Monday, January 22, 2018

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Episode 72

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald get back to their NFC North positional rankings series after taking Episode 71 off, hash over the rather strange dynamic between Minnesota Vikings fans and Chris Kluwe, provide cautious (yet skeptical) optimism for Mackensie Alexander following his recent crash-course of praise and wrap the show up with a Take 5 analysis on their most painful Vikings memories.


  1. Intro: Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Programming (0:00-1:21)
  2. Kluwe Takeaways: The Hate is Real (1:22)
  3. Mack Attack: Changed Man? We’re Skeptical (8:21)
  4. Competition Overload: Why Eric Decker and/or Jeremy Maclin Don’t Fit (18:55)
  5. NFC North Rankings: Offensive Line (26:15)
  6. Take 5: Most Painful Vikings Memories (42:57)
  7. Sign-Out: Nothing to See Here (1:00:00)

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Episode 71 — Featuring Chris Kluwe

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to discuss the intricacies of the position and determine how fans should best evaluate performance without being privy to the situational coaching assignment. The trio also discusses the most dangerous punt returners of this generation, punter mentality and persona as well as the “price” Kluwe made former quarterback Donovan McNabb pay to don his No. 5 jersey in 2011.


  1. Intro: Former Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Joins the Show (0:00-7:22)
  2. Nightmare Punt Returners: Devin Hester & Reggie Bush (7:23-9:27)
  3. Post-Punt Defense: Last Man to Beat (9:28-13:21)
  4. The Greatest: Kick Return vs. Punt Return (13:22-17:53)
  5. Pre-Punt Preparation: Neutralizing Danger (17:54-21:48)
  6. Punter Flops: How to Sell It (21:49-25:47)
  7. Evaluating Punters: Taylor Symmank vs. Ryan Quigley (25:48-33:41)
  8. Jeff Locke Review: Influence of Pressure, Situation & Coaching Style (33:42-41:04)
  9. Number Change: Donovan McNabb’s Payment Plan (41:05-45:00)
  10. Punter Persona: Not Taking Yourself Too Seriously (45:01-47:17)
  11. Special Teams Weapons: Johnny Hekker and Co. (47:18-51:54
  12. Sign-Out: Twilight of the Gods & Tripping Icarus (51:55-55:26)

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Some may remember Chris Kluwe as the former Minnesota Vikings punter who spent eight seasons with the team from 2005-2012. While others may remember Kluwe more for his not-so-quiet exit from Minnesota.

I was lucky enough to talk to the former Vikings punter recently about topics such as the team’s current punting situation, marijuana in the NFL, Colin Kaepernick, and whether or not he will making an appearance at U.S. Bank stadium anytime soon.

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In the spirit of the holiday, we decided to have a little more fun with this week’s question. We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section as well. All of us at Vikings Territory are wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

Name one Viking (past or present) most likely to ruin your Thanksgiving dinner.

Austin: “The Williams Wall”
Together, Pat and Kevin created havoc for the Vikings defense, with their best seasons together coming between 2006-2008. Their large presence inside helped the Vikings field the league’s best run defense for three years straight, and I’m sure they’d put a stop to leftovers at Thanksgiving as well. While both always seemed like great teammates, I think they’d make terrible dinner-mates, if only because there would be little in the way of leftovers. One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is the leftovers, and Pat and Kevin would easily put a stop to that by eating most of the food on Thanksgiving night. No turkey soup and no turkey sandwiches the day after would ruin Thanksgiving for me.

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The Minnesota Vikings have announced a contract extension for kicker Blair Walsh.

The news comes on the first day of training camp practices in Mankato and the proactive approach means the 25 year-old 2012 draft pick will remain the team’s kicker for the foreseeable future.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings moving forward,” said Walsh in the team’s announcement. “I’d like to thank Rick Spielman, the Wilf family, Coach Zimmer, Coach Priefer and Rob Brzezinski for giving me this opportunity. I’m proud to be able to stay with the team that drafted me coming out of college and I look forward to what is in store for the future of this organization.”