Or football-related activities, as it were.
As I mentioned earlier, today is the first day of Organized Team Activities for the Minnesota Vikings, and though the media was not officially allowed at today's practices, we do have a couple of pieces of information for you.
For starters, Percy Harvin was at today's festivities at Winter Park, but was not participating since he hasn't fully recovered from the shoulder surgery he had just prior to this year's NFL Draft. Harvin's surgery was on April 24, but it was just a "clean out" of the shoulder that he experienced pain in while lifting weights. He's still attending team meetings, and will hopefully be ready for some of the team's later OTAs.
Mike Wobschall, who runs the blog for the official Vikings' website, was the only media person in attendance, and has some good reports from what he saw on Day 1. One passage in particular makes me quite happy.
One of the first players to stand out in my eyes was CB Antoine Winfield. It was great to see him back on the field after he played in just 5 games last season. Winfield showed no signs of being slowed now, though, as he looked spry during individual drills and very sound during team offense vs. team defense. Winfield had a bounce in his step around the facility and before practice, and it's clear he still has explosion in his legs while on the field.
Considering that, after his injury this past season, we weren't sure if we would see #26 on the field as a Viking again, it's good to hear that he's not just back, but that he's healthy as well.
The Vikings' website also has some videos for your viewing pleasure from the first day of OTAs, including an interview with quarterback Christian Ponder.
It's not the regular season yet, but BAH GAWD it's football.