Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings
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Vikings Territory content maker Drew Mahowald recaps the preseason and delivers the sixth Skol Scale reading of 2017 and shares his thoughts on the Vikings’ Week 2 loss at Pittsburgh.

It was October 30, 2005. The Minnesota Vikings were in the process of getting waxed on the road against the Carolina Panthers to fall to 2-5.

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper, fresh off a phenomenal, MVP-caliber season in 2004, scrambled and was tackled awkwardly by two Panthers and could not bring himself from the turf. He had torn three ligaments in his right knee — the ACL, PCL and MCL.

Since that day, the Vikings have been cursed with unbelievable quarterback conundrums on an annual basis. Brad Johnson took over after Culpepper’s injury and actually led the Vikings to a six-game win streak before finishing the season 9-7 and missing the playoffs.

Over the next 11 years, Minnesota started 14 different quarterbacks and nearly all of them were cycled between a backup role and a starting role, whether it be due to injury or poor play.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Light a Candle feat. @JReidDraftScout (ep. 418)

Light a candle for Sam Bradford’s knee, Vikings fans. For today’s show we busted out Tell The Truth and laid out five factual(ish) Minnesota Vikings talkers including the near future with Case Keenum, how we may see Danny Isidora sooner rather than later, and why Rick Spielman’s job isn’t as secure as you may think. Plus @JReidDraftScout (Vikings Territory) swings in for his weekly segment and we do a deep dive on the troubles with Trae Waynes and look ahead to the solid Tampa Bay Buccaneers team rolling into Historic US Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

All that and more “The Truth Will Set You Free” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Scooping Out Bradford's Knee with Darren

What is it with Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings quarterbacks and knees? For the latest on Sam Bradford’s banged up left knee, we brought in the big guns with Darren “Doogie” Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) of KSTP Sports and The Scoop Podcast. Doogie and I chatted about the latest rumblings around Bradford’s injury, how many games Case Keenum could start and the team still make the playoffs, iif the Vikings had inquired about other available quarterbacks, and how Teddy Bridgewater coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list plays a part in this 2017 Greek tragedy. Plus some Tramaine Brock, Michael Floyd, and Alex Boone tidbits.

All that and more “Take No Action for Lamar Jackson” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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This is fine
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A happy cartoon dog sits dutifully on a wooden chair, the surrounding room engulfed in flames. His world may be in chaos, but he’s perfectly content to remain seated. “This is fine,” he thinks, as the temperature rises and the fire take its toll.

This nameless pooch has become the face of self-denial and blind optimism; an oft-referenced meme in times of dire straits and despair. If you’ve logged onto Twitter during any Vikings game the past few years, you’ve likely seen his empty smile and blank stare on your timeline.

When news of Sam Bradford‘s knee injury broke, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to panic, then find reassurance, and hope for the best. “This is fine,” I thought, rationalizing the team’s best-case scenario — Case Keenum leading the Minnesota Vikings to a Week 2 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Episode 108

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald offer their immediate thoughts on the Minnesota Vikings’ 26-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road this past Sunday afternoon.

Episode 108 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:11)
  3. Game Review: Sloppy, Sloppy Vikings Effort (1:42)
  4. Waynes World: What to do with Trae Waynes (24:42)
  5. Twitter Takes: Can Anything Be Done to Fix the OL? (34:10)
  6. Sign-Out: ATL Has Reached 50,000 Downloads! Thanks for Listening! (43:24)

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