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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 6:13:00 PM

Randle part of Vikings state lottery game

John Randle is bringing back the Batman face paint, but the soon-to-be Hall of Famer isn't making a comeback to the field. Randle is appearing in a commercial to promote the Vikings' new partnership with the Minnesota State Lottery, which will be debuting a Vikings scratch-off game (more information on that right here).

Randle and Vikings fan Sean Ploeger appear in the commercial. For those familiar with Vikings tailgating, Ploeger is the fan who purchased and modified a 1989 E350 van/bus with a custom Vikings paint job.

The first video below gives some background on the bus. The second video is Randle talking about the upcoming honor of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his part in the scratch-off game.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 8:09:00 AM

Jared Allen has a plan for Saints

Jared Allen joked about his plan to beat the Saints in the season opener.

"I'm working on a plan to kidnap Drew Brees right now," he said during an interview on NFL Network from the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament. "I'm joking. Just in case he gets kidnapped, I'm not responsible for it."

But Allen did point out two more realistic keys to flipping the results of the NFC Championship Game and beating the Saints.

"I think we can learn a lot from that game. I think the biggest thing is to keep our emotions in check. We can't go down there thinking this is a revenge game," he said "… The biggest thing is to go down there and play our style of football and hold onto the ball. You look at it, if we had ball security we run away with that game, you know? Who knows where we're sitting."

And, of course, Allen was asked about the Silver Fox, Brett Favre, and when he might be joining the Vikings this preseason.

"When do we get out of training camp? I'm pretty sure that's when I expect him to make an announcement," Allen said. "… I try not to talk to Brett about his decision. That's his decision. He's earned the right in this league to make his decision. Obviously I'd love to have him back as a teammate. He's a great human being and he's great in the locker room. He provides so much to our team."

Allen also talked about cutting the mullet, his Homes for Wounded Warriors golf tournament and more in the interview.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 9:46:00 AM

Fans' ride could turn into charity event

The four Minnesota Vikings fans who rode to Hattiesburg, Miss., this week to deliver a thank-you card to Brett Favre's foundation (Favre 4 Hope) ended up pitching some ideas to make their pilgrimage to Mississippi an annual charity fundraiser.

Todd Glocke, Darin Troftgruben, Diggz Garza and Herman Abrams met Favre for about 15 minutes after Friday's practice and then met with the director of the foundation, Christie Ladner, who is also Deanna Favre's sister.

After that meeting, Deanna came to visit the Minnesota foursome.

"To be able to meet Brett (Friday) morning, then meet his sister-in-law and then Deanna ... words can't describe the feeling," Troftgruben told the Hattiesburg American.

They delivered the thank-you card, a bouquet of flowers and an 8-by-10 photo of the group in front of a road sign in a town called Hope on Highway 4 in Minnesota.

To read the complete story in the Hattiesburg American, click here.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 2:34:00 PM

Mississippi trip pays off for Vikings foursome

The four Minnesota Vikings fans – Todd Glocke, Darin Troftgruben, Diggz Garza and Herman Abrams – that traveled to Mississippi to say thanks to Brett Favre were rewarded with a conversation with the NFL legend that lasted approximately 15 minutes Friday morning.

"He was telling old baseball stories, telling jokes ... It was an unbelievable moment to shake hands with him," Garza told the Hattiesburg American. "We were just kind of taking it all in. I can't hardly speak right now."

The four traveled to Mississippi this week and arrived at Oak Grove High School shortly before Favre did for a workout with the high school kids.


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