1. Antoine Winfield's New Contract and the NFL's Unique Standard of Loyalty

    In one sense, the NFL's non-guaranteed contract structure makes for the harshest send-offs in any professional sport.A basketball, baseball, or hockey star may be locked in for tens of millions over multiple years, even as he begins to fade...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 1,823 reads 20 comments

  2. The New York Yankees Are Back, and It's Good for Baseball

    Effin' Yankees.Eight wins in a row, heading into today's game. Back on top of the AL East. Old-timers hitting like it's 1998. Shopping-spree free agents blazing a trail toward the pennant they were bought to win...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 367 reads 17 comments

  3. Clearing Out the Vikings' Impending Quarterback Logjam

    With a glut of out-of-work veterans flooding the job market, it's tough for the unproven young guns out there to impress employers.Just ask Tarvaris Jackson.Six months ago, T-Jack was starting under center for the Vikings in a home playoff game...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 524 reads 3 comments

  4. Will the "Williams Wall" Case Sack the NFL's Entire Labor Agreement?

    A few months ago, the biggest question surrounding the pending suspension of the "Williams Wall" was the blow it could deal to the Vikings' pass rush...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 435 reads 11 comments

  5. The Top 10 Hottest Yankees-Red Sox Better Than Brett Favre: In Search of the Perfect B/R Article

    Attention. Reads. Comments. Praise. If you’re a writer, you want them, you need them, oh baby, oh baby. The question is, how to get them? You can roll up your sleeves, dive into your research, and try to grind you way to the top...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 624 reads 32 comments

  6. Talking Ricky Rubio on Sports Overnight America

    Last night, I joined Pat Mauro of Sports Overnight America to talk Brett Favre, the Vikings, and the Timberwolves.A transcript of the first part of our conversation, which covered Favre and the Vikings, can be found here...

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  7. Talking Brett Favre on Sports Overnight America

    Last night, I joined Pat Mauro of Sports Overnight America in the wee hours of the morning to discuss Brett Favre, the Vikings, and the Timberwolves...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 1,244 reads 10 comments

  8. Will Ricky Rubio's Head Start Cost Him Down the Road?

    Ricky Rubio is certainly wise beyond his years.He cracked Spain's professional league at age 14. He debuted in Euroleague play three days after his 16th birthday.Even a teenage LeBron needed to borrow against future earning to land his first Hummer...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 311 reads 0 comments

  9. The Five Worst Champions in NBA History

    Not all NBA champions are created equal. Some steamroll to the title, sneering at anyone that stands in their way—your '96 Bulls, your "Fo', fo', fo'" Sixers...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 2,910 reads 26 comments

  10. Kevin McHale: Gone but Not Forgotten

    Apparently, it’s hard not to like Kevin McHale.His players liked him. People who interviewed him liked him.And for a long, long time, his boss, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, really liked him...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 141 reads 0 comments

  11. Phil Jackson: Suitable for All Ages

    Eleven years ago, in the wake of Phil Jackson's second three-peat, the front-page headline of the Chicago Tribune proclaimed "The Joy of Six."How about the "Power of 10?"There are plenty of ways to quantify Jackson's brilliance...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 182 reads 1 comments

  12. You Want Irresponsible Steroid Speculation? You Got It

    At this point, we all know that Raul Ibanez blew a gasket over a blogger's suggestion that we have to consider the possibility that performance-enhancing drugs were involved in his new-found power surge...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 138 reads 1 comments

  13. Memo to Cubs Fans: You Gotta Get Mean

    On the whole, Chicago Cubs fans are a gentle bunch.That willingness to boo that gives White Sox supporters a little extra bite? It just isn't our style.That penchant for mass collective sarcasm that Yankees fans have perfected? Not our cup of tea...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 205 reads 7 comments

  14. Taking Stock of the Alfonso Soriano Disaster

    Plenty of pundits are still seeing red over Manny Ramirez' staying power—suspension be darned—as an All-Star vote-getter...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 309 reads 5 comments

  15. Can Joe Mauer Hit .400?

    Note: Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press evidently raised the same question last night, while we were slaving away at this. Frankly, we're annoyed, but trust us—our answer is better...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 1,074 reads 26 comments

  16. Escape From L.A.: Four Scenarios in Which Kobe Bryant Opts Out this Summer

    Right out of the gate, let’s be clear: The odds that Kobe Bryant will opt out of his contract this offseason are slim.He’s got two years and nearly $48 million left on the max contract he signed before the 2004-2005 season...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 1,045 reads 19 comments

  17. Summer 2009: An NBA Free Agent's Nightmare

    Kobe Bryant can opt out of his contract this summer. So can Hedo Turkoglu and Carlos Boozer.And Ben Gordon, Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Allen Iverson and Ron Artest headline the list of stars ...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 1,063 reads 12 comments

  18. Everything You Wanted to Know about the NBA Finals But Were Afraid to Ask

    The long slog through the NBA playoffs to the Finals isn’t just designed to separate the contenders from the pretenders on the court...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 412 reads 7 comments

  19. A 2009 NFC North Cheat-Sheet

    Corn-fed linemen, corn-fed linebackers, and corn-fed fans—all set against a bucolic Midwestern backdrop of fields brimming with…well, you get the picture...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 220 reads 2 comments

  20. A Sneak Peak at the 2009 Minnesota Vikings

    A year ago, you couldn’t keep tabs on the Minnesota Vikings without hearing all about Super Bowl-caliber somethings.A Super Bowl-caliber running game? Yep.A Super Bowl-caliber rush defense? Check...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 161 reads 5 comments

  21. The Minnesota Vikings' Coaching Staff: A Defensive and Special Teams Profile

    This is Part Two of a two-part profile on the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff. This part covers defense and special teams. Part One, which covers head coach Brad Childress and the offense, can be found here...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 283 reads 4 comments

  22. The Minnesota Vikings' Coaching Staff: An Offensive Profile

    When Brad Childress took the reigns as Minnesota’s head coach in 2006, he shied away from the notion that he was the team’s savior...

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  23. Ten Questions for Visanthe Shiancoe of the Minnesota Vikings

    Just call Visanthe Shiancoe a late bloomer. The 91st overall pick of the 2003 draft spent four years in obscurity as a Giants reserve...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 1,035 reads 3 comments

  24. Five Personnel Questions That Could Impact the Minnesota Vikings' Playbook

    On the coaching front, the Vikings’ offseason moves were those of a team content with its schemes. The handful of new faces on Minnesota’s staff—an assistant special teams coach, ...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 440 reads 3 comments

  25. Five Plays from '08 That Made the Minnesota Vikings Tick

    As a rule, a team trying to lure a 39-year-old quarterback out of retirement has a few kinks to work out when it comes to moving the ball...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 550 reads 4 comments