An introduction: Why my fifth marathon feels, in a way, like my first

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:02
Three months from now, I will run Grandma's Marathon with my wife, Julie.
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Monday (Another round of Adrian Peterson trade rumors) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:29
It doesn’t take much to kick up another round of Adrian Peterson trade speculation. Peter King wrote this in his Monday Morning Quarterback column: There’s some noise out there that Adrian Peterson could be traded to Arizona. Well, I guess he could, at some point. But the money would be a major problem. I spoke with a reliable Cardinals source Sunday night, and the three years and $45 million left on Peterson’s contract is an absolute non-starter with the Cards. “We haven’t had contact with the Vikings about it, to the best of my knowledge,” the source said. “And there is no way we could live with those numbers. We just got Larry Fitzgerald’s contract under control. No way we’d add that salary.” Pro Football Talk picked it up and ran with it: The unnamed source who told Peter King of TheMMQB.com that the Cardinals wouldn’t take on Peterson’s three years and $45 million specifically mentioned Fitzgerald’s contract.  And there’s a chance that wasn’t an accident. Despite creating $13 million in cap space by re-doing Fitzgerald’s deal, the Cardinals will pay him $11 million per year in 2015 and 2016.  With Fitzgerald possibly the No. 3 receiver in Arizona at best this year, that’s still way too much. For years, there’s been speculation that Fitzgerald would like to end his career in his home state of Minnesota, returning to the franchise for which he once served as a ball boy.  Last season, speculation swirled that a straight up trade of Peterson for Fitzgerald could happen.  Maybe it still could. Maybe, might, could, unnamed … that is the currency of offseason NFL reporting, a blurry slurry of rumors, facts and half-truths. Should these types of speculative reports even be acknowledged? We chose to say yes, in this case, for two reasons. 1) Anything about a possible resolution to the Peterson situation is interesting and 2) There is a large element of entertainment in sports reporting, and as long as we can take these speculative items for what they are, they offer fodder for debate. Would that be a good trade for the Vikings — Peterson for Fitzgerald? Well, it would continue the recent homecoming trend since Fitzgerald is from Minneapolis; as a receiver, he’ll be 32 next season and hasn’t reached 1,000 yards since 2011. Some of that is a function of poor QB play in Arizona, and he could do damage here — particularly if Mike Wallace provides a deep threat and Cordarrelle Patterson can develop. Overall, it would make more salary sense than a deal between the Vikings and Cowboys and could benefit both teams in some ways. Right now, though, it’s all just rumors, speculation and unnamed reports — worthy of a little talk, and not much else.
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Greg Jennings releases statement thanking Vikings, fans

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:16
On Monday morning, two days after the Vikings released him after acquiring fellow wide receiver Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings made his first comments about his release in a social media statement. In that post, Jennings said he and the Vikings parted ways “amicably.” He also said that his family will continue to make its home in Minnesota and that his charity, the Greg Jennings Foundation, will still be committed to children in the Twin Cities. Here is the full statement from Jennings: I would like to thank the Minnesota Vikings organization. It was an honor to play for such a great franchise for the past two seasons. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the team and made some good friends. I would also like to thank the Vikings fans who warmly welcomed me and my family. Being a part of the Vikings and the Minnesota community has been a positive experience and a true blessing. I respect the organization’s decision to part ways and we do so amicably. I wish the best to the young and talented group of men on that team. Although I will continue my career with a different organization, my family and I will still make our home in Minnesota. Since we are raising our family in Minneapolis, the Greg Jennings Foundation will remain committed to improving the lives of all children through education in Minneapolis and my hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan. God bless you all! I look forward to running into you at Mall of America.     #BeGreat     Greg Jennings
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Gophers, Wolves are a twin disaster for hoops fans

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 09:21
The Gophers duped the public with pre-Big Ten run through patsies. The Timberwolves trumped that with the Garnett trade.
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