VU Daily Blog: 7/6/10

The Vikings receive average rankings, Tarvaris Jackson joins those that believe Brett Favre is coming back, and more. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 5:02:00 PM

Vikings in middle of ESPN's franchise rankings

The Vikings were not big winners or losers in ESPN's Ultimate Standings, which are rankings of professional teams in several different categories, but a couple of other Minnesota teams were.

The Timberwolves were ranked in the bottom 10 – 116th overall in overall rankings of 122 franchises. The Wolves were also ranked dead last in "title track," which measures "championships already won or expected within the lifetime of current fans." Ouch!

The Twins getting out of the Metrodome did their fans a world of good (you think the Vikings don't want the same?). The Twins were ranked first in stadium experience, which measured "quality of arena and game-day promotions; fan-friendliness of environment." That's the category where the Vikings ranked lowest (118th of 122 teams).

The Vikings were ranked 59th overall. Here are some of the rankings for the Vikings and ESPN's explanation of the categories:

* They were 12th in bang for the buck: "Wins during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules."

* They were 77th in fan relations: "Openness and consideration toward fans by players, coaches and management."

* 67th in ownership: "Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community."

* 56th in affordability: "Price of tickets, parking and concessions."

* 118th in stadium experience: "Quality of arena and game-day promotions, as well as friendliness of environment."

* 35th in players: "Effort on the field and likability off it."

* 88th in coaching: "Strength of on-field leadership."

* 71st in title track: "Championships already won or expected in the lifetime of current fans."

For the complete rankings of the 122 teams, click here.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 12:34:00 PM

Jackson: Favre's working out for a reason

Count Tarvaris Jackson among those who believe Brett Favre will return for a 20th NFL season. Jackson sees reports of Favre working out in Mississippi and figures it's a sign that Favre will join the Vikings at some point in the next month or so.

The Star Tribune reported last week that Favre has started throwing to players at Oak Grove High School in Mississippi about a month after having ankle surgery to remove scar tissue and bone spurs.

"You all watch TV the same way I do. He ain't working out for no reason," Jackson said Tuesday after going through his first workout at Larry Fitzgerald Jr.'s offseason training at the University of Minnesota. "I welcome him back. There's nothing I can do about it so I'm going to welcome him back and hopefully get to the Super Bowl."

Jackson said he will approach training camp the same way he did last year, when there was just as much speculation on Favre, but probably less certainty on his decision. Now most everyone believes Favre is coming back.

"Just trying to get in and be as ready as possible," Jackson said. "Pretty much I'm going to do the same as I did last year. Me and Sage (Rosenfels) will try to help each other out as much as possible and also try to learn from him. We're going to try to do the same thing and try to get this championship game."


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, July 05, 2010 at 11:14:00 AM

All Day All Week, Part V

Most college football fans remember the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 2007, for Boise State's Statue of Liberty play on a two-point conversion in overtime that gave them a 43-42 win over Adrian Peterson's Oklahoma Sooners.

It was the play that helped make Ian Johnson popular beyond the football scene. Besides taking in the winning score for Boise State, Johnson capped the night with a nationally televised proposal to his cheerleader girlfriend at the time – now wife – Chrissy Popadics.

What is sometimes forgotten is that Peterson scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Sooners on the first play of overtime with a 25-yard run. Sooners Illustrated takes a look at the last carry of Peterson's career as part of their All Week All Week series.


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