Tag Archive: Christian Ponder

 Apparently Christian Ponder has been extremely excited about the drafting of LT Matt Kalil, USC, everyday since the Thursday night’s draft.

 Ponder told Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network in an interview that he can see himself growing old in the NFL, with apparently Kalil at his side (presumably his left side). This would be great news for the Vikings who haven’t had a young QB/LT tandem in recent memory, where both players were talented (sorry T-Jack). Continue reading


 That may just seem light a fun play on words with the adjective crappy and the fish crappie but the photo is evidence enough. Full disclosure is that the picture comes from tight end Kyle Rudolph and may not have been his only catch. It is nice to see the younger Viking players enjoying some of the greater aspects of Minnesota. All but 4 players are in town for voluntary workouts. Clearly, the team is ready to put in the work to make that 3-13 record a thing of the past. Continue reading

Ponder takes the Polar Bear Plunge

On Saturday March 3, Christian Ponder, Viktor (the Vikings mascot), and several cheerleaders took the Polar Bear Plunge into icy lake Calhoun in order to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Several of these events have taken place across the state in the last month or so (Only Minnesotans are brave/stupid enough to jump into an icy lake in Feb. or March), but this one received a little more media attention thanks to the Vikings support.

Ponder said in an interview with Ann Carol of the Minnesota Vikings Website that he’s been helping with the Special Olympics since he was in high school (I’m sure being from Texas he never helped out by making his body go numb in icy waters).

“I think it’s a great cause.  I’m an athlete, they’re athletes, and it’s fun to associate with them and they’re some of the best people you meet,” Ponder said of being around the Special Olympics participants who were also at the plunge.  It’s these kinds of things that make us all happy to have a guy like him on our team.

Vikings look toward the offseason

As we mentioned earlier today, the Minnesota Vikings have announced that they have promoted Rick Spielman to GM, hopefully forever dissolving the “triangle of authority”

Back in the glory days of Brad Childress, Rick Spielman, and Rob Brzezinski (it’s why I feel that we didn’t draft a QB until this year, I don’t know who Brzezinski is, but Childress wanted his Jackson, and then Jackson #2 aka Joe Webb), the Vikings seemed to have drafts that were all over the place.  Early on, they made wise decisions (AP, Harvin, trading the first pick for Allen), but it was in the later rounds of the draft that really got people scratching their heads.  Hopefully the one person will do much better than 3 arguing over the one pick.

With the Vikings season over, this change brings about the start of the new era.  It seems to be a sign that Ponder is here to stay (it would be stupid to waste 2 draft picks in 2 years on a QB), so hopefully the Vikings will go after other needs (WR, LT, LG, RG, RT, LE, NT, WLB, MLB (to train in before E J goes), CB, CB,CB, FS, SS (one of the two safety positions can be eliminated if the Vikings decide to finally move the slowing Winfield there)).  With just over 4 months to the draft, nerds like me are getting excited for what I have deemed “my favorite sports holiday.”  Keep checking back with us here at MinneSPORTa.com for info on the Vikings and which directions they might be going.

Preview: Vikings @ Lions

I apologize for the absence of my preview stories.  I plain forgot to write one last week for the Denver game, and for Atlanta, I wrote it on my phone while out-of-town, apparently it didn’t post it however.  Anyway, let’s get back on track and hope that the Vikings will as well.

3. Jared Allen will be in the action all day.  Allen said early Friday that he doesn’t like Detroit (personally I don’t blame him).  I think that after this game, he might like Detroit a little more after getting to play against some weak Offensive Tackles (Hey, remember when Gosder Cherilus dove at the side of his knee a few years back, what a loser and cheap skate (he and Suh must be friends)).  Allen has slowed down a bit, but he still has a chance to get to his goal for the year, it’s plausible that he even accomplishes 100 career sacks in this very game, we’ll just have to wait and see.  I foresee Allen has a great chance to do it this week, despite the fact that Backus isn’t the worst LT Jared Allen faces in the course of a season.

2. Adrian Peterson breaks the Vikings all-time rushing yards in a career.  Okay, this one seems to be a bit of a stretch, but I’m going with it.  If Peterson plays, he plays at only one speed.  It doesn’t matter if he’s coming off an injury, it doesn’t matter if his team is 2-10.  Again, Peterson plays at only one speed, so if he plays, watch for him to crush many people in his way.  That being said, the lions are without a lot of the fire power up front, mainly Suh.  AP was slowed earlier in the year vs the lions, but I believe Suh rattling Anthony Herrera had a large impact on that.  Without that, and Herrera back to full health (he was healthy when he played Suh last time though), the Vikings run game should be a lot more impressive than it would be without those two factors.  All this is of course dependent on if AP plays.  On a quick side note, if Gerhart ends up carrying the load, watch for him to have a solid game, much like he did against Denver.

1. Ponder has back to back big games.  Again, I know he’s hurt and isn’t practicing.  He’s still going through the motions and doing lots of mental reps (plus he’s a smart guy, so he’ll get a lot out of the mental reps too).  Ponder however is still young and I fear that again he’ll make the mistakes that cost Minnesota the game.

First week back and I pick, Allen, Peterson, and Ponder to have big games.  Oooo, risky.  I would like to state that the most important factors of the week that would lead MN to a win would be the lesser known’s having big games.  Griffen in relief of hurt Robison, Aromashadu in place of Jenkins, and Mistral Raymond if he wants to keep a job with the team.  I just thought it easier for me to rant about those 3, plus they’re the players that people care about.  Realistically this game is going to come down to the Queens defense.  If Raymond, Griffen, Sherels and other former backups can step up (Brandon Burton, we need you to step up on d too, my god did you get burned a lot last week), the Vikings will stay in this game.  The Defense has to be the big part, but I’m not sure it can, that’s why I’m pick the Lions to win this one 31-17, in a game that looks much closer than it will turn out to be.  By my calculation it looks like the Vikings will have to win 2 games against New Orleans, Washington, and Chicago to stay out of Vikings history as the worst record ever.  It seems more likely the Vikings will tie or lose to Les Steckel’s record of 3-13.  Sorry Vikings, but at least the future is starting to look bright.

Preview: Packers @ Vikings

This is normally a big game to be previewing, but with the way things have transpired this season, that isn’t really the case for this game.  That’s why, instead of drawing out 5 plans and just filling it with garbage I’ll put it into the 3 obvious categories.

3. Pressuring Rodgers.  I can make most NFL throws if there isn’t any pressure on me.  I could even make most NFL throws with a limited amount of pressure.  Rodgers can make every throw with little or no pressure (well, duh).  If the Vikings front line looks like they did last week, Rodgers will pick them apart for probably 400 yards.  Pressuring him is going to be essential.

2. Secondary has to be ready.  If the Vikings can’t get pressure on Rodgers, I have to believe that even Defensive Coordinator Fred Pugac knows that they have to blitz.  Therefore the secondary has to be ready.  If Griffin and Cook can play like they’re capable of and the supporting cast can at least slow down slot receivers, backs, and TEs, then the Vikings have a shot (at staying in the game).

1. Ponder.  I actually was going to write down protect Ponder, which is obvious, but in all reality any shot (even with how slim it is) rests in Ponder’s hands (or throwing arm).  The Chargers game is our only game this year that we as fans shouldn’t be upset about.  Yes they blew a 10 point halftime lead, but the Chargers are good.  Also, at no point last week did the Vikings have a chance of winning that game.  So, as one of the last McNabb supporters, I will say that better play at the QB position could have the Vikings at 4-2 right now.  At 1-5 though, the Vikings just need to keep Ponder upright, and give him a chance against the Packers.  Green Bay’s secondary has been the weak point of an otherwise flawless 6-0 start.  If Ponder can get some protection, and Musgrave draws up something more effective this week, then the Vikings have a chance (to not get blown out).

I’ve been awful with my predictions for this year.  I hope I continue to be awful as I am picking the Packers to win 34-10.  If Ponder has an amazing, lights out, Aaron Rodgers-esk, Peyton Manning of 2004 like game, then the Vikings have a chance to stay in this one.  I think that if the Defense doesn’t play “perfect” the Vikings will lose and lose big (which is impossible in sports (despite what the commentators were saying last week about Aaron Rodgers, and today in an article that stated, “Rodgers is like Favre, but without mistakes” Really? QBs will never be “mistake free”.  He has much fewer mistakes than Favre, but “without mistakes” is impossible.)).   But don’t fret Viking fans.  This will be the first day of the future of Minnesota Viking football.

Ponder, Packers, and a Stadium Update

Let’s be realistic, if you haven’t heard by this point in time that the Vikings are going to start Christian Ponder versus divisional rival Green Bay Packers, you don’t care about the Vikings and probably aren’t reading this blog.  It’s very easy to go back and forth on Ponder.  He was all over the map in his last year at Florida State, then he had a great Senior Bowl, followed by a less than impressive combine, followed by a weak first pre-season game, then a good couple of preseason games.  Now it’s his show, and he’ll have to do it against undefeated Green Bay.  The Packers have had troubles defending the pass this year, and Ponder should execute better than McNabb (The Vikings fans all hope anyway).  Either way, it will be a fun game to watch.  Either the Vikings win or the Packers win and we get to see what the future of Vikings football looks like.

Now on to the newest stadium talks.  I want desperately to imagine them getting that new stadium deal done here in November, and everything being great.  However, after listening to millions of people’s thoughts, it’s hard to see which way things will go.  That being said, I want to show a post left on Profootballtalk.com story about the stadium, which to me shows best those in Minnesota who oppose this stadium bill.

vikes34 says: Oct 18, 2011 10:43 PM

I am very frustrated with the stadium debate and how out of touch people seem to be right now in Minnesota. The reality is that there is a number, greater than $0, probably less than $1Billion, where it makes sense for the state to contribute to a stadium. But this point has not been raised or discussed rationally by anyone?

Take for example that at 8% State Income Tax Rates, the Vikes payroll of $120M is worth approximately $10M/year for the state. Factor in that a lease might be 30 years and we know that NFL payrolls are increasing faster than inflation, that means losing the Vikes will cost the state more than $300M in Tax Revenue over the course of the lease.

Even is the state kicks in $250M, it is still a $50M gain for the state! The argument I keep reading about “Billionaires” paying for their own playgrounds is ridiculous and short-sighted at best, there is tax money – and a lot of it – that will be lost if the Vikes move.

I have only taken into account the State Income taxes on the players. There is so much more money in play to be taxed:
– Income tax from workers building stadium
– Sales tax on concessions
– Taxes on parking revenue
– Income tax on viking employees
– Income tax on stadium employees

On and on and on.

This is such a great point that Vikes34 brings up, and as he pointed out, he wasn’t even compensating for inflation (or factoring in all the other taxes he talks about).  Also Business would like to be around that new Stadium in Arden Hills bringing in more money and more businesses to the Arden Hills area.  Going back to Vikes34, right now the player’s salaries are $120 million, in 30 years, it could be twice that for all we know.  This stadium would be such a huge benefit for the state of Minnesota, and something that needs to be considered and soon.