The Metrodome rose again this morning, seven months and a day after it collapsed in a blizzard. Found at Minnesota Public Radio via @mariaenergia.
Lingerie Football League Comes To Minnesota
Did Vince McMahon start a football league? Cause the Lingerie Football League would seem to be right in his wheelhouse. Regardless, Minnesota will soon get a taste of what nightwear on the gridiron is all about. And from the looks of it, it could be awfully entertaining.
These girls can play them some football!
They’ll play at the Target Center. They haven’t got a name yet but you can submit your suggestion to LFLinMinnesota@LFLUS.com and if it’s picked, you’ll win season tickets for life. Open tryouts will be announced shortly. (If you want to get some practice in before the tryout, we play every Saturday afternoon at the Northeast Minneapolis Athletic Fields. Just saying.) The season home opener is scheduled for October 1, 2011. Found at YouTube from LingerieFootball.
Inside Winter Park: The Vikings Indoor Field
I recently had the opportunity to tour Winter Park, the Minnesota Vikings headquarters and training facility. The following video is of the Vikings indoor practice field. It was all I could do to restrain myself from running around. I would really love to play a game there. 🙂 Like Minnesota Vikings Chat on Facebook for my Vikings content. Minnesota Vikings Indoor Field from David Erickson.
Amazing College Interception: Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma
This is the type of stuff we try during Saturday pickup games. Broderick Brown flies out of bounds and tips the Landry Jones pass to Shaun Lewis for the interception. Found at YouTube from thesportsgeeks via Daily Norseman
What It’s Like To Burn A Defender For A Touchdown
I’ve been sidelined with a broken finger for what’s approaching two months, so I’ve been missing playing football a lot. I had to answer a What It’s Like question recently and I’m afraid my answer will not be used and I don’t want it to go to waste, so I’m posting it here.
What It’s Like To Burn A Defender For A Touchdown
At the line, you eye your defender off the line to see how they are playing you, if they are out of position, if they’re playing press coverage or if they are giving you cushion, if their feet are aligned improperly, whatever you can learn to give you an advantage. Next, you survey the rest of the defense: is the safety playing close or deep; to your side or the far side?
At the snap of the ball, you explode off the line, running straight at your defender. You look toward the middle of the field in order to trick him into thinking you’re running an inside route. Just before you think he’ll turn his hips to run with you, you make a sharp cut toward the sidelines, with your hands positioned as if ready to catch the ball.
Your quarterback pump-fakes to you, then you cut sharply up field and turn to look for the ball. As you do so, the defender says the two most beautiful words in football, “Oh shit.”
You see the ball arching through the air, high and long, and it’s taking forever to get to you. In full stride, you catch up to it, eyes tracking the ball over your right shoulder, arms stretching out before you. As the ball arrives, you position your hands beneath it, spread eagle, pinkie touching pinkie, and the ball settles into the palms of your hands as your fingers grip the leather to ensure the catch.
You bring the ball to your body, the far point against your elbow, your right index finger on the opposite tip. The ball secured, you focus on the end zone. You hear the footsteps of your defender behind you and he’s getting closer so you cut toward the middle of the field to break his angle. It works. He’s given up. And you’re home free for the final five yards as you cross the end zone.
You turn in the end zone, hand the ball to the referee, catch the eye of your quarterback and point to him in appreciation for the perfect throw.
Vikings Pre-Season Highlights: Vikings 28, Rams 7
Highlights from the Vikings first pre-season game of the 2010 season. I’m liking what I saw from Toby Gerhart and Garrett Mills. Now if only Mills can stay healthy. Found at YouTube from MrLefty91.
Jared Allen’s Gettin’ Antsy Over Brett Favre
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen visits the Vikings camp and talks with Brad Childress and an antsy Jared Allen, who told him:
“I do hope Brett comes back, but in fairness to the team and in fairness to Tarvaris — hey, we’re done with camp now — let’s move things forward. Tarvaris has an opportunity to take this team over … I think you have to have confidence in the quarterback. I think the quarterback has to be the leader of the team, especially the offense and, again, I think stability at the position is key as hell…All I’m saying — and I have a pretty good relationship with Brett — I think this is the last year we want do the flip-flop thing.” Found at ESPN.
An Ode To My Finger Pins
I got my finger pins removed from My Shattered Finger today; three more weeks until another X-ray to make sure it’s fully healed. Found at YouTube from davideerickson.
Microchips In Footballs? [VIDEO]
The German company responsible for implanting motion-tracking technology in soccer balls for use by referees during the World Cup are in discussions with the NFL about possibly using their technology in American football in order to cut down on game-deciding missed calls, reports engadget. Found at YouTube from AJSiokos.
Post-Op: My Shattered Finger, Pinned
My shattered finger needed to be fixed with pins. It’s one-handed typing for me for a while and, worst of all, no football! 🙁 A great deal of suckitude on the horizon for The Davester.