FOOTBALL MACHINE: COVID Concerns, Mock Draft Fun and the 2020 Easter Candy Draft
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 8, 2020
Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman convene for another Zone Coverage Football Machine over Zoom. Topics include: -Percentage chance the season happens as usual with concerns […]
How the 2020 Draft Could Turn Into 2013 Deja Vu for the Vikings
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 3, 2020
Coming off a playoff appearance and a 10-6 regular season, the Minnesota Vikings traded away a disgruntled receiver to net them an extra first-round pick. That description […]

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Tajae Sharpe Sees an Opportunity with the Minnesota Vikings
By Sam Ekstrom - Mar 26, 2020
It doesn’t take much for a positional strength to become a weakness in the NFL. One injury, one off-field snafu, one departure and the complexion can change. […]
Vikings Add WR Tajae Sharpe to Improve Receiving Depth
By Sam Ekstrom - Mar 25, 2020
The Minnesota Vikings took the first step in filling the void left by traded receiver Stefon Diggs, signing former Titans wideout Tajae Sharpe to a one-year deal, […]
Daniel Oturu Declares For Draft, Leaving Gophers With a Thin Frontcourt
By Sam Ekstrom - Mar 23, 2020
It’s official now. Minnesota Golden Gophers big man Daniel Oturu has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, following the path many […]
FOOTBALL MACHINE: Free Agency Preview, Stefon Diggs Traded, Kirk Cousins Extended
By Sam Ekstrom - Mar 18, 2020
The global pandemic didn’t slow NFL free agency as the Vikings made myriad moves to clear cap space while making a blockbuster trade of a star receiver. […]
Vikings Fill the Linval Joseph Void with Former Ravens NT Michael Pierce
By Sam Ekstrom - Mar 18, 2020
The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly found a replacement for departed nose tackle Linval Joseph. Per Josina Anderson, Minnesota plans to sign former Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Michael […]
Stefon Diggs Dealt to Buffalo Bills for Multiple Picks, Including 2020 First Rounder
By Sam Ekstrom - Mar 16, 2020
After weeks of speculation, the Minnesota Vikings have traded star receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills. The disgruntled wideout, who notably skipped practices after last season’s […]
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Tourney Superlatives: The Best of the Boys State Hockey Tournament
By Sam Ekstrom - Mar 9, 2020
The Boys State Hockey Tournament came to a conclusion Saturday, ending one of the most delightfully unpredictable boys tournaments in some time. Both winners came out of […]
Are We Watching Daniel Oturu’s Final Games with the Gophers?
By Sam Ekstrom - Mar 8, 2020
The Gophers regular season came to a close Sunday with a 107-75 win against last-place Nebraska as they set the school’s 3-point record with 18 makes in […]
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Major Takeaways From the Class AA Quarterfinals
By Sam Ekstrom - Mar 6, 2020
It didn’t seem incredibly daring when I selected top-seeded Andover as the tournament’s team to beat. Considering that the Huskies’ offense had only been held to two […]
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Picking the Boys State Hockey Tournament Champion + Five Intriguing Storylines
By Sam Ekstrom - Mar 5, 2020
Thursday morning the state’s larger schools will kick off the Class AA Boys State Hockey Tournament with the quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center. Zone Coverage staff writer […]