Dunkin’ Deuces :: 9/13 Edition

Minnesota Vikings

With red flags glaring, offense is put on notice

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Chip Scoggins – ‎8 hours ago‎
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was upended by Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes in the second quarter. Peterson ran nine times for 74 yards in the first half and seven times for 24 yards in the second. We heard throughout Vikings training camp

Fans urged to forget thoughts of wearing paper bags on heads

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Mark Craig – ‎10 hours ago‎
Like beat cops to a crowd of gawkers at a crash scene, the Vikings spent Monday essentially assuring reporters — and therefore the public — that Sunday’s second-half meltdown in San Diego wasn’t a harbinger of things to come for a team that’s in

McNabb’s audible on first snap had Frazier’s blessing

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Mark Craig – ‎10 hours ago‎
3 quarterback, the Vikings don’t consider it a gimmick when they insert him into the game in what’s commonly referred to as a “Wildcat” formation. The team did that late in the third quarter Sunday. Webb has above-average NFL arm strength,

The Minnesota Vikings have based their offense on the elite abilities of

KARE – ‎16 hours ago‎
The Minnesota Vikings have based their offense on the elite abilities of Adrian Peterson. Success in the NFL doesn’t come these days without balance, though, and the Vikings were reminded anew in their season opener they can’t be too reliant on their

Frazier laments team’s inconsistent execution

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – Mark Craig, Leslie Frazier – ‎16 hours ago‎
He talked about the “many positive things that happened in” the Vikings‘ 24-17 loss at San Diego, “particularly in the first half.” As you know, however, it was the exact opposite in the second half as the Vikings blew a 10-point lead.

Vikings use all-too familiar script in dropping season opener

KARE – ‎18 hours ago‎
But, when the Vikings raced out to a 10-point lead as San Diego lost their kicker in the first quarter, this was a game the Vikes needed to steal if they’re going to have any chance in the suddenly rugged NFC North. Ultimately an unimaginative offense

Vikings game scores huge TV ratings

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal (blog) – ‎18 hours ago‎
This year’s numbers, however, fall well short of last year, when the Vikings‘ opener against the New Orleans Saints was nationally televised on NBC. That game drew a huge 17.7 rating nationwide and a 43.8 mark in the Twin Cities.

Donovan McNabb’s Performance Was NOT The Worst In Vikings History

Daily Norseman – Christopher Gates – ‎20 hours ago‎
It wasn’t the worst passing performance in team history. . .in fact, the Vikings have had seven passing performances in team history that were worse, according to the good folks at Pro Football Reference. The sad thing? In the seven games in Minnesota

Monday (Five thoughts on Vikings/Chargers) edition: Wha’ Happened?

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – Michael Rand – ‎20 hours ago‎
Jared Allen had just bailed the team out with an interception. It was still a 17-14 Vikings lead in the third quarter. Peterson had just established a little ground control with two runs for a combined 12 yards and a first down at Minnesota’s 43.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Doctor says Kill improving, could coach this week

KARE – ‎15 hours ago‎
Kill was hired away from Northern Illinois in January, and the Gophers were aware of his condition. He also told his players about the possibility of seizure before the season started. “There’s medical management with current drugs in today’s world

Jerry Kill Improving, Could Coach Gophers vs Miami Ohio

FOX 9 News – ‎15 hours ago‎
MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota head football Jerry Kill is “doing very well” as he recovers from a seizure suffered with 20 seconds to play against New Mexico State on Saturday. Gophers team doctor Pat Smith held a news conference on Tuesday.

Minnesota Twins

Royals Open Series With Twins

KSAL – ‎1 hour ago‎
By AP UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have a chance to gain some ground in their bid to get out of last place in the American League Central. They trail Kansas City by two games in the standings and are facing the Royals in a two-game series at

Twins-Royals Preview

CBSSports.com – ‎7 hours ago‎
If they can continue their recent success against the team above them in the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins may avoid their first last-place finish in more than a decade. The Twins play the first of five remaining games with the Kansas City Royals on

Twins Daily: Short series with Royals could decide AL Central cellar

1500 ESPN – Phil Mackey – ‎8 hours ago‎
6: The number of times the Twins have finished in last place since the franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961. 8-5: The Twins‘ record against Kansas City this season. 2003: The last time the Twins finished with a losing record (8-11) against Kansas City.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Adelman will improve the Timberwolves

Modesto Bee – Jim Souhan – ‎8 hours ago‎
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Timberwolves, faced with one of the most important decisions in franchise history at one of the most crucial junctures in franchise history, hired the best head coaching candidate

AP: Timberwolves hire Rick Adelman as coach

USA Today – Darron Cummings – ‎8 hours ago‎
The Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing Adelman in to try and turn around one of the NBA’s most downtrodden franchises. Two people with knowledge of the agreement told the Associated Press on Monday that the team and the 65-year-old Adelman have agreed

PROVEN WINNER TAKES CHALLENGE

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Jerry Zgoda – ‎8 hours ago‎
By Monday afternoon, however, Love admitted he did secretly have a horse in this race and answered “absolutely” when asked if Adelman’s presence will impact his decision about signing a contract extension with the Wolves. Whenever Love was asked last

Maggio: Wolves got the best coach available

FS North – ‎8 hours ago‎
The Minnesota Timberwolves proved it Monday: Good things do come to those who wait. The 2011 NBA offseason has featured six head-coaching firings and subsequent hirings. Despite waiting until four of the new coaches were already in place to do their
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