Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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The annual Vikings Training Camp Night Scrimmage has wrapped up and we roll back into the Boulder Tap House Mankato to recap the action. Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL), Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman), and Benson (Benson) join in to talk about #VikingsAfterDark Action at the night scrimmage, surprising aspects about Adrian Peterson’s return, drunk guy analysis from the stands (Technique, Rhodes! Technique), and “How does Teddy look?”. To be frank, even the most cynical of Vikings fans have reason to be excited about this team, this defense, and all of the firepower on offense.

Also I saw Adrian rolling around on the infamous Funky Duck. We need to have a very frank and honest discussion about this. Then we debate the Top-5 teams with the most handsome quarterback depth chart. (Spoiler: Patriots are #1. With a bullet)

All that and other “Rick Spielman Almost Ran Me Over With A 4-Seat Golf Cart” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The Minnesota Vikings could possibly start the season with six wide receivers, but that didn’t stop the team from adding depth to the position during training camp. According to their official website, the Vikings have signed former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ryan Whalen, bringing their roster total to the maximum of 90 players.

A sixth-round pick out of Stanford University in the 2011 NFL Draft, Whalen joins the Vikings as a free agent after three seasons with the Bengals. In his time with Cincinnati, Whalen appeared in 17 games, catching 11 passes for 80 yards before being released prior to the 2014 preseason. He also contributed on special teams — six tackles – and played in the team’s 2011 Wild Card playoff game his rookie year.

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The infamous deadzone of time between Saturday’s morning walk through and the Vikings night scrimmage is upon us. Luckily we have Daniel House (@DanielHouseNFL) of Vikings Corner to drop some knowledge on us while we chill at the beautiful Boulder Tap House Mankato.

We jawed about shakeups on the offensive line during the morning walk through, anything learned from Adrian’s media availability, nuggets of info Mike Zimmer dropped during his press conference today, what to look for at tonight’s night scrimmage, and we do some way too soon projecting at linebacker, cornerback, and safety. Oh and MyCole Pruitt is my new man crush. #HeGotMikeTolbertLegs

All that and other “David Yankey is shaped like Gru” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Poster being given away to #MoreThanWords donors.

Our last update on the #MoreThanWords campaign benefiting Chad Greenway’s “Chad’s Locker” program showed significant progress. The effort has yielded $3,609 so far, with Vikings Territory leading the competition between sites, and now we are following through on our promise to ramp up the effort even more.

People choosing to donate, and select Vikings Territory as their favorite site after placing the donation, now have the opportunity to win some Vikings swag!

I am giving away a Vikings game jersey of the winner’s choice (the $100 or less variety) from the Official Team Store, so if you win you will be notified via email and allowed to pick your player of choice. If all goes well, you will have your shiny new Vikings jersey before the regular season opener!

Also, Arif Hasan has donated a printed poster of Teddy Bridgewater (pictured above) to be given away to another lucky winner.

The rules are simple:

  • You will have your name entered into the drawing once for every $10 you donate on behalf of Vikings Territory. That means if you donate $100 your name will be entered into the drawing ten times.
  • If you have already donated to the cause your name will automatically be entered into the giveaway.
  • Vikings Territory’s staff members are not eligible to win.
  • Business sponsors of the fundraiser are not eligible to win.
  • The final day to donate will be August 22nd.
  • The drawing will be held on August 23rd. I’ll maybe even do a video of my kids picking names out of a hat or something and post the winners that way.
  • Winners will be notified by email.

We may add some more giveaway prizes as we get closer to the deadline to sweeten the pot.

In the end, we just want to see the effort hit the end goal of $10,000 raised and we appreciate everyone that decides to participate and donate!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE AND ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

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Purple FTW! has arrived in Mankato and we got football gurus Arif Hasan, Sam Ekstrom, & Luke Inman to join us LIVE at the Boulder Tap House to recap the training camp winners & losers so far, predictions on how the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are rounding into form, and how they’re lining up headed into Saturday’s night scrimmage. I also explain my Matt Kalil pizza conspiracy theory… Also Mankato Trivia!

All that and other “cameo from the waitress” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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