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MINNEAPOLIS – Alex Boone opted to wear his Salute-to-Service sweatshirt rather than his No. 76 jersey on Tuesday.
On the Vikings annual visit to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, ailment Boone sought to make a gesture that would deflect attention off of him and back to the veterans.
“I think a lot of it just has to do with respect for these guys,” Boone said. “I didn’t want to come in here today as a football player but rather as a proud American.
“A lot of these guys deal with some serious issues,” he added. “And sometimes I think they get a little bit too overlooked. To come in here today and say thank you for everything they did and make them happy was really the job of my year.”
Joining Boone were teammates Danielle Hunter, Blair Walsh and Kentrell Brothers, along with Vikings alumni Rickey Young and Dave Osborn. Executive Director of Player Development/Legal Les Pico, Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and Viktor the Viking also participated in the visit. Players mingled with long-term patients in the community living room and Spinal Cord Injury Center multi-purpose room. Patients were given Vikings ball caps to have autographed, and they also posed for photographs with the Vikings guests.
“It was a good experience,” said Danielle Hunter, a first-time visitor to the center. “The smiles on the veterans’ faces was a good thing for me to see, and to tell them thank you for their service.”
Added Hunter: “It’s always a good thing for us to be in the community.”
Ralph Heussner, Public Affairs Officer with the Minneapolis VA, said the Vikings annual visit is extremely important to all of the center’s patients.

“As both a Vikings fan and as a VA employee, this is a big deal,” Heussner said. “The patients [here] are in the hospital for a long time, many months sometimes. So it’s a huge break in the routine, and it’s an opportunity to meet these players on a human level. It’s really cool to see that the players are asking [the veterans] about themselves.
“You could say that it is Veterans Day here every day,” he added.
Heussner appreciated Boone, Hunter and Brothers making their debut visit for the Vikings and especially emphasized the way Boone immediately felt so comfortable with the patients.
“You could see from the beginning, Alex Boone had instant charisma,” Heussner said, before adding that the others quickly settled in as well. “They realized they were in friendly territory. […] The Vikings have a lot of friends, especially among veterans.”
In addition to spending time in the common areas, Boone also paid personal visits to those patients unable to leave their rooms.
One gentleman Boone met was Steven Carlson, a former Army sergeant who spent two years serving in the Vietnam War. Although Steven was non-verbal due to his condition, his facial expression when Boone walked into the room spoke volumes.
Boone connected immediately with Steven, who proudly wore a Vikings shirt and shorts. On the far wall of his room, a whiteboard had the 2016 Vikings schedule and up-to-date results written out.

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Nabi four-for delivers big win for Chittagong Vikings

Chittagong Vikings sent out an early warning as they beat defending champions Comilla Victorians by 29 runs in the tournament’s opening game. After Tamim Iqbal and Shoaib Malik helped them set up a fighting total, Man of the Match Mohammad Nabi took control of the game with his four-wicket haul.

Tamim sped to 50 off 32 balls with his team score on 69 for 1 at the end of the ninth over. But he was having trouble running between the wickets with Anamul Haque and, almost predictably, the second-wicket pair had a meltdown when Tamim ran for a second despite Anamul calling no after pushing to long-on.

Tamim, who had been dropped on 23 by Nahidul Islam running back from cover, was furious as he fell for 54 off 38 balls. His knock was studded with two sixes – over long-off and cover – and six attractive boundaries. Anamul was also run out when he backed up too far in the hunt for a single. Marlon Samuels, running in from midwicket, struck down the stumps at the non-striker’s end.

Chittagong’s innings looked in danger of getting derailed, but Malik and Jahurul Islam added 60 runs for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand that took the Vikings to 161. Malik struck two fours and two sixes in his 28-ball 42, while Jahurul contributed 29 off 21 balls. The unbroken partnership meant that Chittagong were deprived of Mohammad Nabi’s big-hitting prowess in the slog overs, but the Afghanistan allrounder made up with the ball.

Nabi removed Liton Das and the dangerous Ashar Zaidi in the eighth and tenth overs respectively, to reduce Comilla to 58 for 4, after Imrul Kayes had fallen early to a reckless waft outside off against Dwayne Smith, and Samuels had chipped a catch to short midwicket off Abdur Razzak.

Mashrafe Mortaza, who promoted himself to No. 6 to breathe life into the faltering chase, fell to Tymal Mills and was followed into the dressing room by Imad Wasim four balls later.

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Redskins will rock gray face masks against the Vikings

When the Redskins take the field against the Vikings on Sunday at FedEx Field, viagra 100mg they’ll apparently do so in throwback uniforms as part of the team’s annual “alumni homecoming weekend” festivities.

On Monday, here the Redskins posted a Vine of the helmet they’ll wear against Minnesota. Like last year’s helmets for Washington’s homecoming game, thumb the helmet stripes have been removed. This year, the Redskins’ regular gold face masks have also been replaced with gray face masks.

For the past few years, the Redskins’ throwbacks were based off the uniforms the franchise sported in 1932. In 2012, the Redskins wore helmets designed to look like brown leather with their throwbacks, a nod to authenticity that brought the look together.

Beginning in 2013, the NFL, citing safety reasons, prohibited teams from switching helmets during the season. While stripes, logos and face masks may be removed or interchanged, the same shells must be used all season. According to Uni Watch, the thinking behind the rule is that new helmets can be unsafe if worn without a “break-in” period.

As a result of the one-shell rule, the Redskins’ helmets have clashed with their throwback uniforms, which are a darker burgundy. The Redskins have not officially announced the uniforms they will wear against the Vikings.

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MINNEAPOLIS, drug Nov. 6 (UPI) — You might want to rethink starting Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata.

Running back Jerick McKinnon, abortion who is dealing with an ankle injury, is active Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

 

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The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions will come together on Sunday for a big Week 9 clash at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota. The game has a scheduled start time of 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network or online through free live stream via the link below.

The Vikings got their season off to a blistering start but they are fading and fading badly.

 

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CHICAGO — The Minnesota Vikings will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they visit the Chicago Bears on Monday night.

The way some Vikings players see it, last week’s loss against the Philadelphia Eaglesmight have been exactly what the group needed to stay sharp going forward.

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PHILADELPHIA — Sam Bradford returned to face the Eagles for the first time since a Sept. 3 trade sent the quarterback to the Minnesota Vikings in a Sunday 1 p.m. kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field. No. 2 overall NFL Draft choice Carson Wentz looked to end a two-game road losing streak.

Two games in a row Wentz and theEagles offense took possession of the ball with under two minutes remaining while trailing the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins and failed to win either game.

Despite Wentz failing to lead the Eagles to a comeback victory in either performance, malady head coach Doug Pederson likened the North Dakota State product to Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

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NFL Monday Night Football takes place tonight with a big game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. The Vikings will be overwhelming favorites to win this one given the form of both teams, however, tonight’s game takes place at Soldier Field in Illinois, and the Bears will be hoping that gives them the edge. The game has a scheduled start time of 8.30 p.m. ET, and can be watched on TV on the ESPN network or online through live stream via the link below.

The Vikings come into this game at the top of the NFC North division, and have suffered only the one hiccup so far this season. They are on 5-1 and have a comfortable lead over the 4-3 Green Bay Packers and 4-4 Detroit Lions.

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The Chicago Bears meanwhile have oppositely only tasted victory the one time this season so far, and come into today’s game in the basement of the NFC North with a 1-6 record.

That would indicate that the Vikings should have an easy ride to victory today, and most analysts would have pencilled them in for the win today.

However, Week 8 has already seen a few surprise results, and the Bears will be hoping to add one more shock to the pile.

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The Vikings ran into a Bear trap on Monday night in Chicago.

The offense struggled to move the ball and capitalize in prime position, buy and the defense didn’t make a considerable dent in a foe for the first time this season.

The outcome was a 20-10 decision that dropped the Vikings to 5-2. The Bears improved to 2-6 and beat Minnesota at Soldier Field for the eighth time since 2007.

Here are three stats that stood out:

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MINNEAPOLIS — Today, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, Minnesota State High School League, and Minnesota Vikings announced a special event in conjunction with the 2016 Prep Bowl. The Football Playoff and Prep Bowl Alumni Celebration will honor past players from the football playoffs and Prep Bowl as well as championship winning coaches and record holders from 1972 to 2015.

This honorary celebration will take place on Nov. 25 during halftime of the 6A championship game.

“We are thrilled to honor the past players and coaches at this year’s Minnesota State High School League Football Championship,” said MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. “What better place to celebrate the state’s best than U.S. Bank Stadium, which was built by Minnesotans for Minnesotans.”

“As we start this new chapter of high school football in Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium, we found it important to remember the successes of the past,” said Dave Stead, Executive Director of the Minnesota High School League. “We are inviting all players who participated in the playoffs or Prep Bowl along with championship winning coaches and record holders to attend the festivities to be recognized for their success, with the opportunity to reunite with teammates and coaches to share memories of why we play.”

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