VU Daily Blog: 6/9/10

The Williams Wall is saving some money, Toby Gerhart is playing catch-up, another NFL team gets a stadium, and Mike Ditka tells the Vikings how to win the Super Bowl. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

Previous Daily Blogs: Click Here
Talk to the VU Bloggers: Click here

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 1:58:00 PM

Williams Wall saves some dough

Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams will get to keep the $7,500 they were ordered to pay in April to compensate the NFL for court costs stemming from the StarCaps case.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled Wednesday neither side should pay the costs of the other because "neither party can fairly be said to have prevailed" in federal court.

That reversed an April judgment that ordered the Williamses to pay more than $7,500 to cover the NFL's court costs. You can bet the Williams Wall has spent more than 10 times that amount in their own attorney fees while trying to fight a four-game suspension that the NFL imposed on them in 2008 for violating the league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances after testing positive for bumetanide, which they unwittingly took when they ingested StarCaps, a dietary supplement that didn't list bumetanide as one of its ingredients.

The case is still ongoing in appeals court.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 1:36:00 PM

Gerhart playing catch-up

Vikings rookie running back Toby Gerhart wasn't allow to participate in the team's organized team activities over the last month because of an NFL rule that prohibits rookies from a late-ending school like Stanford to take part in voluntary activities.

Those days are over for Gerhart, who completed his classwork Tuesday and will graduate this weekend and participate in as much of this weekend's minicamp in Minnesota as possible. However, Gerhart is already in town and try to learn as much as he can from position coach Eric Bieniemy.

"Coach Bieniemy and I are meeting quite a bit right now and he's doing a great job of getting me up to speed," Gerhart told Mike Wobschall of on Wednesday. "It'll take a lot of work and I know it won't all happen fast, but there's a great offensive staff here and I'm looking forward to diving right in and learning as much as I can."

Gerhart was recruited to UCLA by Bieniemy, but when Bieniemy left the Bruins to accept the job with the Vikings in 2006, Gerhart changed his commitment to Stanford. The two have rekindled their relationship and will be spending a lot of time together in the coming years.

Gerhart will also be attending the annual NFL Rookie Symposium later this month.


Posted on Twitter at: 9:36:00 AM
Will Peterson answer fumbling questions?: Adrian Peterson hasn't been available to the Vikings media since the NFC...

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 7:42:00 AM

49ers find a new home

While the Vikings were stymied once again in their pursuit of a public-private partnership to build a new football stadium, another NFL team and community found a way to get it done.

The San Francisco 49ers got a huge offseason win when residents of nearby Santa Clara voted to support financing for a new $937 million stadium that is expected to seat 68,500.

"For almost a decade and a half, the San Francisco 49ers and our faithful fans have dreamed about playing at home in a world-class stadium, and now those dreams are closer to reality," 49ers president and CEO Jed York said in a statement. "We can now proceed with our plans to build the premier, open-air sports and entertainment venue in the world."

The team will remain the San Francisco 49ers even after they move to their new home, which is expected to be ready for the 2014 season.

"Our new home will continue to make them proud to cheer on the San Francisco 49ers for generations to come," York said.

The 49ers have played in their current stadium, Candlestick Park, since 1971. The new stadium is expected to be built near the Great America theme park.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 7:29:00 AM

Former Vikings DT Hovan joins the Rams

Former Vikings DT Chris Hovan is now a member of the St. Louis Rams, according to ESPN.

Hovan was a first-round draft choice (26th overall) of the Vikings in 2000 and was a starter through the 2004 season, but in 2005 the Vikings signed Pat Williams to a free-agent deal and paired him with Kevin Williams. Hovan moved on to Tampa Bay, where he has played the last five years and totaled only five sacks. He was released in April.

In five seasons with the Vikings, Hovan had 17 sacks.


Posted on Twitter at: 7:23:00 AM
Erin Henderson revamps attitude, lifestyle: Erin Henderson hasn't been satisfied with the way his career has gone ...

Posted on Twitter at: 7:23:00 AM
Allen's eccentric side softened for wedding: Jared Allen is known to spice up the locker room chatter with his wor...

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 7:11:00 AM

Ditka lists keys to Vikings Super Bowl

Former Bears and Saints coach Mike Ditka outlined the keys to the Vikings being able to win the Super Bowl this season.

Like many fans and observers, Ditka believes the Vikings' success could all hinge on No. 4, quarterback Brett Favre, and the old coach believes Favre will return.

"Four will be back. Protect him, get open and play good defense and you'll win the Super Bowl," Ditka told KARE 11.

Ditka was in the Twin Cities over the weekend to promote his new wine line (and we're not talking about a postgame call-in show), as well as a new cigar that has his name attached to it.


Posted on Twitter at: 1:26:00 PM
Moss wants more years, more marketing: Former Vikings receiver Randy Moss is looking to play several more years an...

Posted on Twitter at: 1:26:00 PM
Erin Henderson refines game, increases role: Erin Henderson spent the first two years of his NFL career trying to ...

Posted on Twitter at: 1:26:00 PM
Fans vote the Vikings third: The Vikings finished third in a fan poll ranking the best teams of 2010. The top four...

Viking Update Top Stories