Monday, September 26, 2016

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There’s always something with this damn team. Of course the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings would be the only team in professional sports history to have a contract dispute with an unofficial mascot that people never really paid attention to. Good job, Ragnar.

Today on the show, I eviscerate Ragnar for demanding $20,000 per game for a gig he should have been happy to be earning only a paltry $1500 per, I list off ten possible mascot replacements, and go into my theory of why team mascots should always be in foam suits.

Dave Berggren (@DaveBerggren) formerly of Kare 11 sports fame drops by to talk about actual football and how the Vikings can keep the positive momentum from Sunday flowing through the rest of the 2015 campaign.

Wrapping up, Di Murphy (@DiMuprhyMN) swings in for her weekly spot as we chat about if Adrian can break his own single game rushing record of 296 yards versus the San Diego Super Chargers at home again.

All that and other “Blair Walsh needs to thank Ragnar” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Kam Chancellor isn’t playing for the Seattle Seahawks so far this season due to a contract dispute. Right behind him in line for a payday is Minnesota Vikings long-time mascot Ragnar.

The difference, the obvious difference, in those two situation? Chancellor has 31 other potential employers. Ragnar, whose real name is Joe Juranitch, is the definition of niche player, however, and I don’t think too many other organizations are jumping in line for a chance to sign a man whose best attribute is his beard.

That lack of leverage has proven true, as it has been reported that the Vikings have parted ways with Ragnar after he requested $20,000 per game for the duration of a 10 year contract, which would have been a considerable increase over the $1,500 per game stipend he had earned under his previous contract.

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When it comes to roster depth, Minnesota is doing quite well at the cornerback position.

On Monday, the Vikings added Jabari Price back to the active roster, leaving only Josh Robinson inactive. Robinson suffered a torn pectoral muscle prior to team OTAs and is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Head coach Mike Zimmer came to Minnesota with experience as a defensive coordinator, and it’s no secret that his specialty lies on that side of the field. Even more specifically, defensive backs seem to have a special place in his heart.

Associated Press Dave Campbell wrote the following last month:

Zimmer coaches [cornerbacks] as critically as any players on the Vikings, and if there were a contest held to determine his favorite position on the field the others would probably be fighting for second place.

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So much has changed since November 4, 2007. The Metrodome is gone, soon to be replaced by the Vikings’ new home, U.S. Bank Stadium. LaDainian Tomlinson, the league’s leading rusher that year, has since retired and joined the crew at NFL Network. And the Vikings finally have a legitimate starting quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater.

One thing, however, remains the same. Despite a number of obstacles — a terrifying knee injury, last season’s year-long suspension, and a bitter contract dispute — Adrian Peterson will line up in the Vikings’ backfield when Minnesota hosts the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Why is November 4, 2007 so important? It was Adrian Peterson’s explosive introduction to the NFL, a 30-carry, 296-yard performance that set the league’s all-time record for rushing yards in a single game. The rookie and seventh-overall selection out of Oklahoma had already put together a 224-yard outing against the Chicago Bears in Week 5, but took his game to another level against the Chargers.

“It was a like from the beginning of the game, he was on a different level. He was running at a different speed,” Tomlinson told Chris Tomasson in a recent interview. “He was playing at a different level than what our defense was playing then.

As the Vikings prepare for the Chargers this week, all eyes are on Adrian Peterson, who will try to elevate his game a second time and break a still-standing record from eight years ago.

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The Vikings announced Monday that cornerback Jabari Price has been reinstated onto the 53-man active roster. Price was serving a two-game suspension, and the Vikings held an open place for him during the first two weeks of the season.

Reporters interviewed Price in the locker room Monday morning, and he said the following:

“It feels good to be back. The last couple weeks have been really tough for me watching at home, watching the games on television and watching us come up short against San Fran. I didn’t think it was going to be difficult but it hurts.”

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