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A Closer Look: CB Janoris Jenkins Worth The Risk?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 19, 2012 – 11:31 am

There isn’t much intrigue surrounding the Vikings #3 overall pick in next week’s draft. Most expect the Vikings to take LT Matt Kalil. But even if the Vikings surprise by taking someone other than Kalil, the list of players is very likely limited to two players – WR Justin Blackmon, CB Morris Claiborne.

But that doesn’t mean all intrigue about the draft is lost. Much can happen in the 1st round after the Vikings choose, and then once the 1st round concludes all attention will shift to the 2nd round, which will occur on Friday evening. All day on Friday, then, Vikings fans will speculate and wonder what their team will do with the 3rd overall pick of the 2nd round.

That’s where the subject of today’s “A Closer Look” piece enters the equation. Janoris Jenkins, an extremely talented CB from North Alabama, is a player many fans haven’t seen play. He’s also a player many draft experts shove down their draft boards, which means fans don’t necessarily familiarize themselves him.

Jenkins is a 5-10, 182-pound CB who began his college career at the University of Florida and concluded it at North Alabama. At Florida, Jenkins was a Freshman All-America and Freshman All-SEC in 2008, and he was First-Team All-SEC in 2010. At North Alabama, Jenkins was a Second-Team All-America Division II. Scouts will tell you he’s excellent in press-man coverage, sinks his hips well, has “plus” athleticism and explosion, catches the ball when he gets his hands on it and takes good angles against the pass. I have him as the 2nd-best CB in this draft behind only consensus top choice Morris Claiborne.

With all of that said, why is he rated low by many NFL draft observers? Why do some think he’ll slip out of the 1st round completely? It’s largely because of off-field issues. Jenkins had 3 marijuana-related arrests while playing at Florida, which is why he was kicked out of the program. There are other off-field alerts on him as well, which we won’t get into here on the vikings.com Blog.

Suffice it to say, many have dragged Jenkins’ name through the mud. Whether you think it’s fair or not, the fact of the matter is many consider Jenkins too much of a character concern to select early in the draft. For Jenkins’ part, he seems to accept that fact, but he’s also adamant that selecting him in the draft will not be a mistake.

“Certain teams told me they thought I would be a thuggish kid with baggy jeans or one of those wild guys,” Jenkins told Aaron Wilson of Scout.com.  “When they meet me, they see I’m not a bad kid.  Just made some mistakes and everybody makes mistakes.  The NFL is going to get a good person who will give back and reach out to kids and talk about the things I’ve done in my past and talk to them about not making the same mistakes I made.”

So what do you think, Vikings fans? Jenkins is a talented CB who by all accounts has the physical ability to be a difference-maker in the NFL. An objective view of Jenkins, though, will also reveal a high potential for character concerns. The debate will be split on this, and we want to know if you think Jenkins is worth the risk of selecting with, say, an early 2nd-round pick should he slide out of the 1st round.

Let us know what you think by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below this entry…


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926 Responses to “A Closer Look: CB Janoris Jenkins Worth The Risk?”

  1. By Rick60 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    YES. If he is there when we pick in the 2nd round, we cannot pass on him. He is just too good.

  2. By Conjon on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I would take him if Harrison Smith and Devon still are gone in the 2nd round

    Also I would like us to get Asante Samuel Because than we could draft a WR in the 3 or 4 round instead of being in a full secondary panic mode and taking a CB. I think next year we have to still have a corner or a safety in the first or second round.

  3. By Dakotakid59 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s go get him, what kid in this day and age has not smoked pot.Miskakes are o’kay to make,just don’t repete them.there in lies the lesson.

  4. By bozz on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Pretty sure Percy was a super talented kid with some off-field issues who went to UF, look how he turned out. I say yes.

  5. By FilippfromPANAMA on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    the vikings need to get better in CB asap, we do need LT urgent as well but I think our first 3 picks should be LT, CB/FS, WR then we can start thinking about DT and LB and late round K. Greetings from Latinamerica to all vikings nation. Hope ill get chance to see a game in the new stadium

  6. By sandiamond on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook / Dre Kirkparick shutDown in the nfc north! just do it

  7. By KR HarvinFan WR on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I think if we don’t take Harrison Smith or a WR than he is our guy

  8. By KS Viking on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings have gambled and lost a few times in the past. (Demitrius Underwood comes to mind) But we have also hit some of our best prospects who dropped down the draft boards due to off the field issues. Future HOF Randy Moss, Not a draft day gamble, but Cris Carter was coming from Phili with all sorts of baggage. Harvin is latest example. Now we also avoided some guys in the past that has come back to haunt us. Warren Sapp as a major example. I think its one of those deals where the coaches and the scouts take a real close look at this guy, and ask themselves is his talent worth the risk. I think the Vikings have a few selections at this spot that would make sense, if the talent level is even, then why take the risk, but if he is head and shoulders above what else we could draft, then its def worth the risk. Harrison Smith would be good at our selection in 2nd round, I also think if Kevin Zietler drops down, we could have another Offensive line position locked up for next 10 years, or until FA/Trade bug bites us.

  9. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Wobschall … you mean the risk of one bad influence on another? or the risk of losing both starting CBs by week 6 …. AGAIN ?

    Drafting Jenkins creates a major risk … Asher Allen. Havent we seen this story before? You know where Asher is 4th on the depth chart but manages to end the season starting and during his on field journey he allows everything to be caught?

    Does anyone remember a couple games last season teams just went for it on 4th down because Asher Allen cant stop a forward pa’ss ?

    YES THE RISK IS WAY TO GREAT TO TAKE JENKINS BEFORE THE 4TH ROUND

  10. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I support J. Jenkins he is a shut down corner. He took the best the SEC had to offer out of games. If he is around draft him no questions asked.

  11. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    YOU KNOW WHAT WHO CARES … SOON IT WILL BE LAs PROBLEM

  12. By Roninmn.. on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Take him, do it now. Kalil 1st round Jenkins 2nd round. I think any of us, if we look back have made mistakes too. Give the kid a chance.

  13. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    NFL warning of sale, move adds pressure for stadium deal
    Article by: MIKE KASZUBA and MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune staff writers

    Little hope at Capitol

    Even some of the stadium’s biggest supporters were saying a public subsidy package for the stadium — at any location — is likely dead as the Legislature readies to adjourn.

    “It looks really bad right now,” said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove.

    In an attempt to generate some movement, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk said Wednesday he would be willing to put up enough DFL votes to get the stadium plan through a Senate panel where it has been stalled for weeks.

    But Bakk, the leading DFLer in the Senate, said there were no indications yet from the Republican Senate majority that the panel would reconvene. “Election-year politics obviously are getting in the way of resolving the stadium,” he said.

    The stadium subsidy package has faced long odds all spring, but the gloom surrounding the project has intensified since Monday, when a House panel surprisingly rejected the plan for a stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The state would have paid $398 million of the cost and the city of Minneapolis $150 million.

    Just one of six DFLers on the committee voted for it, and DFLers and Republican majority leaders have spent the past two days arguing over who was to blame.

    The committee voted 9-6 against the plan, with five of the GOP members favoring the bill and four against it.

    On Wednesday, Dayton again talked of a special legislative session for the stadium later this year. Last year, Dayton had wanted one before Thanksgiving. “I’d give it consideration,” he said.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148022185.html

  14. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    NFL warning of sale, move adds pressure for stadium deal
    Article by: MIKE KASZUBA and MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune staff writers

    Back to Arden Hills?

    On a day when no Vikings stadium proposal seemed to have traction, there was a new attempt to change the stadium location once again, this time back to Ramsey County’s Arden Hills.

    A group of DFL and Republican legislators unveiled what would be the fourth funding proposal for an Arden Hills stadium — this time calling for a suburban Ramsey County food and beverage tax that would be subject to a November referendum.

    Even that proposal appeared to be put together on the fly. One supporter, Sen. James Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, said at a news conference that he favored adding a casino at the Arden Hills stadium site but was quickly reminded while he stood at the lectern that the latest stadium proposal didn’t include a casino.

    “We’re still alive. We’re still around,” Ramsey County Board Chairman Rafael Ortega said of the Arden Hills site.

    “It could be close, [but] we feel we could win a referendum in Ramsey County,” he said.

    The Vikings last year agreed with Ramsey County to build a $1.1 billion stadium on the site of a former ammunition plant but agreed to switch to Minneapolis when Dayton said the only way to get a public subsidy package passed at the Legislature this spring was to build in the state’s largest city.

    Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said Wednesday that the team was trying to revive the Minneapolis stadium plan at the Capitol and wasn’t interested now in Arden Hills.

    Nor, he said, was the team interested in yet another plan that some legislators were referring to as “Plan B.”

    That proposal would authorize electronic bingo and pulltabs, along with sports-themed tip boards without addressing the stadium issue, and will go before the House Taxes Committee on Thursday night amid speculation the money could be put in a reserve fund to begin preliminary design work on a stadium.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148022185.html

  15. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Bob Sansevere: Vikings stadium makes sense with White Earth casino plan
    Pioneer Press
    twincities.com
    Posted: 04/18/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 19, 2012 4:31 AM GMTUpdated: 04/18/2012 11:31:34 PM CDT

    LEADING OFF

    Some state legislators have put the brakes on funding for a new Vikings stadium. There is reluctance for a variety of reasons, ranging from giving money to a wealthy team owner to making a decision without input from the public via a statewide referendum.

    There appears to be a simple solution – one that wouldn’t mean reaching into state coffers or raising taxes. Somebody needs to put a call into the White Earth Ojibwe tribe members who want to give $400 million toward a new stadium in exchange for the right to build a casino in the Twin Cities. The White Earth tribe also offered to split casino revenue with the state. And to put money toward increasing the purses at Canterbury Park and Running Aces.

    It seems like such a no-brainer: The Vikings get their new stadium with no state dollars involved while the state gets a slice of a casino pie and, as a bonus, the state’s two horse-racing tracks get a financial boost.

    Unfortunately, there has been no traction for the White Earth proposal.

    Political leaders in the state have shown little interest, and that makes little sense. A White Earth-funded casino in the Twin Cities would benefit the state’s largest tribe, with 20,000 members. White Earth also is one of the state’s poorest tribes, which should be a reason for politicians to rally behind this plan.

    I have been hearing for years the state will not build its own casinos because it would affect American Indian casinos. I get that, but

    here’s the state’s largest American Indian group and one of its poorest wanting to build a casino and give money to the state, and it’s being told, “No thanks.”
    The state, by the way, could use the revenue it receives from the White Earth casino to help American Indians who are not affiliated with any casinos.

    And it could use the upfront offer of $400 million to get the Vikings stadium built.

    And yet here we are, with no stadium deal and no idea when, or if, there will be one.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20425846/bob-sansevere-vikings-stadium-makes-sense-white-earth?source=rss

  16. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    NFL exec says Vikings’ stadium situation now `very serious’

    Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, NFC Updated: April 18, 2012 – 7:23 PM

    NFL Executive Vice President of Business Operations Eric Grubman

    Q: What is the league’s reaction to the news?

    Grubman: “There’s a lot of concern from the league. The ownership and league staff have been working with the Vikings and from the league’s standpoint, the Vikings have been patient, they’ve negotiated in good faith, they’ve been responsive to doing all they can do to get this resolved. It’s reached a point where there may be a stalemate. So I would say it’s very serious at this point. You have to remember this was portrayed as having support and likely to pass as recently as a couple of weeks ago when we were at the league meetings. So this will come as quite a blow. This is quite a blow.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/148020845.html

  17. By SoCalVike on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Remember Tebow passed for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns against us,Claiborne or Kalil has to be the pick!

  18. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Well it looks like I will have to say I told you so, Minnesota can not do any thing right, the Lakers, the North Stars, now the Vikings, so sad.

  19. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I hope there is time to put the Arden Hills Vikings stadium back in play to get all those unemployed workers back to work, not looking good, maybe I will have to lobby for the Vikings to move to El Paso TX.

  20. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    That should have said Arden Hills Vikings stadium plan back in play.

  21. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    By DeerTracks on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    laVike—Give Ponder a full off-season with the coaches and recievers? How about giving Webb the same? How about the 2011 Detroit Game? We lost because aftet Webb drove down to the 4 yard line, He was going for the win, only to have his head all but torn off by a Detroit Linebacker…WE lost that game, not by Webb, but a worthless OL—-I

  22. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Have to gree with you on that DeerTracks.

  23. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Hopfully Goodell and Rooney can get the A$S Holes to understand how important a new stadium is. Maybe they will say the NFL will pledge between 50-100 million.

  24. By VIKING909 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I AGREE IF HE IS THERE TAKE HIM WE NEED THE HELP IN THE SECONDARY.

  25. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Rogerthevikefan, maybe.

  26. By jim r on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    In the second round?? No, not even. There are to many better players still on the board. The vikings have many holes to fill. A good CB is just one of them, and there will still be other fine CB’s still on the board. If Jenkins could be had in the late 3rd round(move up from the 4th round). Yeah that’s a risk worth taking, but Jenkins screams draft bust. The immaturity is an even bigger issue than the pot bust. With the signings of Carr and Bowman CB’s move down the priority list. Cook will also be able to return to work as well. Safeties are a bigger concern now. And what about a big down field threat at the WR position.

  27. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Why the F*CK are they not looking into the White Earth Indian casino plan. It seems like the best option by far. No state money and they actually will end up making money that could be used to fund other state projects. It could help support schools. Just seems stupid they are not interested.

  28. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Is Jenoris Jenkins worth the risk?

    Was Randy Moss worth the risk?

  29. By vikesfan12 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    The White Earth deal is just too dam good to pass on!!! The states share could go to fix our bridges and roads!!!! Unreal!!!!!

  30. By KRILLIE_KRILL1 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I AGREE IF HES STILL THERE TAKE HIM WE NEED THE HELP IN THE SECONDARY.

  31. By vikesfan12 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Everybody has made mistakes! Take the kid and dont look back!

  32. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    vikesfan12, looniest is it not, Minnesota cannot see a good thing when it is right in front of them.

  33. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I agree that safety is a bigger need then CB but Jenkins is the best corner in this draft. He shut down A.J. Green, Julio Jones, and Alshon Jeffery. There are some other good corners but the fact is he shuts down the best WR on the field. He should be the pick if S Harrison Smith is gone.

  34. By Richard1A on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I like the Arden Hills idea, why they did’nt vote for a stadium, I don’t know. They should be picking defensive players, all our coachs are defensive minded, they need to be able to do what they do best. What are they going to do with offensive players, sit back and watch,

  35. By PurplHaze on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    2nd round way too early to draft Jenkins. 3rd is possible, but 4th is even more realistic.

    If he’s there by the 3rd, maybe. If he’s there in the 4th, lets grab him!

  36. By Carl K on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldn’t say Jenkins is a “major” risk with pick #35.
    He has first round talent.. and the Vikings will need to win early in the season!

    I think he is more NFL ready than Stephen Hill, Reuben Randle or Harrison Smith.

    Take him!

    Problem is this is a p a s s-ing league and he will be long gone before the Vikings get a shot.

  37. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Government continues to get stupider as time goes by.

  38. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I have to go for now, God Bless you all in this time of Darkness.

  39. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- If you were the owner you surely wouldnt have drafted guys like Percy and Moss right?

    You make me sick.

  40. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I can sense the angry mobs readying thier pitch forks and torches.

  41. By DeerTracks on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I have my old team (which will be my NEW Team 49ers) when the Vikings move out…

    I will enjoy watching Randy Moss slam-dunk the Vikings when they play this year!

    Do the same thing you done to Dallas, when they passed on you, Randy..

  42. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Boil the tar and ready the feathers.

  43. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    One more thing, all Minnesota Vikings fans, show up someday soon in traditional Vikings garb, real swords and all and advance on the capital, SKOL Vikings. Bye.

  44. By fkajames on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    NOOOOOOO! I hope Spielman has taken him off the Vikings’ board. Too many issues, too much baggage (kids with multiple women, plus continued smoking weed even after he got kicked off the FL team), and besides, the Vikings play Cover-2. They don’t need shut-down corners, they need competent corners who can cover in the short to intermediate field. There is a much greater need for good quality safeties that can accept WRs coming out of the corner zone and stay with them.

    That means no Claiborne, no Jenkins, and no CBs in the first 2 rounds. Kalil at #3, a safety or WR at #35, and the first time you even think of a corner is round 3.

  45. By vikesfan12 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil
    Smith
    Quick
    Our 3 biggest needs in the first 3 rounds

  46. By Dahal on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Great talent, but he’s way too small. Especially with tall receivers, taller corners tend to do better. I know small guys can be good but I don’t see that with Jenkins.

  47. By Nicholas on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I was actually going to comment on Percy Harvin…and good point with Randy Moss, too.

    I think Jenkins has elite talent, and we would be foolish to pass on him if he is there @ 35. In fact, I’d take him over Harrison Smith or Alshon Jeffery if they are there @ 35.

    Just immagine the matchup of Cook and Jenkins. We’d just need to fix our safety situation..get a middle linebacker, and maybe a DT…we’d be an L337 Defense : )

  48. By Nicholas on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

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

  49. By FreddieBaby on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Without the luxury of having a pre-draft meeting with him where I might find out something that would change my mind, I’d draft him in a heartbeat in the second round if he is still there. He has massive talent at a position that is pretty important these days. As far as the issues in his past, I would take a chance and roll the dice and hope that those problems do not reoccur. Maybe he has matured a little over the last couple of years and he will be able to put it behind him. Bottom line is that he has massive talent at a position that we need help at and I think that with the right type of environment and having the right type of coaches, he could stay on the straight and narrow and develop into a Pro Bowl CB.

  50. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

  51. By Carl K on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    The signing of Bowman and Carr make safety and WR a bigger need…so, I really don’t see Jenkins as an option unless Harrison Smith, Stephen Hill and Rueben Randle are all off the board.

  52. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

  53. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

  54. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    SKOL Vikings for freedom and liberty! Have fun and live free, bye for one last time. LOL.

  55. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I cant wait for Cook to play 16 games just so the doubters can be quiet.

    You all look at the positives with Ponder, but search for the negatives with Cook.

  56. By Ben on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    TAKE HIM!!

  57. By PurplHaze on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Not me, Spence … I thought Cook was playing REALLY well, until he got himself in trouble. I’m looking forward to a productive, full season from him this year. I think he’ll be eager to prove his value to the team.

  58. By Parody on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Jenkins is worth the risks if other guys we’re targeting around that area are gone. Guys like Hill, Smith, and some other players with first round talent. We need a WR more than a CB, but I would fall short of saying take Randle over Jenkins. If any WR graded higher than Randle drops to us, take him instead. Top two Safeties should be taken before Jenkins, and there’s a couple LBs and DLinemen that I would target ahead of his as well. Outside of that, unless a team is gunho about a trade for our 2nd rounder, I think he’s worth the risk.

  59. By Parody on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    *CBs Claiborne, Kirkpatrick and Gilmore should all be taken before Jenkins in the second if they’re there, but I doubt any of them will make it out of the first.

  60. By 61Vikings on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    What the he$$ is going on there in Minnesota!! It’s one thing to allow a basketball team and a hockey team to leave, but not an NFL team!! You lose this team you may never get the chance again to get another NFL team!! Wake up you dumb a$$es!! We love our Vikings and we want them to stay in Minnesota!! Hopefully the commish can talk some sense into the powers to be there in Minnesota!! Long live our Vikings!!

  61. By Parody on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I might take Robinson before Jenkins as well. He’s listed as a mid-second rounder, and he’s another 5’10″ player, but he has elite speed and jumping ability, and is among the stronger CBs in the draft.
    (4.33 40, 38.5″ Vertical, 17 reps at the bench).

  62. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Pick the best player available…even if he has more than a carry on…unless they kill someone or do harm to another human being who really cares about the petty shhhtuff.

  63. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Defense should be a priority though… especially the safety position…that is the Vikings achilles.

  64. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Jenkins might be a hard choice over Burfict…

    If both were available in the ….6th….round area in the draft…

    There is plenty of impact players to chose from in the second round…
    Leave the trouble players for late round sleepers…If at all…

  65. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    *is…are

  66. By evangelcomes on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    This is a coaches choice, draft bust happens when a coaching bust happens, coaches are leaders of men! The NFL should have the resources in place to take on character issues not shy away from them, we have a hall of fame bound sack leader with two DWI’s, people make mistakes, Harvin reportedly choked a coach in college, things happen and people change, take and let him prove us wrong or right!

  67. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook had only 8 reps on the bench…maybe the jury looked at that.

  68. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Percy Harvin #1 out of Florida with off field issues. Janoris Jenkins out of Florida also wearing the same number 1 jersey with some off field issues as well. TAKE HIM.
    I dont know if anyone posted this.

    please search savethevikes.org

  69. By Parody on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    It looks like we should have a lot of good choices to consider in the 2nd round. All of these guys might not be there, but plenty of them will be:

    SS – Smith
    OLB – David
    CB – Robinson
    WR – Randle
    ILB – Hightower
    DT – Reyes
    OT – Adams

    Plus there are other players graded higher than them who are likely to slip to us. At least one player always seems to slip. The question is, who will it be?

  70. By Parody on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yea – Jenkins should be in that list too…

  71. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Funniest quote ever: “The Ravens bolstered the QB depth on Thursday with the signing of Curtis Painter.”

  72. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe not ever. Definitely today’s funniest quote though.

  73. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply
    I cant wait for Cook to play 16 games just so the doubters can be quiet.
    You all look at the positives with Ponder, but search for the negatives with Cook.

    ______________________________________________________________
    Last 2 seasons

    CCok …. 12 games … 8 starts … 25 years old

    CPonder …. 11 games … 10 starts … 24 years old

    Spencer we dont search for reasons to like Ponder. He provides us reasons …

  74. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I have preached a little doom and gloom about the stadium issues on this blog,but i heard something yesterday on the local sports show 1090 with Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton…An N.F.L. executive was saying that it would be nearly impossible for a team like the Vikings to move to L.A. because of two reasons…Marketing in that area,and the long and outstanding tradition of the Vikings and Minnesota…That is why Red had to sell the team…he wanted to move to L.A. and the N.F.L. said No…The “League” is more powerful than every other sports entity.

  75. By Parody on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    GDP – What you talking about? Painter is a great addition. In 3 years, he has only thrown 11-INTs. That’s an average of only 3.66 per year…sounds pretty solid!

  76. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Whats painter’s record?

  77. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I cant wait for Joe Webb to come in for Ponder once he eventually gets knocked out of the game. Webb will be starting by Week 3 and he will provide the spark that will carry us to the playoffs. AP+Toby+Percy+Carlson+Rudolph+Webb= Unstoppable.

    Webb has that ITfactor!

  78. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    This picture is awesome haha.

    http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/5738/supperg.jpg

  79. By hognuts on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s get a stadium.

  80. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Nice list Parody…the only player above # 34 on the 100 best player available list is Randle and thats at 33…Most of them are listed in the 40′s and Robinson is at 50…Yea i guess a few will slip to us.

  81. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Michael Wobschall- What is your opinion on Jenoris Jenkins? Feel free to chime in anytime you like…..

  82. By DeerTracks on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I’m with you on the Ponder–Webb thing…..

    I am a bit surprised the Anti-Webb crowd did’t fall on you with there moon-eyed fawning over Ponder Bull$hit…

  83. By Lance on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    First off….. I will say I am not from Minny but I seriously want you guys to get this done! infact I am not even from the US but… I love the state and the vikings. the NFC north has so much history… I hate this to say but the 4 teams in the NFC north may hate each other but the fact is we need all four teams in tht division to make it what it is. Will never be the same minus any of the four in it.

    I wish you all the best and hope your state gets this done. Plus, I live in canada I am not very close but its much easier for me to travel to minny then other cities even further to watch my vikes!

    Again I really really hope the vikings stay!

  84. By Larry on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I really like Jenkins.But I read today that left tackle Mike Adams might fall as far as third round,because of failing a drug test at the combine.That would be great news for us if that happens.We could then take Claiborne first then Hill second,and and Adams third.

  85. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Tomorrows 4/20 guys.

  86. By KoN on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Fun Fact: Ponder was (as far as I can tell) the best redzone QB last year. he led the league with 77.8% accuracy and had a 114 QB rating.

  87. By KoN on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Oops I forgot to capitalize “he.”

  88. By Saddy on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Is this the end of MN Vikings, Vikings to LA?? Owner Zygi private plane spotted in Southern california and Roger Goddell flew to talk with LA Mayor about NFL moving there…

    http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_20435464/private-plane-belonging-minnesota-vikings-owner-zigi-wilf?source=rss

  89. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer … After much thought and consideration , I will add Janoris Jenkins to my list of possibilities at 35

    Harrison Smith
    Stephen Hill
    Janoris Jenkins

    I will trust that the front office knows more than me about all 3 players and accept any of the 3 … there are a couple other names Id be goo with but those are my personal favorites.

    Jenkins just because Charlie Casserly ranked him top 15 talent. To get that with the 35th pick would be awesome if it works out. Casserly alsosaid he wouldnt take Jenkins in round 1.

  90. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    wow casserly made it through the censorship

  91. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    err good not goo

  92. By Derrick.G on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    You Twin City residents better march to the capitol, cause were losing this team, i may live in c.rapifornia, but i dont want them here, id rather the team disappear, than to relocate.

  93. By Vikeman56 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    1st round Matt lt
    2nd round janorus Jenkins cb
    3rd round Marvin wr
    4th round case keenum kellen Moore qb
    U might b worderin bout the Moore keenum pick. There’s always the chance that ponder won’t pan out, and I think keenum could b a steal as well as Moore.

  94. By hognuts on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Where: Steps of the State Capital building
    75 Constitution Ave
    St Paul, MN …55155

    When: Monday, April 23rd 11:00 am

  95. By hognuts on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    ^ couldn’t post it all. found it on espn blog.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/40884/vikings-stadium-breathe-people-breathe

  96. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Why wouldn’t the NFL be reconsidering allowing Mn renew a contract with the Vikings…

    The league is finding out these past few years..Mn politicians are nothing less than a den of thieves,bushwhackers,and rattlesnakes on capitol hill…

    Why even deal with Mn at all ??…

  97. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- its great to have you on board!

    #TeamJenkins

  98. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Going to love all you guys picking Jenkins for your second pick in the draft…

    You will be all easier to out guess than I thought…No way the Vikings take Jenkins in the second round…

  99. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Should be interesting next Wednesday night too…On who all think Kalil will still be the pick at 3…
    Or if anyone bails out of the 3 spot and looks for a trade option ??

  100. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Or is OTkalil all smoke&mirrors…Maybe I am just leading you to believe I don’t think Jenkins is the 2 pick…To get you to take another player instead ???…..; )

  101. By KoN on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    If Jenkins’ only character concerns are pot and babies then it has been way overblown and as the second best CB in the draft he would be a steal at 35. That being said, I would still probably take Smith above him.

  102. By HoRnEd on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    As Dan Akroyd once said; “I would’nt touch Janoris Jenkins with a 10 foot cattleprod.

  103. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    If Harrison Smith is still on the board, I would draft him over Janoris Jenkins.

    And im done with ‘Sadam’ Hussain Abdullah. He keeps f-ckin with us…hopefully Mistral Raymond can step up.

  104. By iaVIKE on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe we offered him a cheap 1 – year deal like Erin Henderson, either way it’s not like he’s an elite safety….he should take what’s on the table

  105. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    This guy looks like hes going to be great, and he has so much Swag!

  106. By PurplHaze on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t believe the hype folks … Spiel man CAN’T be that dense!

    THE VIKINGS NEED MATT KALIL @ #3 OVERALL! He’s the ONLY player that makes sense at that spot!!!

  107. By Cole on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    If Jenkins is still available, Vikings need to pick him. I like him more than Smith, and plus one of our needs in CB. With the weak safety class, I would say for the Vikings to wait until next year. Janoris will be good, unless arrested or plagued by injuries. Sure he has kids, smokes pot, and got arrested for a fight. Most people growing up from the 70′s to now have smoked pot before. Maybe he can afford some protection after the draft. Even though Vikings are a Cover 2 team, we still need a CB. He is small, but people forget Cook is pretty big at 6’2″. Vikings will be sorry if he is available and they pass on him. Fill safety with Brandon Taylor or Antonio Allen in the later rounds.
    Ideal Scenario:
    1-Kalil
    2-Jenkins
    3. Brian Quick

  108. By PurplHaze on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman too!

  109. By hognuts on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    24/32 approval by the owners to sell and relocate a team. I read it from an article from Washington Post.

  110. By Cole on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

  111. By Jeffbleedspurple on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I really don’t care to much right now, the state of Minnesots has taken all the excitement over the draft right out of me, the only thing I am looking forward to on the 26th is going to the protest and do my part in trying to keep the Vikings home, it really does not look good.

  112. By mikevikejr on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I have to disagree with you Parody. Defensive back at this point is in greater need then wide receiver. Taking Kalil in the first round will have a resounding affect on this offense and is a no brainier. This pick alone improves our offense on nearly all facets. If Jenkins is there in the second round I say take him. The talent pool for WRs drops way off after Blackmon and Floyd are off the board so there will value WRs in the 3rd round. Jenkins talent is to much to pass up if he is there at 35. I say DB is more a need then WR at this point for a couple of reasons:

    1. We do have play makers on offense right now like Harvin, Peterson, Rudolph, to name a few, that can do some damage (especially with addition of kalil ) What play makers do we have for DB?… Winfield and… and no one. and Antoine has MAYBE 2 season left in him.
    2. We led the league in sacks last year! yay! but guess what 50 sacks means nothing when their QB completes every pass when hes upright. A pass rush like that should open up opportunity for big plays and turn overs for even a mediocre secondary. QBs last year averaged a 68.2% completion rate against us and we were tied for last in the league for interceptions with 8.
    3. Our division foes all have an eilte passing QBs that will be there for years. Nuff said.

    We need play makers in our secondary because we only have one and he is in his 14th season! Don’t F this up spielman….

  113. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    ——————-Raymond——————————-H.Smith————————-

    Cook—————————————————————————-Z.Bowman

    ——————Greenway————J.Brinkley————–E.Henderson————
    ————-Allen—————Williams————-Ballard?————-Robison

  114. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer … Im excited to see Guion get his shot at NT … hes only 24 and has 40 NFL games with 3 starts. Guion is younger than Chris Cook and has played in 28 more games

  115. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    You just cant help yourself can you? lol

  116. By chrisbreezy on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    use your 2013 picks to get a early 2nd round pick. 1st kalil, 2nd jenkins, 2nd smith SS, 3rd quick WR, 4th rainey RB, 4th kelemete OG, 5th jackson FS, 6th burris OLB, 7th burfict MLB

  117. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    :)

    I could say the same about you …

  118. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    None of these picks mean anything. Why is Wobs not addressing the most pressing issue at hand? LA Vikes. Oh, the sour sound of it.

  119. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Titus, Wobs as an employee doesnt have the same sentiment we do. He’s paid to be a Viking fan … we just are and always have been.

  120. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Wobs could be a LA Dygaga fan tomorrow and care less

  121. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Is that really Titus? I need some proof…

    “Tituus”…what do I call you?

  122. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe Wobs will say nothing– he must follow the mother ship…

  123. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Sir

  124. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Sir Titus to be exact.

  125. By Meekay on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil, jenkins and martin would be a great draft if Cook and Jenkins can stay on the field.

  126. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

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  127. By KoN on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, I imitated you under the name “Titus Flavius Something Something Something” as a joke for one post, and all of the sudden everyone is doubting your identity.

  128. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I keep crunching numbers…Needs…Players available ??…

    And after crunching all those numbers and scenarios..I came up with the answer I was not hoping for…

    I believe the Vikings will trade out of the number 3 spot in the draft….

    I will wait until the night before the draft to make my prediction of what I believe will happen in my trade scenario…

  129. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    K- Kloning

    O- Others

    N- Needlessly

  130. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Actually, I returned last night on the previous blog. I scanned through at times, and yes, I saw you KoN trying to be me. Parody didn’t buy it.

  131. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    But I returned because I am seriously concerned about the Vikings leaving MN. I was one of the few scoffing at such a possibility, but if the powers do not do something quickly, it may become reality.

  132. By Woodboat on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Do any of you lend and credance to the possibility that the Dolphins might buy that #3 spot from us? Would you trade Kalil for #8 plus a 2nd and 3rd? Would be hard to pass on….

  133. By Woodboat on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    dang…. any, any credance.

  134. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    49ers got a new stadium…

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/A-Look-in-the-49ers-New-Stadium-123475189.html

  135. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I won’t say who I believe the Vikings will trade the number 3 pick too..

    But I believe there are at least 3 teams minimum in the bidding for the 3rd pick……

  136. By Woodboat on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I love the artists rendition of the new 49ers stadium. They could have saved themselves some time if they’d done a more realistic picture. Just needed some red blurs in a bank of heavy fog in one shot…. maybe a Niners flag getting torn to shreds in the wind in another.

  137. By Woodboat on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    OTKalil… It seems that if they do trade out, it’ll be for someone going (way too high) for Tannehill. I heard him talking on ESPN radio today, and he mentioned the teams that had contacted him. Seahawks, Eagles, Dolphins, KC, and maybe Cleveland (not sure on this last one). We may get lucky and have Cleveland, who I believe is at 4, get nervous that we are going to trade out of that spot to a rival for the QB, and have them make us an offer to move up one spot. If we can pull a 3rd rd pick and still get Kalil… that would be awesome.

  138. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks to all the bloggers for providing the names of the nine s(um-su(king politicians who want to end my 44-year relationship with the Minnesota Vikings. If any of you want to come to this beautiful tourist haven for a much-needed vacation, I would be glad to take you out for a lobster dinner. I would gladly grind you up and you would be the lobster’s dinner.

  139. By KoN on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    OTK, weren’t you the one saying that we’d end up trading with the Rams?

  140. By Mike B. on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman just reported to on NFL.com he’s probably going to pick Kalil Claiborne or Blackmon

  141. By Mike B. on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Where is all this negative stuff about Ponder and pro Webb coming from. Ponder is our startig QB. Let’s get cheer him on. Go Ponder.

  142. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I believe the Vikings will trade the 3rd pick…

    But also believe they will get a lot back in exchange for that pick also…

    So fear not Viking fans..If you see that trade happen next Thursday night…

    Spielman and the Vikings should do very well if that trade happens…

  143. By Woodboat on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I really hope we can get decent O Line play this year. We are going to need it badly. Peterson most likely won’t be the player he was, though I wouldn’t put money either way on that. Gerhart is a serviceable back, but he’s not first caliber ala Peterson / Ray Rice / etc…

    Our WR corps should be serviceable if not spectacular, but our TEs should be a strong point for us. With Harvin, Rudolph, and Carlson as targets, Ponder ought to be able to show us something IF he’s given some time. I don’t think we really need to worry about a deep threat guy… he’s not going to get many thrown to him. If we have a guy with decent speed that can catch a little, I think he’s going to see a LOT of man coverage with our short passing/ running game pulling the safties in.

  144. By Mike B. on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8287238d/article/vikings-narrow-options-for-no-3-overall-draft-pick?module=HP11_headline_stack

  145. By Woodboat on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Who is the #2 LT on the board and how big a drop off from Kalil is he?

  146. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    we should trade our #3 pick for $500 Million dollars ….

  147. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Yes KoN…I mentioned 2 teams I thought were in the lead at that time for a trade…

    The Eagles and Rams…Woodboat has the Dolphins also…I also think that is another team in the running…

  148. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Well, if the stadium bill is not passed this year, these players will be MN Vikings as rookies only.

  149. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    This is the year we get our 1st Superbowl.

    Anythings possible.

  150. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    That’s the Spencer Spirit!

  151. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I just can’t believe Mn politics shot down the stadium bill again this year…It was easy to see that Zygi was putting his all into getting the stadium bill done…All his effort and patience went into this year…With all the meetings with crunching financial numbers,locations,etc…

    The Wilf’s finally thought they had what they needed to get this stadium built…

    And then get introduced to the “nasty nine”…

    This was an extremely fair deal Mn politicians…A deal that should not have been turned down…

  152. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s win a Superbowl this year with a predominantly rookie team. Awesome.

  153. By Shawn on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Titus … thats a great idea but why didnt we have that idea every year for the last 50 ???

  154. By Frederick Jones on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    You know it’s funny…

    I read an article by a leading newspaper sports reporter who talked about all the reasons why the stadium wouldn’t be built.

    Then he said, Oh, by the bye, beware something HUGE could happen at any moment.

    C’mon Man…Common Man!

    Only Ziggy Wilf and G O D knows for sure what will happen!

  155. By Spencer on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Ok, im all in for the SS Harrison Smith in the second round now. We desparately need a new starting SS because J.Sanford is Horrific….special teams player at best.

  156. By Mike B. on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Goodell is going to let the Wilfs decide what they want to do if the stadium deal doesn’t get done this legislative session. They can petition to move or sell the team they have met the requirements to make the request.

  157. By Frederick Jones on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    The proof that the Vikings were more than capable of winning Super Bowl IV versus the KC Chiefs. In those days it was the NFL Championship game versus the Cleveland Browns which the Vikings won 27-7, that mattered the most.

    The Vikings won this game with an average to below average QB, Gary Cuozzo

  158. By Frederick Jones on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Notice the blocking by the Vikings O Line in that game. A slow TE, John “The Beast” Beasley made a long reception in that game!!!

  159. By don on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings need two cornerbacks at least in the secondary and need help in th offeensive line almost as badly. Also a new coach as the one they have is responsible for the secondary

  160. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Great reporting Fred. Sounds like the history of the world by Mel Brooks; Something HUGE could happen any moment. I like it– my new mantra. Expectation, boys! Expectation is the birthplace of miracles.

  161. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    NFL to tout stadium in person

    Article by: MIKE KASZUBA and JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune staff writers

    Updated: April 19, 2012 – 11:18 PM

    With some movement at Capitol, commissioner will deliver a plea for urgency.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with top state leaders Friday in a high-stakes effort to win a publicly funded stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

    The meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders from both parties follows a Thursday telephone call in which NFL officials told Dayton it was urgent to resolve the stadium issue this spring.

    “They didn’t issue any threats or anything, but it was more of a warning” the Vikings might leave Minnesota, Dayton said on Thursday. “It was very clear that they see that the Vikings will be in play [to move] if this is not resolved or unfavorably resolved in this session.”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148198685.html

  162. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    House Republicans block DFL move on Vikings stadium

    Posted by: Mike Kaszuba under Funding, Minnesota legislature, Republicans, State budgets Updated: April 19, 2012 – 5:07 PM

    There was a brief – but unsuccessful – attempt Thursday to revive the plan for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium in the Minnesota House.

    With the Republican-controlled House ready to adjourn for the day, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen suddenly asked that the plan be sent to the House Taxes Committee. The public subsidy package for the nearly $1 billion stadium has sat dormant since it was defeated Monday in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee, and Thissen said he wanted to revive the proposal by sending it to another House panel.

    Republicans blocked the move by Thissen, the lead DFLer in the House, by a 68 to 59 margin.

    With the Legislature moving closer to adjournment, the maneuver was the latest sign that DFLers and Republicans may be spending more time jockeying for political advantage over the stadium dilemma than actually moving toward an up-or-down vote on the project.

    “The Republicans all voted to [not] move it ahead,” Thissen said afterward. “It gives the lie to their seriousness about actually doing” a stadium project this spring.

    Afterward, Thissen and Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, the chief House author of the stadium legislation, had a brief but animated discussion on the House floor.

    Lanning said the move was nothing more than an attempt by DFLers to politically embarrass Republicans and try to blame them for the stadium stalemate at the Legislature

    “This little stunt here is not the best route” to revive the stadium legislation, Lanning said. “This was not a part of a strategy that I was involved” with. “I need to be part of that strategy, and I was not.”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148175985.html

  163. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    NFL sees Vikings meeting two requirements needed for move
    Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune Updated: April 19, 2012 – 10:24 PM

    Section 4.3 of the NFL’s Constitution and Bylaws states that two of the requirements needed to move an NFL franchise are an “obligation to work diligently and in good faith to obtain and to maintain suitable stadium facilities” and to demonstrate that a “stalemate” has been reached in those negotiations.

    Eric Grubman, NFL executive vice president of business operations, said it’s the league’s opinion that the Vikings have met the “good faith” criteria and would satisfy the “stalemate” criteria if Minnesota legislators don’t pass a stadium deal before their session ends in 11 days.

    “I don’t think there’s any question that if this doesn’t get done this year, the league’s standpoint is it starts back at Square 1 next year,” Grubman said. “And what’s going to change? And if nothing is going to change, you are going to have political dynamics changing. You’re going to have lots of different people nominating different sites. … These things cost millions and millions of dollars just to get it to this point. What would be the justification for doing it again on the part of the Vikings?”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148198675.html

  164. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Metrodome will get new scoreboards this summer

    Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune Updated: April 19, 2012 – 5:52 PM

    Two 23-year-old auxiliary scoreboards will be replaced by Aug. 1. Costing $276,000, they could be moved to a new Vikings stadium.

    It might be tough to land a new football stadium, but at least the old one is getting new scoreboards.

    The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission on Thursday hired a South Dakota-based manufacturer to replace two 23-year-old auxiliary scoreboards in the Metrodome with LED-display boards.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148109635.html

  165. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    NFL’s policy and procedures for proposed franchise relocations
    Updated: April 19, 2012 – 7:37 PM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148181325.html

  166. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium: Wilf’s jet reportedly spotted in California
    By Bill Salisbury and Doug Belden
    Pioneer Presstwincities.com
    Posted: 04/19/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 20, 2012 3:37 AM GMTUpdated: 04/19/2012 10:37:27 PM CDT

    A day before NFL leaders planned to visit Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to discuss a new Vikings stadium, team owner Zygi Wilf’s private plane reportedly was spotted at a Southern California airport.

    The Los Angeles Daily News also reported that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently met privately in Los Angeles with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to talk about, among other things, the NFL relocating to Los Angeles.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20434290/senjem-now-expects-senate-panel-take-up-vikings?source=rss

  167. By Mike B. on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    So basically no stadium deal gives the Wilfs the right to ask to move or sell the team.

  168. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium bill mired in partisan sniping in the House
    By Doug Belden and Bill Salisbury
    Pioneer Presstwincities.com
    Posted: 04/19/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 20, 2012 2:44 AM GMTUpdated: 04/19/2012 09:44:30 PM CDT

    Partisan advocates squared off on the House floor and later in committee Thursday over who should be blamed for the bill stalling.

    Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, made a motion on the floor Thursday to refer the stadium bill to the Taxes committee. He said he was trying to move the bill ahead after its committee defeat earlier this week.

    Republicans blocked the surprise move, which they called a stunt by Democrats to shift blame away from themselves for only coming up with one “yes” vote in the committee where the bill went down.

    “Representative Thissen did not talk to me, and he should have,” said Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, the sponsor of the stadium bill. “It’s customary for the author of the bill to make a motion like that,” he said.

    “From my caucus’ standpoint, a surprise move would have made it more difficult in Taxes,” said Lanning.

    House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said later Democrats were playing “a petty partisan game.”

    A few hours later, in a Taxes committee hearing about a bill on charitable gaming, Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, introduced an amendment to include the minority recommendation on state public works bonding, with the addition of bonding money for a Vikings stadium.

    That drew a heated response from Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, and from Rep. Keith Downey, R-Edina. “This is a total joke,” said Downey, and he said the entire stadium effort led by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has been “a total sham.”

    Lenczewski withdrew the amendment, but complained about the harshness of the Republicans’ language.

    The committee then went into recess for about 15 minutes.

    The bill under consideration in Taxes, sponsored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, authorizes electronic pull-tab and bingo gaming as well as sports-themed tipboards and provides tax relief for charitable-gaming groups.

    It has been linked this session to the stadium bill, and Kriesel has said he would be open to having money generated in his bill earmarked for a stadium.

    Meanwhile, the Senate’s Local Government and Elections committee is scheduled to hear and vote on three stadium bills Friday, according to Senate GOP spokesman Steve Sviggum.

    One is the main bill offered by Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, that would put a stadium up on the site of the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Rosen has been working on alternative financing involving electronic scratch-off lottery games, Sviggum said.

    The second is a bill from Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, that would shift much of the cost burden onto the Vikings. The third is a bill from James Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, that would put the stadium in Arden Hills.

    Rosen’s bill was heard in Local Government in mid-March but did not get a vote, and backers have been trying to get a second hearing scheduled ever since.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20436457/vikings-stadium-bill-could-get-new-life-house?source=rss

  169. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B., yes.

  170. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    A move IS imminent. NO question about it. Wilfs have done far more than due diligence on their part– they even gave up on their preferred site in Arden Hills to appease Minneapolis and build on the old dome’s site. They even offered over 400 million to help pay for it. And they have waited for a decade as two other major stadiums were built in the area. Like one of DRS’s posts said, planning and proposals costs millions– they will not go through all this again. Why should they?

  171. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    LIKE I SAID — the past year or so, I was one of those that scoffed at the idea the team would move– highly unlikely I said over and over…

    NOW I SAY– it is highly likely

  172. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    So the question begs– what can the fans do?

  173. By Mike B. on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    If you are MN voter and a Vikings fan you need to start calling your representative and tell em to get a deal done now.

  174. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I say to all Vikings Fans, put on your Vikings garb and take your real swords and advance on the capitol! Make your voices heard!

  175. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    So sad, so sad, so sad.

  176. By Viking-ology on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Friday is a big day in Viking history…make it count Zigi Rooney and Goodell-Which reminds me of a joke: How many politicians does it take to destroy a franchise…GET IT DONE YOU ARROGANT B@5TaRds

  177. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Senjem expects Senate panel to take up Vikings stadium bill Friday
    By Bill Salisbury and Doug Belden
    Pioneer Presstwincities.com
    Posted: 04/19/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 19, 2012 6:21 PM GMTUpdated: 04/19/2012 01:21:12 PM CDT

    NFL turns up the heat as talks stall

    Two top National Football League officials will come to the state Capitol on Friday to step up pressure on lawmakers to get a Vikings stadium deal done this year.

    And Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, said he expects the stadium bill will get a hearing in committee Friday as well.

    The bill had a hearing in Local Government in Elections in mid-March but did not get a vote. Backers have been trying to get a second hearing scheduled, and Senjem said he anticipates that will happen Friday.

    Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said he told Senjem he could provide five Democratic “yes” votes on the 14-member committee. That would require three Republican votes for a majority to move the bill out of

    Undated 2012 rendering of a proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium for downtown Minneapolis. (Image courtesy of Minnesota Vikings) committee.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20433271/nfl-officials-will-talk-stadium-friday-at-capitol?source=rss

  178. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    My last post, is it some hope, I hope.

  179. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B– not sure that is enough. Most everyone I talk to does not support the stadium spending. There needs to be a change in public’s perception. From the start, I thought the PR campaigns were very weak. Forty eight million pumped into the economy every fall is no small matter, but it was never really sold to Joe Public.

  180. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Call Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester and tell him how you feel, let him know you want a stadium now.

  181. By Titus on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Mine too, DRS– time for my beauty sleep.

  182. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Not looking good but there is some hope, it is not good hearing the Vikings plane seen in LA area.

  183. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Good night Titus, God Bless you my man.

  184. By DRS on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    It is 2311 here and time for me to go to bed as well, Good night.

  185. By VegasVike on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I’m starting to take this move seriously, I moved from Albert Lea in 1984 but cannot envision the state without the Vikings. It’s like the only connection I’ve kept with the state. I’m at a loss

  186. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8287238d/article/vikings-narrow-options-for-no-3-overall-draft-pick?module=HP11_headline_stack

  187. By DRG on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota doesn’t deserve the Vikings if they aren’t willing to build a stadium. I just don’t understand why they wouldn’t want to do it. It does not make any sense. Are people really that dumb? How did they build the Twins stadium?

  188. By LarsonFamily on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like Vikings is moving to the LA. Tell you what Mr. Wilf you can keep your 0-4 Superbowl record team with you and watch them lose some more. We will build a new team and we will never get the same records as you have because we will do better wihout you being there. Good luck losing, Wilf.

  189. By LarsonFamily on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    DRG- Minnesota gave the Twins new stadium because they won 2 championship and they have been good since then. Only last year was the worst year. They’ve been good for 25 years until last year. One bad year does not make them a horrible team. They just dont have all the players to play since half of them were all due to injuries.

  190. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Whatever makes their wallet thicker i dont know. I dont get involved in politics because I dont like being in a system that is corrupt.

  191. By LarsonFamily on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    No red flags for Kalil? How ’bout him being a below average run-blocker with no lower body strength to stop bull-rushers, as well as his beauty pageant girlfriend tweeting that she doesn’t want him to go to Minnesota or Cleveland? Using the #3 pick on someone who’s out of here in four years sounds like a pretty friggin’ large red flag!

  192. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Whose your pick Larson?

  193. By LarsonFamily on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    CB Claiborne

  194. By LarsonFamily on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    35th Pick, Safety Barron from Alabama

  195. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    If Barron is not available?

  196. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldn’t be mad if we draft Claiborne.

  197. By Rocksalt on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Kaszuba, MPLS STAR TRIBUNE

    There was a brief – but unsuccessful – attempt Thursday to revive the plan for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium in the Minnesota House.

    With the Republican-controlled House ready to adjourn for the day, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen suddenly asked that the plan be sent to the House Taxes Committee. The public subsidy package for the nearly $1 billion stadium has sat dormant since it was defeated Monday in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee, and Thissen said he wanted to revive the proposal by sending it to another House panel.

    Republicans blocked the move by Thissen, the lead DFLer in the House, by a 68 to 59 margin.

    With the Legislature moving closer to adjournment, the maneuver was the latest sign that DFLers and Republicans may be spending more time jockeying for political advantage over the stadium dilemma than actually moving toward an up-or-down vote on the project.

    “The Republicans all voted to [not] move it ahead,” Thissen said afterward. “It gives the lie to their seriousness about actually doing” a stadium project this spring.

    Afterward, Thissen and Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, the chief House author of the stadium legislation, had a brief but animated discussion on the House floor.

    Lanning said the move was nothing more than an attempt by DFLers to politically embarrass Republicans and try to blame them for the stadium stalemate at the Legislature

    “This little stunt here is not the best route” to revive the stadium legislation, Lanning said. “This was not a part of a strategy that I was involved” with. “I need to be part of that strategy, and I was not.”

  198. By Rocksalt on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Titus-
    Maybe the Vikings organization could have done more to sell the new stadium, but it is incomprehensible that all the rich tradition and the economic benefits are not enought for”Joe Public” to see the value in keeping an NFL franchise.
    Penny smart-pound follish.

  199. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Let us all hope Goodell and Rooney can talk some some sense into the legislature with Dayton today…

    I applaud Dayton and the work he has done trying to get the stadium bill accepted this year…

    Like Titus mentioned above…I was a fan also that believed the Vikings would never get to a situation that would come to the team leaving the state of Minnesota…

    Well…Unfortunately that day has come…The Wilf’s have done everything they can to keep the Vikings in their home state…And the Mn politicians have done nothing but mock them in return…

    You have a voice Mn fan and voter…Have it be heard…Call your politicians in this fine state we live in…And tell them to vote yes to the stadium proposal…

    Or you will vote no…When it comes time to re-electing them this fall..

  200. By charliewest40 on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Govorner Dayton,

    Time is running out ! Today is the day you dont wear your wishy washy pants and inform Mr. Goodell that this Minnesota Vikings Stadium Bill is the highest priority in your political life.

    This is a time when not only the legislature but the entire Minnesota population needs to be informed of the gravity of getting this stadium deaal done. It will take your leadership to steer the people to only one best conclusion. This Viking franchise must remain an asset of the state !

    Minnesota Viking ownership has offered a plan in good faith. We will not have the ability to attract another NFL franchise in the future at such a reasonable cost.

    When you have the opportunity to attract big business to Minnesota, one of your big selling points is the fact that we have a proffesional franchise in every major sport. Without question the Minnesota Vikings are the favorite team of your constituents. We need this team if only to survive the winter!

    Please Mr. Dayton, PLEASE, JUST LEAD.

  201. By Carl K on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Larry- Mike Adam’s failed drug test might help the Vikings land him with #35… but no way he falls to the 3rd round.

    The Vikings may be tempted even more now to take Claiborne at #3 and Mike Adams with Pick #35.

    @vikeman56 – If the Vikings select a QB in round 4, I don’t think it will be Keenum or Moore and I don’t think it will be because the Vikings are questioning Ponder as our Franchise QB. The reason taking a QB in round 4 might happen is because by round 4 we may not have a WR… and Joe Webb may be a best WR option we have at that point. So at that point, finding a #3 QB in the late rounds might be easier than finding a true #1 WR that is an upgrade over what Joe Webb can bring to the table at WR.

    The 4th round QBs to keep an eye on are Russell Wilson, Ryan Lindley or BJ Coleman.
    The question is… will a 4th round WR be an upgrade over Joe Webb at WR?

    Joe Webb knows our system, has played WR, has great skill and is a proven NFL playmaker!

    Do the fans (and scouts) really believe a late round guys like Marvin McNutt, Marvin Jones, Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Ty Hilton, Tommy Streeter, Dwight Jones or Rishard Matthews will be an upgrade over Joe Webb? Really?

    If the Vikings DON”T draft a WR in the first 3 rounds. Than yes, I think Joe Webb to WR becomes the best option.

  202. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    The NASTY NINE !!!

    PASS THIS ON … COPY AND PASTE IT EVERYWHERE

    Minnesota Viking fans 9 politicians voted NO to the Vikings and NO to 7,500 middle class jobs lat night ….

    HERES THE LIST OF PEOPLE TO CALL AND VOTE OUT
    1- Marion Greene DFL … 651-296-0171
    2- Frank Hornstein DFL … 651-296-9281
    3- Bev Scalze DFL … 651-296-7153
    4- Steve Simon DFL … 651-296-9889
    5- Ryan Winkler DFL … 651-296-7026
    6- Joyce Peppin R … 651-296-7806
    7- Rich Murray R … 651-296-8216 or 877-377-9441
    8- David H-a-n-c-o-c-k R … 651-296-4265 or 800-920-5867
    9- Duane Quam R … 651-296-9236 or 800-387-6453

  203. By Mike B. on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    It looks like Spielman may just make a pick at no. 3 unless he’s playing poker and not showing his hand. Not much longer to wait anyway.

  204. By Matthias on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Zigy meets with the major of LA…

  205. By Rick on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Here is my honest opinion about this years draft FA and season I DON’T CARE ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After the C$&k S*ck#rs shot down almost any hope of building the vikings a new stadium they will most likely be in LA starting next year which means that not only do the fans lose out a ton of jobs are now gone. Wilf didn’t just want to build a stadium he wanted to put up shopping malls hotels and restaurants all around the stadium. The people who voted no on this just cost the state dearly think of all the tax dollars that would have been generated by all that. Not to mention the amount of people it could have taken off of unemployment.

  206. By Richard1A on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    You can’t blame Wilf, he has done all he could, he owns them, would you put up with this, no, L.A. is bagging for a team. Goodbye Vikes.

  207. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Relocation now part of Vikings stadium debate

    By P. C-o-n-d-o-n and D. Campbell
    The Associated Press
    Posted Apr 20, 2012

    While Zygi Wilf’s plane was reportedly spotted in a Los Angeles-area airport, the NFL explained the procedures for selling the team and relocation, saying a failure to vote on the stadium issue would be perceived as a “no” vote.

    http://min.scout.com/2/1179127.html?refid=400

  208. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Relocation now part of Vikings stadium debate

    By P. C-o-n-d-o-n and D. Campbell
    The Associated Press
    Posted Apr 20, 2012

    Minnesota’s latest stadium snag has the NFL publicly questioning the state’s interest in keeping the Vikings, and league Commissioner Roger Goodell is concerned enough that he is coming for another visit.

    Goodell and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney will meet with legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton at the Minnesota Capitol on Friday to urge progress on the struggling effort to build a new home for the Vikings. By a 9-6 vote, a House committee struck down a $975 million stadium bill on Monday, dealing a major blow to the team’s decade-long effort to get taxpayer help for a Metrodome replacement.

    “A failure to bring this to the floor is going to be perceived by the ownership and other cities as if it came to the floor and it were voted no,” Eric Grubman, the league’s vice president for operations, said Thursday.

    The group will meet in Dayton’s office.

    “If it isn’t passed this session, the league itself — beyond the Vikings — the league itself has serious concerns about the viability of the franchise here and the future of it here,” Dayton said after a 20-minute phone conversation with Goodell and Rooney on Thursday.

    So what’s the harm in waiting another year, after elections are over this fall? Grubman declined to directly answer that.

    “It’s easier to answer why it must happen this year. It’s because the Vikings ownership has waited and waited for years. Because if there’s no action taken this year then there’s no confidence it’s worth waiting any longer,” he said. “If that’s where this gets to then Minnesota loses control of the Vikings’ destiny. That doesn’t mean it’s going to go to one city or another, it just means that you can’t count on it.”

    Legislative leaders said they were open to meeting with Dayton and the NFL officials on Friday, but Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem questioned how seriously lawmakers should take the suggestion that failure to pass a bill this year could cost Minnesota the Vikings.

    A report by the Los Angeles Daily News stating that the private plane of owner Zygi Wilf was at a Los Angeles-area airport on Thursday night only added to the relocation speculation.

    “I think we’ve had this so-called warning around here for five or 10 years, so I’m not sure it’s a threat,” said Senjem, R-Rochester. He later added: “I think the Vikings are probably going to be around another year or so.”

    The Vikings have declined to make lead owner Zygi Wilf or team president Mark Wilf available for comment this week. Dayton spoke by phone with the Wilfs on Thursday, a spokesman for the governor said. They had no plans to attend Friday’s meeting with the NFL leaders.

    “In order to buy, there has to be a willing seller. It’s very hard to find owners who are willing to sell,” Grubman said. “The Wilfs, I don’t believe they’ve ever been open-minded to If this fails to get out of committee, then I think they’d be open-minded.”

    http://min.scout.com/2/1179127.html?refid=400

  209. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    This is from, http://min.scout.com/2/1179127.html?refid=400

    Legislative leaders said they were open to meeting with Dayton and the NFL officials on Friday, but Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem questioned how seriously lawmakers should take the suggestion that failure to pass a bill this year could cost Minnesota the Vikings.

    ———————————————————————————————–

    Really?!!!!

  210. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Mind boggling that is!

  211. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    With minds like that, say goodbye MN Vikings, high? Vikings in 2013.

  212. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    How sad, how sad, these are dark days indeed.

    Have to go for now, have fun if you can, bye.

  213. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    “Legislative leaders said they were open to meeting with Dayton and the NFL officials on Friday, but Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem questioned how seriously lawmakers should take the suggestion that failure to pass a bill this year could cost Minnesota the Vikings.”

    Surely you’re joking?!?!?! Do you not realize what a negative financial impact this has on the Twin Cities, and the state of Minnesota as a whole? What the H-E-C-K is WRONG with these BOZOs???

  214. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Has anybody seen this FA signing? Why would we sign somebody like this to be a DB?

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/39617/vikings-cast-wide-net-for-defensive-backs

  215. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    One more thing.

    Private plane belonging to Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf spotted at Southern California airport
    By Vincent Bonsignore, Staff Writer
    Posted: 04/19/2012 02:44:57 PM PDT
    Updated: 04/19/2012 09:43:36 PM PDT

    On the same day Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf’s private plane was spotted at a Southern California airport Thursday comes this little nugget: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently met privately in Los Angeles with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to talk about, among other things, the NFL relocating to Los Angeles.

    The connection: The Vikings were dealt a major blow to their stadium efforts in Minnesota this week when the House Government Operations and Elections committee rejected by a 9-6 vote a proposal for a $975 million plan to raze and rebuild the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.

    The state now has 10 more days to either revive the bill and get a stadium deal passed or risk losing the Vikings, who intimated they will not wait until 2013 to finalize a new stadium plan in Minneapolis.

    “There is no next year,” Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said.

    http://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_20435464/private-plane-belonging-minnesota-vikings-owner-zigi-wilf

  216. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Bye.

  217. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Meant to add this, 10 days until the Vikings are force to look for a new home some other city/state, how sad.

  218. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    5’9 ??? 165 lbs ??? As a D-Back in the NFL ??? Seriously, Spielman ???

    http://www.vikings.com/team/roster/Nicholas-Taylor/04719d18-e406-423a-86c3-63e6bffc352c

  219. By Richard1A on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Change plans, Wilf has done everything he can do right before our vary eyes, his money other peoples money, it would work only political people have not voted for it, so these politicians have decided the fate of all the football fans in MN. It is not right. Can anybody else see that? the politicians have decided this for us, everything we need to make it work is there, it just gets voted down. So-lets take short term players, players that make things happen, runningbacks, receivers, we have no future in MN, no purple, no Vikes game on Sunday, just because a politicaian who is power hungary says no he or she decides for millions of fans how and what we will do for our entertainment, knuckleheads. Bye Vikings, say hi to the Lakers.

  220. By Carl K on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Purphaze- If Taylor makes this team it will be as a returner… yes he played DB in other leagues and he is listed as a DB… but he has worked out with the Vikings at WR and returner also.

    The guy has ball skills and can flat out fly… I don’t have a problem using one of the 80 man spots on him at this point to see what this kid can do.

  221. By Carl K on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Richard1A- Goodell is coming into town today. Why? Is it to beatup the Legislative leaders. I don’t think so. Is it to try and convince the state that the threat of the Vikings moving is real? I don’t think so. Everyone is well aware that the Vikings are willing to packup and move.

    I think Goodell is in town for 1 reason… and that is to present the NFL’s best offer to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. I have my fingers crossed that the NFL will do the right think and present on offer to the state leaders that is too good to reject!

    Yes, I know I crazy.

  222. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I like that way you think Carl K.

  223. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Carl … He played some arena football. That can barely be considered football, and in no way says he’s NFL material. His sport is basketball.

    I ask myself how well somebody of his stature can complete for a football, either as a DB or a WR. If they put him out there to return, he’ll get folded in half on his first attempt.

    If you’re going to bring in somebody like this to see if they can contribute, at least make sure they have the stature to compete with apposing players!

  224. By Richard1A on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, I hope he convinces everybody. Wilf has done everything you can ask of a owner. Tuning into watch the Los Angeles Vikings would break my heart.

  225. By Countdown to Draft on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    6 days 8 hours 20 minutes

  226. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    who cares about the draft at this point?

  227. By Tyler on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    We have picked up some CBs in free agency. I don’t think they are the answer for long term but they do push down the CB need.

    Moves to make trade down if not kalil then kid out of Iowa will be good. pick up a second and a third then in the second get a wide out maybe stephen hill and then use the extra third and maybe a forth to move up into the second a gain and get jenkins

    Reilly Hill and Jenkins That is an A+ draft right there.

  228. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    WHO CARES ABOUT THE DRAFT! PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND AND PAY ATTENTION!!!

  229. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Pull your head out of the sand. Unless we get a stadium deal done, these guys are only going to be playing in Minnesota for a year.

  230. By Mike B. on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Red McComes couldn’t get MN to move on a new stadium and couldn’t move the team due to the Lease. Wilfs are having the same luck. Now it is possible Wilf is looking to sell the team. Who is going to buy the team is the next question and is this buyer looking to move the franchise to another city. No one is going to want to buy a team that can’t be profitable as the Vikings are in the Metrodome. The legislature has already pointed it out on their own. They understand that in order to keep the Vikings in MN they have to build a new stadium. What they don’t want to do is use taxpayer money or as much taxpayer money to do it. Now we have two bulls pushing each other for how much money to provide and how to provide it. MN legislature is playing a dangerous game, if there is a valid buyer for the team out there.

  231. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    If I hear one person say one bad word about Commish Goodell, I’m gonna kick them square in the N-A-D-S!!!

    I SINCERELY THANK YOU, MRs GOODELL AND ROONEY, FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!!

  232. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Goodell Blows…

  233. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Get it done, Dayton!

  234. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Funny, Spencer … ~RAZZBERRY~

  235. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    GET ‘ER DONE, “NASTY NINE”

  236. By Carl K on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Purplhaze – Taylor may get cut after the draft and free agent signings!
    He may not even be 1 of the 80 players invited to camp. SO LET IT GO DUDE!
    Working the kid out right now is not a big deal.

  237. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone else watch the press conference? What are your thoughts, if you did?

  238. By megakrab on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    “The NFL’s ramping up the rhetoric because they’re not getting the bill passed that they want. We’ve got to balance the threats they make with the bad deal that this stadium bill is,” representative Ryan Winkler told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He voted against the recent stadium plan.

    “I think we’ve had this so-called warning around here for five or 10 years, so I’m not sure it’s a threat,” Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem told The Associated Press. He later said: “I think the Vikings are probably going to be around another year or so.”

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828773ae/article/minnesota-politicians-wary-of-threats-about-vikings-

  239. By megakrab on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Report: Eagles willing to trade Samuel for 5th or 6thBy Marc Sessler NFL.com
    Writer
    Published: April 20, 2012 at 11:04 a.m. Updated: April 20, 2012 at 12:05 p.m. Print Friend(s) Email Your Email Send Email By Marc Sessler NFL.com Aaron Rodgers: Saints crossed line with ‘bounty’ programLions GM agreesMore Columns > The asking price for four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel is dropping.

    Reports the Philadelphia Eagles “we’re looking for a 3d or 4th rd pick for (Samuel) were wrong. They are willing to take a 5th or 6th,” tweeted Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Is it worth it?

  240. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I watched the live stream, Hognuts. I think they made it clear to the legislators that they not only have to see the taxpayer costs, but in turn the amount of money annually that having an NFL franchise brings into your community. I’m glad they took the time to come out and offer their view on why keeping the Vikings in MN is such a good idea … KUDOS!!!

    Carl … I guess the biggest question I have is, “HOW DOES THIS GUY EVEN GET NOTICED?” I mean, there is an INTENSE level of competition to even get looked at by an NFL scout, right? I don’t get it, that’s all…

  241. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    A 5th or 6th is definitely worth it.

  242. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    @PurplHaze,

    Hopefully Goodell and Rooney knocked some sense into our legislators. Let’s get a deal done so I can enjoy the draft!

  243. By fran on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    1

  244. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Couldn’t agree more, Hognuts! And some of the things I heard from the politicians in the Q&A portion leads me to believe we’re closer now on getting a new stadium deal approved than we’ve ever been before. I have a pretty good feeling following the conference.

  245. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    The Eagles are not going to find anyone who wants to trade for Samuel…

    Samuel is under contract to be paid 9.5 million dollars this season…

    I haven’t heard a word about him willing to negotiate a new contract to any team interested in him…

    He will do his own negotiating after he is released…

    No way do the Vikings make a trade for an old CB in Samuel…
    With a big money 1 year contract to satisfy…

    The team is rebuilding…

  246. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I had to shut the stream off after the “journalists” seemed to repeat themselves and also not ask very good questions. Did anyone ask if the Commish and Rooney hammered the economic payoff of 50 million pumped into the economy each year?

  247. By Carl K on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    hognuts- a 5th or 6th for Samuel is worth it, but his 10mil plus salary is the problem.

    Purplhaze – good question… I don’t know how they notice guys like Taylor or Bethel-Thompson McLoed but it just proves to me our scouts are working overtime looking under very stone to fine a gem.

    When guys like Bethel-Thompson or Taylor can spend a few weeks on an NFL roster, it can be a big shot in the arm for their careers in other leagues.

    Some of these lesser known guys have the same agents as some other the bigger named players (so I could be a you scratch my back – I scratch yours deal between agents and teams). Maybe our scouts have nothing to do with these lesser known guys? Maybe it is an agent making a deal with a team… sign this lesser known guy for a few weeks during the offseason and I will help you sign a bigger player down the road.

    Football is a business.

  248. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Purplehaze– it seemed upbeat, but there was nothing said that was not said before– typical politalk– round in circles, lots of words– nothing said.

  249. By Viking-ology on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    “Were in the two minute dril…lets see if we can spike the ball four consectutive times and see if anyone notices”…I hate politics.

  250. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Jerome Simpson? Pot felony, but I think he would fit well with us. Man, if we get Janoris Jenkins, we are going to have to separate these two and Percy.

  251. By Anthony on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    WR Simpson is gonna be meeting with the Vikes I hope we sign him he’s a great player and will boost our WR corps tremendously. Harvin, Simpson, Jenkins, Carlson, Rudolph not too bad =) Go Minnesota Vikings

  252. By SoCalVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Our secondary sucks more than our o-line….Tebow put up 200 yards and 2 touchdowns against us….I am starting to think maybe take Claiborne?

  253. By mike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    no way… maybe a 3rd round

  254. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Another one of those “sure he’s tallented, but is he worth it” athletes …

    http://blogs.nfl.com/2012/04/20/source-free-agent-wr-jerome-simpson/?module=HP11_headline_stack

    You decide! I was OK with the idea, until I found out he may be facing a suspension. :-/

  255. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Titus … What can I say? I’m an optimist!!! =))

  256. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Jumpin’ Jack Flash…

  257. By Mike B. on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Samuel draft hit is low, but he’s going to have to bring that contract money down, if he’s playing for the Vikings.

  258. By Mike B. on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Take Matt Kalil for #3 Pick don’t mess this up.

  259. By Lance on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I am all for simpson as a viking :) then rule out blackmon :) Get it done Rick!

  260. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!! VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!!
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    VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!! VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!!
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    VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!! VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!!
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  261. By WAStateVikesFan on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    A lot of people are forgetting that Ponder has the ability to evade pass rushers and can get out of the pocket and gain yards up the field. Of last year’s QB draft class, he ranked the highest in terms of accuracy while on the run. Do you really need a blue chip LT to guard a QB who can move and is very accurate on the run? Lots of people are talking about how picking him up would give the Vikings the ability to move some personnel around on the OL.

    The same could happen if the Vikings pick up Claiborne on the defensive side. You would have Cook (6′ 2″, 212 lbs) and Claiborne (5″11. 188 lbs) as the starters, either of which could match up well against any of the NFC North’s top receivers. Then you would have competition with Bowman (former solid starter w/ Bears) and Chris Carr (former solid starter with Ravens) along with all the other CB’s currently on the roster for the nickel slot. That gives you the flexibility to move Winfied to one of the two safety positions, who has lost a step and can’t be an effective nickel back as well as he used to be. Then you just need to find a 2nd or 3rd round Safety in draft who can be a solid starter. This would vastly improve the Vikes secondary, which ranked near/at the bottom of the league and buys the DL more time to get after the QB.

    Blackmon gives you the deep threat who can give Ponder a solid target when on the run. He would also open up the lanes for Peterson by stretching the defense and pull people off Harvin to open up the slot for him. Another option is to pick up a deep threat in the 2nd or 3rd round of the Draft who has the speed needed. With the Vikes coaches experience as the North coach for the senior bowl, this would give them a solid look at WR’s who have the speed and ability to grow into a powerful deep threat but could be picked up later in the draft.

    In my mind, Claiborne is the bigger bang for the buck and helps the team improve the most in one of the most critical areas on defense, especially given the Packers, Lions and Bears offense last year and offseason moves this year.

  262. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Again …

    VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!! VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!!
    VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!! VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!!
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    VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!! VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!!
    VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!! VIKES … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!!

  263. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Good news, the NFL put a big scare into Minnesota today, now will it happen, or will Minnesota fail once more and let the Vikings go?

  264. By Lance on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed Kalil!!! Ponder may evad and run well but someone will catch him from the blindside and Ponder wont be forever young either. Id rather keep our QBs alive. Teams that do well usually always have a GREAT LT. If our need was at any other position on the Oline right now I’d be for claiborne. We have a bunch of CB’s and can still draft jenkins or T, Johnson in the 2nd,

    Blackmon would be such a waste of a 3rd overall and could be not saying he will be but has a high chance to be a bust. Last season being 3 wins we cant have that kind of gamble. SO kalil is a safe pick to immediately help this team. That needs to be our full concern right now.

  265. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    @WAState,

    I agree with you about Ponder being agile and moving up field with his own legs. However, he was knocked out of a few games because of how atrocious our O-Line play was. Kalil at #3 is the no-brainer.

  266. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    You hit the nail on the head, Lance.

  267. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Dayton, legislative leaders pledge final push on Vikings stadium
    Posted by: Mike Kaszuba under Funding, Minnesota governor, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, Minnesota state senators, Republicans, State budgets Updated: April 20, 2012 – 12:41 PM

    Standing alongside the National Football League commissioner, Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday that the state Capitol’s top DFL and Republican leaders were committed to trying to pass a plan for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium this spring.

    But the resulting press conference, which drew a large crowd outside the governor’s office, left few immediate signs that a political breakthrough between the DFL governor and the Republican House and Senate leaders had occurred.

    “If all eight of us pull together, work together and are truly committed to passing this bill, it will pass,” Dayton said. “If we’re not, if we don’t work together, it won’t.”…..

    Harry Melander, the president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council, said after Dayton’s press conference that Goodell’s visit had moved the issue forward, but passing a Vikings stadium bill this spring still remained difficult. “There’s an opportunity here, and we need to make it happen,” said Melander, who is a leader in the push by labor unions who want the construction jobs the stadium would create.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148284035.html

  268. By Lance on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks, Hognuts. :) great minds think alike :P

    Also, in the arguement of running QB’s look at michael Vick in philly. Arguably the best evader and running qb. Has a pro bowler LT still. Just saying… philly and vick would not do well without that LT. Sucks for them tho he is out this year :P Maybe Kalil will be a pro bowler in his rookie year :)

  269. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Jerome Simpsons Resume

    n September 2011, police searched Simpson’s home after intercepting a package to be delivered to his home containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana. When police arrived at Simpson’s home, he allowed them to search his home. Upon searching the home, the police found 6 more pounds of marijuana, scales, empty packages similar to the one intercepted by the police.

    On January 19, 2012, Simpson was indicted in Covington, Kentucky for “Trafficking in more than eight ounces and less than five pounds of marijuana”, a Class D felony

    On April 5, 2012, Simpson was sentenced to 15 days in jail, 200 hours of community service, and 3 years probation. He will also have to undergo drug testing and pay a $7,500 fine plus court costs.

    This dude loves weed lol.

  270. By Shawn on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    As I read all this political BS … I notice when Republicans put forward a bill proposal or idea the Democrats vote NO and when the Democrats put forward a bill proposal or idea the Republicans say NO

    This country sucks … nobody cares about people they only care about holding power.

  271. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota this is your last opportunity, I pray you realize this and get the bill passed.

  272. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    You got it Shawn, what happened to unity?

  273. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    What happened to doing that which is right?

  274. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

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  275. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    What happened?

  276. By Mike B. on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    @DRS Whatever happened to compromise and doing the people’s business. Need a little give and take here. Get it done MN build a New Vikings Stadium. I will come from SDak and buy some tickets for sure.

  277. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    It seems to me that the Vikings scouts go to the jail house to find their players, the longest yard as it were. LOL.

  278. By Mike B. on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Plus stay at the nice Country Inn Suites next to the MOA and buy stuff in the MOA. Many more like me will do the same. Think of the revenue you stand to lose.

  279. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I will come from NM to see the Vikings play in a new stadium, even more if it is not in the twin cities.

  280. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    The jail house players wins if I remember right though, DRS.

  281. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota, it is 4th and 1/2 inch to go, there is only 1/2 second on the clock, and you have the ball, can you get the job done or will you drop the ball and lose once more?

  282. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- how would you feel if we got Jermome Simpson?

  283. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    hognuts, yes they do as all underdogs should, maybe they should look for players in What’s-a-matter-you university in frostbite Minnesota, LOL, maybe they will see rocky there.

  284. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    And maybe Bull will wink at you all, LOL.

  285. By iaVIKE on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    So does bringing in Simpson for a visit put an end to this “we’re also interested in Blackmon” nonsense? I certainly hope so

  286. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe the Vikings will be the new underdog show this year, or even the rocky and Bullwinkle show. Sorry for any miss spellings.

  287. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I got it, the Vikings could play at What’s-a-matter-you university stadium in Minnesota, then the legislature members can come and feel at home while watching the Vikings play, LOL.

  288. By WAStateVikesFan on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    @Lance @Hognuts

    Ponder did take some licks last year and got knocked out of a few games. It was definitely disappointing to see that happen. I don’t know how many cases of those was a breakdown on the OL coupled with Ponder holding on to the ball too long (typical rookie QB mistake and part of the growing pains of a young inexperienced QB).

    How many times last year did the Vikes control the time of possession and still lose the football game? (Defintely not saying Johnson is a top tier LT).

    When you go up against an explosive offense like the Packers, Lions or Bears 6 times a year without a secondary that can hold it’s own, you are going to lose 90% of the time purely because you can’t stop their offense when it matters.

    Ponder demonstrated last season that he can guide the offense (with the OL they had) to put up enough points to win football games. The problem was the secondary couldn’t stop the opposing teams playmakers in the second half of the game. How many times last year did we lead going into halftime and then end up losing the game?

  289. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I do not think the younger bloggers will understand what I am blogging about and what shows I am referencing.

  290. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

  291. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

  292. By Lance on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    six more days and we will be seeing Kalil in Purple :)

  293. By jones on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    @WASstatevikesfan

    and how many games did we lose cause the offense had to many 3 and out in a row? it killed our D to not get the time they needed to rest. Ponder only played in 11 games and was still 1 of the most sacked QB

  294. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

  295. By Lance on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    WAstate, the issue is with Johnson he isnt even mediocre :( He was placed last in all of starting LT’s last season. I agree we didn’t holf leads or finish well. But I don’t recall even the games we won, were we actually held the line well. We made plays with our running backs and our WR’s did make some plays on drive that the OLine did okay. That to me shows that if our Oline was beefed up a bit improved at the weakest link. Our current WR and TE’s and RB’s will get the job done. At the same time our QB’s will be hit less. More time to throw.

    Also, don’t forget out running game will be mjor this season. AP and Gerhart and dont forget both of our qbs like to run. The run game starts with how well our Oline blocks and makes holes.

    Just adding Kalil to line and repositioning other stronger playes and the addition of schwartz will be huge boost to how our offense will perform. I don’t think WR was the major issue. It can improve but not enough to waste a 3rd overall pick.

    Caliborne I love the guy. But we have 4 good CB’s now. Draft one in the later rounds to compete and help in depth. As an impact i dont think claiborne will help us as much as Kalil and to be honest. I am not even sure if CB is our 2nd largest hole after LT. I still think safety needs to be addressed. Atogwe? or maybe if harrison falls?

  296. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

  297. By WAStateVikesFan on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    @jones

    How many 3rd & Longs or 4th & Longs did our D give up that kept themselves on the field and wore themselves out?

  298. By iaVIKE on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Lance – AGREED

  299. By DRS on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Have to go for now, live for freedom and liberty and may the legislature see the light and get the stadium issue done now.

  300. By WAStateVikesFan on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    @Lance

    I agree the OL does need to be beefed up. What if we drafted an OT like Reilly (Iowa) in the early second Rd if he is available? He wouldn’t be as much of an upgrade at LT compared to Kalil, but he might be good enough to upgrade the OL to help Peterson and Gerhart in the Run Game and give Ponder enough time to throw since as he gains experience his release time will improve. Then pick up a safety in the 3rd round?

    Drafting Claiborne would give us a much needed playmaker on defense since we basically have none besides Cook (somewhat unproven still) and Winfield.

  301. By WAStateVikesFan on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Or you could go for safety with Harison in the 2nd (if available) and get an OT in the 3rd who could be an improvement over Johnson?

  302. By jones on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    sure our D gave up some stupid 3rd and 4th down over the season but every team does that. but our D was killed with injuries we had backup nickel cornerbacks playing 1 and 2 CB ofc thats a big miss match. and 1 backup rookie safty and 1 that should only play special team as the other safty miss match all around. yet our O-line never really didnt have any injuries yet they still failed. thats why i belive o-line is the biggest need on this team.

  303. By jones on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    lol Reilly sure wont be there is the 2nd… his a sure top 15-20 pick. the drop off after kalil is huge.. yet drop drop off after Claiborne aint that bug just look at a guy like Janoris jenkins as it looks right now theres a good chance he will fall to the 2nd round and some ppl say that his not far away from Claiborne if not the same.

  304. By Lance on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    WAState, I think I was mixed feelings and at onetime Happy if we could have either claiborne or Kalil. However, I see it kinda diferent know because we signed two CB’s. Both somewhat proven. Cook is capable imo. Lets jut hope he stays out of trouble. Winfield still a good CB just older and health probs. But adding the other limit his time on field. that should keep him being healthy.

    I like the idea of Reilly. Anyone is an upgrade to johnson. Though this year there is lots of depth at CB and WR in the draft. That means there will be more talented CB and WR maybe in the third. At saefty this year is horrible. the gap after harrison….. I dont even know if any could be worthy of a top 3rd.

    reilly in my opinion will prob be there at our 2nd as you say but that leaves us very hard pressed at safety. Atogwe is the only FA safety that is good enough in my opinion left in FA. If we manage to grab him then Id be more willing to get claiborne and reilly.

    I think personally trading our 2nd pick to fall back into the mid 2nd and get an extra 3rd could be ideal. Then take T Johnson who is a talented CB that has the size and awareness for SS in the NFL. He can play both. With an extra 3rd pick we can take a WR maybe like Juron Criner and CB Minnfield? Still be able to take Kalil at 3rd overall. That would solve a lot of our issues at least in my best scenerio

  305. By WAStateVikesFan on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    We still had the 4th best rushing offense last season even with the OL. We just need an OT who is as good as a run blocker and a better pass protector compared to Johnson or at least more potential as a pass blocker. And with the D, we clearly saw a signficant lack of depth and what happens if winfield gets hurt like he has the last two seasons? You are deep down on the depth chart for CB again.

    Like it or not, this is a passing league, with the way the vikes are currently setup we are a run first team and i don’t think that should change. Our biggest fault in my opinion is we have no D that can get off the field when our DL has them backed up into 3rd & Longs or 4th & Longs.

    I agree, i think WR is our lowest need compared to OL or D cause we have enough playmakers to get the job down now to win games or make them close.

  306. By Rocksalt on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    it is an election year and the cowardly legislators will not make the tough decisions that they were elected to do…they are snivelling cowards

  307. By Rocksalt on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    LA Vikings win 2016 Super Bowl

  308. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Rocky, I have to agree– the press conference did not convince me of anything other than the same carousel of words– nothing was said.

  309. By jones on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    you still need to remeber that our D was rocked by injuries so we where missing alot of our normal starters that plays a huge role why our D was so bad last yet. now we have all our starters back it should help alot + with the 2 CB we sigh in FA. yes our run game was good but also remember its with Adrian peterson best RB in the NFL he can make a play out of nothing. but a run game cant do it alone you need to be able to pass the ball and as it is right now we cant do that casue of the O-line

  310. By WAStateVikesFan on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Here is what I would like to see:

    CB Claiborne, OT Reilly, CB/SS T Johson

    if you do that, and move Winfield to FS, you fill the three biggest holes I see on the roster.

    Then in the 4th-7th rounds you just add depth by picking the best available player.

  311. By Frederick Jones on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    @WAState,

    The question we must ask is WHY did the Vikings finished 4th in the NFL in rushing?

    Therein lies the reasons why we were 3-13!!!

    (I’m not that smart, but as an old offensive lineman, I can tell you that most of us prefer blocking for the run. That is part of your answer!)

  312. By WAStateVikesFan on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    *T. Johnson

  313. By jones on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    OT reilly wont be there in the 2nd round his the 2nd best tackle in the draft and most ppl say his a RT to start off with

  314. By Lance on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    If rielly isnt there Adams will be… I still perfer kalil at 3rd, But if we did take claiborne. then 2nd round we need a LT. I just dont see us solving the Safety in this draft this way though. Which scares me. I dont feel Trumaine Johnson to be there at 3rd round.

  315. By Frederick Jones on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    @WAState,

    This is your answer!!!

  316. By KoN on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    WA State, Reiff wont be there in the 2nd, Johnson won’t be there in the 3rd, and Wifield won’t move to safety.

  317. By Frederick Jones on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    …and I do not care how many times they say the Vikings drafted him as a WR.
    Perhaps they did. But he was listed as a QB in the paper, and that is where he played in his last two years at Univ of Alabama Birmingham (a Div. I school).

  318. By KoN on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Fun Facts for Fred: On 22 attempts, Webb averaged 7.0 yards per carry; on 28 attempts Ponder averaged 7.8.

  319. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    LOL@KoN

    Fact = Reiff will not be on the board in the 2nd round.

    Fact = Based on FA acquisitions, the Vikes need a Safety more than a Corner early in the draft.

    Fact = The Vikings need a WR that will make opposing teams respect their passing game.

    Fact = If the Vikings don’t either (1) find a suitable replacement on the roster or (2) draft a suitable replacement, they’ll draft a top rated DT/NT in the 2013 draft. The loss of Pat Williams on our defense hurt our secondary more than most are willing to admit.

    Vikings 2012 NFL Draft choices should be (#3) LT, (#35) SS or WR, (#66) SS or WR.

  320. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    #67, that is

  321. By KoN on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I agree PurplHaze.

  322. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I want to thank Mr. Goodell and Mr. Rooney for coming to the Twin Cities today.

  323. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Even if the Vikings manage to stay in MN, take those 9 politicians out, stake them to the ground naked, pour fish oil over them and let the wildlife do the rest, for putting us through this ordeal.

  324. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    If the team leaves, I may leave as well.

  325. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I hate every other team in the league, I can’t cheer for a relocated Viking team, so I guess, after 44 years, I will not watch the National Football League.

  326. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I will adopt the team of my new hometown.

  327. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, just don’t move to Dallas or Green Bay.

  328. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82877807/article/report-eagles-willing-to-trade-samuel-for-5th-or-6th?module=HP11_headline_stack

  329. By Nordeast on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll just reiterate what many have already said. If we don’t take Claiborne with the first pick, and one of our highly rated safeties, receivers, or offensive lineman are already off the board, this guy is a great 2nd round steal. Janoris Jenkins’ story also reminds me a lot of Percy Harvin’s, so I’d hope he turns out to be a great team member.

  330. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Nordeast- Both Harvin and Jenkins wore the same number at Florida. Both had off field issues. I would love for us to take him.

  331. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Does anybody know some good lawn-mowers? I just moved into my new place and im going to need buy a quality mower. My lawn isnt big so dont recommend a big ol’ fancy one…

  332. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spence, I heard that the lawn-mowers with bad attitudes are the best ones. You don’t want “good” ones.

  333. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Wow Nova, lol.

  334. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Just get a small Briggs and Stratton, Spencer. It will probably outlive you. I KNOW it will outlive me.

  335. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spence … I gotta say, you set yourself up for that one.

  336. By Lance on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Unless the team somehow got relocated to canada…. I will not watch the NFL anymore f the team moves. Love the game but would be very hard after all the years loving the vikings. Just wouldnt be the same in another division possibly a new name… and city :(

    So I really hope they stay because we all know they def not coming to canada lol

  337. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    The “Bad Attitude Lawnmowers” would be an EXCELLENT name for a rock band.

  338. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    LOL

  339. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Alright thanks, I’ll be sure to check it out.

  340. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spence…Craftsman or Poulan mowers are inexpensive but reliable…(Same mower..Just under a different brand names)…

    But would advise a decent size engine…Like a 6.5 horsepower mower…That size mower can cut through high grass with ease…Even if a little wet..Mulching or side discharge mowers…

    Just make sure at the beginning of each season to change the oil…

    And at the end of each season…Run the mower completely empty of gas…Old gas being left in the mower will varnish the carburator…And cause you a lot of problems..Even after just one years use..

    Change the oil in the spring…Run the gas out completely after the last use in the fall…

    Nova was right on…A briggs&stratton mower will last you a life time…

  341. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    The “Bad Attitude Lawnmowers”….Performing that great Steppenwolf hit, “Don’t step on the Grass, Sam”.

  342. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtRwa2mlH0k

  343. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Progress…!

  344. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe I wasn’t overly optimistic after all??? =)

  345. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UWRypqz5-o These guys played an indoor concert in Halifax when I was 16…..You could hear them halfway across the city……..No wonder my mind is jello pudding.

  346. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    So now that the bill has passed Senate, what else is left for it to be set in stone? I’m not big on politics, but I’m guessing there are a few more hurdles for it to jump over?

  347. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    The Senate bill heads next to another committee of that chamber.

    ^ Pulled that sentence from an article posted less than an hour ago.

  348. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20446171/minnesota-senate-panel-revives-vikings-stadium-bill

  349. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20443804/bob-sansevere-ex-viking-gary-zimmerman-talks-about

  350. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t care, OT … I STILL WANT KALIL!!!

  351. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    How come Wobbs doesnt interact with us anymore?

    My suspicion is growing…..Michael Wobschall walks amongst us….

    SHOW YOURSELF!

  352. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    He’s busy arranging for season tickets to Laker games.

  353. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Keep our Minnesota Viking in Minnesota!

    My most sincere thanks, Mr Goodell and Mr Rooney!

  354. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Haha, he probably is Nova!

  355. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, something does not add up. The other day you cried you had to let your dog go, so I assumed you were in an apt or condo. Now, if you have a lawn to cut, I assume you are in a house.

  356. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Wobbs does a fine job.

  357. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, maybe his lawn is smaller than his dog…..If that’s the case, Spencer, get a Briggs and Stratton nail-clippers.

  358. By Shawn on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    who were the sh1tty six ?

    we have to keep calling and keep focused …

  359. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I was in an apartment, but I didnt have to mow the lawn because there was no grass!

    The apartment I just moved into has grass though.

    http://harrisburgapartmentguide.com/apartment-image/Crooked-Hill-Townhomes-2313.jpg

  360. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- I tried calling, but each time there was nobody on the other line. I called it a night after I called three of those clowns.

  361. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Your apartment has grass? When I was younger, I always looked for one with hardwood floors.

  362. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, does your jokes just come to you naturally??

  363. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I think it’s the onset of Dementia, Spencer.

  364. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    This whole losing the Vikings thing has me unnerved. I can see a trip to Bermuda in my near future.

  365. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    So does that mean Abdullahs gonna sign with us or not?

    “Free agent S Husain Abdullah (concussions) has reportedly made it clear to the Vikings that he can and will play this season.”

    Read more: http://www.fantasysp.com/player/nfl/Husain_Abdullah/2196683/free-agent-s-husain-abdullah-concussions-has-reportedly-made#ixzz1sdXAq400

  366. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I have never had to buy a lawnmower when living in an apartment. Is the grass on your deck or in your living room? Maybe now we see why you like the “bad” boys.

  367. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, I lived in an apartment…..now I live in a townhouse that has a lawn, what are you not understanding, professor?

  368. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I cannot understand when you change terms. You never said townhouse. Here is your original post.

    By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply
    I was in an apartment, but I didnt have to mow the lawn because there was no grass!
    The apartment I just moved into has grass though.

  369. By KoN on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, here’s the full article:

    “Free agent S Husain Abdullah (concussions) has reportedly made it clear to the Vikings that he can and will play this season.Abdullah briefly considered retirement before gaining medical clearance in late January. He’s still weighing his options after receiving an offer from the Vikings a month ago. Apr 18 – 11:24 AM”

    Essentially nothing has changed.
    http://www.rotoworld.com/recent/nfl/5026/husain-abdullah

  370. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Apt/ townhouse….is there really that much of a difference between the 2?

  371. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    The bill has several committee stops in both houses remaning before it can receive a floor vote.

    ^From Kevin Seifert’s latest blog on ESPN.

  372. By PurplHaze on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I think they’re trying to get in your head… =))

  373. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Kon, so apparently nothing still has changed? Isnt that just brilliant. Im done with that guy, we dont need Abdullah anyways. He has already reached his potential and is highly injury prone. Im ready to roll the dice with Mistral Raymond at FS, the more I watch the tape, the more im falling in love.

    Also I think we’re pretty much forced to draft Harrison Smith in the 2nd round now. Having Jamarca Stanford play at SS for another year would be a detriment to the teams success.

  374. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, now you say there is no difference? Why did you post this to me?

    By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply
    Titus, I lived in an apartment…..now I live in a townhouse that has a lawn, what are you not understanding, professor?

  375. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, you are a very confusing young man.

  376. By Lance on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    hmmm I just thought of something. What if the pats traded us both of their 1st round picks for ours?

    Hear me out. Most say why would they? well the onething their offence has been lacking is a RB. their run game isnt much of a running game. Green Ellis is ok but he is a FA and had a meeting with the browns. The browns will prob take richardson at 4th over all.

    Pats get there future RB by jumping the browns at 4. We can still land Mike Adams at LT and H. Smith with those picks. Plus… our high 2nd round can take maybe a CB or WR.

    Thoughts?

  377. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I guess I should have just said im living in a townhouse now from the start. There. End of discussion.

  378. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    You guys could end this dispute if Spencer would kindly go live on a houseboat.

  379. By Spencer on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Lance- who are we giving them? AP?

  380. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    @Lance,

    I don’t think the Pats would do that, they usually trade back and acquire more picks. Plus, I don’t think Belichick would trade up for a running back. Running backs have become less important in offenses over the years with their small shelf life. Just my 2 cents though. I want Kalil at #3, too. :)

  381. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Well, that was easy Spencer. I am certainly not going to exchange cutting remarks back and forth like a lawnmower with you as you did with Shawn about Cook and Griffen.

  382. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    You, would’t need a dog, you could have a duck……And think of the savings on “lawn care”.

  383. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    But how could you take the duck for a walk?…..Ok, it’s not perfect.

  384. By Conjon on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Could we please land Asante Samuel and pick up Jerome Simpson that would make me feel a lot better about next season.

  385. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    But Spencer could train that duck to do Aflac commercials…Make a fortune and retire…

    Might even make enough money off of that duck to buy a boat…

    Then Spence could buy a boathouse…To go along with that houseboat…

  386. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    For the first time in 4-and-a half decades, I don’t care who we draft. It is meaningless. I would trade all of our draft picks for the headline ” Vikings to Stay in Minnesota”.l

  387. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    4 committees to go through to get to the floor. 2 of them are on Monday. Plus it still has to get through the House. Long ways to go, but it’s got to start somewhere.

  388. By hognuts on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    @Nova,

    I hear ya!!!!!!

  389. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Nova…I agree…

    This is supposed to be an exciting week…Only six days until the draft…

    And I can’t get all of those stupid Mn politicians out of my head…

  390. By KoN on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    “…and in a surprising trade, the Minnesota Vikings give away all of this year’s draft picks to the Indianapolis Colts in order to have Lucas Oil Stadium shipped to Minnesota. The Vikings agreed to pay all shipping and maintenance costs; unfortunately the state government would not agree to this financial plan saying, ‘we simply can’t agree to this; it would require us to make a logical decision.’”

  391. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Of course, I would trade all of our draft picks for Brooklyn Decker.

  392. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    * And a swimsuit model to be named later.

  393. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    They pay the shipping, I’ll take care of the handling.

  394. By Parody on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Lance – That trade would give the Patriots way too much. Trade value of the #3 pick in the draft is 2200, while the Pats’ picks at #27 and 31 are worth 680 and 600 respectively. Even if the Patriots give us their first 6-picks, it wouldn’t add up to 2200, so they’d need to stick a future pick in there to make it worth it, and I really doubt that they’re in the mood for that.

  395. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Haze is going to be mad…I keep searching for reasons for the Vikings to stay at the number 3 pick in the draft…(like I want also)…

    But keep coming up with more trade scenarios that make more sense…

    I don’t want to be thinking like a GM right now…Because deep down I want Kalil…But feel Spielman will be looking to trade down…

    The Vikings need another second round pick (minimum)…I only see Spielman getting that second round pick…Is if the Vikings trade down in the first round….: (

  396. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, that’s all well and good, but what does it have to do with swimsuit models?????

  397. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Or ducks, for that matter. Try and keep on-topic.

  398. By Mike B. on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds Like we can start talking about the draft again the Legislature is back at work on the Stadium Bill.

    Pick Kalil at #3 don’t mess this up.

  399. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B– good one! Ha ha ha ha ha ha. A morning meeting and we can rest easy that the bill will pass. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  400. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    No problem, the Commish and Rooney convinced us– we will pass the 500 some million funds to be allocated to the stadium. Sure, yeah, right. This meeting provides some hope, but these politicians are not going to budge so easily on such a large issue– come on, wake up.

  401. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I’m trying to decide if “The On-Topic Swimsuit Ducks” would be a good name for a rock band. It’s late here, I’ll have to sleep on it. I hope you guys show patience, I should have your answer tomorrow.

  402. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I have to get the Legislature to pass the ” duck bill”.

  403. By Parody on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Nova – Well, if the Pats agree to throw a swimsuit model with a duck on a leash, then the trade just might be worth it.

  404. By KoN on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    What if we trade draft picks for House and Senate votes? I’m pretty sure that would work.

  405. By Mike B. on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    NO I didn’t say that I said they were back to work.

  406. By KoN on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    The internet is distracting me from explicating a poem.

  407. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    What if we just kill all 9 of them and then see how the vote stands?

  408. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Mike B– I watched that presser this morning– same old polititalk– round and round in circles, lots of words, and nothing said.

  409. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I guess “kill” is a little harsh. How about ” We just make the nine of them stop breathing”?

  410. By Viking-ology on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    The real countdown should be 11 days. Thats the potential “D’ day for our Vikings.

  411. By Parody on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Kill all 9 of them? Don’t you think that’s a bit harsh Nova? I mean, if we just take out 4 of them, then we win the vote 6-5.

    And it gives us the intimidation factor with the rest to vote the way we want them to in the future…

  412. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    If the team moves, it will be the final straw– this state loves mediocrity. I will move to and adopt my new hometown’s team — who knows, maybe my new team will already be winners.

  413. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, do the other 5 really deserve a break?

  414. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    STAKE EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM…….goodnight, everybody.

  415. By Parody on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, yea probably. But we can start breaking things slowly over time until they start to make us happy. No need to go too crazy all at once.

  416. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, you are not proposing anything fundamentally new–

  417. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    By the way, Parody, no one ever sent me to the looney ward for multiple personalities.

  418. By Viking-ology on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    The stadium issue will be resolved within the alotted time frame.

  419. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Titus….they never caught Jack the Ripper, either.

  420. By Parody on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Are you sure about that Titus? Maybe your current personality just happened to have a stroke when it happened…

  421. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, good one. If I move, I most likely will move toward your way, so beware, be very aware!

  422. By Parody on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Plus, my understanding of people in the looney bin is that they’re often in denial. Plus, if you deserve to be in the looney bin, you may be too crazy to even realize that you are in the looney bin.

  423. By Parody on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Okay, I think that’s enough math now for the night. I’ll come back tomorrow and maybe work on subtraction…

  424. By Titus on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, maybe I am on the Looney Bin Connection, secretly transmitting while under lock down. HA HA HA HA HA!

  425. By KoN on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    If you replace the words Independence Day with football team, this video applies pretty nicely to the situation.

  426. By KoN on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Nor did they catch the Zodiac Killer, I’d be more afraid of him than Jack the Ripper.

  427. By Frederick Jones on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    This might begin to explain why the VIKINGS need to pick 2 Offensive Linemen, and 2 Defensive Backs in the first FOUR ROUNDS this year.

    Why keep doing the same thing, and getting Green Slime on you year-after-year?

  428. By Frederick Jones on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    You have to watch it thru when the bearded gent gets GREEN slime on him!

  429. By DRS on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Mark Craig: Vikings, NFL are past stage of bluffing

    Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune Updated: April 20, 2012 – 11:29 PM

    Legislators enamored with playing chicken need only revisit the Browns’ ugly departure from Cleveland.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148350375.html

  430. By DRS on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium: NFL boss says the time for a deal is now
    By Brian Murphy
    Posted: 04/20/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 21, 2012 4:58 AM GMTUpdated: 04/20/2012 11:58:00 PM CDT

    NFL power brokers delivered a “reality check” to Minnesota legislators about approving a new stadium for the Vikings this year, insisting failure to resolve an issue that has vexed the Capitol for a decade would make the team ripe for relocation or sale.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20442427/nfls-goodell-meets-minnesotas-leadership?source=rss

  431. By DRS on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium bill revived by Minnesota Senate panel’s 8-6 vote
    By Doug Belden
    Posted: 04/20/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 21, 2012 3:44 AM GMTUpdated: 04/20/2012 10:44:47 PM CDT

    Friday’s vote to move the bill to the Jobs and Economic Development Finance Committee without recommendation is a step in that direction, but hurdles remain. It would need to go to Finance and possibly Taxes, Rosen said.

    And the bill was voted down in a House committee on Monday, so some means would have to be found to revive it in the House.

    House Speaker Kurt Zellers did say Friday that he expected the bill would reach the floor in both chambers.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20446171/minnesota-senate-panel-revives-vikings-stadium-bill?source=rss

  432. By DRS on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Some hope remains for the Vikings new stadium, maybe the legislature got a wake up call from the NFL and will do something now.

  433. By DRS on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Bob Sansevere on Vikings stadium: Make it happen, elected leaders

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20444277/bob-sansevere-vikings-stadium-make-it-happen-elected?source=rss

  434. By DRS on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Panel revives Vikings stadium bill

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/minnesota-senate-panel-revives-vikings-stadium-bill-042012

  435. By DRS on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    As for the draft the Vikings need O-lineman and defensive players above all else. I remember the purple people eaters and the O-line that got us to the Super bowl 4 times. We need players like Page and Eller on our team; we need players that love the game, team, and community over themselves and money.

  436. By DRS on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Well it is time to go off and do other things for now, have fun and keep the faith that maybe the legislature can overcome themselves.

  437. By DeerTracks on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Fred—Unless the Vikings get an “OL” to protect Joe Webb, we will see the Vikings covered in Green Slime once again this year!! Play Webb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  438. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Frederick- SAFETY is a bigger need than CB’s!

  439. By DeerTracks on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Fred—Unless the Vikings get an “OL” to protect Joe Webb, we will see the Vikings covered in Green Slime once again this year!! Again!!!!!!!

  440. By DeerTracks on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Saoid it twice! Again!!! Play Joe Webb at Quarterback!!!

  441. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    GET THAT STADIUM BUILT, YOU POLITICAL BOZOS!!!

    VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL! VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!
    VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL! VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!
    VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL! VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!
    VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL! VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!
    VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL! VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!
    VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL! VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!
    VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL! VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!
    VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL! VIKES … TAKE KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!

  442. By DeerTracks on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Play Joe WEebb at QB! That is until the Vikings mpve to LA, Then I don’t care WHO plays Quaarterback!

  443. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    STICK WITH THE PICK! CP IS OUR QB!

    TRADE JOE WEBB FOR MORE PICKS IN 2012!!!

  444. By DeerTracks on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t give a Rat A$$ if I changed the spelling on couple of words—-Just joined some others on this here blog!!

    Most of you have had enough School-Housing to understand what is or isn’t going on around these parts!

    Just ask Nova—He knows where the Wild Turkeys’ poop in the Buckwheat—–

  445. By DeerTracks on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    PurpleHaze (sounds like a cake mix, huh)

    Trade Joe Webb in 2012? Guess you will sing a differnt tune whe Frazier finds an opposing player has put Ponder under the turf!

  446. By SAN JO VIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    First of all give what adrian peterson want’s that’s trent richardson in the third pick it’s better two have two peterson’s then one after all richardson won the bcs championship and jersey’s would sell off the hook who would buy kalil jersey no one so do the right thing vike land go vikes!!!!!

  447. By charliewest40 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    No Brainer;

    @#3 Kalil
    @#35 Smith
    @#66 Quick

  448. By bozz on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    lol at taking Richardson with the #3, such a stupid idea.

  449. By charliewest40 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil, Smith, Quick

    High Fives (5 letters in each name)

  450. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    #3 = OT
    #35 = SS or WR
    #67= SS or WR

    Those should be our first three picks, without a doubt!

    Keep in mind, Smith may not be available in the 2nd round. Some mocks have him leaving the board late in the 1st.

  451. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRADE JOE WEBB FOR MORE 2012 PICKS!!!

  452. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Voting yes: DFLers Chris Eaton of Brooklyn Center, John Harrington of St. Paul, Ken Kelash of Minneapolis, Roger Reinert of Duluth and Katie Sieben of Newport; and Republicans Carla Nelson of Rochester, John Pederson of St. Cloud and Claire Robling of Jordan.

    Voting no: Republicans Roger Chamberlain of Lino Lakes, Benjamin Kruse of Brooklyn Park, Warren Limmer of Maple Grove, Committee Chairman Ray Vandeveer of Forest Lake and Pam Wolf of Spring Lake Park; and DFLer Mary Jo McGuire of Falcon Heights.

  453. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    ^ Taken from the Star Tribune.

  454. By charliewest40 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    New requirement of draft; mandatory 5 letters in last name
    1 Matt Kalil
    2 Harrison Smith
    3 Brian Quick
    4 ILB Travis Lewis
    4 DT Derek Wolfe
    4 CB Coryell Judie
    5 RB Edwin Baker

  455. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Todd McShay, prolly Kalil’s biggest supporter,said on NFL live that Kalil will be an elite err a very good tackle at the next level. The Vikes will trade down with either the Bucs or the Rams to take Richardson with the 3rd pick…Bill Polian and McShay just echoed what i had been saying all along…Trade down and you will still get Kalil.

  456. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Rams are more likely to want Richardson than are the Bucs. Who’s to say though, that the Rams won’t take Kalil off the board if faced with that decission?

    THE ONLY SURE WAY TO GET KALIL TO MINNESOTA IS TO TAKE HIM #3 OVERALL!!!

    SPIELMAN, DON”T MESS THIS ONE UP!!!

  457. By DeerTracks on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    DO BE AFRAID TO TRADE JOE WEBB FOR 2012 PICKS!!

    See, Cake Mix, I can shout also..Does not change things one little bit…

    Who is going to win the games for the Vikings, if Joe Webb is traded??

  458. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    1. Kalil with the sixth pick,after we trade down with the Rams.
    2.Trade the 2nd rd we will receive from the Rams.and two 4th rounders to the Pats for the 25th pick and take Stephen Hill before the Niners do.
    3.#35 take H. Smith if he is still available.
    4.Take best players available at any position except T.E.,Q.B. or D.E.

  459. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    If the Rams take Kalil,which i know they won’t,Blackmon will still be there.The Vikes could trade further down because of the Tannenhill factor and Blackmon is a blue chip prospect and possibly the last one left…I still think that Poe and Kuechly will pan out to be the best of the non q.b.’s in this draft.

  460. By Frederick Jones on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    @DeerTracks,

    You are very right about Joe Webb. Things have changed in the NFL with the way QBs are used. It may very well change quickly, soon. In the mean time, JOE WEBB is the guy you want at QB.

  461. By Frederick Jones on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer,

    I am starting to believe you, that the Vikings need a Safety more than they need a CB.

  462. By Frederick Jones on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Thank G O D for the recent turn of events with the stadium. I know it’s not over yet, but it gives us hope!!!

  463. By DeerTracks on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks, hognuts, now we know who to send South to join that other dirtbag Repulican in Texas—I think his name rhymes with Tree, er, Bush, or something like that!!!

  464. By Frederick Jones on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    @the DRS,

    Thank you for keeping us up to date on the stadium issues!

  465. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    You’re welcome DeerTracks.

  466. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Floyd is WAY BETTER than Blackmon!

    And besides the Vikings, the Rams are the team MOST in need of a Left Tackle! Bradford would love to have Kalil protecting his blind side!

    So given that info, tdurf … How can you say, “If the Rams take Kalil,which i know they won’t…”. There’s NOTHING out there to support that statement!

    What good does Blackmon do us if Ponder doesn’t have the time to throw the football?

  467. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Jimi take it easy man,we have more than one pick in this draft…read other articles as well and you will see that the Rams organization cannot afford to spend another high 1st rd pick on another left tackle…like they did in 09′ and 10′

  468. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    what do you have to support your statement that floyd is WAY BETTER than blackmon…90% of mock drafts have blackmon listed first.

  469. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is the QB of the Vikings and future of the franchise.

  470. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Pick Matt Kalil #3 Pick Don’t mess this up.

  471. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    @purplhaze do you even know what your name implies?

  472. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    how many more posts that say Kalil at three ,don’t mess this up…come up with an original thought…dang talk about regurgtated b.s.

  473. By Richard1A on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    J Webb, the VIkes are to dumb to utilize his qb talents.

  474. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Why shouldn’t I say the same thing over and over friggin Fred get does it all the time go complain at him.

  475. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil isn’t even on the same level as Tyrone Smith,and he was drafted 9th overall last year…How much room under the cap do you think the rams have to sign another first round left tackle

  476. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Lol Mike.

  477. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    But anyways what separates Ponder from Colt McCoy?

  478. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    J Webb, the Vikes are too dumb to utilize his WR talents.

  479. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    did i say @mike b…no…so don’t be so defensive…you and about 30 other bloggers blow the same smoke

  480. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    McCoy’s eyes are evenly set.

  481. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Heres my whole thing on the Ponder, Joe Webb debate. Ponder may turn out to be the better quarterback, but Webb, like Tebow…just finds ways to win games. So for now I would just like to ride with Webb and see what he can do if he has a legit #1WR and a healthy AP.

  482. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Michael Wobs, its time for a new blog.

  483. By Steve on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Three drug busts and other issues? He will perfect for the Vikes!!!

  484. By charliewest40 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    spencer ?

    Jenkins or Jeffery ?

  485. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    spence, you got that right…Get on it Wobs…Alot of stuff happening with the sheriff coming into town on friday.

  486. By mgr4fun on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Rnd 1 3rd Overall Pick … OT Matt Kalil – USC 6’7” 295# – #1 on the board
    Rnd 2 35th Overall Pick – SS Harrison Smith ND 6’2” 213# – #2 on the board
    Rnd 3 67th Overall Pick – CB Trumaine Johnson M 6’2” 204# – #11
    Rnd 4 98th Overall Pick – WR Tommy Streeter M 6’5” 219# – #22

    get a pro-bowl quality LT for the next 10 – 15 yrs … may need to move back into the late first rnd to get smith he is worth it he will qb the d-backs for the next 10 plus years as well (the next Joey Browner) … maintain picks 35 and 67 for johnson and streeter … there is another late rnd wr – dale moss SDSU him and streeter will take the top off any and all defenses …

  487. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Charliewest- Jenkins. I have never questioned his on the field ability, but with Jeffery im questioning his desire to play football. He has far too much bust potential, and hes starting to remind me of Dwayne Jarrett and Mike Williams…

    The only negative with Jenkins is that he likes weed and has kids, to that I say- WHO CARES!

  488. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    “In related news to reports Zygi Wilf’s private plane was seen in southern California on Friday, Mike Wobs was spotted on his private dumbo ride at Disneyland Saturday morning, upping the ante for the Minnesota legislature.”

  489. By charliewest40 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Jenkins or Harrison Smith ?

  490. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Now thats tough….but I would go with Harrison Smith over Jenkins because I believe SS is more important than CB right now…

    Jamarca Sanford is Garbage and does not deserve to start anymore games in the National Football League.
    .

  491. By Meekay on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone who thinks we should draft Trent Richardson should just be permanently ignored. That’s just stupid.

    And Spencer, well said. I agree completely. Jeffrey is too much of a question mark right now to use a second or third round pick on. Jenkins would probably be fine.

  492. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Tdurf … Mike and I blowin’ smoke about Kalil @ #3 is still better than your hobby of blowin’ young boys down on Hennepin. Yo Mom!!!

  493. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Jenkins over Smith

  494. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Meekay … What’s your opinion of Rueben Randle?

  495. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    ^ Dat’s fightin words, bruh.

  496. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I was referring to what PurpleHaze said about “blowin young boys”

  497. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    You think, GDP? Actually, I think Smith would be a better fit for team needs.

    Jenkins has been in trouble for fighting too, I believe. Don’t need a distraction like that on such a young team.

  498. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Eviscerate,disembowel every stinking politician that stands in the way of the Vikings. Then feed their rotting remains to rabid wolverines, badgers, bears and anything else with teeth. Then FedEx them (the animals) to every trailer park in Green Bay. Then blow up Wisconsin.

  499. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Problem solved.

  500. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Nova’s pretty passionate… =))

  501. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Smith may be a better fit but Jenkins will be the better player.

  502. By DeerTracks on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Purple-something-or-other—-Blackmon or some other dude, no good if Ponder dosen’t have time to throw—–..

    Not to worry, cake-mix, like MightyMouse, Joe Webb will save the day!!

  503. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    * Save some for Dallas.

  504. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    You’re not concerned Jenkins could be a distraction and cause tension because of his fighting history, GDP?

    I do agree though, that Jenkins looks like the more talented player. I would just have some minor concerns because of those past incidents.

  505. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I agree, Deer-something-or-other … Hence Kalil is THE ONLY LOGICAL OPTION at #3 overall! ;-)

  506. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I’m concerned about Matt Kalil. I dont trust him anymore

  507. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    LOL … Why’s that, GDP?

  508. By charliewest40 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Can Jenkins return punts ?

  509. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    GDP- Shut the He|| up lol.

  510. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I believe he did some return work in college, Charlie…

  511. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Kalil has stated in several interviews when asked about his decision to enter the draft, “I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish(At USC).”

    I’m sorry but if one of your accomplishments is not winning a national championship then Im not sure I want you on this team. Hes telling the Vikes he will be their LT of the future. Sounds to me like he just wants to get picked the highest he could possibly go so he can make the most money he could possibly make.

    He just leaves me scratching my head.

  512. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Charliewest … “After transferring to North Alabama Jenkins was rarely challenged, however, he still managed to post 53 tackles, 2 interceptions, a fumble return for a touchdown and three punt returns for touchdowns last year.”

    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/19/4426426/janoris-jenkins-projected-nfl.html

  513. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Not sure, GDP … I think his talent speaks for itself, as did his combine performance.

  514. By Parody on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    You sure that’s Kalil’s fault GDP? When’s the last time you were checked for lice?

  515. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Im not questioning his Talent. I’m questioning how important winning is to him.

    I want players that want to win, thats all.

  516. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I have to explain my situation. I have literally spent over $ 100,000 following this team across the NorthEast and Midwest in the last 35 years or so, but I have NO CONTROL over their future. A couple of weeks ago, with a # provided by Shawn, I spoke with one of the “group of 9″‘s receptionists, relating my feelings about their position. She doesn’t care about someone in Nova Scotia. You have no idea how frustrated I am, at 55 years old, to hear that my team might be packing up and leaving and all that I can do is watch it happen.

  517. By charliewest40 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    GDP…I dont think you just show up and achieve what Kalil has. I am absolutely convinced he is a winner.

  518. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil would be the number one pick over all in the draft if there wasn’t so great a need at the QB position. He is the most NFL ready player in the draft. So it is more than just let’s get him at #3. We have the opportunity to get the best player in the draft and have him contribute to our weak OL. This pick is a win/win for the Vikings. By posting over and over about Kalil we are letting the Organization know we are watching and expecting this outcome. You can choose to agree or disagree that is your choice. Kalil needs to be our first pick.

  519. By charliewest40 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I am starting to believe that Jenkins is the superior athlete to Harrison Smith.
    Maybe we should get a safety in the 3rd or 4th ?

  520. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    @GDP When you get into the category that Kalil is in you have an attitude that you are a winner. Just like any other star player. You know that you are better than the other guy. It is how they are. Do they want to be paid well? Of course they do.

  521. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Jenkins is a winner. No reason to draft a winner

  522. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I’m concerned about Matt Kalil. I dont trust him anymore
    ————————————————————————————–

  523. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    He said he accomplished everything he wanted to accomplish. He did not win a National Championship.

    Wouldn’t you like that to have been on of his goals in college? Just Think about it.

    What makes you so sure he is a winner. Because his last name is Kalil?

  524. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I just hope that all you guys who spend so much time blogging about the upcoming draft spend one -tenth of that time writing your local representatives.

  525. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    If the Vikes go, what does this draft mean?

  526. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Apparently nothing to you Nova.

  527. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    It’s a team sport and some great players will never see a National championship. It might be in on the list, but they know their own abilities can’t get them there. Chris Carter never seen the superbowl. Would it be an honest assumption that he has accomplished everything he wanted to accomplish. Of course. Football championships is a team effort. Kalil believes he has done as much as he can for USC and wants to move on to the NFL. That’s a good thing not a oh wait he doesn’t want a championship. List all the great players that never seen the championship it is a very long list. Come on GDP get over it.

  528. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Well Nova I am in SDak and would get the same response as you calling up a rep in MN.

  529. By charliewest40 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I think its clear he wanted to be the best at his position in college. If hes anything…he is a competitor. He will strive to be the best at the next level as well. There is too much disinformation coming out at this point.

    Kalil is the guy we need. no question.

  530. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, I already did my part.

    All we can do now is just hope for the best..

  531. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I am concerned about the Stadium issue and post tons of blogs on here and in my facebook page. But the fact is Minneasotans must act to keep the team there. They have to convince the people they voted for will keep the team in MN. Once the stadium deal is done, I will be buying tickets and spending money in MN to see the Vikings.

  532. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    2:25 Does it sound like Cris Carter accomplished everything he wanted to?

  533. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    If we pick Kalil I hope I’m wrong.

  534. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Its not as easy as “Everyone says hes going to be great so he is.”

  535. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    But individually they did what they can do. Just look at the Hall of Famers or Future Hall of Famers on that team.

  536. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I wish Kalil would have been more specific then in his interview.

  537. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Dennis Green need to continue to attack the Falcons at the start of the second half. He could have ran than the score up on them, but he decided to rest up playes. He let the Falcons back in the game. The 98 Loss is all about Green and his choices.

  538. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I wasnt focusing on that Mike but yeah i agree with you on that. The last great coach we had was Mike Tomlin. The last great Head Coach we had was Bud Grant.

  539. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Dennis Green was the last good coach for the Vikings, but lost my support at the end of that game.

  540. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I respect Green because he was a guy who believed in second chances. He took in guys everyone else had pretty much given up on. Last example was Kurt Warner in Arizona. He’s not that great of a coach though.

  541. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil has an agent and right now they are focused on how much value they can generate in the draft. They are not going switch focus off of them. Not geting a championship would shift focus.

  542. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Which NFC Championship game was worst:

    1998: Lost by a FG in OT.
    2001: Lost 41-0.
    2009: Lost by a FG in OT.

  543. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I’m talking about his pre-combine interviews. I would have liked to hear him touch on that a little.

  544. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    98 as I am positive we would have whooped on Denver that year.

  545. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    @GDP,

    The Viking scouts have done their homework on these players, they know more about them than you or me. They have personally interviewed him, so you can throw that other interview out the window.

  546. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer- Dont forget Drew Pearson’s offensive penalty on that famous hail mary play against the Cowboys. That one is up there.

  547. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Keyword; Interviews, not interview.

  548. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I think the 09 team would have destroyed the Colts. 98 not so sure, those bronco teams were pretty good.

  549. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I still think 2001 was worst…the fact that we just got B-tched like that was tough to swallow. The other losses were devastating, but at least we were able to put up a fight in those games.

  550. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    09 was the worst for me. It was the most complete Vikings team in my opinion.

  551. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, it’s a toss-up between /98 and /88 against Washington. We were supposed to win in /98, in /88 we were the dogs, but could have pulled it out at the end, if Darren Nelson’s arms were 3 inches longer.

  552. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    98 Bronco’s didn’t have a CB that could keep up with Moss. It would have been a shoot out.

  553. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    GDP….the Drew Pearson fiasco wasn’t the NFC Championship game.

  554. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    We wouldnt have had an answer for their running game though.

  555. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Nobody had a CB that could keep up with Moss in his prime. Just tell him to run the 7 route and he would ‘Moss’ any CB in sight.

  556. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    NFC Divisional Playoff ok your right Nova. My mistake

  557. By Mike B. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    09 Loss has me wondering due the Bounty Scandal if some of those excessive hits played into the fumbles we had. I think the players were suprised the Refs weren’t calling as many penalties for it. I think that game for me will always carry an * for me now.

  558. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, they have the full game on Youtube..

  559. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    That Broncos team was also 15-1 and they had an outstanding running game, which is what killed our 98 team, both during the regular season and in the Atlanta game. SO, don’t be so certain we would have won it all that year. But we sure could score at will. 2009 was the hardest loss I ever experienced, though. We handled playing on the road so well— and kept pace with the Saints in their noisy dome–it was tied throughout. In 98, we expected to win it all. In 2009, we were a little uncertain how we would play in N.O. When we played so well, and we were tied or ahead every minute and second, I was on edge throughout. My expectation built and then at the end –to have it all collapse with a couple misjudgments– 12 men/interception.

  560. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Whoever won that game was going to the superbowl though so in a way it was the NFC Championship game.

  561. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    2001 was such a joke– it was over before the third commercial. Nothing to get worked up about at that point.

  562. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    How about to save some money on the stadium, we chop off the roof. Then, we can have some legitimate home field advantage in November, December, and January.

  563. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW8aXD9I300 No wonder I drink.

  564. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I remember having to go to my brother’s godfather’s house to watch the game in 09. We got there right after the saints tied the game at 7. The first thing he siad was the saints were making some big hits that should have been penalties, and he was a Saint’s fan. I think that says it all right there.

  565. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Broncos were 14-2 in ’98. Jim Fassel cheated in 2001. They could hear our plays, they did it a week earlier against the Eagles, too.

  566. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Hognuts, my bad– you are right, Broncos were 14-2.

  567. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    OK, the lobsters are going for their last “swim”, the prime rib is done, talk to you guys later. Gotta love Spring.

  568. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone else have the “Three Deep” poster with Moss, Carter, and Reed. That thing was sweet!

  569. By VegasVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, I never got my lobsters… Did you send them? I sent the showgirls…
    It’s better to have lobsters on your piano than crabs on your organ

  570. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas…I would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

  571. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Perfect game by the White Sox Humber.

  572. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Man Baseball is just flat out boring.

  573. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil at # 8… after we trade with Miami.

  574. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Gah Dam, Alshon Jeffery scored a 10 on his Wonderlic.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NFL&id=7441&line=231796&spln=1

  575. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    AJ Green also scored a 10 on his Wonderlic, and it actually does have an impact.. just watch this

  576. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Wow P.haze!!! Blowing little boys…is that what you invision?…that explains alot about you…kinda sad.

  577. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Now drop down 6 more points and you have Claiborne.

  578. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    @ Mike B. , Really? Do you think any NFL team cares what the fans want…kinda like Tebow in Denver…that lasted long.

  579. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I found Spencer’s next draft target. CB Alfonzo Dennard

    http://thevikingage.com/2012/04/21/vikings-draft-non-targets-2012-alfonzo-dennard-arrested-for-assaulting-cop/

  580. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Now this could be a great draft …

    1st round …LT Matt Kalil
    2nd round S Harrison Smith
    3rd round CB Alfonzo Dennard

  581. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    5 days

  582. By Carl K on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    GDP- I understand what you are trying to say about Kalil… But a national title for USC was not even possible with all the sanctions to the football team.

    The last couple of years the USC football program has been fighting through being stripped of the 2004 National Championship victory plus the loss of over 20 scholarship, and being BANNED FROM POST SEASON PLAY.

    National Championship? National Championship? Don’t talk about National Championships… Matt had no chance at a championship or a even a bowl.
    Did he whine and cry or let is game suffer? NO!
    Kalil busted it on very play…

    I don’t know of any kid that wouldn’t want to win a National Championship!

  583. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson might be a Viking.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NFL&id=4859&line=231824&spln=1

  584. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I give up, I give up, I give up. I had my niece and her boyfriend (from St. Louis, Missouri) for lobster and roast beef. Her boyfriend said to me ” I never knew that you guys up here would have the internet.”……I felt like saying ” I never knew that Missouri would let you out of your cage”. UNREAL.

  585. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, that boyfriend is being a wisea$$. Noone can be that ignorant. The Internet is everywhere (granted in some places, people tend to go to cafes and do not have it at home, but still!)

  586. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    He’s still here Titus, and he is losing the battle of wits, believe me.

  587. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I would love some lobster.

  588. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I would love to have any of that feast on Nova’s table. I think I only have tilapia, salmon, or chicken to choose from in the fridge.

  589. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    He’s just a young kid who doesn’t know his @ss from his elbow. Kind of overwhelmed by the ocean, maybe. I told him to take Sonja for a walk, he declined.

  590. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Is he a Viking fan?

  591. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, I as.sumed he was an adult. I had girlfriends when I was in kindergarten too.

  592. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Titus,is 23 an Adult?

  593. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Hognuts….He is actually a Chiefs fan.

  594. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Anyway, the music has started, they are trying to play “dance tunes” and “rap”…..Sorry, Zeppelin ,The Stones etc are going on. This is my casa.

  595. By Viking-ology on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I need to catch up a little…

  596. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    God, this new “music” sucks.

  597. By Viking-ology on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with GDP on the “best team that didn’t” the 2009 team was the best rounded team-’98 was great but our rush defense is why we lost in ’98. 2009 was the turnovers that killed us (a little bounty) we should have beat the saint’s handly. We would have crushed the Colts in the Superbowl. Another lost opportunity in Viking’s history.

  598. By Viking-ology on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Nova- add Rush and Pink Floyd to that list and now were taking.

  599. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIY8CoMILgU JUST LISTEN

  600. By Viking-ology on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta go, time for some beer and tacos. Peace all.

  601. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Twenty-three is a little old for kindergarten.

  602. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7rHCYtbZRo Titus, it’s amazing, I have 2 20-something couples in my living room dancing to song like this…

  603. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Even kids nowadays still like the classics.

  604. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

  605. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- LOL.

  606. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Jerome Simpsons Resume.

    On September 2011, police searched Simpson’s home after intercepting a package to be delivered to his home containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana. When police arrived at Simpson’s home, he allowed them to search his home. Upon searching the home, the police found 6 more pounds of marijuana.

    On January 19, 2012, Simpson was indicted in Covington, Kentucky for “Trafficking in more than eight ounces and less than five pounds of marijuana.

    On April 5, 2012, Simpson was sentenced to 15 days in jail, 200 hours of community service, and 3 years probation. He will also have to undergo drug testing and pay a $7,500 fine plus court costs.

    I’ve told every single one of you that GM’s DO NOT CARE about what a player does off the court….they believe in the same principle I believe in:

    TALENT OVER CHARACTER.

    Instead of making fun of me, maybe you guys should listen to me…I know my sh-t, BOYS!

  607. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hwnb8AB2kc H3ll with it, might as well play the best Cream song ever….

  608. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    @Nova,

    I love oldies. I went to a Styx concert last summer with my parents. I got a lot of $hit from my friends, but I had fun.

  609. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    My tastes when I was younger were a little more alternative.

  610. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbSugn0dB4c Hognuts, God love ya, Styx were OK, but this is the ultimate…my old g/f saw them 3 times.

  611. By VegasVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    How many times does a guy have to hear freedom rock? And Titus, he is from Misery… I mean…

  612. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I do like Led Zeppelin, how about some Motley Crue or Aerosmith?

  613. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luDgb5vVHuA Led Zeppelin is the best group ever, but this is not a song that I want to hear .

  614. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I have a few friends in Kenya– guess what, they have Internet. But to have access in Canada, that is a surprise.

  615. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    We have a chance to get an impact WR and you guys are talking about bands?? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat????

    Anyways, I think this would be a very low risk/high reward type of signing. Doubt were going to pay him all that much and he is exactly the type of WR this team needs. I realize he will prolly be suspended to start the year, but im thinking over time he could be a real steal in FA. I really hope we can get him done before he leaves.

    Percy/Simpson
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    ._| |_ .. _| |_

  616. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    “With an achin’ in my heart”.

  617. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I think that Simpson would be a nice addition.

  618. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t forget that the winner of the 2009 NFC title game was determined before the opening coin toss. I don’t think I’ve ever been so pi$$ed watching a Vikings football game.

  619. By KoN on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I agree that Simpson could be a high reward pick up and I’m all for signing him, but you can’t honestly believe that it is low risk, can you?

  620. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Those turnovers were the most costly. We had 5 turnovers and we still lost that game in overtime. Take a few of those away and we would’ve destroyed the Saints.

  621. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    When we build that new stadium, maybe we can get the state to throw in a few jail cells and some corrections officers for all these “low risk” players we’re picking up?

  622. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc69zr_5uH4 And then , if the F^$#$%ing politicians win……..

  623. By PurplHaze on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Oh Woooooooooooooooooobbsyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ….. New blog, please.

  624. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Blog | A Closer Look: WR Jerome Simpson Worth The Risk?

  625. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    LOL a stadium with a 53 man prison underneath ?

  626. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, we could have the first 32 picks in the draft. But who the fu(k cares, if they are not going to play in MN???????????????????????????

  627. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Lol.

  628. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Did you know Jared Allen has been arrested/charged for DUI a total of three times. The first was in Pocatello, Idaho on May 11, 2002. He was then arrested twice within five months in Leawood, Kansas on May 11, 2006 and on September 26, 2006. He was sentenced to 48 hours in jail as a result of the latter arrest.

    But yet everybody hates Cook? Even though he has never been convicted of anything? Okay.

    Jared

  629. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Jared Allen should have been in prison.

    One DUI? Okay.
    Two DUI’s? Not okay.
    Three DUI’s? Ridiculous

  630. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    He is married with a kid now, Spence. Your idols are not married and have 6 kids by 5 different women. You should try having s3x with one woman, take a break from this blog.

  631. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson ??…Oh sure..That is real smart Spielman…

    Wilf is pushing hard to get a stadium…

    And you are talking contracts with free agent WR’s pushing drugs…

    Why not keep any controversial subjects out of the media for just a few days…And try to keep a positive media image while trying to get that stadium deal done…You just got one player out of the courts on a domestic violence charge…Now your bringing a player in to possibly sign…That was very recently sentenced to 3 yrs probation on a drug charge…

    Really ???….

  632. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Jared Allen … 219 starts … 105 sacks … 42 pa’ss defensed … 5 INT … 26 FF

    Chris Cook …….. 6 starts ……………………….. 6 pa’ss defensed … nothing else

  633. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer I dont understand why you dont understand TALENT OVER CHARACTER.

    Jared Allen has produced ON THE FIELD

    Percy Harvin has produced ON THE FIELD

    Chris Cook has NOT

  634. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Now that I’ve found out about Jared Allen’s troubled past, I think I may actually like him more…

  635. By KoN on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    OTK, I am almost certain that this visit will have no impact whatsoever on the stadium deal.

  636. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    oop sorry Cook started 8 games so i guess its even between Cook and Allen

  637. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, I already have. And personally I dont care that Jared Allen had multiple DUI’s…im just trying to prove a point at how hypocritical most of you guys are.

  638. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, every time that I think you might be getting the point, you revert to your former ignorance. I don’t have the time or the patience to explain to you the reasons WHY you are an idiot, I have a boat to take care of and enjoy for the summer. I will let Shawn, Parody and the boys slowly dissect your ridiculous babbling.

  639. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Once again….Shawn is saying Cook has done “nothing.” Has he forgotten his 2011 achievements?

    Week 1: Shutdown Vincent Jackson.
    Week 2: Obliterated Mike Williams
    Week 3: Played the best game of his life against Megatron
    Week 4: Neutralized Dwayne Bowe
    Week 5: Locked up Larry Fitzgerald
    Week 6: Allowed zero catches to Alll Bears WR’s.

    But thats nothing? Okay.

    If anything what in the living He|| has Ponder done? Cook has a chance to be one of the best young CB’s in the league….Ponder on the other hand isnt that good. I ask you what separates him from Colt McCoy?

  640. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Stop the hate, Cook is no Crook!

  641. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Jared Allen … 105 sacks
    Chris Cook …. 033 tackles

    Jared Allen … 42 Pass defensed
    Chris Cook … 33 tacles

    Jared Allen … 26 Forced Fumbles
    Chris Cook …. 33 tackles

    Jared Allen … 16 Fumble Recoveries
    Chris Cook …. 6 Pass Defensed

    How are we being hypocritical ? Spencer we keep telling you we only care about on field performance … yet you keep telling us Cook is comparable to Jared Allen and Percy Harvin. Id say your being ignorant.

  642. By KoN on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder was the best redzone QB in the NFL (that I could find) last year. His QB Rating inside of the opponents 20 yard line: 114 Rodgers: 107 Brady: 100 Brees: 100 Newton: 80 He also ledd the nfl with 77.8 percent accuracy in the redzone.

  643. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I like Cook, but Spencer, you sure know how to push people’s buttons don’t you?

  644. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Cook … games … 12
    Cook … starts …… 8
    Cook … tackles … 33
    Cook … pass def .. 6

    Total possible Cook stats all added together 59 … Jared Allen 105 sacks

  645. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    KoN…Could the timing of bringing a player like Simpson right now be any worse…

    With Wilf trying to prove to Mn politicians of the sparkling image the Vikings have within Minnesota…And the legacy they leave behind…

    Why do the Vikings have to be wining and dining Simpson right now ??…Probation or not…The guy was just involved with a drug charge recently…

    Its bad media…And for all politicians fighting the Vikings and stadium bill…They will dig up and exploit any bad press they can find…

    Why is Spielman handing that bad press to them on a silver platter ???

  646. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    @ hognuts, that’s his thing, I guess that’s his life….pretty sad, eh?

  647. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    If you guys “only care about on field performance” than why do you constantly say what he did was nothing? Last season he shut down some of the best WR’s in the game week in and week out, yet you guys tear him down but praise a man who was a below average quarterback last year.

  648. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- I never implied Cook is as great as Percy and Allen- those guys are established players and household names; Cook is not.

  649. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta go, there’s still a lobster tail on the platter….see ya>>>

  650. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    EXACTLY Spencer yet you worship Cook like he is.

    I forgot Randy Moss is the 3rd guy you try to compare to Cook.

    Also Jared Allen 458 tackles … Cook 33

  651. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer is the Master Button Pusher.

  652. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, your food posts are not so painful- finishing my second piece of salmon.

  653. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll just leave it as this….once Cook plays 16 games at a high level next year, I expect the hatred to come to a complete stop. Why? Because “we keep telling you we only care about on field performance.”

    So just I hope you guys live up to your word, and I believe you all will because every single one of you are honorable men.

  654. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    The draft to me is pretty meaningless at this point. No stadium and so what? You can watch all these players as rookies– and nothing more.

  655. By Parody on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    “… yet you guys tear him down…”

    Spencer, Quit acting ignorant. We “tear him down” because you beg us to. I think everyone here agrees that he has the potential to be great, but we have explained countless times how he has yet to realize his potential. You seem to want it to be something worse, just so you can have someone to argue with. Get over it.

  656. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer>>>>Move in with Chris Cook. Titus, there is a glut of lobster now, I get it from a friend of mine for 3.50 LB.

  657. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    * $3.50

  658. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer you have forgotten. Everson Griffen, I along with others were all for cutting him last preseason after his multiple arrests. He stayed clean and was a solid back up. Nothing is said about him … ??? Hmmm

    O yea Everson Griffen another Spencer favorite. LOL

  659. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, I am on my way to the airport.

  660. By Parody on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – So we have one more offensive rookie of the year award to look forward to! How many offensive linemen have ever won it? I’m willing to bet that Kalil would be the first…

  661. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer…The whole secondary was bad last season…

    It was not the fact when Cook was on the field he was playing outstanding…It was because the rest of the secondary just happened to be a lot worse players than Cook…H3ll the water-boys could have done a better job than some of the other young players out there with Cook…

    The opposing QB always attacks the weakest links on defense…Well the Vikings whole secondary stunk up the field !!!…When Cook did play…Winfield wasn’t…It wasn’t Cook being so good the QB’s were not throwing his way…Its because the rest of the secondary was that stinking bad !!!…

    Cook made one good play defending against C Johnson…That showed at least some promise he might turn into a decent CB…Other than that…He has a lot to prove…

  662. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, i know that you are religious, from your blogs with Fred. I respect that, I was raised a Catholic. Having said that, Titus , you might want to turn your head on my next post about our buddy Spencer.

  663. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    At the end of the day this much is clear: in the 6 games he played in, he played exceptional. So just stop looking at the negatives with the guy…

  664. By Shawn on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer read Parody’s post … “Spencer, Quit acting ignorant. We “tear him down” because you beg us to.”

  665. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe its just a hunch, but I think Ponders girl would be the hottest one on the cheer-squad if she made the team.

    http://collegepoison.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/fakaciemcdonnell.jpg

  666. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Dense Spence, I can’t say that I speak for all the regular guys (or girls) on this blog, but I believe (judging from the comments that I have read) that the overwhelming majority of us are tired of your remarks regarding some of our prized players. I was watching this team when your best traits were running down your mother’s leg. You should go easy, you are very green.

  667. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Now that we are pursuing Jerome Simpson its telling me that the Vikings think Stephen Burton and Manny Arceneaux are just flat out no good. And its a shame, I actually had high hopes for Arceneaux, I thought he could have bene our version of Victor Cruz.

  668. By hognuts on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Another big week coming up in the stadium dilemma. Let’s hope this Monday starts better than last Monday.

  669. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, im sorry. I will try my earnest not to critique the accomplished players on this team anymore.

  670. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Get a life, man.

  671. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Am I the only one who thinks Asher Allen is actually a good Nickle CB?

    Like remember in 2010 Percy had a down year because he was forced into the #1WR slot because Sidney Rice’s b!tch ass decided to have surgery a month before the season? Well Percy had a bad year because he was playing on the outside- his naturally position is in the slot and that is where hes elite.

    I believe the same scenario applies to Asher Allen, when he was trusted out as a #1 CB, he was garbage. But once hes placed in the slot where he belongs, hes actually pretty decent there. Hes young, has great feet, good quickness, and can guard WR’s there at a quality level. So if he can start a full 16 games there I believe Asher, or even Chris Carr, may be Antoine’s successor.

    So im just still questioning Antoine’s decision not to go to SS because if Asher were to have a decent year…I believe they would pick Asher over Winfield simply for financial reasons and due to the fact that Winfield is an older player.

  672. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

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  673. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Goodnight Viking Faithful.

  674. By Frederick Jones on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    @KON,

    Regarding the rushing stats of Webb and Ponder:

    Ponder played more games, and had more game time, had more rushing yards, and a higher average.

    However Webb, in way less playing time, had a longer run than Ponder (like 65 to 25), had 2 TDs next to Ponder’s zero, and had some games where he had trouble gaining any yards because of our fine O Line play last year.

    I don’t think anyone, even Ponder, is going to say Ponder is a better runner than Webb. Webb can whip the ball harder, and longer. Ponder may be more accurate.

    They are not much alike, except they are both very mobile, which is good since we still have a questionable O Line.

  675. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    I bet that there is a gay bar in Vegas that will let you wear that sign.

  676. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer is a special person. Without him, this site would be cold and sterile.

  677. By Spencer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    My apologies, I forgot all about Fred.

  678. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    With him, it’s hot and fertile ?????????? PLEEEEZE, Titus

  679. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, you forgot Nova too.

  680. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    You left me out too Spencer, but I don’t give a sh1t.

  681. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, sounds deep down like you are disappointed not being the marquee attraction.

  682. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, if I wasn’t so full of lobster and prime rib, I would throw myself into the Atlantic…. Nobody here could save me, they’re all loaded !!

  683. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Sonja would drag you out.

  684. By josh k on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    we dont have the coach or QB/WRs to have an ELITE offense. i just want to see an amazing run game(need OL) and a top notch defense. stick to our strengths i dont see the need to try and be something we are not.

    imagine another actuall pass defender lined up with J Allen

  685. By josh k on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    pass rusher*

  686. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Sonja would be knawing on everybody’s rib bone. You need a Newfoundlander to save drowning folks.

  687. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFmYaO6Ixdw Check this out, Titus.

  688. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n2W6mqdMUs

  689. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Somebody please kill Michael Vick.

  690. By Titus on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    That’s pretty cool – the dogs jumping from copters into the ocean, but that other one, that was a waste of time, Nova.

  691. By KoN on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, I understand and I’m not trying to say that Ponder is a better runner than Webb. I was simply trying to point out the fact that Ponder is a lot more athletic than people give him credit for.

  692. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    sorry, wrong clip, Titus.

  693. By DRS on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings fans weigh in on Capitol debate
    Video by: Breanna Fuss Updated: April 21, 2012 – 9:20 AM
    Avid Vikings fans Larry Spooner and Diggz Garza, talk about why the stadium debate is so important to them, and why the Vikings should get a new stadium.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148318135.html

  694. By puckertrucker on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    To all the Fans and Voters in Minnesota: I have watched with great anticipation that there are Congressmen/women,and Senatorial persons that don’t want the Vikings to have a new stadium. WELL I AM HERE TO SAY EVERY ONE OF THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE POLITICIANS THAT DON’T WANT THE STADIUM REMIND THEM THAT THERE IS AN ELECTION COMING UP IN NOVEMBER AND THOSE THAT VOTE AGAINST THE STADIUM ISSUE FACE LOSING THEIR JOBS COME NOVEMBER. I MEAM AFTER ALL WHO WANTS A POLITICIAN THAT DOESN’T HAVE THE STATES BEST INTERESTS AT HEART NOR THE WORKERS OR CITIZENS NEEDS AT HEART. I SAY GET RID OF THEM VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE, NO IFS, ANDS, OR BUTS. GET RID OF THE DEAD WIEGHT POLITICIANS NOW. The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!Skol Fans

  695. By DRS on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    It is 0101 New Mexico time so off to bed I go, good night.

  696. By Parody on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Come now Titus…how is any film that’s recorded to a tune of the Beach Boys a waste of time?

  697. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    When it comes to the draft…The new rookie wage scale has yet to be exploited by a savvy GM trying to rebuild a team with so many needs from the lower ranks…Into a winner..This new rookie wage scale is only 2 years old…Players going in the top rounds are so much easier to afford and cap friendly to all 32 teams across the league…The picks in the top ten are extremely more valuable to teams now than in years past..

    Can or will Spielman “cash in” on that extreme value sitting there with the 3rd pick overall in the draft ??…

    Instead of just one player being chosen at the 3rd spot in the draft…The Vikings could obtain plenty of value by trading down…This team needs a roster “makeover”…In areas that are strong positions of depth in this springs draft…CB,WR,LB and DT…

    I love the Matt Kalil pick…But also see the many other glaring needs the Vikings have all over the roster…Because of those glaring needs..I believe the Vikings will trade out of the 3rd spot in the first round…

    If Spielman were to make that first trade and drop down…He might just keep dropping down in the draft a few spots at a time…And collect multiple second and fourth round picks…

    I am not a fan that believes in the “quantity trumps quality” in any areas in life as a rule…

    But with such great depth in so many positions of need in this springs draft…

    I think Spielman will feel the need to explore as many of those chances or solid choices he can get within rounds one and round 2…

  698. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    ST. PAUL — A Minnesota Senate committee narrowly approved a public subsidy on Friday to help the Vikings build a new football stadium, reviving the team’s struggling effort just hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited the state Capitol to jump-start what had been a stalled stadium debate.

    The Senate’s Local Government and Elections Committee passed the bill on an 8-6 vote after a hearing that stretched nearly four hours. While the stadium bill still faces a long haul in the waning days of Minnesota’s legislative session, the committee’s vote gave the $975 million stadium proposal new life four days after a companion bill’s defeat in a House committee earlier this week sparked near panic among supporters.

  699. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    GET IT DONE.

  700. By DeerTracks on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    KON—If, as you say, Ponder was the best Redzone QB in the NFL,

    Then how come the Vikings ended up 3/13??

  701. By Thevikes07 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    DeerTracks

    Did u watch the whole season? Our secondary was getting dumped all the time. Our running defense was little weak and our secondary was horrible to death!

  702. By Woodboat on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, DeerTracks, I gotta side with Thevikes07 on this one. You can’t blow multiple 20 point leads and hope to win games. I do, however, question that Ponder is the best redzone QB in the NFL. He has potential to be pretty darned good, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

  703. By Spencer on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    We blew games early in the season because of horrendous quarterback play, and mediocre coaching. I dont blame the defense for the 2nd half collapse because they were on the field 24/7. It seemed as though the offense went 3 and out every single series. So I cant entirely blame the defense for the blown leads because im sure they were exhausted.

  704. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings had 8 ints all season…And not one of them went for a TD…

    Packers had 31 ints last season…4 were pick 6′s…

    Vikings front 4 had 40 sacks just Allen,Robison,Griffen and Williams…

    Only 5.5 sacks from our Viking LB’s…

    The whole Packer defense had 29 sacks combined last season….

    So the Vikings LB’s and secondary were terrible…Whether it being from lack of pressure from the LB’s…Or very poor secondary personal…That can always be debated…

    But yes…Beside very solid play from the front 4…The defense was bad…
    Very bad…

  705. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    new BLOg…..

  706. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I blame a large percentage of those failures on our horrid O-line play as well. You can’t put ALL the blame on the QB. There are 10 other players on the field.

  707. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    what? thanks for that int info otk

    height, height, ball hawks please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    no more waterbug corners

  708. By DeerTracks on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, Vike07, and Woodenboat, I watched all the games, Everybody in the world except Frazier and his crowd, realize the Vikings has NO OL, Zip, Kapont, Nothing there, ect—-=

    KON staterd Ponder was the “Best QB in the NFL in the Red Zone— I never believed that for one second…

    I still say, Joe Webb is the better QB of the two…

  709. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    OT … In comparison to Griffin, how many sacks did Pat Williams have on average?

  710. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    We ned tall, quick linebackers that can help improve(int’s, coverage, te’s) the secondary play overall

  711. By Dustin on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    YES! Without off the field problems he is a top 10 pick in the 1st round, when’s the last time you got someone with that much skill at a position of need in the 2nd round? Take the risk.

  712. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Nice breakdown for S ILoka with bonus clip of brandon boykin

  713. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Cornerback Depth:

    #1 Mo Claiborne
    #2 Dre Kirkpatrick CB/S
    #3 Stephen Gilmore
    #4 Janoris Jenkins

    #next slot: denard/robinson/fleming

  714. By VegasVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Nova-you owe me six, 12 ounce lobster tails for your gay Vegas comment.

  715. By Spencer on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

  716. By Spencer on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

  717. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    … rb not a top issue in the draft i.e lex, king

  718. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    vikings interested in future draft picks woohoo spielman talking

  719. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Pelissero also said that Spielman is revealing the #3 pick. Maybe he is just pulling our leg.

  720. By aaron rodgers on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    why do the vikings suck so much at life?

  721. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    ‏@TomPelissero

    Door remains open on E.J. Henderson and Husain Abdullah, Spielman says. But he always says that … #Vikings

  722. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson issue means the Vikings would have performed extensive research on vontaze burfict also.hmmmm not looking good there… darn

  723. By Mike B. on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Not long now till Draft Day. Minneasota is picking Matt Kalil USC with the #3 pick in the draft. Barrooooohhh.

  724. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Prove it.

  725. By KoN on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Woodboat and Deertracks, let me clarify. The only reason that I said that Ponder was the best redzone QB was because that was what the stats showed. I am not a big believer in using stats over actual game footage (looking solely at the stats would mean that AP isn’t one of the top 5 RB in the league, and we all know that’s not true). However the fact remains Ponder had the highest QB Rating (that I could find) and the highest accuracy in the redzone, so technically, he would be the best redzone QB.

  726. By Spencer on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    So it looks like its between us and the Rams vying for Simpson’s services. He better sign with us!! He would be a great fit in our system.

  727. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    The want receivers that can get the ball with shorter back-drops for ponder And have the ability to score from there……

  728. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @DeerTracks,

    Joe Webb would be the best Red Zone QB in the NFL, provided we have some kind of decent Offensive Line in front of him.

  729. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @KoN,

    It’s been nice firing spears at each other about Ponder.

    But I do not feel that anyone doubts his athleticism. He hasn’t yet shown he is one of the best decision makers in the NFL. Neither has Joe Webb. But one or both of them will emerge this year.

    That is if the Vikings have an 8-8 team, which I think they will because of the NFL’s parity rules.

  730. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    The local sportswriter has some good ideas again for the stadium.

    1. 50% should be paid by the Vikings.
    2. 50% should be paid by the entire state of MN
    a. That should be paid largely by a 2 cent tax on alcohol.
    3. The current proposal should be re-worked.

    Write me if you disagree with these 3-4 things. No name calling please :)

  731. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer,

    You can’t put every blogger on a list. Thanks for remembering me later, that did make up for it.

    I view you as a crazy, young blogger who tries to stir things up. The rest of us tend to be in the 35-55 range. We need a young voice, and actually some of the arguments have been fun.

  732. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Nova, Titus, DRS, Parody, Shawn, Vegas Vike, Rocksalt, and other “veteran” bloggers:

    It nice to see those old names on this blog. Many times I have felt like not writing on here any more. I also think the format will change in the very near future. We’ve been lucky to have this forum the way it is. But this song is for the old bloggers, those that have been with the program for one year or more:

  733. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I wanted to say that I apologize for not getting back to some of the old bloggers, but I do often read your posts.

  734. By Thevikes07 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    When Joe webb is our starting QB this year, I’m not going to watch. those throw he has was un-catchable.. he only good with his feet not with the arm. I pick Ponder over webb because ponder has pontential to be come NFL legend someday if he has an OL and hopefully they sign Simpson..

  735. By Spencer on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Its Ponder job to lose, and I believe he will lose.

  736. By Parody on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    A tax on Alcohol? You must be crazy Fred…do any alcohol drinkers even watch football?

  737. By Mike B. on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody lol I like that

  738. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I drink alcohol and I watch football.

  739. By Parody on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Hognuts – at the same time!? That requires a lot of coordination…you should consider trying out as a Vikings DB!

  740. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks you, Parody. We should try out together.

  741. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    http://therightstuff.nfl.com/2012/04/18/mma-helps-prepare-kalil-for-nfl/?module=HP11_cp

  742. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Is Harrison Smith a hard hitter? That would be sweet if he is like John Lynch.

  743. By puckertrucker on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

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  744. By Parody on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    SMith is one of the stronger safeties in this year’s class, benching 19 reps where the max for the group was 22. So I think it’s a safe guess that he’s a pretty solid hitter.

  745. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Lance…

    I kind of wish I had not seen that video link you have above…It makes Kalil look timid for a big man..

    He flinches and blinks when the guy he is boxing with his gloves…Its not like the guy is going for his face ??…

  746. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Lets just say Kalil doesn’t look like a tough guy with an attitude ready to mix it up…

  747. By DeerTracks on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Thevikenr7 I believe you should have watched Pomder zing those catchable ones also…

    Webb has made some very good throws that were caught—-I may add in the REDZONE among other areas of the field…

    Babyface Ponder could learn a few things from Joe—-You watch Ponder, I’ll watch Webb OK?

  748. By Spencer on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    As far as im concerned Harrison Smith should be penciled in as our pick in the second round.

    Going through another year with Jamarca Sanford could be catastrophic!

  749. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    The reason why Ponder is starting is because he was a 1st round pick. Webb was a 6th round pick. Sure, they both are pretty even right now in their careers, but we have more invested in Ponder. If Webb was drafted in the 1st round and Ponder in the 6th, Webb would be starting. Ponder is going to get his shot to make it his team before Webb does. That’s just the way it is.

  750. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Webb has done nothing to earn the starting spot, but neither has Ponder. Ponder is starting because a 1st round pick is going to start over a 6th round pick when neither one stands out above the other. Ponder is our starting quarterback, get over it, it’s just the way it is.

  751. By Spencer on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

  752. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    If the Vikings pass on Kalil, they have to go after Marcus McNeill.

  753. By charliewest40 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Im with ya spencer I think Smith is the right pick in the 2nd also.
    In this draft Smith is to safety as Kalil is to tackle.
    It easily could turn out that way.
    Its too bad hes such a clean cut kid…lol

  754. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Ark standout WR 6’3 beast mode……..

  755. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    http://vikingsterritory.com/2012/nfldraft2012/kalil-seems-less-certain

  756. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Hognuts,

    Your a n a l y s i s on the starting QB position is realistic. It is also realistic to think that the Vikings will need to USE at least two QBs this year especially if we do not revitalize our O Line!!!

    The best approach is to be supportive of any of our quarterback’s efforts, even the #3 QB whose name I have temporily forgotten!

  757. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    OT Kalil I dont think that vid shows he was timid as much as he was willing to learn. Plus, learning new techniques and having a camera following you would make anyone nervous lol

    Look at his brother ryan kalil. Top paid center in the league! Clearly the family has Oline blood and he will be the perfect LT for us.

    As for Smith being a hard hiter! Ive watched some of his hits! very strong hitter and blitzes very good. But he wont be there at 2nd round. He wil not get past new england. They need a safty as bad as we do. They have 2 picks were smith is a safe pick to them. Unless pats trade out again. He will not fall to us.

    look at Trumaine Johnson as a possible safty at round 2. The other safties int he draft have 3rd rd grades and are falling. Thy will not be starters for a few years. If they ever become a starter!

  758. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Keep an eye on S Barron Day1. Some team could trade up above the cowboys to select and send H. Smith’s stock rising

  759. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond,

    Childs appears to be a very good blocker, for the college level.

    Could he switch to defensive back??? Perhaps if he gained about 50 pounds he could play on the O Line for the Vikings!

  760. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    This nation has some great football players.

    Do not be surprised to see Spielman make some surprise picks like Ponder last year.

    You never can tell!!!

    I’m starting to think he will pick Kalil because public pressure would be too great if he didn’t.

    But we need an additional O Line pick to be secure in our offensive line. We have neglected it way too long!

  761. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    #3 QB is Sage Rosenfels

  762. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    S P I E L M A N ! ! !

    Just because someone is 6’3″ or taller, and weighs in at 300 pounds does not mean you can make him into a NFL offensive lineman.

    And just because he looked good at the COLLEGE level does not mean he would be a good PROFESSIONAL player!!!

  763. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    lol,yea fred not sure he can pack on 50 but he could at least make a blocking TE. very impressed with his blocking skills

  764. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    PurplHaze,

    Sage Rosenfels could shock the nation. You heard it hear first!!!

  765. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Fred I agree with you. But we added schwartz and we still have other members like Johnson who will prob start at RT? I think we should draft another Olineman but where in the draft would you do this at? It seemslike right now unless its the late 4th round picks…. we shouldnt waste a higher pick on an oline man though. My opinion though.

  766. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Sandiamond,

    How high in the draft would Childs go as a WR?

  767. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Lance,

    I don’t think drafting an OL at #4 would be a wasted pick at all. Keep in mind that we usually carry at least 8 offensive linemen on the roster, and they are frequently injured.

    No way we have 8 quality MEN to play OL this year.

  768. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Lance…

    I take that statement I made earlier back…I watched that video again..And it looked much better than the first time I saw it for some reason ??…

    4 days until the draft !!…

    Can’t wait !!…

  769. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    4th round or so. I think that is when the vikings will fill a tall 6’3-4 somewhat project type wide reciever . glad Childs and the other Ark receivers are draftable

  770. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    You are probably going to disagree with me, but after last season, and the loss of Hutchinson, we have needed to replace the WHOLE LINE. Currently we haven’t replaced even ONE!

  771. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, I think we need to find the right “recipe” for our O-line. I mean, find the right person for each of the 5 positions. Because if we don’t, and our QBs are always on the run, there are important QB qualities we’ll never be able to see if any one of the three possess. But that’s just my opinion.

  772. By Mike B. on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Deertrack will be watching the sidelines alot then. Webb is the #2 QB. The starting job is Ponders to lose. With a beefier OL this will keep Ponder in the backfield.

  773. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Rosenfels is what … 10 years in the league? I think it’s clear that he’s just not #1 QB material.

  774. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Our offensive line is horrible. Unfortunately I’m one of the few who can see it. Is Schwartz good? I’ll calm down when I see it. He has been injured recently.

    Kalil will be decent.

    But that is 2 out of 5. Surely we need at least one more STOUT individual to play somewhere on the OL!!!

  775. By Mike B. on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    It is nice to know we have a talented player to back up Ponder if needed. That’s a great value for a coach to have.

  776. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    watch this guys… tell me why he at his size isnt a safety? also, our 3rd pick? or 2nd pick? If smith isnt there this kid looks good and can play multi positions. QB, WR, CB, FS and KR. Id love to see him in purple. Plus I thik rick does too since he meet with the vikings already :)

  777. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Spielmans says’ i realize we must keep Ponder upright and standing….

  778. By Titus on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Four days till the draft. Now my guess is Wobbs will change blogs over those three days faster than a nanny changes diapers of a newborn with diarrhea.

  779. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Sandiamond,

    You had some good footage there of Childs. Perhaps he would be a good choice for the Vikings.

  780. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson back burner… oh well

  781. By Mike B. on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    The thing with the OL is to get enough time for them to gel as a unit. I don’t disagree that Charlie Johnson shouldn’t be replaced. I think the plan is to move him to LG. The line would be Kalil Johnson Sullivan Schwarz Loadholt. We will have ot see how these guys gel.

  782. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, schwartz did pretty good in carolina. The NFL.com has him listed as one of the best rush Oline men in the game. Perhaps now we have someone to open holes for peterson to explode again!

  783. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Johnson better NOT be hitting like that in the NFL, or he’ll be costing his team a few close games. Granted I like hard hitters, but you have to wait until the receiver turns to pop him like that, or the refs will be walking off yardage.

  784. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    That is a good prediction!

    Enjoy this blogsite while it lasts. Next year may be more like the rest of the NFL blogsites.

    If that happens, I’ll miss this style.

  785. By Titus on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Just when we get in a groove, a new blog will pop up. I wonder if Wobbs has a plan to posting blogs– if I ran this site, I would. I kept suggesting during the playoffs to have a blog for each game, but to no avail.

    Fred, what you talkin’ BOUT??

  786. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I like T Johnson a lot also…Can play CB or S…

  787. By Mike B. on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I am think that there will not be as much focus on the Defensive backfield. Fraizer is still sold on Asher Allen. You add in Cook and Winfield back and the FA’s signed I don’t see the Vikings going with a high pick on CB. I also think that the team would like to get Abdullah at a cheap price before the draft and not have to draft a Safety high.

  788. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Mike my point is T johnson would become a safety. at 6 foot 3 and 210 pnds? he would make a better safety then then any other safety in the draft after H smith is gone.

  789. By Titus on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Man we have some serious bloggers in the know. I just cannot spend this kind of time on the draft. I hope you guys are getting paid for all your research.

  790. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    No need to sign anyone this week. FA locked down

  791. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    “… For The Love Of The Game” :D

  792. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    It’s always nice to have some not-so-serious bloggers too.

  793. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Man, I hope I see the Vikings version of “The Blind Side” on Thursday night. But one thing I’m sure of … Sandra Bullock looks WAY BETTER in a skirt than Leslie.

  794. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t even wanna have that mental picture… :-/

  795. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    PurplHaze……You’ve see Frazier in a skirt?????????? Well, I guessing it would be better than seeing Chilly in one.

  796. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    *I’m

  797. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I think the reason Hutch and Herrara are gone…Is because the Vikings feel they alreasy have some replacements on the team already…

    Fusco,Love,Berger,Shwartz,DeGeare and Valdez…To go along with Loadholt,Sully,and Johnson…

    Just because those rookies didn’t play much if at all last year…Doesn’t mean there is no talent there…Just might have needed some coaching and growing up to do with strength and conditioning…Remember these college talents need to learn pro style offenses…There is a learning curve…

    Maybe the coaching staff feels good about the young talent they are working with already ??…To replace Hutch and Herrara…

  798. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike B,

    Good prediction. That may indeed be the 2012 Offensive Line.

    But I think we need A LOT MORE at the Offensive Line positions. After 2010, I’m just not much of a believer in guys who failed to get it done the year before.

    Yes, one guy can improve the unit. But not when you need five guys. FOR PETERSON’S SAKE!!!

    BY THE BYE, IT HAPPENED AGAIN IN 2011.

    When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn???

  799. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Thankfully, Nova, I can’t say that I have. :D

    And, moustache alone is bad enough, but mustache AND skirt? YIKES!!!

  800. By Titus on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    That’s me Nova– one of the not so serious ones. Life is way too short.

  801. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    *alreasy ??…already

  802. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Where have all the great offensive linemen gone…Tinglehoff, Vellone, Alderman, Yary…

    When will they ever learn, when will they eveeer learn!!!

  803. By Parody on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – If Mike has any plans for how he runs this site, they’re minimal. It seems that multiple blogs pop out Monday-Thursday. Sometimes they’re posted within hours of one-another. Then, It’s as if he had reached his weekly quota, and just stops until Monday rolls around again. Every now and then, a new blog will show up on Friday, but probably just because Wobschall needed one more to meet the quota that week.

  804. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    HAHAHAAHAHAH>>>>Put a skirt on Jason Garrett, the Cowgirls deserve it.

  805. By Titus on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, for a moment I saw an “i” in “runs” in your first sentence.

  806. By Parody on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    PurplHaze – Just so long as Speilman doesn’t “blindside” us with another WTF was he thinking move.

  807. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, you do that and Jerry Jones won’t be able to keep his hands off him!

  808. By Titus on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Four days and the suspense will be over for round one!

  809. By Parody on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry to admit it Titus, but it’s been a long time since I’ve ever associated “I” with “run”.

  810. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Titus. I ran it by Sonja about rescuing me if I was drowning…..she responded by drooling.

  811. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    That’s a good thing too, Titus. I’m sure I can attribute a few of my grey hairs to the time leading up to the 26th.

  812. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    PurplHaze….HAHAAHAHAA…There’s no perv like an old perv. My God, he reminds me of a lizard.

  813. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    You got that right, Parody!

  814. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.omaha.com/article/20120421/NEWS97/120429977#police-husker-football-player-assaulted-cop

    Alfonzo Dennard CB

  815. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, I think I saw that early yesterday already, sandiamond. Carefull … don’t let Spencer see that! :D

  816. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    new die hard guy for spencer!

  817. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, there is a little resemblance. If Jerry gets stretched any tighter, he’ll have to wear a turtleneck to hide his belly button. :D

  818. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Watch his tongue flick in-and-out. He should be selling car insurance.

  819. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    LOL @ Nova

  820. By Titus on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Parody– i in run is “ruin.”

  821. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    check out this one year old mock draft. boy how things has changed….

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/708923-2012-nfl-mock-draft-will-matt-barkley-be-better-prospect-than-andrew-luck/entry/86176-2012-nfl-mock-draft-minnesota-vikings-bolster-o-line-for-future

  822. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe it’s just me, but every time that I see that Sonic “popcorn chicken” with those two morons sitting in their car, I wish that an 18-wheeler would drive through the windshield. I wonder if they know that “popcorn chicken” is the stuff that’s swept off the floor after the bird has been filleted.

  823. By Titus on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1149763-minnesota-vikings-why-zygi-wilf-is-not-norm-green-in-viking-stadium-battle

  824. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I was reading a cute statement on another blog that was made about the Simpson interest from the Vikings…..here it is..

    “sign him…he’ll fit right in with Spielman’s & Frazier’s circle of unaccountibility…and as a bonus he can help mentor Chris Cook”….

  825. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    move over ILB’s there’s a new kid in town! 3-4 rd

  826. By Brad Childress' Mustache on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    No, Jenkins is too much of a risk. And quiet frankly, to have fathered five children with five different woman, and at his young age,. is astonishingly irresponsible. It’s a major major character concern. For all of his predictable Monday morning corner-back efforts to say he’s changed and will endeavor to be better, it holds little water. This isn’t about pot-smoking or even a single domestic abuse case. This is about a guy who has repeatedly shown the worst kind of judgement and certainly didn’t show an inclination to learn from each “mistake.” His word means absolutely nothing now. The fact of the matter is, any team that drafts him will have no idea what they’re getting. Figuratively speaking, he’s blown 8 lives; if he’s lucky, he’ll get one more. Is it worth it to bet that he’ll become an angel in his ninth life? Not for my second round pick. Maybe my first fourth round pick. But fortunately, there is a ton of quality in this draft and the Vikings don’t have to consider this.

  827. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, I’m glad to see that article put blame where blame belongs, and lets the readers know that Zygi really has done more than his fair share in an attempt to get a new stadium built.

  828. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    T Johnson or Harrison “IF” he falls

  829. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    mock fav on the vikings’ wr radar

  830. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    if we pick a wr it better be criner :) he is has talent and consistancy :)

  831. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

  832. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Okay, less than 4 days until the draft starts and some of you guys are still talking about WIDE RECEIVERS!!!

    I’m tired of people telling me that the offensive line is going to be better. You don’t have a crystal ball to be telling me that. I don’t think Spielman has a crystal ball either. You better hope he finds one!!!
    This is how I FEEL about your CRAZY Offensive Line predictions:

  833. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    So…

    I don’t care wHuT you doooooooo…

    WritE yOuR congressman…

    WRIte Spielburg or Spielsauge or what ever his name is…

    and get him to find another NFL offensive lineman…

    For..We cannot win with the 1 or 2 we currently KNOW (KNOW) about!!!

  834. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    It’s time to shut off the computer. I just can’t stand the attitudes on here.
    YOU CANNOT WIN WITHOUT OFFENSIVE LINEMEN!!!

    and YES it’s plural.

    Where is that chair?

  835. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Fred criner is a 3rd to 4th round pick. I think if we take Kalil and a safety in the 2nd…. we can pick a good WR at 3rd overall or in the 4th. I still think everyone agrees our Oline needs help… but we can sill take a good WR in the mid rounds.

  836. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    And besides. there is a huge gap in this draft when it comes to OT and OG. There is ok ones availve 4-5th round. The good ones will be gone after the first 2 rds. After that there isnt anyone any better then what we already have on roster. Maybe instead look at FA for depth at OG and OT

  837. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, the Vikes could have an OL composed of justin beiber and the “new kids on the block”, or whatever boyband is popular this week. As long as they remain The MINNESOTA VIKINGS.

  838. By "SHOW YOUR HORNS" on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    come on ¡show your horns! make all the possible to take S HARRISON SMITH don’t let him past we need it ,please. we all know the cheese heads and the patriots don’t need S only want him because the experts have made great comments of him

  839. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    SYH…The pats are on TV every Sunday here. They REALLY could use a safety.

  840. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Why does everyone think we would pass on S Smith? We wont. the issue is the pats will not pass with thier 2 first round picks…. He not there for the 2nd round for us to pick. Find another safety

  841. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    And a new hair”stylist” for Tom ” Bieber ‘ Brady.

  842. By Shawn on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Whos S.Smith ?

  843. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I’m guessing he’s Mr. Smith’s son, Shawn.

  844. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Fred…Funny thing is…I do own a crystal ball…I bought it for $200.00 bucks about 25 years ago for a gal..It was supposed to be a Xmas gift for her..She moved away…etc,etc…

    Long story short..I still have that crystal ball…I am not saying by any means it gives me powers to see into the future sitting on my kitchen table right now…But it does make for a great big paper weight when needed…Or hold a door open..So the wind can’t b l o w it shut… ; )

    4 more days !!!…

  845. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    i meant SS for strong safety. I am sure you still knew “who” I was meaning

  846. By Shawn on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    LOL your probably right Nova. I should of known

  847. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    OTK….I find that a bottle of rum gives me great insight.

  848. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    And they’re only $24.

  849. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    OL prospect!

  850. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I like Brandon Taylor at S also…Another player that has been rising up draft boards as the draft gets closer… : (

  851. By Richard1A on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    We need defensive players, our coachs are defensive minded, they can’t do there thing without defensive players.

  852. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Where is Spencer?..I wanted to say how sorry I was about last night’s comments. Then I want to stick porcupine needles under my fingernails.

  853. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Monster! defensive lineman #94

  854. By Parody on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – $200? Sounds pretty steep. You know, you could have just gotten a snow globe for a lot less and told everyone it was a crystal ball…

    Or if you really wanted to cheap out, you should have flipped over a goldfish tank…

  855. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I think he’s drooling over Alfonso Denards news article from this weekend, Nova. He needs to get his mock loaded with as many x-cons as he can. :D

  856. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer as GM= Team Alcatraz.

  857. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    PurplHaze……..He loves this sh1t,though, better just to ignore it.

  858. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    It’s all good … I’m just playin’

    I do agree with him about Cook, but I don’t think we should grab every talented player with a criminal history. Too many of those on a team makes for thick air in a locker room. Too many egos.

  859. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amw5iBEO1Ec Spencer’s ” Training Camp “.

  860. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Parody…

    Rats…The snow globe would have been perfect too…

    I was going to ask her a question after I gave her that gift…

    I was going to say..”I was wondering if you can see a future between us”….

    A well shaken snow globe would have been perfect….

    Obviously a storm was brewing in our relationship at the time…. ; )

  861. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    3-a-days out in “the yard”

  862. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    It is a nice crystal ball though…

    Clear and not one tiny air bubble to be found…

  863. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    ” Make sure to book early for your Alcatraz Vacation Tour “…….Yeah, scr3w deep-sea fishing and meeting gorgeous babes from all over the world on a beach in Bermuda, I want to go to a cold, dank prison to breathe in all those stale p1ss fumes.

  864. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t forget to post your picks Wednesday night all…Should be fun…

    I think my first round pick scenario will be interesting if nothing else…

    You all might have a HUGE lead over me the first night… ; )

  865. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    wow TC best draft article yet….must read

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20456938/vikings-taking-matt-kalil-at-no-3-isnt?source=rss

  866. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    OTK…I’ll knock $5.00 off of your genuine replica semi-authentic #56 Dolberman Jersey, just include the crystal ball…..plus, you’re entered in the draw for RockSalt’s CC# !!!

  867. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    * Rock’s CC might be wearing thin, however. Parody has been putting a lot of “Escort Services” on it.

  868. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Just kidding, Parody !

  869. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Nova…

    Getting any morel mushrooms around by you ??….

    My brother brought over a big zip lock bag full yesterday…
    Nothing like a steak and fresh morels to top it off… ; )

  870. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    How about before we get a stadium deal locked up before the draft? That would be better than any draft pick.

  871. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    * I know that you always pay in cash.

  872. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    OTK, we have so many varieties of mushrooms. All I care about is that the beef is Tenderloin or Prime Rib. But I know what you are saying, good beef and good mushhrooms go together like peanut butter and jelly, but we can afford the former.

  873. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    A good Striploin isn’t bad, either.

  874. By sandiamond on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    some guy named Donald Stephenson flying up the boards OL Fred Jones kinda guy!!

  875. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Sonja HATES it when I bbq anything except Prime Rib. She wants that PR bone.

  876. By VegasVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    The good news is, if the Vikings leave Minnesota none of us will ever have to wear purple again.

  877. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    When my heart blows into 165,568,734 pieces from the cholesterol from spoiling my dog, does anyone want a really great Red Doberman?

  878. By VegasVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I get tired of the Barney jokes

  879. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Sonja has good taste… ; )

    I only have one sleeper still staying low in the draft..

    WR D Wylie…Must be his height keeping him in the lower rounds yet…I think that young man has a shot to be the next Wes Welker…

    Watch the Patriots be the team who picks him…Welker has yet to sign a contract extension also…

  880. By Shawn on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Lester Bagley said its time for the fans to step up and call the legislators. Let them know how important the Vikings are. its on the internet call theses people

  881. By VegasVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    She can come to Vegas Nova. It’s a dry heat

  882. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Pats need D…big time.

  883. By VegasVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    This is begining to look like a Chevrolet website.
    Vega?
    Nova?
    Does anyone want to listen to some Chevelle?

  884. By Viking-ology on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Speilman has been in the Viking’s meditation room preparing to spin his web…

  885. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks, Vegas…God love ya.. but move here, she would miss her lobster.

  886. By Viking-ology on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t get hung-up in your own web Speilman-make the right choice with the first pick. Kalil is the pick.

  887. By Viking-ology on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    The legislative session ends Tuesday May 1st, this is the real countdown. I will be stunned to say the least if the Vikes don’t get their stadium and will not follow the team to their new state.

  888. By Viking-ology on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I will call myself Buffalo-ology

  889. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    ummmm?

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d82883dcb/article/leslie-frazier-left-tackles-like-matt-kalil-arent-gamechangers?module=HP11_headline_stack

  890. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    My 55-year old heart would stop, I know of no other way to spend my Sundays.

  891. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I already got my prediction for our 1st pick

  892. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    * In the fall and winter. I guess I could go down south, but Sunday afternoons would be sad down there, too.

  893. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    We are trading our pick.

  894. By Parody on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    nova – The great part about paying in cash is that most of them don’t even know whose photo is supposed to be on the $25 bill, so they take it without question ;)

  895. By EGUNS23 on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    What I think is we don’t have to have a WR or Linemen what we need to get is some defensive back help. We allowed so much passing yards its not even funny and I believe if we get Janoris jenkis we won’t have to score so much points just to get a lead.

  896. By Viking-ology on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    hognuts- I think we are trading our first pick too, I don’t like the idea but we’ll see how it pans out.

  897. By Viking-ology on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Cook and Jenkins…Cook is enough, as they say, two wrongs don’t make a right.

  898. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I just read that, Lance. I think I’ve lost a fair bit of respect for ol’ Leslie.

  899. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    I guess Leslie’s OK with his 2011 #12 pick getting the stuffin’ knocked outta him. Webb just may get his shot if that’s the case.

  900. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Just noticed that the Kings- Canucks game has gone into OT. Since this is just the Quarterfinals, does that mean that if Vancouver loses and is eliminated, will those moronic fans just try and burn down one quarter of the city??????

  901. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    About a week ago, I said that I was more excited for our 2nd round pick then our 1st round pick. I assumed that we would take Kalil at #3. However, everyone knows the old saying about when you assume, it makes an @ss out of u and me. I am really excited about what Spielman does in the 1st round. The draft takes a back seat to this whole stadium ordeal, though. We better get something done, so I can enjoy the draft.

  902. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Ya I am very disappointed with what I read :( To say an LT doesnt change a game? you imagine if wedidnt have Johnson at LT last season? How many games we could have won at the beginning?

    We could have kept johnson at LT and have Nicks as a WR and we still would have been 3-13

  903. By KoN on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Lance and PurplHaze, I’m pretty sure that Frazier is just throwing up smoke screens. I highly doubt that any head coach in the NFL believes that LT isn’t that important.

  904. By KoN on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    It’s like when Spielman recently said that he doesn’t have a guy that he prefers between Kalil, Claiborne, and Blackmon. Does anyone on here honestly believe that he doesn’t prefer one (hopefully Kalil) to the others?

  905. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Vancouver just lost.in OT.If you live in B.C., lock up your daughters and call 911.

  906. By Viking-ology on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Canucks are done.

  907. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Gots remember KoN, Leslie was a DC as a coach. He played as DB in his nfl carreer. you think he would value Kalil over Claiborne?

    Second things well smoke screen for what reason? We know people in front are picking QBs…. no way they trading out either. No reason for a screen.

  908. By Viking-ology on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil is the only choice.

  909. By KoN on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Yes there is a reason for a smoke screen; if we can convince teams behind us who may covet Blackmon or Claiborne that we may not pick Kalil, they’d be more likely to offer us trades so that they can secure the guy that they want. It is never a good thing to let everyone know who you are going to pick. Even the Colts were trying to throw up smoke screens until recently.

  910. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t get wrong I want Kalil… and I think its a no brainer. But the staff of the vikings are making very nervous…. specially with what they keep saying lately.

  911. By hognuts on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Hide yo kids. Hide yo wife. And hide yo husband, cuz they raping errboy out here!

  912. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    The colts had reasons tho. I know they had to put serious thought about RG3 as well. Half their fans wanted RG3. Though that ended when RG3 didnt visit them when the colts offered him to workout for the team.

    We dont need to fool anyone under us to trade. Those teams would be happy with best player available. the two players teams will trade up for is richardson and tannehill. Neither is our wants or need. Its to trade to jump the browns if we get trade offers.

    I dont buy this is a screen. I do think leslie might actually think that way.

  913. By KoN on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Well then, I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree because I am confident that it is a smoke screen.

  914. By Lance on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Well even though I may disagree on this Kon. I do HOPE your right and not me lol

  915. By Megakrab on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    @OTK I’m from Illinois. I’m in the militray and stationed in GA now. I talked to my dad on the phone the other day and he said he has found 23 lbs. this year. He doesn’t eat them. He just likes to find them and gives them to the person who’s land he found them on. He already cooked me some up and they are waiting for me when i go home in July!!

  916. By Nicholas on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Just wanted to say that I LOVE the smoke screens provided by Rick Spielman and Leslie Frazier. Keep up the excellent work guys!

  917. By Nicholas on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    “LT isn’t a game changer.” Hahahaha..give this man an Oscar!

  918. By Nicholas on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Best Actor – Rick Spielman Best Supporting Actor – Leslie Frazier

  919. By ozzinator on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    “Beef and Mushrooms” – good name for a rock band.

  920. By Chet on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    The last two times the Vikes had shots at talented collegiates with character issues, they ignorantly passed on Warren Sapp, but grabbed a falling Randy Moss. If Jenkins is there in the 2nd, risk it!

  921. By Kat on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Take Janoris Jenkins if he is available. BEEN WATCHING film of him and he is a freak! Off field, well Moss was a pain but we got a few good years out of him. Gamble.

  922. By Treyvon on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Take alshon jefferies Love him as a wide out and I think that he will still be up there.

  923. By eddie on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    I personally dont see jenkins going to the vikes but goin to the bengals! i see the vikes getting claiborne with their third pick and ill tell u why on my blog as well as my top prospects in all positions! http://halftimechat.com/2012/04/top-5-defensive-secondary-players-in-the-2012-draft/

  924. By David on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think it’s a bad idea but i think we could use a deep threat wide reciever in either Stephen Hill or Alshon Jefferey. To be able to play in our division we need a good offense. Look what happened to detroit for so long. They didnt have an offense.

  925. By Rudso on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    Here is how I see it for our 2nd round pick. If both Alshon Jeffery and Jenkings drop to us in the 2nd round, and if we really want a WR or CB in the 2nd round because either or could become a starter day 1, I would rather have Jenkings.

    Alshon scared me with the last thing he said “Don’t worry, I’ll get my money”, I rather invest long term in to Percy than a guy like Alshon. He sounds like a Jemarcus Russell to me.

    I’ll take Jenkins in the 2nd round in a heart beat. We drafted Percy with issues, didn’t he smoke weed, maybe it’s a Florida State thing, either way if we draft by best talent his our guy. He can step in day 1 and play opposite of Cook and Winfield will be in the slot.

    With Kalil at #3 and Jenkings at #35, we just did some serious damage control on 2 of our biggest needs.

  926. By ArizonaVIkingFan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Reasons why I think we should pick him at 35

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