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    Greenway, Reisner, Ballard, and Olsen

    So I went to the Vikings Training camp today, rocking my Iowa Hawkeye attire, because honestly, I was only there to see and maybe get an autograph or two from the former Hawkeyes, mainly Greenway.

    I went with a few of my friends who are big Vikings fans and from what I understood, Reisner and Olsen are not on the majority of the Viking fan's radars.

    MN did draft a TE out of ND and Reisner went undrafted. The TE's were working on some drill that involved route running, turning, finding the ball, and then catching it on the move(Like a cross field pattern that many TE's run).

    I can say this with confidence that my bias had nothing to do with who looked the best. Reisner is up in the drill... He runs his route, turns to run across field and the ball is thrown WELL behind him. Reisner somehow manages to reach one hand back while all of his momentum is going the other way in the air and snag the ball with one hand. It was an incredible catch.

    My friend, who was trying to tell me Reisner would get cut because of the current TE's the Vikings have, turns to the rest of us and says:

    (Him)"Did you guys see that catch?!"

    (Me)"Did you see who caught it? Yeah, thats right, it was Reisner.. The Iowa boy. I will put money down that Reisner is better than the ND guy"

    Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself here... but his catch was incredible, and he looked better in the drills than the other TE's all day from what I saw. (Granted Vicente Shianko[Spelling?] was not practicing due to injury)

    Anyway, Reisner was looking really impressive.

    As for Olsen--He looked to be bigger and stronger than nearly all of the other young O-linemen. Although they didn't really run too many drills that allowed me to see how good he actually was compared to the rest.

    The defense practiced on the field further away so I didn't get to see Ballard all that much, but Head Coach Leslie Frazier had some really good things to say about him in a quote they printed on the program.
    (He also autographed my hat, which was nice.)

    Now for Greenway... I didn't see him do much on the field, since he too was on the further field away from the parts I watched.

    The thing that shocked me most however, was his attitude off the field... his interaction with the fans was really quite awful.
    I'm not sure if I caught him on a bad day, but from what some of the fans were saying.. he had an attitude yesterday as well.

    On 4 separate occasions throughout the day Greenway looked at me and my friends(whom I borrowed some Iowa Jersey's to) and then walked away without a wave/smile/anything.

    I waited 3 hours with my friends outside of the locker room facility until practice was over along with other fans who showed up after practice had ended, but we wanted to make sure we got their first... and we were.

    A couple big name players come out and they go to the fans side of the barricade to sign autographs and all but one fan rushed them... Me, because while they were rushing over to the other players, I saw Greenway walk out of the facility and I yelled to him "Greenway! Hawkeye Nation representing!" and I waved my Iowa hat and pointed at the tigerhawk logo.

    I am still a little baffled by this... but Greenway(about 10 yards away) looks up at me.. cocks his head a little and gives me a blank stare for about 2 or 3 seconds... and then gets on his bike and rides away.

    No wave, no smile, nothing but a cold shoulder.
    I was the only person there decked out in all Iowa gear that I saw and he was the main reason I went. I really hoped he would walk over and give me an autograph or say hi, since all the other fans were distracted and he wouldn't have to feel obligated to sign 50 autographs... but I would have taken even a wave or a thumbs up and it would have made the 8 hour day well worth it.

    I'm not trying to complain, but I was always under the impression that Greenway has been really good and appreciative of his Hawkeye supporters... Has he forgotten where he came from now that he is one of the big men on campus for the Vikings? I mean.. the punter stood out there signing autographs for ANYONE and EVERYONE who wanted them no matter how long it took him... I just felt like Greenway would be a little more friendly to a Hawkeye fan who went for almost the sole reason of seeing him.

    I'm just curious if anyone has any insight as to why this might be? Because I have always been a huge fan of him and the way he acted sort of made me lose some respect.
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    Re: Greenway, Reisner, Ballard, and Olsen

    Btw, other thoughts on the other parts of the post are welcomed. I am really glad to see so many Iowa players having success at the next level. Gives me a reason to watch football on Sundays.
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    Re: Greenway, Reisner, Ballard, and Olsen

    Diarrhea? Bad gas maybe?
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    Re: Greenway, Reisner, Ballard, and Olsen

    Funny you mention this negative stuff about Greenway. I happened to talk w/ someone today who was also up there, and she had very similar things to say about Greenway. I believe the phrase she mentioned was that he's "really let it go to his head." I was pretty bummed to hear that, and obviously CG your comments unfortunately back it up.
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    Re: Greenway, Reisner, Ballard, and Olsen

    Quote Originally Posted by CGHawk View Post
    So I went to the Vikings Training camp today, rocking my Iowa Hawkeye attire, because honestly, I was only there to see and maybe get an autograph or two from the former Hawkeyes, mainly Greenway.

    I went with a few of my friends who are big Vikings fans and from what I understood, Reisner and Olsen are not on the majority of the Viking fan's radars.

    MN did draft a TE out of ND and Reisner went undrafted. The TE's were working on some drill that involved route running, turning, finding the ball, and then catching it on the move(Like a cross field pattern that many TE's run).

    I can say this with confidence that my bias had nothing to do with who looked the best. Reisner is up in the drill... He runs his route, turns to run across field and the ball is thrown WELL behind him. Reisner somehow manages to reach one hand back while all of his momentum is going the other way in the air and snag the ball with one hand. It was an incredible catch.

    My friend, who was trying to tell me Reisner would get cut because of the current TE's the Vikings have, turns to the rest of us and says:

    (Him)"Did you guys see that catch?!"

    (Me)"Did you see who caught it? Yeah, thats right, it was Reisner.. The Iowa boy. I will put money down that Reisner is better than the ND guy"

    Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself here... but his catch was incredible, and he looked better in the drills than the other TE's all day from what I saw. (Granted Vicente Shianko[Spelling?] was not practicing due to injury)

    Anyway, Reisner was looking really impressive.

    As for Olsen--He looked to be bigger and stronger than nearly all of the other young O-linemen. Although they didn't really run too many drills that allowed me to see how good he actually was compared to the rest.

    The defense practiced on the field further away so I didn't get to see Ballard all that much, but Head Coach Leslie Frazier had some really good things to say about him in a quote they printed on the program.
    (He also autographed my hat, which was nice.)

    Now for Greenway... I didn't see him do much on the field, since he too was on the further field away from the parts I watched.

    The thing that shocked me most however, was his attitude off the field... his interaction with the fans was really quite awful.
    I'm not sure if I caught him on a bad day, but from what some of the fans were saying.. he had an attitude yesterday as well.

    On 4 separate occasions throughout the day Greenway looked at me and my friends(whom I borrowed some Iowa Jersey's to) and then walked away without a wave/smile/anything.

    I waited 3 hours with my friends outside of the locker room facility until practice was over along with other fans who showed up after practice had ended, but we wanted to make sure we got their first... and we were.

    A couple big name players come out and they go to the fans side of the barricade to sign autographs and all but one fan rushed them... Me, because while they were rushing over to the other players, I saw Greenway walk out of the facility and I yelled to him "Greenway! Hawkeye Nation representing!" and I waved my Iowa hat and pointed at the tigerhawk logo.

    I am still a little baffled by this... but Greenway(about 10 yards away) looks up at me.. cocks his head a little and gives me a blank stare for about 2 or 3 seconds... and then gets on his bike and rides away.

    No wave, no smile, nothing but a cold shoulder.
    I was the only person there decked out in all Iowa gear that I saw and he was the main reason I went. I really hoped he would walk over and give me an autograph or say hi, since all the other fans were distracted and he wouldn't have to feel obligated to sign 50 autographs... but I would have taken even a wave or a thumbs up and it would have made the 8 hour day well worth it.

    I'm not trying to complain, but I was always under the impression that Greenway has been really good and appreciative of his Hawkeye supporters... Has he forgotten where he came from now that he is one of the big men on campus for the Vikings? I mean.. the punter stood out there signing autographs for ANYONE and EVERYONE who wanted them no matter how long it took him... I just felt like Greenway would be a little more friendly to a Hawkeye fan who went for almost the sole reason of seeing him.

    I'm just curious if anyone has any insight as to why this might be? Because I have always been a huge fan of him and the way he acted sort of made me lose some respect.
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    Re: Greenway, Reisner, Ballard, and Olsen

    I guess everyone has bad days and Greenway doesnt owe you anything but if I was in your shoes I wouldve been disappointed with that interaction
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    I would have been disappointed too. If he would have at least nodded or waved, maybe a "go hawks" and I wouldn't have been upset but if he didn't even acknowledge that you existed, its pretty low of him.
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    The ND TE was hurt in October last year, I believe, and didn't play again last season. He might be a little slow to get back to normal, I don't know. I did see a quote where he said he was a little rusty because of the layoff.
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    Bad day, problems at home, something hurting, has his game face on, contract issues, the coach yelled at him? I know there are a number of things that have soured my mood and I am no joy to be around.
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    Rudolph is a stud - I hope Reisner can make the team but no way he beats out Rudolph
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    Holy crap. You mean to tell me a grown man who was at work (and whose job involves getting his butt kicked day in and day out by 300+ lb dudes) didn't bend over backwards for some stranger even after the stranger told him he was a fan of the school where the guy played over 5 years ago? My god. What is this world coming to?

    Please tell me you're not a grown man. Please tell me you're like 12 or 13 years old. I thought the Nation had definitively proclaimed that grown men seeking autographs from other grown men are nearly PedoBear level creepy. Lie, if you have to, just restore my faith in humanity.
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    Re: Greenway, Reisner, Ballard, and Olsen

    Quote Originally Posted by okeefe4prez View Post
    Holy crap. You mean to tell me a grown man who was at work (and whose job involves getting his butt kicked day in and day out by 300+ lb dudes) didn't bend over backwards for some stranger even after the stranger told him he was a fan of the school where the guy played over 5 years ago? My god. What is this world coming to?

    Please tell me you're not a grown man. Please tell me you're like 12 or 13 years old. I thought the Nation had definitively proclaimed that grown men seeking autographs from other grown men are nearly PedoBear level creepy. Lie, if you have to, just restore my faith in humanity.
    For once I agree with you.

    Just imagine all the people that you see every day..if you were a celebrity you could be nice to 100 fans but there'll always be someone who walked by you and if they don't think you kissed their butt enough they spread stories that you're a jerk.
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    These players must feel like Zoo animals by now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by okeefe4prez View Post
    Holy crap. You mean to tell me a grown man who was at work (and whose job involves getting his butt kicked day in and day out by 300+ lb dudes) didn't bend over backwards for some stranger even after the stranger told him he was a fan of the school where the guy played over 5 years ago? My god. What is this world coming to?

    Please tell me you're not a grown man. Please tell me you're like 12 or 13 years old. I thought the Nation had definitively proclaimed that grown men seeking autographs from other grown men are nearly PedoBear level creepy. Lie, if you have to, just restore my faith in humanity.

    Okeef are you tired of failing yet? Just because I don't post a lot on here... doesn't mean I don't read your pathetic attempts to troll.

    Please, have your parents put you to bed and get back into a good sleep routine for when school starts. You are going to be a freshmen in high school this year.

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    On a serious note... I understand that it might get tiring having 2 practices a day and getting paid millions of dollars, but interaction with the fans is part of the job and if interacting with your fans and giving them a wave is too difficult for you to do for millions of dollars... then you probably should just join Okeef in attending an alternative learning center for kids who have trouble reading and comprehending simple text.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okeefe4prez View Post
    Please tell me you're not a grown man. Please tell me you're like 12 or 13 years old.
    He acted it. Guess that will have to work.
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