Monday, September 26, 2016

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The Gutierrez family: Ariana, Gabriella, Victor Jr. and Victor Sr.

Note from Lindsey:
This week, I’m excited about our Vikings Fan Spotlight that’s highlighting two Vikings fans! Victor Jr. reached out to us as a regular reader of Vikings Territory to tell us how much he appreciated all of the content we post. He also told us he’s an avid listener of Andy Carlson’s Purple FTW! Podcast. I got to know a little of the Gutierrez’s story, and I decided it was a great one to share with the rest of the VT community! Enjoy 🙂

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Meet Victor and Victor.

They are diehard Vikings fans living in Miami, and if you ask them, they might be the only ones. However, that doesn’t bother them. This father and son will cheer for the Vikings over the Dolphins any day of the week, and they owe their fandom to a close friend, Jerry Alvarez.

When Victor Sr. was just seven years old, Jerry introduced him to a team called the Minnesota Vikings. Victor Sr. would visit Jerry’s house, and there he saw several photos and posters of Vikings players from the early 70s; one of those players was Chuck Foreman, who attended the University of Miami.

“I just fell in love with the program,” Victor Sr. explained. “I started watching as much as I could back then.”

Living in Miami before the time of Internet and smart phones, Victor Sr. found it difficult to watch many games, but he refused to give up on following his team. As any Minnesota fan knows and Victor Sr. would attest to—when you’re hooked, you’re hooked.

When Victor Sr. married and had children, he knew that a love for the team would be passed down to his family. He desired to share all his passions with his kids, and the Vikings proved one of the largest. He said the following:

My kids have been Vikings fans since they were little. When they were first born, they even had their Vikings gear, Vikings pajamas […] There’s really no choice here—my wife and my two kids, we’re all Vikings fans.

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Why are we featuring Cordarrelle Patterson in the image below? Read more to find out.

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

**Update: Unfortunately, our league did not fill in time and therefore we will not be having a Week 4 Contest. DraftKings does not allow the contest to start if the league doesn’t completely fill. We’ll be back at it next week and get started a little earlier to make sure we have better participation. All entry fees will be fully returned for this contest.**

I swear I’m not horrible at fantasy football.

Actually, I consider myself pretty dang good at it. When I’m not listening to Vikings Radio or the PurpleFTW! Podcast, I’m usually tuning in to a number of Fantasy Football podcasts (including some shows that focus specifically on daily formats). I do my homework every week – consulting a bevy of sites. I create about 10 different lineups weekly and then narrow it down to the ones I feel the best about.

I mean it! I am not horrible at fantasy football!

Nevertheless, the first three weeks of the Vikings Territory fantasy football contest I’ve placed 19/20, 15/25 and 18/20. Absolutely embarrassing…

But I refuse to give up ladies and gentleman. Week 4 will be the week I get back on top and finally win some money in our weekly contest. Who’s with me?

JOIN THE WEEK 4 VIKINGS TERRITORY FANTASY CONTEST

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(photo courtesy of Vikings.com)
Vikings Injury Report
NamePositionInjuryWed.Thur.Fri. Status
Rhodes, XavierCBConcussion/NeckFullFullFullProbable
Cole, AudieLBAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable
Wright, JariusWRHandDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable
Johnson, CharlesWRRibDNPDNPDNPOut
Price, JabariCBShoulder______DNPDNPOut
Sendejo, AndrewSKneeDNPDNPDNPOut
Trattou, JustinDEFootDNPDNPDNPOut

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Image Courtesy of Vikings.com

The Vikings rebounded off an ugly loss to San Francisco Week 1, and the team now has two wins under its belt. As encouraging as it was to see Minnesota defeat Detroit and San Diego in back-to-back home games, Week 4 offers to be the biggest test yet for the Vikings: playing Peyton Manning and the Broncos on their home turf.

I think it’s safe to say that if the Vikings can beat Denver, they will receive some serious attention.

In case you’re wondering, the Broncos boast an incredible 23-2 home record since signing Manning in 2012. Sunday’s afternoon game will be a challenge, and it will be interesting to see how Mike Zimmer and his squad respond. Let’s take a look at how Minnesota’s offense matches up against Denver.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings (2-1) are set to face the endboss Peyton “Goro” Manning and the Denver Gelded Broncos Sunday afternoon in Mortal Kombat. Arif Hasan joins us to break down how the Purple can put Friendship aside and hit Peyton, FINISH HIM!!!, and come out of Mile High with a Flawless Victory.

Also Scorpion is the best MK character, and I will fight you if you disagree.

All that and other “GET OVER HERE” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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