Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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Episode 66 — Featuring Guest Host Sam Neumann

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BJ Reidell and Sam Neumann — filling in for an extremely sunburnt Drew Mahowald — discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ recent additions of DT Will Sutton and OG Freddie Tagaloa, dissect the team’s “Face of the Franchise” situation and fire off a handful of “way-too-early” predictions for the 2017 season.

About the Labor Episode 66 closes with a Take 5 segment on the duo’s all-time favorite Vikings AND a special one-time only segment entitled Have a Few More concerning the Top-3 reasons Twitter make their skin crawl.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro: Sam Neumann: Vikings Ballboy Club Alumnus (0:00-2:34)
  • Will Sutton Signing: How does former Bears DL Will Sutton fit in Minnesota (2:35-6:48)
  • Freddie Tagaloa Review: Breakdown of undrafted OG Freddie Tagaloa (6:49-13:17)
  • The Root: BJ explains the basis of his vocal disdain for Jeremiah Sirles (13:18-14:15)
  • Face of the Franchise: Who is “the guy” in Minnesota? (14:16-29:38)
  • Way-Too-Early 2017 Predictions: Record; NFC North finish; No. 1 WR; Breakout star (29:39-48:00)
  • Take 5: Favorite Vikings players of all time (48:01-57:38)
  • Have a Few More: Special one-time segment — Top-3 Vikings Twitter Pet Peeves (57:39-1:02:32)
  • Sign-Out: Mahowald officially activated from PUP list; eyes Episode 67 return (1:02:33-1:03:53)

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Get Your 84 Jerseys Out

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Welcome to mid-May of the NFL offseason when questionable topics are conjured up and all the hours of speculation doesn’t actually matter.

And to make matters worse, Drew Carey seems too busy with the Price is Right to finish the month by informing the masses of whose line it is…, anyway. Maybe a bit bold to assume the Vikings Territory readership can resonate with a Whose Line is it Anyway? anecdote, but the odds were to good to pass on.

Now that we have gotten that out of our systems, let’s get into a bit of the meaningless Minnesota Vikings speculation mentioned amidst the anecdotal mess above. Over the past several weeks the “Great No. 84 Debate” has flooded Vikings Territory, as the long-standing debate topic centered around if and when Randy Moss’ jersey should be retired has been a primary talking point on both the About the Labor Podcast and the VT Roundtable.

The discussion naturally set off a multitude of simultaneous arguments concerning other numbers — both available and retired — and I think it is about time someone sets the record straight.

And while I do believe this particular responsibility is better-served for a piñata given the strongly-worded disagreements that will inevitably follow, I hereby accept the honor of designating which Vikings players should be enshrined in franchise lore assuming a hypothetical in which all numbers are fair game.

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Vikings Territory Roundtable — Episode 12

VT Roundtable Episode 12

Welcome back to the VT Roundtable!

For Episode 12, a full six-man group of Adam Warwas, Austin BelisleBJ ReidellBrett AndersonDrew Mahowald and Sam Neumann discuss Teddy Bridgewater’s current and future financial standing with the Minnesota Vikings, the team’s handling of the No. 84 and whether (when) Randy Moss’s number should be enshrined in purple history as well as a rather serious regarding fans engagement with players on social media stemming from comments made by Samantha Ponder — NFL sideline reporter and wife to former Viking signal-caller Christian Ponder — in an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Check out Episode 12 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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About the Labor Podcast — Episode 65

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BJ Reidell and Jordan Reid — filling in for a vacationing Drew Mahowald — discuss Vikings players who need to step up in 2017, veterans officially put on notice following NFL free agency/draft, answer a few questions from Twitter concerning Teddy Bridgewater and Minnesota’s running back depth chart and finish up with a Take 5 on the most under-appreciated Vikings since the turn of the millennium.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro: Jordan Reid steps in as co-host for a vacationing Drew Mahowald (0:00-1:47)
  • Time to Step Up: Anthony Barr, Trae Waynes and More (1:48-14:49)
  • Veterans on Notice: Jarius Wright, Emmanuel Lamur and More (14:50-20:30)
  • Twitter Question: The Running Back Depth Chart via Brew_Crew23 (20:31-29:00)
  • Twitter Question: Next Vikings Jersey Purchase via Brew_Crew23 (29:01-31:22)
  • Twitter Question: Teddy’s Fit in Pat Shurmur’s Offense via esramsvik (31:23-36:32)
  • Take 5: Jim Kleinsasser and the Most Under-Appreciated Vikings Since 2000 (36:33-46:19)
  • Sign-Out: You Know How This Goes (46:20-47:10)

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About the Labor Podcast — Episode 64

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ free-agent signing of Michael Floyd, how he fits in Pat Shurmur’s offense and the ripple effect he has on the depth chart. Additionally, the guys discuss the No. 84 being retired and Minnesota handing it out still.

Episode 64 finishes up with the “Take 5” segment, ranking Rick Spielman’s free-agent signings.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro (0:00-1:06)
  • Michael Floyd: How he fits and the ripple effect his signing has on the WR depth chart (1:07-23:32)
  • No. 84: Is Minnesota disrespecting Randy Moss by continuing to hand out his number? (23:33-32:30)
  • Take 5: Rick Spielman’s Best Free-Agent Signings (32:31-41:00)
  • Sign-Out (41:01-42:36)

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