Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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Well, your reigning champs are officially the New England Patriots, and the Super Bowl itself was a game that certainly earned its name. It was a fun ride.

The minute a champion is crowned, however, the race is on to try and become the next one.  Its a lot like Game of Thrones, actually.

Before we get on to this week’s links, I want to take a second to highlight our five most viewed articles of January, in case you missed one or two of them:

  1. Lindsey talked to Matt Birk about head coach Mike Zimmer and where he sees the Vikings heading from here on out.
  2. Arif addressed a report that Teddy Bridgewater didn’t want to play in Cleveland because he didn’t feel like he would have the full support of the Browns staff.
  3. Teddy Bridgewater won the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award and Arif was there to discuss it.
  4. I talked about a decision the Vikings have coming in May regarding disappointing left tackle Matt Kalil and his fifth year option.
  5. I kicked off our free agency previews by discussing the quarterback position which includes some speculation about the future of Matt Cassel.

Okay, now we get back to our regularly scheduled program.  Here is a look around the web at what everyone else is saying about our Minnesota Vikings:

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In a text message sent to ESPN, Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton announced Tuesday afternoon that he has opted out of his contract for 2015.

Felton signed a three-year contract following the 2012 season—the deal was worth $7.5 million. According to ESPN, he was given the opportunity to opt out before the 2015 season in exchange for his “willingness to restructure his deal for 2014.”

Does this guarantee that No. 42 will not be in purple for 2015? Not necessarily.

Felton expressed a positive attitude toward the Vikings, acknowledging that he was treated well and “parted on good terms.” At this point, Felton is saying that he is open to the idea of returning to Minnesota—especially if Adrian Peterson is part of the team.

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There are numerous outlets that rank pending free agents.  Some do it by position, others by team, but they are just so much fun to browse around and dream up different scenarios for your favorite team.

I’ve seen a number of names consistently tacked onto the wishlists of Vikings fans and decided to compile them into one poll (below) and see who comes out as our top target as voted on by you, the highly intelligent and incredibly good looking readers of VT.

The names on this list by no means are meant to suggest another couldn’t be your favorite target.  If another player that I haven’t listed is atop your personal list of favorites, then please do click “other” and tell us who it is in the comments section.

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The Super Bowl football game around Katy Perry (and Left Shark) is over, signaling the end to yet another fantastic season (on the field) of American tackle football. But luckily, this signals the giving way to my favorite season of all: HOT TAKE Season.

In honor of Episode 99 of the Purple FTW! Podcast, I threw together a list of 9.9 Hot Takes. Now these are definitely not #StoneColdHotTakes level of outlandishness (although my ‘Harbaugh to Ann Arbor’ call from September landed pretty well), but they definitely have some kick.

Costco Free Sample: “2) We’ve got OUR Brady & Belichick”…

Boom. Roasted.

Get the rest & the full episode after the jump.

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The botched call that wasn't

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I know this isn’t Vikings news, but it’s on my mind and it’s my blog so I’m talking about it. The final play from the Super Bowl—or rather, the final meaningful play aside from some smart chicanery by Belichick to draw an encroachment penalty—will probably go down in history as one of the worst calls in sports, up there with Red Right 88.

The fact that Red Right 88 was probably a much more defensible call than fans would have you believe is besides the point, because the call for a slant off of a receiver pick is too being unfairly maligned. End-of-game decisions are the easiest decisions to model in theory, but present with them a degree of complexity created by the clock and the down system that actually make end-of-game decisions the most difficult decisions of all to model in real-time.

There are a couple of different points in the process where the Seahawks were presented with a decision, and throughout those different decision points, the Seahawks made defensible calls.

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