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Philadelphia Eric Naatz might be the outlier in this city—a Minnesota Vikings fan who got harassed by Philadelphia Eagles fans. Naatz is a Wheaton, Minn., native who played college football at Minnesota State University Moorhead in the late 1980s and graduated from North Dakota State University. He was walking down Market Street downtown near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in his purple Vikings hoodie on Saturday, Jan. 20, when a car passed and the passenger rolled down a window to deliver a succinct message.
PHILADELPHIA—Carson Wentz is making progress with his injured left knee. He's discarded crutches for a cane and still makes his way into the NovaCare Complex practice facility in south Philly next to Lincoln Financial Field each day his Philadelphia Eagles are working out.
Minneapolis That was for Drew Pearson's Hail Mary. And Gary Anderson's wide left. And Brett Favre's interception. And Blair Walsh's shank. And the four Super Bowls. Of course, those four awful losses. That was for you, Minnesota Vikings fans. You got one. You finally got one. How does it feel?
Yes, this might be the year. Case Keenum or not, this could be the year the Minnesota Vikings win it all. Or, more likely given history, it could be another year when the team rips out the hearts of its fans and crushes their souls, leaving purple-wearing heaps sobbing by the side of the road—just like it has for the 56 previous years. Happy Sunday!
Yes, this might be the year. Case Keenum or not, this could be the year the Minnesota Vikings win it all. Or, more likely given their history, it could be another year when the team rips out the hearts of its fans and crushes their souls, leaving purple-wearing heaps sobbing by the side of the road—just like it has for the past 56 years. Happy Sunday!
Making America Great Again takes a backseat to Kevin Keeping His Job, apparently.
Frisco, Texas This is not normal. Chris Klieman knows this. Moments after screaming "You got your six-pack!" to thousands of celebrating North Dakota State football fans jamming the field from end to end at Toyota Stadium—he meant championships, not beers—the Bison football coach saw a familiar face just behind the stage. Klieman smiled and shook his head, his new championship cap askew from all the hugging and patting on the back.
Frisco, Texas There might be more than just a boring old championship at stake in this Dallas suburb. When North Dakota State and James Madison square off on the lush grass of Toyota Field on what is expected to be a spectacular 60-degree Saturday, dynasties are on the line. The Dukes want to start one, while the Bison want to keep one going. The Bison and the Dukes will be fighting to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the Football Championship Subdivision. They will battle to be the "it" program at the lower level of NCAA Division I.
FRISCO, Texas—James Fisher is just fine being North Dakota State's anonymous All-American because he knows it means he's doing his job perfectly. While making headlines and highlights is generally a good thing for quarterbacks or linebackers, it is bad news for a long snapper like Fisher.
FARGO—Kevin Cramer continues to dance the dance, being a tease about running for a U.S. Senate seat in North Dakota. Whether this is because the Republican Congressman is truly conflicted or because he likes being courted by President Donald Trump remains up for debate. One sure way of getting a taste of Trump's shoe leather is, after all, to visit the White House.