Minnesota is back home this weekend after a humbling loss. The Gophers were beaten badly at TCU, and already-hurting quarterback Mitch Leidner suffered a turf toe injury in the process.
Mike Zimmer had waited so long and interviewed so many times to be an NFL head coach that he almost turned down the Minnesota Vikings’ request to talk this offseason. Now that he is finally in the top job, it hasn’t taken the longtime defensive coordinator long to discover that being a head coach is about so much more than actual coaching.
56-14. You just don’t see scores like that in the NFL very often. Tampa Bay didn’t look like an NFL team last night, not scoring until the fourth quarter. For Atlanta, this was exactly the performance it needed.
London Glen’s concussion story is all too familiar. “If something was too loud I would start getting a terrible headache,” Glen said. “Or if I was in some really bright light I would start getting a headache.” The 13-year-old missed nine weeks of school last year after a tough tackle in a seventh-grade football game.
Week 4 has some tough matchups that could have a big impact on the playoff format and bowl placement. Let’s take a look at the four must watch college games this weekend.
The Vikings team has had to endure a week of uncertainty and maintain that life will be normal if they just focus on New Orleans. The attempts at normalcy came at practice Wednesday in Winter Park.
From the cover of the New York Daily News on Monday that featured a smiling Vikings fan carrying a switch, to the dozens of reporters and photographers who descended on Winter Park Wednesday for a news conference, criticism of the team has been harsh. As the Vikings owners explained yet another about face, the analysis from ESPN’s analysts was tough.
Nike announced Wednesday that it would be suspending its contract with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in light of his recent child abuse charges. “Nike in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL,” a press representative for the company said.
The Vikings hold a title the team doesn’t celebrate – the most players arrested in the NFL. According to USA Today, 45 Minnesota Vikings have been arrested since 2000. That’s double the league average.
Now that the Vikings and Gophers both play at TCF Bank Stadium, grounds crews are working hard to make sure the turf is painted properly for the right game. Over the course of the season, they’ll have to flip the field 17 times. Several people have emailed WCCO wondering how this even happens.
A Twin Cities advertising executive thinks some of the backlash that’s happening because of the Adrian Peterson indictment will eventually fade, and won’t hurt the Vikings organization. Doug Spong is president of the Spong agency.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said Monday that the decision to play Peterson has nothing to do with him as a football player.
For the NFL, it’s been an ugly start to the season. The past week has been wracked with big football stars in the headlines for serious crimes. A video surfaced of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his fiancé. He’s since been suspended indefinitely from the NFL. Now, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is facing child abuse charges.
A grand jury has indicted Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson with reckless or negligent injury to a child, WCCO has confirmed through multiple sources, and will not play in this Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.
It’s the middle of September but it feels like the middle of October. If you weren’t able to make it any of the great high school games being played around the state, take a look at the videos below.