Monday, April 24, 2017

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Mike Zimmer At MZF Event

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The #MoreThanWords campaign is 80% of the way to the $10,000 goal established at the onset and that is awesome! Even more awesome is the level of participation we are getting from The Mike Zimmer Foundation, including Corri and Mike  Zimmer themselves.

Their willingness to connect with the fan base has resulted in some awesome giveaway prizes (tickets and autographs!), an up close and personal autograph event at Fan HQ (a few tickets still available), and now a sit-down interview with one of our participating sites in which Coach Zimmer gets personal about the tragic loss of his wife and about how football is family in the Zimmer household.

Daniel House of Vikings Corner did an amazing job with this opportunity to interview Coach Zimmer himself.

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Tarvaris Jackson was once thought to be Minnesota’s “quarterback of the future.” It became clear that he wasn’t working out the way his biggest advocate, Brad Childress, had hoped when the Vikings bounced him from his starting gig in exchange for an aging and expensive gunslinger.

Uttering “T-Jack” out loud will draw groans and cringes from most groups of Vikings fans, but he did alright for himself when he went to the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. Many referred to him as one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL (that sentence is true, but I’m not sure why) and he even got himself a Super Bowl ring when Seattle beat down Denver in February of 2014.

Jackson’s nine NFL seasons yielded a 59.6% completion percentage, 7,263 yards thrown, 39 passing touchdowns, and 35 interceptions. He also ran the ball 171 times over the course of his career, with a 3.7 yards gained average, and tacked on an additional six touchdowns.

The 33 year old quarterback seemed like a top candidate to find a job when training camps get underway, and injuries start to occur, but after an alleged incident involving his wife and a gun this week I’m going to go out on a limb and say that his NFL career is over.

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US Bank Stadium
Image Courtesy of Andy

Alright fine. I’ve been famously (infamously?) curmudgeon about all of the endless US Bank Stadium construction updates. I’m a big “skip the labor, show me the baby” sort of guy. But now that the baby has been born, I’m in love with this $1.1 billion dollar bundle of joy. We’ll hop into some of the gritty details of the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings latest encampment this week. LUKE BRYAN….. Hooray.

All that and other “Ice Up, Arden Hills” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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new stadiums
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Back in February, Austin did a post examining how NFL teams fared in their first games in a new stadium. I thought I’d take it a step further and look season-long records for the first year in a new home.

I took any team that moved into a new stadium in the past 20 years, and compared their record in that first season to the record from the previous year. Do teams generally improve or regress after moving into new digs? Well…neither, exactly.

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Vikings Announce New Headquarters in Eagan
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The Minnesota Vikings will soon have a training facility and team headquarters to match the luster of their new home, U.S. Bank Stadium. Yesterday, the Eagan City Council approved the team’s plan to move from Winter Park to a 200-acre site located off I-494 at the intersection of Dodd Road and Lone Oak Parkway, per the Vikings’ official website.

Last January, the Vikings officially purchased the land, but could not develop until Eagan changed the land-use designation from Major Office to Mixed Use. The city did just that, voting unanimously on the issue and opening the door for the Vikings to break ground. According to Vikings.com, the long-term plan includes offices, retail, residential, hospitality and a conference center, as well as an upgraded practice facility and team headquarters.

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