Friday, June 23, 2017

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Episode 67 — "He's Just Not Teddy Bridgewater"

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss their thoughts on the most recent Teddy Bridgewater rehabilitation video, review Laquon Treadwell’s depth chart situation after taking first-team reps in three-wide receiver sets, name their favorite NFL celebrations since 2000 and plenty more on Episode 68 of About the Labor.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro: Table of Comments (0:00-1:26)
  • The Video: Bridgewater Breaks the Internet … Again (1:27-9:15)
  • Never Enough: Bradford Will Never Win Over Vikings Fans (9:16-15:34)
  • Bad Luck: Bradford Always Finds Himself Stuck in Unfavorable Situations (15:35-16:50)
  • Jersey Sales: Find a No. 8 Jersey on NFLShop.com … You Can’t (16:51-18:15)
  • Next Step or Nothing: Treadwell takes first-team reps in 3-WR sets at OTAs (18:16-25:00)
  • Weird Tangent: James Harrison Instagram Workouts (25:01-26:18)
  • Treadwell Takeaways: Way-Too-Early Numbers to Expect (26:19-29:42)
  • Take 5: Favorite NFL Celebrations — Touchdown, Sack, etc. (29:43-41:05)
  • Smooooooooot: Quick Edit to BJ’s Top-5 All-Time Favorite Vikings (41:06-42:24)
  • Sign-Out: New Shows Post Every Tuesday & Thursday (42:25-43:13)

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It feels like forever ago that I was scouring the internet for Brett Favre rumors involving his return, I was working for Vikings Gab at the time and disliked Favre plenty, but I do remember clearly that “this isn’t ordinary” feeling when news broke that Zygi Wilf enlisted Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell, Steve Hutchinson, and his private jet to convince Favre to give it one more shot.

We now know that Favre did indeed return for a 2010 season that should easily be in the running for one of the most embarrassing of all time. Favre’s consecutive games streak ended, a roof caved in, Randy Moss returned and then was booted, a caterer and a Jets sideline reporter publicly exposed two Vikings greats as very questionable humans, and… well, they weren’t a very good football team and their coach was fired.

Recently, Jared Allen was a guest on A.J. Hawk’s podcast (oh, by the way, A.J. Hawk has a podcast) and he opened up a bit about the events that unfolded resulting in Favre’s return to Minnesota. His recollections have gathered headlines mostly because his statements weren’t exactly what you would expect them to be.

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Pokémon

Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm. And as we’ve seen, I never let a pop culture phenomenon go by unincorporated into Purple FTW’s sphere for both the LOLs and for SEO purposes. So there’s the Pokémon GO one. (Damn we need football back.)

Today’s Talking Points Include:
• Which Pokémon Are The Vikings?
• 3-Year $300,000 Bird Death Study Commissioned for US Bank Stadium
• Jared Allen Told Brett Favre to Stay Retired
• Joe Berger Adopts Daughter
• Teddy Working Out With…..
• Adrian Sees Greatness in Teddy’s Eyes
• Interactive “Vikings Voyage” Announced for US Bank Stadium
• Food and Drink Unveiled for US Bank Stadium
• Evan Marcus Came Here to Tear Pecs & Chew Bubble Gum. And He’s All Out of Bubble Gum.
• Twitter Qs

All that and other “Squirtle Sounds Like the Most Fun” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Looking back on 10 years of Rick Spielman

Spielman's best and worst moves
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

(Note: This is a two-part series. The first part focuses on Spielman’s best moves. Part two, an analysis of the worst moves, will be posted tomorrow.)

Earlier this week marked the 10-year anniversary of Rick Spielman joining the Minnesota Vikings. Spielman’s job has evolved over time—he was initially hired as the Vice President of Player Personnel in 2006, replacing the short-tenured Fran Foley in the Vikings’ “Triangle of Authority,” and in 2012 was promoted to General Manager and has acted as the single voice for all football matters since then. Ten years is more than enough time to make your mark on a franchise, so we (okay, technically it was Brett’s idea) thought it would be good to look back on some of Spielman’s best an worst moves at the helm.

Since he didn’t assume full control until 2012, attributing transactions prior to that year directly to Spielman is a cloudy proposition; indeed, it was exceedingly difficult to pin down who exactly in that infamous triangle was calling the shots from 2006-2012. But we can rely on educated guesses to navigate those years, and the assumption is that most football personnel moves have had Spielman’s fingerprints on them since he arrived in town. If conventional wisdom indicates a particular decision was made outside of his control, I’ll note that and categorize accordingly.

Our first installment of this two-part series looks back at Rick Spielman’s best moves.

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