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  1. Almost Glory: The 1987 Vikings

    by , 06-13-2013 at 11:11 PM (Shocker's Locker)
    When it comes to the Vikings over the last 50+ seasons, they have a long history of winning, from the late 1960's to the the late 1970's and into the early 1980's, then again from the late 1980's to the late 1990's. As a matter of fact. from 1968 to 1982 (15 seasons), the Vikings won 12 division championships. From 1987 to 2000, they won 11 division championships in 14 seasons. If my math is correct, that's 23 division titles in 29 years. THAT is winning. Since their last Super Bowl appearance after ...
  2. The Great American Pastime?

    by , 07-13-2012 at 04:52 PM (Shocker's Locker)
    The time between the NFL Draft in April and the start of training camp in July is a long three months, especially to a football junkie like me. Sure, there are OTAs, mini camps, etc., but not much for gossip, league and team news.

    One of my favorite things to do around this time of the season is to think fantasy football. I can remember oh, about 10 years or so ago, when I first started getting into it. It was definitely a new concept to me at the time, and certainly a novel idea. ...
  3. Anticipation is Making Me Wait...

    by , 03-01-2012 at 12:00 PM (Shocker's Locker)
    After the Super Bowl hype machine has run out of gas, every NFL fan looks forward to the next significant date on the calendar: April, and the NFL Draft. Every fan spends the days leading up to it in high speculation mode, arguing the pros and cons of who might be available when their team drafts, what their teams biggest needs are, and who they should draft with their first-round draft pick. I am no exception.

    The Vikings have entered the offseason with many holes to fill. After ...
  4. So Long, Jim...

    by , 12-30-2011 at 05:14 PM (Shocker's Locker)
    After Sunday's game against the Bears here at the Metrodome, FB/TE Jim Kleinsasser will call it a career. Thirteen years of unselfish play, team-first attitude, hard-nosed football and workmanlike effort will be gone, but NOT forgotten.

    Drafted in the 2nd round (44th overall) from North Dakota in 1999, Jim Kleinsasser played 180 games in thirteen years for the Purple. His stats aren't the greatest (192 receptions, 1,688 yards, 6 TDs; 43 rushes, 147 yards, 1 TD), he wasn't flashy, ...
  5. 0-For-Crying-Out-Loud!!!

    by , 09-29-2011 at 12:10 PM (Shocker's Locker)
    The Vikings did it to themselves a third time. They had another good team on the ropes at halftime, and let it slip away again. This time, it was the perennial whipping-boys, the Detroit Lions winning 26-23. This one was worse that the first two games because a) it was the Detroit Lions; b) it was a twenty-point lead at halftime (20-0 Minnesota) and c) the Vikings had thoroughly outplayed the Lions in every aspect of the game in the first half.

    Here are some of the first-half stats: ...