• Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck went on former NFL punter Pat McAfee's radio show and had a positive message about how he is trying to respond to the shutdown of sports: "We all have a role in this. And we can all row the boat together. We can all take our problems, look at them as situations and create opportunities that make this world better. But here's the one thing, we all affect this. Every single one of us have an impact of how we actually change the future of this nation. When has that ever happened?"
• Tajae Sharpe, the newest Vikings receiver, was a fifth-round pick by the Titans in the 2016 draft. That same year the Vikings took Laquon Treadwell in the first round. Sharpe has 92 receptions for 1,167 yards and eight scores in his career while Treadwell, now with the Falcons, has 65 receptions for 701 yards and two scores. And Sharpe missed all of 2017 on injured reserve.
• An interesting note from Jimmy Shapiro of Bovada: Sportsbooks already are putting betting lines on some big college football games around the country. The Gophers have opened as four-point favorites against Iowa at home in Week 3.
•The Vikings' odds to win the Super Bowl have dropped to 30-1 and rank 14th in the NFL. The Packers rank seventh at 18-1.
• Pro Football Focus on the Vikings' signing of defensive run stopper Michael Pierce: "He peaked in 2018 with a 92.0 grade against the run, and that was also his best year as a pass-rusher, as he notched 21 pressures on 247 rushes. Pierce is a role player, but he's proven to be capable of putting together a valuable 400-500 snaps as an early-down run stopper."
• Good news for the Gophers men's hockey team with Sampo Ranta, the sophomore from Finland who was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2018, announcing he is returning this fall. Ranta had 20 points on 12 goals and eight assists this season.