Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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For this week’s Vikings fan spotlight, we’re featuring a very special person—not only is Richard Holmstrom a long-time fan of the purple and gold, but he’s also a long-time fan of Vikings Territory!

In fact, Holmstrom first met Adam Warwas (founder of VT) and became a fan of his writing before Vikings Territory even developed.

“A bunch of us [readers] here at VT were all originally over at the Star Tribune site, ‘Access Vikings,’ including Adam,” Holmstrom explained. “Adam kept sneaking in links to his own blog, and one day I clicked on it. Lo and behold, there was some good stuff there! I’ve been reading his stuff ever since.”

Holmstrom added that he met the Warwas family when he lived in Alaska, and the two of them went fishing and spent time at Holmstrom’s lodge. He described Adam as “a really good dude.”

Although his family is originally from Minnesota, Holmstrom grew up in California. Despite spending his childhood on the west coast, however, he has been a Vikings fan from a young age.

“I was always fascinated by Vikings, as they were supposedly my ancestors,” Holmstrom said. “My Dad was an LA Rams fan, so naturally, I was too. . .until I heard about a new NFL team being formed named the Minnesota Vikings—that was it for me!”

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Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) of 105 The Ticket, Fangraphs, and Sports Data LLC stopped by to talk Twins baseball as well as our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings.

We open the show with Vikings News: the mandatory Adrian Peterson talking point, took a glance at free agency & the recent cut players the Purple might chase, which Vikings might still get cut (looking at you Greenway), as well as the first volume of the Purple FTW! Draft Wishlist.

Brandon then joined me to talk about the Twins and the outlook for the young, promising squad in 2014 and beyond. We went with some baseball love this episode because spring is around the corner, pitchers and catchers are already at spring training, and there’s only so much Adrian Peterson f***** speculation that the human mind can take. Plus what better way to wait for training camp in Mankato than grabbing a beer and watching the Twins give it their best at Target Field this summer? Besides, Brandon is no Vikings neophyte and he also gave some solid, rational takes about Teddy and the team going forward. Which is quite a departure from my usual hot fire.

Wrapping up the show, I give my review of House of Cards season 3, which I finished watching at 5pm Friday. The 13 episode season dropped at 2am that day so… Do the math. ***WARNING: I do reveal spoilers starting at (1:21:42).***

All that and more “bi-lateral strengthness” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Full episode after the jump.

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It’s a long offseason. So it makes sense to go beyond the borders of the US to cultivate additional Minnesota Vikings awesomeness. I had the good fortune to be joined by The Daily Norseman founder Christopher Gates from Germany to talk about our favorite professional football team.

We chatted about Adrian Peterson’s future with the Purple (mandatory nowadays) and what the latest statements from ownership and the front office could really mean. Reminisced about Chris’ three favorite Vikings of all time: an o-lineman sized QB from Central Florida, some kid from the mountains of West Virginia, and a pint-sized CB who started the ‘private plane watching’ trend among Vikings fans (and always had 2 pair playing 30/60 at Canterbury).

Additionally, we covered the beauty of Teddy, the leadership of Zimmer and how why he’s a rarity in NFL coaches, I call Rick Spielman a top-3 GM, and I put Chris through the tried and true Gauntlet.

All that and other “the New Vikings Stadium will kill a bald eagle” conversations on Episode 101 of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Full episode after the jump!

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

[Note:  This segment is a part of a position-by-position look at what the Minnesota Vikings might be inclined to do during the 2015 free agency period.  This is the sixth article, focusing on the safeties.  In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterbacksrunning backs, tight ends, fullbacks and specialists.]

There is an enormous talent gap between Harrison Smith and the next most talented safety currently on the Vikings roster, whomever that might be.

Smith is a dominant force that doesn’t get enough recognition, yet, on the national level. Soon he will almost certainly sign a blockbuster extension that not only gets him the money he deserves, but also the ink.

Smith is set to have a $2.271 million cap hit in 2015, but his new contract could come at any time. I would be very surprised if the Vikings let the contractual matter play out into next offseason, where they would risk having to use the franchise tag to ensure Smith remains a Viking. The good news is that Smith has recently stated he plans to remain a Viking.

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What a long, STRANGE trip it’s been.

The Purple FTW! Podcast is officially 100 episodes deep. We take time out today to reflect on the first century of podcast non-sense, play a little Vikings-Super Bowl Trivia with Uncle Nick to pad the ego, and take a look forward to what big developments are going down with Purple FTW for the 2015 season.

I can’t express enough gratitude to the listeners & great guests who have made this possible. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. #Skol

Century Club talking points include.
• Vikings News
• Adrian in Court
• We’ll Take Adrian Back in 2015, Under 3 Conditions
• Harrison NEEDS to be Extended
• Duron Not a Viking. Not a Big Deal
• Critiquing Purple FTW Episode 1 – Week 14 Vikings-Ravens Recap (2013)
• Vikings-Super Bowl Trivia with Uncle Nick
• Thank Yous to Guests & Fans
• Big Announcement for the 2015 Season

All of this and other Hundo shenanigans on the Purple FTW! Podcast! Full episode after the jump.

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