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EDEN PRARIE, Minn. -- Those of you who build your summer schedule around the annual Minnesota/Kansas City training camp practice will have to find another August anchor.
Vikings coach Brad Childress confirmed Thursday that the teams won't practice together in 2009. New Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli actually informed Childress of the decision during the February scouting combine. It's unlikely the Vikings will find another practice partner for this summer.
"And that is OK," Childress said. "[Kansas City] just happened to be convenient because they were close. We are fine working with ourselves."
I'm guessing you'll be OK with it, too. The drama between the two teams has petered out since the middle of the decade, when you needed two hands to count the number of fights in each practice. My personal favorite came in 2004, when former wrestler Brock Lesnar -- trying out as a defensive tackle -- started pinning Chiefs offensive linemen to the ground. (It seemed Lesnar didn't realize it would be hard to make a tackle if he was more worried about slamming guards, but that's for another day.)
Three years later, the Chiefs became enamored while watching a rookie quarterback throw the ball. The next month, ex-Kansas City general manager Carl Peterson claimed quarterback Tyler Thigpen when the Vikings tried sneaking him through waivers and on to the practice squad.