Mike Zimmer admittedly doesn’t enjoy public speaking. But at a Dunkers civic club gathering the other day in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Vikings’ coach lit up the crowd with a fun anecdote, although Green Bay Packers fans might not consider it funny. Zimmer mentioned that the day before he had been having dinner at a restaurant. There was a couple at a table next to him. It turns out the husband was a Packers fan, the wife a Vikings fan. When the Packers guy mentioned something to Zimmer, the guy’s wife interrupted and said, ‘Hey, hon, did you hear the joke about Aaron Rodgers — he walked into a bar and broke his collarbone.” It was Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr’s jarring — and controversial — tackle of Rodgers last October in Minneapolis that resulted in collarbone surgery for the Packers’ future hall of fame QB. The Vikings last week officially celebrated their move from Eden Prairie to their new complex in Eagan. When the … [Read more...] about Charley Walters: Vikings’ Mike Zimmer shows his lighter side
Last year, through July 3, Byron Buxton hit .195 with four home runs and 14 runs batted in for the Minnesota Twins. For the rest of the season, Buxton hit .314 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs. This year, it was not a reach to expect that the ultrafast center fielder, 24, in his fourth major league season, would start the way he finished in 2017. “I did, too,” Buxton said last week. “It’s frustrating whatever I’m hitting — I don’t even know what I’m hitting.” He’s hitting .167 after 24 games, back in the lineup after having missed nearly a month due to migraines and a fractured left toe. “I’m just trying to keep that number out of my head and just focus on what I can control,” he said. “I know I’m not hitting what I want to be hitting. But at the same time, I’ve got to keep it in perspective. “Eventually my hitting’s going to come back to me, and once I feel good enough at the plate … [Read more...] about Charley Walters: Twins’ Byron Buxton insists ‘I can be a .300 hitter’
ASHLEY Walters' big break came when So Solid Crew, the British rap group he was a leading member of, began to dominate the charts in 2001. The rapper has since forged a successful acting career and is a father to eight children. Here's all you need to know about the London star... Who is Ashley Walters and how did his career kick off? Ashley Walters was born in Peckham, London on June 30, 1982. Raised by his mother Pamela Case, Ashley appeared in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles at the age of 10 and also played Andy in Grange Hill aged 14. He went on to take classes at the esteemed Sylvia Young Theatre School and starred in some stage productions before joining So Solid Crew. Before breaking into the mainstream market, So Solid Crew were involved with many pirate radio stations in London. It was at Delight where they made their name, occupying most of the Sunday schedule, the so-called So Solid Sundays. So Solid Crew's first album, They Don't Know, was released in … [Read more...] about Who is Ashley Walters? Actor in Safe House and ex So Solid Crew rapper
Now that the Minnesota Vikings have extended the contract of the first of their core potential free agents, linebacker Eric Kendricks last week for $50 million for five years, negotiations for defensive end Danielle Hunter could become very interesting. So much that it could take designating a franchise tag on Hunter if a mega-contract agreement can’t be reached. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Hunter, who has had 25.5 sacks in his first three seasons in Minnesota, doesn’t turn 24 until October. Talent that young is hard to find in the NFL, making Hunter’s value as a potential free agent after the coming season in the $15 million per year range. That’s more than Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen’s $14.5 million per season average. Franchising Hunter for the 2019 season could cost the Vikings about $18 million. The team can’t afford to let him go. Kendricks’ $50 million deal could turn out to be the least expensive of the Vikings’ other … [Read more...] about Charley Walters: Will Vikings’ Danielle Hunter get franchise tag?
Daniel Kaluuya feels insecure about his acting abilities.The 29-year-old actor is widely recognised as one of the rising stars of the business, but Daniel has admitted that because he never attended drama school, he harbours insecurities.He confessed: "I couldn't afford to go to drama school and because I'm not trained, I have a deep insecurity about my ability. So i just feel like I should always learn."Daniel was inspired to pursue his ambitions by fellow Londoner Ashley Walters, who starred in 'Bullet Boy' and 'Get Rich or Die Tryin'.Asked who first inspired him to become an actor, he told OK! magazine: "Ashley Walters. He was in a film called 'Bullet Boy'."For working-class people in London, there weren't any role models really when I was growinig up. So seeing him it was like: 'Whoah, it's possible for me.'"Daniel previously admitted he didn't have especially grand expectations of himself as a child.The acclaimed actor explained how the environment he grew up in influenced his … [Read more...] about Daniel Kaluuya is insecure about his acting talents