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Congratulations, Minnesota Vikings. By virtue of your lowly 1-5 record following a blowout loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night, you now are officially enrolled in the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes. The lucky winner will pick first in next spring's NFL Draft and will either choose the much- ballyhooed quarterback from Stanford or entertain myriad offers from other teams wishing to do so. You know who Andrew Luck is, right? The next sure-fire standout NFL quarterback. The second coming of Peyton Manning or John Elway.
Hello Minnesota Wild players and coaches. Welcome to Duluth. We trust you've enjoyed your first day of practice at the luxurious Amsoil Arena. Maybe it's not the Xcel, but we're pretty darn proud of it. Opened it last fall and we're already raising a national championship banner there this weekend for the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team. We've ordered some nice October weather for your stay. Monday was nice, and today's high is expected to swell into the 70s. Not bad, considering there usually is a foot of snow on the ground this time of year. Just kidding.
So, how exactly are the Minnesota Vikings spending their halftimes? Are they resting comfortably in custom-made Barcaloungers, catching a few zzz's before the referees fetch them for the second half? Are they busy updating their Facebook statuses to "Coasting toward a victory"? Are they checking their fantasy football stats? Are they doing anything remotely football-related? Whatever they're doing in the locker room clearly isn't working.
What Super Bowl hangover? Apparently the Green Bay Packers are intent on giving the rest of the league a hangover after defeating a very good New Orleans Saints team Thursday night in a battle of the past two Super Bowl champions. No one should be surprised. Last season, the Packers seemed to put players on injured reserve every day, but they still fielded enough players to win a Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers, rapidly becoming one of the top two or three gunslingers in the league, oversees an offense that will overrun most defenses with wide receivers like Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley a