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 It was a fun year even with the injury bug biting over and over. Finally, it bit more than the Wolves could handle knocking out Ricky Rubio for the year with his torn ACL. Minnesota was on track to the playoffs until that happened. That was not the only reason for their downfall but it certainly was a big piece to the puzzle. Even missing 24 of the possible 65 games in the lockout shortened season Rubio was voted to the 1st team All-NBA rookie team. Other rookies earning 1st team nods included Kyrie Irving, Kenneth Faried, Klay Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Kawhi Leond, and Brandon Knight. Normally, they only have 5 players make it but a situation where 3 players tied for 5th resulted in 7 players named to the team as opposed to just 5. Fellow Timberwolves’ forward Derrick Williams made 2nd team along with Tristan Thompson, Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas, and MarShon Brooks. Continue reading


Video: Ricky Rubio is good at HORSE

 After surgery, Ricky Rubio is still on the mend. Did we really expect that to keep him off the court? Recent twitter videos posted by Rubio shows a few of his trick shots during a game of HORSE, bad knee and all. Take a look Continue reading

 The deal is done. With a passing vote in the House (71-60) and, finally, the Senate (36-30) the People’s stadium will be built and the Vikings will play there for at least the next 30 years. Zygi Wilf is reportedly on his way to Minneapolis and will land at 3:30. I’m sure he will give a speech on how excited he is to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. He had to pay to do that as well. He dug into his pocket and shelled out an extra $50 Million on the final bill, his total contribution is $477 Million dollars. His contribution marks the 3rd largest owner contribution in NFL history. Only thing left is for Dayton to sign the bill. Dayton has been a huge supporter of the stadium so there shouldn’t be any surprises here.

 This giant process has taught me one thing. I will never watch a Senate or House debate again. The people who cover and write for it deserve very large raises.

 We’ll post some photos if or when Zygi Wilf makes his appearance. For now, enjoy the video celebrating the finalization of this bill. Continue reading

 It took until the 7th round but the Vikings finally added some depth to their group of linebackers selecting Audie Cole out of North Carolina State. Cole is likely to be just a special teams contributor his first year in the league unless Minnesota decides to put him on the practice squad. Spielman stuck with a theme of position flexibility and Cole fits that mold. He can fit as an outside or inside linebacker in Minnesota’s 4-3 defense. He also brings a lot of size to the position measuring 6’4″, 246 pounds. He was projected by as a 5th or 6th round pick so getting him in the 7th could be considered somewhat of a steal. Where he was selected doesn’t exactly matter unless he can make an impact on the team. Check out Cole’s strengths and weaknesses: Continue reading

 It appears Ryan Longwell cannot live forever. I guess Rick Spielman figured this out and that is why he made Blair Walsh their 6th round pick (175th overall) out of Georgia. Walsh was regarded, on a lot of people’s boards, as the top kicker in this years draft class. Unlike the Jaguars, we decided to take our special team players in the 6th round instead of the 3rd. Walsh also brings value for his strong leg. I can’t stand watching Longwell’s kickoffs fall short of the other endzone even after a new rule moved us 5 yards closer. Remember that in college the hash marks are also much wider making kicking slightly more difficult. Right now he projects as an extra camp leg and maybe a kick off specialist. Here are his strengths and weaknesses: Continue reading

 Minnesota added more depth to their defensive backfield in the 5th round (139th overall) with cornerback Robert Blanton out of Notre Dame. The selection reunites Blanton with his fellow Notre Dame teammate Harrison Smith whom the Vikings selected just 2 days prior. Blanton fell down quite a bit with his pedestrian 4.70 40-time speed at the NFL combine, not something you want when you think of a cornerback. Blanton bounced back at the Irish Pro Day running a 4.53 40-yard dash. It might be smarter to consider Blanton as a defensive back at this point as opposed to just a cornerback since he was drafted so late similar to Mistral Raymond from last year. Here are some of Blanton’s strengths and weaknesses: Continue reading

 With the Vikings 2nd pick in the 4th round they decided to add more depth to their TEs by picking USC’s Rhett Ellison. The first thing that pops out about Ellison is his versatility. He lined up at USC as a TE, fullback, and even some wide receiver. The next thing you might notice is his size. Ellison is a behemoth at 6’5″, 250 pounds. The Vikings made quite a splurge on acquiring fullbacks this off-season so I would assume Ellison projects mainly as just a tight end. There is not much depth behind Kyle Rudolph and newly signed John Carlson. Don’t expect much playing time or contribution from Ellison this upcoming season but I am sure that Spielman liked his versatility and athletic ability. Here are some of his strengths and weaknesses. Continue reading