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Tuesday (Peterson a pawn in NFL-NFLPA game) edition: Wha' Happened?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:25
First off: There’s no need to feel sorry for Adrian Peterson. He put himself in this mess with what many people would consider a malicious and criminal act against his 4-year-old son. He’s missed 9 games this season but has made more during that span than almost every one of us will make in a lifetime. However: With the NFL and Roger Goodell’s announcement today that Peterson has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season, the league’s statement regarding that suspension, and the NFLPA’s subsequent response, it has become even more abundantly clear that this has become less and less about Peterson’s situation itself and more and more about the power struggle between the league and players’ association. The NFL is probably over-correcting after facing a public backlash for being too soft in punishment of players over the years. The NFLPA is saying they’re not playing by the rules; the NFL is saying it can make whatever rules it wants. The key part of the NFLPA statement: The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take. Since Adrian’s legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding. … We call on the NFL Management Council to show our players and our sponsors leadership by committing to collective bargaining so a fair personal conduct policy can be implemented as quickly as possible. The NFLPA is, of course, appealing the suspension. But we have to imagine Peterson will, in fact, miss the rest of the season — and that he has played his final game for the Vikings already. If that’s the case, again, we don’t feel sorry for Peterson. He brought this whole chain of events on himself. But it’s clear the big picture is much larger than just him.
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Peterson got what he deserved

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:41
In suspending Adrian Peterson without pay for the rest of the season, Roger Goodell made the right decision, and probably for the wrong reasons.
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NFL suspends Peterson without pay for rest of season

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:19
The move is in connection with him whipping his 4-year-old son with a tree branch. Union said it will appeal.
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Twins reportedly interested in former Cleveland pitcher Masterson

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:04
The 2013 All-Star had a miserable 2014 season.
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Fate of Peterson, playoffs may await Vikings this week

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 22:28
Fate of Adrian Peterson and playoffs might be decided.
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Week full of games for Gophers basketball to erase foul mood

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 22:26
The Gophers hacked too much and made too few free throws vs. Louisville.
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Wolves roster uncertain for upcoming homestand

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 22:13
It’s up in the air as to who will be able to play in the upcoming homestand.
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NHL's player safety department misses nothing

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 22:03
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Scoggins: Vikings' WR Patterson running low on excuses for struggles

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:29
Cordarrelle Patterson has become nonexistent on gameday. That's a bad sign for the Vikings.
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Zimmer discusses clock malfunction with NFL

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:15
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Metro Player of the Year: Robbie Grimsley, Hutchinson

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 19:50
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Masterson is on Twins radar

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:40
One of the free agents the Twins have expressed interest in is righthander Justin Masterson, the former Red Sox and Indians pitcher who wound up with St. Louis during the second half of 2014
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Medical examiner confirms: Youth hockey player died of heart condition

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:28
Final autopsy findings are still pending, the Brainerd police chief said, and those may take three to four weeks.
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Zimmer says Rudolph 'a little bit rusty' in return

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:14
Tight end Kyle Rudolph made his return from sports hernia surgery on Sunday, but he played just 14 offensive snaps in the 21-13 loss to the Bears. He was held without a catch. Head coach Mike Zimmer on Monday said the plan all along was to ease Rudolph back in to action. “Yeah, he’s feeling his way a little bit, still. He’s got to let it loose a little bit more,” Zimmer said. “We wanted to be careful with him, but on the same token, he needs to continue to feel good about where he’s at and try to let it loose, too.” Rudolph, who had last played in Week 3, had been sidelined for seven weeks. As he neared a return, he said multiple times that he didn’t want to play until he felt fully like himself again. But Zimmer believes that Rudolph was a little apprehensive against the Bears, which was probably to be expected in a situation like this, especially when it was cold, windy day at Soldier Field. “He was confident but I don’t know if he was really confident, you know what I mean, as far as, ‘Okay, I can go run this route as hard as I can run,’” Zimmer said. “Kyle is a great competitive kid that wants to please and do everything he can. If there’s a chance that he’s going to try to play, he’s going to play regardless of if he’s 99 percent or he’s 88 percent. I think he needed to get back into it. He was a little bit rusty in my opinion. I think he just needs to get back into it more.” The Vikings ran just 47 plays in the loss. Tight ends Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford played 24 and 22 snaps, respectively. It was Ford, not Rudolph, who was on the field for the game’s final drive.
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Zimmer, Vikings will remain patient with Patterson

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:14
In an open-ended question, a reporter asked Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer if he’s disappointed about wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson’s season on Monday. “I don’t think disappointment is the right word,” Zimmer said. “I think youth might be the right word.” Zimmer expressed why he felt Patterson, in his fourth offense in four years dating back to junior college, hasn’t been a disappointment this year based on his limited time playing wide receiver in his career. Patterson, 23, displayed a lot of promise in what started as a limited role during his rookie season last year. The Vikings planned to unleash him in offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s offense this season but that hasn’t been the case through 10 games. Patterson is second on the team in receptions, 28, and receiving yards, 332, on 59 targets. Opponents have been able to neutralize Patterson on offense, focusing on him given his playmaking ability, but Patterson hasn’t found an answer yet on how to get open. “We’re going to continue to be patient with him and keep teaching him and keep working with him to try and get him where he needs to be in all those areas,” Zimmer said. “He does some very, very good things and then some things that you don’t like as much.” Still, it has been a disappointing season for Patterson, who appears to be taking a little longer to develop than expected. This was thought of as a breakout season for Patterson, who has improved as a route runner over the last year, but he still has a long ways to go to become a consistent wide receiver in the NFL. “Sometimes it takes time with young guys; I believe that’s the case with him,” Zimmer said. “I believe that he’s going to be a really good player, but everybody is impatient, including me, and I’m sure he is, too. But it will come. It will come.”
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Pitino still happy Minnesota competed vs. Louisville in Puerto Rico

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:11
Coach Richard Pitino was critical of the team's foul trouble -- "it just gave us no chance," he said -- but said overall he was encouraged by the performance
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Chase Ford thinks clock malfunction impacted last-minute interception

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:13
Vikings tight end Chase Ford said on Monday that rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater likely wouldn’t have thrown the a late fourth quarter interception against the Bears if he knew how much time was on the clock. On the final Vikings possession, they dealt with a clock malfunction that occurred throughout the game as Soldier Field. The game clocks in the north and south end zones went dark with the Vikings trailing by eight points in the two-minute situation during the 21-13 loss. “You definitely need the clock,” Ford said. “I’m sure if it was the other way, if the shoe was on the other foot, that clock would’ve been fixed. They would’ve found a way to fix the clock.” Ford, who was on the field for the entire drive over tight end Kyle Rudolph, noted how the Bridgewater completed three passes over the middle following the two-minute warning and had no clue how much time remained in the game with the clock running. Following those completions, Bridgewater was picked off by safety Ryan Mundy with the Vikings facing a 2nd and 3 at the Bears’ 29. “If the clock was working, and Teddy knew how much time there was, I don’t think he takes that chance on that play,” Ford said. “Maybe the next one or something, but on that play I don’t think he takes that chance.” The interception occurred with 42 seconds left in the game, which Ford mentioned, “I still don’t know how much time was left when that picked was thrown.” Still, even with the clock issues and Bridgewater’s interception, Ford wasn’t using it as an excuse for the team’s sixth loss this season. The Vikings offense had just 254 total yards on just 47 snaps. The offense was ineffective all game, scoring its only touchdown after a well-designed fake punt stopped seven yards short of the end zone. “Either way, we came up short with the loss,” Ford said. “It shouldn’t have came down to that. We could’ve played better on the offensive side of the ball.”
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