Thursday, October 8, 2015

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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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Harrison Smith was all smiles upon arriving for training camp earlier today, but the fourth-year safety is determined to improve his already impressive play for the Minnesota Vikings. After a year where he hauled in five interceptions, recorded 92 tackles, and finished second in PFF’s rankings of safeties, Smith could easily enter camp a complacent player. But after his Saturday afternoon press conference, Smith is clearly approaching 2015 as a chance to prove he’s possibly the game’s best safety.

When asked what specific areas he’d like to improve, Smith wasn’t shy, making it clear that his game is far from perfect:

“There are a lot of things. Really things in every area,” he said. “One for example would be becoming a better blitzer, getting better pressure on the quarterback when I get a chance to go. You can improve on in every area especially myself. There’s too many areas to list but definitely a lot of things come to mind.”

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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.

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What do you do when you’re out of material & have no guest lined up? A MAILBAG! We put it out to you the listeners and we came back with some great Vikings, food, and life related questions.

Andy Was Lazy and Did a Mailbag Questions Include:
• What to watch for in this year’s preseason?
• Even after the draft, are there concerns with the roster?
• How do I convince my gf to go to a Vikings game when we do Honeymoon drive around the US?
• F-Marry-Kill: Zimmer, Spielman, Teddy
• Gas or charcoal?
• Realistically when can we hope to take back what is ours? The NFC North?
• What fruit do you not have with breakfast?
• Who wins in an arm wrestling contest: Everson Griffen or Danielle Hunter or [me]?
• 2015 Statline predictions for the major Vikings
• Would you rather the Vikings win the Super Bowl this year & in 2018, or [my daughter] get into an Ivy League school?
• Game Day Food?
• What 80s rock song best describes your feeling about the 2015 season?
• Also promo our Mankato dates, support us on Amazon!, and listen to the Dad Mode Podcast

All that and other “Is it Mankato Time Yet? on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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In Minnesota, it’s hard for sports fans to be optimistic. For years, they’ve watched team miss playoff after playoff, or go on to finish seasons with losing records after losing records. It hasn’t been an enjoyable run, but things seem to be getting brighter in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

At the shiny new Courts in Mayo Clinic Square, Timberwolves rookies Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones are invigorating the franchise with excitement, buoyed by the early success of second-year player Andrew Wiggins. Down the road at Target Field, minor league call-up Miguel Sano is launching home runs to help the Twins to a 45-39 record. And in the Excel Energy Center, the Wild look to make another playoff run after signing goalie Devan Dubnyk to a six-year contract last month.

But this isn’t a Minnesota Sports site — it’s Vikings Territory! How are things up in Winter Park? Most fans would say they’re great; Adrian Peterson is back, Mike Zimmer is leading the charge, and the defense is finally capable of stopping the offenses of the NFC North. Given the team’s unfortunate history, though, it’s no surprise that Teddy Bridgewater is serving up slices of humble pie, per USA Today’s Tom Pelissero:

Personally, it’s refreshing to see such a young player handle the pressure so elegantly. For many Bridgewater’s age, the limelight can be a difficult place to live, and he’s proven he’s comfortable under the stressful spotlight — or should I say, “Great Under Major Pressure”? In interviews throughout OTAs and minicamp, Bridgewater’s been deferential, heaping praise on his teammates and attributing the team’s heightened expectations to the coaching staff and front office.

Sure, Vikings fans have had it rough for years, but this may be the season our luck changes. When the time comes, we can celebrate, but for now, I’m comfortable watching Teddy operate like a pro — on and off the field.

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