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Christian Ponder works overtime making playbook copies

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It’s not your normal rookie hazing activity, but this is no normal offseason.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder spent a lot of time with his playbook in Kinkos recently, making copies for all the teammates that were set to join him at informal workouts in Florida this week. NFL Network’s Scott Hansen writes that Ponder was careful not to let the pages out of his sight.

(He better hope there weren’t any Bears or Packers employees working there.)

Ponder, Joe Webb, and rookie tight end Kyle Rudolph were practicing together Tuesday.  Visanthe Shiancoe, Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, and Bernard Berrian were expected to join Wednesday.  It sounds like Ponder has taken a leadership role early.

“Somebody had to get the ball rolling,” Ponder told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I thought as a quarterback, it was up to me to do it. A lot of the veteran guys I reached out to were all gung-ho and excited about it.”

UPDATE: Rice, Berrian, Harvin, and Shiancoe wound up not going.  So much for gung-ho.

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51 Responses to “Christian Ponder works overtime making playbook copies”
  1. carlgerbschmidt says: Jun 1, 2011 9:26 AM

    That’s the biggest contribution he will ever make to the vikes.

  2. biggerballz says: Jun 1, 2011 9:27 AM

    you’d think some other players would of grabbed playbooks when the lockout ended for a day. This tells me enough about the vikings this year.

  3. henrypuppyhead says: Jun 1, 2011 9:28 AM

    Probably should brush up on his grocery bagging skills too.

  4. fatalfact says: Jun 1, 2011 9:40 AM

    Every modern copy machine has a hard drive in it that stores every copy ever made. Somebody from their division should ‘Invest” in that copier…

  5. tombradysponytail says: Jun 1, 2011 9:41 AM

    chrisitan ponder, makin’ copies, the ponderosa, ponderin’ ’bout that last INT, then going to make some copies…, the ponderstein, then makin’ some mo copies…

  6. txchief says: Jun 1, 2011 9:47 AM

    Wow, you’d think that would have been copyrighted material.

  7. blitzinc43 says: Jun 1, 2011 9:49 AM

    The Vikings Ponder pick is obviously a hit/miss sort of thing. Spielman had to pick him because if this reach is successful, then he has a job for many many years, regardless of team.. It looked like Zygi was going to fire him anyway if he cound not bounce back from the end of the 2010 season, and the entire last season. So if the pick is a miss, he was going to get fired anyways.

    The Spielman family dinner relys on Christan Ponder.

  8. dbellina says: Jun 1, 2011 9:49 AM

    It shouldn’t be too hard for him to learn the playbook. It’s basically figuring out if he is handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson on the left, or the right.

  9. thephantomstranger says: Jun 1, 2011 9:52 AM

    And so the Christian Ponder era begins. It’s a good thing PFT did all the Vikings’ worst moments yesterday, because it’s all smooth sailing from here on, baby!

  10. jpmelon says: Jun 1, 2011 9:55 AM

    @ fatalfact

    I was thinking the same thing….if I worked there, I’d “accidentally” hit the scan feature once. Then look for the stored file later after Ponder had left.

    It was very foolish to bring something like the playbook into a kinkos.

  11. citizenstrange says: Jun 1, 2011 10:02 AM

    Take a picture, Chris, I’m on a boat, Chris
    We drinking Santana champ ’cause it’s so crisp
    I got my swim trunks and my flippie-floppies
    I’m flipping burgers, Christian Ponder’s at Kinko’s
    Straight flipping playbook copies

  12. Justin says: Jun 1, 2011 10:03 AM

    You are missing Rhett Bomar, Greg Camarillo, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Brandon Fusco, and Lorenzo Booker. Not as big of names but might as well get the whole list.

  13. sterling7 says: Jun 1, 2011 10:05 AM

    Christian Ponder will be much more successful than Can Newton. Remember I said this because it’s going to happen. Christian Ponder is a quarterback. Cam Newton is not at Auburn and if he think’s he’s going to be Michael Vick it’s going to take him even longer to learn his positon. Michael Vick finally got with an offensive coordinator that made Michael Vick learn the quarterback position and use his talents to compliment the position. A Medium strength arm is more dangerous than a strong arm especially if there’s brains behind it-why? Because a medium strength arm is accurate. The NFL is loaded with stories of has beens who have strong arms and athleticsm but are not good quarterbacks. For those of you who follow and love college football as well as the NFL as much as I do you know I’m not too far off!

  14. paul82461 says: Jun 1, 2011 10:05 AM

    You would think one of the veterans would have stepped up first. Shows you how much they care about the game. Its all about the money.

  15. tombradyswig says: Jun 1, 2011 10:08 AM

    Next up, a CRUISE ON A BOAT!!
    Have fun pondering!

  16. scoops1 says: Jun 1, 2011 10:10 AM

    I guess Ponder doesn’t know how to hit the Easy Button

  17. grudenthediva says: Jun 1, 2011 10:20 AM

    “Probably should brush up on his grocery bagging skills too.”

    The guy is going to make millions upon signing his name to a deal, more than you’ll ever see in your life and yet you want to say this? HA

    Sorry to throw cold water on your dreams of having a bagging buddy.

  18. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jun 1, 2011 10:26 AM

    “The Vikings Ponder pick is obviously a hit/miss sort of thing. Spielman had to pick him because if this reach is successful, then he has a job for many many years, regardless of team.”

    The problem isn’t that they took Ponder, it’s that they took him at 12. He would have been available in the second round, possibly even the third. If they thought he was a first round talent, they could have traded down to the mid-20s, picked up a third round pick (like the one they traded for Moss) and still got him. Then, even if somebody else mind-blowingly grabs him, there was still Dalton or Mallet available. Heck, they could have stayed at 12, picked up Fairley or an OL or a DB and still grabbed Mallet or Ponder (probably) in the 2nd round.

  19. brewdogg says: Jun 1, 2011 10:42 AM

    tombradysponytail says:
    Jun 1, 2011 9:41 AM
    chrisitan ponder, makin’ copies, the ponderosa, ponderin’ ’bout that last INT, then going to make some copies…, the ponderstein, then makin’ some mo copies…
    ——————————————-

    Nice callback!! I forgot all about that!!

  20. uncommon1 says: Jun 1, 2011 10:48 AM

    “Probably should brush up on his grocery bagging skills too.”

    Yea. Thats assuming that he fails in the NFL and neither of his 2 Masters Degrees can net him a job. Think about that. He has 3 obvious professions in which he will be more successful than you. And you’re on here making fun of him on this website. Get a clue ya hard on.

  21. CKL says: Jun 1, 2011 10:58 AM

    ^^^^^
    I’m with you brewdogg…even though it dates me. Can’t ever hear the phrase “makin’ copies” w/o thinking of that. :)

    The segment with Ponder on NFLTA was funny. I like the shot they took at Favre too. Video of Favre throwing and:”In past years the Qb wasn’t that interested in doing anything with his team before the season started so it may make it easier for them to respect Ponder” or something like that.

    I would hope that the Kinkos or whatever doesn’t have those type of machines that store the data for the people who use them on their own. Yikes.

  22. brewdogg says: Jun 1, 2011 11:00 AM

    smoothjimmyapollo says:
    Jun 1, 2011 10:26 AM
    “The Vikings Ponder pick is obviously a hit/miss sort of thing. Spielman had to pick him because if this reach is successful, then he has a job for many many years, regardless of team.”

    The problem isn’t that they took Ponder, it’s that they took him at 12. He would have been available in the second round, possibly even the third. If they thought he was a first round talent, they could have traded down to the mid-20s, picked up a third round pick (like the one they traded for Moss) and still got him. Then, even if somebody else mind-blowingly grabs him, there was still Dalton or Mallet available. Heck, they could have stayed at 12, picked up Fairley or an OL or a DB and still grabbed Mallet or Ponder (probably) in the 2nd round.
    ——————————————

    This part you are wrong about…. If you believe all the post-draft chatter, Ponder wouldn’t have lasted past #16. While Dalton seems like a similar QB, my guess is they must have valued Ponder much higher than Dalton, and he went before the Vikings 2nd anyway. I’m not saying it was a good pick or that his draft stock was worth the #12, but if they wanted to get him, than this is how they had to do it. Maybe some day it will look like a good move, and in that case, it would look extremely foolish to look back 10 years from now and see that they had passed on him. At least, that’s how I hope it ends up…..

  23. henrypuppyhead says: Jun 1, 2011 11:10 AM

    txchief says: Jun 1, 2011 9:47 AM

    Wow, you’d think that would have been copyrighted material.

    ——————

    Playcalling for the Complete Idiot?

  24. henrypuppyhead says: Jun 1, 2011 11:12 AM

    uncommon1 says: Jun 1, 2011 10:48 AM

    “Probably should brush up on his grocery bagging skills too.”

    Yea. Thats assuming that he fails in the NFL and neither of his 2 Masters Degrees can net him a job. Think about that. He has 3 obvious professions in which he will be more successful than you. And you’re on here making fun of him on this website. Get a clue ya hard on.

    —————————-

    After he gets the snot knocked out of him 50 times ala David Carr he’ll be wearing a hockey helmet and licking the windows.

  25. vikefan says: Jun 1, 2011 11:27 AM

    The problem isn’t that they took Ponder, it’s that they took him at 12. He would have been available in the second round, possibly even the third. If they thought he was a first round talent, they could have traded down to the mid-20s, picked up a third round pick (like the one they traded for Moss) and still got him. Then, even if somebody else mind-blowingly grabs him, there was still Dalton or Mallet available. Heck, they could have stayed at 12, picked up Fairley or an OL or a DB and still grabbed Mallet or Ponder (probably) in the 2nd round.

    *****************************************
    Dead wrong

    He would have easily gone at 16. Vikings wanted to trade down but not willing to go past 15. He would have been called a reach @ 16 with Redskins taking him there. No he would not have been available in second round, anyone with half a football brain knows that. The overall qb talent pool was slightly sub par this years draft. If u think Ponder was a reach, wait till verdict is in on Newton & Mallet (can u say Jemarcus Russell).

    So far this kid is a big breath of fresh air. Hes not afraid to take charge, motivated, wanting to make first moves to get in touch with teammates. Not a single starting qb on Vikings in last 15 years would have done this, maybe rosenfels if he had the chance. This just shows the kid is already thinking and has what it takes between the ears to be successful. Its a very good start for him and good sign for the vikings.

  26. uncommon1 says: Jun 1, 2011 11:34 AM

    @henrypuppyhead
    Good Point. If he does need the helmet, he can always do Commentary for FOX during the NFC West Games

  27. rcunningham says: Jun 1, 2011 11:35 AM

    If Ponder flops in the NFL, it won’t be because he didn’t work hard enough. This kid is going all out and I love his attitude already.

    I have a gut feeling we have something special on our hands.

  28. sterling7 says: Jun 1, 2011 11:45 AM

    To smoothjimmyapollo, the Vikings tried to trade down-no takers. To blitzinc43, Spielman didn’t put the Vikings in this quarterback mess, his job was and is not in jeopardy. Spielman never wanted Favre to come to the Vikings in the first place, he was totally dead set aginst it.

  29. thephantomstranger says: Jun 1, 2011 11:53 AM

    UPDATE: Rice, Berrian, Harvin, and Shiancoe wound up not going.

    Oh. So it’s just Ponder, Webb, Rudolph, and a bunch of extra copies of the playbook?

  30. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jun 1, 2011 11:56 AM

    Wow, 21 thumbs down for making a post that Ponder was picked too high. I didn’t even take a shot at the Vikings, I just disagreed with where they picked the player. And I thought Ponder had thin skin regarding Dilfer’s criticisms.

  31. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jun 1, 2011 12:29 PM

    You should have included the full details; and the lame excuses the players came up with. Lost phone, missed flight and late conflict in schedule.

    The others who showed up for the camp were; Greg Camarillo, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Bomar, Brandon Fusco and Mistral Raymond.

  32. vikefan says: Jun 1, 2011 12:38 PM

    Wow, 21 thumbs down for making a post that Ponder was picked too high. I didn’t even take a shot at the Vikings, I just disagreed with where they picked the player
    ***************************************
    Well, not only did you say that, you stated he was second to 3rd round talent which is completely untrue in this most recent draft. He was guaranteed not to last past 25. Yes, he may have been a reach but considering what qb’s were left after 9th spot & teams looking for one, he was definitely going in the first round. There are always Vikings bashers here. You wanna see reaches, look at Atlantas trade, Raiders success rate, theres a lot worse than what the Vikings have done. That was the qb talent pool this year and worse whent b4 like newton & mallet. you like most vikings haters only like to post comments related to half your story

  33. mediasloppy says: Jun 1, 2011 12:41 PM

    smoothjimmyapollo says:
    Jun 1, 2011 11:56 AM

    Wow, 21 thumbs down for making a post that Ponder was picked too high. I didn’t even take a shot at the Vikings, I just disagreed with where they picked the player. And I thought Ponder had thin skin regarding Dilfer’s criticisms.
    ———————————–
    Look who’s skin is a little thin over some thumbs down…

    Implying the guy was taken too early is a direct reflection on the Vikings draft no matter what you think.

  34. fwippel says: Jun 1, 2011 1:07 PM

    Nice to see Webb, Ponder and Rudolph show an interest in learning the system. The fact that Harvin and Shiancoe didn’t show up reflects rather poorly on them, given that this will be a new system for them as well, with new OC Bill Musgrave.

    Rice is still waiting to hear whether he’ll be a FA, and is expecting he’ll at least get other offers before the start of the season. Berrian will only be back if the Vikings don’t make an effort to upgrade WR via FA.

    Don’t know whether Ponder will pan out or not. However, it’s at least nice to see him and Webb willing to work outside of ‘office’ hours to get better. The rest of the offense would do well to follow suit.

  35. shaggytoodle says: Jun 1, 2011 1:20 PM

    Compared to the previous QB in Minnesota that wanted to be as far south from team as he could be about a year ago this time, without a lockout.

    I have to give it to Ponder for atleast putting in the effort to to try to get some team chemistry.

    Unfortunetly Rice, Berrian, Harvin, and Shiancoe are taking a few pages out of the Favre playbook.

  36. fargovikesfan says: Jun 1, 2011 1:39 PM

    honestly, do we really want Berrian there to hurt the kid’s confidence when he keeps dropping the football? Or have him pull a hammy walking out onto the practice field? Berrian had one decent year and otherwise has just been eating up cap space between drops.

  37. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jun 1, 2011 1:47 PM

    @vikefan

    Ponder’s agent had him as a 3rd rounder. His agent! I agree that Atlanta reached with their trade, but this isn’t a post about Atlanta.

    @ mediasloppy, I’m amused by the thumbs down. What I said wasn’t anything that hasn’t been said before by people with far superior credentials than myself. I was just surprised by how much Viking fans came to the defense (by clicking the down thumb) of a guy nobody outside of the Vikings organization thinks is going to be that great – at least in Minnesota (now click the down thumb).

  38. animals1977 says: Jun 1, 2011 1:58 PM

    What is Ponder going to do on about August 1, when Favre shows up for Ted Revenge Epic Fail Part III?

    Meanwhile, somewhere … Aaron Rodgers is drinking a pina colada and not giving two craps about the Minnehaha Vikings, Favre, or any of their respective “revenge failure” problems, LOL.

  39. vikefan says: Jun 1, 2011 2:09 PM

    @vikefan

    Ponder’s agent had him as a 3rd rounder. His agent
    *******************************************
    with his injury.
    just state the truth, the WHOLE truth & nothing BUT the truth

  40. thephantomstranger says: Jun 1, 2011 2:34 PM

    smoothjimmyapollo says:
    Jun 1, 2011 1:47 PM

    Ponder’s agent had him as a 3rd rounder. His agent!
    ___________________

    The agent said that when the guy was injured, before the Senior Bowl, the combine, the pro day, or the workouts with individual teams. NOBODY thought he was a 3rd round pick on draft day, and he was projected as high as 10th overall. Continuously repeating that he was projected as a 3rd round pick shows that you know nothing about football, although that was obvious long before now.

  41. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jun 1, 2011 3:02 PM

    vikefan says: Jun 1, 2011 2:09 PM

    @vikefan

    Ponder’s agent had him as a 3rd rounder. His agent
    *******************************************
    with his injury.
    just state the truth, the WHOLE truth & nothing BUT the truth
    ———————-
    No. I read the quote from his agent. It had nothing to do with any injury and no injury was referenced when he said 3rd round at best. In fact, he said that when Ponder was completely healthy.

    Even Ponder himself didn’t expect to get picked in the 3rd round!

    “SN: What are your own expectations for the draft?

    CP: Hopefully, the second round would make me happy. Third round, I’d be happy with as well. But you never know until draft day. We’ll see.

  42. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jun 1, 2011 3:06 PM

    “with his injury. just state the truth, the WHOLE truth & nothing BUT the truth”

    Fine, Kiper had him going in the 3rd-5th rounds as well. Kiper has been wrong plenty, but he is considered an expert on the NFL draft since it really is his only job. If you google “Christian Ponder” and “reach” you’ll find more than your fair share of “experts” who think the Vikings took him way too high.

    The truth is Ponder is an injury-prone quarterback who is going to be thrown to top-tier defenses in Green Bay and Chicago and against a rising defense in Detroit for 6 games a year. Look no further than the Bears knocking the crap out of Stafford and Favre and Peppers trying to do the same to Rodgers in the NFC championship and tell me how long Mr. 2-elbow surgeries lasts.

    An additional truth is there’s no way the state of Minnesota gets a stadium deal done in time to prevent AEG from taking the Vikings out west. If I were you, I’d start rooting for Blaine Gabbert since the Jags will likely move to Minnesota in several years to replace the departed Vikings – assuming Minnesota smartens up and builds a stadium at that point.

  43. vikefan says: Jun 1, 2011 4:12 PM

    Fine, Kiper had him going in the 3rd-5th rounds as well. Kiper has been wrong plenty, but he is considered an expert on the NFL draft since it really is his only job.
    ***************************************
    …..so funny u guys make me wanna reply, but the reply is right there in your stupid answer. “Kiper has been wrong plenty, but still considered an expert since its his only job” HILARIOUS. THATS BECAUSE HE SUCKS!!..but somehow has boondoggled every nfl teams personell dept to buy his crap & sort it out for themselves. the only thing Kiper really does is make up a book of stats b4 the draft which any team could do on their own but they just get it from him for some reason i cant explain. Bet the Packers didnt follow Kipers recommendations to get their awesome depth? Kiper is no more than an NFL personall dept wanna be that will never be.

    Dont worry bout stadium or big issues over your head. its called SPECIAL SESSION.

  44. PurpleRaid18 says: Jun 1, 2011 4:19 PM

    Who the hell cares where the kid was drafted. None of us are experts, so who are we to say he was a reach. And as for those “expert analysts” – they don’t know anything either, as I recall (which I guaranteed wouldn’t happen) they all had the Vikings taking a DE with either the 1st or 2nd pick.

    The story shouldn’t be about “Ponder makes playbook copies” or “Ponder was a reach to many fans” – as a Viking fan, the real story should be why in the hell Rice, Harvin, Berrian (like that matters) or Shiancoe didn’t show up. It’s pathetic that these players couldn’t make it to a workout, yet rookies (who aren’t even under contract yet) and depth players make the effort to show up and practice to get better. Some “Veteran Leaders” we have on this team. Disappointing.

    Good for Ponder for saying and doing (so far) all the right things.

  45. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jun 1, 2011 4:28 PM

    @vikefan,

    You claimed Ponder was being projected to be gone by the 16th pick, I claimed that many mocks had him going later. Kiper is perhaps the most famous of the mock drafters. My point remains the same – many people felt Ponder was a reach.

    Regarding the special sessions, MN needs to hold a special session to settle their budget before they can even worry about a stadium. Time is of the essence. The Wilfs are about making money, and taking a football team with some marketable players to a more profitable market sure seems like a possibility. Unless you are really buying that AEG was in town strictly to discuss non-Vikings business with the Vikings owners? If the folks of Minnesota really believe that, then I have a bridge…um wait, that figure of speech might be bad, um, let’s just say you’re naive.

  46. locutus says: Jun 1, 2011 5:12 PM

    whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jun 1, 2011 3:02 PM

    No. I read the quote from his agent. It had nothing to do with any injury and no injury was referenced when he said 3rd round at best. In fact, he said that when Ponder was completely healthy.

    He said that at the time of Chick Fil-A Bowl when Ponder didn’t so well. That and after a 2010 season that was sub par due to injury. The quote was:

    Ponder’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, projected his client as no better than a third-round pick AT THE TIME.

    Context is everything.

  47. saxmachine69 says: Jun 1, 2011 6:45 PM

    First of all, Ponder’s agent’s comments about being a 3rd rounder came during the Chick Fil-A Bowl. Ponder was hurt and didn’t play very well. After his agent told him he’d be at best a 3rd round, Ponder immediately started to work his tail off to make sure he went higher.

    Second, EVERY analyst had him as a second round pick at worst, most said that he would likely go in the first. If you actually followed the draft you’d know this. Was he considered a reach at #12? Sure. But who cares what the media thinks? Mel Kiper also thought Jimmy Clausen should go before Sam Bradford and that he’d be more ready to play than Bradford. He also called JaMarcus Russell “the next John Elway”. The only draft analyst on tv worth paying attention too is Mike Mayock, and as he says so often, if you need a franchise QB, and you believe there is one on the board, you take him, no matter what. The Vikings believe Ponder is a franchise QB, so where the media predicted he would be drafted means nothing.

    Thirdly, the “injury-prone” stuff is a bunch of bs. It’s just like Adrian Peterson being “injury-prone”. Peterson got hurt doing a backflip into the endzone, not something he does on a regular basis, and not something that he can’t avoid in the pros.

    Ponder hurt his shoulder by attempting to lay out a defender who picked off his pass. It wasn’t from getting hit in the pocket, or not sliding or any other normal activity a QB goes through. He tried to be a linebacker and lay a big hit on a defender, and he hurt himself doing it. As for his FOREARM (have to point that out, because many believe it’s an elbow injury, which is incorrect, and has been misdiagnosed in the media for a long time) injury, it was not an injury that happened on the football field. He had a fluid build up in his throwing arm, something that can occur, although rarely, to players who do a lot of throwing motions (QBs, Pitchers, etc.). It does not have a high rate of reoccurance, and is more a freak thing than anything.

    Ponder is no more prone to get hurt than anybody. He’s completely healthy now, and checked out medically both in the short term and long term at Indianapolis. Injury prone labels are really just things that uneducated fans and media people who have no idea what most injuries even mean try to put on players because they don’t know what their talking about.

    Oh and finally, saying that the Vikings could have traded down is incorrect. There have been numerous reports before the Vikings took Ponder and after they took him that the Redskins traded down to #16 planning to pick Ponder at that spot. The Vikings waited til the last minute to make the pick, and did examine all the options trading down, but when it all came down to it, they knew they couldn’t go lower than #16 and still get Ponder and they didn’t have anyone to trade down with before #16. It’s easy to say “well you should have traded down, blah blah blah”, but it takes two to make a trade.

    And lastly, those who say “well they could have taken Fairley/Prince and then still got a guy like Mallett/Dalton/Ponder in the 2nd. Well first of all, they couldn’t have gotten Ponder or Dalton where they drafted. And even if they could have gotten Dalton or Mallett, who’s to say they wanted them? The QB position is the most important position on the field. If they believe that Ponder is a franchise guy, why would they settle for someone that they aren’t as high on. Ryan Mallett wasn’t taken by any QB needy team, so that should say a lot about team’s belief in him as a franchise QB. The fact of the matter is, the Vikings wanted Ponder, and they took him. This is the QB position, you don’t settle, you take the guy you want, and that’s what the Vikings did.

  48. vikefan says: Jun 1, 2011 7:07 PM

    @vikefan,

    You claimed Ponder was being projected to be gone by the 16th pick, I claimed that many mocks had him going later. Kiper is perhaps the most famous of the mock drafters. My point remains the same – many people felt Ponder was a reach.

    Regarding the special sessions, MN needs to hold a special session to settle their budget before they can even worry about a stadium. Time is of the essence. The Wilfs are about making money, and taking a football team with some marketable players to a more profitable market sure seems like a possibility. Unless you are really buying that AEG was in town strictly to discuss non-Vikings business with the Vikings owners? If the folks of Minnesota really believe that, then I have a bridge…um wait, that figure of speech might be bad, um, let’s just say you’re naive.

    ***************************************
    Half the draft is a reach every year, i still say most will be suprised with him.

    Calling me naive shows your shallowness & stupidity, I DONT TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED, ESPECIALLY THE VIKINGS!! The fact that the Vikings stadium issue has taken this long is pure bullsh__ in my book. Should have been taken care of 5 years ago but unfortunalely idiots voted in a governor twice that did not give a damn. I did not vote for him or this cheap ass legislature.

  49. brewdogg says: Jun 1, 2011 10:34 PM

    Look, both sides are right here.

    For most of the offseason leading up to the draft Ponder was slated as a mid-2nd to 3rd round pick. But as the draft approached, particularly the last two weeks, Ponder and Dalton both started climbing up the mock boards. The post-draft chatter said he wouldn’t have fallen past 16. Ironically, Rodgers might have had something to do with Locker and Ponder going so high…. You don’t think there are teams who are wondering why they didn’t move on that slide?

    Anyway, was he drafted too high, given the potential of the players still left on the board? Yes. No on is about to argue that point. Obviously the Vikings liked him and thought he was a good fit for what they would be running and capable of being a good leader, so when the talk said that it was their only chance to land him, they did it. Only time will tell if it was a good decision or not. Continuing to argue about his draft position yields nothing.

    On a side note…. I’m going to take the under on 15 sacks on Ponder against NFC North foes this year. Anyone care to take the over?

  50. vikefan says: Jun 2, 2011 8:37 AM

    O-line will have to do a hell of a lot better to take that one, but if play calling is 65% running, may be an easy lock for u.

  51. ponderqb says: Jun 2, 2011 12:31 PM

    Looking back to the draft, Ponder seemed to be an out of nowhere pick… but the more i read about him and watch highlights, he seems to be a reliable QB. Hope he can lead the vikes to the playoffs his rookie year. The OL will step it up, they were full of injuries last year and the LB’s are going to hurt a little w/o Leber, but i think it will even out with Singletary as the LB coach.

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