MN Sports Round Up

Vikings training camp will soon get underway, so now is a good time to take a quick look at the state of the purple. And as long as we’re here, let’s glance at our other Minnesota sports teams to see how soon we can expect one of them to win our first pro sports title…
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Vikings Offseason Review-Defense

After yesterday’s in-depth look at the Vikings’ offense, today we turn towards the defense, the unit that desperately needed a makeover. Last year’s Viking defense was one of the worst in team history, giving up tons of points and blowing leads late in games. Such high-level buffoonery calls for drastic changes. Let’s go through each…
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Vikings Offseason Review-Offense

If continuity is as beneficial as many NFL experts claim, then the Minnesota Vikings offense should be in great shape this season. The only players not returning that had any impact at all last season are TE John Carlson and RB Toby Gerhart, and they were both back-ups. Let’s take a look at the different…
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How To Find The Perfect Head Coach

With the search for a new Vikings head coach now at full throttle, I thought it would be a good time to peer into the past and examine the careers of the team’s eight previous sideline generals. Considering they have never won a Super Bowl, it would be hard to see what these former coaches…
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Vikings Postseason Autopsy

Now that the Vikings’ pitiful season is finally dead, let’s grab our analytical scalpel and slice through the layers of failure that obscure the reasons for the team’s return to crappiness. Only by examining each organ of the Vikes’ football system can we determine what the most critical factors were that sent our favorite team…
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See Pat Run

Cordarelle Patterson (a.k.a C-Pat) had his big breakout game yesterday. In a contest that featured blizzard conditions, a possible major injury to Adrian Peterson, some of the worst officiating imaginable, and the craziest last two minutes of a game in recent memory, C-Pat’s coming out party is what Viking fans will be chatting about the…
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Too Many Cooks

It is often said that “too many cooks spoil the broth”, but no one ever tells you just how many is too many. In the case of the Minnesota Vikings, the answer is obvious: just one Cook is far too many. Chris Cook, who the Vikings drafted in the second round back in 2010, is…
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“Natural” Park Primer: Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe almost became a national park. Almost. Conservation pioneer John Muir and many others tried to preserve the 1,645 foot-deep alpine gem, but commercial interests and public distrust of government deals with railroads prevented Tahoe from joining America’s collection of national park treasures. Even though Muir lost the battle to save Tahoe, he was…
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Adrian’s Wall

As excited as I am that Adrian Peterson is about to destroy opposing defenses for the seventh straight season, I can’t help but cringe that he is in his seventh season. AP turned 28 in March, which now leaves him just under two years shy of “The Wall” for NFL running backs, also known as…
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National Park Primer: Mount Rainier

The Cascade Volcanoes run along the west coast of North America from southwestern British Columbia to northern California, forming a chain of glacier-wielding, sky-scraping peaks with the power to both inspire awe and destroy entire cities. The undisputed king of these stark monoliths is Mount Rainier, the largest, iciest, and most potentially deadly of all…
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National Park Primer: Lassen Volcanic

Long before Mt. St. Helens had her cataclysmic tantrum and the lava-spewing volcanoes of Hawaii and Alaska became part of our country’s geothermal heritage, Lassen Peak was the American volcano. The national park named after this formerly restless mountain may not be at the top of most adventurers’ bucket list, but within this lesser known…
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National Park Primer: Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the only national park named after a president, and this singular honor could not have gone to a more deserving figure. When Roosevelt left the White House in 1909, in his wake he left a mind-boggling list of new federally-protected areas: 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reservations, 18 national…
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BWCA Fishing Secrets: Secret Lake

While I like to openly share most of my BWCA fishing “hotspots” in the interest of helping others to experience the same excitement I’ve enjoyed (see here, here, and here), there are a couple of gems I must keep to myself. I protect these handful of honey holes not just for my enjoyment, but also…
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National Park Primer: Redwood

Let’s head on out to the misty coasts of Northern California to gaze up at the tallest living organisms on the planet. Park: Redwood How to get there: Fly into Redding, CA, or Medford, OR and then head to the coast. Or drive on out and create an unforgettable road trip by adding in nearby…
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Purple Floyd

Today let’s take a look at Sharrif Floyd, the defensive tackle the Vikings drafted with the 23rd pick that many football experts considered to be a steal. Instead of just going through a mind-numbing list of his attributes and history, I’ve matched facts about “Purple Floyd” to different Pink Floyd songs to give an accurate…
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National Park Primer: Crater Lake

Where a towering volcano once lorded over the land almost 8,000 years ago, today all that remains is a massive hole. Fortunately for lovers of scenic splendor, that hole filled with centuries’ worth of rain and melted snow, forming the incomparable Crater Lake. This jewel was one of the earliest national parks, and since 1902…
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National Park Primer: Olympic

Today we travel as far northwest in the continental U.S. as possible to take a tour of Olympic National Park. With creeping glaciers, silent rainforests, and vast beaches all within its boundaries, there is no shortage of awe to be had. Park: Olympic How to get there: Head to Seattle, then either take a ferry…
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National Park Primer: Rocky Mountain

While not as celebrated as some of the other iconic mountain national parks such as Yellowstone or Yosemite, Rocky Mountain National Park is nevertheless a must-see. I spent five days there a few summers ago, so in today’s post I will share some of my adventures and experiences that may help in planning your own…
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National Park Primer: Yosemite

If you only get to visit one national park in your life, make it Yosemite. I have visited over 20 national parks, and while they all are jewels of beauty and inspiration, Yosemite is the most magnificent of them all. Once there, it will be immediately obvious to you why John Muir was moved to…
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