Minnesota Vikings: Websites Every Vikings Fan Simply Must Bookmark
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One of the best things about this job is being able to tour through different websites and discover new corners of the internet I didn't know existed.
Sometimes I wish I STILL didn't know, but more often than not I'm happy with what I find.
Part of the process of keeping up with the NFC North, and the Vikings, is perusing the various sites dedicated to the team.
Here are seven sites that I visit pretty much every day in my quest for Vikings information.
Jeremy Fowler does a great job of covering the team from all angles, from longer researched stories to tales of players driving drunk through McDonalds. He does a good job of explaining what is going on without talking down to fans.
There are some non-Fowler stories that come in as well and I have yet to find a writer who has put something up there that I really disliked. If you want a local view, here's one of the places to go.
I probably pull more news from the Star Tribune than anywhere else. Mark Craig and Dan Wiederer do an excellent job on the Vikings' blog and, like Fowler, are adept at both quick hits and longer pieces.
The Trib has a bunch of videos as well. It's a good sign anytime a news site starts embracing technology.
The site has some solid overall NFL takes as well.
Chris Gates is a beast. He's a one man Viking Horde, pillaging and boozing his way through the season. Even before I started this beat, I read a lot of his stuff.
You get your news pieces, you get your lighthearted stuff and you get your nuts and bolts football as well. Gates always has a unique style which his stuff an enjoyable read.
I enjoyed (as much as anyone could given the events) his coverage of the Stadium Kerfuffle quite a bit and look forward to another season of pillaging.
Mike Wobschall does good work over at the Official Team Blog, and you get a nice mix of common news with an inside point of view.
I know people will sometimes hesitate to bother with the '"team" site—will they be harsh when needed? Will they be fair?
Wobschall provides a good balance, I believe. Perhaps he'll never be as harsh as an outside site, but that's fine. He does a very good job and is an enjoyable read.
Plus getting site-exclusive player interviews and the like is always a good thing.
Purple Pride isn't pretty—I could make an analogy about being a Vikings fan of late, but former Jets fans shouldn't throw stones in glass houses—but it has something for everybody.
It's a great place for fans to gather and chat about the Vikings and the NFL. It's not a hard core news site or anything, but it does feed you the info you need to know and there are plenty of solid takes during the season to keep you thinking.
If you're looking to talk some Vikes, this is a great place to start.
I like to go there and check out what the temperature fanbase is like when something big happens.
The Vikings page at Scout.com has a tremendous wealth of info and writers to distribute. There's always something new up and as it's Scout.com, you'll find a ton of links to other information and websites as well.
The very first time I went to a Scout site I was overwhelmed—there is a lot on the page. Once you get used to it though, it's a pretty easy site to navigate and it is filled with some great info and analysis.
The forums are lively as well.
Judd Zulgad does a great job on the Vikings blog there and while he does touch on big, breaking news, he does an outstanding job at looking at the individual players and the team itself.
Zulgad is also enjoyable to listen to, though the show he does talks about things other than football.
I know, right? Insane. Apparently people like that sort of thing.
As with the Packers piece I did the other day, I am SURE I missed someone or am not aware of a site somewhere. So feel free to drop them into the comments.
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