Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Episode 66 — Featuring Guest Host Sam Neumann

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BJ Reidell and Sam Neumann — filling in for an extremely sunburnt Drew Mahowald — discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ recent additions of DT Will Sutton and OG Freddie Tagaloa, dissect the team’s “Face of the Franchise” situation and fire off a handful of “way-too-early” predictions for the 2017 season.

About the Labor Episode 66 closes with a Take 5 segment on the duo’s all-time favorite Vikings AND a special one-time only segment entitled Have a Few More concerning the Top-3 reasons Twitter make their skin crawl.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro: Sam Neumann: Vikings Ballboy Club Alumnus (0:00-2:34)
  • Will Sutton Signing: How does former Bears DL Will Sutton fit in Minnesota (2:35-6:48)
  • Freddie Tagaloa Review: Breakdown of undrafted OG Freddie Tagaloa (6:49-13:17)
  • The Root: BJ explains the basis of his vocal disdain for Jeremiah Sirles (13:18-14:15)
  • Face of the Franchise: Who is “the guy” in Minnesota? (14:16-29:38)
  • Way-Too-Early 2017 Predictions: Record; NFC North finish; No. 1 WR; Breakout star (29:39-48:00)
  • Take 5: Favorite Vikings players of all time (48:01-57:38)
  • Have a Few More: Special one-time segment — Top-3 Vikings Twitter Pet Peeves (57:39-1:02:32)
  • Sign-Out: Mahowald officially activated from PUP list; eyes Episode 67 return (1:02:33-1:03:53)

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Wednesday's ICYMI
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Wednesday’s ICYMI: The Vikings signed two players, released a former sixth-round pick, a defensive Pro Bowler was named to the NFL’s Top-100 list, and the team continues to receive offseason praise from multiple outlets.

“Vikings In Case You Missed It” intends to funnel news reports, general information and a handful of the best analysis articles pertaining to the Minnesota Vikings into one all-encompassing write-up. If you don’t have the time to follow the Purple and Gold as much as you may like, allow Vikings Territory to do the dirty work for you with our catch-all Vikings recap of everything you may have missed.

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NFC North
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In Week Seven of the 2016 NFL regular season, two NFC North teams won, and two lost. Unfortunately, one of the losing teams was none other than our beloved Minnesota Vikings. They still boast a division best 5-1 record, but valuable ground was lost in the standings this week.

Perhaps even more importantly, a blueprint to beat the Vikings is now sprawled out across the table in plain sight of all opposing coaching staffs. That plan includes overwhelming an offensive line that may be incapable of changing things up (or, you know, getting better) in a meaningful enough way to fend off the league’s better defenses.

While flaws were exposed by Philadelphia this week (flaws that most Minnesota fans suspected would surface at some point) there are no other teams in this division that are without blemishes of their own. For that reason, it is important to stay grounded and remember that securing a playoff spot is the only real prerequisite for making a run at the Super Bowl.

And what’s the best way to secure a playoff spot? Why, winning the North, of course!

Let’s take a look around the NFC North and see what our greatest enemies are up to.

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There are two minutes left on the clock at the Metrodome. Tommy Kramer drops back, surveys the field, and desperately tries to find an open receiver. He spots Hassan Jones streaking down the sideline and heaves a pass down the field. It’s caught! Touchdown, the Minnesota Vikings win the game!

Only, it’s not Kramer throwing the football or Jones sprinting into the end zone. This story isn’t unfolding in the Metrodome, where thousands of Vikings fans cheer in excited anticipation. No, this is the Troftgruben backyard in Adams, North Dakota, where young Darin is creating his own memories. He’s the quarterback and the receiver in this boyhood-dream-come true; the hero at the center of an improbable Vikings comeback.

Fast forward 30 years, and “Gruben” as he’s affectionately called by friends, is thriving in the middle of a very real, very personal comeback. Like many Vikings fans, he has experienced loss, and disappointment in his life. He’s been to more than 150 games, witnessed countless defeats, and seen firsthand the pain of a victory slipping through the cracks. Through them all, he’s donned his horns, his beard, and most importantly, his mask; symbols of his unwavering support for the purple and gold.

But the costume only reveals so much about Gruben. Behind the armor is more than just a fan; behind the mask is a loving husband, a dedicated friend, and an inspiring individual.

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