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How do you know when it’s time to end the NFL lockout?  When players like Nick Barnett of the Green Bay Packers who make seven figures are crying and complaining about having to pay for fireworks!  *Wipes a tear*

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Many people ask me these days, “What are you doing while this lockout is going on?” My answer sounds simple and boring, “I’ve just been busting my butt by training hard and making sure I’m ready when the time comes.” Although this may sound like a very simple answer, for me it’s a little bit different because I like to pride myself as one of the hardest working people in any sport, let alone the NFL. The last couple of years I took time in the offseason to train with my throwing in track and field. This year I decided to take a little bit of a different approach by just training for football. Although with this lockout dragging on as long as it has, I really wish I would’ve thrown this year, but I honestly think I may be in the best shape I’ve ever been in and hopefully it pays off this season.

Back to the original question and answer, “What are you doing while this lockout is going on?” Every Monday through Thursday I go to Plex Performance where I get my football specific training. We do a lot of things that create explosiveness, quickness, strength, endurance, etc. These are very tough and intense workouts which is why I love them. They are always challenging and different. The two locations I go to are in Stafford, TX. and Willowbrook, TX.  A normal workout at Plex starts with me getting there around 10:30 a.m. and ends when I leave around 1 p.m.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I do MMA(mixed martial arts) training. These workouts are usually about an hour and a half to two hours long. What I do at these workouts are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. Jiu Jitsu is a type of grappling ground game and Muay Thai is basically kickboxing.  How do these help with football? For me there are many qualities that I can use and translate to football. One of the main things in Jiu Jitsu is learning how to control an opponent, which is also one of the main components to football. Controlling someone’s hands, grip strength, strength endurance, etc. are all things that I can use in football. Muay Thai is big time cardiovascular workouts which help in gaining stamina. Muay Thai also teaches hand-speed, hand-eye coordination, foot movements and how to block someone’s hands. All things that can be used on the football field.  I go to get this training in Magnolia, TX. at Gracie Barra. I recently just earned my Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which I’m proud of.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you know I just finished a 21 day detox where I ate nothing but organic veggies, fruits and meats. Many of my meals consisted of just shakes, which was really tough, but it really helped and I feel great. I was put on this by my nutritionist Jason Ivesdal at Higher Power Training.

In my free time, which you can see really isn’t much time at all, I try to hang out with family and friends. Other than that I like to do a little fishing, play with our dogs(2 labs: Sadie and Drake, Chihuahua: Missy and Chorkie: McLovin), and watch my wife barrel race with her horses. Like I said though, I like to do all this when I get the chance. Oh yeah almost forgot, I love to play Call of Duty on XBOX and Playstation. Mostly Playstation, but I do have both. One last thing I forgot to mention was that we got a new barn built for my wife and her horses which she really needed and wanted.

As you can see My family and I have been very busy during this lockout with many things. I hope that we can get this lockout over with and begin the season for all the fans. I also hope that all the hard work pays off and I can give the Viking fans something to cheer about. I guess after all of this I can leave you with an answer to your question “I’ve just been busting my butt by training hard and making sure I’m ready when the time comes.”

Want to thank Mr. Robison for taking the time out of his busy schedule to write this great article and give Vikings fans and NFL fans an inside look at how he is using his time during this ridiculous lockout!  Skol Vikes!

I’ve been around to witness 24 of the of the 45 Super Bowls, none more embarrassing  than last nights – thanks Christina Aguilera. What was supposed to be an epic battle between two of the leagues most historic franchises, instead inflicted feelings of the first time I had sex – quick, awkward and down right boring.  That might have had something to do with the fact that she was asleep, but that’s nor here, nor there.  It’s hard to call Super Bowl XLV anything, but an epic let down.  The weather was trash, Christina Aguilera wrecked our national anthem, the Black Eyed Peas were…….well the Blacked Eyed Peas and the commercials about as sad as watching a retard hump a doorknob.  Fear not though evildoers as I managed to find one commercial that stood out above the rest, and no it wasn’t that ridiculously stupid one featuring the villainous Darth Vader kid using the dark force to turn on the headlights of his dad’s ugly Volkswagen.  Instead, it was the Dorrito’s “finger licking” good spot that had most men wondering if eating Dorritos and being gay are somehow now linked.  If this is true, well then I need to wash myself immediately, cause it’s sticky.

Super Bowl?  What Super Bowl?  Did Big Ben forget he’s in Texas to play one of the biggest games of his life, not run up an $800 rum and coke bill and get crazy wasted at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar while singing Billy Joel’s “Piano Man?”  When asked by reporters why he was out past 1:00 a.m. at the bar, he denied all allegations (sounds familiar) and responded by saying he was in his bed at the hotel at that time.  Really?  So the video footage of you dancing on stage is a hoax, just like you getting your TSA on inside an Alabama college bar bathroom?  This whole situation reeks of Rex “The Sex Canon” Grossman of a few years back.  The one positive you can take out of this? At least it wasn’t the night before the big game!  Fair or foul that this topic is getting as much media attention as it is? Yes, I seriously asked that.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Super Bowl XLV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers?  Then explain to me why in the world Chad Ochocinco/Johnson is being interviewed by TV Azteca’s Ines Sainz.  Who let either of these glory hounds in the front door?  SECURITY! Wait, light bulb! Is it possible that Mad Chad sought out the most controversial “reporter” to conduct an interview with him about a game he’ll never partake in?   Yahtzee!  It’s also a very realistic possibility that he’s working on another reality television show.  Let’s just hope if that’s the case, he won’t spoil the ending two weeks into it. Dill Hole!

 

The NFL Pro Bowl generally brings about as much excitement as finding out your “real” dad, isn’t really your dad.  This year though, that wasn’t the case.  Fans witnessed an astonishing 96 points scored, a Pro Bowl MVP Trophy handed to a defensive player – DeAngelo Hall and two streakers bringing players to their knees in laughter.  Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t a streaker someone who makes a sudden dash in public while naked? The operative word being “naked.”  Why then are today’s streakers disgracing this timeless art form by wearing clothes and turning this spectacle into an absolute joke?  We saw the Arizona Cardinals Darnell Dockett brought to his backside in laughter as he watched these two young men weave in and out of players on the field, but can you imagine the hilarity if they did it butt naked? Now, that would be funny. Step up your game kids, you’re embarrassing yourselves.

Amid the ridiculous speculation about Jay Culter’s health in the NFC Championship game, is news of another athlete, this one demanding a trade–and much media attention– after an embarrassing season in Cincinnati. Sound familiar? It should be easy to guess the identity of this “team leader,” right?  Nope, it’s not T.O…also not the artist formally known as Johnson, formally known as Ochocinco and now Johnson again.

Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, and his agent, made their request to have the former USC QB traded public early this week, after the Bengals went 4-12 and Palmer struggled all season long with an injured elbow. The age of the spoiled athlete is boring and overplayed, and it’s time for all of us to stop indulging these millionaires, who play a game for a living. Too often, we chastise the “usual suspects” for being difficult in situations of hardships, but what about the cocky quarterback?

What about a guy who was overhyped coming out of a big college program, and whose greatest accomplishment in the NFL has been a pair of losses in the first round of the playoffs? Sure, the Owens’ and Ochocincos of the world make us want to claw our eyes out, but at least they admit to their faults, at least they play to the crowd and provide entertaining media sessions.

For all the crap lowly Jay Cutler has received for his sideline demeanor, I’d still take a guy who plays as hard as he does—despite having Type 1 diabetes—never complaining about his lack of protection or near death experiences at the hands of opposing defenses, over the bitchy, rubber-armed Palmer. So please Carson, do us all a big favor and retire from the league if your bosses stick to their guns and refuse to trade you. Let the Bengals franchise move on, and most importantly, rid the rest of us of your mediocrity. Holy hell, I’m actually starting to miss Brett Favre.

– Carlos Sanchez (@ThisIsChucker)