Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Earlier we looked at the quarterbacks and how they differed once adjusting for opponent. It’s time to do the same for the running backs. Unlike with quarterbacks, there aren’t a dozen ways to evaluate running backs, but there should be enough for me to bloviate through another article.

Running backs and receivers are of course more dependent on their statistics from their supporting cast than quarterbacks, making them a lot more difficult to analyze from a statistical standpoint (or at least draw firm conclusions from), they’re not impossible to divine either.

Though the Vikings have been embroiled in a running back controversy of sorts, the talent disparity between the two the Vikings have left on the roster taking significant carries is not as large as many fans think, including me. There is strong evidence to indicate that though Jerick McKinnon deserves much more play from the Vikings in order to build up a stronger and easier to parse resume, Asiata has received a little too much flak from fans and analysts alike when it comes to his impact on the offense.


Since publishing a piece that looked a little further into the 990 forms of the All Day Foundation and the associated charities involved, I’ve contacted and been contacted by a few people involved in the story and issued an in-post edit that distinguished two separate charities, not involved with each other, called “Straight from the Heart” and two separate people named Bill Horn who have had different levels of involvement with charities of that name.

Unfortunately, that in-post edit did not fully resolve the confusion between the two—the wronged parties have continued to receive media inquiries. My apologies to my readers for causing this confusion and not fully resolving it when learning of my error. My further apology to both Bill Horn and Straight from the Heart Resource Center for causing the two of them trouble in making the connections that I did. I erred, and that’s a disservice to everyone involved.

The William Horn involved with the All Day Foundation is not the Bill Horn involved in the HHS of San Diego. The William Horn who was the former treasurer of Adrian Peterson’s charity was listed as the director of the Straight from the Heart Ministries that Adrian Peterson donated to, formerly involved in advocacy against homosexuality with Reggie White.

That group is unaffiliated with the Straight from the Heart Resource Center. The level of involvement they have with Bill Horn at the San Diego Health and Human Services is far different; he is not on their board or a director—he simply serves on the same HHS that has provided support for this group, which is involved in enabling resources for foster children and parents in the San Diego area.

Straight From The Heart, Inc., located in San Marcos, California, is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by Patricia (Patti) Boles as a resource center for foster, adoptive and kinship children and their caregivers that serves all of San Diego County. The organization, which has helped thousands of families, provides legal resources, counseling on grief and separation loss and advice on how to deal with difficult behaviors and medical concerns associated with adoptive and foster children. In addition, the organization offers first aid and CPR training, support groups, and workshops on how to care for foster children and typical challenges encountered by foster parents. Straight from the Heart is run entirely by volunteers, all of whom are foster and adoptive parents, is designed to support and advocate for the children and families who navigate the complex and overburdened Child Welfare System.  They operate solely on grants and donations from the community.

Twice I’ve been directed to a website of theirs that no longer exists, in part because it was the old listing for their website. They are no longer listed at straightfromtheheartinc.com, but at straightfromtheheartinc.org. At that website, you can donate, as many other donors have done.

Once again, I apologize to our readers, and to the other writers at Vikings Territory for the post. I further apologize to Patti Boles, her donors, volunteers and the organization she runs—Straight from the Heart—for the trouble this has caused. I also apologize to Bill Horn at the San Diego HHS.

Ms. Boles has done a fantastic job for her group and has been recognized by L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth for her work and positive contributions to the foster care system, an already difficult to navigate system that often requires the tireless work of committed volunteers like her.

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Sorry for the delay on getting this out.  My Adrian Peterson hangover combined with my Thursday Night Football hangover has suddenly made other things feel like a higher priority… like raking leaves, taking naps, and finally watching Draft Day (dreadful).  My excuses have run out, however, so here we are.

After plenty of time to digest the debacle against the Packers I have determined that the Vikings looked exactly like something that has been fully digested.  It is a struggle to point to any individual performances from that game that are “Player of the Game” worthy.  Even in bad losses that is an unusual occurrence, but this game was an extra special flavor of bad.  That is why “none” is actually a legitimate option in this week’s poll.

Past Winners:

WEEK ONE:  Cordarrelle Patterson

WEEK TWO: Harrison Smith

WEEK THREE:  Harrison Smith

WEEK FOUR: Teddy Bridgewater

This week’s nominations are…

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Montgomery County prosecutors have motioned for Adrian Peterson to be issued a warrant for his re-arrest after allegedly admitting to a drug-testing employee that he “smoked a little weed,” which violates the terms of the bond he paid in order to be released from custody. The test was performed on October 8, the day of his arraignment, upon court order.

The motion is asking for a capias warrant to be issued for his arrest which in many cases can be issued based on an affidavit of personal knowledge of the offense in question.

I can’t imagine this affects court proceedings too much, but if anything makes the court less likely to move up his court date. Regardless… come on, man.

(h/t to Eric Thompson for that)

Note: I have speculated that this could land Peterson into the NFL’s substance-abuse program. Stage one does not involve additional testing (for marijuana), but basically asks the player not to do it again for 90 days. If in those 90 days, he tests positive for marijuana, he’s entered into stage two, which means an immediate three-week fine and then random, unannounced testing ten times a month. The steps are laid out here. I do not know if he is currently in Stage One, but if he was, he’d have to have been in it for 90 days for this to advance him to Stage Two.

I do not know if it is definite that this puts him in Stage One, it’s merely speculation. I do not know if passing a test is the only requirement to land one in the program, but admitted drug use is a violation of league policy, so it’s very likely that the test result doesn’t matter.

In terms of on-field/roster implications it doesn’t immediately change his availability (UPDATE: though indirectly might, see below), but entering the program could reduce his value in a trade or contract re-negotiation.

UPDATE: The hearing to determine if Judge Kelly Case would be fit to adjudicate the Peterson case was to be tomorrow, but has been pushed back to Tuesday because of all of this.

That COULD push back the date regardless of outcome, it seems.

UPDATE2: Or wait a minute


A tentative court date for Adrian Peterson’s trial in reckless or neglectful injury to a child has been set, December 1 of this year. District Attorney Brett Ligon said he understands moving up the trial for logistical reasons. That date has not been set in stone, and can move further up if  other cases earlier on the docket are moved up. His lawyer Rusty Hardin wants the trial to be moved to November 18.

It can also be moved down, as the DA is asking Judge Case to be recused for calling both sides “media whores”.

In this case, I would not be surprised if the prosecutor gets the recusal he seeks. The judge has not asked for a plea from Adrian Peterson today, but he intended to plea “not guilty,” eliminating the possibility of a plea bargain. delaying any potential plea bargain.

Recusal may end up in the hands of Chief Judge Oren Underwood;

As for other Vikings players, there’s good news. Injury Report thus far:

Mauti, Michael LB Foot Full Participant
McKinnon, Jerick RB Ankle Full Participant
Bridgewater, Teddy QB Ankle Full Participant
Asiata, Matt RB Groin Full Participant
Patterson, Cordarrelle WR Hip Limited Participation
Floyd, Sharrif DT Elbow Limited Participation
Smith, Harrison FS Ankle Did Not Participate
Greenway, Chad LB Hand/Rib Did Not Participate
Rudolph, Kyle TE Abdomen Did Not Participate

The Vikings website does not list status (Probable, Questionable, Doubtful or Out), and ESPN’s injury report is both odd and incomplete, so I simply didn’t list them.

Minnesota is confident that Teddy Bridgewater will play and he “looks good,” according to Mike Zimmer.

Though Harrison Smith didn’t participate in practice, he did not look bothered by his ankle injury in conditioning work, per Brian Hall. He is expected to be in the lineup. Greenway may not play, though Zimmer has told the media “he’s getting closer.” It sounds unlikely, because the prospect of him practicing at all this week seemed up in the air.

Jarius Wright returned from practice after dealing with a personal matter. The two players with limited participation (Patterson and Floyd) are expected to go on Sunday.

There’s a good chance that Lions receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush miss the game.

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