Saturday, October 10, 2015

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When the 2015 NFL schedule came out, I found myself frustrated and complaining because the Vikings’ season opener doesn’t start until after 9:00 p.m. Which means I will be awake until after midnight. On a Monday. I couldn’t believe this level of inconvenience.

And then I met Erik Sandgren.

Sandgren lives in Täby, a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden. There is a seven-hour time difference between Minneapolis and Täby. When the Vikings play the 49ers on Sept. 14, Sandgren will be tuning in at 4 a.m. And suddenly, just like that, I feel like a much less dedicated fan.

Sandgren’s story is a good one. Now 35 and loving life with his wife and daughter, Sandgren first became a Vikings fan almost 20 years ago when he lived in Boise, Idaho as an exchange student. His host family, the Fends, provided Sandgren with plenty of rich experiences and helped integrate him into the U.S. culture.

As Idaho has no NFL team of its own, John Fend adopted the Denver Broncos as his team years ago. His son, Kyle, supports the Green Bay Packers (but we won’t talk much about that). Sandgren was a big fan of European soccer, and he was disappointed that the U.S. did not have a big emphasis on the sport at the time. Both being big American football fans, John and Kyle introduced the sport to Sandgren. At first, he was less than fascinated.

“I enjoyed watching the games, but I really had no tooting interest,” Sandgren recalls.

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The Minnesota Fighting Vikings prevailed 28-14 Saturday night in Dallas. The team also trimmed 11 names from their roster as the 75-man deadline looms on Tuesday afternoon. We recap the talkers from the game, who got cut (who should still be cut), and if you should feel bad for the Packers’ injury woes.

Other “8-0 in the preseason and a Dollar will get you a cup of coffee” Talkers Include
• Zimmer goes 8 in a row for Mike Yeo
• 11 Vikings cut. Banyard is the most surprising to me.
• Who are the other 3 possible cuts to get to 75?
• Roster trimming schedule
• WTF, Blair Walsh?
• Why not have the kicker & punter be the same guy?
• Teddy To Wallace. Finally
• Taylor Heinicke Love
• Cordarrelle is NOT Back
• Time to trade CP?
• Secondary Hot Takes
• Xavier Rhodes is becoming a corner you don’t throw at
• The Four Linebackers of the Apocalypse
• 2nd Team Vikings Defensive Line vs Cowboys 1st Team O-Line
• Tom Johnson Appreciation
• The Run Game is Worrysome?
• Why Isn’t Zach Zenner a Viking?
• Green Bay Injuries
• Jordy Nelson is underrated because he’s white
• At Tennessee Thursday night to round out the Preseason
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All that and other “Kendricks & Barr in the Nickel is unfair” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings continue their dominance over every preseason foe put in front of them… The Purple prevailed over the Oakland Raiders 20-16 Saturday night at The Bank in a game that featured bad weather, a stoppage of play, and Blair Walsh taking 10 points off the dinner table.

Other “At Least Blair Walsh Got Paid” Talkers Include
• Mike Zimmer’s 7-0 preseason record means nada
• Adrian Thinks he’s LeBron James
• I’m happy people didn’t boo Ponder
• Streaking during a rain delay is weaksauce & shouldn’t count
• Blair Walsh needs to get it together
• TJ Clemmings did not have a good time…
• Matt Kalil got a confidence builder, keeping Khalil Mack in check
• Joe Berger is valuable
• Teddy Has Vision Like Steve Jobs
• Good to get Charles Johnson going
• Where is Mike Wallace?
• McKinnon hasn’t looked great & Asiata hasn’t been… Terrible?
• Chase Ford lives!
• What the heck’s going on at middle linebacker?
• Marcus Sherels is all-around valuable & Stefon Diggs is learning
• Brian Peters is quickly becoming my new favorite
• The Weekly Referendum on Trae Waynes
• Cordarrelle didn’t know where to line up on the spike play…
• The Christian Ponder-Trent Richardson Read Option aka Musgrave’s Revenge
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All that and other “I wanna hang with Everson” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Christian Ponder returns to Minnesota Saturday as the Oakland Raiders roll into The Bank to take on our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings in some preseason action. There are other (less funny) storylines coming into this third of five preseason games for the Purple Peeps, Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) joins us for his weekly spot to cover some of the main talkers.

Other “Khalil vs Kalil” Talkers Include
• More Than Words campaign winding down, still time to donate!
• Arif’s new theme song…
• Christian Ponder back in Minnesota. The NFL schedule makers are LOLing.
• Bykowski out, is Yankey next up at backup left tackle?
• What’s Scott Crichton going to bring to the table?
• Danielle Hunter has been solid, despite few “gifable” plays.
• Zimmer throws cold water on the Exum train.
• Robert Blanton is William Hung?
• Post Mecca Abdullah is my favorite indie band.
• Anthony Barr back. What should we expect?
• Waynes out of the nickel. Focusing on LCB.
• Cordarrelle to Carolina? Who says no?
• Derek Carr or Teddy Bridgewater?….. (Stop laughing)
• Amari Cooper + Michael Crabtree could be a great combo.
• Khalil-vs-Kalil *Cue Foreboding Music*
• What to look for Saturday.
• Bottom of the roster: Who’s alive & who’s dead man walking?
• Justin Trattou should play safety.
• Can all the pectoral injuries be blamed on strength training? (Spoiler: No)
• Vikings head strength & conditioning coach Evan Marcus is a scary dude.
• Surprise to make the 53? Surprise cut? (I pick B-Rob)
• Audie Cole vs Eric Kendricks. If a tie, who wins?

All that and other “Please unblock me on Twitter, Sam Ponder” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Antone Exum is learning the hard way that Mike Zimmer’s expectations are higher than most. After Saturday night’s preseason victory over the Buccaneers, Zimmer vowed to continue “pushing” and “grinding” his players because he believes the group has “a chance to be a good football team.”

His comments come days after the Vikings head coach cut practice short and criticized his players for their sloppy performance, which seemed to find its way onto the field Saturday night — the Vikings turned the ball over three times and committed seven penalties for 60 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Exum has shined through two preseason games. Against the Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game, he recovered a fumble and returned it into Pittsburgh territory. And against the Buccaneers on Saturday, he intercepted Jameis Winston en route to a 32-yard return.

However, two highlight plays aren’t enough to vault Exum into a starting role, and Zimmer wants to see cleaner play from his second-year safety moving forward:

“He’s active, he’s active. He obviously made a nice play on the interception. He got down in there one time on a run, he was in good position,he didn’t finish the tackle. Those are things he’s going to have to improve on. Safeties have to be able to tackle. But he’s a very good athlete and we just have to get him disciplined.”

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