Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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I had a ton of fun hanging out in Mankato for the weekend at Vikings Training Camp. It was great to meet some previous guests on the show, record a few live podcasts at the Boulder Tap House, and take in our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings squad from the sidelines. Mentioned this before, but even the more butt-hurt/pessimistic Vikings fans should have reason to believe this year. We have a talented young squad lead by a platoon of teachers and leaders, which is a great combination for sustained success. It was a great experience and big props to Vikings Territory and Vikings PR for helping make it happen. I prattle on about 40 of my observations at Vikings Training Camp.

“Asiata bumped into me and got one yard after contact” Talking Points Include
• Adrian is ready.
• Teddy is a smooth operator, but overly cautious at times.
• Left tackle is the main issue with this team.
• Matt Kalil is a super nice guy. Not sure if he loves football.
• The jury’s gonna be out on Trae Waynes for a while.
• Offensive Line shakeups not over yet.
• An “unconditioned” Anthony Barr is still nuts.
• Right guard may not be decided anytime soon.
• Stefon Diggs is special. Poor man’s Antonio Brown?
• Charles Johnson & Xavier Rhodes have greatly benefited from going at each other every practice.
• Tune in for the other 30 Andy Observations!

All that and other “Love Me Some Mankato” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The annual Vikings Training Camp Night Scrimmage has wrapped up and we roll back into the Boulder Tap House Mankato to recap the action. Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL), Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman), and Benson (Benson) join in to talk about #VikingsAfterDark Action at the night scrimmage, surprising aspects about Adrian Peterson’s return, drunk guy analysis from the stands (Technique, Rhodes! Technique), and “How does Teddy look?”. To be frank, even the most cynical of Vikings fans have reason to be excited about this team, this defense, and all of the firepower on offense.

Also I saw Adrian rolling around on the infamous Funky Duck. We need to have a very frank and honest discussion about this. Then we debate the Top-5 teams with the most handsome quarterback depth chart. (Spoiler: Patriots are #1. With a bullet)

All that and other “Rick Spielman Almost Ran Me Over With A 4-Seat Golf Cart” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Purple FTW! has arrived in Mankato and we got football gurus Arif Hasan, Sam Ekstrom, & Luke Inman to join us LIVE at the Boulder Tap House to recap the training camp winners & losers so far, predictions on how the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are rounding into form, and how they’re lining up headed into Saturday’s night scrimmage. I also explain my Matt Kalil pizza conspiracy theory… Also Mankato Trivia!

All that and other “cameo from the waitress” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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It’s time! It is time for the only camping that Andy actually likes to do. The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings report to Mankato on Saturday to begin the hopefully fruitful 2015 campaign. Andrew Krammer (@Andrew_Krammer) – Vikings writer at 1500 ESPN as well as BAWS on their Purple Podcast – joins the show to drop some knowledge on us before the Vikings Nation descends on the Jewel of South Central Minnesota that is Mankato.

Bridgewater Minicamp 2015

[Editor’s Note: As you all know, it’s important to us at Vikings Territory to provide a platform for voices other than ours to be heard through Guest Posts. This time around, we’re welcoming back an old friend, Branden Lemke, who wanted to do a series of five bold Vikings predictions headed into next season. Today, we’re posting predictions #5 and #4. Check back in the near future for the rest of his predictions. You can follow Branden on Twitter at @BrandenLemkeMN and make sure to be on the lookout for his new blog launching in the near future.]

Let me start by saying I couldn’t be more pleased to be back contributing to Vikings Territory with Adam and Brett. I took a long break from sports writing in general for personal reasons, but decided it was time to start up again. For those who don’t know me, I used to work with Adam at Vikings Gab, and then with Adam and Brett here at Vikings Territory for a short period a few years ago. I have a new Vikings blog launching this summer with Jake Schroer, so be sure to keep an eye out for that as well!

Bold Prediction #5: Teddy Bridgewater Eclipses 4,500 yards, 25 touchdowns.

Needless to say, there are no question marks at quarterback this year for the Minnesota Vikings. (That sure feels good to say after struggling to find a long term quarterback for about a decade.) Although Bridgewater’s numbers themselves last year (2,919 yards, 14 touchdowns, 12 interceptions) were nothing statistically shocking, he clearly showed that he has what it takes to be a leader for years to come. He boasted a completion percentage of 64.4% and a league leading 75% under pressure – all without playing the entire season.

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