Dennis Green

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2014 NFL preview

Thank you very much, summer is slowly getting away from us. September has arrived and the Vikings again start the season with high expectations of returning to the playoffs. In the National Football League, you have to dig in with no regrets and not give an inch. First-year Head Coach Mike Zimmer has carefully gone about building a team that is fundamentally sound and challenges its players to individually get better. From what I’ve seen, Zimmer has done a good job with hiring assistants that are teaching and, for the most part, the players are responding. Continue Reading →

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Florida State wins final BCS title

Did the SEC blow it? The incredible Auburn Tigers, a two-touchdown underdog to favorite unbeaten No.1 Florida State, led 21-3 late in the first half, trying to win the final BCS Championship game and the eighth straight for the powerful Southeastern Conference. But the Seminoles are back on top of college football for the first time since 1999. Incredible freshman quarterback Jameis Winston became the first freshman quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy and the National Championship in the same year. He led Florida State to their comeback win over determined Auburn. Continue Reading →

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How does the State of MN pay its $50 million?

Has there been a breach of contract?  
“Drop-dead” dates sends chills through lawyers advising legislators, executives and investors, because of the consequences of failing to comply with legal/contractual obligations on time. Minnesota’s Vikings drop-dead date is February 15, 2014: the date the NFL requires teams to submit notice if they will not play in their city in 2014. Will we save the stadium and our beloved Vikings? As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” (“I have a dream”), Minnesota is pushing aside stadium employment equity and diversity considerations. Continue Reading →

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“We didn’t know!” Really?

Everybody pretends ignorance or amnesia on Zygi’s dealings
 

Many intelligent, knowledgeable people purposefully said they were surprised by the 21-year-old court ruling against the Wilfs, owners of the Minnesota Vikings. Really? Why do they think we believe them (Star Tribune wrote of it in 2011)? They quietly believed the Wilfs would win. What they “won” is loss of credibility. Continue Reading →

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We did it again! — Ninth annual Carol Fitzgerald Fund announces grant winners

 

 

 

Ten years ago on April 10, 2003, we lost a great woman, Carol Fitzgerald. Thanks to great support from our community locally and nationally, we continue her work. With major spending cuts across the United States in funding the fight against HIV-AIDS and breast cancer and for urban education support, many voices are not being heard. Last Friday, April 12 at the Metropolitan Ballroom on a cold snowy evening in Golden Valley and Saturday, April 13 at Martin Luther King Park in Minneapolis, we carried on the mission to do our part with your continued help, through the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund (CFMF). Big Sy Huff was master of ceremonies; Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter, my sons All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. and Marcus Fitzgerald, and yours truly spoke passionately about the work of Carol Fitzgerald. Continue Reading →

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Recovery from an ACL injury is quicker now, but still challenging

 

Modern medicine has improved so much in recent years that an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury these days isn’t career-ending for an athlete, but rather a temporary setback. Historically, “People were really stiff coming out of surgery,” notes orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joel Boyd. “Then the surgical knee was immobilized in a cast, and then began rehab. It would take people a year to come back.”

Boyd, the team physician for the Minnesota Vikings, Wild and Lynx, points out that “accelerated rehab” now is the norm rather than the exception for most athletes. Nonetheless, the doctor says that there’s no substitute for hard work during rehabilitation if the person really wants to get back to action. Continue Reading →

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Fitzgerald second-fastest ever to 10,000 yards

 

 

PHOENIX — Two teams off to good solid starts and looking to bounce back after tough losses, the 4-2 Vikings and the 4-2 Cardinals, meet Sunday at Mall of America Field. The losses: Washington 38-Vikings 26 and Buffalo 19-Arizona 16 in overtime. The Cardinals started 4-0 and have lost two straight. The Vikings and Cardinals are meeting for the second-straight year at the Metrodome. Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. last Sunday had six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Continue Reading →

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Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. reaps rewards for giving back

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Monday, August 27, I’m on the road again doing what I do. This time, I’m not covering a game or sporting event. As many of you know, my oldest son Larry, Jr., NFL star with the Arizona Cardinals, has done many good things on and off the field. Two weeks ago, he was named the 2012 NFL Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award winner. Celebrity Fight Night, the annual charity event held by Muhammad Ali, presented Larry, Jr. an award as well. Continue Reading →

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2011 Hiring Report Card released

 
Are 22 Black hires out of 250  vacancies a ‘shinning example of change?’
 

 

We are now in college football’s annual firing and hiring season. Coincidentally, the 2010-2011 Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) Hiring Report Card is now out as well. There were only five coaches of color in 2007 — this season there’s 19. “I believe it is one of the shining examples of positive change on the landscape of intercollegiate sport in recent times as it pertains to diversity and inclusion efforts,” said BCA Executive Director Floyd Keith in a press release. “The BCA Hiring Report Card works,” adds Dr. Richard Lapchick, the report’s primary author. Continue Reading →

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