The Vikings finally signed Ellis Wyms (SI). That's good: defensive line depth was (and still is) one of the team's needs.
The first part of Seamus Heaney's "Markings" is about kids playing soccer (The Guardian).
Frerotte! (Star Tribune).
Julius Peppers? (Viking War Cry). I won't allow myself to dream.
I'm going to the Timberwolves-Grizzlies game tonight. I haven't been to a game yet this year; the last time I went to a Timberwolves' game that didn't feature Kevin Garnett must have been 1995.
Reasons the NBA is in good shape: its leading scorer (LeBron James), leading rebounder (Dwight Howard), and second leading passer (Chris Paul) were each born in 1984 or 1985. I continue to be astounding at these three players' stat lines (James: 30.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.5 apg; Howard: 21.7 ppg, 14.4 rpg; Paul: 21.6 ppg, 11.3 apg). It should be a fun next decade or so of basketball, right?
William Rhoden: "Vick Case Exposes Rift Among Animal-Rights Advocates" (New York Times).
What's Drew Bledsoe up to? (New York Times).
Deadspin previews UCLA's first round game.
Stop Mike Lupica writes about the Washington pro football team's nickname.