VU Daily Blog: 6/21/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, June 21, 2010 at 4:06:00 PM

Wilf paying down Vikings debt

The Vikings closed on a $135 million loan that refinances the original debt owner Zygi Wilf took out when he bought the club five years, according to the Sports Business Journal. The original loan was for $175 million.

The move is likely an effort to reduce the team's debt load, something the league has been pushing for among its member teams. According to the story, more of the principal is to be paid on the new loan.

According to unnamed sources in the story, the lack of a stadium deal and the potential for a lockout in 2011 were not factors in the restructuring of the debt.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, June 21, 2010 at 8:14:00 AM

Vikings offensive line ranked 11th

With a healthy tip of the cap toward for their help, ranked all 32 offensive lines in the NFL. However, there is a big asterisk, with the lead to the article admitting that it's difficult to really judge offensive line play.

That said, the Vikings' offensive line, often criticized, ranked 11th in the story.

"The Vikings were ranked surprisingly low last season in both running efficiency (No. 20) and pass blocking (No. 14). The biggest problem is that left tackle Bryant McKinnie has gone through a terrible regression," author Jason Cole wrote in his Vikings summary. "The fact that he made the Pro Bowl last year is almost a joke, to say nothing of how disgraceful he acted when he got to Miami for the game and eventually got kicked off the team. Guard Steve Hutchinson is still something special with his ability to pull and hold up the point of attack. He may be the best guard since John Hannah, and that's saying a lot."

The Vikings' ranking was highest among NFC North teams, with the Bears ranking 21st and the Packers 23rd. The Lions came in at 26th.

The Saints ranked first in the story, which was published before New Orleans traded offensive tackle Jammal Brown to the Redskins.


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