Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Episode 75

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald dive into the fallout of Michael Floyd’s positive alcohol test and revisit their “Retire No. 84” discussion following news that wide receivers Randy Moss and Ahmad Rashad will be enshrined in the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor ahead of discussing a deep, versatile and smoldering hot group of Twitter Takes. The guys also touch on the latest quotes canonizing Teddy Bridgewater, rank the NFC North’s cornerback groups and give their opinion on the worst consumable beverages available in 2017.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Advertising: Comic Brendan Gay to Record 1st Special at St. Paul’s Joke Joint Comedy Club (1:42)
  3. Floyd’s Fall: The Situation, Dynamic & Impending Fallout (3:00)
  4. Randy’s Rise: Randy Moss & Ahmad Rashad Enshrined in Vikings Lore (10:09)
  5. Saint Teddy: Kyle Rudolph & Laquon Treadwell Latest to Chime in (16:07)
  6. NFC North Rankings: Cornerbacks (23:22)
  7. Twitter Mailbag: Courtesy of @PurplePTSD, @SIEMONSMA99, @SkolSees & @SwedSkol (34:35)
  8. Take 5: Worst Beverages (59:06)
  9. Sign-Out: You Know the Drill (1:04:06)

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Michael Floyd Tested Positive for Alcohol
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Michael Floyd’s tenure with the Minnesota Vikings could be short-lived. According to the celebrity news website TMZ, the veteran wide receiver tested positive for alcohol while under house arrest on June 11 and 12.

TMZ Sports reports Floyd’s alcohol monitoring system flagged authorities to five events, each of which was labeled as a “high alcohol test.” The news comes in the midst of what is supposed to be Floyd’s career redemption; the Minnesota native had seemingly put his December DUI in the past, signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract with his hometown Vikings last month.

Following the announcement in May, Floyd spoke to our own BJ Reidell about the opportunity ahead and the chance to start anew:

“Everybody makes mistakes. Obviously, there are a lot of people that doubt you, think you’re a bad guy; everyone has their own opinion. It’s really the people who actually know you and really know who you are [who matter].”

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Surmising the Starters
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They’re in every front office; sprawling white boards checkered with placards and magnets. On these tags are player names, positions, and a smattering of notes, all meant to make sense of the jumble inside a general manager’s mind.

The job of an NFL franchise’s personnel department is no easy task; outside of scouting the future, they must develop the players within, slotting each into the correct position and role. Everyday tasks appear black-and-white, but most decisions made behind closed doors come amidst the gray.

Outside of a pure talent evaluation, there are the issues of locker room chemistry, salaries, tenure, and above all else, market value. The pressure to start a high-profile rookie, for example, may force the more talented, less exciting veteran out of a long-occupied place on the field.

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Fortunately, not all front offices function this way. The Minnesota Vikings—specifically, general manager Rick Spielman—operate in a more judicious manner. Rookies don’t automatically see the field in their first year, veterans are rarely released out of the blue, and the 22 available positions in the starting lineup are never “on lock.”

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Vikings Territory Roundtable — Episode 15

VT Roundtable Episode 15

Welcome Back to the VT Roundtable!

Episode 15 marks the first recording broadcasted live on YouTube featuring a full crew of Adam Warwas (@VikingTerritory), Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle), BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Ham Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan) fielded questions from a live viewing audience, discussing everything from the safety position opposite Harrison Smith to the Laquon Treadwell hype train on yet another action-packed episode of the VT Roundtable.

Check out Episode 15 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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Vikings Territory Roundtable — Episode 14

VT Roundtable Episode 14

Welcome back to the VT Roundtable!

For Episode 14, a four-man group of Adam WarwasBJ ReidellBrett Anderson and Sean Borman discuss the greatest takeaways from Minnesota Vikings Organized Team Activities and debate their grading of the team’s depth on defense.

Check out Episode 14 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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