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Minnesota Twins to promote catcher Rene Rivera

Wow, sweeping the bottom of the barrel now. We went from having two highly touted prospects at catcher to nobody. Maybe we can try Joe Nathan or Alexi Casilla at catcher... neither can hit, but at least we already know their names.  (May 6, 2011 | post #5)

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Shooter Now: Minnesota Twins 'want good players, but we w...

Having grown up in Minnesota but moving after high school in 1989, I still follow the Twins. The article is right - they are a good group of guys that play the game the right way. I've lived in several cities that won WS titles over the years, but their fan base is largely bandwagon-led: Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, Houston to name a few. Yes, winning a title is important, but I'd rather take my kids to see players that do things right. It was tough trying to explain to my 9-year old son that, yes, Barry Bonds could hit the ball a mile, but he cheated - knowingly or not. Recent WS titles or not, I maintain my allegiance to the Twins organization. Keep it up.  (Mar 31, 2011 | post #34)

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Twins' starting rotation gets a do-over after flaming out...

With both the CWS and Tigers making major moves this offseason, the Twins organization will have a short leash on the back end of the rotation and the pen this year. Odds are that both the 2 hard throwers we have, Hoey and Gibson, will be on the big league roster by the all-star break. Someone will get hurt, or get sent down to "figure things out". Its also possible, a contender will need another starter early in the season and we'll trade Kevin Slowey for a bat or middle infield help. That play might make room for Gibson in the pen. Its only opening day. Let's not get too worried about beating the Yankees in October just yet.  (Mar 31, 2011 | post #6)

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Aaron Rodgers' two TD passes lead Packers to 21-10 halfti...

To those Packer fans that have shown some class while reveling in victory, congrats. While Pittsburgh's offense showed charity early on, Green Bay made the plays when it counted and fully deserved to win the game. Well done. Same goes, I guess, to those Vikings fans that cheered for the Trophy to stay in the division. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for groucho and his ilk. Guys like him will make this victory intolerable until the next Super Bowl champions are crowned - whenever that will be. When does baseball season start?  (Feb 7, 2011 | post #71)

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New coach Leslie Frazier has a vision for the Vikings, an...

Only history will tell if LF is the real deal. As fans, we all hope he is. We're all giving him a chance; everyone is hoping he'll succeed in bringing a Lombardi Trophy to Minnesota. However, with previous posts noting the historical mediocrity of our past coaches (Bud Grant being the exception) a fair amount of doubt gets mixed in with that hope. I'll bide my time until the draft and OTAs start. Until then, I'll be a hopeful fan that things really can't get any worse.  (Jan 5, 2011 | post #67)

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New coach Leslie Frazier has a vision for the Vikings, an...

So far, LF has said the right things about next year: - OTAs: show up - Brett Favre: don't show up - this offseason: the schemes will fit the talent we have All 3 statements are very different from Chilly. That being said, I'll remain on the fence until August, at least. A good draft and a good QB signing will make me feel much better. Only 48 days until pitchers and catchers report...  (Jan 4, 2011 | post #21)

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Vikings' defense rises from the ashes in best effort of t...

Did anyone see Kennedy and Guion chase after Vick last night? I'd run out of bounds, too. Fun game to watch.  (Dec 29, 2010 | post #23)

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Minnesota Vikings earn a quality win at last

Last night was the first time all year I actually enjoyed watching the Vikings play. Even during the earlier wins I was **** at Childress for something. Probably because he always looked either totally confused or inescapably constipated... not sure on that one. I'm reluctant to immediately pin Webb as a future HOF QB. Many of his passes were a bit late or behind receivers, but they adjusted well. Had they been thrown out front, he could've had more yards big plays. That's a matter of repetition and timing. But he did look poised and able to deliver in the clutch. The kid has athleticism and talent. So did TJack, who never lived up to the hype. Let's hope Webb continues to develop a consistent performer like we saw last night. If he has another decent game next week, Frazier likely will get the HC job. Then, he'll bring in a journeyman QB to either push Webb or help Webb develop. His next order of business will be to bolster the O-line and D-backfield - wayyyy too many dropped picks this season. Playoff teams don't allow other playoff teams that many extra chances.  (Dec 29, 2010 | post #59)

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Shooter Now: Vikings are 'a good football team' getting b...

Good teams create their own good luck. Don't fool yourself - the past 2 games haven't been about a few unlucky breaks or bad calls. They were downright pathetic, made even more embarrassing by the national spotlight on MNF this week. Yes, the Vikings have replaced the early season Jets as the biggest circus in town this year. Time to get through the season and start the healing/ rebuilding process.  (Dec 22, 2010 | post #2)

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Shooter Now: Imagine a Vikings-Jon Gruden marriage in 201...

Would it be feasible to leave Frazier as head coach, but bring in Parcells, Cowher or Gruden as GM to make personnel decisions and shape the roster? Obviously, Frazier doesn't have the experience to do this all on his own. He'll need help - there are too many tough decisions to make. Comments welcome.  (Dec 21, 2010 | post #14)

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'F' for effort: Vikings turn in another uninspired effort...

1. Last night's game started out well, but even being up 7-0, you could tell that lead wouldn't hold. Even before Favre got hurt, we struggled to consistently move the ball after the first drive. 2. Visanthe Shiancoe - are you serious? 14 holding or pre-snap penalties this year? That's one per game, buddy. Good riddance. 3. Joe Webb - welcome to the NFL. Better learn the playbook if you want to stick around this place. Also, take a Valium before the Philly game - you can't panic in the pocket. 4. Brad Childress has to be laughing all the way to the bank. He built this team for the "now", and is probably glad he got fired. He doesn't have the sack to make the tough rebuilding decisions. 5. Reality goes against Frazier's comment that the team hasn't given up. Welcome to the NFCN basement. Don't get anyone hurt in Philly next week. We'll need every able body to beat the Lions to finish the season tied for last place. 6. After last night's game, nobody on the team has enough value to justify a trade up to pick a franchise QB in the draft. The entire defensive backfield is brutal! 7. That game was pathetic.  (Dec 21, 2010 | post #69)

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Looking ahead: Quarterback tops list of Vikings' 2011 pri...

I didn't know Tebow went to Stanford...  (Dec 20, 2010 | post #103)

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Reports: Vikings' Tarvaris Jackson headed for injured res...

It's not really so much he's a bad person per se. I'd say he's guilty by association with Brad Childress. He was drafted way too high and never lived up to the hype of a 2nd round draft pick with "all the physical tools of a Donovan McNabb", according to Brad Childress. Tarvaris has had several chances to show his progress, but was unable to display that on the field. When he played, he often played poorly, leading some players to make comments that Tarvaris didn't put enough time in the film room to really understand how to read defenses and make pre-snap adjustments. This caused him to have that lost puppy look on the field. Couple his indeciseveness with the fact his throwing mechanics (and thus his accuracy) never improved, players and fans quickly realized he never accepted the mantle of being a quality NFL starting QB. Most fan angst with TJack is due to his lack of progress in game situations, even though Childress saw it on the practice field every day. In life, there are practice players and their are gamers. It is now apparent that the fans wanted TJack to be a gamer more than he wanted to be a gamer. And now, that experiment is graciously over.  (Dec 16, 2010 | post #41)

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Bob Sansevere: Vikings' Frazier should take leap of faith...

Provided any of these guys isn't on the IR, put all 3 of them on the field - Webb at WR, Favre under center reading the defense and then handing off to TJack, who can then overthrow the open receiver. Even better, let him run for his life when the blocking scheme breaks down. Awww just forget it... sign Jeff Garcia and let him enjoy starting on MNF.  (Dec 15, 2010 | post #46)

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Tarvaris Jackson misses his big chance with Minnesota Vik...

Has anyone ever made those same excuses about Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? Don't make TJack out to be the victim here. He did nothing to show he's any better now than he was in 2006 - and that's really a shame. The Giants dared him to beat them with his arm, and he couldn't do it. Our remaining opponents will be silly to do anything but the same. I hope he enjoys starting at QB the next 3 weeks. They'll be his last games in the NFL.  (Dec 14, 2010 | post #70)