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Prepping at the Dome

Posted by: Jim Souhan under Professional baseball, Ron Gardenhire, Twins management, Gophers coaches, Gophers players, Tubby Smith, Gopher coaches, Gopher quarterbacks, Vikings, Vikings offense, Jared Allen, Percy Harvin, Vikings quarterbacks, Wild news Updated: October 25, 2012 - 5:10 PM

Catching up on the local sports scene:

-Vikings. I'm at the Dome, where I'm picking a typical grind-it-out victory for the Vikings. Tampa Bay has scary weapons in Doug Martin and Victor Jackson, but the Vikings have a number of advantages in this game.

Their defense has excelled at taking away the best skill-position player or players on the other team, with Larry Fitzgerald being the most recent example. The Vikings have been able to run the ball on pretty much everyone, and are smart enough not to veer away from their strengths, even though Tampa Bay is much better against the run than the pass.

Most of all, though, the Vikings appear to be the superior team at this juncture, and they're getting to play at home, presumably in front of a loud crowd, against a team that doesn't play often on turf. And the Bucs had to play on Sunday and spend Wednesday traveling. NFL players just don't bounce back that easily and quickly, not most of them.

My sure-to-be-wrong prediction: Vikings 23, Bucs 16.

-Twins: In September, I heard that the Twins would make major changes to their coaching staff. The only surprise, among the recently-announced changes, is that Terry Steinbach will be the bench coach. I hadn't heard Terry's name previously, and he wound up taking the position I had heard was reserved for Triple-A manager Gene Glynn.

This lineup makes sense. Glynn is very valuable where he right now, and Steinbach should be a good foil for Ron Gardenhire. Gardenhire is hyperactive on the bench. He needs someone to slow him down and offer all of his options. Gardenhire's first instinct is to act. Steinbach's job will be to make sure Gardenhire has thought every move through thoroughly as possible.

Whatever the changes to the coaching staff, the success of the franchise will depend on finding pitching. With word that Scott Boras client Kyle Lohse may be looking for a $75-million contract, it's more apparent than ever to me that Terry Ryan is going to have to try to get lucky with trades or low-level free-agent signings that will not impress anyone initially.

-Wild: Remember when we had an NHL team in our town? Me, neither.

-Gopher football: I want to like Jerry Kill. I really do. He's making it difficult, though. I've already ripped the removal of North Carolina from future schedules. I'm also disturbed by the removal of redshirts from several key young players.

The last time I went to one of Kill's press conferences, he emphasized the importance of patience. Removing the redshirt from your freshman quarterback at midseason and telling him on Friday that he would be starting on Saturday is not patient. It's an act of desperation.

Jerry: Recruits can smell desperation.

-Gopher basketball: As tough as I've been on Tubby Smith on many fronts, I won't bash him because his son got  a DUI. While I believe driving while intoxicated is absolutely wrong and reckless, I also know a million people who have done it at some point in their lives. Saul Smith made a terrible mistake, but let's not play the ``leader-of-young-men card.'' He's an assistant coach. Let's not pretend that an assistant coach getting a DUI is going to alter the lives of a dozen college basketball players.

-Here are a few notes on tonight's game, courtesy of Vikings media relations:

-Matt Blair will enter the Vikings' ring of honor tonight.

-Percy Harvin ranks second in the NFL in receptions, with 53. His 271 receptions rank second in franchise history for a player in his first four seasons. He's caught a pass in every NFL game in which he's played.

-Kicker Blair Walsh leads the league with 27 touchbacks. He's tied for third in the NFL with 16 field goals.

-The Vikings' 72 sacks and 25 forced fumbles since the start of the 2011 season are the most in the NFL.

-Jared Allen has a sack in five straight games.

-Kyle Rudolph is tied for the lead league among tight ends with 5 touchdown catches.

-Please follow me on Twitter at @Souhanstrib. I'll be on WJON at 7:15 a.m and 1500ESPN at 2:05 p.m. tomorrow to talk about the game.

 

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Buffalo 17 4th Qtr 2:28
New England 9
Cleveland 10 4th Qtr 9:20
Baltimore 6
Dallas 27 4th Qtr 10:56
Washington 10
Indianapolis 20 4th Qtr 10:33
Tennessee 10
Jacksonville 17 4th Qtr 10:42
Houston 21
San Diego 7 4th Qtr 10:02
Kansas City 19
NY Jets 27 4th Qtr 11:37
Miami 24
Chicago 9 4th Qtr 4:30
Minnesota 13
Philadelphia 24 4th Qtr
NY Giants 19
New Orleans 14 4th Qtr 6:45
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Carolina 3:25 PM
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Eastern Mich 100
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Arizona State 49
Longwood 42 2nd Half 8:03
Ball State 50
Sacred Heart 60 2nd Half 9:17
Brown 58
Colgate 46 2nd Half 5:12
Columbia 53
MD-Eastern Shore 68 2nd Half 5:17
Duquesne 59
UNC Greensboro 43 2nd Half 7:35
East Carolina 61
Marist 34 2nd Half 8:33
Elon 49
NJIT 50 2nd Half 6:59
Lafayette 61
Cincinnati Christian 42 2nd Half 7:16
Liberty 54
Morgan State 35 2nd Half 11:32
Marquette 55
Campbell 40 2nd Half 7:06
Samford 55
Bucknell 54 2nd Half 7:40
Siena 57
Long Beach State 50 2nd Half 13:08
Syracuse 58
Coppin State 57 2nd Half 9:02
Evansville 67
UMKC 43 2nd Half 8:39
Indiana State 41
Hofstra 45 2nd Half
Long Island 25
Coast Guard 12 1st Half 6:52
Army 42
Thomas (GA) 17 1st Half 7:09
High Point 25
Texas Southern 5 1st Half 9:26
Kansas State 15
Rutgers 23 1st Half 5:29
Monmouth 26
NC Wesleyan 18 1st Half 5:47
NC A&T 17
South Dakota St 18 1st Half 6:25
Northern Iowa 24
Central Penn College 16 1st Half 10:50
Radford 25
Bowling Green 25 1st Half 4:52
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Harris-Stowe 24 1st Half 6:30
SE Missouri St 23
Robert Morris-IL 17 1st Half 4:46
SIU Edwardsville 38
Northland College 23 1st Half 4:50
North Dakota St 37
Milwaukee 21 1st Half 5:49
South Dakota 25
Northwestern St 2:30 PM
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Fresno State
Haskell 3:00 PM
Oral Roberts
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Xavier
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Northern Ariz
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Bradley
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UMBC
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Butler
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Alabama
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California
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Virginia Tech 33
(15) Arizona State 36 FINAL
Duke 31
Miami-Florida 21 FINAL
So Carolina 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Penn State 31
(25) Nebraska 42 FINAL
(24) USC 45
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(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
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(6) TCU
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(12) Arizona
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(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
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(3) Oregon
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(1) Alabama
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Tennessee
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Miami-Ohio 54
Holy Cross 63 FINAL
Norfolk State 62
East Carolina 62 FINAL
South Florida 69
(10) Oregon State 63 FINAL
(8) Tennessee 74
Providence 51 FINAL
Boston College 79
Florida A&M 47 FINAL
Miami-Florida 83
Oakland 69 FINAL
Central Michigan 74
Chattanooga 59 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 49
Fairfield 59 FINAL
La Salle 73
St Francis-PA 35 2nd Half 10:55
Pittsburgh 59
Milwaukee 52 2nd Half 8:32
IUPU-Ft Wayne 56
Gardner-Webb 42 2nd Half 8:45
Longwood 43
New Hampshire 46 2nd Half 3:57
Manhattan 43
Bucknell 57 2nd Half 5:52
Binghamton 47
Northeastern 53 2nd Half 7:38
Albany 49
George Mason 44 2nd Half 5:55
Towson 56
Richmond 40 2nd Half 12:25
William & Mary 41
Tulane 32 2nd Half 18:58
Cincinnati 20
North Florida 39 2nd Half 7:45
Florida 52
(14) Georgia 43 2nd Half 7:20
Seton Hall 56
Tennessee St 47 2nd Half 12:02
(12) Kentucky 60
American Univ 52 2nd Half 6:37
Wake Forest 64
Massachusetts 61 2nd Half 8:14
Boston U 44
Quinnipiac 54 2nd Half 9:02
Saint Josephs 50
Lafayette 43 2nd Half 4:14
Saint Peters 26
Northwestern 50 2nd Half 6:58
(20) Michigan State 46
Duquesne 71 2nd Half 3:27
Lehigh 68
George Washington 57 2nd Half 7:49
Loyola-Maryland 36
(17) Rutgers 52 2nd Half 9:07
Indiana 38
(24) Green Bay 57 2nd Half 5:19
Dayton 59
Western Mich 29 2nd Half
Stony Brook 23
Davidson 30 2nd Half
Virginia 34
UNC Greensboro 8 1st Half 14:13
LSU 10
Denver 15 1st Half 5:50
North Texas 12
VA Commonwealth 25 1st Half 5:31
Coppin State 20
Huston-Tillotson 8 1st Half 5:46
Houston Baptist 37
Lamar 20 1st Half 7:05
Rice 24
Miss Valley St 16 1st Half 7:02
Alabama 19
Saint Louis 27 1st Half 5:17
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Middle Tennessee 27 1st Half 8:36
Tenn Tech 20
Penn State 13 1st Half 8:49
(23) Iowa 20
Purdue 22 1st Half 7:44
Illinois 11
DePaul 34 1st Half 9:18
Illinois State 19
Sam Houston St 6 1st Half 7:49
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Siena
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Wisconsin
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CS-Northridge
Yale 3:30 PM
(25) Arizona State
UC Santa Barbara 4:00 PM
(16) Stanford
Long Island 4:00 PM
Long Beach St
Jackson State 4:00 PM
Louisiana
Eureka 4:30 PM
Western Ill
Cornell 5:00 PM
(22) Syracuse
Temple 7:30 PM
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