After years of doing work in communications and politics, I moved on to do something actually enjoyable: writing about football. Since I've started, I've had pieces featured in Business Insider, Fox Sports, MSNBC, the LA Times, Forbes and more. I currently write for the Bleacher Report, Vikings Territory, Vikings Journal and contribute to Optimum Scouting. I also host a podcast called Norse Code at the Daily Norseman. I've written about the Vikings for five years, and seriously for the past three.
I live in Minnesota, and I've grown up all over the place, including North Dakota and Texas. I went to college here in Minnesota and studied everything from political science to computer science—ending up with a major in political science, but a minor in several other disciplines. For football, this means I like to focus on technical X's and O's explanations as well as statistics, but I'll write about almost anything.
The easiest way to keep track of all my work is to follow me on Twitter (@ArifHasanNFL).
I'm a Peyton Manning truther and I think Steve Young's best years were better than Joe Montana's.
Wrestling is as real as you want it to be.
Thanks for the information rich articles! Well thought out and informative.
I was critical at first, but now I know you're probably one of the best writers on this site. I can tell you actually put in some time and research on the Vikings as compared to most of the people that write about them. Any time I read a Vikings article and come away from it feeling like I've learned something and I'm well informed on the subject, about 90% of the time it's written by you.
Keep up the good work!
Would you have any interest in swapping stories for next week? I've got a back-up free agency plan story due on Tuesday and I'm going to be out of town until late on Monday.
It certainly helps that I think I could write the worst picks story in about a half hour, but it's mostly that I think I'll too tired to do anything well on Monday night.
No problem at all if you can't or don't want to.
Keep up the great work here and at the Daily Norseman, and I look forward to reading you at Vikings Territory!
Let me know if you wouldn't mind switching, I'd appreciate it a lot!
Were you the one planning on a "Coaches" article soon for the Vikings? With Kubiak getting the boot, there are a number of internet blogs (for Vikings fans) coming alive. And the No. 1 Coach of choice seems to be Mike Zimmer, with Del Rio in the top 5 pics too. Del Rio I get. I really don't know much about Zimmer. Curious minds want to know more, esp. whether we should be looking at an offensively minded coach, or defense. I tend towards defense. I figure the offense will take care of itself with a decent draft and coaching adjustments. I think the defense really needs some long-term tweaking to get it right :)
Do you agree with my evaluation of Ponder?
A QB needs to know how to thrive under pressure. They need to know how to make deep, good passes, and when to throw. Thats Ponder's biggest problem, he doesn't know WHEN to throw. The Oline cant hold the defense back all day, eventually they;re gonna break thru. Ponder needs to stop taking his sweet time, and throw the god damn ball! Another thing is, when he finally musters up the courage to throw the ball, it either gets intercepted, or it goes out of bounce. And seriously, he has to stop running it. One thing I noticed is that when ponder snaps the ball, he takes like three huge steps back. After 30 minutes of standing there, the tackles break thru the Oline, and he ends up running it, but he's so far away from the line of scrimmage, he ends up getting sacked. IMO, Ponder is not an option anymore for the Vikes.
Great reads man from one rookie F/C to an experienced one. Keep it up!
I will make you proud this season
I believe Ricky is the best GM in football today with looking at the last 2 drafts and no team has done the job the Vikings have. When I listened to Ricky on the skills that each player we drafted had and how they filled the need that we needed at the position they were drafted for it was brilliant. The flexibility of the O line man, the cover skills of the linebacker, the punter and his skill and character and the D line with the quick move on the first step. AP is in his Prime, the receivers could be something special and the corner backs with the size, speed along with the hard hitting safety's. The O line is all back together and a full back to clear the path for AP. Then there are the tight ends and if Carlson can be healthy and with another year in the system can be what we think he should be we will be a team to contend for the superbowl !!! So it is for Ponder to step up and do his job as he has one more year in the same system and can improve from last year He will be the key for the Vikings to go all the way!!!
Also a side not I listened to Mel Kiper and Todd Shaddy on the best drafting teams this year and not one word about the Vikings!!! No surprise I guess with out being a big sitty and having to kiss up to some of the teams. Also someone wrote a piece on CP and his Football IQ.
Thanks for always giving us things to tell us about the good of our beloved Vikings to make us feel good and not tearing players down. You are the best Arif when it comes to doing this with the Purple!!! Keep up the great work. SKOL VIKINGS!!! Yes I do have purple blood!!!
Hey Arif, I love your articles. Your research is unparalleled. I hope Spielman reads your articles and I am serious when I say that. I was wondering if you were going to do another mock since we have two firsts now and Jennings as well as other FA's. I would love to see your new thinking.