Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Whether people like it or not, fantasy football is one of the most popular activities in the history of mankind today (ok, maybe that was taken a little too far). But the point is, fantasy football is more common in an american household today than a Packer fan owning a farm.

Before disaster struck a week ago, the Minnesota Vikings’ offense looked like it would be the home of a few top fantasy performers in 2016. But now with the team’s quarterback situation up in la la land, the fantasy owners who thought they were clever for drafting Stefon Diigs in the third round have not stopped drowning their sorrows in beer and ice cream.

But fear not, Vikings Territory still has the breakdown of every possible Minnesota player that could make an impact in the fantasy world (also known as the world where Blair Walsh makes field goals to beat the Seahawks) this season.

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Carlson and Coller Minnesota Vikings Purple FTW! Podcast

I sat down with Matthew Coller, the new Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings analyst here at 1500 ESPN, at the Blue Door Pub Como to talk about his new gig and how he sees the always dramatic Purple playing out in 2016. We talked about how the Teddy Bridgewater injury and Sam Bradford trade changes the outlook (and the offense?) for the Vikings, and a look forward to Week 1’s tougher-than-people-think matchup vs the Tennessee Titans.

Matthew and I also hit on his previous gig at WGR 550 in Buffalo, why he’s so hardcore into analytics (he’s got a new podcast on 1500 and first guest was fellow nerd Arif Hasan), why Percy Harvin was way more delightful in Buffalo than here, and I christen Matthew with a nickname.

All that and other “Minnesota Winters >>> Buffalo Winters” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Rumors have been running rampant since Wednesday night about quarterback Michael Vick possibly making a visit to the Twin Cities to meet with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. Will it turn out to be true? Only time will tell.

But let’s just say he is making his way to Minnesota and ends up signing with the Vikings for at least the 2016 season. What exactly would be the benefit of Minnesota bringing in a quarterback who has not thrown more than five touchdown passes in a season since 2011?

It is essentially all about what he could do.

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It’s tough today, but tomorrow the sun — my wife passed away seven years ago, right, but the sun came up the next day, the world kept spinning and people kept going to work, and that’s what we’re going to do.

Mike Zimmer’s quote above came from August 30th’s press conference regarding Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury that derails many of the plans the Vikings had in the works for 2016.

Now, however, it is the morning of August 31st and the sun has indeed made an appearance today.

As that sun shines on a Minnesota Vikings team preparing for their final preseason game, it reveals a talented young team that is still in the process of evaluating a roster that will surely yield many tough decisions in the coming days.

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