Monday (Eddie Vedder talks about the Gophers on stage) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:46
The last time we saw Pearl Jam, it was Oct. 19, 2003, at Xcel Energy Center. The Gophers football team, one day earlier, had lost the second of two consecutive games to Michigan schools — this one to Michigan State, a week after the infamous Michigan game. We do not recall Eddie Vedder name-checking the Gophers. If he had, the state might have erupted in a furious riot of bad intentions, ending the show early. We did not make it to Sunday night’s show at the X, but it sounds as if it was a glorious good time. And it also sounds like Vedder, knowing his audience, gave some love to the Gophers football team (even if he did throw a little bit of playful shade on the school’s nickname). Several people tweeted about this, but here’s the most succinct one we could find, from Ch. 5′s Chris Long: Vedder: “nice job by that freshman kicking that FG yesterday. I’m glad you’re winning, just the #Gophers isn’t the toughest sounding name.” — Chris Long (@jclong) October 20, 2014 That’s right: The Gophers football team is riding such a high that they got a shout out from one of the greatest lead singers from one of the greatest bands of our generation. And from the sound of it, Vedder made no reference to 4th-and-20 or any other football that happened Sunday. Good man, Eddie. Good man.
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Big Ten honors Thompson, Santoso as players of week

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:38
Safety Cedric Thompson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and kicker Ryan Santoso won the Special Teams Player of the Week honor.
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Teddy will need big brain to be above-average

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:53
Miami's Ryan Tannehill is an average NFL starter, if you want to be generous. Will Bridgewater pass that standard Year 3, without the same physical gifts?
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Kalil's chance to fly under radar evaporates

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:11
Improvement was seen in his play and elsewhere, but that last-second flop rules.
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Wolves beat injury-riddled Thunder

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 22:56
Six players had two steals each in a victory over Oklahoma City.
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Hartman: Vikings offense having a tough time adjusting

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 22:35
With all their missing players and a rookie QB, the team simply has not been able to score.
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What to watch for in soccer, football playoffs

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 21:56
A look at what to watch for as the soccer and football playoffs begin while the girls’ state tennis tourney is around the corner.
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Mark Craig's 5 Extra Points

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 21:16
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Gophers found a way to win, know they have to do better

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 21:04
A coach’s estimate: The Gophers won despite giving their best effort for only 25 of the 60 minutes.
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Everson Griffen shines, not satisfied in loss

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:35
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen tied a career-high three sacks and a forced fumble in the 17-16 loss to the Bills on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and he didn’t feel any personal satisfaction for his individual performance. “No man, we want the victory,” Griffen said. “It feels better if you get the victory. Three sacks doesn’t mean anything when you lose. We just have to keep going out there, grind next week, get back to the basics and finish better.” The Vikings defense recorded six sacks and eight quarterback hits, applying pressure on Bills quarterback Kyle Orton for the entire game. The unit played well up until the final drive when the Bills scored on a two-yard touchdown catch by Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins with one second left to take the lead. “It all starts with the team,” Griffen said. “We run together as a team, we lose together as a team. We just have to go back to the basics and finish. We’re of the mindset that you’re not going to score if you don’t get the sack, if you don’t get the turnover and if you don’t finish the play. I think that’s going to work out for us. We just have to bounce back from this tough loss. We played our tails off today. Many questioned why the Vikings re-signed Griffen to a five-year deal worth up to $42.5 million in the “Without my team, I wouldn’t be able to get three sacks,” Griffen said. “I’m just very happy to be playing with these guys, and we just have to bounce back and win the game. That’s all we have to do.”
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Losing Sullivan hurt Vikings

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:53
The veteran center left Sunday's loss because of a concussion.
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Flip starts unusual lineup vs. OKC in Tulsa

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:51
Wolves start unusual lineup based on Saturday's practice performance
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Bridgewater inconsistent, overthinking in third career start

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:47
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he was overthinking in the first half, which resulted in the two interceptions thrown during the 17-16 loss to the Bills on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The rookie finished 15 of 26 for 157 passing yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Bridgewater, who has started three career games, has thrown five interceptions in the last two games. “That was just me trying to be perfect,” Bridgewater said on his first half performance. “I think I went back to the old training camp days of trying to be perfect in every area instead of just trusting my God given ability, trusting this offense and trusting the system. I am going to continue to get better, just get a rhythm.” Both interceptions occurred in the second quarter. Bridgewater had a pass deflected off the back of a Bills defender and into Leodis McKelvin’s hands with 12:24 left in the first half. On the next offensive series, Bridgewater was picked off by McKelvin again on the first play. The Bills took the lead on the following possession on Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ 26-yard touchdown catch. After the second interception, Bridgewater felt he settled down after a conversation with wide receiver Greg Jennings. “Greg came up to me and he told me, ‘Hey, you know whatever is going on up in that head, up in that computer of yours, just reboot it,’” Bridgewater said. Bridgewater followed it up with his best drive this season, driving the Vikings down the field for his first career touchdown pass. On the five-play, 60-yard drive, Bridgewater was 3 for 3 for 57 yards and hit wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson for a four-yard touchdown pass. “I feel I played all right,” Bridgewater said. “It could have been better. There were some times where I had to fight back, and I did a great job of fighting back and the guys showed their support, and they are willing to stand behind me no matter how my play is going.” It was another learning lesson for Bridgewater, who likely will have plenty more before the season ends.
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Zimmer positive despite crushing Vikings loss

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:02
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was upbeat despite a heartbreaking 17-16 loss to the Bills on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins scored on a two-yard touchdown with one second left to hand the Vikings their third consecutive defeat. Zimmer felt the defense played well up until the final series – a 15-play, 80-yard drive that lasted 3:06. “Obviously you’re going to second guess a lot of calls you made throughout the course of the ballgame,” Zimmer said. “I’m still going to take away that I’m proud of our effort. There was a lot of negativism going on all over the place about how we are and what we do. By no means were we perfect today, but I do feel like this football team improved today. We didn’t improve enough to win, but I felt like we improved. So we’ve just got to keep going. We keep putting ourselves in these situations, and we’ll give ourselves a chance to win.” Last week, Zimmer was very critical about his team’s performance after losing to the Lions. He was the exact opposite during his press conference after the game. Zimmer felt there were a lot of positives to take away. He mentioned how rookie running back Jerick McKinnon had 103 rushing yards against the top rushing defense in the NFL and how the defense forced four turnovers and recorded six sacks. None of that will show in the win-loss column, however, as the Vikings dropped to 2-5. “‘Ifs’ and “buts’ are candies and nuts,” Zimmer said. “But if we knock that last ball down then we’re all happy in here today. “You never, ever, ever want to lose, and I don’t ever want to either. But I have to keep reminding myself about where we are, and where we have to continue to go.”
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