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Changing our minds on Adrian Peterson: A story in 10 poll questions

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: February 25, 2015 - 10:29 AM

So these are the results of the latest Star Tribune question on whether the Vikings should keep Adrian Peterson:

# of votes   % of votes
Yes, he's vital to the team's success in 2015 2026 49% 49%  
No, it's time for both sides to move on 2071 51% 51%  
Total Votes 4097    

To put it mildly, Vikings fans have gone back and forth on Peterson as his issues with the NFL and the Vikings have played out.

In the beginning, on September 15, we asked what the Vikings should do with Peterson when reports of his child-abuse case were first made public.

 

Reinstate him during the legal process. 3530 42% 42%  
Suspend him during the legal process. 2693 32% 32%  
Release him outright. 2247 27% 27%  
Total Votes 8470  

Two days later, when the Vikings reinstated him, we asked how you felt about that:

 

Agree 5436 34% 34%  
Disagree 8972 56% 56%  
Not sure 1654 10% 10%  
Total Votes 16062

The next day, he was suspended again -- and wouldn't play for the rest of the 2014 season. Did you agree with the call?

 

Yes 7742 64% 64%  
No 4331 36% 36%  
Total Votes 12073  

Then we asked if Peterson would ever play for the Vikings again:

 

Yes 1716 35% 35%  
No 3139 65% 65%  
Total Votes 4855  

That was it for our Peterson questions until early November, when Peterson's legal case was settled and we asked if he should rejoin the Vikings. That's when we saw the first change of heart.

 

Yes, he should rejoin the team right away 16305 72% 72%  
Yes, but not until he serves a longer suspension 2174 10% 10%  
No, he should not play again for the Vikings 4090 18% 18%  
Total Votes 22569  

On November 17, after the NFL suspended Peterson for the rest of the season, we asked if you agreed with the decision:

 

Yes 4162 43% 43%  
No 5575 57% 57%  
Total Votes 9737  

A month later, when the NFL denied Peterson's appeal, you didn't like that by an even greater margin:

 

Yes 1670 30% 30%  
No 3882 70% 70%  
Total Votes 5552  

On New Year's Eve, we asked if you wanted Peterson to return to the Vikings -- and most were on board with that:

 

Yes 6090 77% 77%  
No 1843 23% 23%  
Total Votes 7933  

Earlier this month, when Peterson came to Minneapolis to appeal his suspension in court, we asked if you thought Peterson would play for the Vikings in 2015. You did:

 

Yes 4269 66% 66%  
No 2159 34% 34%  
Total Votes 6428  

And, once again, after Peterson said the Vikings didn't support him as much as he would have liked and his agent had a verbal altercation with a Vikings official, we asked one more time if you want Peterson back. Right now, you pretty much can't make up your mind.

 

Yes, he's vital to the team's success in 2015 2043 49% 49%  
No, it's time for both sides to move on 2085 51% 51%  
Total Votes 4128  

We'll see how you feel about this on April 15, when Peterson is eligible to be reinstated -- and maybe even again (and again) as the story plays out. Keep in mind, this isn't scientific polling. But we can make a pretty good argument these 10 polls do a pretty good job of tracking how the mood toward Peterson has shifted back and forth.

Some Lions accuse Vikings of 'headhunting'

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: November 12, 2012 - 2:10 PM

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson didn't think anything illegal was going on, but head coach Jim Schwartz and some of his players weren't happy with the Vikings' defensive tactics during Sunday's game.

Meanwhile, Lions fans weren't too thrilled with the play of their team in the 34-24 Vikings victory.

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reported that, on two occasions after catching passes, "Johnson took shots to the head -- one, by safety Harrison Smith and another by linebacker Jasper Brinkley. He ducked out of the way of a couple other flying tackle attempts. Remember, it was against the Vikings in Week 4 that Johnson suffered a stinger on a helmet-to-helmet hit by linebacker Chad Greenway."

Schwartz told the News: "They hit him in the head twice. Only one (Brinkley) got flagged."

Johnson, who caught 12 passes for 207 yards, didn't think there was intent to injure.

You can read his response here.

About the hits to the head, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said he didn't know if the Vikings were targeting Johnson's head. "Calvin is a tough guy and he stayed in and made some big plays. But there is no place for that in this league."

While you're reading, you should go down to the comments at the bottom of the page. Lions fans talking about  Stafford and his receivers (other than Johnson) sound a little bit like many Vikings fans talking about Christian Ponder and his receivers (other than Percy Harvin).

Without the ESPN girlfriend thing, of course.

A Bay Area view: 'Beaten by a team that's not as good'

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: September 24, 2012 - 9:15 AM

Let's get right to it. Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News said the 49ers were stunning in how flat they were in losing to the Vikings:

"The truth is, no team in the NFL is the greatest team of all time after just two weeks. And no team in this era goes undefeated, either. As the 49ers proved Sunday conclusively, in Week 3. The surprise, really, was in the exact way the 49ers decided to go non-undefeated. Simply put, they showed up here at the Mall of America Field and decided to go shopping at Flatness R Us. That sort of flatness has happened so seldom under coach Jim Harbaugh, it was rather stunning.

Go here for the rest of Purdy's column.

The San Francisco Chronicle's 49ers blog offered 10 postgame impressions, including one about the use of Randy Moss:

"Going to Randy Moss, the former Viking, was a mistake. The 49ers tried to get the ball to him early, but he only caught three of six passes thrown his way for 27 yards. Those were plays that could have gone to Frank Gore and the running game. The chemistry with Alex Smith is clearly not there and it’s not all Moss’ fault. Smith had him open at the goal line in the first half and overthrew him."

Here's the rest of that post.

The San Francisco edition of Bleacher Report decided to distribute the blame for "the embarrassing loss" to the Vikings here.

The Mercury News offered this review of Randy Moss' day at the Metrodome, saying that he barely made a peep.

And in case you didn't see Moss' response to his question about playing time on the Star Tribune video, here's the answer in The Sacramento Bee's 49ers blog.

And finally, this video from the CSN Bay Area duo of Matt and Mandi, headlined "49ers beaten by a team that's not as good."

Enjoy, Vikings fans.

In Indy, many want the old quarterback back

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: September 12, 2012 - 7:08 AM

Nothing like a quarterback issue that won't go away. Not that Vikings fans would know anything about that from the experiences of recent years, of course.

In Indianapolis, the combination of the Colts losing their opener with Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning's successful return to the field in Denver have combined to enable the second-, third- and fourth-guessers, some of whom you can expect to hear from in the stands when the Vikings play at Indianapolis on Sunday.

Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz, a supporter of the switch, is among the flash points for some of the rage.

From Kravitz' current column, which features some of the tweets and comments that have been directed at him and Colts owner Jim Irsay:

"I've got to think most people understand, three years from now, when Peyton is walking off into the sunset, Luck will be entering the prime of his career. Wouldn't you trade 12 to 15 years for the possibility of three, four years with a depleted Colts team?

"But football is designed for hysteria -- that's why we love it -- and no issue makes the locals more hysterical than anything involving Manning, Irsay and The Decision (Indianapolis Edition)."

Sort of like the way that no issue makes Minnesotans more hysterical, at present, than anything involving Joe Mauer and his contract. Different set of circumstances, same public displays of emotion.

By comparison, in following the Donovan McNabb experiment, Christian Ponder has it very, very easy.

 

 

 

 

 

In Indy, many want the old quarterback back

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: September 12, 2012 - 7:08 AM

Nothing like a quarterback issue that won't go away. Not that Vikings fans would know anything about that from the experiences of recent years, of course.

In Indianapolis, the combination of the Colts losing their opener with Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning's successful return to the field in Denver have combined to enable the second-, third- and fourth-guessers, some of whom you can expect to hear from in the stands when the Vikings play at Indianapolis on Sunday.

Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz, a supporter of the switch, is among the flash points for some of the rage.

From Kravitz' current column, which features some of the tweets and comments that have been directed at him and Colts owner Jim Irsay:

"I've got to think most people understand, three years from now, when Peyton is walking off into the sunset, Luck will be entering the prime of his career. Wouldn't you trade 12 to 15 years for the possibility of three, four years with a depleted Colts team?

"But football is designed for hysteria -- that's why we love it -- and no issue makes the locals more hysterical than anything involving Manning, Irsay and The Decision (Indianapolis Edition)."

Sort of like the way that no issue makes Minnesotans more hysterical, at present, than anything involving Joe Mauer and his contract. Different set of circumstances, same public displays of emotion.

By comparison, in following the Donovan McNabb experiment, Christian Ponder has it very, very easy.

 

 

 

 

 

      

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