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Judge Nelson Is A Vikings Fan

April 26, 2011

One of the dullest offseasons in recent NFL history suddenly got exciting when Federal District Judge Susan Nelson ruled in favor of the players and lifted the lockout. This doesn’t mean that football will resume and business can go back to usual any time soon, however. The NFL immediately filed an appeal and is asking the court to stop all player movement until the appeal is ruled upon. The courtroom battle is likely to continue for at least the near future, and where this all ends up is anyone’s guess.

One certainty is that Federal Judge Susan Nelson has caused the plot to thicken.

In her ruling, the Minnesota resident specifically referenced the Vikings attempt to trade for San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson last season. From Alex Marvez of FOX Sports:

Nelson even referenced that Jackson’s agents had reached agreement with the Minnesota Vikings on a two-year contract — worth $8 million prorated in 2010 and $11 million in 2011 — if San Diego was willing to swing a trade.

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith didn’t pull the trigger. That led to Jackson playing for $280,824 in San Diego last season while the Vikings instead made an ill-fated trade for wideout Randy Moss.

Nelson cited this as one example as to why the lockout is causing “irreparable harm” to player’s careers (like Jackson’s) and thus, must be lifted.

Clearly, Judge Nelson is still bitter over the 2010 Vikings season. And clearly I’m feeling sarcastic and cynical this morning.

Happy Tuesday.

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