They traded blows in a duel that shattered records Sunday and will spur retrospective later, the five-time champion and the serendipitous starter trading touchdown drives like Tiger Woods and Bob May swapping birdies at Valhalla.
That Tom Brady did not win his sixth Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium ultimately will not do much to tarnish his legacy. Not after a game in which the 40-year-old threw for 505 yards, setting a Super Bowl record for passing yards in four quarters a year after he needed five to do it. Read More
It’s hard to say how many people on Nicollet Mall for Saturday’s well-stacked Super Bowl Live lineup were locals or out-of-towners, but it’s fair to say an overwhelming majority of them were fans of Minnesota’s celebrated rock scene of the ’80s and ’90s.
The impressive quadrupling of Bob Mould, the Suburbs, the Jayhawks and Soul Asylum on the frigid outdoor stage was arguably the greatest amalgamation of “Heyday”-era Twin Cities rock heroes since the 2004 Rock for Karl benefit for Soul Asylum’s late bassist Karl Mueller. Read More
For the opening week of Super Bowl 52 visitors turned out in force for events at the convention center, Mall of America and on Nicollet Mall in anticipation of Sunday's game.
The crowd was fired up for Justin Timberlake's halftime show during Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.
“Is Carson Wentz still your starting quarterback? Will you have an open competition in training camp? And can the Super Bowl MVP go back to being a backup?” Read More
The denouement of the 2017 NFL season — a year that sent a series of seismic shocks through the natural order of things — came on Monday morning in Minneapolis, when a former high school coach and a starter-turned-backup-turned-Super Bowl MVP held court to talk about how they had upended Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
“It wasn’t necessarily me; it was everyone around me that did an amazing job,” Eagles quarterback Nick Foles said. “The outcome was, we were successful and now we’re world champions.” Read More
From subs to stars
Mike Zimmer is in good company today.
Bill Belichick got outcoached, too. Read More
Nick Foles didn’t look jittery at any point, and he didn’t flinch at the moment of truth. He kept slinging passes and orchestrating the offense like a guy who has been in this spot many times.
Except he hadn’t. And that was the most stunning development in a Super Bowl marked by bizarre happenings. Read More
There were a lot of people surprised when the Eagles were able to score 38 points on the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game. But on Sunday night in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Eagles showed that performance was no fluke, as they defeated the Patriots 41-33 in a record setting offensive performance. Read More
But in a championship game that featured 1,151 total yards (874 passing), 74 points and one punt, the Eagles made three defensive stops that were every bit as valuable as their quarterback throwing for 374 yards and three touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 41-33 win over the Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. Read More
PHILADELPHIA — Fresh off their first Super Bowl title, the Philadelphia Eagles arrived home to a hero's welcome Monday afternoon, hours after overjoyed fans mobbed the streets in a sometimes unruly victory celebration nearly 60 years in the making.
Hundreds of fans greeted the team's plane at Philadelphia International Airport, cheering wildly and singing "Fly Eagles Fly" as Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie emerged with the Lombardi Trophy. Read More
The most heart-warming moment of Jimmy Fallon’s unprecedented performance Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre came when the late-night king slid up next to Justin Timberlake to re-enact their Bee Gees impressions in a giddy rendition of “Nights on Broadway.”
Unfortunately, the impromptu nod to their “Barry Gibb Talk Show” skits on “Saturday Night Live” came after the cameras were turned off, the Teleprompter wente dark and the 300-plus crew members began loading up the trucks for the long haul back to New York City. Read More
Minnesota, that was one smooth party on the rocks.
With its Bold North theme, Super Bowl LII’s 10-day celebration of all things winter — including ice sculptures, ice skating and even ice in cocktails carried down Nicollet Mall — culminated Sunday with record-setting cold temperatures outside as a warm U.S. Bank Stadium cradled a hotly contested, nail-biter of a game inside. Read More
Nothing will give you a lesson in recency bias than to declare something that just happened is the best of its kind to ever happen.
It happens with movies you just saw and meals you just ate — how many times have you declared you just finished the best pizza ever? — and it quite certainly happens with sporting events. Read More
If you're a Vikings fan and thought that sneaky touchdown pass to Eagles quarterback Nick Foles looked familiar, you're not imagining things. The Bears ran that play for a touchdown against the Vikings during their 2016 game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
In the Chicago Sun-Times, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Frank Reich said, “There’s been several different variations of that play that we’ve seen people run. We were in particular copying the Bears’ version of it.” Read More
Even though the game had been a thrilling nail-biter, the most suspenseful thing inside U.S. Bank Stadium as Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show neared may have been the question: Will he or won’t he?
He didn’t. Read More
The partnership of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady has defined the NFL in this new century, starting with the 2001 season and arriving on Sunday in the spectacular football edifice in downtown Minneapolis.
There was much angst among defenders of our migrating birds that those huge glass panels making up its doors to the world would have a devastating effect on our feathered creatures. Read More
Tom Brady is the greatest winner in the modern history of America’s most popular game. He is rich and married to a rich supermodel. He might have the world’s greatest discernible sporting life and when he loses a Super Bowl he is granted no privileges, spared no regrets.
On the final play of the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over Brady’s Patriots on Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium, Brady was knocked to the ground. As the Eagles began a celebration that would endanger light poles all over Philadelphia, a teammate helped Brady to his feet, and he congratulated two opponents. Read More
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When it mattered most, the Eagles offense rose to the occasion to help claim Philadelphia’s first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history on Sunday night in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Quarterback Nick Foles and company converted 10 of 16 third-down attempts and both fourth-down tries as the Eagles won a shootout 41-33 against the vaunted Patriots offense and quarterback Tom Brady. Read More
An unlikely hero emerged from a Philadelphia Eagles aerial attack featuring a first-round pick in Nelson Agholor, a $52 million-option in Alshon Jeffery and a Super Bowl-champion veteran in Torrey Smith.
Corey Clement, the third fiddle in a deep Eagles backfield, led the way with a team-high 100 receiving yards. Philadelphia’s three-man rushing attack, fronted by LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi, combined for 255 yards and two touchdowns in the 41-33 victory against the Patriots. Read More
Players, fans and the NBC cameramen might want to call their chiropractors Monday, because a lot of people could have whiplash after the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
An old mantra says defense wins championship, but that message must have gotten frozen in the frigid air on its way to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. Read More
Forget the football game. The real drama Sunday night: Would Al Michaels accept Justin Timberlake’s challenge to shake his booty at the Super Bowl halftime show?
Timberlake started a hashtag — #AlMichaelsShakeYourBooty — in October, urging the elder statesman of NBC’s NFL broadcast team to dance along. Michaels demurred, though analyst Cris Collinsworth did talk the high priest of play-by-play into an awkward little hip-shake during the pregame show. That was probably for the best, since the broadcast was plenty entertaining all by itself. Read More
At three sites near and around downtown Minneapolis, activists tried to disrupt Super Bowl festivities on Sunday afternoon by blocking streets, light-rail trains and, briefly, a stadium entrance.
But ultimately, they had little effect on fans trying to make it into U.S. Bank Stadium in time for the 5:30 p.m. kickoff. Read More
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry caused a social media stir when he showed up to the Super Bowl wearing a Minnehaha Academy sweatshirt.
Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who made the game-saving interception to beat Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX, got benched Sunday for Super Bowl LII.
After the game, Butler told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “They gave up on me.” Read More
For every magical postseason comeback Tom Brady has orchestrated, there usually has been a quieter subplot: the shutdown ability of the Patriots defense.
Brady and the offense did their part Sunday, but New England’s defense simply could not stop Philadelphia’s offense — not once in the second half. Read More
Good vibes filled a once-vacant retail space on Nicollet Mall on Sunday, as shifts of Super Bowl volunteers took a load off at the “Crew 52” headquarters — aka the epicenter of Minnesota Nice.
The former Sports Authority space in City Center was decked out with comfy seats, snacks, coffee and charging stations for the 10,000 volunteers who have helped greet visitors. Read More
Even though she was conspicuously ailing two nights earlier at her Armory pre-game concert near U.S. Bank Stadium, enduring pop star Pink reiterated her resiliency at game time Sunday by delivering a red-hot national anthem.
The Philadelphia-area native born Alecia Moore, 38, wore a silvery jacket instead of Eagles garb onto the field and stepped up with a soaring “Star Spangled Banner” that even had fans in Patriots gear cheering her victory. Read More
New England Patriots fans Kerry and Wendell Orton flew into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Sunday morning from Florida and opted to take the free shuttle replacing Blue Line trains from the airport to downtown Minneapolis.
It was not a fast ride, as their late-morning trip from MSP to Washington and Hennepin avenues took 56 minutes, more than double the usual 22 to 25 minutes. But the price was right. Read More
The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots faced off in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
Eagles and Patriots fans, plus a smattering of Vikings fans, have settled into U.S. Bank Stadium to watch Philadelphia take on New England in the Super Bowl.
The mood in the stadium was enthusiastic at kickoff, and the crowd continued to roar as the game got underway. Eagles fans seemed to outnumber Patriots fans — or at least bring a more louder fan base, chanting in the concourses, waving handkerchiefs and offering hugs and high-fives to surrounding fans. Patriots fans, meanwhile, where hoping for yet another Super Bowl victory. Read More
With the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, there was a good chance fans would see a nod to Prince during Sunday’s game. An NFL source confirmed to the Star Tribune Saturday that Prince indeed was planned as a big part of Justin Timberlake’s halftime show — appearing as a hologram.
That notion proved instantly controversial with Prince fans and associates, with many saying their outcry stemmed from Prince’s own opposition to the technology. Read More
The StubHub Live: Field House Super Bowl pregame event at Target Field on Sunday, February 4, 2018. The event, free for those who purchased tickets to the Super Bowl on StubHub, included food and drink, tailgating games and meet and greets with football greats.
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This wouldn’t happen today.
I snuck into the 1992 Super Bowl at the Metrodome. Read More
As Adrian Peterson watched the Vikings make their run to the NFC Championship Game, for the first time since his fateful performance against the New Orleans Saints in 2010, the team’s all-time leading rusher couldn’t help but feel conflicted.
The Vikings had defeated the Saints only seven days earlier, in a matchup of two teams that had parted ways with Peterson in the previous 12 months, and the running back said he told himself, “I guess it’s meant to be this way.” It was still hard, he admitted, to think about the Vikings in a Super Bowl a year after his 10 seasons with them had ended. But his feelings ultimately were with his former teammates and coaches. Read More
In this storied border battle, there appears to be some common ground. And he wears No. 4. “It’s the one thing we agree on,” a purple-clad Vikings fan quipped to her neighbor, who was sporting a Packers jersey, as they waited to catch a glimpse of Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. Hundreds of diehard Favre fanatics flooded Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka on Saturday to collect autographs on helmets, posters and — in at least one case — their own skin. Though he made his career leading the Packers, Favre played his final two seasons with the Vikings. For some cheeseheads, it’s the only reason they’ll ever don purple. Families split by the rivalry bonded over his legacy. “Every holiday, every Sunday, it was Brett,” said Roxanne Lindquist, of Maple Grove. Her 9-year-old son, Calvin, didn’t have to choose sides. Grandma made him a one-of-a-kind jersey that stitched Favre’s uniforms together. Purple and green, one No. 4.Liz sawyer
Millie Wall, the 99-year-old Vikings fan whose devotion to the Purple won her a legion of admirers and tickets to Sunday’s Super Bowl in her home city of Minneapolis, is too ill to attend the game, her family said.
“My grandma ... is recovering from pneumonia and unfortunately will not be able to attend Super Bowl,” granddaughter Ashley Wall revealed Saturday on Twitter. Read More
Let’s have the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, they said. In February, they said.
Well, Saturday’s almost-constant snow and Sunday’s expected frigid cold certainly gave an estimated 125,000 out-of-town visitors to downtown Minneapolis a fully immersive Bold North experience as officials and fans prepared for the Big Game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Needless to say, while a steady snowfall and near-zero temperatures really didn’t surprise anybody, it certainly made Super Bowl LII “different,” to borrow a Minnesota colloquialism. Read More
Game time today at U.S. Bank Stadium is 5:30 p.m.
NFL ALUMNI OFFICIAL GAME DAY BRUNCH: Brunch along with chalk talks with Hall of Famers and NFL Alumni, photo and autograph opportunities. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. $500. Fogo de Chao, 645 Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-338-1344. Read More
A lot of people put their political careers on the line when they voted to finance U.S. Bank Stadium in 2012, none more so than Gov. Mark Dayton, who was at the forefront of the battle to get that legislation passed.
The governor, 71, won re-election in 2014 and has said recently that he plans to serve out his term until 2019, when he will end his long career in public office. Read More
With hundreds of thousands of people expected to flow into downtown Minneapolis for the Feb. 4 Super Bowl and related concerts and events, getting around is a top concern for anybody who lives or works in the Twin Cities, or plans to take in festivities throughout the week.
The most fool-proof way to avoid a traffic headache between now and Super Bowl Sunday is to stay out of downtown Minneapolis and away from U.S. Bank Stadium. Obviously, that won't be possible for many people. Read More
When you’re hurtling high through the air on an upside down snowmobile, the difference between glory and ruin comes down to a few miles per hour.
Minnesota native and Winter X Games gold medalist Levi LaVallee hit that sweet spot Saturday afternoon when he launched himself over Nicollet Mall for his signature back-flip jump and stuck the landing — a thrilling punctuation mark at the UpsideDowntown event hosted by Polaris. Read More
Sixteen years ago, as the St. Louis Rams strolled into the Louisiana Superdome favored by 14 points to win their second Super Bowl in three years because of a record-breaking offense and resourceful defense, Kurt Warner had a gnawing feeling the upstart opponent he had shredded in November had something different in store for him.
He just didn’t know what. Read More
Tom Brady and Nick Foles sat side-by-side for an Opening Night interview to start Super Bowl week. In terms of experience and playoff pedigree, that was like pitting me against Ryan Gosling in a best-looking contest. Read More
David Baker, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, assures us that metallurgists have assured him that an enshrinee’s bronze bust will last 40,000 years.
Some of us will have to take their word for it. Read More
The Patriots have gained a reputation for ruthlessly acquiring information, whether it’s the infamous Spygate investigation into illegal filming of an opponent’s practices or this midseason’s signing of ex-Steelers linebacker James Harrison. That addition came while New England and Pittsburgh were headed toward the AFC’s No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the playoffs.
This time, the Eagles — the Patriots’ Super Bowl opponent on Sunday — have an inside edge thanks to two signings made last spring, well before either team anticipated this matchup. Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Chris Long were part of the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons a year ago. Read More
Malcolm Butler had just won a Super Bowl and revived a sleeping dynasty. His interception on the goal line had given the New England Patriots another title and prevented the Seattle Seahawks from winning a second straight. Read More
The Twin Cities newspapers were not quite as insane in their coverage of dramatic Vikings games in the 1970s as is the case four decades later. Still, there were ample numbers of articles in the Minneapolis Tribune and the afternoon Star when the Purple advanced to four Super Bowls in the eight Januaries from 1970 to ’77. Read More
If there were a Super Bowl for cutting-edge crime-fighting technology, Minneapolis would be hosting that, too.
That much is clear from stepping inside the Minneapolis Police Department’s state-of-the-art command center, just south of U.S. Bank Stadium, site of Sunday’s game. Read More
Superstar Jamie Foxx hosted one of Super Bowl week’s most exclusive parties Saturday night in Edina.
Foxx headlined the Big Game Big Give party at the Edina home of Novu CEO and philanthropist Tom Wicka and his wife, Angie. Party proceeds go to a dozen Minnesota charities and a national fund designed to promote philanthropy. Read More
He arrived, as many future Patriots standouts do, with little fanfare, a transaction few probably cared about even in New England.
It was Dec. 31, 2014, when the Patriots signed Dion Lewis, some pint-size running back who had been drafted by the Eagles and hadn’t even played an NFL game in two-plus years. Read More
The thinking goes: More people equals more crime.
With local officials predicting more than 125,000 out-of-town visitors, and more than 1 million people attending Super Bowl related events during the 10-day bash, some feared the influx could lead to more lawlessness. Read More
It was a packed house at RiverCentre in St. Paul on Saturday night, when football and food merged at the Taste of the NFL, a hunger-relief fundraiser that drew luminaries as varied as former Viking Ben Leber and Cara Mund, 2018 Miss America.
Now in its 27th year — the first one took place the last time the Twin Cities hosted the Super Bowl, in 1992 — the gala event has raised more than $25 million for food banks across the United States, including local recipient Second Harvest Heartland. Read More
Roger Jeziorski and Marlene Krist were members of Browerville High School’s Class of 1962. They were married and the Jeziorskis raised their family on a farm in nearby Cushing Township. Read More
Cornerback Eric Rowe said you can see the change in the Patriots defense when it is in the red zone.
“Everyone tightens up. Everyone is alert,” Rowe said. “Awareness is heightened. … When we’re getting down there, you can tell in our body language that we need to tighten up now.” Read More
At its heart, Sunday’s telecast of Super Bowl LII will look a lot like NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” The network will use the same announcers, the same producer and director, the same crew and many of the same camera angles.
But the Super Bowl is not an ordinary game, and NBC’s broadcast will mirror the grandiosity that surrounds the most watched TV event of the year. Like everything else associated with the game at U.S. Bank Stadium, the show required years of planning, a spare-no-expense vision and a crew of hundreds to carry it out. With more than 100 million people expected to tune in, their mission is to create a dazzling show, while keeping their focus squarely on the game itself. Read More
Bobby Bell vividly remembers standing on the Los Angeles Coliseum field that day in 1967, looking up and seeing all those empty seats, and asking himself, “Who in the hell is going to pay $12 for a ticket?”
Bell, the former Gophers great, is a Pro Football Hall of Famer. He is one of the best to ever play in the NFL. But, as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, who lost to the Green Bay Packers in the first Super Bowl, he did not appreciate the history of what he saw that day: the beginning, the very first steps, of a cultural phenomenon. Read More
Classic red-zone battle on tap for game
What’s the point?
Two big story lines
Two big story lines
Count your fingers and thank your lucky toes that the Super Bowl is being played indoors.
The temperature Sunday, the day of the long-awaited bout between the Patriots and the Eagles, is expected to stay in the single digits or lower, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. At kickoff? Just a few degrees above 0. Read More
Above: Nancy Killilea of Edina has set up boxes at downtown Minneapolis hotels to gather extra winter gear that Super Bowl visitors may be stocking up on, donating it to local homeless organizations. Read More
Friday night’s Rolling Stone magazine party at International Market Square was one of those Super Bowl week shindigs where the crowd spent more time looking around the room than it did watching the performances. Too bad, because the live sets by hip-hop stars Migos and T-Pain both were rock-solid, while the celebrity spotting wasn’t exactly super-exciting.
A grab-bag array of guests hung out in the roped-off VIP areas at the center of IMS’s four-story rotunda, from TV practitioner Dr. Oz to Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, and actress Kim Delaney to Timberwolves players Karl-Anthony Towns and Shabazz Muhammad. Read More
The crowd parted as the group, clad in purple fur bomber hats, danced to "Let's Go Crazy."
The NBC News anchor was excited about broadcasting from Minneapolis for the first time.
The Eagles and Patriots can thank the Minneapolis North High School football team for making them look good on Super Bowl Sunday.
The high school team, which was divided up as Patriots and Eagles, spent Friday afternoon in the locked-down stadium for a dress rehearsal that allowed NBC crews to work on camera angles and lighting for game day. The 50 high school players ran from the team locker rooms to the tunnel entrance, excitement building as rapper Meek Mill songs blared. “They were getting really hyped up,” said the North High Polars football coach Charles Adams. When they got the cue, they ran through the tunnel as pyrotechnics lit up and sounded off. Read More
That's how many times "at no cost to the NFL" was mentioned in the National Football League's Super Bowl wish list to Minneapolis. Now the game is here, and a herculean behind-the-scenes effort is underway to cover the costly tab the league will leave behind for the weeklong extravaganza. Read More
The television commercials that dominate Super Bowl Sunday aren’t known for being highbrow.
Think singing frogs, supermodels drinking soft drinks, and the disturbing yet somehow addictive allure of “Puppy Monkey Baby.” Read More
The Super Bowl of small-business competitions took place in Minneapolis Saturday as nine companies were each given five minutes to convince an NFL panel of judges that they had the best ideas to make football players play better, heal faster or stay safer.
Christopher Yakacki of Impressio told the seven-member panel of medical and athletic experts that a liquid-crystal substance he developed with “unprecedented energy-absorbing technology” could replace the padding of helmets and protect players in all conditions. Read More
Jimmy Fallon of NBC’s “Tonight Show” got a taste of a Minnesota staple Friday night when he dropped by to visit a Minnesota family for a home-cooked meal.
The Salzer family of Champlin, who appeared surprised when they opened the door to Fallon and his camera, were the lucky winners after Fallon put out a request to his social media followers for a home-cooked Minnesota meal. Read More
The pride of Philadelphia is one of the biggest fans of Minneapolis' most famous musicmaker.
Zimmern was Top Chef when it came to entertaining friends Friday.
For her encore at the new Armory, she tumbled in mid-air while flying over the crowd and singing.
If Super Bowl LII is your first visit to U.S. Bank Stadium, these quick facts will get you up to speed on Minneapolis’ new stadium. (Hungry for more? Check out our special section that we produced when the stadium opened.)
U.S. Bank Stadium is designed to evoke a Viking ship, with its northwest-pointed prow rising 30 stories above Minneapolis. Its architect was HKS, the firm that also designed AT&T Stadium near Dallas and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Read More
The Minneapolis-based firm that was providing security at Super Bowl Live was replaced Wednesday for insufficient background checks of its employees, according to sources familiar with the situation.
The Super Bowl Host Committee replaced EPG Security Group with G4S, another Twin Cities firm, sources said Friday. Read More
On April 1956, Sid Hartman, then a 35-year-old sports reporter and columnist, strolled the grounds of the newly constructed Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington with Horace Stoneham, the owner of the New York Giants baseball team.
“I didn’t think this stadium would be built when some of the Minneapolis people talked to me about five or six years ago,” Stoneham told Hartman. “But they fooled me.” Read More
The afterglow from the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history faded quickly for New England.
After storming back from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit to defeat Atlanta 34-28, the Patriots made some roster tweaks. Their two biggest moves were signing former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million contract, and trading a first-round draft pick to the Saints for receiver Brandin Cooks. Read More
With the Eagles in town to play the Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Bud Grant looked back on his two years playing with the Philadelphia franchise, his only seasons playing in the NFL. In 1951, Grant starred on defense and then in 1952 he starred on offense.
Grant gave a very emotional speech about his career Friday when he was honored at the Merlin Olsen Luncheon, put on by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Read More
No company in the Twin Cities has as much at play in Sunday’s Super Bowl as U.S. Bancorp.
The Minneapolis parent of U.S. Bank bought naming rights to the new downtown football stadium in 2015, about a year before it was completed. Its about-to-retire Chairman Richard Davis helped lead the group that attracted the game, then the committee hosting it and has been omnipresent in local media in recent weeks. Read More
The Vikings were hosting the Green Bay Packers on Christmas Eve in 2004, a Friday with a 2 p.m. kickoff at the Metrodome. A half-hour before the start, I was pushing toward the football press box, and had never been in the midst of so many obviously drunk people at a sporting event as in that narrow, jammed corridor. Read More
The man holding court on the Xcel Energy Center floor on Monday night, as the architect of the Philadelphia Eagles’ rise to the top of the NFC, had been hip-checked from his role at the center of the Eagles’ football operation only three years earlier.
Talk to Howie Roseman, then, about the idea that the Eagles’ jump might have happened quicker than he expected, and you’re not likely to find him sympathetic to the idea that an unlikely turnaround must be a methodical one. Read More
Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks discussed his battle with anxiety this week, one that has forced him on many Sunday mornings to vomit before games.
The man to his right, tackle Lane Johnson, also deals with anxiety in a way he hopes lessens the too-often-negative stigma around mental health and athletes. Read More
School districts across the state are bracing for widespread teacher shortages the day after the Super Bowl.
More teachers are expected to call in sick or show up late to work on Monday, following a festive day perhaps made more so because Minneapolis is hosting the big game. Read More
After a pivotal year in the NFL for propelling the issue of race relations into sports and news headlines, players and leaders reflected Friday on how progress can continue in 2018 — both on and off the football field.
“It may be time to evolve that movement,” said Michael Thomas, a safety with the Miami Dolphins. “Do we go beyond the NFL now?” Read More
Women make up nearly half of the NFL’s fan base with 86 million cheering on their teams last season. Women also are occupying more executive offices in the NFL.
Now, they are closer to the game than ever with a small number of female trailblazers working on the field. Some are trainers and assistant coaches; one is a sideline referee. Read More
Minnesotans, known for enthusiastically defending ourselves against perceived media snubs, quickly criticized a CNN article.
“Are you ready for some football … wives?” producer Grant Whittaker bellowed to delighted whoops and applause at the 17th annual Off The Field Players’ Wives Fashion Show.
The mostly female crowd of several hundred, many enjoying a glass of wine, gathered Friday at Edina Galleria’s Design Within Reach. The show benefited the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and featured about 40 wives of coaches and current and former NFL players. Read More
The Rev. Mike Van Sloun, the Catholic chaplain for the Vikings, predicts the hot line to heaven will be sizzling Sunday. When the going gets tough, a lot of football fans — and players — check in with God.
“There’s a lot of praying going on during these games,” said Van Sloun. “If the Super Bowl is important to 115 million people, it’s important to God.” Read More