Monday, May 22, 2017

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Out with the old (No. 28), in with the new (No. 25)

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Mark Twain once said this of humans: “Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.”

I think back to childhood and remember picking scabs. You’d cut yourself, watch the blood coagulate into a rough piece of skin, then rip the protective layer away with your finger. Why’d we do it? And why do so many people continue to interrupt the body’s natural healing process?

For me, there was something oddly satisfying about the slight rush of pain and the “resetting” of the biological clock. I marveled at my skin’s ability to heal itself time and time again, but as I grew up, I grew out of the habit — or so I thought.

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Adrian
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Well folks, ol’ number 28 is at it again. Yes indeed, the currently unemployed Adrian Peterson has made another social media post attempting to explain his position and, this time, his desires in free agency. This one took the form of a Twitter picture, of what appears like an Instagram caption, even though the statement doesn’t seem to be live on Instagram. I’m confused as well.

It’s hard to fault Peterson for trying to tell his side of the story; there has been a lot reported about him this offseason, and anonymous sources often turn out to be inaccurate. And it’s nice to have, as he put it, some information “Straight from the horse’s mouth.” According to Adrian, his main objective is finding a good fit with a team that can content for a Super Bowl. He also says he’s in no rush to commit, which is either a valid explanation for why he hasn’t signed a contract yet, or posturing, as other, lower-profile running backs get scooped up and Peterson remains without a team.

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Purple FTW! - Remix to Position by Position Evaluations (ep. 364)

PurpThe first few waves of free agency have washed ashore some new faces and taken some old out with the tide. Before the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Warship sets sail for the NFL Draft, let’s take stock of the the current roster and rule if General Manager Rick Spielman has improved each position groups or still has a need for the April Volunteering of NFL Tributes.

Today’s Upgraded Talkers Include:
• Position-by-Position Evaluations.
• Ranking Positional Needs Heading Into the Draft
• Why Y’all Should Calm Down About Latavius Murray’s Ankle Surgery.
• It’s Sink or Swim Time for Mackensie Alexander in 2017.
• Hall of Fame Odds Are Out. Where Does Randy Moss Stack Up?
• Sam Bradford Has Leverage.
• Why I Root for Teddy Bridgewater.

All that and more “No One Uses a Fullback Anymore” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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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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VT Roundtable
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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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