Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monthly Archives: December 2011

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[UPDATE: As I stated below, it was Twitter and not official. Apparently, though, Benny Sapp did have a run in with the law and was cited for fifth-degree assault and careless driving – both misdemeanors. More information on what exactly took place can be found here.]

Man, this season can not end any quicker!

According to a few people on Twitter, Benny Sapp has been arrested after an altercation with a security guard. Now, this is Twitter, and nothing has been confirmed (there’s also that little thing about people being innocent until proven guilty). With that being said though, would anyone be surprised if this were true? Didn’t think so…

Benny Sapp Cited For Fifth-Degree Assault


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Today, Adrian Peterson underwent surgery to repair the ACL and MCL ligaments in his left knee. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews, a well-known orthopedic surgeon who has helped mend many knees, shoulders and elbows of big name athletes. According to Coach Leslie Frazier, the operation was “successful” and Peterson is somewhere “resting comfortably.”

Chad Greenway will be a Pro Bowl alternate at linebacker this year. The only other Viking that will represent our team in this year’s Pro Bowl is Jared Allen, who currently leads the league in sacks with 18.5. Although alternates only play if one of the Pro Bowl starters can’t play, it’s good to see Greenway get some recognition after racking up 165 tackles, 11 being for a loss, this season.

At the beginning of the season, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe made a deal with temporary, fill-in quarterback Donovan McNabb that allowed McNabb to wear Kluwe’s number 5 jersey. The deal, among other things, required McNabb make a $5,000 donation to Kick for a Cure, Kluwe’s preferred charity. Well, about a week ago, everyone’s favorite Vikings blogger, Adam Warwas exclaimed, “McNabb needs to pay up!” as he had not yet made the donation. Today, Kluwe put the story to rest by tweeting, “ATTENTION MEDIA VULTURES – I talked to Donovan and he’s more than happy to write the check to Kick For a Cure, since he’s a standup guy…Like I said originally, this was on me because I hadn’t had a chance to ask him since midseason. You may now return to pecking at the dead horse carcass of Tim Tebow.” Kluwe has such a way with words…

In an odd coincidence (or is it…?!), Mike Tice returns to Minnesota 6 years after he was fired as head coach of the Vikings. Tice, who is now the offensive line coach for the Bears, was fired immediately after a win in the final game of the 2005 season… over the Bears… who the Vikings play this Sunday… who Tice is a coach for now… Strange how things work out. If I were Frazier, I’d be a little worried and would probably hide somewhere for an hour or two after the game (Tice was fired thirty minutes after his final game).

This Sunday, Jim Kleinsasser will play his 181st and last game as a Viking. Coach Frazier made it no secret that, if the opportunity presents itself, the team plans on trying to thank him with one final touchdown. Frazier said, “I’m not letting out any secrets there. If we get down to the 1 [yard line], Chicago, you better stop number 40. We’re going to find a way to try to get him into the end zone if we can.”

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Like Adrian Peterson, quarterback Christian Ponder didn’t survive the first drive of the second half of last week’s game against the Redskins.

Like Toby Gerhart, Joe Webb came into the game and performed quite well in the comeback win, leading some to speculate that Webb, not Ponder, should be the starter in the Vikings season finale against the Bears.

It appears, however, that Ponder’s concussion-like symptoms will not prevent him from playing on Sunday.

Ponder returned to practice on Wednesday and head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman said that Ponder is doing “excellent.”

If Webb starts ahead of Ponder this week, it appears the move will be based on performance instead of injury.

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The tight end merry-go-round is continuing in Minnesota.

After being cut in favor of Mickey Shuler, Allen Reisner has landed back on the practice squad.

The Vikings have Visanthe Shiancoe, Jim Kleinsasser and Kyle Rudolph at the top of their depth chart but both Shiancoe and Kleinsasser are possibly going to play their last game as Vikings this Sunday.

Reisner and Shuler are doubtless being evaluated to see if they will work their way into the team’s long term plans at the position.

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Kahlil Bell appears to be climbing the depth chart in Chicago, especially after he posted 121 yards in his second career start last week against Green Bay. However, this week against the Vikings, he claims to be a little extra motivated to post some big stats.

After going undrafted in 2009, the UCLA running back was picked up by the Vikings but was unable to make the cut and was left watching Favre-a-rama from a distance. Bell apparently took that a little personally.

“I don’t really like Minnesota,” Bell recently stated. [pullquote_right]I don’t really like Minnesota[/pullquote_right]

“I was there for a short stint, so it’s not going to take much for me to be motivated, he continued. “Nobody likes to say they feel good about the team that let them go, but they obviously felt I wasn’t adequate enough to be a part of their organization, which is in my mind a blessing because I love it here in Chicago and I love being with the Bears.”

Bell might be motivated to prove the Vikings made a mistake, but the Vikings are motivated by not wanting to go down as the worst team in the organization’s 51 year history.

So there.