VU Daily Blog: 12/16/10

Thursday was mostly about getting some finality on where Monday night's game would be played and who would be quarterbacking the Vikings. For the most part, the answers were TCF Bank Stadium and Joe Webb. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Scout's Notebook: QB Patrick Ramsey: With Brett Favre a major question mark to play again, Tarvaris Jackson to i...
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Chest is part of the sprained SC joint/collarbone area. RT @
kaykay0715: @VikingUpdate what's wrong with Brett's chest?

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Vikings scramble with ticket logistics: The Vikings announced their plan with tickets for Monday night's game ag...
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POSTED BY: KEVIN BROWN
ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 AT 20:01:00

Snow Dragon to help with TCF Bank Stadium snow

Perhaps concerns over the field conditions at TCF Bank Stadium have been at least partially alleviated by some new state-of-the-art technology?

The Snow Dragon, a biodiesel-powered mobile snow melter that can melt 30 tons of snow per hour, was headed to TCF Bank Stadium Thursday afternoon. The stadium, on the University of Minnesota campus, is set to host the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears for Monday Night Football on Dec. 20.

The Snow Dragon takes much less energy than hauling. One hour of snow melting is equivalent to 20 dump trucks hauling two loads of snow per hour. The mobile snow melter has a smaller carbon footprint, is safer than having trucks hauling snow through traffic and created just 70 decibels of noise (less than a motorcycle, power saw or lawn mower).

For more info, you can check out their website.


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Notebook: Webb excited for likely first start: Rookie Joe Webb is eager to make his first NFL start at quarterba...
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QB Ramsey gets yet another opportunity: Quarterback Patrick Ramsey had no real connection to the Vikings locker ...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 AT 15:57:00

Vikings announce Monday night ticket policy

The Vikings have released the ticket policy for Monday's game against the Chicago Bears, scheduled to take place at TCF Bank Stadium after the collapse of the Metrodome roof. Here is the complete release:

The Minnesota Vikings have announced the ticket policy and game logistics for the upcoming Monday night Vikings-Bears game at TCF Bank Stadium.

All ticket holders will use their Vikings-Bears game tickets for Mall of America Field at the Metrodome to enter TCF Bank Stadium and seating will be general admission by lower and upper levels.

Mall of America Field at the Metrodome Lower-Level Ticket Holders (100 level)

Ticket holders with lower-level tickets (100 level) will get lower-level seating access at TCF Bank Stadium (general admission) – UNTIL SEATING IS AT CAPACITY. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. for those 100 level ticket holders with line queues starting at 4:00 p.m. The value of all lower-level tickets will be considered to be $77. If the face value of the original 100-level season ticket is greater than $77, a credit for the difference will be applied to the Season Ticket Owner's account toward 2011 season tickets. For single-game purchasers, a credit will be applied via Ticketmaster.

Mall of America Field at the Metrodome Upper-Level Ticket Holders (200 level)

Ticket holders with upper-level tickets (200 level) will only have upper level seating access at TCF Bank Stadium (general admission). Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for those 200 level ticket holders. The value of all upper-level tickets will be considered to be $29. If the face value of the original 200-level season ticket is greater than $29, a credit for the difference will be applied to the Season Ticket Owner's account toward 2011 season tickets. For single-game purchasers, a credit will be applied via Ticketmaster.

Unused Season Tickets for Mall of America Field at the Metrodome

Season Ticket Owners that do not use their tickets will receive full credit on their account if the ticket goes unused AND is mailed to the Vikings Ticket Office (425 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415) POST-MARKED by Saturday, December 18.

IMPORTANT: This is a first-come, first-served event. The Vikings anticipate this game to be well-attended and having a valid ticket does not guarantee admittance into TCF Bank Stadium. In the event that some ticket holders are turned away on game night due to capacity, only the original ticket account owners will receive a full refund.

Game Logistics

The Vikings and the University of Minnesota have agreed no alcoholic beverages will be served at this game. No outside food or beverages will be allowed into the stadium. Game parking details will be announced in the coming days.

"This is a difficult situation with no easy solution, so we greatly appreciate our fans' patience in this process," said Steve LaCroix, Vikings Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer. "We are making every effort to accommodate as many Vikings fans as possible and play a home game here in Minnesota. We're excited about celebrating the 50th season with a return to outdoor football."

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The #
Vikings ticket policy is out for Monday's game against the #Bears First-come, first-serve. http://bit.ly/f4lGTa

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Ray Edwards (ankle) was limited for the #
Vikings on Thursday, with Asher Allen (ankle) and Joe Webb (hamstring) full participants.

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Ray Edwards (ankle) was limited for the #
Vikings on Thursday, with Asher Allen (ankle) and Joe Webb (hamstring) full participants.

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Didn't practice for #
Vikings Favre (chest/ankle/shoulder), Hutchinson (thumb), T. Johnson (knee), Peterson (ankle), Sanford (concussion).

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Didn't practice for #
Vikings Favre (chest/ankle/shoulder), Hutchinson (thumb), T. Johnson (knee), Peterson (ankle), Sanford (concussion).

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#
Vikings VP Lester Bagley texted that Monday's game against the Bears will be at TCF "barring unforeseen issues," so nothing for sure yet.

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#
Vikings VP Lester Bagley texted that Monday's game against the Bears will be at TCF "barring unforeseen issues," so nothing for sure yet.

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Steve Hutchinson said he hasn't been contacted by the NFLPA about playing at TCF Bank Stadium. #
Vikings

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Waiting for some sort of confirmation or any communication that the #
Vikings #Bears really will be at TCF. So far, nothing.

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RT @
hansonscott: I'm at TCF Bank Stadium now. It's official. #Bears #Vikings WILL be played here. Snow removal coming along well.

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Not practicing for the #
Vikings Favre, T. Johnson, Peterson, Sanford and Hutchinson. Harvin is back working. Jackson on IR.

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Some early comments from Webb. RT @
VikingUpdate: VU Daily Blog: Webb excited for probable starthttp://min.scout.com/2/1031677.html #Vikings

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 AT 13:47:00

Webb excited for probable start

All indications – from Brett Favre to Leslie Frazier to Joe Webb – are that Webb will be the starter on Monday night when the Vikings host the Chicago Bears, likely at TCF Bank Stadium.

This week will be Webb's first time getting much work with the first-team offense in practice after going from third-team developmental quarterback to likely starter in the course of less than a week after Favre's sprained shoulder could keep him out for a week or two and Tarvaris Jackson was placed on injured reserve.

"I haven't got much work. With the receivers, when we get one-on-one time with them, I try to throw to them and get that timing down a little bit," Webb said. "I haven't got much work there. I'm just looking forward to those practices this week to get my timing down."

Webb was drafted with the intention of moving him to receiver, but after he threw for coaches on the final day of rookie camp, he was moved to quarterback. He knows that his scrambling ability will help, but his first responsibility is to look downfield for his receivers.

Webb said playing on Monday Night Football is a bonus for what is expected to be his first NFL start.

"It's a great opportunity. Monday Night Football, you can't get no better than that. You've been dreaming that ever since you've been a little kid," he said. "Watching the game ever since you've been a little kid and now I'm probably going to be a part of it, (I'd) love to take advantage of it."

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RT @
GeorgeAtallah: The #NFLPA has contacted player reps from #Bears and #Vikings about the field concerns in MN. We are aware of situation.

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Joe Webb will be the starter if Brett Favre can't play. Ramsey will be the backup then. #
Vikings

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Leslie Frazier believes the game will be at TCF Bank Stadium and has been told player safety isn't an issue. #
Vikings

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 AT 12:25:00

Jackson, Ramsey moves official

Just as we posted the item on Tarvaris Jackson likely going to injured reserve, the Vikings confirmed the move.

Jackson goes to IR and Patrick Ramsey is signed.

The Vikings also announced the signing of DB Simeon Castille (Alabama) to the practice squad.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 AT 12:22:00

Jackson likely going to IR

The Vikings are expected to officially announce within the next hour that QB Tarvaris Jackson is heading to season-ending injured reserve after suffering a turf toe injury on Monday night.

Pro Football Talk first reported the possibility, citing a league source.

Leslie Frazier is scheduled to meet with the media in a few minutes and we'll know more then, but that would open up a roster spot for the official signing of Patrick Ramsey.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 AT 12:07:00

Shovelers filled out for Thursday

The University of Minnesota announced this morning that it has enough people shoveling at TCF Bank Stadium to cover the crew on Thursday.

Here is the short release from the university:

Due to an overwhelming response from hundreds of great Minnesotans, the University of Minnesota is no longer accepting shovelers to help clear TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday. Those interested in helping on Friday can check back in at the stadium at 8 a.m. Friday.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 AT 09:53:00

Madieu Williams named Vikings man of the year

Madieu Williams has been selected the 2010 Minnesota Vikings Community Man of the Year.

Locally, the Vikings safety has worked with the North Community YMCA, United Way and Harvest Prep/Seed Academy and provides season tickets for the kids in his "Dieu's Crew." Williams also hosted a free football camp in Maryland this past summer and continues to support the Cincinnati area.

Globally, Williams made a $2 million donation to create the Madieu Williams Center for Global Health at the University of Maryland. The center will address public health issues for Prince George's County and Sierra Leone, where Williams was born. Already Madieu has built a primary school there and is now building a secondary school. Earlier this year, Madieu's Foundation sponsored a mission to Sierra Leone, where Williams brought teachers, surgeons and dentists to help educate the teachers at his school, give free dental cleanings to all of the students and provide free surgeries.

"He has done so much to help others, but I think his character was best demonstrated when after signing here as a free agent, he visited the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital with me before he went to the airport," said Brad Madson, Minnesota Vikings executive director of community relations.

Williams is one of 32 NFL team representatives, one of which will be named the Walter Payton Man of the Year at this year's Super Bowl. As the Vikings' representative for the NFL Man of the Year award, Williams will receive a $1,000 check for the Madieu Williams Foundation through NFL Charities.

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Vikings could have first-time starter at QB: The Vikings' quarterback situation is calling for desperate measure...
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