Sunday, December 4, 2016

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Minnesota Vikings Mark Craig

Mark Craig of the Star Tribune swung by the Blue Door Pub Studios to chat a little Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and discuss his new book 100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. We dove into a few of those 100 items: What made Cris Carter great from a young age, how grizzled Bud Grant was to his players (even during leisure time), the 2009 Brett Favre Carnival, covering the Adrian 296 game, the tragic passing of Korey Stringer, and much more.

Mark and I also got into how this 2016 Vikings team is different than other great Purple squads, if Sam Bradford can continue his high level of play, some Xavier Rhodes appreciation, how Stan Kroenke was gracious enough to let Mark use the TCF Bank Stadium media bathroom, a few anecdotes about Hall of Fame voting (Mark is one of the 46 voters), why Randy Moss was the best/worst interview, and stories about his days of covering the Cleveland Browns before they — you know — moved.

All that and other “Belichick was WORSE with the media in Cleveland” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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VT QOTW

Vikings' most popular player
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With U.S. Bank Stadium just days from opening its doors and the Minnesota Vikings less than a week from training camp, it’s clear this team is set for some major changes. The same can be said for the roster, which will surely shift in the coming months.

As the team transitions into a new era of Vikings football, so do its players, many of whom have been a part of the franchise for years. There’s Adrian Peterson, longtime face of the Vikings. There’s also Chad Greenway, Minnesota’s longest-tenured defender and hometown hero.

But in their wake lie up-and-comers, like quarterback Teddy Bridgewater or the über talented Anthony Barr. Their surge to the forefront of the franchise marks another shift for the Vikings; a changing of the (popularity) guard. After the jump, we try to determine who’s the most popular Viking — player or coach — heading into the 2016 season.

Heading into 2016, who is the Vikings’ most popular player?

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Vikings Territory

I can’t tell you with any certainty, one way or another, whether or not I’ve ever written a blog post from my mother’s basement. It is entirely possible.

Either way, this site essentially started exactly like the cliches would have you believe most blogs are created, a hack blogger with little-to-no expertise decides to start pecking away on a keyboard. I am that hack blogger.

With that being said, we have come a long ways here at Vikings Territory and the eve of the New Year seems like the most appropriate moment to take a look back at what was an amazing 2015. This year was absolutely our best in every measurable way, but everyone on our team should also be personally proud of the accomplishments we’ve managed by merely pecking away on our various keyboards.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

If you’ve ever strapped on a helmet and shoulder pads, you know how violent football can be. From pancake blocks to open field collisions, its a sport that requires a certain toughness, and honestly, a certain level of recklessness. This is especially true for offensive and defensive linemen, who repeatedly crash headfirst into one another like trucks in a demolition derby.

In today’s league, the passing game and up-tempo offense are at a premium, but that doesn’t make the action in the trenches any less violent. Pull up any highlight reel on Youtube, try to ignore the flashy skill players, and fix your eyes on the battle of the “big uglies” — they punch,  dive, drive, and rip while slamming into a wall of muscle and aggression.

And this doesn’t happen once; it happens every single play.

With all that violence, it’s highly unlikely a player lines up for every offensive snap. Injuries are a part of the game, and they have a nasty habit of ruining single plays, multiple seasons, or even careers.

What if I told you one player never missed a game in 17 seasons? And what if I told you he was a Minnesota Viking? Better yet, what if I told you he was a seven-time All Pro at one of the toughest positions in all of football?

Meet Mick Tingelhoff, former Minnesota Vikings center and a 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee.

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Lindsey Young with Bud Grant

If you have been reading Vikings Territory over the last couple years, then you are surely aware that our own Lindsey Young is an incredibly talented writer that seems destined for the big time. I said exactly that, in a lot more words, back in April when I turned the tables and featured her in her own “Fan Spotlight” segment.

Since then, Lindsey has continued her great work here at VT, including an incredible interview with the greatest Minnesota Viking of all time, Bud Grant. For the last few weeks, however, the team that keeps this place running has been enthusiastically celebrating the fact that somebody else has noticed Lindsey’s work which has led her to a great opportunity.

Before we get too much farther explaining Lindsey’s great news, I do want to make it clear that she still plans to be a regular contributor here at VT, which makes this whole thing that much better.

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