Friday, November 17, 2017

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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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Bailey Cossairt, a junior at St. Cloud State University, is making a documentary. If you’ve been around #VikingsTwitter in the past month, chances are you’ve heard about Wide Left: The Movie, his forthcoming film about the Minnesota Vikings and their fans’ journey from the 1998 playoffs until present day. Cossairt has been making gaming documentaries on his YouTube channel for years, racking up hundreds of thousands and, in some cases, millions of views on the most popular videos. I chatted with him over the phone earlier this week to learn more out about his first foray into the world of sports documentaries.

 

Vikings Territory: First of all, how did you get into video production? Take me through that if you don’t mind.

Bailey Cossairt: I think it was in ninth grade. I started doing Lego stop motion movies, where you animate it picture by picture. So I started doing that kind of thing, and then I moved to doing a lot of videos with NFL 2K5—I don’t know if you’re familiar with that game.

VT: Yeah, I loved it.

BC: Yeah, so it received a lot of fan-made roster updates through the years, so I would download the newer rosters and make videos of, for example, Cam Newton in his rookie season, but we’re playing on this Playstation 2 game.

Eventually—it must have been my senior year of high school—I got really into watching documentaries, particularly ones about gaming. And I realized I was into watching eSports, and maybe I should try doing documentaries about gaming. The first one I made wasn’t really a documentary; it was only seven minutes long. But then I got into make videos that were a half hour long, 45 minutes long, and eSports were really taking off in 2014 and 2015. So I saw some real success with those. My last was in the fall of 2016, and at that point, I kind of lost interest in playing and watching Call of Duty or some other game—I just felt like I outgrew the whole thing. But throughout my entire life, I had been this huge Vikings fan, so in December I decided, you know what, I could probably make a documentary on the Vikings.

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Where Do the Vikings Head From Here
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[In part one of this three-part series, Austin Belisle and Brett Anderson team up to put together an in-depth offseason plan for the Minnesota Vikings.]

Football, more than any other sport, is an unpredictable game. A loose ball, a tipped pass, a broken tackle; the slightest shift in momentum or circumstance can flip competition on its head. Franchises prepare for the random nature of the game, but often fall victim to factors they can’t control.

Such was the case for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. From Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury to the merry-go-round at offensive line, the team struggled to bounce back in the face of adversity. Players on the defensive side of the ball underperformed, turmoil forced a turnover on the coaching staff, and Mike Zimmer’s eye blurred Minnesota’s season outlook.

Combined, the weekly distractions and diversions were too much for the Vikings to overcome. They stalled to an 8-8 finish after starting the season 5-0; missing the playoffs just one year removed from winning the NFC North. Like any team in the NFL, the Vikings had one end-goal in mind: the Super Bowl. But dreaming of a Lombardi Trophy and winning the actual game are two different things.

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ATL Culture: Body Odor, Breaking Chairs and Boneless Wings — Episode 44

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald decide to go rogue on the 44th installment of the About the Labor podcast.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • ATL Culture: Body Odor, The Great Wings Debate, Breaking Fold-Up Chairs with Authority
  • Vikings Analysis: Is Mike Zimmer a defensive genius? Or is he a product of 30 years of good players?
  • Vikings Analysis: Why does Adrian Peterson Need to Retire a Viking? Save Loyalty for Your Wife, Rick
  • Vikings Analysis: Even Kevin Durant Thinks Blair Walsh Went Too Far with is “Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em”
  • Draft: Myles Garrett — Long Break — Bama’s Tim Williams, Vols’ Derek Barnett and Trees’ Solo Thomas
  • Draft: Bama’s OJ Howard Has a Claim for Being Best Tight End Prospect ever
  • Outro: Draft Dudes Jordan Reid and Myles Gorham Joining the ATL Party Monday — Betting Now Open

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 38

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ 2016 special teams performance and take a look at what might be to come in the future.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Remembering Blair Walsh
  • How good was Kai Forbath?
  • Jeff Locke’s impressive season
  • Marcus “cockroach” Sherels becoming one of the best punt returners in the league
  • Who returns kicks if Cordarrelle Patterson leaves?

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