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singersp
07-30-2006, 01:29 PM
Click the following link for the videos & the full article;

Heat Doesn't Slow Vikings On First Day Of Camp (http://wcco.com/local/local_story_210103927.html)

BadlandsVikings
07-30-2006, 01:36 PM
"I forgot to take it off this morning," Greenway said of his ring. "Well, I haven't asked her if it's OK to take it off."

he's learned quickly, lol.

FedjeViking
07-30-2006, 01:51 PM
They look good in the videos on that page too! I hope they watch the heat, we don't need another Stringer incident.

NordicNed
07-30-2006, 01:59 PM
Nice to see Chad has a sense of humor, also nice to see him be first on the field, sounds like he's ready to get to work and prove himself...

FedjeViking
07-30-2006, 02:09 PM
"FedjeViking" wrote:

They look good in the videos on that page too! I hope they watch the heat, we don't need another Stringer incident.

Seems I'm not the only one worried about the heat...

Five Years Later (http://vikings.scout.com/2/550796.html)

singersp
07-30-2006, 02:19 PM
"FedjeViking" wrote:

"FedjeViking" wrote:

They look good in the videos on that page too! I hope they watch the heat, we don't need another Stringer incident.

Seems I'm not the only one worried about the heat...

Five Years Later (http://vikings.scout.com/2/550796.html)

Seems like it's already posted! :grin:

Five Years Later: Korey Stringer (http://purplepride.org/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=441093#441093)

Korey gets a thread of his own. Always! :wink:

NordicNed
07-30-2006, 02:20 PM
"FedjeViking" wrote:

"FedjeViking" wrote:

They look good in the videos on that page too! I hope they watch the heat, we don't need another Stringer incident.

Seems I'm not the only one worried about the heat...

Five Years Later (http://vikings.scout.com/2/550796.html)

I'm sure the Coaches and Staff take the heat and training conditions the players are in, very seriously these days. Not saying they haven't in the past. True it's a very sad story what happened to Korey, but hopefully they learned some things from that terrible incident, so that it doesn't happen again.

When I was in training for the USMC, we regularly trained in 90 plus degree weather ( Paris Island) and I got to see first hand, many fellow trainees fall out with heat strokes and I believe I remember hearing about at least 3 cases of heat induced Comas.....

Even today, my trade of Concrete Construction, I work in the heat in wide open areas with the sun beating on us all day. All you can do is try to drink plenty of water and cool down in the shade when you get the chance....

It's tuff for sure, but their are many of us who have to deal with the heat and humidity on a daily basis.....It sucks for sure....

singersp
07-31-2006, 12:41 PM
Team gets an early handle on the heat

Coping with dangerously hot weather was in the works even before Vikings check-in day in Mankato.

Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
Last update: July 31, 2006 – 12:32 AM

MANKATO - Sunshine glared off Darren Sharper's bald head as he stepped out of his truck Sunday afternoon. Sharper's distinctive new style was entirely purposeful.
"When I saw that it was going to be 100 degrees here," the Vikings safety said, "I thought I would shave off [my hair] and maybe it would cool me off a little bit."

As they reported for training camp at Minnesota State Mankato, veteran Vikings players were single-minded in preparing for the region's dangerous weather conditions. Style and appearance mattered little as they hauled gallons of water, Gatorade and other coping aids into their dorm rooms at Gage Center.

Temperatures are forecast to approach 100 degrees today. On Tuesday, the fifth anniversary of Vikings lineman Korey Stringer's heatstroke-related death, Vikings players will don full pads amid temperatures hovering near 90 degrees.

"It is really, really hot right now," receiver Marcus Robinson said. "I've been doing this for 10 years, and you can expect camp to be hot, but you've got to go out there and push yourself regardless. For us, it's kind of like a challenge. It's hot. Push your body, get yourself in shape. That's how we look at it."

Coach Brad Childress has scheduled an early-morning conditioning test today for all players. He was not specific, but the test is believed to consist of 16 "half-gassers" -- sprints from the goal line to the 50-yard line and back. During a minicamp version of the drill, players were encouraged to complete each sprint in 20 seconds.

Afterward, players will spend the day in meetings and then take part in a light, 85-minute practice scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

Childress said the team has been preparing for potentially oppressive heat since this spring, beginning with a lecture from trainer Eric Sugarman on acclimating to outdoor exertion during pre-camp workouts.

In addition, Childress said the Vikings have put the following safeguards in place:

• Sugarman will continue use of a device that helps monitor a player's internal body temperature during practice. Players swallow a "pill" that remains in their bodies for 24 to 36 hours, transmitting data to a remote sensor operated by the team's trainers.

The Vikings experimented with the device last summer in training camp.

• An inflatable ice tub, capable of holding some 20 players, has been installed along the sideline of one practice field. "If you had to cool somebody down in a hurry," Childress said, "you could do that."

During the first three days of camp, nearly all rookies and selected veterans used the tub after practice.

• For the first time, the team installed refrigerators in each dorm room, pre-packed with water and Gatorade.

• Each morning, players will submit to a urine test that measures their hydration levels.

"We really think we're on the pulse of that," Childress said. "We're mindful of [the heat], and we feel like we've got some checks and balances in place."

Childress and Sugarman gave players detailed instructions on preparing for similar conditions near the end of the Vikings' offseason program. The plan called for players to exercise outside, one hour per day, for the two weeks heading into training camp.

Today's conditioning test, Childress said, will determine who followed that guideline.

"It gives you a pretty good barometer of exactly where you are in that area," Childress said, "and who needs work and who doesn't."

Running back Chester Taylor, whose conditioning was suspect earlier this offseason, said he has been working out in Houston. Taylor also has four years' experience with training camps in the notoriously muggy Baltimore area when he played for the Ravens.

"[But] it's much hotter here than when I was in Baltimore," Taylor said. "I'll just have to keep myself hydrated, and I'll be all right."

[i]Staff Writer Judd Zulgad contributed to this report

Team gets an early handle on the heat (http://www.startribune.com/510/story/584459.html)

singersp
07-31-2006, 01:12 PM
Posted on Sun, Jul. 30, 2006

Vikings bracing for heat

JON KRAWCZYNSKI
Associated Press

MANKATO, Minn. - Travis Taylor is a native of Florida, so he knows all about warm weather.

But even he was complaining on Sunday when he arrived in Mankato for Vikings training camp on a stifling day. Temperatures soared into the upper 90s on Sunday and forecasts estimated they could top 100 when the full squad holds its first practice on Monday afternoon.

"I thought this was supposed to be Minnesota?" Taylor said of the state's icy reputation.

Coach Brad Childress said he isn't taking the forecasts lightly.

"Heat is probably the story today," Childress said. "You have to be mindful of the heat."

The issue has special significance here. Five years ago, Vikings tackle Korey Stringer died after collapsing from heat exhaustion in training camp.

Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman, who followed Childress to Minnesota from Philadelphia, will give some players a pill that helps monitor their core temperature. The Vikings will also test players' urine to get an indication of who is susceptible to dehydration and have put refrigerators in each dorm room stocked with Gatorade and water.

"We really feel like we're on the pulse of that," Childress said. "... We're mindful of that and we feel like we've got some checks and balances in place and the coaches are mindful of it as well."

Pro Bowler Darren Sharper arrived at camp with a freshly shaven head, a new look for the image-conscious safety.

"Actually I'm just getting old," Sharper joked. "When I saw that it was going to be 100 degrees here, I thought I'd shave it off and it would maybe cool me off a little bit."


KICKING COMPANY?Childress said he considered adding another kicker to take some of the training camp load off of new acquisition Ryan Longwell, but decided against it.

"We talked about that, but you do that at the risk of being low on another position, and Ryan isn't particularly fond of that theory," Childress said. "It's not like (the coaches) are going to kick him out. He knows when enough is enough."

Special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro will keep a close eye on Longwell to make sure he doesn't put too much strain on his kicking leg in camp. And Longwell said he is comfortable carrying the load himself.

"If they don't I'm fine," Longwell said. "I haven't had one for the last four or five years so I'm very comfortable with monitoring kicks and coach Ferraro and I have talked extensively about it and how we want to approach that."


RECEIVER GLUT: Much has been made about the Vikings bringing 12 receivers into camp. So much, in fact, that it got a little rise out of Childress when the subject was broached again on Sunday.

"Excuse me? Do you know how many wide receivers there are in each NFL camp on average?" Childress said, not grilling the reporter but sounding a little annoyed. "I've heard that question a great deal. Do you guys have any idea? As if 12 is a high number?"

He went on to say that the Eagles have had as many as 14 receivers in camp on occasion and that carrying 12 really isn't out of the ordinary.

"I'd say 12 is a moderate number," he said. "It allows some competitiveness, and it allows some freshness as well. The same guys aren't taking reps every time. They couldn't make it through the whole training camp."

Veteran receiver Marcus Robinson, however, thought that 12 was just a little too many.

"I don't know what that's all about," Robinson said. "Normally at camp you have 10 anyway. I don't know. I have no idea. We've got a lot of them though."


PITCH COUNT: Entering his 15th NFL training camp, quarterback Brad Johnson said it will be important to make sure that he doesn't put too much strain on his arm before the season starts.

Johnson turns 38 in September, and the coaches will monitor his reps in an effort to keep him fresh and ready to endure a rigorous 16-game schedule.

"We kind of have a pitch count on Brad Johnson," Childress said. "We always did that to make sure we know how many throws are getting out a day to see where he is from that standpoint."

Johnson knows it's something to keep an eye on. His right arm has unleashed 4,022 passes during games in his long career, and that's not even counting the thousands upon thousands he's thrown in practice.

"I think you've got to be very careful with the throws that you throw and when you are throwing them, not to have wasted reps," Johnson said. "I feel like I've learned pretty well over the years."

Jon Krawczynski can be reached at jkrawczynski@ap.org.

Vikings bracing for heat (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/15160326.htm)

nephilimstorm
07-31-2006, 01:45 PM
I like the atricle on Brad...he seems very proffesional...fan friendly...and maybe he doesnt care about his contract...well WIlf will prolly give him the raise..but maybe he just wants to play and have his agent work it out

FedjeViking
07-31-2006, 03:03 PM
"nephilimstorm" wrote:

I like the atricle on Brad...he seems very proffesional...fan friendly...and maybe he doesnt care about his contract...well WIlf will prolly give him the raise..but maybe he just wants to play and have his agent work it out

At least BJ is not acting like Culpepper. I do believe he should get a raise, as T Jack won't be ready to take over for at least this year, maybe two years.

I'm glad to see they are taking the heat seriously! And Wilf is doing better than Red in providing the money for these safeguards. At least he is protecting his investment! :lol:

BloodyHorns82
07-31-2006, 03:25 PM
"nephilimstorm" wrote:

I like the atricle on Brad...he seems very proffesional...fan friendly...and maybe he doesnt care about his contract...well WIlf will prolly give him the raise..but maybe he just wants to play and have his agent work it out

Johnson is a class act. I hope your right about Wilf giving him a raise. He certainly deserves something more.

singersp
08-01-2006, 12:55 PM
Posted on Tue, Aug. 01, 2006

Hot day is a bit of a breeze for most
Players try to keep their cool as heat index tops 100 at camp

BY DON SEEHOLZER
Pioneer Press

MANKATO, Minn. — The first full-squad practice of training camp was every bit as hot as the Vikings feared Monday, but a steady breeze made things bearable.

With a temperature of 98 degrees and a heat index of 106 for the 3:30 p.m. workout, it wasn't comfortable by any means, even for players practicing in shorts. But most of the Vikings believed it could have been worse.

"That breeze kept it moving," Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper said. "You didn't really just have the heat sucking and sapping the energy out of us."

Veteran guard Chris Liwienski agreed.

"It's definitely going to be hot out here, but the wind blowing helps," he said. "There's no doubt about it. We'll take any break we can get."

Not everyone, it should be noted, was so grateful.

Tight end Jermaine Wiggins, for one, wasn't counting his blessings.

"It was hot!" he said. "The breeze is blowing hot air, so it was definitely hot. It was the hottest I've practiced in."

The Vikings prepared for the hot weather by lecturing the players on the necessity of staying hydrated, and the team is using heat-sensor pills again this summer that allow trainers to monitor an athlete's core temperature.

They also have introduced an inflatable ice tub that players can use to cool down after practice.

"That's great," offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie said. "There were 20 guys in there."

With the temperature expected to drop into the 80s today, the Vikings will conduct their first two practices of the camp wearing pads, as scheduled, but coach Brad Childress said he will continue to keep a close eye on the weather.

"With heat like this, you're mindful of it," he said. "I don't think you fear it if you prepare for it. I've got to say our guys have done a great job. There's no doubt that the breeze moving around helps you. It's not like being in Westchester (Pa.) down in the hole in Philadelphia where we couldn't get a breath of air."

Most players said they were looking forward to the cooler weather, but Wiggins said he won't believe the heat wave is over until it happens.

"We'll see how it is," he said. "Hopefully, the temperature works in our favor, but if not, we've just got to go out there and grind it out."

No worries: Wide receiver Koren Robinson made headlines last month when it was reported that he had re-entered a South Carolina rehabilitation facility, but he explained again after practice that he was taking alcohol-prevention classes and had not suffered any type of relapse.

"There's no distraction from me anywhere," Robinson said. "I've got to do what I've got to do to better myself as a person, as a father, husband, brother, all that — as a teammate. I just had to take some time for myself to get right. That's all, pretty much. I don't want anybody to get worried about Koren or anything like that. Koren is good. This is the best Koren right now. I'm going to have fun, joke around and come out here and make plays."

Robinson, whose alcohol problems led to his release by Seattle before last season, said he took the classes to make sure his mind was right and strong heading into training camp.

"Like I say, you just have to be mindful of your situation," he said. "Anytime you can learn something to better your situation, regardless what it is in any aspect of your life, is always good."

Injury report: Manase Hopoi, a rookie defensive tackle from Washington, was held out of practice because of swelling in his foot and was scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test.

Briefly: Childress, asked if he expects Chester Taylor to be the Vikings' featured back: "We'll feature a lot of different guys, but yeah, we brought him in here and signed him as a starter."

Don Seeholzer can be reached at dseeholzer@pioneerpress.com.

Hot day is a bit of a breeze for most (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/football/15169174.htm)

singersp
08-01-2006, 01:14 PM
Early Camp Goal: Beat The Heat (http://story.scout.com/a.z?s=25&p=2&c=551187)