Monday, October 5, 2015

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The motion to remove Judge Kelly Case from Adrian Peterson’s trial was denied this week, and it looks like Peterson’s trial can be set for December 1st again, according to the Star Tribune.

District Attorney Brett Ligon filed the protest in response to comments from the judge calling both parties “media whores”. The trial date is important for Peterson because an earlier date that resolves the legal battle is better for him in terms of returning to the field of play, assuming he’s found not guilty of the charges.

Ligon has had a contentious history with the judge in question.

Peterson reportedly refused plea deals and has entered in a plea of “not guilty” so as of this moment will have to wait until December before any resolution can be found. Even if Peterson is found not guilty, there’s a very good chance that Peterson will face suspension from the NFL—which could take him out of the season entirely. That reported looming suspension doesn’t take into account the admission of his marijuana use, which may tack on more (though that is unlikely given the new NFL drug policy).

A pretrial hearing is set for November 4th, and before that the Peterson legal team may want to resolve the issue of his admission to use marijuana and whether or not that is sufficient evidence to argue he violated bond and therefore should be re-arrested.

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will honor Bud Grant by putting up a statue in his honor outside of Investors Group Field on Thursday, per Sid Hartman.

Grant, who took over the Blue Bombers at the age of 29, coached the Canadian team from 1957-1966, dominating the Canadian Football League by winning four Grey Cup championships and going on to win 290 games in the CFL and NFL.

Here’s what the CFL Hall of Fame has to say about him:

Harry (Bud) Grant was an excellent offensive end who was the Western Division leading pass receiver three of the four years he played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was selected All-Western from 1953, 1954, and 1956.

In a 1953 playoff game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Grant intercepted five passes.

During his ten seasons as head coach with Winnipeg, Grant led them to 122 wins, 67 losses and 3 ties for a winning average of 64 percent. Winnipeg appeared in the playoffs eight times and advanced to the Grey Cup six times. Winnipeg won the Grey Cup in 1958, 1959, 1961, and 1962, each time over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

UPDATE: Here it is, courtesy

Winnipeg Blue Blombers Bud Grant

Bud Grant is the greatest coach in Vikings history, and is the only coach to be in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He was a pro in two sports and three leagues (and played an additional sport in college, baseball, where he lettered), having been drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers and the Philadelphia Eagles. He initially chose basketball and was a member of the Lakers’ 1949-50 championship team, but didn’t stay with the team, choosing to pursue his career with the Eagles as an end, instead—and back then, he was both an offensive and defensive end, which for the NFL in the 1950s meant he caught passes on offense and prevented passes on defense.


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I’ve always had a rule of thumb: If your defense can hold the opponent to 17 points or less then you should win the football game.  Obviously, the outcomes of NFL games are more nuanced and complex than that, but the Vikings offense has now failed the defense two weeks in a row.  The defense isn’t without their faults, as evidenced by that last-minute collapse, but they performed well for most of the afternoon as individuals and as a unit.

That is why they again dominate the nominees list for our “Player of the Game” award.  Cast your vote below.

Past Winners:

WEEK ONE:  Cordarrelle Patterson

WEEK TWO: Harrison Smith

WEEK THREE:  Harrison Smith

WEEK FOUR: Teddy Bridgewater

WEEK FIVE:  Harrison Smith

WEEK SIX:  Linval Joseph

This is a very unusual story. The New York Jets have traded a conditional mid-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for former Vikings receiver Percy Harvin.

Interestingly, this gives Percy three bye weeks—the one Seattle already had, this week because the Jets have already played, and the Jets’ future bye week (Week 11), which isn’t to say Percy orchestrated it that way—he didn’t ask for a trade, and certainly not to the Jets.

Sounds like the reason the Seahawks moved on was for generic reasons, but one that means different things depending on how you read it:

For Vikings fans, that sounds familiar—it feels a lot like the locker room problems he was constantly having with two coaching staffs and three quarterbacks.

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