Thursday, February 28, 2008

Vikings looking to fill key positions with free agency

The Minnesota Wild went shopping for a center and the Wild secured Chris Simon, NHL’s bad boy, now it’s time for the Minnesota Vikings to go shopping and hopefully secure a little muscle for their bench as well. Most Vikings fans are looking for the Vikings to snag a Defensive End and a Wide Receiver, or two!

There is no doubt that when the NFL free agency frenzy begins tonight, the Minnesota Vikings will be busy!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Vikings are ready to cut ties with players

Rumors are that the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to trade receiver Troy Williamson to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a second-day draft pick. There is no love lost between Williamson and the Vikings. His antics off the field and Williams numerous drops on the field, have made his relationship with the Minnesota Vikings and Vikings fans very tense. Troy Williamson will join former Vikings coach Mike Tice in Jacksonville and as far as Vikings Vixen is concerned, he shouldn’t let the door hit him in the rear on his way out.

There are also rumors that the Vikings will cut ties with back-up quarterback Kelly Holcomb. Let's hope we can pick up someone else on the market.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Vikings crime blog

I knew I should have started a Vikings crime blog! When I was deciding to start a Vikings football blog, one of my buddies suggest I make it a crime blog and post player mugshots and criminal activity. I did always dream of being a private investigator, but I wasn’t sure I would have enough information…I guess if I think about it, I could post plenty of Viking player mugshots! There is always something going on…like the whole Bryant McKinnie criminal activity in Florida – oh man, what is wrong with these NFL players?! Nice band-aid McKinnie, I wonder how the guy who got hit with the pole is feeling?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Vikings Release Safety Dwight Smith

The Minnesota Vikings released safety Dwight Smith. It was no secret in Vikings land that Coach Childress and Smith didn’t get along. In fact, this Vikings fan was surprised to see Dwight Smith on the field as a Viking even last season. Sure, he had a few good games and he has potential, but his off the field antics were not the kind of press Brad Childress will tolerate.

Remember the Dwight Smith stairwell incident? That was an interesting water cooler day. I worked in Hudson at the time and we used to kid around with one of the 24 year old office girls that it was her in the stairwell with Smith!

Smith will become an unrestricted free agent and the Vikings did right by him by giving him enough notice to seek out other teams. Brad Childress says the Vikings are "going in a different direction." Let’s hope that means they are going to try and win more than 8 games . . . wouldn’t that be a nice direction to go in?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Vikings creating offers as NFL free agency deadline approaches

Vikings Vixen is no Vikings football expert. I have definite opinions on the intricate and not so intricate operations of the Minnesota Vikings, but I am no football expert. I know that the NFL Free Agency frenzy will begin February 29th and that will mean players moving to and fro, but I often get lost in all the jargon (unrestricted, restricted, etc.) Most of the time I don’t really care, I just want to know who is going to be on the roster so I can review their Wikipedia profile - ha ha.

Apparently, other Vikings fans get lost in the terminology as well because our friends over at did a story on it. Check it out if you have questions on the three types of agents (free, unrestricted and restricted) or if you want to know about the salary cap calculations. Let me be honest, I read the article, but it was hard to digest and I like math.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Vikings raise ticket prices

Does anyone else think it is ridiculous that the Minnesota Vikings raised their ticket prices this year (+3%) when they couldn’t even sell out the Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders or the Detroit Lions games last season? That’s four games! Out of 8! 50%! I think the Vikings are wrong if they think they will be able to fill the Metrodome up with higher priced seats in this ailing economy. More people are reading the want-ads than the sports page.

Besides the Viking team was 8-8 last year, if it wasn’t for Adrian Peterson, I doubt Vikings fans would come to the Dome at all. This Vikings Vixen will have to think long and hard about which games I am willing to pay money to see. There is no way I could afford Vikings season tickets, but I like to get tickets to a few of the big games and local ticket broker, Ticket King, always has seats. Boy, the increase of face value will definitely affect the scalpers bottom line as well . What were the Vikings thinking?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Keep Udeze in your prayers

It is reported that Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Keep Kenechi and his family in your prayers along with all of the other families that are affected by cancer. Want to make a difference? Donate to your favorite cancer related charity!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Adrian Peterson Shines at the Pro-Bowl

Do most NFL fans agree with me that the real NFL season is over with the Super Bowl? I kind of forget that there is a Pro-Bowl game to consider and watch, but Vikings Vixen never really counted the Pro Bowl as a real NFL game. Anyway, yes I watched parts of NFL Pro-Bowl and I was jealous of the warm Honolulu sunshine while I sat praying that my car would start in the 40 below windchill. Yes 40 below, temperatures felt like 30 below. If you don't live in Minnesota, it may be hard to understand, but that is really really cold.

Minnesota Vikings superstar rookie Adrian Peterson made a good showing for the purple in Hawaii winning MVP after rushing for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the NFC’s 42-30 victory. Peterson joined Marshall Faulk as the only rookies to be voted MVP of the Pro Bowl. Peterson flew in his offensive line so they could spend the weekend with him in Hawaii and from the rumors around town they all had a great time…I wonder how many are married? Anyway, Adrian Peterson won a big shiny trophy and shiny new Cadillac that he intends to keep.

"Can I top this?" Peterson said, "Yeah, you always set your bar high."

How about the playoffs next year, Mr. Peterson? How about the playoffs?!?!!?

Thursday, February 7, 2008

What to do now Vikings fans

Well, the NFL season has officially ended now that the Super Bowl is over so my question to my fellow Vikings fans is what do we do now? For me it’s all about hockey. I do live IN THE STATE OF HOCKEY! I love the Minnesota Wild almost as much as the Vikings. Probably not as much because there are so many games to keep track of and because I can’t seem to master ice skating, but I can throw a pretty mean spiral.

I am going to try and trek over to St Paul and the Xcel Energy Center and take in a Minnesota Wild game. Most of the games are sold out through the Wild, but local ticket brokers like Ticket King have tickets to all of the games. Let’s go Wild!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Favorite Super Bowl Commercials

My favorite Super Bowl commercial was the E*Trade talking baby commercial. The one where he saved so much change that he splurged for the creepy clown made me laugh out loud.

I noticed there were a lot of animal commercials as well (dogs, horses, pigeons), but we all learned in Marketing 101 that babies and puppies are guaranteed to help sell products. My second favorite was the Will Ferell minor league basketball commercial and then the Bud Light commercial where they said Suck It – that was laugh out loud funny, too.

I also like the Pepsi Justin Timberlake commercial – I was a little irritated by the sucking noise, but once I understood what was going on, it was pretty clever. How about all the rest of the Vikings fans out there – what were your favorite Super Bowl Commercials? And how much did MySpace pay to be the exclusive one stop shop for viewing all the ads? Dang it, Tom – you have too much money! I am not linking to you!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl 42 turned out to be fantastic! I was rooting for the New York Giants and they won in a close matched game. Who would have thought that with such explosive offenses on the field, the defenses would be the stars? Every one is so worked up about the “upset” and I have to admit I get the enormity of beating an 18-0 team, but if you look at how each team played down the stretch, it’s not such a big deal to say the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots.

Move of the game? Hands down, when Eli Manning escaped the clutches of the Patriots defense, ran out of the pocket and completed the pass. I was on my feet cheering over that move. Way to go New York Giants! Congrats on being the Super Bowl Champions! We will see you at the Metrodome in 2008!