Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Episode 87

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down Days 2-4 of Minnesota Vikings training camp with discussions centered around Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes, Teddy Bridgewater, Riley Reiff, Mike Zimmer and Taylor Heinicke.

Episode 87 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.


  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: Win FREE BEER for an Entire Year Playing Beer Pong! (1:30)
  3. Foreverson: Everson Griffen contract extension thoughts and takeaways (2:25)
  4. Rhodes & Joseph Next?: What to Expect about … the Expected (11:21)
  5. Bridgewater Back: From Mike Zimmer’s Dog House to Nickel Cornerback (20:34)
  6. Sponsor Note: See Brendan Gay LIVE at Joke Joint Comedy Club August 10th (27:55)
  7. Dodging Bullets: Riley Reiff & Adam Thielen Leave Practice; Reportedly A-OK (28:21)
  8. Zimmer Zone: Mike Zimmer in Mid-Season Press Conference Form & Takeaways (31:40)
  9. Camp Takeaways: Where did the Heinicke Hate Train Go & Bower Power (44:32)
  10. Twitter Takes: Optimal Alignment on 3rd&9 vs. Aaron Rodgers (53:35)
  11. Sign-Out: iTunes/Stitcher Review = Chance to Win a FREE Vikings Territory T-Shirt! (1:03:50)

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Welcome to the latest installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series focusing on Harrison Smith, Andrew Sendejo, and the safeties.

Amidst all of the turnover throughout the Vikings roster from 2016 to 2017, the safety position has changed very little from where it was a year ago. The five men who will compete at training camp in 2017 were all in the same position a year ago.

However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be camp battles or important roles that need to be filled. The safety position’s significance is listed right there in its name — these players are the safety valve for the defense. If they screw up, it’s likely six points for the opposition.

We know what Harrison Smith brings to the table. We know what Andrew Sendejo brings to the table. But who will emerge as a reliable depth filler behind them?

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Episode 79

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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

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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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