Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NFLPA Will Not Stage Alternative Event to NFL Draft

Roger Goddell and Matt Stafford According to ESPN:

"The NFL Players Association will not stage an alternate event head-to-head versus the NFL on the first night of the draft, instead opting for a three-day celebration that will not interfere with the televised airing of the selection process on April 28 and 29. The players' association announced on its website,, on Monday that it will hold the "2011 NFLPA Rookie Debut" in New York, starting April 28 with a private reception and culminating with an event on April 30 involving draftees, current players and their family members and sponsors."

I am glad the NFLPA will allow the rookies to attend the draft. I think it's a great opportunity that every kid growing up wants to have. To hear your name called, put on the hat, and shake the comissioner's hand. I understand the lockout situation, but every top rookie should have that chance to go on stage, especially the top 5 picks.

Christian Ponder Works Out for Minnesota Vikings

Christian PonderThe Minnesota Vikings own the #12 pick in the NFL Draft. There are about 9,000 possibilities about who we might take. There are mock drafts all over the internet, ranging from Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, to Da'Quan Bowers. Will the Minnesota Vikings draft for need or for talent? Will they trade down? There are so many scenarios to ponder. Speaking of ponder, the Minnesota Vikings worked out Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder yesterday.

Could the Minnesota Vikings possibly draft Christian Ponder? I guess I haven't had a chance to watch him but it definitely seems like a reach at #12. Possibly in the 2nd round? It's just plain fun to speculate.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Will the NFL Rookies Skip the NFL Draft?

Roger GoddellIt was reported that the NFLPA has urged the rookies to skip the NFL Draft in protest of the NFL Lockout. It was a tough situation for the rookies, as they have been waiting their whole lives to be able to put on the hat of the NFL team that drafts them and shake the NFL Comissioner's hand. It isn't an easy spot for the rookies to be in, as they have not even stepped foot in the league yet but face a potential lockout. I hope the rookies make a decision on their own and not from the NFLPA personally. Time will tell if they show or not.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Randy Moss Comments

Randy MossRandy Moss called into KFAN this week, sharing some things with Erin Henderson. Randy Moss commented that he would "like" to come back to Minnesota again. That comment is tough to swallow for Minnesota Vikings fans, considering the drama that happened when he came back. While all the details will never be understood, it was a debacle that ended up putting Moss on waivers. It was evident that Childress and Moss did not get along. I found the comments interesting at least and made me feel bad that it had to end that way. What did you think of Randy Moss's comments?

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Should Joe Webb be the Starting Quarterback Next Year?

Joe Webb of MinnesotaThe Minnesota Vikings understand that they need to improve the quarterback play for next season. Tavaris Jackson is not coming back, finally. Brett Favre retired, we think. Does Joe Webb have what it takes to become the full-time starter? That's the debate. He showed flashes of brilliance as well as flashes of concern. The Minnesota Vikings own the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Will they use that pick on a quarterback? Or do they believe Joe Webb is the guy? What do you think?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Ongoing Minnesota Vikings Stadium Debate

A Proposed Minnesota Vikings StadiumThe Minnesota Vikings are working hard for a new stadium. Last week, mayor of Minneapolis RT Rybak voiced his opinion on the topic. RT Rybak believes building a new stadium at or near the current Metrodome location is the best option for the city. There has been some debate about a new stadium close to Target Field in the Warehouse District, but those talks have been preliminary. Charley Walters (Pioneer Press Sports Writer) believes that the Vikings will get approval for a new stadium by the end of the current legislative session. Walters states:

"Financing would come from state and Hennepin County taxes as well as the Vikings, who will have to put up more than they want — about $400 million of an estimated $900 million overall cost. The stadium will have a roof, but it won't be retractable."

Friday, March 4, 2011

Brian Robison Signs 3 Year Deal With Minnesota Vikings

Brian RobisonDefensive end Brian Robison is staying put. With Ray Edwards most likely signing elsewhere in the offseason, it is nice to see that Brian Robison is locked up. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He has faired pretty well in his limited time as a starter and I'm looking forward to what he could produce playing full time. Congratulations Brian Robison?

Where did Robison attend college? None other than the University of Texas. Speaking of which, check out this pretty cool and new website about Texas Longhorns Athletics: