Jul 27, 2012; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) signs autographs for fans at training camp at Blakeslee Stadium at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Training Camp Preview: Ten Things I’m Most Looking Forward to From Mankato


Yup it’s almost that time. Time for training camp. Time for the Vikings to check in at the new dorms in Mankato and get down to the work of preparing for the 2013 season.

As we wait for camp to crank up, I thought I’d list the ten things I’m most looking forward to from Mankato. Let’s get busy.

10. Rookies getting duct-taped to goal posts. God that never gets old. Jock stuff. So hilarious.

9. Rick Spielman in shorts. Those legs.

8. Scrums between second-string defensive linemen and third-string tight ends. Because feistiness is good.

7. News shots of guys drinking water from hoses. Yes we remember Korey Stringer.

6. Common Man player interviews. He cares so much about this stuff, you can tell.

5. Crappy beat reporter phone video of unidentifiable players doing things way the hell over there.

4. Mike Wobschall defending a terrible Christian Ponder practice session with some gobbledygook about “overcoming adversity.”

3. Meaningless Jerome Simpson acrobatics. Seriously. We know he can jump okay? His job is to CATCH.

2. 53-man roster projections!

1. Fans getting way too carried away in their love for some UDFA nobody on the basis of one great practice play. That guy you think is the next Adrian Peterson? Yeah. He ain’t even gonna make the team. And he’s not gonna make any other team either. But of course we know the Vikings will regret cutting him. You saw him play in college once and he’s a stud. Somebody just needs to give him a chance.

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  • rossalaninps .

    Dan,

    Your 10 points had me confused. I couldn’t understand what you meant in most of them. I will give you my translation, let me know if I’m wrong.

    10. Rookies getting duct-taped to goal posts. God that never gets old. Jock stuff. So hilarious. (You are into tying up and brutalizing young men?)

    9. Rick Spielman in shorts. Those legs. (You must have a secret crush on Spielman, but you definitely have a leg fetish?)

    8. Scrums between second-string defensive linemen and third-string tight ends. Because feistiness is good. (You like seeing tight ends getting pounded?)

    7. News shots of guys drinking water from hoses. Yes we remember Korey Stringer. (This comment was just creepy. I have no idea what you meant.)

    6. Common Man player interviews. He cares so much about this stuff, you can tell. (You really want a real media job, but because you lack talent or insight you know that it’s never coming. So you are jealous of those that do?)

    5. Crappy beat reporter phone video of unidentifiable players doing things way the hell over there. (Again, more real media jealousy?)

    4. Mike Wobschall defending a terrible Christian Ponder practice session with some gobbledygook about “overcoming adversity.” (More media media jealousy? But I will agree Wobby does get on my nerves too.)

    3. Meaningless Jerome Simpson acrobatics. Seriously. We know he can jump okay? His job is to CATCH. (You don’t like Simpson? Does it really matter how he catches the ball? I just want him to catch it.)

    2. 53-man roster projections! (When does your roster projections come out?)

    1. Fans getting way too carried away in their love for some UDFA nobody on the basis of one great practice play. That guy you think is the next Adrian Peterson? Yeah. He ain’t even gonna make the team. And he’s not gonna make any other team either. But of course we know the Vikings will regret cutting him. You saw him play in college once and he’s a stud. Somebody just needs to give him a chance. (Why are you hating on UDFA’s? Fans love to dream, but so do the undrafted players. Just ask John Randle or Pat Williams.)