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Science! 3M Named Minnesota Vikings Official Science Partner

The new home of the Minnesota Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium, is getting closer and closer to hosting events. According to the official website, the opening is just two months away. There have been a lot of companies that have come together in terms of sponsorships and other things to make this stadium happen, and one of them has been recognized with a unique honor. 3M, a company that has been a part of Minnesota for over a century, has been named the Official Science Partner of the Minnesota Vikings. Given the role that 3M has played in the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium, this isn't...
Daily Norseman May 27, 2016

Some Minnesota Vikings Went To See A Man About A Horse

AND HE'S LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOSE!! (Wanted to get that out of the way early.) Yes, some members of the Minnesota Vikings organization have gotten together and purchased themselves a horse for races as the Canterbury Downs racetrack, according to WCCO. The leader of this troupe is the voice of the Minnesota Vikings. . .and, not coincidentally, of Canterbury Downs. . .Paul Allen, who put $6,000 towards the purchase of the horse. The other investors, who chipped in $2,000 each, include Vikings' offensive coordinator NORV~! Turner, his son, quarterbacks coach Scott Turner, offensive lineman...
Daily Norseman May 27, 2016

"Hey, Teddy!" Now Has A Sequel

You know that young Obadiah Gamble got an opportunity to meet Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater a few days before his seventh birthday, which happens this weekend. He originally invited Teddy to his birthday party on Sunday, and though it doesn't appear as though he's going to be able to make that, Teddy did stop by the Gamble house for some one-on-one time with young Skolbadiah. Now, we have a sequel to the video phenomenon that's sweeping the nation. . .or, at least, it ought to be. . .as the Gamble family has now posted a sequel to "Hey, Teddy!" on their YouTube channel. This...
Daily Norseman May 27, 2016

Horns, Swords and a Longship: May 27, 2016

Friday has returned. How will it go? Time once again for Friday and all the joys that are associated with it. Longship Log: B.J. Dubose has torn his ACL and will miss the 2016 season. Teddy met with the young man that had asked him via Youtube and several other media sites to meet him. Around the Horns: Vikings.com: Charles Johnson is finally healthy and ready to produce;  Sports Illustrated is a fan of the Vikings' offseason;  here are a few observations from OTA #3;  a long-time and a new Viking talk about U.S. Bank Stadium;  Alex Boone is a good teacher...
Daily Norseman May 26, 2016

Thursday Open Thread: May 26, 2016

Almost.....to......the weekend. Merry Thorsday, everyone! We've almost made it through another week of the off-season. But hey, we have some OTA news at least. Around the DN since our last open thread: You can check out two new, unique SB nation sites. Pete Bercich has been hired as a high school football coach. Mike Zimmer is a top 5 head coachin the USA Today NFL coach rankings. B.J. Dubose tore his ACL, and will be out the entire 2016 season. Cool story here, as Teddy Bridgewater went to the birthday party he was invited to by a 7 year old. Vikings news from elsewhere: From...
Daily Norseman May 26, 2016

Hey, Teddy! Bridgewater Meets Skolbadiah

A few days ago, we brought you the story of Obadiah Gamble, a youngster from the Twin Cities that's turning seven years old soon and really, really wanted his favorite Minnesota Vikings player to help him celebrate the occasion. So, he put a video on YouTube inviting him to his birthday party. Well, you'll never believe what happened next. . .or, if you've been paying attention for the past couple of years and have gotten a feel for exactly what kind of person Teddy Bridgewater is, maybe you will. Yes, the Vikings' starting quarterback made his way to the Gamble house to spend some time with...
Daily Norseman May 26, 2016

B.J. Dubose Tears ACL, Done For 2016

The Minnesota Vikings have completed their second day of Organized Team Activities, and they've already lost a player for the entire 2016 season. Second-year defensive lineman B.J. Dubose tore his ACL during Wednesday's practice session, and the team has declared that he is already out for the year. Dubose was a sixth-round pick of the Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Louisville. He was a part of the final cutdown in Training Camp and wound up getting signed to the practice squad. He was eventually bumped up to the active roster for the Vikings' playoff game against the Seattle...
Daily Norseman May 25, 2016

Mike Zimmer: Top 5 NFL Coach

You like-a the list-a-mania? You gotta the list-a-mania! No, seriously, you're going to like this list. Steven Ruiz of USA Today in their FTW! column ranked the 32 NFL coaches from best to worst. And well, well, well. . .lookie who he has at #4 overall. 4. Mike Zimmer, Vikings Zimmer is the most creative defensive play-caller in the league. And more importantly, he knows how to develop young talent. Case in point: It took him only two years to turn Anthony Barr, who was seen as a raw prospect who would take some time to develop, into an All-pro caliber player. The Vikings defense is going...
Daily Norseman May 25, 2016

Pete Bercich Lands Job As High School Football Coach

The current color analyst for the Minnesota Vikings radio network has gotten himself a bit of a side gig. Last week. . .sorry for being slow on the uptake on this. . .it was announced that Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood, Minnesota had hired former Vikings linebacker Pete Bercich as their new head football coach. Bercich was originally drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He played his entire NFL career with Minnesota, with his final season coming in 2000. He then served as the team's linebackers coach under Mike Tice from 2002 to 2005....
Daily Norseman May 25, 2016

Wednesday Open Thread: May 25, 2016

It's the peak of the week, it's all downhill from here! Hump Daaaayyyyy! Well, it's the peak of the week,  all downhill from here en-route to a 3 day weekend (for most of us). Around the DN since our last open thread: Kyle Rudolph threw out the first pitch at Target Field, and made a big announcement. According to ESPN, the Vikings defense is among the league's most creative. Chris says that Teddy Bridgewater can hard count, too. Local food partners for U.S. Bank Stadium were announced. Vikings news from elsewhere: From Vikings.com: Here are highlights from the first day of...
Daily Norseman May 24, 2016

Local Food Partners Announced For U.S. Bank Stadium

We already know that the new home of the Minnesota Vikings is going to be incredible. Now, for those of you that want to nosh on some delicious food during Vikings home games, it looks like some big-name Twin Cities establishments will be making contributions to the menu at U.S. Bank Stadium. Today, the Vikings announced some of the local food partners that will be providing concessions around the NFL's newest venue. World-famous chef Andrew Zimmern has been working with the Aramark Corporation on concessions for the new stadium, and he will be opening up a couple of places at the new...
Daily Norseman May 24, 2016

ESPN: Minnesota Vikings Defense Among NFL's Most Creative

From behind the great E$PN Paywall, the list-a-mania of the offseason continues, as Matt Bowen (who did some great work at the National Football Post before moving to Bristol) has compiled his list of the five most creative defensive play callers in the National Football League. Naturally, you couldn't have a list of that nature without including the Minnesota Vikings' tandem of defensive coordinator George Edwards and head coach Mike Zimmer, who are both credited in Bowen's article. Disguise, pre-snap movement and double A-gap pressure -- that's what you get from Edwards and the...
Daily Norseman May 24, 2016

Tuesday Open Thread: May 24, 2016

The daily open thread is up & running, come in & join the action. Merry Tuesday, everyone! Another lovely day, with summer fast approaching. I love this time of year. Most importantly, today is day one of OTAs for the Vikings! We may have a little actual football news to share in the next couple weeks. Around the DN since our last open thread: The Vikings signed a DE and waived a RB. Chris shared a great picture of the U.S. Bank Stadium turf. It sounds like Adrian Peterson is going to show up for OTAs. The Vikings are one of the NFL's most talented teams. Vikings news from other...
Daily Norseman May 24, 2016

NFL.com: Vikings One Of NFL's Most Talented Teams

Another round of list-a-mania is upon us, this time courtesy of the folks from NFL.com. Bucky Brooks has put together his list of the most talented rosters in the National Football League, and he has the Minnesota Vikings checking in at #5 overall. Blue chips: Adrian Peterson, RB; Kyle Rudolph, TE; Linval Joseph, NT; Everson Griffen, DE; Anthony Barr, LB; Xavier Rhodes, CB; Harrison Smith, S. Risers: Teddy Bridgewater, QB; Sharrif Floyd, DT; Eric Kendricks, LB. The Vikings are built to be a heavyweight contender in the NFC for the next few seasons. Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer have...
Daily Norseman May 23, 2016

Adrian Peterson Expected To Attend Minnesota Vikings OTAs

Starting tomorrow, the Minnesota Vikings will be taking part in their Organized Team Activities at Winter Park, and they're saying that their featured attraction is going to be in attendance. Running back Adrian Peterson will, in fact, be at the Vikings' OTAs, according to Andrew Krammer of 1500 ESPN (among others). According to Krammer, Peterson's participation in these practices goes toward him earning a workout bonus of $250,000. While this might not sound like such a big deal on the surface, it does give us an opportunity to remember where things stood a year ago. Peterson and his...
Daily Norseman May 23, 2016

A Great Picture Of The U.S. Bank Stadium Turf

It appears that the majority of the turf installation at U.S. Bank Stadium has been completed, and we've got a pretty decent picture of it thanks to Imgur (and the folks at the /r/minnesotavikings group on Reddit). Here it is, in all its glory. I've got to say, those purple end zones look pretty damn spectacular. It's significantly better than what the team had the last few years at the Metrodome with the more "natural" background. More purple on the field is not a bad thing, folks. Gotta love that fresh-looking Norseman logo at midfield, too. Sure, it's...
Daily Norseman May 23, 2016

Minnesota Vikings Sign DE Travis Raciti, Waive RB Brandon Ross

On the eve of OTAs at Winter Park, the Minnesota Vikings have made themselves a roster move. The team has announced that they have signed defensive lineman Travis Raciti. Raciti played his college ball at San Jose State University, and was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles after going undrafted in 2015. He spent the 2015 season on the Eagles' practice squad. Raciti is listed as a defensive end, but with his size (6'5", 285 pounds), he seems like someone that could potentially slide inside to a tackle position if necessary. To make room for Raciti on the roster, the team has released running...
Daily Norseman May 23, 2016

Monday Open Thread: May 23, 2016

Come on in, we're open for business. Happy Monday, everyone! The weekend is finally over, and Monday is here. There's not a whole lot of football news, so we'll trudge through this boring off-season and scrape up what we can. Around the DN since our last open thread: ESPN has gotten back to normal. They scared us for a bit with some positive takes on the Vikings, but they're back to normal with this latest piece, shared by Chris. They have Teddy ranked as the number 33 quarterback in the NFL. Yep, you read that right. Chris wonders how you're betting when it comes to the over/under on...
Daily Norseman May 22, 2016

Teddy Bridgewater Gets A Birthday Invite

Once again, have to give credit to Adam Carlson over at The Viking Age for unearthing this one. Six-year old Obadiah Gamble is a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings. How big? He's actually known as "Skolbadiah." That's how big. It appears that he's an even bigger fan of the Vikings' quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater. Apparently, Oba. . .er, Skolbadiah has a birthday coming up, and he would really like Teddy to attend. Now, when I was a kid, we would have had to put pen to paper and send a letter or card or whatever and hope it got to the right place. But today, kids don't have to do that. Kids...
Daily Norseman May 22, 2016

Let's Search Etsy For Minnesota Vikings Stuff

We did this once before, but it was a while back and. . .well, let's be honest, there really isn't a heck of a lot going on football-wise right now with the Minnesota Vikings. So, it's time to do a little bit of window shopping for the Vikings fan in your life, whether that's you or somebody else you know. There's a pretty good chance you've heard of Etsy before, and they tend to have some interesting and unique things that you generally won't find anywhere else. These items were found by going to the main page of their site and just typing "Minnesota Vikings" into the search box. Here's...

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