Monday, November 20, 2017

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Why There’s Hope For A Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl Victory

“A team is only as strong as it’s weakest player.”

I’m not a fan of that expression, partially because I know how it feels to be the weakest player and partially because if it were up to me, I’d simply replace the worst player on the team. But I digress.

Why bring it up then? It’s because nowadays, too many people analyze teams that way. A player has a bad game or a rough stretch of games and suddenly he’s garbage, and so is the team if they don’t replace the player immediately.

It’s simply not a fair judgement. There’s more to a team than meets the eye. A team wins and loses together, rolls with the punches, celebrates the good times, and changes individuals for the better.

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Get Your 84 Jerseys Out

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Welcome to mid-May of the NFL offseason when questionable topics are conjured up and all the hours of speculation doesn’t actually matter.

And to make matters worse, Drew Carey seems too busy with the Price is Right to finish the month by informing the masses of whose line it is…, anyway. Maybe a bit bold to assume the Vikings Territory readership can resonate with a Whose Line is it Anyway? anecdote, but the odds were to good to pass on.

Now that we have gotten that out of our systems, let’s get into a bit of the meaningless Minnesota Vikings speculation mentioned amidst the anecdotal mess above. Over the past several weeks the “Great No. 84 Debate” has flooded Vikings Territory, as the long-standing debate topic centered around if and when Randy Moss’ jersey should be retired has been a primary talking point on both the About the Labor Podcast and the VT Roundtable.

The discussion naturally set off a multitude of simultaneous arguments concerning other numbers — both available and retired — and I think it is about time someone sets the record straight.

And while I do believe this particular responsibility is better-served for a piñata given the strongly-worded disagreements that will inevitably follow, I hereby accept the honor of designating which Vikings players should be enshrined in franchise lore assuming a hypothetical in which all numbers are fair game.

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Bud Grant Interview

Today’s installment of our “Three Questions” series belongs to a former Vikings Territory writer whose jersey we should probably retire now that she’s become a daily must-read over at Vikings.com. We welcomed Lindsey back to our little corner of the internet to answer some questions about her work for the Vikings, how 2016 compared to 2010 in her mind, and the best parts of U.S. Bank Stadium.

First, however, here is a quick recap of everyone we’ve had take part in this series to date:

Christopher Gates On London, Those Calling For Zimmer’s Job, & Minnesota’s Most Exciting Player
Matt Falk On The 2017 NFL Draft, Adam Thielen, & Fixing The O-Line
Joe Johnson On Nick Swardson, The Defense, & Roster Upgrades
Nik Edlund On Kalil’s Injury Impact, A Possible Vikings Draft Target, & The Play Of The Year
Matthew Coller On Norv Turner, Cordarrelle Patterson, And Vikings Craziness

Okay, now onto the Lindsey Young Show…

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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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It’ll surprise few people that the son of Vikings Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter has some talent. Duron Carter has had multiple NFL tryouts after a troubled college career, including with the Vikings at one point, but he has never been able to take his game to the world’s largest stage other than during a very brief stay with the Colts.

Instead, Duron Carter destroys opponents in the Canadian Football League as a member of the Montreal Alouettes.

The website 3 Down Nation recently recapped some of Carter’s moment in Montreal that don’t exactly reflect well on him, including a recent altercation with a teammate and a moment in 2014 where the team actually held a vote regarding their ability to play alongside the star playmaker.

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