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Teddy delivers as Vikings best Cardinals

The Vikings improved to 2-0 in the pre-season by beating the Arizona Cardinals 30-28 at TCF Stadium, a day after breaking training camp in Mankato for the 49th year. The Vikings finished the home version of the pre-season with a dramatic last-second comeback victory over the Cardinals. Head Coach Mike Zimmer is clearly bringing his team along, and the early measuring stick has been good despite the unfortunate situation of a player, Linval Joseph, getting shot in a nightclub after the first pre-season game. Zimmer was able to get his team back focused on getting better. The Vikings have a long way to go in all areas, but they are improving. Continue Reading →

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Inside the Super Bowl bid

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

Organizers of the 2018 Super Bowl, which the National Football League awarded to Minnesota last week, boast that it will be a “public-private partnership” expected to bring millions to the Twin Cities and integrate with other local winter activities. Hosting the NFL championship game is expected to be the first marquee event at the new Vikings stadium now under construction, said Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. “The reason to build the stadium was not to win a Super Bowl but to bring jobs and economic growth to Minnesota,” he explained at the May 21 press conference at the State Capitol, a day after the bid was announced. “The reason was to keep the Vikings here, and some 7,000 Minnesotans to work there for the next couple of years to build the stadium, Dayton said. But it also would “serve as a catalyst for other economic development” for downtown Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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Why did the Vikings pass on Michael Sam?

In the third round of the NFL draft, the Vikings took a defensive end out of Oregon State. The Vikings said of him, “He was the best player on our board at the time of the pick.” Best player at playing what — softball? No, college football, of course. College football players are ranked and picked based on how they performed in college. Scott Cricton, of Oregon State, “started 36 of 38 games in three seasons and finished with 22.5 sacks, 51 tackles for a loss and a record 165 tackles.” His stock as a pro prospect was based on what he did in college. Continue Reading →

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Defensively, Vikings load up in Draft

Mike Zimmer, first-year head coach of the Vikings, continues to build his first football team with a clear defense-comes-first approach. In free agency, the Vikings targeted the defensive side of the ball with 10 draft picks in the 2014 Draft, believed to be the strongest Draft ever from a talent standpoint. Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman took seven of 10 defensive players. They traded their number-eight first pick to Cleveland, giving up a fifth-round pick to take Cleveland’s ninth pick and draft big linebacker Anthony Barr. Barr is 6’-5” and 240 pounds and can run a 4.4-7 in the forty yard dash. Continue Reading →

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Playoffs for the Wolves? Forget about it!

The Timberwolves have already guaranteed themselves a better season than last year when they won just 31 games. Not many teams can say that in this town — not the Vikings, Twins, Gophers men’s basketball, Gophers women’ hockey. As for the Wild, we’ll see. The Timberwolves with 34 wins are hanging around the .500 mark. That is good for 10th place in the rugged NBA Western Conference. 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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Leslie Frazier out as Vikings head coach!

 

“Enough,” said the Vikings. Head Coach Leslie Frazier has been fired by the Vikings after going 5-10-1 this season in a Division where 8-7-1 wins it. The Vikings are now again searching for a head coach. Frazier took over as head coach in 2010, replacing Brad Childress with six games to go. Frazier finished the 2010 season 3-3. Continue Reading →

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Metrodome farewells

 

 

The Minnesota Vikings’ final game in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome ironically ended in the same fashion as did their first-ever game there in 1982 — with a close win over division rival Detroit. After Sunday’s stadium-closing finale, the MSR obtained some final thoughts on the soon-to-be-closed Dome. “It meant a lot to me,” said KMOJ sports reporter Sam Williams after seeing his name on the big stadium “dome-o-gram” electronic message board during Sunday’s game. “I’ve covered the Vikings for about 16 years, and to have my name on the marquee for the very last time, why wouldn’t you love it? I love it,” admitted Williams. “It was great.”

Marcus Sherels set a single-season team record with the highest punt return average (15.2). Continue Reading →

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