More and more commentators are complaining about the lack of defensive players in the Hall of Fame, including CHFF, Peter King, and Jason Cole (via Fanhouse).
Dr. Z comments on the new HOF class (I've always liked that there are a few of the selectors that are very candid about the process).
A lot of people have been raving about Michael Irvin's HOF speech (such as Jeff Pearlman, the HCIC, and even PFT), and I'm glad. Irvin was one of my favorite players growing up, and I hope people can look to Irvin and see that a human being is always multi-dimensional. There's a lot about Irvin to admire, as a man and as a football player, and I hope people can see that.
The Pioneer Press looks at Adrian Peterson's practice performance thus far.
And the Pioneer Press looks at the Vikings' attempt to improve the pass rush this season (a huge need).
Pro-football-reference.com looks at some fun QB stats.
An excellent Viking blog took much of the summer off (and why not?), but The Ragnarok is back with posts on Tarvaris Jackson and the Viking offensive line.
Football Outsiders takes a look at screen plays.
FreeDarko takes a look at the Timberwolves.
I Heart KG is still all over any Garnett or T-Wolves news.
Ballers, Gamers, and Scoundrels comments on Nike suspending Michael Vick, and I'd like to add my own comment. The companies that hired Vick to endorse their products/services are not wrong to release him now. Nor are they right. Advertising works entirely on perception and image. Some companies hired Vick to endorse their products/services because perception of his image was good; now that perception of his image is bad, these companies no longer wish Vick to endorse their products/services. It has nothing to do with substance (such as, is Vick actually innocent or guilty, or whether he should be considered innocent until proven guilty, which of course legally he should); it has only to do with image. Such is the world of advertising (If you're interested in analysis of the ways advertising often uses negative and harmful imagery, particularly in its gender representations, check out GenderAds.com, which I'm planning on incorporating into my classes this fall. Oh, and remember to spay or neuter your pets, which controls the pet population, which helps prevent animal suffering).