Sunday, April 23, 2017

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wide left
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“Wide Left: The Movie,” Bailey Cossairt’s documentary chronicling the Minnesota Vikings’s path from Gary Anderson’s infamous NFC Championship Game miss to present day, has just released its official trailer. You can watch it here:

The full film will be released March 30, 2017.

Earlier this month I did a fairly extensive interview with Cossairt about the film, offering an interesting glimpse into his process. One piece that stuck out was how he curated the sizable amount of footage needed for a Vikings movie with an estimated runtime of over an hour:

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When I was 12 years old, I was lucky enough to attend the Minnesota Vikings’ 2007 regular season opener. I was obviously amped to be at the Metrodome watching my favorite football team, but a large cloud of pessimism hung ominously over my fandom.

The Vikings had just finished their sixth straight season with less than 10 wins, including a 6-10 record the year before. Minnesota’s offense finished the 2006 season ranked 26th in the NFL and, unfortunately, Tarvaris Jackson was the slated starting quarterback.

There wasn’t much hope for improvement in 2007.

But there was a shiny new toy in the Vikings backfield, and that was enough to stir up some excitement.

Early in that season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, Chester Taylor went down with an oblique injury, opening the door for Adrian Peterson to take the spotlight. The rookie certainly didn’t look like a rookie, finishing his first career game with 103 rushing yards on 19 carries to lead the Vikings’ rushing attack and claim his place in Minnesota lore.

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Free Agent WR Rod Streater
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The Minnesota Vikings kept one of their own in Adam Thielen this offseason, and yet, wide receiver remains a position of need heading into 2017. Despite retaining the ever-underrated Thielen, the Vikings watched Cordarrelle Patterson and Charles Johnson skip town for greener pastures.

Earlier this week, head coach Mike Zimmer addressed the exodus and expressed his desire to add more talent at the position. “I do think we need some more receivers, yes,” Zimmer said, per Vikings.com. “I think it’d be important for us to get some guys that can stretch the field a little bit.”

One of those potential targets is Rod Streater, who Chris Tomasson reports is on Minnesota’s radar. Tomasson tweeted this afternoon the Vikings are “looking at Streater,” who spent the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks, Browns, Colts, and 49ers are also in the mix, per Tomasson.

About the Labor: Episode 51 feat. Zach Jacobson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Zach Jacobson (Cheesehead TV) onto the show to discuss the Minnesota Vikings signing of Datone Jones, the Green Bay Packers signing Martellus Bennett and where both NFC North teams stand following the greatest wave of free agency.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings signing Datone Jones and how he fits
  • Packers signing Martellus Bennett and what issues he presents
  • Packers secondary situation
  • How the NFC North stacks up following free agency
  • Aaron Rodgers.
  • Teddy Bridgewater vs. Sam Bradford from a Packers lens
  • Thoughts on Adrian Peterson signing with Green Bay
  • Najeh Davenport
  • Ted Thompson’s roster-building strategy
  • “We’ll take take just one”

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VT Roundtable
Image courtesy of Brett Anderson

In its second week, we welcomed a special guest to the Vikings Territory roundtable. If you’re on Twitter and follow any Vikings accounts, you’ve undoubtedly seen his name—or his apparel—mixed into the conversation. Yes, that’s right, Don from Ohio, or @JZHoodie, joined the fun for the second edition of the VT Roundtable.

To keep things fresh, we’ve changed the format of the roundtable; special guests will join the show each week and serve as honorary “judges.” Brett Anderson continues his role as do-it-all host, while the rest of the gang answers questions, argues, and discusses all things Vikings on camera.

Each episode will last approximately 30 minutes, with Brett splitting the time into five question-based segments. After each question and answer, he’ll ask the guest to eliminate either Adam, Drew, BJ, Sam, or myself, repeating the process until one lucky participant remains. The final question is a back-and-forth debate with the ultimate “winner” of that week’s episode.

We had some fun with the new format this week and hope you enjoy our talks. Follow the jump to watch Episode 2!

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