Charting out a return-to-play plan after sports were paused in mid-March due to the spread of COVID-19 hasn’t been easy for any professional sports league in the past few months. Just ask Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. But as Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Association worked toward a deal, their talks turned tense with the league threatening a lockout … [Read more...] about Tense talks behind them, United players looking toward summer tournament
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Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman hit the pause button on football talk and discuss the last week in Minneapolis, addressing the death of George Floyd and the local and national response. Here is a link to donate to organizations fighting against racism and police brutality. Aggregated below are a series of studies Arif referenced on racism from a post he published in … [Read more...] about FOOTBALL MACHINE: A Break From Football
Football was founded on the act of large men crashing into one another. At its birth, football didn’t even include the forward pass. The game involved running the football exclusively, which put a high emphasis on the battle in the trenches. Since football was created, the linemen have become much larger and faster and offenses have adopted the forward pass more than anybody … [Read more...] about Where Does the Minnesota Vikings Defensive Line Rank in the NFC North?
The Minnesota United will be the first professional sports team in the state to return after the novel coronavirus ground the sports world to a halt in March. Though the United won’t be playing in Minnesota — at least to begin with — they will be back this summer when Major League Soccer resumes after a months-long hiatus. The MLS Players Association ratified a new collective … [Read more...] about MLS comes to agreement to avoid lockout; United to return this summer
While the NFL seems to be embracing its identity of being a passing league, the NFC North seems to be hellbent on throwing things back to 1995. And while there is plenty of elite receiving talent in the division, some teams have been focused on taking more out of their quarterback’s hands and placing it in the running game. For other teams, there’s the desire to make things as … [Read more...] about Where Do the Minnesota Vikings Pass-Catchers Rank in the NFC North?
The Minnesota Vikings, for the most part, have done a solid job of upgrading their roster and preparing themselves to make a playoff push in 2020. However, there are some positions where they are taking risks, going with young and inexperienced players at some position groups. These gambles could pay off, or they could backfire and be a reason why the team comes up short this … [Read more...] about What are the Minnesota Vikings’ Biggest Gambles for the 2020 Season?
Since 1992, the Green Bay Packers have been led by one current and one future Hall of Fame quarterback. Other than Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley is the only other player to lead the Packers in passing for a season in that time. That came in 2017, as you probably recall when Rodgers missed nine games with a broken collarbone suffered at the hands of Anthony Barr … [Read more...] about The Biggest One-Hit Wonders in Minnesota Vikings History
As nationwide protests continue following the death of George Floyd while in police custody, a pair of Vikings linebackers are calling for change. Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr released identical statements on Twitter asking the NFL for more specific action after the league released a statement on Saturday. The NFL’s original statement expressed sadness over recent tragic … [Read more...] about Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr Petition NFL to Make Justice Reforms
“Fix the offensive line!” That’s been the offseason rallying cry in Minnesota for much of the Rick Spielman/Mike Zimmer era. But only in the past five years have the Vikings devoted significant resources to address the situation. First there was the short-term plan of throwing free agency money at the line; more recently the Vikings have invested extensive draft capital in … [Read more...] about Free Agency vs. the Draft: Assessing the Minnesota Vikings’ Approach to Improving Their Offensive Line