A: No, but I have enjoyed studying the exploits of Ragnar Lodbrok from tactical and strategic perspectives. Both Danish and Icelandic sources describe him as the son of Sigurd Ring, a king who united southern Scandinavia under his rule. The historic Ragnar Lodbrok was an Earl at the court of the Danish king Hårek who participated in the Viking plunderings of Paris in 845. The warriors belonging to the army of Charles the Bald, were placed to guard the monastery in St. Denis, but fled when the Danish Vikings executed their prisoners ferociously in front of their eyes. After the "danegeld" which contained 7,000 pounds of silver, Ragnar went back to Denmark. By mysterious circumstances, many men in Ragnar's army died during the journey and Ragnar died soon after his arrival in Denmark. In later traditions, Ragnar is the king of Denmark and he meets with fabulous adventures all around the world. Among others, he met the wonderful Kraka in Norway, who became Ragnar's wife and the mother of his four sons. Although he is something of a hero in his native Scandinavia, reliable accounts of his life are very sketchy and heavily based on ancient Viking sagas. Even the dating of his reign is not certain; there are sources that date it from 750–794, and others from 860–865. Neither really matches with what is known of him, though he may perhaps have held power as a warlord from approximately 835 to his death in 865, perhaps only being recognized as king in the last five years of his life. The sheer ferocity of Viking military mentality equates well with football, and I've considered using Lodbrok's legend as a source of inspiration for our players. Q: Coach, what are your favorite foods?