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The Rooney Rule is dead

Next Vikings coach “must” be White






With the firing of Leslie Frazier December 30, the NFL is down to two African Americans head coaches out of the 32 teams that make up the National Football League (none were hired in the 2013 hiring cycle; Big Ten: none in the last 10 years). This is not about Affirmative Action; this is about affirmative discrimination. With 65 percent of players being African American and most coaches being former players, statistically, all things being equal, to get the best of the best you would have at least 20 Black head coaches. I’d settle now for 10. Statistically the NFL numbers reflect discrimination. Continue Reading →

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Rooney Rule still looking like ‘Rooney Ruse’









“It’s duck season.”

“It’s rabbit season.”

“Duck season!”

“Rabbit season!”

Remember this cartoon debate? Well, both Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are wrong — it’s football coaches firing-hiring season. Or Black coaches getting bypassed again season. Even before it became official, the media de facto “search committee” already had filled out their next coach list for the Minnesota Vikings like a precocious child’s Christmas wish list. Two such lists include only four Black “top candidates,” with former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith listed twice. Continue Reading →

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Vikings pound Eagles 48-30

First-place Philadelphia, the hottest team in the NFL, winners of five in a row looking to pad their NFC East lead, ran into a frustrated group of Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Playing the next-to-last game in the history of Mall of America Field (the Metro Dome), the Vikings finally put it all together even with starting quarterback Christian Ponder, NFL MVP Adrian Peterson and several others unable to play due to injuries. The Vikings released some frustration by jumping all over the Eagles 48-30. The wrecking ball cranes are all lined up outside the Dome as the countdown has begun to destroy the historic second home of Vikings football since 1982. Reserve running back Matt Asiata, in his first NFL start at running back, scored three touchdowns. Continue Reading →

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Vikings are Giant disappointment!

ESPN could not be happy with Monday Night’s game, two teams going nowhere with one win and 10 losses combined between them. They delivered the type of performance undeserving of prime time. Or Broadway. Or the National Football League and fans everywhere

The Giants dominated with a 23-7 win over the Vikings — awful football played by two of the league’s 32. Twenty-five-year-old Josh Freeman started at quarterback for the Vikings and played poorly, completing just 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards. Continue Reading →

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Twins turnaround indefinitely postponed

 After the annual media pre-season luncheon, Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan told the two MSR beat writers that the team had to turn things around this season. As it turned out, Ryan appears to have been directionally challenged. The 2013 Twins season concluded on Sunday with a crashing halt, losing their final six contests to finish 30 games below .500 (66-96), its third straight near-100-losses campaign in as many tries. This doesn’t show turnaround progress, but rather stuck-in-reverse regression. Although he has to take some responsibility, it certainly isn’t all Ron Gardenhire’s fault — the Twins on Monday extended his contract through the 2015 season. Continue Reading →

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Lights out: Ravens 34-31 over 49ers



NEW ORLEANS — Strange things have been known to occur in New Orleans: beads flowing from balconies, Mardi Gras, Hurricane Katrina, Bounty Gate, and much, more. This year’s Super Bowl added one more strange thing to the city’s list. The Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII 34-31 over the San Francisco 49ers. Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense stopped the 49ers from taking it with a gutsy goal-line stand with just minutes left in a 34-29 game. The dramatic goal-line stand completed one of the most exciting-bizarre-thrilling finishes in Super Bowl history. Continue Reading →

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Now we’ll never know



GREEN BAY — The NFL’s most successful franchise, the 13-time World Champion Green Bay Packers, eliminated the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 Saturday before 71,548 fans and a national television audience on NBC at historic Lambeau Field. The Packers now advance to play San Francisco next Saturday in the Divisional round. The incredible 2,097-yard rushing potential MVP season of the great Adrian Peterson, for all intent and purpose, is now a footnote in history. Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers orchestrated the victory by going 23-33 for 274 yards and one touchdown. He used little running back DuJaun Harris, activated from the team’s development squad weeks ago, to keep the Vikings defense off balance. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota: land of underused though highly skilled Black quarterbacks

There’s too much emphasis on White and not enough on win 

The elephant in the middle of the sports living room is back: another round of a decreasing number of Black quarterbacks (irrespective of RGIII, the phenomenal Black quarterback of the Washington Redskins). Sports columnists in this paper periodically hint at it in terms of Minnesota. Time to put it front and center. Vikings Joe Webb and Gopher MarQueis Grey are highly skilled Black quarterbacks with tremendous talents being underutilized. Let’s talk about it. Continue Reading →

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Bears smack Vikings to regain first place

CHICAGO — On a spectacular sun-splashed Sunday in my hometown of Chicago at historic Soldier Field, the Vikings had their bubble of expectation busted by the monsters of the Midway, the Chicago Bears — Bears 28, Vikings 10. It was more like a mauling. Clearly, for whatever reason, the Vikings were not ready Sunday. Jay Cutler returned to the starting lineup at quarterback for the Bears after battling concussion symptoms, and maybe that was enough to inspire the Bears, who had lost back-to-back prime time contests to 10-1 Houston (13-6, the game in which Cutler suffered a concussion) and to 8-2-1 San Francisco, who beat the Bears up 32-7 on Monday Night Football. The Vikings were just what the Bears needed, a team half-stepping along but not totally committed to getting the job done. Continue Reading →

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Peterson proving he’s back in a big way!

Last January during the Pro Bowl game in Honolulu, many of the players in the game signed a giant get-well card to Adrian Peterson. Lou Lampson, a buddy to the stars, organized it. He knew Peterson’s dapper was down. It was intended to let him know he was missed by the guys and they were all pulling for him. The network cameras of NBC TV zoomed in on the huge card, and Peterson, back home in Texas thousands of miles away recovering from knee surgery, saw it and was brought to tears. Continue Reading →

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