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EAGAN, Minn. -- No Portillo’s for Vikings rookie Chad Beebe this weekend. Though the 24-year-old receiver grew up on the well-known Chicago cuisine, he begrudgingly has decided to take a pass when Vikings are in Chicago to play the Bears on Sunday night at Solider Field. “Not exactly in the diet plan,” Beebe said with a laugh. “Maybe in the offseason.” Even without chowing down on the renowned Italian beef and side of cheese fries, it’ll be a nice homecoming for Beebe, who grew up about 45 minutes away, in Aurora, Ill.
EAGAN, Minn. -- A full palette of emotions rushed over Ameer Abdullah after being waived by the Detroit Lions last week. “It was a shock,” Abdullah said. “That’s the team that drafted me. That’s where I kind of made home. It was tough.”
EAGAN, Minn. -- When it comes to Khalil Mack, the stats speak for themselves, the highlights jump off the screen. The defensive end has been everything the Chicago Bears hoped he would be when they acquired him in a blockbuster trade with Oakland.
EAGAN, Minn. -- The last time the Vikings played, Stefon Diggs watched from the sideline, and it wasn’t much fun. “It was terrible,’’ Diggs said about missing his first game of the season. “I felt horrible. It’s like watching your brothers go outside and play and you got to stay in the house.” The wide receiver missed a 24-9 victory over Detroit on Nov. 4 because of bruised ribs, but he said Thursday he will play against the Bears on Sunday night in Chicago.
ST. PAUL — In a past life, Nick Seeler probably would have snapped. After getting into it with Blues winger David Perron late in Sunday’s game in St. Louis, Seeler continued to chirp as both players took a seat in their respective penalty boxes. The exchange was caught on camera: Seeler shouting toward Perron, clearly not quite ready to squash the beef.
LOUIS — There was a time not too long ago when former Wild winger Mark Parrish thought he’d be able to sail off into the sunset and enjoy retirement without a care in the world. As it turns out, he isn’t wired that way. “I thought I was going to be able to be one of those guys that just sits around and does nothing all day,” said Parrish, 41. “That got old extremely fast. I just didn’t realize it at first.”
LOUIS — Looking at the schedule a couple of weeks ago, the task seemed daunting to say the least. Never mind the Wild had won five games in a row at the time. They were about to embark on a franchise-record, seven-game road trip and weren’t exactly playing well away from the Xcel Energy Center.
LOS ANGELES — Bob Naegele Jr., the hometown kid who played the most pivotal role in bringing the NHL back to the Twin Cities two decades ago, died on Wednesday night due to complications from cancer.
ST. PAUL -- After each Minnesota Wild victory, Matt Benz performs perhaps the quietest big job in the organization. While players celebrate on the ice, and coaches exchange high-fives on the bench, Benz makes a mad dash back to the locker room to get everything set up for the postgame festivities. The job, he knows, isn’t so much taxing as it is important.
ST. PAUL — Three weeks ago, with the NHL season barely underway, it looked as if the Wild were inexplicably careening into the abyss. A playoff team in each of the past six seasons, they looked old and uninterested on the ice as they lost four of their first five games. There was cause for concern all around, especially considering the Wild lack a bonafide superstar to lift them when needed.