Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


Jared Allen 'rocking America,' chasing a midget

Posted by: under Vikings, Packers, Jared Allen Updated: November 12, 2011 - 11:45 AM

ESPN reporter/comedian Kenny Mayne is conflicted. He can't decide who to root for in Monday night's Packers-Vikings clash at Lambeau Field.

To sort through it all, Mayne is revisiting his most memorable moments with two of the game's biggest stars: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

He will do so on Sunday during his "Mayne Event" segment on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown." Set your DVR.

After all, the moments Mayne has shared with both Rodgers and Allen are, well, uh, entertaining for lack of a better word. There was Mayne's attempt last season to make an "Inception" sequel featuring Rodgers.

And there was also Mayne and Allen's contentious review of 2010 with Allen playing the role of Father Time.

Oh, and then there was the following 2009 visit Mayne paid to Allen in Arizona, given a glimpse of Allen's "high-level workout." That training session featured Allen chasing a little person around the open range and repeatedly throwing a rock.

Yep. Sunday's "Mayne Event" ought to be memorable.

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