Introducing your new Editor-in-Chief, Arif Hasan


My name is Arif Hasan, and for some reason, Adam decided to ask me to be the Editor-in-Chief of his operation—an incredible honor and one I hope to pay back with quality content and curation.

As such, I figured I should introduce myself so that people know where I’m coming from and who I am.

To start things off, I should just begin with how I became a fan of football and the Minnesota VIkings in particular. My commitment to football has been fairly recent, and it wasn’t until my freshman year of college that I had ever thought about having more than a passing interest in football.

A few of my friends decided it would make sense to invite me into their fantasy football league, a decision of theirs I still don’t understand. After a few initial refusals, I relented and joined their league several weeks before the draft.

This was a bad decision for all parties involved.

I had an insatiable desire to win and in my drive to humiliate my (far more knowledgeable) friends, I stepped through the looking glass. It took me two years to make the championship game and three to win the league. I still have fond memories of Team DukeBasketball—so named because the owner I was up against in the finals was an ardent Jayhawks fan. It wasn’t as strong a roster as Gerhart of Gold, but it had more spunk.

Along the way, I turned from a casual Vikings fan to a dedicated one, and then an unreasonably committed one in the 2009 season.

Shortly after that, I started writing occasional fanposts at the Daily Norseman. Within a year, Christopher Gates and Ted Glover over at DN offered me a spot to frontpage blogger for them, and shortly after that, I started writing some articles for the Bleacher Report as well.

I’ve also written articles for a number of other websites, including the now defunct Busta Sports and Draft Vikings, along with the International Business Times, Cover32, Optimum Scouting and Sporting News. I’ve also written various guest blog posts around the web, including the Kickass Vikings Blog, Field Gulls and BuffalloBillsDraft.

It’s been an incredible journey, and I’ve even been able to take advantage of crowdsourced funding in order to go to Seattle for the Vikings-Seahawks game and Mankato for three-week training camp coverage.

Over at the Daily Norseman, I had become known for my lengthy blog posts, heavy statistical analysis and film breakdowns, something I hope to bring here. I hadn’t done as much in terms of breaking news or quick hits, but here I’d like to try my hand at those, too.

I still plan on doing the training camp coverage that I had become somewhat well-known for, and most of that will still be done through the Daily Norseman. Here at VT, I intend to continue with game breakdowns, film analysis, scouting reports, offseason plans, etc.

The excellent group here—Adam, Brett, Lindsey and Carl—will continue to post their content without interference from me. Anything you liked from them will still be here.

I don’t intend to be just a content creator, however. I want to expand the footprint of Vikings Territory and I want you to help. Start by liking our facebook page and following all our writers on twitter. Adam will still be at @VikingTerritory, and you can find Lindsey at @lilshortie2712, Brett at @brettAnderson87 and Carl at @carlknowles_vt. I’m at @ArifHasanNFL, so follow me there.

Over the next few weeks, we’re hoping to see some site changes that we hope you’ll find as exciting as we do. The content will still be here and hopefully better than ever. The goal is to make this website the first stop for any Vikings news and the best home on the web for reactions and analysis for all things Vikings-related.

That isn’t to say that I won’t continue to contribute elsewhere. Notably, I’ll still be doing Norse Code, the Daily Norseman podcast and will produce work for the Bleacher Report, Cover32 and Optimum Scouting. I’ll keep everyone here apprised of my Vikings work.

Thanks for welcoming me to your community, one I hope to expand!

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  1. Congrats, Arif. And congrats VT! I’ve long been a fan of Arif, and I can hardly wait to see what this will bring. SKOL!

  2. cool. welcome, arif. I’ve read you before and liked it, so i’m glad you’re here. i’m sure adam gave you stock options. looking forward to your quality content and curation, although i usually just pour some tussin on mine

  3. Very excited to read more content from Arif. He is the best Vikings blogger in the business. VT has done themselves a great service by bringing him aboard. Skol.

  4. Sweet! Great introduction Arif! Do we alll have to post our own introductions again? Look forward to your insight and rattling some cages in the future!!!

  5. Welcome aboard Arif.
    I’m happy to say that I donated (Extravagantly) to your funding in Mankato last year! (Bought you a camera, I think. . .well, what ever a couple bucks buys as far as cameras are concerned)
    That gets me preferential treatment here, right?

    Seriously tho, looking forward to your stuff.

    And Adam, hope all is well, let us know.

  6. Welcome Arif! I love your writing on the DN. Can’t wait to see what you great work you will bring for us here.

  7. Welcome aboard Arif! Dont let these VTers scare ya. They are all right as long as you keep the Colt 45s away from them and dont feed them after midnight.

  8. Watch out for that ‘Arif’ guy! I have it on good authority that he’s actually the undead demon-spawn of Howard Cosell and John Madden, and will blast your eyeballs with his glowing X’s and O’s!!!!


    Congrats Arif! Looks like I’ll be following VT again, good to see the footprint of Viking fandom growing!

  9. Zimmer, Turner, Hasan… all come with high praise. That’s good. Good luck to all.