In Loving Memory of Our Founder, Joe Johnson

It is with great sadness I must report the passing of Uffda! Sports’ owner and operator, Joe Johnson, this week. To those who knew Joe, he was a kind and loving son, brother and uncle, a hard-working and generous employer, a creative entrepreneur and a fiercely loyal friend. His unexpected passing at age 37 leaves a huge hole in the lives of his family, many friends and colleagues, and he is greatly missed.

His family asks for privacy at this very difficult time, and they appreciate the out-pouring of love and condolences they have already received. While the future of his sports publishing network is being sorted out at this time, his mark on the local sports community, particularly on the fans of the Minnesota Vikings, is indelible. Rest in peace, my friend. And Skol.

Joe loved writing and wanted to inspire young writers—and did so at his websites and In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations sent to the Journalism School at the University of Minnesota: Journalism and Mass Communication at