Chad Reuter Mock Draft: Eben Britton
Yahoo! Mock Draft: Eben Britton
Pro-football-reference.com on quarterbacks and win-loss records (I and II). Really interesting stuff.
Reason for 2009 Optimism
Last night I dreamed that the Vikings were playing the Saints, and scored two defensive touchdowns in the first half (no, my dream is not the reason for optimism). I woke up thinking about non-offensive touchdowns, and considered that the 10-7 2008 Vikings gave up an insane number of non-offensive touchdowns. Looking at the box scores, I count 10. Granted the Vikings also scored a hefty number of non-offensive touchdowns in the past few seasons. Still, I doubt very much the Vikes will give up that many again. And given that the 2009 schedule is a bit easier, it's reasonable to believe the '09 Vikings can win 10+ games.
Request for Sports Illustrated's "Truth and Rumors"
I'm very pleased that you now add links to the original stories that you paraphrase--this allows readers to access more information and to find the original context. But could you be at least a little discerning? This bit you got from the Pioneer Press about how the Vikings "may" trade their first round pick, about how "it wouldn't be surprising" if they did so? That's not a rumor: that's idle speculation. Anything "may" happen, and trading draft picks on draft day is quite common, rarely "surprising." This is just commentary, not a rumor. I could amend this as a request never to cite Charley Walters in "Truth and Rumors." His columns are full of "might" and "It's not out of the question that." I don't know why anybody takes him seriously.
Pointless Heads Up
I don't think this blog will ever be "exclusively" about anything, but we've been transitioning into primarily covering the Vikings specifically (hence sporadic posting lately) and pro football more broadly. Sometime during the off-season I'll be cleaning up and re-organizing the links to reflect that trend (since I use my blogs' link lists as my own bookmarks for reading).