Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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More Than Words Announcement

We have a goal to raise over $10,000 for Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation by mid-August. If this is the first you are hearing of the “More Than Words” effort involving VT and four other Vikings sites, then please CLICK HERE to catch yourself up.

The reader experience always comes first here at Vikings Territory, and the result is a website that never includes any out-of-place sponsored posts or intrusive ads that play audio or video messages. But, if we are going to sell out for anything, then it might as well be for the awesome charitable efforts of Chad Greenway.

So, to get right to the point, Vikings Territory still intends to reach our $10,000 goal and still intends to “win” the competition (where Daily Norseman currently holds a slight lead) by being the site that raises the most funds. In an effort to just that, we are throwing it out there that we will give away sponsored posts and a month’s worth of sidebar advertising to any business willing to make a donation of $500 or more on behalf of Vikings Territory.

So, if you run a business that likes to help communities out while also getting your brand in front of thousands of people, then please consider donating to the Lead The Way Foundation today. If you work for a company that you think might be interested in helping us reach our goal, then please tell them about this right away! Also, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding this offer.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO MORE THAN WORDS

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Image from the Facebook page of Harley Carnes

This is the slowest period within the NFL calendar, but that doesn’t mean Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is taking any breaks from being an awesome philanthropist.

Appearing on the Purple For The Win! Podcast on Tuesday, Greenway alluded to plans for creating a very special day for young Harley Carnes and his family this week, and he certainly followed through in a big, big way.

Harley was only given a five percent chance of living after being involved in a horrible car accident just one day prior to his ninth birthday. He beat those odds, but is now paralyzed from the neck down, and life will certainly be far more challenging as a result.

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(photo used with permission)

Thanks to Luke Inman for his collaboration on this piece. 

Larry Butler III didn’t play varsity football all four years of high school. He didn’t attend a Division I school for college ball.

But there’s no doubt about it – he could be a significant target in the 2016 NFL Draft. In May, Butler was referred to as “the best linebacker prospect you haven’t heard of.” We want to make sure that you hear about him.

Luke Inman, of eDraft Sports, said the following of Butler:

“He’s the epitome of a student athlete not giving up on his dream. While his story may never end up on the movie screen like Michael Oher and The Blind Side, it is one in which children following his footsteps should encounter as it speaks to the passion, heart, and determination to not let anything get in his way of reaching his goals. Of course, that’s just off the football field. Between the hashes, Butler is one of the most sought-after and talked-about Division II linebackers in the entire country.”

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Minnesota’s local CBS affiliate has reported that a fire broke out during the construction of the new Vikings Stadium (or US Bank Stadium). It’s not a big deal:

The construction firm working on project confirmed there had been fire, which workers extinguished immediately.

The workers were welding metal decks and sparks fell onto nearby insulation material, said a representative from Mortenson.

The representative said no one was injured in the incident and work continued immediately afterward.

The image of the fire (linked in story) looks bad, but is just the result of insulation burning.

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We got our question this week off the good ol’ Twitter machine — It’s a little different than what we normally do, and we all had fun coming up with our answers!

If you started an NFL team today and could pick one quarterback, one running back and one wide receiver, who would you pick?

Brent: 
QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Eddie Lacy
WR: Mike Evans

I had some fun thinking up these selections; although it was hard to pick a Packer over any Viking, I couldn’t help it. The reasoning for my picks is this: Luck is by far the best young QB on the planet right now, in my opinion, and he’s a once-in-a-generation type of QB who will go down as one of the all-time greats. I really believe that. Part of me still wanted to pick Bridgewater here, mostly because I do think he’ll be awesome in the long run, but I’m not sure he reaches Luck’s level—nor should we expect him to. Lacy, although I hate to say it, is a great running back to compliment a strong passing offense. Not only can he pound it between the tackles and pick up easy yardage when defenses favor the pass, but he’s also quite sufficient at pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield. I could have gone with several wide receivers, because the league is ripe with that talent right now, but Evans is the big-bodied wide out who would help me stretch the field. I like his red zone potential and think he encompasses a lot of the things you want in your No. 1 wide receiver.


Adam:
QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Eddie Lacy
WR: Odell Beckham, Jr.

Andrew Luck is quite easily the most promising young quarterback in the NFL right now, and while there is still a gap between him and Aaron Rodgers, I give Luck the edge because of his youth and the fact that he is not Aaron Rodgers. Now, despite his Packerism, I love the way Eddie Lacy bruises his way to yardage and he is arguaby the best young running back in the NFL right now (current rookies aside). Again, putting a great deal of value into age considerations, OBJ will potentially be the NFL’s best wide out for the next five to seven years if his rookie season was any indication of things to come.

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