Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Episode 139

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down Xavier Rhodes’ matchup with Julio Jones, take a hard look at the Atlanta Falcons and BJ tells a story you will all want to hear.

Episode 139 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing, El Burrito Mercado, Om Brewers and Running Tap.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BLACKSTACK BEER PONG TOURNAMENT DECEMBER 9th! (1:15)
  3. The Ultimate Matchup: Xavier Rhodes vs. Julio Jones (2:21)
  4. Falcons Breakdown: Offense (21:15)
  5. Falcons Breakdown: Defense (36:08)
  6. Story Time: How BJ Got His Butt Tattoo (43:51)
  7. Twitter Takes: Rapid Fire (52:04)
  8. Sign-Out: New Stuff Coming Soon (1:09:05)

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Falcons Preview with Charles Mcdonald + Offshore Insiders (ep. 468)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are heading into Atlanta for the biggest road test of the season versus the Super Bowl participant Falcons. To prepare for the duel between 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan and November 2017 NFC Offensive Player of the Month Case Keenum, we brought in Falcons apologist and defensive line guru Charles McDonald (@FourVerts). Plus Joe Duffy (@OffshoreInsider) swings by for his weekly sports betting analysis of the game.

All that and more “No Chick-Fil-A” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has been named November’s NFC Player of the Month. It was a big month for Keenum, who has continued to win, and in the process win over Vikings fans with his strong play.

Keenum led the Vikings to a 3-0 record in the month of November. The team had a bye in Week 9 (November 5th). Minnesota ended the month with its streak of seven straight wins intact. The team also built a three-game lead over Detroit in the NFC North.

In wins over the Lions, Rams and Redskins Keenum completed 69 of 97 passes (71.1%) for 866 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He had a QBR 90.3 and a passer rating of 114.0. Number seven added 39 rushing yards with a touchdown on the ground.

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    Passion is one of the most complex emotions human beings can feel.

    It’s not necessarily an easy feeling to achieve, however, as every person on the planet is genetically different, leaving us all without a map to discover what in life truly makes us happy. Some people find passion in a special relationship. Others invoke its power to benefit their career or enhance their social life.

    And then, unfortunately, there are those who never discover their passion at all.

    Personally, I was lucky enough to find my life’s passion at the age of 22. Well, to be honest, it was more the other way around — my passion found me. I was sitting in my bedroom during my senior year of college at Marquette University when my phone rang unexpectedly. That call completely changed my life.

    The person I evolved into that day is the guy that you see — er, read — before you today. But, like I said, it hasn’t always been that way for me. I have maintained essentially the same personality throughout my entire life without any significant changes, but that October morning brought out the absolute best in me.

    I became more focused than I ever previously had been before; my confidence soared through the roof; and, most importantly, for the first time in my life I attached myself to something other than my friends. I won’t ever forget that day, and every year that goes by it becomes more and more meaningful to me.

    So, without further adieu, I’d like to finally share with you all the story of how the Minnesota Vikings changed my life.

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    Drew Mahowald presents the 15th edition of the Skol Scale following the Minnesota Vikings’ impressive Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions.

    Undrafted NFL prospects aren’t supposed to be stars. They’re not even supposed to be starters. NFL prospects that go undrafted are supposed to work like heck to find a spot on a practice squad and enjoy a fine career riding the bottom of multiple NFL teams’ depth charts.

    There’s something different about undrafted players that the Minnesota Vikings acquire, though. It’s as if the chip on their shoulders doubles in size. They’re like Michael Scott in his eternal pursuit of the love of his life, Holly Flax, on The Office (this is an absurd analogy, but please give it a chance)It didn’t matter how many people told him it wouldn’t happen or how many people tell him he isn’t good enough, Michael refused to let his dream die. Several opportunities to connect with Holly failed, and management even relocated Holly to keep them apart. Holly was even engaged to another man. But Michael is an undrafted success story. He kept grasping at chances to prove himself and finally snatched one — and never let it go. The rest is history.

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