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MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Zimmer is getting all soft with his kickers, it appears. Sort of. He's all into forgiveness and second chances. Sort of. Earlier this season Zimmer was into punishment and revenge. Totally.
FARGO - It may come as a surprise, given my smooth delivery and calm demeanor while always serving up level-headed commentary on 970 WDAY, but hosting a solo radio talk-show is hard work. Really hard work. For me, anyway. In fact, it's exhausting and time-consuming. You might say all-consuming, if you care about quality. And I do.
PHILADELPHIA — Adam Thielen is the epitome of Minnesota Nice. The Vikings receiver from Detroit Lakes, Minn., is a stand-up guy in the team's locker room after wins and, more importantly, losses. He looks his inquisitors in the eye and tries to give thoughtful answers to what can, admittedly, be sometimes inane questions. He appears to be what sports fans seek in their stars, both on and off the field: A genuinely nice guy.
PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champions who are playing more like the team that went 7-9 in Carson Wentz's rookie season. Penalties. Turnovers. Missed blocks. Dropped passes. Squandered opportunities. It's added up to a 2-3 start for the Eagles after they lost 23-21 to the Minnesota Vikings before almost 70,000 restless fans at Lincoln Financial Field.
PHILADELPHIA — The top receiver in the NFL is from Detroit Lakes, Minn. No, let's try that again. One of the best players in the NFL is from Detroit Lakes, Minn. Stop and think about that for a moment. Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings, the former Laker of whom we speak, deserves that respect. No longer is he the local guy who got a $500 scholarship to NCAA Division II Minnesota State Mankato. He is more than that.
MINNEAPOLIS—One play by Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen was everything the Minnesota Vikings were not. Energetic. Exciting. Athletic. Fearless. Joyful. Entertaining. Allen, the Bills' much-touted rookie out of Wyoming, did his best Superman impression near the end of the first quarter of Buffalo's 27-6 thrashing of the Vikings on Sunday, Sept. 23, at an angry U.S. Bank Stadium, hurdling Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr near midfield for a first down.
FARGO—North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman praised North Alabama for making the move from NCAA Division II to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. He sees it as the division adding a potentially quality program after losing so many in recent years.
FARGO — Old is new again in Big Stone Lake. The narrow, 26-mile long lake along the Minnesota-South Dakota border about 125 miles south of Fargo-Moorhead recently got another influx of lake sturgeon, a prehistoric-looking fish common to Big Stone's waters for centuries before water-quality degradation and damming of the Minnesota River that flows out of the lake caused their demise.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Vikings spent Sunday celebrating a team that broke everybody's heart, which was sort of an awkward way to begin a season with high expectations. The 1998 team was on display, lauded for finishing 15-1 in the regular season. Former heroes like Robert Smith and John Randle were introduced at halftime, there were video highlights galore of Randy Moss, fans were teased with trivia questions of that year. It was a championship-level 20th anniversary party.
STAR LAKE, Minn. — The rallying cry of those opposed to a casino on Star Lake in Minnesota's Otter Tail County proved to be correct. It wasn't a done deal. "It's not a done deal," was the tagline used by groups opposing a massive casino, resort, convention center and RV complex proposed three years ago by then-leaders of the White Earth Band of Chippewa. It was to be built on Indian trust land and other property acquired by the tribe on Star Lake, a large and popular body of water located in a remote area of Otter Tail County east of Maplewood State Park near Dent.