Saturday, December 10, 2016

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The Minnesota Vikings are playing host to the red hot Dallas Cowboys tonight and the inactives list includes head coach Mike Zimmer, with Mike Priefer filling the role in his absence. Zimmer will reportedly be listening to the game from the comfort of home while dealing with his emergency eye surgery.

The Vikings want to upset Dallas in the name of their ailing leader, and they’ve gotten a few key pieces back on the field this week, which certainly shouldn’t hurt their odds. Here are the inactives for today’s matchup:

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When looking at the calendar, it’s only been four months. Checking my gut, it feels like years since I paced the streets outside the Vikings training camp facility at Mankato State University. I spoke with as many fans as possible about their faith in the Vikings organization.

It was hot and dirty, but I stayed after practice longer than usual chatting because I was blown away by the amount of credibility head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman had with the fan base. Coming off another disappointing playoff loss just 8 months prior, the faith in the organization had come back around. Comparisons to Bud Grant and the New England Patriot dynasty were made. Optimism was at an all time high.

Now, after five losses post bye week, Vikings territory is in a panic and the rug has once again been pulled out from under us.

As we all know, the NFL is unpredictable, but your ability to predict the uncommon provides job security. This leads us to this week’s “Question of the Week.”

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I have forever been a superstitious sports fan. Even when playing any sport growing up, I had my rituals. I’d tap my glove twice before a pitch was thrown or purposely left my chinstrap unbuckled while in the huddle.

I realize it seems crazy. Most people don’t understand, but there is something about the ‘butterfly effect’ and the way you feel it impacts your favorite teams.

After last night’s news of head coach Mike Zimmer’s emergency eye surgery, you have to wonder why the 2016 Vikings seem so snake bitten.

Well…maybe I have an explanation.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are heading for a showdown at Historic US Bank Stadium with the NFC leading Dallas Cowboys. The Vikes need to wrassle out an improbable win to help save the season and keep their playoff hopes alive. To help us take a look at the team with an actual offensive line is show favorite Shea in Irving. We chat with Shea about the emergence of rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott and if he’s made peace with The Ginger (Jason Garrett). Our show wraps with a few loose Purple thoughts and a look at key matchups I’m excited about.

All that and more “I’m your Huckleberry” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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When Vikings Territory teammates Brett Anderson and Austin Belisle booked their tickets to travel from the west coast to Minneapolis, they expected to see a playoff-destined team coached by Mike Zimmer destroy the Dallas Cowboys and their rookie quarterback.

The joke is on them.

The Vikings released a statement late Wednesday night indicating that the downward plummet that has been the post-bye 2016 season now might include the absence of Mike Zimmer on the sidelines Thursday night.

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