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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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Dome memories — of miseries

  During the countdown to this Sunday’s Vikings-Detroit Lions season finale — the last game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, whose doors first opened in 1982 but will close forever next month — endless “Dome memories” stories will be read and heard ad nauseam. Instead of memories, this final “Another View” column of 2013 will share, in no particular order, our Dome miseries:
1) First game ever: watched a Detroit-Twins baseball game in 1982 and couldn’t find the ball because of the all-white fabric roof. 2) The Timberwolves played their first season there and artificially inflated their attendance to set a record. 3) Denied access to the Twins clubhouse during the playoffs despite having a season-long media pass — forced to interview Torii Hunter in the hallway as a result
4) Complained after hearing two former Black Twins players justify why a song with the N-word blasted away after a game; my complaint column forced the team to institute a song-playing policy during media-access periods. 5) Constant snubs by the Twins media relations staff. Continue Reading →

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Nelson Mandela was both Malcolm and Martin

Nelson Mandela, the icon who led the emancipation of South Africa from White minority rule and became South Africa’s first Black president, was both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. He was an emblem of dignity and abstention. Imagine being jailed for 27 years, being humiliated and treated like dirt, and having your friends murdered systematically. Yet his incredible sense of purpose and strength is a lesson for a lifetime. I remember years ago meeting a man in flight who is not Black and has since become a friend. He was born in South Africa, finished school, and voted for Mandela for president. Continue Reading →

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Peyton Manning five-time MVP?

Peyton Manning is doing it again — he is assaulting the NFL record books. Sunday, he threw five touchdown passes in Denver’s 35-28 win at Kansas City. The Broncos rallied from 21-7 to win it and complete a two-game sweep of the Chiefs. The Broncos now have control of the AFC West at 10-2. Manning has now thrown 41 touchdown passes this season. Continue Reading →

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Mr. Bellecourt is right!

‘Redskins’ controversy heats up again
This column identifies with, respects and supports Clyde Bellecourt’s request to NFL, Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, don’t use “Redskins,” even if the NFL does. We stand in unity against racism, for far too long a part of the American and Minnesota landscapes. The Jewish owner of the Washington NFL team, Dan Snyder, is doing one of three things: (1) carrying on the racist legacy of George Preston Marshall’s ghost, (2) being tone deaf to fans who understand how racist it is, or (3) at first didn’t know but now knows and doesn’t care, an example of both #1 and #2. This is a wake-up call to racism deniers: foul racism still exists. George Preston Marshall, the owner who gave the team its name in 1932, was a leader in the NFL movement that officially banned Blacks, league wide, in 1933, a ban not lifted until 1947. Continue Reading →

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