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The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 17 goes to:

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson finished the season just nine yards shy of the NFL season rushing record.

Only one year and one week after tearing ligaments in his left knee that required surgery, Peterson finished the 2012 season with 2,097 yards rushing.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection broke off a 26-yard run that set up the Vikings for a 29-yard game-winning field goal with three seconds left Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Despite being sixth in the league with 499 yards rushing through the first six games this season (83.2 yards per game), Peterson vowed that he would get better as the season went on. He didn’t disappoint.

He eclipsed 200 yards twice in the last five weeks of the season, and his 199 yards Sunday nearly made it the second time he had done it against the Packers.

By rushing for more than 150 yards against Green Bay, he tied Earl Campbell for the most 150-yard rushing games in NFL history with seven.

”I told myself to come into this game focused on one thing, and that’s winning,” Peterson said.

The Packers dropped to the NFC’s No. 3 seed. Their five-game winning streak against the Vikings ended.

”It wasn’t meant to happen, or it would’ve happened. Not to say it doesn’t hurt, because it does,” Peterson said of Dickerson’s 28-year-old record. ”But we came in here tonight and accomplished the ultimate goal, and that was getting a win and punching our ticket to the playoffs.”

Now for the rematch at Lambeau Field in a first-round playoff game. The only playoff meeting between these teams came when the Vikings earned a 31-17 wild-card victory in Green Bay following the 2004 season.



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 16 goes to:

Vikings Defense 


This week was a dominating win on the road, with our Defense controlling the entire game. The Vikings proved worthy of their playoff status, and some are saying it was their most impressive win since 2009.

Pass Defense:

Defensively, Sunday’s game goes down as one of Minnesota’s best in several years. It’s the first time the Vikings have held an opponent under seven points since Jan. 17, 2010, a playoff win against Dallas. While Minnesota has held opposing rushing games several times this season, Sunday’s effort against the pass goes down as its best all season. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was 18 of 32 passing for 178 yards. He was also sacked three times and Houston finished with 153 net passing yards (and just 187 total net yards). Schaub was able to connect with top receiver Andre Johnson seven times for 97 yards, but the rest of the team’s receivers finished with 11 catches for 81 yards.

The Vikings kept Schaub out of rhythm all game and the pressure ended up getting four sacks of Schaub and backup T.J. Yates. Harrison Smith, Antoine Winfield, Fred Evans and Jared Allen had Minnesota’s sacks. With Schaub unable to find his receivers and the running game going nowhere, Houston was only 1 of 11 on third downs, unable to sustain any drives following its opening drive which ended with a 51-yard field goal.

Antoine Winfield, after another week of rest, played another strong game. Chris Cook’s return helped against Johnson, despite limited snaps by Cook and the defensive line was able to apply pressure as the game progressed.

Run Defense:

Arian Foster entered the game fourth in the league in rushing for the Texans. While Houston was able to slow Peterson, Minnesota shut down Foster. The Vikings’ run defense hasn’t been at the same lofty levels it has in years past, but Sunday was a throwback effort against one of the league’s top backs, and a back that finished ahead of Peterson in the fans’ Pro Bowl balloting. Foster finished with 10 carries for just 15 yards. Foster left the game late because of an irregular heartbeat and backup Ben Tate, who’s considered one of the top backups in the league, had four carries for 17 yards. Tate had 13 yards on one carry though.

With Minnesota focused on stopping Foster and the running game, the entire Texans’ offense struggled to find any consistency. With Foster stopped, Houston’s play-action passing game was ineffective. In a game in which the Texans could have secured home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs, their offense hardly looked like a unit that was sixth in the league in total offense heading into Sunday. The Vikings defensive game plan had a lot to do with the struggles.



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 15 goes to:

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs the ball 82 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday, December 16, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri. The Minnesota Vikings defeated the St. Louis Rams, 36-22. (Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT) ** HOY OUT, TCN OUT **

Peterson piled up a season-best 212 yards on 24 carries in a 36-22 victory Sunday that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. He has a career-best 1,812 yards rushing, leaving him 294 shy of breaking the NFL’s single-season mark of 2,105 set by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984.

“Yeah, yeah, I was able to see myself,” Peterson said of looking up at the video board at the end of this 82-yard run. “I just told myself to stay relaxed and ‘You don’t have to put on too much juice, but make sure you get there.”

He remained hot on the trail of Dickerson’s record. Peterson, less than a year removed from a serious knee injury, has two games left – at Houston and home against Green Bay – to top it.

“Yeah, it’s been in my sights,” Peterson said. “I’m not focusing on it. It’s in the back of my head that, hey I definitely want to accomplish that.”

On Peterson’s long touchdown run in the second quarter, he was able to turn what appeared would be a short gain into a big score.

“He continues to amaze you with some of his runs,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “It looks like there was nothing there and the next thing you know he’s out the door.”

Peterson topped his previous single-season best of 1,760 yards in 2007 on a 52-yard run in the fourth quarter. On both long runs, Peterson made something out of nothing with nimble cutbacks to daylight.

As Adrian Peterson heads toward his home state of Texas this weekend, just 294 yards from breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season record, he made one thing clear: He conceivably could break the record Sunday, Dec. 23, with a week to go in the season.

Peterson, after all, set the NFL’s single-game rushing record of 296 yards against the San Diego Chargers in 2007, one yard better than Jamal Lewis’ record day in 2003. So though he would need the third-best game total in NFL history to top Dickerson on Sunday against the Houston Texans, Peterson wouldn’t even need the best game of his career.

Peterson has habitually defied convention lately. He has run for 1,313 yards in the past eight games, a league record for rushing yards in an eight-game span, and he has averaged 192 yards in the past three games.



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 14 goes to:

Harrison Smith

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs the ball 82 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday, December 16, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri. The Minnesota Vikings defeated the St. Louis Rams, 36-22. (Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT) ** HOY OUT, TCN OUT **
Rookie safety Harrison Smith runs back an interception 56 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter as the Minnesota Vikings beat the Chicago Bears 21-14, Sunday, December 9, 2012, at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. (Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff)

Harrison Smith returned an interception for a score to lead the Vikings to a 21-14 victory over the free-falling Chicago Bears on Sunday.

The ball was high — too high for Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. As it sailed over Marshall’s head, Vikings safety Harrison Smith was in the perfect spot to make an interception. Which he did. Then he took off running and didn’t stop until he’d crossed into the end zone 56 yards later late in the third quarter to give the Vikes a 21-7 lead.

Smith’s touchdown turned out to be the difference in the Vikings’ 21-14 victory Sunday, Dec. 9.

Smith leads all rookie defensive backs and is fourth among rookies overall in tackles with 81, tied for third among rookies in interceptions with three, tied among all players for interception returns for a touchdown with two and leads all defensive players in game-winning touchdowns with two.

He is the first Viking rookie to return two interceptions for a touchdown in a season since Dewayne Washington did it in 1994.

“That’s definitely the thought any time you get your hands on the ball,” Smith said after Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears about the first thought in his head after catching the interception. “Shout out to the rest of the defense for getting the blocks that let me get in (the end zone).”

He added that he knew he would score “pretty much when I touched it” and that he didn’t see an open running lane.
“You just catch it and start running.”

The Vikings pass defense has greatly improved because of Smith’s presence, both as a hitter and as a ball hawk.



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 10 goes to:

Adrian Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – NOVEMBER 11: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota ViKings eludes Ricardo Silva #39 of the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter on a 61-yard touchdown run on November 11, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ViKings defeated the Lions 34-24. (Photo by Andy King/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson trampled the Detroit Lions down the stretch, then said again he’s still not 100 percent healthy.

Peterson raced 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, finishing with 171 yards on 27 carries for the Vikings in a 34-24 victory over the Lions on Sunday afternoon.

”I still can get stronger. I’m still not there, man. I’m pressing to get there,” Peterson said, adding: ”I’m going to come back stronger and better after the bye.”

Peterson had 120 yards in the final 15 minutes, 10 1/2 months after reconstructive surgery on his left knee. This was his third straight game with a 60-yard gain or longer.

He has 353 yards in the last two games and 1,128 yards already this season.

He has rushed for 629 yards in his last four games. Peterson is also averaging 5.75 yards per rush the season, the most among players with at least 100 carries. He joins Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Chris Johnson as players with 1,100 or more rushing yards and such a high yards-per-carry average after his team’s first ten games.



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 7 goes to:

Brian Robison

Oct 21, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) celebrates a sack during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

The Vikings defense is credited with seven sacks on the afternoon. The defensive end duo had a field day against Arizona’s overmatched tackles on Sunday afternoon, combining for five of those sacks plus a forced fumble. Allen now has a sack in five consecutive games, but Robison was a bigger story on Sunday he picked up a hat trick with three sacks, including one that forced a John Skelton fumble to squelch a potential scoring chance for Arizona. This is something we need to see more consistently from Robison, but hopefully this will be a step in the right direction for him.

Vikings defensive end Brian Robison never hesitated when asked when he last had three sacks in a game.

“One time in college my junior year against Texas Tech,” the former Texas Longhorn said about his performance on Oct. 22, 2005.

Almost exactly seven years later, Robison enjoyed his best day as an NFL quarterback stalker, sacking Arizona’s John Skelton three times and drilling him three more times Sunday, Oct. 21, during the Vikings’ 21-14 victory over the Cardinals at the Metrodome.

Robison spear-headed a ferocious pass attack that generated seven sacks and made several pivotal plays to salvage Minnesota’s win. His strip-sack on Skelton snuffed a 14-play Cardinals’ drive at the end of the first quarter and seized momentum.

“Yeah, any time a team’s able to drive it on you, you really want to be the guy to make the big play,” said Robison.

Conditions were ripe for the Vikings’ pass rush to get in gear against Arizona who had allowed an NFL-high 28 sacks, including 22 the previous three games.

The seven sacks accounted for 64 percent of the Vikings’ total production entering Sunday’s game.
“Our sack numbers are down this year through the first six games,” Robison said. “We wanted to come out this week and not only show we can put pressure on the quarterback but we can get him down when we have the opportunities. That’s what we did today. We made opportunities to get to him and were able to get him to the ground.”



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 5 goes to:

Alan Williams

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator, Alan Williams at the Minnesota Vikings game against the San Diego Chargers on Friday, August 24, 2012 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri)

Fueling the Vikings’ revival this year has been our defense.

Robust against the run and swinging a big stick in the secondary, the same unit that was savaged last season suddenly is among the finest in the NFL, thanks in large part to the big-tent philosophy espoused by first-year coordinator Alan Williams, the even-tempered boss of the team’s most charismatic bunch.

Somebody has to harness the talents of supersized characters like Jared Allen, Brian Robison, Everson Griffen and Jamarca Sanford, the last of whom could be heard chirping at opponents from across an airport runway.

Williams has been an ideal match for coach Leslie Frazier’s defense. He tweaked rather than trashed the Tampa-2 coverage scheme, began rotating interior linemen to leverage Minnesota’s depth and welcomed player feedback instead of marginalizing the help.

Not only did they prove this week that they can win even when Christian Ponder throws interceptions (his first two of the year), they can blow people out, too. I’d credit them for their continued excellent run defense as they held Chris Johnson to 24 carries on 15 yards, and forcing him to fumble in the 1st quarter, a ball that Harrison Smith recovered.

The defense only allowed 52 yards rushing and 215 yards passing. They had 2 sacks on Hasselbeck, intercepting him once as well. Hasselbeck’s QB rating was a dismal 69.9, before they pulled him out of the game.



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 4 goes to:

Special Teams

Special Teams coach Mike Priefer (pictured) & the Vikings took advantage of Detroit’s awful kick coverage Sunday, scoring on both a kickoff and a punt to beat the Lions 20-13.

Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff 105 yards, and Marcus Sherels ran back the first punt of the second half 77 yards for a score.

When Sherels scored, Detroit became the first team since at least 1940 to give up a kickoff and a punt return for touchdowns in consecutive games, according to STATS LLC. The Lions allowed scores on a kickoff and punt in last week’s 44-41 loss in overtime at Tennessee.

Sherels took the punt in the middle of the field and made Kassim Osgood miss right away before wiggling through traffic and pulling away to put the Vikings ahead 20-6.

That set the stage for one more big play by Minnesota on special teams. Punter Chris Kluwe pinned Detroit on its own 2 with 1:42 remaining, and the Lions never came close to scoring a tying touchdown.

The punt coverage was superb all game,  Chris Kluwe punted 5 times, 3 of those had no return, and the only yards gained were 9 and 27 yard returns by Stefan Logan, quickly being tackled by the Vikings special  teams.

Blair Walsh hit both his extra point attempts and was 2 for 2 in field goals, one from 49 yards in the 1st quarter and one from 27 yards in 2nd quarter. Also of note, was all 5 of Walsh’s Kickoffs were all touchbacks.



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 3 goes to:

Kyle Rudolph

Tight end Kyle Rudolph burnished his big-play credentials with a two-touchdown game, with scoring strikes of 1 and 2 yards.

The Second-year tight end has three touchdown catches on the season and is a beast to cover, emerging as a scoring threat and relief outlet for an often double-teamed Percy Harvin.

The Vikings began the game boldly with a fourth-and-goal touchdown pass by Ponder to his favorite target, Rudolph.

Ponder rolled left under pressure by Goldson and threw a floater off his back foot that Rudolph ran down in the corner of the end zone for a 7-0 lead. Rudolph had four catches on that drive.

With 6:17 left to go in the 3rd quarter San Francisco  was able to pull within 4 points 17-13 But with one third-and-goal pass by Ponder to Rudolph, who reached around the defending safety Donte Whitner for it (See Photo) — the lead was back to 11.

Rudolph finished the game with 5 catches for 36 yards.

In a quick interview after the game Rudolph said, “It’s huge for the rest of our season. It’s a springboard.”



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 1 goes to:

Blair Walsh

Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) kicks reacts after kicking a 55-yard field goal to tie the game with just seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game against the Jaguars into overtime. Minnesota won 26-23 in overtime.
(Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)

He booted a 55-yard field goal as regulation time expired to tie the score The football easily made it over the crossbar. In overtime Walsh hit a 38-yarder, the margin of victory when Jacksonville couldn’t score on the ensuing possession. He also connected on fourth-quarter kicks of 42 and 20 yards.  giving the Vikings the moral boost that you want to start the season with.
To put an even finer point on it, the NFL announced on Wednesday that Walsh had received the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance.


“Honored to be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week,” Walsh tweeted after hearing the news. “However, not possible without great snaps and holds all day from Cullen (Loeffler) and Chris (Kluwe).”


Walsh hit all four field goals in the game, including the 55-yard shot to send the game into overtime and the 38-yarder to win it, along with 2 PAT’s. And of Walsh’s seven kickoffs, four of them resulted in touchbacks.



–2011 Game Ball Winners–



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 16 goes to:

Joe Webb

With Adrian Peterson out of the game on the 1st play of the 2nd Half, and Christan Ponder out on the 2nd play of the 2nd half with a helmet to helmet hit; injuries looked like they might an insurmountable hurdle for the Vikes.

Then Joe Webb comes in, we were down 10 to 13. He completed 80% of his passes including 2 Touchdowns, and also ran 5 times for 34 yards and a touchdown. His QB Rating for the game was an almost perfect 158.3. His performance was enough to lift the Vikes out of the 6 game losing streak, and to a 33 to 26 win.


Joe has an intense energy and can avoid the sack as well as any quarterback we have seen.

We cannot wait to see more out of Webb next season.



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 8 goes to:

Christian Ponder

Ponder threw for 236 Yards, going 18 for 28 including a TD to Adrian Peterson in his first career win as a starter in the NFL.


Ponder showed a lot of poise on the game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter, completing 5-of-5 attempts for 53 yards to help set up a field goal and break a 21-21 tie. Although Ponder was sacked four times, he did not turn the ball over and had a very nice 8.4 YPA. He has given the team a spark primarily because of his poise on third downs. Drives are lasting longer because he’s making things happen. In the three fourth quarters Ponder has played, he’s accounted for nine third-down conversions. He’s converted eight with his arm – completing 10-of-14 passes – and one with his feet – a 12-yard run on third-and-7.


He has provided an energy and an optimism that has changed the team dynamic. We are very excited to have a QB to build the offense around. It will be great to see how much Ponder can learn and how far he can grow this season.



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 5 goes to:

Jared Allen & Adrian Peterson

There was determination on both sides of the ball on Sunday and we had to split the game ball as 2 game balls are deserved. Jared Allen was the leader on the defense with 2 sacks (one coming after they added a face shield to his helmet because his eye got poked), and 4 tackles. He now leads the NFL with 8.5 sacks on the year.


On the offensive side, Adrian Peterson had a monster game; He ran the ball 29 Rushes, 3 of them for TD’s (all 3 in the 1st quarter), and 122 yards. He now has 498 rushing yards on the year (99.6 average per game) which is good for 2nd in the NFL, 21 yards behind the leader.


–2010 Game Ball Winners–





The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 12 goes to:

Leslie Frazier

Leslie Frazier is 1 – 0 as a head coach in the NFL!

He has interviewed for seven NFL head coaching jobs the past three years, and finally is getting his chance here in Minnesota.

Whether the Vikings were inspired by interim coach Leslie Frazier’s voice of reason or simply due to snap a nine-game road losing streak, one thing was clear in Sunday’s 17-13 victory over Washington, the Vikings had a plan and the players seemed to play with a purpose.

Even though we lost Adrian Peterson early in the game, staying with the “pound the football with an aggressive running game” plan worked well for us to win on the road.

Now with 3 straight home games, it is time for the Vikes to keep pushing forward with their season. There is still plenty of time in the season for great things to happen.


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 9 goes to:

Brett Favre

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre leaves the field after after the Vikings defeated the Arizona Cardinals in overtime, 27-24, in an NFL football game in Minneapolis on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.(AP Photo/Andy King)

There was a little magic at the dome on Sunday! This is exactly why we wanted Brett on our team.

He is playing on a fractured ankle and heel, with tendinitis in his elbow and a gash on his chin, and threw for a career-high 446 yards and tied his career high by completing 36 of 47 passes. Favre finished with two touchdowns and two interceptions as he led the Vikings’ comeback from a 14-point deficit that began with 4 minutes, 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Favre threw a 25-yard touchdown to Visanthe Shiancoe with 27 seconds to play in regulation, then hooked up with Bernard Berrian on a 22-yard pass in overtime to move the Vikings into position for an improbable victory. The 41-year-old quarterback completed 36 of 47 passes with two touchdowns and two interceptions in easily his best performance of the season.

Brett Favre and the Vikings will look to keep the momentum going when they go on the road to Soldier Field in Chicago next Sunday.



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 5 goes to:

E.J Henderson

Our defense looked great all day, some of the best tackling I have seen.

Back in full form, E.J. Henderson was a pivotal player in the Vikings win over Dallas at Mall of America Field.

He intercepted a Tony Romo pass in the 1st Quarter that led to the Vikings 1st Touchdown of the day.

His 2nd Interception lead to the go ahead field goal that would prove to be the game winner.

With his 4 Tackles, 5 Assists, 2 Passes Defended, and 2 Interceptions, with 10 yards returned, E.J. played a career game on Sunday! We are happy to give the Game Ball to EJ.


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball

for Week 3 goes to:

Adrian Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS – SEPTEMBER 26: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball around C.C. Brown #39 of the Detroit Lions for a touchdown during the second half at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated 24-10. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

This was a breakout game for the Vikings as they really seemed to find themselves, putting together several very methodical drives.

Adrian Peterson had a huge game with 160 yards rushing, 30 yards receiving, and 2 rushing touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was the longest career run for AP of 80 yards. With Adrian running so well it is sure to help open up the passing game for Favre and we are sure to see many more big plays in the weeks ahead.

Adrian is now 2nd in the NFL for rushing yards after week 3 with 392 Yards – only 14 yards out of first place.

Next week is a bye week for the Vikes. They will have lots of time to build a great game-plan around this weeks win.


— 2009 Game Ball Winners —




The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for the
Divisional Playoff Game goes to:

Sidney Rice

With a monster performance of 6 catches (3 of them for Touchdowns) and 141 yards Sidney Rice has earned another SCVC Game Ball. The scoring catches went for 47, 15, & 45 yards. It is clear that Rice and Favre are on the same page. This is only the 15th time in NFL history that a player caught 3 TD passes in 1 playoff game.

With the win over Dallas, the Vikes have earned a spot in the NFC Championship game in New Orleans.



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 17 goes to:

Brett Favre

Brett Favre wins the final game ball for the regular season. The 3rd time he has won the SCVC game ball this season. This was one of his best performances of the year. Completing 25 of 31 passes for 316 yards and 4 Touchdowns! The Vikes took down the Giants with a with 44 to 7 blow out.

To end the regular season on such a high note, and then to get a week to rest and get healthy, I like our chances going into the playoffs this year!

Brett had a phenomenal regular season with 4,202 passing yards, 33 Touchdown passes, and a Quarterback Rating of 107.2!!! But the most important stat is he won 12 of the 16 games he started, and the Vikes are undefeated at the dome!


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 14 goes to:

Adrian Peterson

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It was a record setting day for Adrian Peterson as he set the team record at 14 rushing touchdowns in a single season, passing the 13 Terry Allen (1992) and Chuck Foreman (1975, 1976) had which have held the record for many years. Smash mouth football was exactly what the Vikes needed to get back on track this week.

This is the 3rd Game Ball awarded to Peterson this year, and he has earned each one of them. This week Peterson carried the ball 26 times for 96 yards (1200 for the season), and added 3 receptions for 40 yards. I always like it when they show Adrian’s total yards vs all that Cincinnati was able to produce. Kudos to the defense for keeping a potent offence at bay.

Time to finish the season with momentum and authority. We look forward to our next 2 prime time games!


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 12 goes to:

Scott Studwell

There was a little extra magic in the dome, as Scott Studwell was inducted into the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor at halftime today.

He was drafted in the ninth round of the 1977 draft by the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he played fourteen seasons from 1977 to 1990. During that time, he was selected to two Pro Bowls. Studwell is the only Viking to have played with both Viking Defensive Ends Jim Marshall (1961-1979) & John Randle (1990-2000).

After a successful career with the Vikings, he moved into their front office and since 2002 he has been the Director of College Scouting which is responsible for all the preparations of the NFL Draft. Studwell personally scouts the majority of the players the Vikings pursue and spends nearly half of each year on the road.

Here is a list of the First Round Draft Picks since 2001, when Studwell was involved with the college scouting:

2001 – Michael Bennett – RB
2002 – Bryant McKinnie – OT
2003 – Kevin Willimas – DT
2004 – Kenechi Udeze – DE
2005 – Troy Williamson – WR
2005 – Erasmus James – DE
2006 – Chad Greeway – LB
2007 – Adrian Peterson – RB
2009 – Percy Harvin – WR

I would say there are a few names on this list that are helping with the success of the current season!

Thanks Scott for all that you have done, and continue to do for our team!

We also want to honor Percy Harvin for his first 100+ yard receiving day! He had 101 yards! Anyone else want to jump on the Rookie of the Year bandwagon with us?


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 11 goes to:

The Defensive Front 4

Talk about a defensive stand! It was all but impossible to run against the Vikings Front 4 today. Only 4 yards allowed! There was pressure on Hasselbeck all game long, and Seattle could not get into a rhythem. Time of possession was off the charts in favor of Minnesota 42:11 to 17:49. Only allowing 8 first downs all game, it is pretty clear that the Vikings Defense showed up to play today.  We need them to show up again next week as we play host to another NFC North rival, the Chicago Bears. The Vikes have a 3 game lead in the division, with 6 games to go, we are set up to be able to finish this season very strong!


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 10 goes to:

“All Day” Adrian Peterson

With his 3rd game this season over 100 yards rushing, he finished with 133 yards on 18 carries and 2 touchdowns. Peterson is currently 3rd in the NFL in rushing yards, and his 11 TD’s ranks him 2nd in the NFL in that category. He is nearing 1,000 yards for the season, and looking very strong week in and week out. Keep it going all season AP!



The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 8 goes to:

Brett Favre

Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre (4) throws a pass during the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers on Sunday, November 1, 2009. (Ben Liebenberg/

A complete team effort, and win over the Pack! Oh yeah, and Brett Favre goes to Lambeau field and wins again… this time for the good guys! Completing 17 of 28 passes for 244 Yards, and 4 Touchdowns, with NO interceptions! There is a lot to say about the protection he had, as he was not sacked at all. Looking at the beating that Aaron Rodgers is taking this season (NFL High 31 Sacks) I am sure Favre is happy to be a Viking. With all the pressure and emotion surrounding the game, it is clear that Favre held up and performed well, we are happy to give him our 2nd Game Ball of the year. Now time to heal up during the bye week.


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 7 goes to:

Sidney Rice

Even though the Vikes came up short this Sunday. We are still happy to give a game ball this week to Sidney Rice. Sidney had a stellar performance against the Steelers, with 10 catches for 136 yards. The longest catch of the day was a 34 yard strike from Farve on a 4th and 1 from the 35 yard line, taking it down to the 1 yard line. The most impressive catch by Rice was on a 3rd and 18 with 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter. On this play he kept his feet in bounds even though Troy Polamalu was putting a huge hit on him. The play was called out of bounds by the refs during the play, but reversed on a challenge by Brad Childress, keeping the drive moving down the field. On the same drive, he also caught a 10 yard TD pass that would have been the go ahead score, but that play was nullified by a tripping penalty. Sidney Rice is currently ranked 7 in the NFL for receiving yards, and a big part of the Vikings success.


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 6 goes to:

Ryan Longwell

With 4 Field Goals and 3 Extra Points, Ryan Longwelll picked the right day to be perfect! We needed all of his 15 points today, and with his clutch performance, the Vikings defeat the Ravens and improve to a perfect 6 – 0 record. The Field Goals he had to make were from 40, 22, 29, & 31 yards, all of them in the 2nd half, keeping the score rising consistently throughout the entire game. Phenomenal performance Ryan, you earned the SCVC Game Ball!


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 5 goes to:

Leslie Frazier

The Vikings Defense showed up this Sunday. We played on the road in
St. Louis, and only allowed 10 points. In all the Vikings forced 4 Fumbles, recovering 3 of them, one of which was recoverd by Jared Allen who then ran it 52 yards for a Touchdown. Add to that a Tyrell Johnson Interception in the Red Zone during the 2nd Half. This is truely the way to win on the road. Our guys were ready to go! And now they are 5 – 0!


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 4 goes to:

Jared Allen

of the Green Bay Packers of the Minnesota Vikings on October 5, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The only word that comes to mind when watching the prime time game on Monday Night is: WOW!!! At one point in time, they had three guys guarding Allen from attacking Aaron Rodgers. That wasn’t even enough! He would soon get his 3rd safety as a Viking (his second against Rodgers) which set a team record. He also had 4.5 sacks which is 2nd all time behind Randy Holloway’s five sacks against Atlanta in 1984. We also saw Allen covering the field, and running down pass receivers in the secondary, late in the 2nd half. What an athlete! Keep it up Jared! We want to see more of that
calf-roping routine all season long!


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 3 goes to:

Brett Favre

Sunday really highlighted the experience and leadership the  veteran quarterback Brett Favre has acquired throughout his 19 NFL seasons and exactly why he is a Hall of Fame worthy quarterback. Favre threw for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, including the amazing game-winning 32-yard touchdown pass to Greg Lewis that he snuck into the back of the endzone in the final 2 seconds of the game. We are excited to see Favre carry this excitement into the Monday Night game against his long-time team and NFC North Division rivals, the Green Bay Packers.


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 2 goes to:

Percy Harvin

Percy played a phenomenal game on Sunday as the Vikes took home a win against the Detroit Lions, a fellow NFC North division team. Harvin had a a couple great kick returns and caught a 3 yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre in the 4th quarter to help seal the 27-13 victory for the Vikes. We are excited to see Percy rack up the yardage as his rookie season continues on.


The Southern California Viking Club Game Ball for Week 1 goes to:

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson got the season started with a BANG. What a huge week! 180 yards rushing, 3 rushing Touchdowns, and one 18 yard reception. My favorite play of the week, is when the Browns defender cut AP off and had a sure tackle, Adrian took 1 hand and pushed him out of play and ran in for the Touchdown. Every time he touches the football you feel the excitement that he may be able to break one for some serious yardage or even a Touchdown. We will be rooting for Adrian “All Day” Peterson to set numerous records this year. Will he hit 2000 Yards? How about set the bar above 2105? Tune in each week to see how he is doing!