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  1. You guys are a tough crowd. The season is almost a third over and the Twins have the best record in baseball, largest run differential, most runs scored, and 8th best team ERA. I see no reason to fear them falling off a cliff or be in dire need of shaking up the roster. With the guys they currently have they have as good of a chance as anyone to win it all, and a better chance than most. Could they get beat in the playoffs or even miss out entirely? Sure, but thinking they must sign big name guys to assure it doesn't seem logical to me. Now if they could get Baumgartner or Kimbrell without mortgaging the future I'm all for it. But a move does not feel necessary to compete for the championship, and I would hate to lose any of their good, young players just to do so.
  2. Greatest spin move of all time, it seemed he came out of it at the same speed that he entered. During his prime he made more public appearances and signed autographs more than any player I remember. Loved the player, loved the man!
  3. The Greatest Viking? All Hail Alan Page

    I don't subscribe to "greatest Viking" rankings. Greatness is subjective based on the opinion of the person doing the ranking. Is a player great because they score touchdowns, stop their opponent from scoring, is a pillar in the community, a leader of men, forces turnovers, has charisma, or is exciting and makes splashy plays? Greatness is in the eye of the beholder, and what makes it impossible for me to separate are the different positions and roles for each player, not to mention the changes in the game over the years. As Viking fans we have been fortunate to have witnessed many players that people consider great. I rank the players as my favorites by position. QB - Fran easily, but Favre's 2009 was awfully special. RB - Adrian, Foreman, and Robert Smith. WR - Moss, Carter (2x), White, Washington, Rashad. OL - Yary, Mick, McDaniel DL - An embarrassment of riches! Page, Eller, Marshall, Doleman, Millard, Williams (2x), Jared, Randle, I could go on... LB - Blair, Studwell DB - Krause, Browner, Smith, Lee, Bryant I too was fortunate enough to have met several Viking players over the years. Chuck Foreman and Robert Smith were both polite and relatively quiet. John Randle was entertaining and funny. But I loaded groceries into Alan Page and his lovely wife's car several times in the mid-70's. They were both courteous, kind, and well spoken and made me feel like I was just as special as they. Alan Page will forever be my favorite Viking, and he and his wife two of the greatest humans I've been lucky enough to meet.
  4. 2018 Draft Picks, and where they stand today

    I attended both the "U" and Mankato State (at least that is what it was called back then), but apparently neither were able to penetrate my thick skull. I mistakenly applied my A grade thinking I was scoring this year's draft. I think the jury is still out on recent drafts, but last year's has an opportunity to shine if Holmes contributes more this year and they get anything out of Ade and Conklin. Hughes and O'Neill showed me enough to give the 2018 Draft a B.
  5. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    Favre had one good year as a Viking which doesn't justify either a GOAT classification or retiring his number for this organization. Sir Francis is the only QB that is worthy of those things for the Vikes.
  6. 2019 Draft Talk

    I would be ecstatic with Wilkins, he's phenomenal both on and off the field and fits the culture that has been developed. There are only a few players that I prefer ahead of him, and none of them are interior offensive linemen or tight ends.
  7. My Annual Forum by Forum Mock

    Jonah Williams
  8. 2019 Vikings Forum Draft Guru Game!

    Round 1: Which prospect gets drafted first (1) Jarrett Stidham vs. Clayton Thorson David Montgomery vs. Devin Singletary AJ Brown vs. N’Keal Harry vs. Kelvin Harmon vs. Hakeem Butler Noah Fant vs. TJ Hockenson Terry McLaurin vs. Parris Campbell Michael Deiter vs. David Edwards Ben Powers vs. Dru Samia Jachai Polite vs. Jaylon Ferguson Ben Banogu vs. LJ Collier Joe Jackson vs. Gerald Willis III David Long (LB) vs. David Long (CB) Isaiah Johnson vs. Jamel Dean Round 2: What round does each prospect get drafted in (2) Will Grier, QB, West Virginia - 4th Bryce Love, RB, Stanford - 5th David Sills, WR, West Virginia - 6th Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor - 5th Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson - 5th Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss - 6th Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford - 4th Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State - 3rd Yodny Cajuste, OT/OG, West Virginia - 2nd Michael Jordan, OG, Ohio State - 3rd Maxx Crosby, DE, Eastern Michigan - 6th Justin Hollins, DE, Oregon - 5th Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State - 2nd Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois - 3rd Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota - 4th Josiah Tauaefa, LB, UTSA - 6th Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt - 5th Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State - 7th Taylor Rapp, DB, Washington - 2nd Marvell Tell, DB, USC - 6th Round 3: How many players are drafted at each position in the first round (1) WR: 2 OG: 1 DT: 3 CB: 3 SAF: 1 Round 4: Project 5 players outside of the first round to a team (5) 1. Deebo Samuel - Vikings 2. Dru Samia - Vikings 3. Kahlale Warring - Vikings 4. Rennel Wren - Vikings 5. Easton Stick- Vikings Round 5: Predict Mr. Irrelevant (10) Brett Rypien
  9. Vikings Sign Josh Kline

    Looking at CBS sports offensive line rankings (chosen at random) there are 29 offensive linemen ranked ahead of Dru Samia, who I have seen multiple people on here mock to Minnesota in the 1st 4 rounds. That suggests to me that the 2019 draft is very deep with offensive linemen. There are many effective methods to building a competitive football team. Dedicating high draft picks and expensive free agents on offensive linemen may be some people's preference. It is definitely not the ONLY way to field a competitive team. New England and Seattle consistently compete yet historically do not draft oline early or frequently sign high dollar linemen, especially guards. Dallas and Detroit consistently draft them early and/or sign high profile free agents and are not regularly in the playoffs. We all have different opinions on what we would do if given the opportunity, but history has shown that multiple methods can be effective. I don't think the Vikings should feel forced to select any position in the 1st round, not even oline. There are so many good linemen in this draft that it seems certain at least a couple will be available in the 2nd, 3rd, likely even the 4th round. If the guy you LOVE is there in the 1st, select him. But if he isn't and several you like are, but a player of a different position that you do love is there, pick him. I want 27 all pro players on the Vikings roster, but that isn't realistic. What is realistic is building a competitive roster and working hard to keep it that way. My opinion, which very well may be flawed, is taking BPA is more effective than locking in on a position group that is seen as a weakness. I think that the Vikings for the most part (sans Williamson, ponder, and a few others) have done a good job of building a competitive and sustainable roster via selecting BPA. There are 9 or 10 offensive linemen currently on the roster. I'm reasonably sure that the staff can find 5 starters out of that bunch. If they select 1, 2, or 3 linemen in the draft that beat out the incumbents, hallelujah! But the season isn't lost if they don't. I am of the opinion that Spielman has done an above average job at building the roster. He obviously does not consistently prioritize early draft picks or high end free agents on offensive linemen. That quality alone doesn't seem like an offense that should cost him his job. I choose to be careful for what I wish, i.e. unless there is an available alternative that I am confident will produce better results, I'm not willing to get rid of a known commodity that has had some level of success.
  10. 2019 Draft Talk

    I guess never say never, but picking at 18 makes me think either a top tier DT or OL player will be available. And I think both of those needs are greater than TE. I also don't think there's as much of a drop off in talent between the two TEs from Iowa and the next best 4 or 5 guys. I know I would rather have Irv Smith at 50 than taking a fighting Iowegian in the 1st!
  11. 2019 Draft Talk

    Excellent points all. I personally wouldn't take a TE, QB, CB, RB, or any LB not named Devin White in the 1st. I just think White is good enough (FAST!) to use more 3 lb sets than last year. The nickel gave up too many rushing yards.
  12. 2019 Draft Talk

    I don't think the Vikings should commit to a given position group when they are on the clock, especially in the 1st round. If there is a run on offensive linemen before they pick at 18 odds are a superior talent at another position falls. If all of Williams, Taylor, Dillard, Bradbury, maybe even Ford are gone, then sprint to the podium and pick Oliver, Wilkins, Allen, or White instead of over drafting someone like McCoy or Lindstrom when a comparable lineman almost certainly will be available in round 2. Taking BPA gives a team a better opportunity to draft multiple starters. The goal should be to upgrade the roster, not simply one position or position group.
  13. 2019 Draft Talk

    Swede did a great job coordinating this summary of a Vikings composite Big Board based on the opinions of people on this site: Vikings Forum's Composite Big Board 1. Devin White, LSU (LB) 2. Ed Oliver, Houston (DT) 3. Jonah Williams, Alabama (OT) 4. Cody Ford, Oklahoma (iOL) 5. Jawaan Taylor, Florida (OT) 6. TJ Hockenson, Iowa (TE) 7. Dexter Lawrence, Clemson (DT) 8. Christian Wilkins, Clemson (DT) 9. Dalton Risner, Kansas St (OT) 10.Devin Bush, Michigan (LB) 11.Andre Dillard, Washington St (OT) 12.Greedy Williams, LSU (CB) 13.Greg Little, Mississippi (OT) 14.Charles Omenihu, Texas (DT) 15.Chris Lindstrom, Boston College (iOL) Honorable Mention: Noah Fant (TE), Garrett Bradbury (C), Rashan Gary (DE) Metcalf truly was a big winner of the underwear Olympics, aka the combine. But I still would not pick him instead of any of the 18 players listed, and unless Rick trades down at least one of them, and most likely more will be available when we're on the clock.
  14. New two-round mock draft with trades

    Nice work on this. What do you think the Vikings would get in return from the 49ers for Trae Waynes?
  15. 2019 Playoff Pick em

    I guess I go with the Rams then.
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