on a stadium plan and other building projects vital to their industry. Many were decked out in reflective vests, hard hats and purple-and-gold “Build It” buttons.

    Kenneth Jensen, a heavy machine operator from Blaine, said the firm he works for is too small to bid on stadium work. But the project is so big, he said, it would likely consume many larger firms for several years and open up other jobs for workers all over the Twin Cities.

    “We need it,” said Jensen, 54, who said his yearly income plummeted from $70,000 to $40,000 in the five years or so since the housing market went bust. Jensen said that started to turn around more recently, mostly thanks to projects funded by federal stimulus dollars, but now those are drying up, too.

    “Any investment in jobs right now is worth it,” he said.

  307. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/tb/bfvlF?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=minnesota-vikingsJoe Webb still jumping over tall buildings

    March, 7, 2012

    Mar 71:45PM ETEmailPrintComments599By Kevin SeifertWe might not always agree on what position Joe Webb should play, but here is one indisputable fact: The man is a jumping fool.

    You might remember the pre-draft video that circulated in 2010, showing Webb clearing a pile of blocking bags that stood about 5 feet tall after a running start. Wednesday, Webb posted a video in which he performs a 54-inch standing box jump. It’s incredible, and it’s available for you to see at the bottom of this post.

    Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said last month at the NFL scouting combine that Webb would be the team’s No. 2 quarterback in 2012, and not the kind of multi-positional player some have envisioned him as. But when you have a 6-foot-4 player who can jump like Webb — remember, he pulled off a 42-inch vertical leap at the 2010 combine — you wonder if he could at least be a designated Hail Mary receiver. Or something.

  308. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Wow shawn you are defeinitely a doouchebag. Every time I read about you, your mouth, your brain, and your functions comes out on the signs that says “I am dumb” flashing over and over when we already know that. As far as you can see, Cedric Griffin just told the Vikings to go F yourself. How is he a better Vikings? LOL

    Chris Cook is a hejj of a defender just like he is on the field. He defended himself very well as well he does on the field. He doesn’t even let a woman beat him to it like the WRS does on the field. If Cedric Griffin were in Cook’s case, he’ll let his GF win just like he does on the field. Cedric Griffin has let WR to get too many touchdowns. Thats how bad Cedric Griffin. Now I am laughing at you Shawn for advertising on my billboard that stated “I am dumb” flashing over and over. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH cough cough, friggin dumb HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  309. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Truth hurts does it, Shawn HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  310. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1093846-nfl-free-agency-why-the-vikings-should-stay-away-from-free-agent-peyton-manning?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=minnesota-vikings

  311. By Spencer *Day 4 Of Trial* on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Wow.

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities confirms LG Steve Hutchinson will not be back with the Vikings at his scheduled $7 million salary.
    There is believed to be a “significant gap” in a possible restructure. If Hutchinson is released, beat writer Tom Pelissero knows of at least one time that will attempt to sign him. The Vikes brass will meet Saturday to discuss the futures of Hutchinson, RG Anthony Herrera, and CB Cedric Griffin.

  312. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1093846-nfl-free-agency-why-the-vikings-should-stay-away-from-free-agent-peyton-manning?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=minnesota-vikings

    Should the Vikings Sign Peyton Manning

    Yes 44.9%

    No 17.8%

    NO WAY! Sign A WR! 37.3%

    Total votes: 822

  313. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Six Truths in Life

    1. You cannot stick your tongue out and look up at the ceiling at the same time, a physical impossibility.

    2. All idiots, after reading #1 will try it.

    3. And discover #1 is a lie.

    4. You are smiling now because you are an idiot.

    5. You soon will forward this to another idiot.

    6. There is still a stupid smile on your face ..

    I sincerely apologize about this but I’m an idiot and I needed company. You now have 2 options…delete it, or send it along to put a smile on someone’s face today

  314. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Got that in an e-mail to day, very funny, have a great day.

  315. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/tb/bfrKl?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=minnesota-vikings

    Quick hits

    • The Vikings took particular interest in former North Dakota DB Domonique Hawkins, a Plymouth native and Armstrong High School product who stayed after drills and went through a roughly 10-minute workout under the watch of Spielman, Paton and defensive assistant Jeff Imamura.

    • Bennett posted 28 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press — a figure that would have matched the best among running backs at last month’s NFL scouting combine. “I was banking anywhere 25 or greater,” Bennett said, “but when I knocked out the first 15, I was kind of like, ‘Ooh, wow, I’m really going up there.’ Kind of caught myself off-guard.” Bennett said he was measured at 5-9 and 213 pounds and had a 35½-inch vertical.

    • The lone quarterback at Monday’s workout was Spencer Ohm, a Blooming Prairie, Minn., native who threw for 5,596 yards and 47 touchdowns over four years at Concordia University in St. Paul.

    • Gophers QB MarQueis Gray and several other current players attended the workout to support their former teammates.

    • Spielman declined comment on the NFL’s announcement it has found the New Orleans Saints guilty of running a “bounty” program for several years under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. “The bounty thing is a league matter,” Spielman said. “I’m going to let the league handle that.”

  316. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/tb/bfrKp?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=minnesota-vikings

  317. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1077003-minnesota-vikings-free-agencytracking-2012-signings-targets-and-rumors?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=minnesota-vikings

  318. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Well got to get the day started so bye for now.

  319. By Carl K on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Parody – I don’t think Cook’s girlfriend is stupid… I think she was/is scared of Cook… and also has/had feelings for Cook.

    If Cook’s girlfiend still has feeling for Cook… or if she is afraid for her life… yes, those are reasons enough for her to change her story after the effects of the alcohol was out of her system.

    I think both Cook and his girlfriend need help.

  320. By DeerTracks on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    I have a suggestion for Wilf…Instead of buying Manning, put the $$$$$ it would take to get him, into the pot to help pay for your new Pidgeon Roost Stadium..

    Have Frazier and his cohorts train the two Quarterbacks the Vikiongs have…

  321. By DeerTracks on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    And, pea on C. Cook, and the horse he rode in on…

  322. By Parody on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Carl – Of course she had feelings for Cook. If that weren’t the case, she would have never dated him.

    I’m not so sure that she’s stupid, but her story sure doesn’t do her any favors. thinking it over though, I think it proves that it’s more likely she’s evil. We all know that Cook hasn’t been on the right side of the law his entire life, so it’s a safe bet that many of his peers, and his GF’s peers haven’t been the cleanest of citizens either, as it is human nature to surround yourself with people similar to yourself.

    So chances are that they’ve seen some of their friends go through similar disputes, and she knows the angle to play that he can’t possibly defend against. I mean, she said that she received 10 hickies on her neck on the same night! That’s not a lie she came up with on the spot, it’s something that she had weeks to think about. If her real intent was to save him, it would have been easy to come up with a much more believable lie, such as “I got mugged in the alleyway a few hours before the fight occured, but I was so angry at Chris that I pinned it on him instead.”

    The fact that she couldn’t come with such a simple lie, one that I thought up in the time it took to write this post, tells me that she’s either EXTREMELY stupid, or dubioulsy evil – following a formula that is sure to put him in jail. I’m more apt to believe that she’s dubiously evil because the only people I have met that are that dumb would make Cook a criminal just for dating them, as they have yet to learn the concept of “recess”.

  323. By Parody on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    DeerTracks – You should broccoli and brussel sprout on him too.

  324. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Peyton Manning: I am going to take my talents to South Beach in Miami.

  325. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Just got done reading this, no mention of the Vikings.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Peyton-Manning-at-least-6-teams-pursuing-quarterback-030712

    Citing league sources, the NFL Network reported that the Cardinals, Dolphins, Redskins, Broncos and Seahawks have already begun pursuing the four-time league MVP, who was released Wednesday after 14 seasons in Indianapolis.
    The Jets also reached out to Manning on Wednesday, the New York Post reported, while the Chiefs are also thought to be in the running.

  326. By Woodboat on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    This, too, shall pa.ss…….

    C Cook will be found not guilty, just like so many others that get out of crimes that they have committed.

    C Cook will be a starting CB week 1 for the Vikings. The majority will look on in disapproval.

    C Cook will shut down the other teams #1 WR and by mid season, the majority of us will have forgotten about this trial.

  327. By Woodboat on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    There is no way Manning comes to the Vikings, and although he is one of my favorite QBs of all time, I don’t want him to. Our team is in no way set up correctly to benefit from his skill set, and his mobility limitations. We don’t have the cap space to bring in the pieces necessary to make it work. If we signed him, all our other glaring holes would be as bad or worse than they were last year.

    Manning to Miami, not to Minn.

  328. By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    HomeSportsVikings/NFL

    Sid Hartman: Grant says officials deserve blame, not Saints

    Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune Updated: March 7, 2012 – 10:51 PM

    The former Vikings coach says bonus pay for play has been around in the NFL since his playing days in the 1950s.

    Longtime Vikings coach Bud Grant, still one of the sharpest judges of the NFL game, can’t understand why league administration didn’t look to punish the officiating crew that worked the 2010 NFC Championship Game between the Vikings and Saints, whose responsibility it is to control the physical nature of the game.

    Instead, the focus has remained on the bounty situation that has come out, with Saints players getting paid for hurting quarterback Brett Favre and other players.

    “One thing that helped in the bounty case is the officials are responsible for calling penalties,” Grant said. “Over the years, you might have noted that they don’t call many penalties in playoff games or Super Bowl games — they reduce the penalties.”

    The crew of referee Peter Morelli, umpire Roy Ellison, head linesman Mark Hittner, line judge Byron Boston, side judge Tom Hill, field judge Dyrol Prioleau, back judge Bill Schmitz and replay official Ken Baker did a terrible job that day. Even some Saints players wondered how they got by with so many illegal hits. Like one important NFL official said, “Favre looked he came out of a car wreck after the game.”

    Said Grant: “The players will do whatever they can, whatever they can get away with. If [officials] had flagged New Orleans for those hits, and if you penalize them, then they cannot do it anymore. But as long as the officials let it go like it went [in the NFC Championship Game], then we were the victim, Favre was the victim, of those vicious late hits. The officials have to accept some of the blame for that.”

    Grant, who has campaigned for full-time officials in the NFL, said bounty situations are nothing new and existed when he played with the Eagles in 1951 and ’52. “When I played, and I’ve talked to [Vikings consultant and former Browns player] Paul Wiggin, too, and other players that have played in the National Football League, a lot of teams have bonuses for interceptions, and sometimes it’s among the players themselves.

    “The defensive players will say, ‘We’ll each put in the pot if you get an interception,’ but the team did not always provide the bonuses. But when I was with the Eagles, the team provided the bonuses. I got bonuses for sacks and fumble recoveries, I got one interception, but it was like $10. It’s not like it was today, it’s a lot more money today.”

    Grant said the Saints aren’t the exception. “Most teams had that, but they don’t call it bounty and they don’t call it trying to put a player out of the game,” he said. “Every coach teaches when the guy is on his feet, he’s not down, you go in and get another hit on him to knock the ball loose. That’s football. If they’re going to take that out of football, they’re going to lose a lot of their appeal.”

    Vikings coaches wouldn’t talk on the record then after reviewing the film of that Saints game, because they would have been fined if they criticized officials. But I remember the comments by then-coach Brad Childress, who could not believe what the Saints got away with right in front of officials’ eyes.

    Incidentally, the league pulled the replay of the Vikings-Saints game off the NFL Network after having it scheduled to be shown last Monday

  329. By Shawn on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    By DRS on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply
    Six Truths in Life

    __________________________________________________________________

    LOL … Im an idiot :)

  330. By Parody on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    I doubt Manning will go to MIN or MIA. Miami needs a QB, but I have a strong feeling that they are going to sign and put their trust in Flynn, as his coach just accepted a job with the Dolphins.

    I think that the most feasible candidates for Manning are the Chiefs, Seahawks, Jaguars, Redskins, Cardinals and Jets. All of these teams have experienced failures with recent projects concerning QBs. The Chiefs, Seahawks and Redskins would see him simply as a stop-gap, but the Jaguars, Cardinals and Jets all have QBs young enough that they just might be able to learn something from holding Manning’s clipboard.

  331. By shane on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    go after peyton

  332. By shane on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    he is good at building new stadiums

  333. By Shawn on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Another Viking mock draft …

    1st Round: Matt Kalil, LT, USC, 6’6″, 306 lbs.

    2nd Round: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU, 6’3″, 209 lbs.

    3rd Round: Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa St., 5’10″, 196 lbs.

    4th Round: Mychal Kendricks, MLB, California, 5’11″, 237 lbs.

    5th Round: Janzen Jackson, FS, McNeese St., 5’11″, 188 lbs.

    6th Round: Ronnie Hillman, RB San Diego St. 5’9″, 200 lbs.

    7th Round (a): Blair Walsh, K, Georgia, 5’10″, 195 lbs.

    7th Round (b): Joe Looney, G, Wake Forest, 6’3″, 309 lbs.

    ______________________________________________________________

    I have a couple issues with this one …

    1- it seems like every pick is an undersized guy.

    2- they have us taking another thug

  334. By Shawn on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    well that mock didnt let me post the link for some reason … its on bleachereport

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1095088-minnesota-vikings-mock-draft-2012-who-the-vikings-really-need-and-why/page/10

  335. By Shawn on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    and that was the last page of the mock draft …

  336. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Do we cared about your opinion Shawn? Nope.

  337. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    opinion(s)

  338. By Parody on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn – 3rd-6th rounders look undersized, I agree.

  339. By Parody on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Shane – It took Manning 10-years to build Lucas Oil Stadium. I don’t think we have that much time left to finalize a deal with the Vikings before they give up on MN.

  340. By Shawn on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Parody I agree Miami makes the most sense.

    They have a franchise LT … Jake Long

    1 very good WR …. Brandon Marshall

    Reggie Bush is one of the best pass catching RBs

    and Im sure they would bring in either reggie wayne or pierre garcon

    and IF peyton can actually throw still that would be a good – great offense (colts like)

  341. By Shawn on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    I dont like a safety under 200 lbs … they take a beating

    Kalil in todays NFL is a little light for a tackle … but Randle McDaniel was undersized so Kalil doesnt bother me

    MLB – only 5’11 and 237 ? not ideal

    and the guard under 320 ? again a little light

  342. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Peyton Manning will not join Arziona Cardinals, reported by CBS Sports.

  343. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    GM denies Browns won’t part with second No. 1 pick

    GM Tom Heckert denied the validity of rumors that the Browns are refusing to surrender their second No. 1 pick to trade up for QB Robert Griffin III. “You never say never,” Heckert said.

    Cleveland Browns RapidReports

  344. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Browns won’t pursue Peyton Manning: ‘It’s where we’re at’
    by Marty Gitlin, CBSSports.com

    GM Tom Heckert indicated the Browns won’t pursue free agent QB Peyton Manning. He based that view on “where we’re at and where we’re at.”

  345. By Shawn on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    hmm

    i guess hutch is listed 313 and herrera 315 … so 309 is fine. I just remember our RG being a BIG dude.

    David dixon …

  346. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Report: Vikings interested in signing QB Rosenfels
    by Joe Oberle, CBSSports.com

    With two young QBs C.Ponder and Joe Webb on the roster, the Vikings still lack a veteran backup. But word is that the team is interested in re-signing QB Sage Rosenfels, who served that role late last season. The Pioneer Press reports that Rosenfels is interested in returning the Vikings.

  347. By Shawn on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    WOW how times have changed

    1991 Viking OL

    LT- Zimmerman … 264 lbs
    LG- McDaniel … 271 lbs
    C- Lowdermilk … 265 lbs
    RG- Habib … 273 lbs
    RG- Kalis … 284 lbs
    RT- Irwin … 275 lbs

  348. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Its obvious Vikings will not sign Peyton Manning. To those people who wants Peyton on Vikings team can now be quiet and start worrying about the draft. We are sticking with C. Ponder. End of Discussions!

  349. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Reports: Count Jags out of Peyton Manning sweepstakes
    by John Oehser, CBSSports.com

    The Jaguars will not be among the reported 10-12 teams pursuing QB Peyton Manning, according to several reports. The Jaguars are committed to building for the long-term future and believe QB Blaine Gabbert is the man to lead that building program.

  350. By Shawn on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    but even in ’91 the right side was your big side and the left side is your athletic side …. blindside

  351. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    DE Jones wants Ravens to draft his little brother
    by Jason Butt, CBSSports.com

    DE Arthur Jones made it clear who he wants the Ravens to select at some point in the 2012 NFL draft: his brother Chandler Jones, a DE from Syracuse. “Hope the #Ravens draft @ChanJones99,” he tweeted. “It would be awesome to play with him again.” Jones is a projected second-rounder.

  352. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    That was nice of him to think highly of his younger brother. Hope the Ravens respect his wish and draft him like we did with Henderson, E.J., Erin.

  353. By Carl K on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Parody- I am not sure if I would call Chis Cook or his girlfriend evil or stupid… I just think a long night of partying and drinking brought out the worst in them.

    If indeed she hit him in the face, threw and struck him with objects and pulled out a chunk of his dreadlocks… I think he would have some right to defend himself.

    Now, if he choked her with his hands, he should go to jail. But if his girlfriend is now saying that he didn’t choke her… than as a jury member, would you not tend to want to listen to her in the court of law.

    Why she changed her story is not the point. It could be passion, money, fear.. you name it, it doesn’t matter. If the jury thinks she is not telling the truth in court right now, she will dig herself a deep hole. If the pictures show a lot of damage around her neck… I think they both should go to jail.

    They both need help! I would be keeping a good eye on her bank account after this.

  354. By LarsonFamily on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    S Nakamura may leave for starting opportunity elsewhere
    by Jason Butt, CBSSports.com

    Keeping S Haruki Nakamura could be tough if he’s offered a chance at starting somewhere else. “If I had the opportunity to go somewhere and get more playing time or even possibly start – just to compete to start – I’d be really interested,” Nakamura said on 105.7 The Fan.

  355. By Spencer *Day 4 Of Trial* on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Y.E.S

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/3/8/2854423/chris-cook-may-have-just-gotten-a-break

  356. By Spencer *Day 3 Of Trial* on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Prosecutors produced photographic evidence Thursday morning that they say shows that the onetime girlfriend of Minnesota Viking Chris Cook was choked at his Eden Prairie home in October.

    The photos presented in Hennepin County District Court revealed marks on the girlfriend’s eyes and neck.

    In response, defense attorney David Valentini countered that the marks were not caused by choking. Under cross-examination by the defense, a paramedic who responded to Cook’s home that day could not say with certainty that the marks were from choking.

    Further testimony was expected Thursday by two Eden Prairie police officers in the second day of Cook’s trial on charges of felony domestic assault and third-degree assault.

  357. By DeerTracks on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Parody…The “pea” was a play on words…..

    Mike W. and his gang, wouldn’t alow me to use the real “p”…

  358. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like Cook will be in purple– sufficient doubt is being established. I wonder how much his attorneys are costing.

  359. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    DRS– Bud Grant knows what he is talkin’ bout! Good article.

  360. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    I could care less if players received a bonus for interceptions, fumble recoveries, sacks, TDs. Those things are part of the rules of the game. In fact, I think the league should do away with salaries, and try a pay-for-play system. I think you’d see a complete game for once, not some of the half-a$$ed clock-killing waste of time we do nowadays. Randy Moss would think really hard before taking more plays off.

    What crosses the line is paying players incentives to hurt someone, to knock them out of the game. What that says is “we’re not good enough to compete against that player, so the only way we can win is to end his career.”

    Tackling and blocking are part of the written rules of the game, and both can be done without breaking bones.

  361. By Alex on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Manning isnt in it for the money.Manning would be the best fit for the vikings because ponder isnt good at all he needs to sit behind a great QB like Manning. He will play for cheap and we could get a few good free agents. we need a CB, LB, OL, WR, DB, QB, and a left DE and a nether TE since shank isnt coming back. IF we do these thing we will be good. GOOOOOOOO VIKIINGS.

  362. By Woodboat on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    DRS

    Amen to that article. It burns me up to KNOW that our team got CHEATED out of our chance at a title by the referees in that game. I don’t blame the Saints (much); during the game I was pleading at the TV for SOMEBODY to punish Drew Brees in the manner that Favre was being smashed. Players will push the rules to the extent that the refs let them…. that only makes sense. It s the officials that let them get away with blatant late and illegal hits that cost the Vikes their shot. We were the better team that year, and I’b like to think we would have won the big game had we gotten there. The NFL should be ashamed of itself….

  363. By Woodboat on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Please… everyone… the Vikes aren’t pursuing Manning and he wouldn’t return their phone call if they were. HE IS NOT COMING. There is NO reason for him to.

    We don’t have the O Line, the playmakers, the coaching staff, or the defense necessary to compete for a ring. He’s coming back for a shot at the Superbowl, and the only way we are going there is with tickets for at least 2 more years. We are too far away. 3-13…. 3rd worst in the league for a reason.

  364. By Woodboat on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Titus…

    Forget how much his attorneys are costing. I’m wondering how much that four word phrase cost him….

    “He didn’t choke me.”

  365. By ManninInPurple on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Sign him and get the new stadium done. Everyone loves a winner. With Peyton, we march to the SB this season!

  366. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Woodboat, I figure it’s all part of a package deal.

  367. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Dez Bryant of all people restructured his contract, and Cedric Griffen wont? He clearly is making it about himself and not the team. Im a Texas Longhorns fan so as much as I dont want him to leave. Its his time to go.

  368. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    If Peyton got Indy a new stadium he sure as heII can get us one

  369. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    I remember the ’05-’06 Longhorns. Their secondary was arguably one of the all time bests. Cedric Griffen(Vikings) and Aaron Ross(Giants) were the two starting corners. Micheal Griffen(Titans) and Michael Huff(Raiders) were the safeties. Great Secondary. HeII even Brian Robison was making plays for them. Great Memories. I was so happy when we drafted Ced.

    Ced go play in a more man coverage based defense. Thats what i remember from you how well you played man. You set up for failure when we drafted you. I will continue to follow you no matter what jersey you are wearing!

  370. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    The bigger the stage the higher he elevated his game. Top ranked opponents in college. Consecutive Rose bowls 1 being the national championship. NFC championship big reason why we held the “great” Drew Brees to only 197 yards! Yes the same guy who has thrown for 2 5k yard seasons.

    We all want Peyton on the team but lets judge him like we judge Ced. By that I mean according to last season and ONLY last season. Hes terrible, no reason to bring him in.

    Spencer, Larson. You cant deny the fact that your opinions on Cedric Griffen are only based on what happened this past season. For that I have a hard time finding ANY credibility in ANY of your arguments regarding Cedric Griffen

    CAUTION: THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRIS COOK SO DONT BRING HIM UP IF YOUR GOING TO REPLY TO WHAT I HAVE TO SAY REGARDING CEDRIC GRIFFEN

  371. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    But since I’m a big picture sort of guy, the right thing to do would be to release Cedric Griffen ONLY because he wont take a pay cut and NOT becuase of how he performed this past season.

  372. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the memories Ced

  373. By ian on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    absolutely go after him. People want to act like the vikings are worthless all of a sudden. We’re two years out of the NFC championship game, and our team overall has not deteriorated that much that we couldn’t contend this year. We went 3-13 last year because we didn’t have a QB. Ponder will be good long term, but another year or two backing up Manning will do him good.

    We should be able to shore up our O-line and defense well enough in the draft that if AP can get himself healthy Manning would make the Vikings instantly a top 3-4 team in the NFC. Manning has won the super bowl with less talent on his team than what the Vikings currently have.

    I say bring in Manning go for it all this year and next year, and if that doesn’t work then we blow up the whole team and build around Ponder.

    Oh yeah and if we do bring manning in. There’s this guy named Moss still out there….

  374. By Viking-ology on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    GDP-because we all know Cedric Griffen is a better football player than…nevermind! LOL

  375. By Viking-ology on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Manning will not come to Minny-and we don’t need him. Ponder needs to have the confidence that he is the #1 QB to continue to progress. HE WILL BE FINE!

  376. By DeerTracks on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    VO, Ponder could be just fine…If not, we have Joe Webb to pull his Chestnuts out of the fire…

    Manning can go to anywhere he wants, just not Minnesota…

  377. By Parody on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn – I think you misunderstood me. I think that Miami WON’T go after Manning because Flynn’s coach just took the reigns in Miami. So I think that Miami is the perfect spot for Flynn to go to become a starter. He’s been backing up Rogers since 2008. The few starts he’s had the past couple of years are convincing everyone that he deserves to be a starter now. I doubt that it would help his development to make him wait behind Manning now.

  378. By Parody on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Carl – Cook’s girlfriend is stupid/evil because she changed her claim (strangulation) to something that is as obvious of a lie as one could come up with. She didn’t change her story seconds or minutes or even hours later. She had weeks (maybe months) to come up with it, and that was the best she could do. You can’t attribute that to “a long night of partying and drinking.”

  379. By Parody on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    DeerTracks – Sorry, I never realized that pee was one of the blocked words on this site. I guess I never directly tried to mention any of my peeves on here, (one big one that they block the most innocent of words).

  380. By Parody on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Wait, looks like pee is allowed! That’s what you get for assuming too much. Now if they allow this post, we’ll know that Mike and his censor buddies don’t care at all if we speat of urine in any way.

  381. By Chad Grimes on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Long-term or short term MANNING would be great for the Vikings. How could anyone say he wouldn’t fit. His work ethics are incredible and his results are incredible. I do not think Vikings have any clear direction right now and someone like Manning would be the RIGHT TIME for the Vikings and he makes everyone better. Mediocre players become instantly better under his leadership.
    Lets all start the VIKING CAMPAIGN TO GET PEYTON HERE!

    PEYTON, PEYTON, PEYTON!!!!!!!!!!!

  382. By DeerTracks on Mar 8, 2012 | Reply

    Parody…Surprised me too, I guess Mike and his little helpers change thir minds like they change their socks….Once a week……..

  383. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Parody – I guess I can’t defend that Cook’s girlfriend is a smart/loving person… so… you win, stupid/evil works for me.

  384. By Rocksalt on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    So what does that say about Cook?

  385. By Rocksalt on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Manning will not even consider a 3-13 team…..he is more intelligent than that

  386. By peyton on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Reggie Wayne Reggie Wayne Reggie Wayne Etc. Etc. Etc.

  387. By clint on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    I say we hire Peyton Manning as an offensive coordinator for the Vikings.

  388. By Dave on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    I did not see what I wanted from Ponder. I would like for the vikings to consider Kellen Moore. Moore is smart and will adapt quickly.

  389. By brady on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    manning to the dolphins. i’d love to see him in purple next year but he’s going to the dolphins

  390. By chicagos insane Viking crew on Mar 11, 2012 | Reply

    We say bring Manning. Get rid of our corner Allen. New stadium. Bring in a power house receiver. U will see how everything will fall into place. No time to waste. Peterson not gettin younger. Jared not gettin younger. Need
    to say more. Do it for these guys.

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