Found April 18, 2013 on Purple Jesus Diaries:
It feels like we've been fighting this battle for YEARS, but ultimately in 2011 we learned it didn't matter. I've been a pretty vocal proponent until that point about making sure we - as loyal fans! - did everything in our power to keep Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson off of the cover of the Madden NFL video game, because of conspiracies about a "Madden Curse." But the Peterson went and tore his knee up anyway without being on the cover, I peed a little bit, and life was awful. Then he had a record setting year after the fact, still not on the cover of Madden, so I don't know what's going on. Regardless, now Peterson is facing off against the great Barry Sanders to be featured on this year's Madden 25 (Anniversary, not year), and ... I don't know, I guess still vote for Sanders? Listen, don't get me wrong. I love Adrian Peterson. Clearly, a lot of other people do, too. He was one of like 64 old school and new school players that went head to head this year in a fan voting contest to pick who would be this year's Madden cover athlete. Peterson mopped the floor with all of his competition. He beat Robert Griffin III 70% to 30% for Christ sakes! And RGIII is the new poster boy in the NFL. Wasn't even close. In comparison, the Packers representative in this contest, Roid Matthews, only beat some numb nuts in his first opening round, then got out-voted by Andrew Luck. Haha! Matthews is like Gophers basketball. Awful. But despite Peterson's popularity, I'm just not willing to take the chance that this Madden Curse thing maybe isn't real. I mean, I don't even buy Madden games anymore, so what do I give a ****. But even if I did ... So? I have a game with Adrian Peterson on the cover now. Big deal. You know there are forums out there every year that make custom player covers that you can print off for your own video game? Stupid, I know, but these things exist. So just go that route if your hard on is so throbbing for a DVD cover of Peterson. I won't stop you. Let's not kid ourselves either, though. As much as I - and everyone else in the world, apparently - love Peterson, Sanders is no joke, man. He was a bad, bad, man. If I didn't care about this curse thing anyway, I would maybe vote him in over Peterson on principle alone. He was awesome. But beyond that, maybe you should just vote for him anyway, because ... Eh, you never know. Clearly, the best solution would be to place both of them on the cover, as Daily Norseman suggests, showcasing an old player handing the baton to a new player, in both cases, players that are out of this god damn world. That'd be a solid compromise. But that would defeat the purpose of this self indulgent bracket ESPN is running, so don't hold your breath for it to happen. However, if Peterson gets on the cover and I find out you voted for him, continue to hold your breath anyway, because you won't be able to breath as I'm holding a pillow over your face as is, so it'll save us all some time. You jerk. [follow]

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Grading the Vikings (Part 2 of 2)

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Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will be the grand marshall of the Twin Cities PRIDE Parade

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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Minnesota Vikings are looking to trade up in the first round of next week’s draft.From Total Access: Hear #VIkings want to move up in draft from 23 or 25. Want CB & WR. Moving up would likely mean WR: Austin or Patterson?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 18, 2013   Need NFL Tickets?

Grading the Vikings (Part 1 of 2)

The NFL draft is less than a week away. The Minnesota Vikings have the 23rd and 25th overall picks.  They have a total of 11 picks next week. It’s a great chance for them to lay a solid foundation for the future. To accurately assess what they need to do in the draft, they need to look at what has happened in the offseason. 

Here is an analysis...

Aaron Rodgers takes a dig at Greg Jennings

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been known to zip a sarcastic jab at various topics here and there. His feelings for his now-former wideout Greg Jennings are still obviously a little bit raw based on his most recent dart.   Please click here to read this story. The post Aaron Rodgers takes a dig at Greg Jennings appeared first on Players View.

Lawrence Jackson, Jacob Lacey visit the Vikings

Free agent defensive end Lawrence Jackson visited the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday along with free agent cornerback Jacob Lacey.Jackson recorded 20 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 2.5 sacks in 2012.  Lacey had 36 tackles and 1 interception. Need NFL Tickets? The post Lawrence Jackson, Jacob Lacey visit the Vikings appeared first on Pro Football Zone.

Vikings rumors: Minnesota wants to move up in NFL Draft

The Minnesota Vikings are hoping to move up in the NFL Draft from their current first-round pick positions of No. 23 and No. 25, according to Ian Rapoport of Rapoport adds that the Vikings are targeting a wide receiver or cornerback with their first-round selection. From Total Access: Hear #VIkings want to move up in draft from 23 or 25. Want CB & WR. Moving up would...

Kluwe named grand marshal of PRIDE parade

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Chris Kluwe is going on parade in his support for gay rights. Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings outspoken punter and political advocate, has used his status as an NFL player to speak out about equal rights, especially in regard to same-sex marriage. Now, according CBS Sports report, Kluwe will be the grand marshal in the Twin Cities PRIDE parade on June 30. Kluwe...

Suddenly, Vikings need defensive line depth

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