VU Daily Blog: 6/24/10

Brett Favre is always good for offseason fodder and he didn't disappoint on Thursday with nominations and speculation. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted on Twitter at: 6:31:00 PM
Favre said his body isn't "a wreck," but at his age he considers every surgery "major," even though his ankle surgery was minor. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 6:28:00 PM
Favre called 2010 his best season but later admitted, "I can't play forever." He knows the #Vikings want to know his decision.

Posted on Twitter at: 6:24:00 PM
Favre said he doesn't know if he is going to play in 2010 and doesn't want to "stir the pot" by giving an indication b4 he knows. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:18:00 PM
Anyone think Favre isn't returning to #Vikings RT @VikingUpdate: Favre nominated for ESPY, signs point to return http://bit.ly/aSnmtz

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 2:15:00 PM

Favre nominated for ESPY, signs point to return

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is one of six players nominated for the Best NFL Player for the ESPY awards, the annual sports awards given out by ESPN.

Favre will be competing against Titans running back, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, Packers cornerback Charles Woodson and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is also nominated for the award for Best Male Athlete. The Saints are also nominated for the Best Team award.

The 2010 ESPYs will be broadcast live, starting at 8 p.m. Central, July 14 from Los Angeles and will be hosted by Seth Meyers of "Saturday Night Live."

Favre told the Biloxi Sun Herald on Thursday morning that he hasn't ruled out playing another year. In fact, from the looks of it, he very much sounds like he's preparing to return, as he is riding a bike eight miles a day as part of his rehabilitation from ankle surgery late last month.

"I would love to go beat the Saints. I know I can still play at a high level. Last year was a great year, but it could have been better (winning NFC Championship)," Favre said.

More from that interview with Favre will be published Friday.

In the ESPYs categories, Favre was also nominated for best record-breaking performance for his consecutive-starts streak, best performance under pressure for his return game to Green Bay, and his touchdown pass to Greg Lewis with two seconds left was nominated for best play.

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Posted on Twitter at: 2:09:00 PM
Photo Gallery: Linebackers: The Vikings will have a lot of competition for a few spots this year at linebacker. He... http://bit.ly/90nW7H

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10:51:00 AM

Has age caught L.T., the free agent that got away?

LaDainian Tomlinson became the biggest free-agent pursuit of the Vikings this offseason, but they might find themselves fortunate that the former San Diego Chargers star chose the New York Jets over a reportedly better offer from the Vikings.

Reports out of Jets camp say that the plan is for Tomlinson to receive a timeshare of carries with running back Shonn Greene, but …

"This would all be fine and good if it were the L.T. of two or three years ago we were talking about. Instead, it's the L.T., whose career has been in decline since the 2006-07 season when he ran for an unbelievable 28 touchdowns, averaging 5.2 yards a carry in a season in which he topped the 1,800-yard mark," wrote Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun.

"Compare that to last season when he played just 14 games, rushed for a respectable 12 touchdowns, but a paltry 730 yards, the only time in his career he has failed to crack the 1,000-yard mark. For all intents and purposes, he was a red-zone back last season and not much else."

Tomlinson has seen the criticism and is hoping to dispel the notion that age has caught up to him and will limit his effectiveness again this year.

"I'm driven every year. More so than anything, this year, just because of all the questions. That's a part of it," Tomlinson told the Newark Star Ledger. "I think when every player reaches a certain age, he has to prove that he can still play, that age hasn't caught up with him, and it's no different with me. I'm excited about the challenge. I can't wait to prove everybody wrong."

Besides Chester Taylor, the Vikings didn't make a serious run at any other free-agent running backs and decided to move up in the second round to draft Stanford's Toby Gerhart. In the years to come, that will likely prove to be the better financial and football move, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out this year.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 7:52:00 AM

Super Bowl generated $333 million in local revenue

Despite a drop in Super Bowl revenues from 2007 to 2010 – games that were hosted in the same South Florida region – the NFL's biggest game still brought in $333 million for local businesses, according to a study conducted by the Sport Management Research Institute in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Three years earlier, the Super Bowl brought generated $463 million for South Florida's economy, with the decrease blamed on the struggling economy. Even so, if Minnesota were to commit public money to building a new Vikings stadium with a roof (retractable or fixed), chances are very good that the new stadium would be awarded a Super Bowl in the future, which could generated $400 million or more, about half the cost of a new stadium.

The Vikings have been seeking a stadium deal for more than a decade and at least had a bill introduced to the legislature last year before it got changed beyond recognition during committee work. Their lease at the Metrodome is up after the 2011 season.

"Every major city in America wishes they had a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl on their books for February 2010. We were fortunate to have that kind of business," South Florida host committee chairman Rodney Barreto said, according to the Sun Sentinel. "It was business that was needed … Hey, it's better than zero."

The NFL is expected to vote on the host city for the 2015 and maybe even the 2016 Super Bowl next May.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 3:11:00 PM

Favre ranked 46th in top 100 NFL players

Who is better than Brett Favre? According to Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com, 45 players in the NFL are better than Favre.

Schrager has been counting down his top 100 players in the league. On Wednesday, that meant revealing the numbers 40 through 60. Favre checked in at No. 46 after being unranked following his 2008 season with the New York Jets.

"Will he or won't he? Honestly, I don't have the energy to think about it at this point," Schrager wrote. "I refuse to let my third straight July 4th weekend be dominated by Favre retirement coverage. If he plays, great, he's a top 50 player, no question. If he doesn't, he doesn't. See ya in Canton in five years. Next …"

Favre checked in just ahead of Ravens QB Joe Flacco (47th) and Texans QB Matt Schaub (49th).

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