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Nike Will Launch New NFL Gear Late Tuesday Morning

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 3, 2012 – 7:12 am

It’s another beautiful day here in NYC, and I’m getting set to head to the Nike NFL Launch event later this morning. At about 11:00 a.m. ET, the event will begin and the new NFL design will be officially unveiled.

You’ve probably already had a glance at the apparel line right here on vikings.com, but more information will be released later this morning and the actual jerseys each team will wear will soon be revealed. I’ll be providing updates when I can throughout the day, including photos and tweets from the event.

You can follow the Vikings (@VikingsFootball) and me (@wobby) on Twitter, plus we’ll be posting things to both vikings.com and on the Vikings official Facebook page. Stay tuned, more info coming this morning and later today.


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64 Responses to “Nike Will Launch New NFL Gear Late Tuesday Morning”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Draft analyst Todd McShay conducted a pre-draft media phone conference last week and was asked about the Vikings potentially passing on offensive tackle Matt Kalil. His take was that the only way the Vikings would not take Kalil is if they received a substantial trade offer – “It would take a team knocking my socks off,” McShay said. He said elite left tackles are hard to find and, given the Vikings’ investment in C Ponder, having an enormous insurance policy to protect the investment may well be the best option for the Vikings to take.

  2. By DRS on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Dayton: Sports-linked tip boards not viable to fund stadium

    Posted by: Baird Helgeson under Minnesota governor, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, Democrats, Republicans, State budgets Updated: April 2, 2012 – 12:19 PM

    Gov. Mark Dayton harshly criticized a new proposal by House Republicans to rely on new gambling money from so-called sports tip boards to help pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

    Dayton said the proposed tip boards – which can link charitable gambling to the outcomes of professional sporting events – are likely illegal under federal law and would not pass muster with bond houses that will be needed to finance construction of a new stadium.

    “It doesn’t strike me at first glance as a viable option,” Dayton said Monday.

    The DFL governor said, however, he was encouraged that House leaders have become more engaged in stadium negotiations during the chaotic and uncertain final weeks of the legislative session. The House Commerce Committee has its first hearing on the charitable gambling component of the agreement Monday night.

    “The coin is flipping in the air and I don’t know whether it is going to come down heads or tails,” Dayton said.

    The stadium project has barely budged through much of the legislative session. It has been dogged by financing problems, opposition from charities and a lack of a drive among many legislators to complete the nearly $1 billion taxpayer-funded stadium during an election year.

    On Sunday, House Republicans announced a deal that would give charities a larger take from the proposed expansion of electronic pull tabs, bingo and tip boards to pay the state’s nearly $400 million share of a new stadium. If the new gambling revenue doesn’t hit projections, House Republicans propose taxing luxury suites at the stadium, a new scratch-off lottery ticket or tap excess Hennepin County sales tax money to make up the shortfall.

    Dayton said he learned of the agreement in the media and that it was “very disappointing” that House Republicans did not consult his administration during negotiations.

    The administration had been trying to work out its own agreement with charities to dull opposition. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, has said in particular he was troubled that charities weren’t getting more out of the deal.

    Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans made a last offer to the charities a week ago, but Dayton said they never got back to his administration.

    “I think they found the best negotiating channel was with the speaker,” Dayton said.

    The governor has been the strongest supporter of the stadium proposal at the Capitol and his staff has spent “thousands of hours” brokering an agreement with the team and local government leader. Some Republicans have said they envision a scenario in which Dayton might trade their support for a stadium in exchange for his approval of education and government reform provisions he has spoken against.

    “No one has approached me with any of those suggestions or offers,” Dayton said. “I have heard the rumors, but nothing at this point has come to p-a-s-s.”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/145791605.html

  3. By DRS on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    NFL analyst: Matt Kalil is a technician, would be truly safe pick for Vikings
    Posted by: Dan Wiederer under Vikings Updated: April 2, 2012 – 12:13 PM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/145790875.html

  4. By DRS on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium survives first vote in Legislature, but questions persist

    By Doug Belden Posted: 04/02/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT

    April 3, 2012 4:20 AM GMT Updated: 04/02/2012 11:20:52 PM CDT

    The bill to build a Minnesota Vikings stadium on the site of the Metrodome got its first vote at the Legislature on Monday, April 2, clearing one House committee and heading to another.

    The Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee passed a related bill as well.

    Together, the bills would:

    – Provide additional tax relief for charitable groups involved in the stadium financing plan.

    – Identify backup funding sources for the state’s contribution to the stadium.

    – Add a form of charitable gaming estimated to yield $16 million in tax revenue per year for the state.

    The agreement reflected in the bills was struck last weekend in talks between House leadership and charitable gaming interests. It was meant to address several remaining sticking points for lawmakers, and Monday’s vote provides a lift for the team and stadium backers.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20307903/vikings-stadium-dayton-says-new-state-funding-deal?source=rss

  5. By DRS on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Rybak schedules stadium forums

    Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: April 2, 2012 – 5:23 PM

    Mayor R.T. Rybak is preparing to hold two community forums on his plan to fund a new Vikings stadium next week, just as Council opponents gear up to hold hearings of their own.

    The mayor’s spokesman, John Stiles, said they finalized the dates of the two forums on Monday. They are:

    Tuesday, April 10
    7:30-8:45 p.m.
    Lake Nokomis Community Center
    2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy.

    Wednesday, April 11
    6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Logan Recreation Center
    690 13th Ave. NE

    Rybak is also giving his annual State of the City address on Wednesday at the Capri Theater in north Minneapolis.

    Opponents of the mayor’s plan, who announced their intentions Friday to hold public hearings, have not yet determined when they will take place.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/145842055.html

    It is time for all Vikings Fans who live in Minnesota to get to Mayor R.T. Rybak’s community forums and voice your feelings on the stadium issue.

  6. By DRS on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings’ Percy Harvin to have minor shoulder surgery
    By Jeremy Fowler

    Posted: 04/02/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT

    April 3, 2012 3:7 AM GMT Updated: 04/02/2012 10:07:31 PM CDT

    Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

    The person called the procedure a “minor scope,” and when asked whether Harvin would miss any football- related activities, the person said, “no way.”

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20310718/vikings-percy-harvin-have-minor-shoulder-surgery?source=rss

  7. By DRS on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Have a great day.

  8. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    So Claiborne scored a 4 on the Wonderlic test…that’s pretty sad. If you know how to tie your shoes, you should be able to get a 4…

    Who here still thinks that we should take him with our first rounder?

  9. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    FYI – This site gives an example of some Wonderlic questions. A LOT of easy, obvious answers in there.

  10. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    http://espn.go.com/page2/s/closer/020228test.html

  11. By 61Vikings on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Pass on Mo Claiborne!! You can still find a very good CB in the 2nd or 3rd round of the draft, not likely to find a LT of Kalil’s abilities in the 2nd or 3rd round!!!

  12. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Since 2007, the Packers, Bears, Lions, and Vikings are all tied for the league lead of most probowlers drafted. Rick Spielman is not as bad as most of you are making him out to be.

    In Spielman I trust!

  13. By 61Vikings on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    The big question should not be who we’re taking with our 1st pick, but with our 2nd pick!! Should it be a WR or a CB?? Personally myself, if these guys are available, I would take Stephon Gilmore (CB South Carolina) with our 2nd pick and Brian Quick (WR App.St.) with our 3rd pick!!

  14. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil 1st. WR 2nd. Then the rest of the draft should be all defense.

  15. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Dantari Poe’s stock is falling. Teams are looking at his game film and not liking what they see. What if he falls to us at #35?

  16. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Why is Poe falling? He was climbing most of the off-season. I recall when I first saw his name, he was projected as a late 2nd rounder, and in the past month I saw people projecting him as top-ten talent.

    Did he fail the Wonderlic too?

  17. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    His game film does not reflect his combine performance.

  18. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    As far as the draft goes, I’d say get a CB/S in the second, and consider a WR in the third, but take a LB/DB if a good player falls.

  19. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Ah. Well I agree game film should be more important, but I’d still be surprised if no team takes a chance on him in the first round.

  20. By iaVIKE on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    What WR’s do you think will be available at #35?

  21. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Mike “Mock” Mayock listed his rakings at each position.
    Guard
    1. David DeCastro, Stanford
    2. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
    3. Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
    4. Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
    5. Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio)

    Most mock drafts have only 1 guard going in the 1st round. I say pick up a guard with pick 35 to solidify the OLine. Focus only on defense the rest of the draft. Use one of our 4th rounders to get a WR but other than that draft all defense

  22. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    We have so many holes on defense that if a defensive player is the best player available. Why not take him?

  23. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    GDP – I agree, unless that defensive player is a DE or maybe DT. We have 8 defensive linemen on the team, including 3 top-talent starters. I think a mix of Guion, Evans and Ballard at the second DT spot would be enough to keep them fresh and able to pound away at the middle of the line.

  24. By Countdown to Draft on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    23 DAYS!

  25. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I honestly feel we are going to get at least 3 future pro-bowlers in this draft

  26. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Parody- Your right we are set on the DLine.

  27. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Parody…Claiborne scored a 4 on the wonderlic !!!…Even guessing at every question he should have done better than that…Wow..

    I should have kept my mouth shut about OLB Shea McClellin…Mayock didn’t even have McClellin in his top five OLB’s available last week…

    Now McClellin has made the biggest leap in his projections this last week moving up 5 spots on his OLB list…Mayock has him listed number 2 on his board now…Some mocks now have McClellin going in the first round to the Packers…With only M Ingram ahead of him…

  28. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    When am I going to see these new jerseys Wobbs?

  29. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Take the Wonderlic Test!

    http://www.nicholascreative.com/footballiq/index.php

    It has 15-questions and gives you 3 minutes 36 seconds to complete it. Watching the clock countdown is a bit intimidating, but I was able to get a 37.

  30. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I want to see these d@mn jerseys

  31. By RichardA1 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    You mean the teams are’nt designing them, some company is, that sounds crazy.

  32. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Wow i got 13. Says I’m smarter than AJ Green.

  33. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry – That should have read a score of 36. I guess typos are why I scored so low!

  34. By ajbuck123 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    New jerseys same as old jerseys.

  35. By ajbuck123 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.whosay.com/darrenrovell/photos/153665

  36. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    GDP – Here’s an image that was posted a few minutes ago. It shows all 32 teams together, so hard to pick out any differences with how small they make Percy Harvin (is that actually him?).

    He’s at the front right corner.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20120403/SPORTS01/120403031/new-NFL-jersey-Detroit-Lions?odyssey=nav%7Chead

  37. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    ajbuck – What are you talking about? They have a Nike swoosh on them now instead of that borning old Reebok logo.

    They’re worlds apart!

  38. By ajbuck123 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/photo-gallery/New-Nike-Vikings-Jersey-Unveiling/7323e0e6-2c2c-4e4e-9a3b-4beb0b5a7c10

  39. By iaVIKE on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I let the hype get to me, now im disappointed. Pretty boring…

  40. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    They took a little yellow off the collar it seems

  41. By Spencer on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. VERY DISAPPOINTED! EXPECTED MORE!!!!!!!!

    But hopefully they dont sell out of Cook jerseys

  42. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like the biggest changes they made was in the construction of the jersey. Moved the air holes around. But yes, I also see that the yellow around the collar appears to end earlier.

    Pretty boring adjustment for the hype that was leading up to it all.

  43. By ajbuck123 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Well the teams needed to get in their request by March 1 of last year I think, so I assume most teams will change next year. Especially when the Seahawks wild new uniforms sell like they are going to (despite most people thinking they are ugly, Seattle will go bonkers for them.)

    I expect something like a mix of old and new, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the vikes changed stuff up next year.

  44. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Spencer – They have to start making Cook jerseys before they can sell them out…

  45. By iaVIKE on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Go back to the dark purple, not diggin these at all

  46. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Easiest jerseys to find this year will be Peterson, Ponder, Harvin and J.Allen. Greenway, K.Williams and Rudolph may be sold in some stores, but I’m sure you’ll have to put in a special order for any others.

  47. By Garrett on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    The new jerseys suck….just like the old ones. I really was hoping that would’ve either done something cool and crazy like they did with oregon or gone back to our old jerseys but with new helmet (like a new purple because the purple on the helmet didn’t match the color of the jersey).

  48. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I’m waiting until at least mid way through the season to get a Cook jersey

  49. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Of course, that’s all without consideration to who we draft.

  50. By Garrett on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I am SOOOOO disappointed!!! :(

  51. By Spencer on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Suh got to be in front because everyone is scared he’ll stomp em out..

  52. By Mike R. on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    @OT

    I saw the same thing about McClellin on NFL. Mayock was giving him the hype up. While he was, they were showing game film of his plays. He looks like he has a high motor (just from what they were showing). Hmm…another kid coming out of an Idaho school? Forget the name of the other one from Idaho St. 8 years ago…Lol

  53. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Just be happy the all of the NFC North got priority position at the front right of the group.

  54. By Spencer on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I got a 20 on the Wonderlic haha. Thanx Paordy for the link.

  55. By Garrett on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Not saying that scoring a 4 is good, but I’m pretty sure Claiborne is a much better cornerback that yall….even though you scored higher on the test than he did….

    Having said that it is pretty rediculous that he scored that low on that test after I looked at it. I looked it up and bam, Claiborne reportedly has a learning disability so he has the same capacity to learn as normal people; but he just has to learn it in a different manner. I stiil think we should either draft him or Kalil at #3.

  56. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Wasted way to much time early on one question…I got a 13 also on the test…

  57. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I got 13 twice lol

  58. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    scored 0 can’t Parody’s link to open!

  59. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    * can’t get, oh well

  60. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Yea, there a little trick to taking the Wonderlic test to do better. Because you have such a limited amount of time, if you think a question is going to take much more than 15-seconds to read and answer, it’s better to just guess and move on to the next question. It scores your answers to all 15-questions regardless of whether you answered them all. So make sure to at least answer all of the easy ones to boost your score.

    This test doesn’t allow you to go back and change your answers at the end if you have time, but I’ve participated in other similar versions that allowed me to jump around as much as I wanted until the clock hit zero.

  61. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Parody , what about a valid link?

  62. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    It is a valid link sandiamond. I’m guessing that there’s just a lot of people visiting it today…for some strange reason. I’ve tried to back to it a few times and it crashes, but then other times it opens. That tells me that its server can’t handle all the traffic that is trying to get in today.

    Either keep on trying, or just wait until the dust settles a bit on Claiborne’s record breaking performance.

  63. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    ok, thanks will try tomorrow

  64. By j on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/2012-13-MVC-Starts-To-Take-Shape/2abc3dcb-a82a-49ca-aedd-569e6127f1e5

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