It's the 15th of April, and usually that's the day that everybody submits their taxes and that sort of thing. (Well, it should still be the day you submit your taxes and that sort of thing. . .damn sure don't try to do it tomorrow.) But many fans of the Minnesota Vikings have had this day marked on their calendars for quite a while.
Yes, it's the first day that running back Adrian Peterson can potentially be reinstated by the National Football League, per the edict from Roger Goodell that followed his suspension last season. The NFL's appeal of Peterson's suspension being vacated by Judge David Doty has still yet to be heard, and won't be until October, but by all accounts today's date is still the pertinent one when it comes to Peterson's potential reinstatement.
The key word there, of course, is "potential."
Peterson had a meeting last week with Goodell about the steps he's been taking to get back into the league's good graces. The meeting, from all accounts, went well, although the details released about it were scarce. But the terms of Peterson's suspension were that 15 April was the earliest that Peterson could be reinstated.
So now. . .we wait. Because, as we've seen throughout this process, Goodell can pretty much do whatever the hell he wants to do whenever the hell he wants to do it because. . .well, this is the deal that rocket scientist DeMaurice Smith negotiated for the NFLPA during the last Collective Bargaining process. (And the NFLPA re-elected the guy to represent them, which is mind-boggling to say the least.)
It would be hugely beneficial to the Vikings if something were to come down from the league sooner rather than later, what with the NFL Draft coming just two weeks from tomorrow. With the draft starting on 30 April, it absolutely wouldn't surprise me to see a decision come down from the league on around 4 May. . .the first weekday following the Draft. Maybe that's just my inner skeptic coming out, but at this point I'm sure I'm not the only person that's thinking this way.