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Daily Norseman 1 hour ago

Report: Minnesota Vikings Not A Finalist For Hard Knocks

The National Football League could have compelled the Minnesota Vikings to appear on the HBO series Hard Knocks, which follows an NFL team through Training Camp. However, according to a report from CBS Sports, there have been three finalists chosen, and our favorite football team is not among them. According to CBS Sports, the three finalists for the spot are the Houston Texans, the Washington Redskins, and. . .in a bit of a surprise. . .the Buffalo Bills. The Bills were not on the list of teams that could be compelled by the National Football League to do the show when we did our original...
Daily Norseman 10 hours ago

Mike Tice Named In Painkiller Lawsuit

Mike Tice, who was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2002 to 2005 (and had worked with the team as an assistant since 1996), is one of several former NFL head coaches that was named in a lawsuit filed by a number of former players on Thursday. The lawsuit alleges that players were pressured by coaches and other team members to take painkillers that had been administered by team physicians without proper prescriptions and with little to no explanation of the risks involved. Other coaches named in the lawsuit were -Wayne Fontes, former head coach of the Detroit Lions-Mike...
Daily Norseman 20 hours ago

Could Babatunde Aiyegbusi Wind Up On The Practice Squad?

I saw this question come up in the piece we did about the Minnesota Vikings' issue at left guard, and I took a little bit to look it up and see what I could find. One of the bigger stories from the early part of this offseason was the team's signing of Polish offensive lineman Babatunde Aiyegbusi to the 90-man roster. Aiyegbusi, a native of Poland, worked out at a Pro Day in Texas during the pre-draft process, and had an individual workout with the Vikings, after which they signed him to a deal. Though Aiyegbusi obviously has a ton of physical gifts going for him, the odds of him making...
Daily Norseman 21 hours ago

Welcome To Our Two New Front Page Writers

Here at The Daily Norseman, we're constantly striving to bring you the best coverage of the Minnesota Vikings that you can find anywhere. To that end, we are happy to welcome two brand new front page writers to our writing staff. One of the writers is one that our frequent commenters will recognize, that being the man known as "wludford." He's done plenty of quality FanPosts on our site, and he has graciously accepted our request to be a front page contributor to the site. Our other new writer is someone that you might recognize from other Vikings' websites across the internet. He is Jackson...
Daily Norseman 22 hours ago

Football Outsiders Identifies The Vikings' Biggest Weakness

We've got another look at the Minnesota Vikings from inside the great E$PN In$ider paywall, but this one comes courtesy of the folks from Football Outsiders (who do quite a bit of work with the four-letter). They've gone through all of the NFL rosters and identified the most glaring weak spot on each team. Apparently the folks from Football Outsiders see the same thing as we do, as they've pinpointed the left guard position as the biggest weakness that the Minnesota Vikings presently have. Here's what they have to say about the left guard situation. Is Rick Spielman slowly building a...
Daily Norseman May 21, 2015

ESPN Grades The Minnesota Vikings' Offseason

We're still just a little more than eleven weeks away from the Hall of Fame Game between the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers that will kick off the 2015 NFL pre-season on 9 August. That means that, per NFL rules, the Vikings could start Training Camp as early as 25 July, as that's 15 days before their first pre-season game. (The Vikings and the Steelers will get a bit of a head start on everybody else because of the Hall of Fame Game.) There probably isn't going to be a whole lot in terms of roster movement between now and then, so the folks behind the mighty E$PN In$ider paywall...
Daily Norseman May 20, 2015

NFL Moves Extra Point Back To 15-Yard Line

There has been talk this off-season about making changes to the rules for extra points this season in the National Football League, and yesterday the NFL owners did just that. For the 2015 season, PATs will be moved to the 15-yard line, making it a 32-yard kick. That's 13 yards longer than the extra point that we've become accustomed to, which was snapped from the 2-yard line, making it a 19-yard attempt. That's just for the one-point version. . .two-point conversions will still take place from the 2-yard line. The league has also decided that if a defensive team returns a failed extra...
Vikings Gab May 19, 2015

NFLPA Files Contempt Charge Against Roger Goodell and NFL in Peterson Case

The National Football League Players Association wants a federal judge in Minneapolis to hold the league in civil contempt of court for the handling of the disciplinary matter involving Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson, Rochelle Olson of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. The NFLPA filed the 24-page document Tuesday, requesting a hearing in front of […]
Daily Norseman May 19, 2015

Bud Grant's Rendezvous With Twitter To Be Short-Lived

Remember a couple of weeks ago when we told everyone that legendary Minnesota Vikings' head coach Bud Grant had joined the Twitter revolution and how awesome it was? Well, it's only going to be awesome for about 24 more hours. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the reason that Coach Grant got on the Twitter in the first place was to advertise his latest garage sale. That sale is set to take place tomorrow, 20 May, and after that. . .well, the account is shutting down. "I opened it out of necessity," Grant told the Pioneer Press. "I was looking at the want ads in your paper, and...
Daily Norseman May 19, 2015

Why, Yes, It's Another Teddy Bridgewater Highlight Video

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has this on his Twitter timeline last night, and it's something that definitely needs to be spread to a wider audience. By the way, if you're not following Matt on the Twitter, you should be, if for no other reason than he's the only draft expert type that I can remember that didn't buy into the OMG SKINNY KNEES WEAK ARM TOO SMALL garbage leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft and still had Teddy Bridgewater #1 overall on his big board. This hits all of the major high points of Bridgewater's rookie season, set to the music of This Will Destroy You (with The Mighty...
Daily Norseman May 19, 2015

Norse Code Podcast Episode 71 (Part Two): Mailbag, Leg Day and Balls

Part two of the most recent episode of Norse Code has been published for RSS subscribers, but we waited a bit for a dead week to release it on the Daily Norseman. Arif answers mailbag questions, but also opines about the legs of the offensive linemen and has a small rant about the discussions surrounding Ballghazi Not many notes today, mostly just answering the mailbag. Some of the discussions here are a little played simply because we talked about things that were topical at the time, and obviously I'm publishing this now. Still, should be a good listen (we hope). *****Download...
Daily Norseman May 18, 2015

Robert Smith Launches New Health App

After being selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft, running back Robert Smith battled a number of injuries in the early part of his career. However, he finished his career with four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons before surprisingly announcing his retirement after the 2000 season. He walked away to pursue a career in medicine, and also to try to avoid any serious injuries. Oh, and he had a bit of an acting career, too. (La la la.) But in addition to the time he spends with ESPN and his other ventures, Smith has now launched a health app for mobile...
Daily Norseman May 18, 2015

Could The Vikings Shuffle Their Offensive Linemen?

For the past couple of years, the left guard spot on the Minnesota Vikings' offensive line has been a weak spot, and it might be the most glaring weakness on the offense as we move into 2015. In a rather interesting quote from head coach Mike Zimmer, the Vikings might be looking to shift things around a bit. "We are looking at a few guys right now," he said. "Obviously [veteran] Joe Berger has a chance to fit in with the mix. We have actually been looking at Brandon Fusco moving over to left guard and T.J. Clemmings playing right guard. Also the kid [tackle] Carter Bykowski] that we took...
Daily Norseman May 17, 2015

Minnesota Vikings Stadium: Wilfs Add More Money To Contribution

The price tag for the new Minnesota Vikings' stadium keeps going up and, as promised, the Wilf family has been footing the bill. Most of the price increases have had to do with the addition of amenities to the new stadium and enhancing the game day experience, and this recent expenditure is no different. The Wilf family is contributing another $14 million to the stadium effort. The majority of that money is going to go towards financing the television system inside the stadium, allowing over 2,000 HD monitors to be placed throughout. The rest of the money is going to go towards signage,...
Daily Norseman May 16, 2015

The Viking United States: Where Do Our Players Come From?

As we move through the off-season, the Minnesota Vikings have filled nearly all of the spots on their 90-man roster. . .at the present time, they still have one spot remaining. So, for kicks and giggles, let's take a look at where the men that currently make up the Minnesota Vikings' roster hail from. Of the 89 players currently on the Vikings' roster, 85 of them were born within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. The four that weren't? Babatunde Aiyegbusi - PolandLinval Joseph - U.S. Virgin IslandsTyrus Thompson - Germany (he's a military kid, remember?)David Yankey -...
Daily Norseman May 16, 2015

It's Saturday, So Let's Look For Vikings Stuff On Craigslist

As you may or may not have noticed, things have been a bit on the slow side since the 2015 NFL Draft finished up. That's because. . .well, quite frankly, there hasn't been a whole lot to talk about. For most teams, this is a curse. . .on the other hand, given the usual off-season stories we get from the Minnesota Vikings, it's more of a blessing. However, in an effort to give our loyal readers entertaining things to view until we get some actual news, yours truly has delved into the mish-mash that is Craigslist in search of unique Vikings items that you (or someone you know) might be...
Daily Norseman May 16, 2015

Sorry, Patriots, The Vikings Didn't Tamper With Footballs

Kudos to Adam Carlson over at The Viking Age for getting to this one before we did. By now, you've certainly seen the rebuttal that The Onion the New England Patriots released about whether or not the team knowingly tampered with footballs before or during the 2014 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. Along with the rebuttal, the Patriots supplied what they thought was evidence of four other teams tampering with footballs throughout the course of the season. One of the teams they cited was the Minnesota Vikings. This apparently stems from an incident in the Vikings' game...
Daily Norseman May 15, 2015

NFL.com: Vikings Had The League's Best Draft

We've been over the fact that grades this close to the NFL Draft are a pretty ridiculous concept. But you know what's not ridiculous? People saying positive things about the Minnesota Vikings, since it's a pretty freaking rare occurrence. So, let's take a look at another view of the 2015 NFL Draft. . .one that says that the Vikings really cleaned up. Prior to the draft, Gil Brandt of NFL.com put together his list of what he thought were the 100 best players available in the 2015 NFL Draft, calling the list his Hot 100. Brandt's colleague at NFL.com, Mike Huguenin, scored the draft based...
Daily Norseman May 15, 2015

Brian Robison Injures Pectoral While Working Out

One of the Minnesota Vikings' veteran players has given us a little bit of bad news to (possibly) be concerned with as we meander through the offseason. Defensive end Brian Robison, one of the team's elder statesmen, suffered a pectoral injury on Thursday while working out at Winter Park. There hasn't been any word yet on the severity of the injury, save for Robison texting people that he's going to be okay. Robison is one of the team's more experienced defensive players, as he is entering his tenth season (all of them with Minnesota). If he is unavailable for any length of time, the depth...
Daily Norseman May 14, 2015

Norse Code Podcast Episode 71 (Part One): The Draft and 53-man roster

In Part One of this week's podcast, Arif and James talk about the Vikings draft class and implications for the 53-man roster. I know the draft is over, but we had a lot to talk about! Given the length of the offseason and the lack of content, might as well listen. Episode Notes: Here is a gallery of 1998 search engines. I had a piece on Trae Waynes here, which many of you saw. It describes some of my findings with regards to athleticism and build. I mentioned that Pittsburgh was possibly interested in trading up for Trae Waynes, which was reported in a few places and summarized...

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