Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mike Zimmer

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Waking up on Friday morning, it seemed like it would be just like any other Friday that could not go by quick enough in order to begin the weekend. But for people within the NFL community, Friday began with the unexpected news of the passing of former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green as a result of cardiac arrest.

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Mike Zimmer

Head coach Mike Zimmer met with a herd of Vikings fans Thursday night at the Fan HQ Eden Prairie. Coach signed autographs and took photos as part of the #MoreThanWords campaign benefiting the Mike Zimmer Foundation. Happy to say that this event helped smash MTW’s original $10,000 fundraising goal and we’re currently over $12k. Still plenty of time to donate before the August 9th deadline. Let’s run up the score on this mother!

In the podcast I recap the event and playback the chats I had with Coach Zimmer, his daughter and MZ Foundation Director Corri Zimmer, Fan HQ’s Shaun Hagglund, and a few Purple People Fans that made the trek — including Vikings luminary 100% Cheese Free (sans outfit). Photos and video below.

All that and other “It’s Herbie Hancock” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings' most popular player
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With U.S. Bank Stadium just days from opening its doors and the Minnesota Vikings less than a week from training camp, it’s clear this team is set for some major changes. The same can be said for the roster, which will surely shift in the coming months.

As the team transitions into a new era of Vikings football, so do its players, many of whom have been a part of the franchise for years. There’s Adrian Peterson, longtime face of the Vikings. There’s also Chad Greenway, Minnesota’s longest-tenured defender and hometown hero.

But in their wake lie up-and-comers, like quarterback Teddy Bridgewater or the über talented Anthony Barr. Their surge to the forefront of the franchise marks another shift for the Vikings; a changing of the (popularity) guard. After the jump, we try to determine who’s the most popular Viking — player or coach — heading into the 2016 season.

Heading into 2016, who is the Vikings’ most popular player?

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Crowning Mr. Mankato
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This 10-part series focuses on the biggest questions facing the Vikings as they head into Mankato for their training camp festivities. Be sure to answer the first eight questions HEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHERE, HERE, and HERE.

Who will be this year’s ‘Mr. Mankato?’

The Minnesota Vikings are back on the National Football League’s map after an impressive 2015 season. They’re dark-horse contenders for the Super Bowl and a near-lock to battle for a second-straight NFC North title. On both sides of the football, the roster is loaded with up-and-coming stars, from Anthony Barr to Teddy Bridgewater.

Joining them at training camp, which begins next Thursday, are a slew of rookies, under-the-radar players, and fresh faces. Their names won’t jump off the page, but they will have a chance for recognition elsewhere — as candidates for the annual ‘Mr. Mankato’ award. Each year, ESPN 1500 bestows the honor on one deserving player who surprises and impresses at training camp. Last year, it was Stefon Diggs, and the year before, it was Adam Thielen.

This offseason, a few candidates stick out as the ‘cream of the crop.’ Who has a chance to walk away with the award at the end of training camp?

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The 2016 #MoreThanWords Campaign is gradually working towards the August 9th fundraising deadline and the support has been overwhelming. As of this post, the effort has resulted in dozens of articles promoting head coach Mike Zimmer’s foundation while also raising just shy of $12,000.

In case you are wondering how things are proceeding, or in case you are wondering what you can do to help, here is a quick rundown of what is going on. For an inside glimpse at what the Mike Zimmer Foundation is all about, I suggest you read this fantastic article from #MoreThanWords super supporter Vikings Corner.

If you feel compelled to participate, here is what we have available at the moment:

  • Angel supporter Fan HQ is auctioning off an opportunity to attend the sold out July 21st autograph event in their store. The VIP package allows you to sit with Coach Zimmer throughout the entire event and includes a whole bunch of cool perks that will go to the highest bidder. The event ends later today so if you are interested then bang it here to see where the bidding is at.
  • You can always just flat out donate to fundraiser through our Donations Page. All donations go straight to the Mike Zimmer Foundation and for every $10 you donate you will be entered into our giveaway for all the awesome prizes available. Those giveaways include an Anthony Barr autographed football, an Adrian Peterson autographed jersey, a chance to meet Coach Zimmer, and even tickets to the Arizona game at U.S. Bank Stadium this season.
  • We’ve got shirts! All profits generated from #MoreThanWords T-shirt sales (through Amazon) will go directly towards the fundraiser.
  • As part of their commitment to the effort, and recognizing that not every Vikings fan can attend an autograph event in Minnesota, Fan HQ is offering autographed 8X10 photos of Coach Zimmer for mail order. They are $40 (plus $4 shipping) and can be ordered here. If you want one, you better hurry though, I believe there are less than 10 available at the moment as they are selling quick.

Lastly, here is a huge “thank you” to all of those that have participated in one way or another. Using Vikings Territory‘s little corner of the internet to do some good, to host a community we are proud of, and to bring fans closer to the Vikings organization is something Brett and I make a personal goal. All of the other sites that are participating, all of the fans helping make this a success… it is just incredibly awesome.



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