Hartman: Vikings assessing players diligently at combine

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2013 - 9:32 PM

 GM Rick Spielman brought along a large contingent to check out potential draft picks at the NFL combine.

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Izzy96Feb. 20, 1310:01 PM

I just knew there was a bright spot to Tubby's team Sid: we get to watch an extra game of Not-So-Golden Gopher Desperation Basketball in March.

lindy_frank123Feb. 20, 1310:18 PM

What Sid no comment on your close personal friend Tubby? He's done Sid...and it's good for the program if or should I say when he goes.

whareidFeb. 20, 1310:43 PM

Only Sid can get excited about the Goofers getting into the NCAA tourney. Can you imagine the embarrassment if they play on a national stage? Time to wave the white flag and help Tubby pack his bags.

goldengoph3rFeb. 20, 1310:47 PM

If Sid is finally realizing what's been well known to Gopher fans for weeks and months--the success of Gopher bball transfers--then Tubby's tenure is definitely coming to an end. Once Sid turns on you, it's over. I knew Smart turned down Illinois, but didn't know he turned down $3M. The Gophers have no shot at him then. Next best, Brad Stevens.

goldengoph3rFeb. 20, 1310:49 PM

Sid, correction: Shaka Smart's base pay is $1.2M at VCU.

writeonFeb. 21, 1311:13 AM

Sid, really - you would try to tell us that flatulance smells like Chanel #5. The RPI - "Really Pointless Index", is for losers. I don't hear the folks at Duke, IU, Michigan, MSU, Syracuse bragging about their RPI. I hear them bragging about their national ranking and their conference ranking. Know what? Here's the facts: against teams with an RPI ranking of 1-24, the Gophers have a 3-5 record; against teams with an RPI ranking of 26-50, they have a 1-2 record; against teams with a 51-100 RPI ranking they are 9-1. Know what that means, Sid? It means what we who pay attention have known for the past six years: The Poser can beat the crippled, the blind and the poor, but he can't beat decent to good teams. You don't need a ranking index to know that - his 61% winning record speaks for itself.

writeonFeb. 21, 1311:26 AM

Sid, we know that in your mind you believe that you invented basketball - at least in Minnesota. But, what in the world leads you to the conclusion that this Gopher team making the NCAA is a meaningful accomplishment? They have a so-called high profile coach, who has a losing B1G record here. If they finish 9-9 in the B1G, or 8-10 (which is just as likely), they don't deserve an NCAA invitation. How do you support the 7-8th place B1G team going? Even if they do, they'll be a 12-14 seed and probably go one-and-done against Harvard or Creighton. Oh - BTW, Siyani Chambers from Hopkins HS (MN 2012 Mr. Basketball), a Freshman at Harvard who Poser couldn't recruit from his own backyard, is averaging 13 pts and 6+ assists at PG for a team that will win its conference and go to the NCAA. Meanwhile, Poser doesn't have a functional PG in his program.

dxpavelkaFeb. 21, 1312:31 PM

"Vikings assessing players diligently at combine." Makes one wonder whether there are teams at the combine NOT diligently assessing players.

thetruthincFeb. 21, 13 8:42 PM

I feel sorry for the players that gey drafted by the vikings because they will never have a chance at winning a Super Bowl / World Championship as a meber of the purple. If you don't believe it you can look no further than the fact that NO player that the vikings have ever drafted in their entire 53 years (and counting) as a franchise has ever won a Super Bowl / World Championship as a member of the purple. The facts have no bias and do not lie!!!

deermenowFeb. 21, 13 8:48 PM

Even Sid now sees the writing on the wall.

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