Adrian Peterson: Barred From All Viking Team Activities

I do not think Adrian Peterson is a child abuser & my opinion remains the same.

I woke up this morning and found out that the Minnesota Viking’s have banned Adrian Peterson from participating in any and all team activities & placed him on the exempt list while his legal woes are worked out.

This, coming after Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton released a statement calling Adrian Peterson’s actions, “a public embarrassment” to the Vikings and the state of Minnesota. I have to imagine Mr. Dayton is pretty upset over all of this considering the amount of money his state has invested in the new stadium – this can’t look good.

I’m so tired of the public jury, sponsors & ignorant people… playing judge. People continue to base their judgment on the shock value of one act of conduct. People so rapidly want to throw Adrian Peterson to the wolves & call him a child abuser – the public mob is out of control.

In my opinion, intent plays a role. If you believe that Adrian Peterson maliciously punished his child with a switch with the intent of nothing more than to abuse him (making him a child abuser) – that’s ignorant. His intent was to discipline him – and he went overboard. He has been honest & truthful about the event since it happened & agrees that the injury he caused was excessive.

I have never been punished with a switch, nor have I ever used one – but I’d like to meet the person who grew up in Texas who was & a mark was not left. Everyone is so tied up in the marks that were left on this little boy.  All over the place I see comments, “The pictures were FOUR DAYS LATER!!”  Flesh wounds develop over time – scabs form, bruises form… the amount of time that passed before the pictures were snapped don’t make them any more dramatic.

Shock Value – people love it.

For all we know, Adrian Peterson’s kid still views his dad as Superman. Who knows?!? You don’t. I don’t. Public Opinion it just black & white. This issue of phsyical discipline and child abuse in Texas is not black & white.

No one will convince me that Adrian Peterson is a child abuser.

If it is your own personal moral belief that physical discipline is wrong – that’s okay, you’re entitled to that. If Adrian Peterson believes in physical discipline… in Texas, where it is legal – he’s not a monster or a child abuser. He’s a dad who was disciplining his child how he saw fit – and took it too far unintentionally.

The real problem lies with the way the National Football League has been handling these situations. Just yesterday, I listened to Viking’s general manger, Rick Spielman and head coach, Mike Zimmer talk about how Adrian Peterson has a right to play football while the legal process plays out. Suddenly, sponsors start pulling out because of the public opinion & shock value… and suddenly Adrian isn’t allowed to participate in any team activity.

Money, Money, Money.

I took a similar stance regarding Ray Rice. He sat down with coaches & NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell shortly after it happened. He flat out said he punched Janay Rice in the face in that elevator – Goodell handed down a 2 game suspension. What happened after the video came out and there was public outcry?

These athletes are not in the right in their actions but they don’t deserve to be lynched and discarded as monsters by the public court of opinion. I want to know how many people who are calling Adrian Peterson a child abuser have educated themselves on the details behind it all. If you did…guess what? You still don’t know half of it… none of us do. We were not there, we don’t know the situations or actions that led up to anything. It’s not our right to play judge.

First Preseason Recap: Minnesota Vikings

It was a beautiful evening for some Preseason Football at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis where the Minnesota Vikings will call home for the next 2 years while their New Stadium is constructed.

Adrian Peterson who hasn’t played in a preseason game since 2011 was suited up on the sidelines – looking all beastly like. We’ll have to wait to watch him make any plays…but there were plenty of other players who can be highlighted from last nights game.

Matt Cassel completed 5 out of 6 passes for 62 yards. As it’s the first preseason game of the year…I’m not disappointed or excited about that – but I’m certainly not upset.

Cassel completed a pass to familiar face Kyle Rudolph for an almost touchdown – but was stopped at the 1 yard line. Rudolph, who has lost a noticeable amount of weight is looking good; I’m expecting to see him do some fancy stuff this season. If you want to read more about Mr. Rudolph slimming down & preparing for the season you can do that: Here.

27 year old running back, Matt Asiata made it into the end zone for the only touchdown of the night from the one yard line. He had 3 carries for 13 yards – which doesn’t sound as awesome as it was to watch. His excitement & obvious hunger for greatness is what makes it fun to see.

Any time you can come down and score on your first drive, that’s what you’re trying to accomplish.

-Matt Cassel 

Well gosh…isn’t that the truth.

While a pretty sharp Cassell clearly outplayed Teddy Bridgewater, our rookie took the Vikings another 10 plays, and set up a 30-yard field goal by Kicker, Blair Walsh. Bridgewater’s debut had it’s ups & downs: 6 for 13 for 49 yards, two sacks and one fumble that Matt Kalil recovered for the Vikings.

There were a couple times in the game where he just didn’t act like a veteran. Things happened that he hadn’t seen before. So those are all great experiences for him. But he made some great throws.

-Head Coach, Mike Zimmer

The upside is that Bridgewater is not a veteran…He’s a rookie; time is on his (and Viking’s Fans) side.

Let’s talk about Wide Receiver, Adam Thielen who was wired for sound during the game. I know I said previously that Matt Asiata looked excited & hungry…but, Thielen was pumped last night. His punt returns were very well done & I do not think he has to worry about being on the practice squad this year; He wants to play & it shows.

Um Hi…Cordarrelle Patterson? He is going to be special this year & He knows it.

No one is going to touch me this year.

-Cordarrelle Patterson 

The Raider’s cornerbacks had a hard time keeping up with him last night; I won’t be surprised when that’s a regular thing regardless who the Vikings are playing.

Rookie Anthony Barr put the first quarter to rest by laying out Matt Schwab as the quarter came to an end…which has me thinking, Jared, Who? 

Mike Zimmer has a defensive approach that is much different than what Viking’s fans are used to; He tends to rotate multiple guys who can get 4+ sacks – rather than the one powerhouse (i.e. Jared).

To see what Coach, Mike Zimmer had to say to his team after the game, Click Here.

I am the first to acknowledge that preseason football is just that…preseason. It may seem premature but I have high hopes.

Our rookies did not disappoint & I think this is the start of something pretty dramatic. The Minnesota Vikings have made notable changes & are moving in the right direction; it seems it’s been a while since we’ve witnessed substantial movement that isn’t backwards.

In the 3rd quarter of the game, players on the bench were mouthing to commentator & former Minnesota Vikings, Ben Lieber about how many points their going to score this year.

Superbowl bound? Who knows…but…

Why Not Us?

Check out the NFL website I get the pleasure of writing for this season Here.

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ESPN Team Stat Comparison:

OAK
MIN
1st Downs 16 17
Passing 1st downs
9 10
Rushing 1st downs
5 4
1st downs from penalties
2 3
3rd down efficiency
4-13 6-16
4th down efficiency
1-1 0-0
Total Plays 61 66
Total Yards 268 236
Yards per play 4.4 3.6
Total Drives 12 11
Passing 182 109
Comp-Att
24-41 14-26
Yards per pass
4.2 3.4
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-3 6-41
Rushing 86 127
Rushing Attempts
18 34
Yards per rush
4.8 3.7
Red Zone (Made-Att) 1-1 1-2
Penalties 13-94 5-25
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles lost
0 0
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 25:54 34:06

Passing Leaders

OAK C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS
McGloin 11/18 90 5.0 0 0 0-0
Carr 10/16 74 4.6 0 1 1-0
MIN C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS
Cassel 5/6 62 10.3 0 0 1-5
Bridgewater 6/13 49 3.8 0 0 2-16

Rushing Leaders

OAK CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Murray 7 28 4.0 0 7
McFadden 1 23 23.0 0 23
MIN CAR YDS AVG TD LG
McKinnon 12 45 3.8 0 12
Williams 9 27 3.0 0 8

Receiving Leaders

OAK REC YDS AVG TD LG
Butler 4 44 11.0 0 15
Jenkins 4 36 9.0 0 13
MIN REC YDS AVG TD LG
Patterson 3 38 12.7 0 17
Higgins 2 27 13.5 0 17

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER OAK MIN
min TD 8:27 Matt Asiata 1 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick)

Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yds, 5:28
0 7
min FG 0:54 Blair Walsh 30 Yd Field Goal

Drive info: 10 plays, 42 yds, 5:28
0 10
FOURTH QUARTER OAK MIN
oak TD 1:25 Matt McGloin 10 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)

Drive info: 9 plays, 56 yds, 2:32
6 10

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Minnesota Vikings 2014-2015 Season – Let’s Keep The Glass Half Full

I have lots of good feelings coming into the 2014 football season; as a Minnesota Vikings fan, while I say that lightly – optimism is important.
 
The Vikings ditched Head Coach Leslie Frazier and brought on Mike Zimmer – that alone makes me have warm fuzziness. Anyone know anything specific about Mr. Zimmer? If not, all you need to know is that He’s a defensive guru with a knack for taking some of the best quarterbacks out of the game through scheme and game-plan, something that will be a necessity in a division like the NFC North.
 
Offensively speaking, we got rid of offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave & his awful Run-Run-Pass offense, in turn welcoming Norv Turner. According to NBC Sports, “Wide receiver, Greg Jennings said that there are so many things in the new scheme that the variations on a single play in Turner’s offense are almost as diverse as last year’s entire playbook.” I think what Greg’s saying is we will see Mr. Turner with a larger play card than the embarrassing one Mr. Musgrave used to waltz around with. 
 
That’s good news, folks. Look at all these stellar moves we’re making! 
 
9 of out the 10 rookies drafted have been signed, the exception being Jerick McKinnon. The Vikings invested the earlier of their two first round picks on linebacker, Anthony Barr who they hope will have fans saying, “Jared Who?”. I’ve watched my fair share of highlight videos of our newbies & while you never really know how a college player will stack up in the NFL – I have high hopes. 
 
With all of these changes, I am realistic and realize there could be some growing pains. Regardless, I will rock my purple proudly & hope for the best.

Skol Vikings!

Bad News Bears

I fully understand that the National Football League is a business. It revolves around money – just like the rest of the world.

With that being said, I cannot believe Jared Allen signed with the Chicago Bears.

The Chicago Bears?! Really, Jared?! C’mon…I can’t buy a Bears jersey!

Jared Allen signing a 4 year deal with the Chicago Bears is comparative to if my husband cheated on me with my trashy cousin (I do not have any trashy cousins…but, if I did).

I knew he was a free agent. I knew the chances of Him staying a Minnesota Viking were slim to none – but, I was not prepared for this. There was zero chit chat about Him being in contact with the Chicago Bears. None. I don’t like unexpected news – especially so early in the morning; especially when its news that I don’t like.

Ahhh, what a beauuuutiful day – already Wednesday…it’s going to be a great……….wait………..what?

BAM!

Jared Allen is a Chicago Bear. If not the entire day, at minimum my morning & early afternoon are shot.

I feel like he just broke up with me; He gave me the – It’s not you it’s me speech & in this hypothetical breakup we are trying to work out, I agreed. It’s Him.

This was us - when we were happy.
This was us – when we were happy.

Ideally, He would have gone to Seattle – I was prepared for that. I was ready to purchase a Seattle Seahawks Jared Allen jersey. I recently stomached watching three former Minnesota Vikings get super bowl rings there; I would have understood.

Jared…I thought you wanted a Championship?

The Chicago Bears made a good move (for their organization). Replacing Julius Peppers with Jared Allen – it makes sense. That’s the only positive thing I will say. It’s not positive for me – because I will never cheer for the Bears.

Ever.

The sad reality is this. I can no longer be a fan of Jared Allen – the football player.

There will always be a special place in my heart for Jared Allen – the person. I hope Chicago Bears Fans appreciate the talent they just received & that He is treated kind. I wish nothing but the best (except wins) for my favorite former favorite football player.

Who is going to replace him? Who is going to be my favorite? …I just don’t know. 😦

For now, I will commit to saying that my favorite Minnesota Viking is Mike Zimmer.

Footnote: Originally, I planned on writing an open letter. But, I don’t currently feel like speaking to Him. If any of you see or converse with Mr. Allen, please mention that I’ll be okay.