Saturday, November 28, 2015

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He’s back, but what’s he worth to the Minnesota Vikings?

After Adrian Peterson’s reinstatement on Friday, April 17th, fans were again left to wonder — will he stay or will he go?

We’ve debated the topic for months, nitpicking, analyzing, and breaking down every statement or piece of news surrounding Adrian Peterson. While exhausting, it’s necessary when the situation involves the league’s best running back and longtime key to the Vikings’ success.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported that the Vikings are seeking “at least” a first-round pick and “more compensation” for Peterson. That compensation would likely include a starting cornerback, which the Vikings consider to be their greatest position of need.

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Lindsey Young and her father.

I have heard countless sports journalists say that you simply cannot be a fan of a team that you cover. Vikings Territory‘s own Lindsey Young is well on her way to being an exception to that rule.

Lindsey is also incredibly humble, vocally refusing to use VT to promote her other works, so I decided to hijack this week’s “Fan Spotlight” (which she normally authors) and make it all about her.

Literally since before she can remember, Lindsey has been a fan of Minnesota sports of all varieties, and the evidence is on tape.

“There is a home video my parents have where I’m in the living room playing, and you can hear my dad watching TV in the other room,” she tells me of those early days of watching the Twins with her dad.

“Kirby Puckett is on!” he could be heard yelling from the other room. Little Lindsey hops right up, in this video, and books it for the room with the television in it to watch Puckett at bat. Even at that young age, she was interested in sports and knew which players were a cut above the rest.

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The NFL Draft is still two weeks away, so that means Mock Draft Season is still in effect! We wrangled up some of the best and brightest of #VikingsTwitter to join the show and drop some knowledge on us. Andrew Renschen (@InfraRen) gathers up a posse of Vikings fans every Friday to do up a 7-round mock draft. We got him, Jason (@MadCityViking), the infamous Judd Zulgad’s Hoodie (@JZHoodie), and our main man Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) to come on the show and share with us what THEY would do if put in Rick’s chair. The opinions are as varied as they are reasonable. That’s what makes this time of year fun!

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The long awaited reinstatement of Adrian Peterson by the NFL has finally occurred. Effective Friday, 4/17, Peterson is eligible to rejoin the Vikings for all scheduled activities.

The NFL’s official statement can be found below.

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Themselves. Looking at this roster pre-Draft, I see a team that has every bit as much talent and upside as anybody in the NFC North, including the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, that has been the case in the past and it was the Vikings beating themselves that ultimately did them in. Finding ways to avoid the police blotter, the injury report, the weekly “C’mon Man!” segment, and the pages of TMZ will be paramount to their success in 2015. If they can play disciplined football, refrain from making stupid penalties and committing gaffs in the clock management area, then I think this Vikings team has no limits. Unfortunately, the organization’s history has me in a constant state of fear as to just how everything will unravel this time.

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