The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 22, 2013

Preseason games offer, reveal almost nothing


NFL fans suffer from offseason hysteria more than any other sports group, in large part because of fantasy football. There are so many TV and radio shows devoted to the NFL that everyone feels like an expert, just by watching others offer not-always-educated opinions.

No one, from ESPN or FOX or local media, knows what's going on inside the Vikings' locker room during the preseason.

So just watch the final two preseason games if you choose. Don't get too high if Ponder hits a deep ball to Cordarrelle Patterson and don't get too low when the opponent converts a third-and-15.

Better yet, ignore the games and their statistics. In two weeks, the games matter, and teams will take them more seriously. Just because fans are required to pay full price for preseason games doesn't mean they're important.

Chad Courrier is a Free Press staff writer. To contact him, call 507-344-6353, e-mail at or follow his Twitter feed @ChadCourrier.

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