O’Connell Tosses 1st Pitch as Vikings Rookies Attend Twins-Guardians Game
Before the Minnesota Twins’ matchup with the Cleveland Guardians on Saturday, Kevin O’Connell threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The whole thing, however, was just for laughs.
As a former NFL quarterback and current head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Zimmer welcomed the invitation and the opportunity to take the team’s rookies out to a game during the team’s rookie minicamp.
He said the game was a good way for newcomers to get “acclimated to the local sports scene” before the 10-player draught class and college free agents join the Vikings veterans on Monday night.
At that point, they’d be in a hotel, and we could arrange a meal, but why not get them involved in the community right away? “. According to O’Connell, who spoke on the matter on Friday. “A large part of our work is going to be devoted to it.
Because our players are so eager to get out and make a difference in the community, we’ve got a lot of activities planned for the next five or six weeks of our offseason program,” O’Connell said. “Why not get some of that out of the way early on, and then let them handle the rest?
“Team building is something that we never want to take for granted. Although it’s early, we’ve got a great group of players and a locker room that’s plugged in and connected “he went on, saying For our team and young players, “any time we can build within the schedule, within the rules, something where these guys can bond and spend time together in a different setting, maybe have a couple of coaches there is good for our team and young guys for sure.”
The rookies of the Minnesota Vikings arrived in the Twin Cities on Thursday and began working out the following day. A “pseudo passing camp” was O’Connell’s description of Friday’s session, which was open to the media.
Lewis Cine, a first-round draught pick, and others were not wearing pads, so they concentrated on learning and communication to steer the ship.
When asked if he planned to attend the Twins game, Cine said he was “excited about seeing what Minnesota has to offer.”.
“This is a great town. The people I’ve met at the airport and while driving here are wonderful. Since I arrived, they’ve shown me a warm welcome, “According to what Cine has to say. However, “I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the state has to offer,” says the narrator.
home opener vs. Packers, Patriots on Thanksgiving, off to London
A Thanksgiving game between the Vikings and Green Bay Packers is on the NFL’s 2022 schedule, and it will be the first time the Vikings have hosted one.
There has never been a Thanksgiving Day game in the Vikings’ 62-year history. A team that has only been to U.S. Bank Stadium once before will face them in the Super Bowl.
This is the final of the league’s three games on Thanksgiving, and it will be against the New England Patriots on that night. Since their two trips to Detroit in 2016 and 2017, this will be the Vikings’ first Thanksgiving game since their ninth appearance.
For the second year in a row, the Vikings will open the 2022 NFL season against their fiercest rivals, the Packers, at Lambeau Field on Sept. 11. The Vikings had never hosted the Packers to begin a season before 2020 when Aaron Rodgers used a hard count against the Vikings while the U.S. Bank Stadium sat empty. They won’t have to be concerned about Rodgers operating in peace this time.
On New Year’s Day, the Minnesota Vikings will travel to Green Bay to face the Packers in a late-afternoon game at Lambeau Field.
There will be more cold-weather NFC North games to come for the Vikings.
The Vikings will play Chicago in their final regular-season game, the seventh time in the last nine years that they have faced the Bears. Although the Vikings will travel to Soldier Field for the season finale for the first time in that span, the Bears matchup will be in Minneapolis.
The Bears will visit U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to play the Vikings on Sunday, October 9, for the first time since 2006. As a result of the Week 5 matchup, the Vikings will not have a bye week following their Week 4 trip to London to play the Saints. It wasn’t until Week 6 of the NFL’s 17-game schedule that teams received a bye. Even though the Vikings will have to play a week after their London game, they will be able to do so at home and have a bye in Week 7.