VU Daily Blog: 5/25/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 4:39:00 PM

Jared Allen turns mentor?

Jared Allen is one of several veterans that joined the Vikings organized team activities this week.

In a video interview with, Allen laughed at a question if he could be a mentor to the younger players.

"I don't know if they want me to be a mentor," he said with a smile, likely referring to his once-wild ways. "No, absolutely. I really enjoy (it), because I was a rookie once myself. (Former Chiefs defensive lineman) Eric Hicks, I remember I asked him question after question after question. He took me under his wing and really showed me how to be a pro."

The OTA session open to the media last week was full of missing veterans, but more are at Winter Park this week. Jimmy Kennedy, Kevin Williams, Jayme Mitchell, Bernard Berrian, Jim Kleinsasser and Bryant McKinnie are among those that joined the practices this week.

Allen said he is looking forward to the season with all 22 starters expected to return from the 2009 team that made it to the NFC Championship.

"It's exciting. We got a little taste of where we want to be at and we're trying to get back there," he said.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 3:11:00 PM

Williams Wall files its appeals

Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams have officially filed their appeals in the StarCaps case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, according to the Star Tribune.

That action allows the staying of their four-game suspensions issued by the NFL until the case is decided, according to a ruling issued last week by Hennepin County Judge Gary Larson. The appeals court could take a few months to decide and that decision could also be appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The timeline means the Williams Wall could be available for the entire 2010 season. Their suspensions for ingesting the banned diuretic bumetanide were originally issued during the 2008 season but have been in various forms of appeal since then.


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Mullet gone, man remains. RT @VikingsFootball: In anticipation of his wedding, Jared Allen cut his mullet. #Vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 12:24:00 PM

Vikings Christmas in … MAY!

The following comes from John Holler, who spreads Christmas cheer every year, but even he has his limits. This time it was a Vikings product that was being advertised in May that got his goat.


Stop the clock!

For years, I have run an internal clock that stops only when I see my first Christmas ad. The commercialization of Christmas has taken a dark turn in recent years, effectively swallowing up Thanksgiving and starting the holiday season once Halloween is over. The first Christmas ad went from mid-November to early November to late October and so on as the years have progressed. Last year set a new record for the earliest Christmas advertising I saw (Sept. 9) and I thought it was a record that couldn't possibly be touched. How wrong I was.

Not only was the record broken Sunday, it was shattered. Pre-Memorial Day! In the coupon/advertisement section in my Sunday paper, the Danbury Mint, which has made a mint firing commemorative porcelain items like plates of Elvis and dead presidents, registered the first ad. So what are they making in Connecticut? Purple and gold cars that look like a nerdish version of the Batmobile called "The Vikings Victory Car."

It's an ornament that any Vikings fan would treasure on his Christmas tree. How do I know that it's a Christmas ornament? Because Santa Claus is sitting in the driver's seat with a purple foam hand claiming the Vikings are No. 1. The car has the Vikings Norseman logo on the hood (visions of a Grand Am come to mind. The word "Vikings" in its familiar all-capitals script is on the driver's side door, a Vikings helmet is on what can best be described as a ‘60s vintage tailfin, the Vikings script logo also serves as the front license plate, while the year 2010 (the clear sign to collectors of the importance of this piece) serves as the rear license plate. Complete with a Vikings flag posted into the trunk and a couple of stray gifts Santa forgot to deliver in the passenger's seat. The fat man in the red suit has never looked like such a pimp as he does in his purple Vikeswagen.

As always, there are only a certain number of days for this time-sensitive piece and the ad made a point to emphasize that, after 2010, "no more will ever be produced." Some may have "2010" painted over and "2011" in its place – because Santa Pimp never really goes out of style. How much would you pay for this showpiece? Just $21.95, plus $3.95 for shipping and service (which apparently doesn't include handling). As the ad clearly states "quantities are limited," which given the ability to continue making more until people actually want Christmas ornaments in, say, November or December, doesn't seem to have the needed sense of urgency.

But, just a reminder for the hard-to-buy-for Vikings fans that (eventually) will be on your Christmas list, it's never too early – unless years of waiting for the first Christmas ad have helped you lose faith in your fellow man.

For the record, the Vikings aren't the only team that has Santa decked out in team colors. The Vikings are one of eight teams, which would have seemed to be randomly selected. The other seven are Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.



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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 7:59:00 AM

Vikings cited for proactive concussion prevention

Concussion prevention is becoming more of a focus for the NFL these days. While Congress peppered the league with questions about the safety factors built into helmets and other questions surrounding concussions, the Vikings' efforts were part of a story dealing with the subject on this week.

The focus of the story was the importance of building neck muscles to help prevent concussions, something on which many college teams don't put much emphasis.

Vikings strength and conditioning coach Tom Kanavy – who was cited by head coach Brad Childress last week for having different lifting programs for different players – called neck training "probably the most important thing we do." According to the Fox Sports story, Vikings players train their necks twice weekly with four planes of movement.

"Our primary responsibility as strength and conditioning coaches is injury prevention," Kanavy said. "That's a highly susceptible area to serious injury."

Kanavy said most rookies have underdeveloped necks compared with the rest of their physiques and this is a time of year he can work on improving that. The Vikings are in the second of four weeks of organized team activities.

For more on the importance of neck muscles when it comes to concussion prevention, click here for the story


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