Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Minnesota Vikings-Houston Texans

Old friend and Houston Texans apologist Claire Millins (@theclariebear23) joins the show to preview Vikings-Texans. We talk about how losing JJ Watt (potentially) for the season changes the landscape of Houston, how all those high priced free agents and rookies are working on offense, why Nuk Hopkins was poopy and only got FOUR YARDS LAST WEEK, what she fears about the Zimmer Hellfire Defense, and if she’s looking forward to Houston hosting the Super Bowl. I also roast her about the disgusting things Sam Bradford did to her beloved Texans A&M Aggies while Sammy B was at Oklahoma and “Pead & Poo”. Lots of good football nuggets to take you into the long weekend.

All that and other “JJ Watt is a Robot” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings-New York Giants-Monday Night Football

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are 4-0 as no one comes into THIS US Bank Stadium without paying the price… Defeating the New York Football Giants 24-10 on Monday Night Football. The Vikes excelled in all three phases (minus Blair Walsh) and Xavier Rhodes played his best game as a pro shutting down the mercurial Odell Beckham Jr. We recap the game and complain about $60,000 couches.

Today’s Perfect Purple Talking Points Include
• Helluva Ballgame By Xavier Rhodes
• Props to Cordarrelle Buying Into New Role
• Jerick McKinnon is the Future of the Minnesota Vikings Backfield. Period.
• Who Put the Kahlua in Norv’s Coffee?
• The Offensive Line Played Phenomenal
• The Mandatory Kyle Rudolph Talking Point
• Eric Kendricks And the No Good Rotten Very Bad Day
• The Defense Was Quietly Dominant
• We Gotta Talk About Blair Walsh
• The Adrian Theory – Offense gets creative and opens up after the Two Down Tyrant

All that and other “I’ll Still Take OBJ On This Team” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Taking a dive into veteran reporter Mark Craig's new book on Vikings history.

Mark Craig

I’ll start with a bit of unbridled truth: I really wanted to like Mark Craig’s book, 100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books, available October 1, 2016). For one, I’ve admired Craig’s work with the Star Tribune for years, and consider him a gifted writer and one of the more astute NFL minds in the market. Me criticizing him on sports writing would be like Ashlee Simpson giving Beyonce voice lessons. Two, as someone who has written a few books myself—and gotten my share of…um…mixed reviews—the last thing I want to do is drop the hammer on another author. Nothing changes the way you look at criticism quite as much as being on the receiving end.

So when I accepted the offer to review 100 Things, it was with mixed emotions. On one hand, I was excited to read Mark Craig’s first endeavor into book-length Vikings journalism. On the other, I was scared it wouldn’t be that good. That would make things complicated, and awkward.

I promised myself before I dove in, when I was done with the book, I’d write an honest review no matter what. I’d give my thoughts and overall impression as an admittedly half-baked reviewer, but one who tells the truth, because I cannot think of many things less interesting than reading a biased or otherwise insincere review. I’ve read my share of thinly veiled press releases, and I had no interest in spending time writing one.

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how surprised are you by Minnesota’s 3-0 start
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The Minnesota Vikings weren’t supposed to start the season undefeated. The losses of Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil, and Sharrif Floyd spelled doom for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

But led my head coach Mike Zimmer and the NFL’s most dangerous defense, they’ve overcome the odds, beating NFC powerhouses like the Packers and Panthers along the way. It’s been an exhilarating run for fans, and one that may only improve with time.

Still, had you asked any fan before the season whether Sam Bradford could carry the Vikings or T.J. Clemmings would seemingly outperform Kalil, they’d have laughed in your face. This has been a surprising stretch of success in Minnesota, one that few outside the state or fan base expected.

Inside the Vikings Territory writer’s room, I asked the same question and received a few surprising answers:

“On a scale from 1-10, how surprised are you by Minnesota’s 3-0 start to the season?”

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In this episode of Bump & Run, I celebrate making it two straight videos without being shut down by the powers that be. We also discuss the fact that injuries are now irrelevant in football, the proper pronounciation of “Sirles”, and the idiots over at NFL Network. Plus, how badly the Vikings will beat the Giants, and which somewhat random player will score a touchdown this week.

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