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Episode 79

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Datone Jones’ remarks about changing positions in Minnesota, explore the Vikings’ ‘Blue Chip’ roster pieces and also debate the best players at each defense and special teams position in the NFL before finishing off a rather long show with an Independence Day-themed Take 5.

Episode 79 is sponsored by local stand-up comic Brendan Gay — Catch the LIVE recording of his first comedy special at the Joke Joint Comedy Club (Lilydale, Minn.) on August 10th! Use to the promo code “BRENDAN” to get 40% off your ticket on the Joke Joint Comedy Club official website!


  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Advertising: See Local Comic Brendan Gay Perform LIVE August 10th (1:42)
  3. Mr. Jones’ Position Change: You Can Ride, All Day Long (2:40)
  4. Blue Chip Vikings: Pegging Minnesota’s Best Building Blocks (11:55)
  5. Final NFL Rankings: LONG TALK on The Best in the Business — Defense (23:30)
  6. Final NFL Rankings: SHORT TALK on The Best in the Business — Special Teams (1:07:30)
  7. Take 5: The Best Independence Day Activities (1:10:27)
  8. Drew’s Final Take: Fireworks are Overrated (1:15:55)
  9. Sign-Out: About the Labor T-Shirts Coming Soon! (1:17:34)

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Episode 76

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald talk about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ deal to acquire Jimmy Butler, debate the Minnesota Vikings’ biggest offseason additions and departures rank the NFC North division’s safeties and list their top video games of all time.


  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Advertising: Comic Brendan Gay to Record 1st Special at St. Paul’s Joke Joint Comedy Club (1:09)
  3. Timberwolves: Jimmy Butler to Minnesota (1:41)
  4. Arrivals: Vikings Biggest Offseason Acquisitions (8:41)
  5. Departures: Vikings Biggest Offseason Losses (16:54)
  6. NFC North Rankings: Safeties (26:05)
  7. NFC North Rankings: Instinctive Takeaways (33:56)
  8. Take 5: Best Video Games (36:46)
  9. Sign-Out: Back to Our Regular Tuesday-Thursday Schedule Next Week (47:00)

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VT Roundtable Episode 17

Welcome Back to the VT Roundtable!

The team once again gathers around the table to talk a variety of different Vikings topics. This episode features a five-man squad consisting of ever-optimistic Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle), ever-pessimistic Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), ever-charismatic(@NeumSamN), ever-rational Adam Warwas (@vikingterritory) and the ring leader Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87).  The group discusses whether or not they’re buying Michael Floyd’s kombucha story and joins Zimmer in his recent self-reflection to determine areas the head coach can improve. Things are wrapped up in entertaining fashion when the team picks what current Vikings player they’d want to be with on a deserted island.

Check out Episode 17 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and other VT/TV videos!

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Surmising the Starters
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They’re in every front office; sprawling white boards checkered with placards and magnets. On these tags are player names, positions, and a smattering of notes, all meant to make sense of the jumble inside a general manager’s mind.

The job of an NFL franchise’s personnel department is no easy task; outside of scouting the future, they must develop the players within, slotting each into the correct position and role. Everyday tasks appear black-and-white, but most decisions made behind closed doors come amidst the gray.

Outside of a pure talent evaluation, there are the issues of locker room chemistry, salaries, tenure, and above all else, market value. The pressure to start a high-profile rookie, for example, may force the more talented, less exciting veteran out of a long-occupied place on the field.


Fortunately, not all front offices function this way. The Minnesota Vikings—specifically, general manager Rick Spielman—operate in a more judicious manner. Rookies don’t automatically see the field in their first year, veterans are rarely released out of the blue, and the 22 available positions in the starting lineup are never “on lock.”

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