Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Promotion poster from Fan HQ
Promotion poster from Fan HQ

Minnesota sports memorabilia outlet Fan HQ announced today an event featuring Mike Zimmer, some cool items, and lots of autographs. Even better? Fan HQ‘s generosity has 100% of the ticket sales going directly to the More Than Words campaign.

Numerous tiers of tickets are available, but if you are interested then you should CLICK HERE to place your order as soon as possible… I am receiving word that tickets are selling out fast after less than one day of being available. This is a great chance to meet Coach Zimmer himself and support the great cause that is The Mike Zimmer Foundation.

The autograph event will take place at the Fan HQ store in Eden Prairie on July 21st at 7:00 PM.

In addition to this post and on the Fan HQ site, the announcement was relayed by Vikings.com, Daily Norsemanand Vikings CornerThe participating sites have a combined goal of raising $10,000 for the Foundation and as of this posting we are about 36% of the way there. The autograph event with Fan HQ is expected to generate in excess of $3,500 towards the effort.

Tickets are on sale starting at a basic price of $29 with numerous tiers (with increasing perks) available above that. If you cannot attend, or they are sold out before you get there, don’t forget that a $10 donation gets you in the mix for one of our amazing giveaway prizes as outlined on our donations page.

Also, if you would like to learn more about how your business can get involved with this effort, please check in with us to find out all the details.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND MAKE A DONATION

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Poll of the Week

The Sky is the Limit for the Vikings
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Mike Zimmer’s vocabulary includes a smattering of four-letter words, a treasure trove of unique phrases, and plenty of criticisms. But a word you’ll never hear from the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, no matter how well his team plays, is ‘perfect.’

Despite taking the league’s worst scoring defense from 2013 and making them a top-five unit in just two years, Zimmer hesitates to proclaim he’s actually fixed things in Minnesota. “I don’t think we’re very good, to be honest with you,” he told reporters at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. “We can be a lot better,” he said, speaking to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.

The perception around the NFL is that the Vikings are one of the best teams in the NFC, buoyed by an up-and-coming defense with the roster pieces to contend for years. In Teddy Bridgewater, they have a young quarterback with all of the skills and leadership to bring the Vikings back to the playoffs. In Zimmer, they’ve got a top-five coach, one who won’t settle for anything less than perfection.

But in order to fulfill those expectations and clear the historical hurdles, they’ll need improvements across the board. It’s odd to say that about a team that went 11-5 and won the division in 2015, but Zimmer’s right; the Vikings can be “a lot better.” Well, maybe not “a lot” better, but certainly better in a few key areas.

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Laquon Treadwell

School’s finally out for summer. Well…. At least 6 weeks.

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings wrapped up mini-camp Thursday at Winter Park by cancelling practice and letting the Purple get a jump on their summer vacations a few hours early. We’re still on our grind here though bringing you a ten-pack of Vikings talkers to take you into Father’s Day weekend and the official start to summer.

Today’s Topics Include
• Vikings Mini-Camp Wrapped Up a Day Early
• Joint Practices Announced with the Bengals
• Only 10 Days in Mankato
• Adrian Says to Trade Anyone Not Thinking Super Bowl
• Laquon Treadwell Got Hazed with…. Fruit Snacks?
• Will This be the Year for Cordarrelle?
• Why Linval & Sharrif Benefit from Fletcher Cox’s Mega-Deal
• What if Xavier Rhodes Becomes Good at Off Coverage?
• Decoding What Everyone’s Saying About Mortiz Boehringer
• Vikings Cut DT Bruce Gaston & LB Travis Lewis

All that and other “Madison Treadwell’s School Lunches are the REAL Winner” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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VT QOTW

shift from Peterson to Bridgewater
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Teddy Bridgewater’s only played in 17 total games with Adrian Peterson, and yet, the Minnesota Vikings find themselves in a bind. Peterson’s 1,485 rushing yards led the league last year and propelled the Vikings to an NFC North title and playoff berth; the team’s first since 2009. But it could be argued that Peterson’s success affected Bridgewater, limiting the young quarterback to the role of ‘dink-and-dunk’ game manager.

This wouldn’t be an issue if Peterson weren’t on the wrong side of 30. A younger running back, like Jerick McKinnon, could learn to work with Bridgewater, adapt to the quarterback’s preferred shotgun formation, and become a liable threat in the passing game. But Peterson is Peterson, and asking an old dog to learn new tricks will only come with challenges. And challenges take time, time the Vikings can’t afford to waste with their Super Bowl quickly opening.

To burst through that window, Minnesota needs to focus on the future. Right now, the future is Bridgewater and his ability to carry the Vikings’ offense. Peterson himself admitted just yesterday that this is the third-year quarterback’s team to lead:

“For this third year we are expecting big things from him,” Peterson said. “I don’t think it’s pressure toward him, but he understands it now even more going into this next year. He’s the leader of this team when it comes to the offensive side of the ball. He just knows that and takes control.”

All signs indicate a shift from Peterson to Bridgewater: the addition of Laquon Treadwell; the hiring of Pat Shurmur; reports of Bridgewater’s improved deep ball; Peterson’s own admission that he must improve as a pass-catcher and shotgun runner.

But if it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it, right? That very well may be the case in 2016, especially with Norv Turner at the helm of the offense. Peterson shows no signs of slowing down and remains a focal point of the organization. With one lucrative year remaining on his contract, there’s no reason for Turner not to run Peterson into the ground.

I’ve pitched the ball; it’s up to Vikings Territory staff — and a special guest — to answer the question:

How many rushing yards will Peterson have in 2016?

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Will hold joint practices with Cincinnati Bengals

Vikings Announce Full 2016 Training Camp Schedule
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The Minnesota Vikings are fully embracing the theme of competition this offseason. And later this summer, they’ll take that spirit southeast for the team’s first set of joint practices in years. As announced on the Vikings’ official website, the team will practice with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday and Thursday, August 10-11, leading up to the preseason opener on Friday, August 12 at Paul Brown Stadium.

In addition to Bengals announcement, the Vikings also released their full training camp schedule. Players will report to Mankato on Thursday, July 28 and hold their first team practice on Friday, July 29. This marks the 51st-straight year that the Vikings have held training camp practices at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

However, this is also the team’s shortest stay at the campus, as they’ll only be in Mankato for 10 days. Per ESPN’s Ben Goessling, the lone evening practice will take place at Blakeslee Stadium on Saturday, August 6 before the team’s final practice on August 9. See the Vikings’ full training camp schedule after the jump!

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