Sunday, February 19, 2017

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Skol Spin No. 3: Bridgewater Expected to Miss All of 2017 — Episode 43

Cover Art by Photoshop Expert BJ Reidell

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return extremely well rested from their weekend off with a sizzling hot 68-minute About the Labor Special centered around the most important position in sports, the quarterback.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings Analysis: The Teddy Bridgewater vs. Sam Bradford is just flat-out stupid right now
  • Draft: Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky and the most well-regarded quarterback prospects in 2017
  • Draft: Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman deserves more respect
  • Draft Debate: BJ vs. Drew on Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs’ NFL future
  • Fury Take: BJ goes all-in on former Minnesota trash can Mitch Leidner (New Show Decibel Record)
  • Draft: The guys show their age a little bit while discussing middle school survivor CJ Beathard
  • Skol Spin: ATL Pioneer Iñaki Flood becomes first random guest to take the Skol Spin Challenge
  • Outro: Per standard, BJ stumbles through closing statements and Drew establishes his sign-out role

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Vikings Analysis: Deserving Pro Bowl Selections — Episode 42

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss how deserving each of the Minnesota Vikings’ six Pro Bowl selections is of receiving the honor and continue their draft prospect discussion with running backs and wide receivers.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings Analysis: Anthony Barr should not be in the Pro Bowl
  • Draft Discussion: Dominant running back class led by Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook
  • Draft Discussion: Texas’ D’Onta Foreman an excellent complement to Jerick McKinnon
  • Draft Discussion: Clemson’s Wayne Gallman fit for Vikings’ needs and resources
  • Draft Discussion: Day 3 running back targets and small school transition
  • Draft Discussion: Clemson’s Mike Williams versus Western Michigan’s Corey Davis (Sort of)

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Minnesota Vikings 1500 ESPN KSTP Chris Long

The great Chris Long (@ChrisLongKSTP) swung by to join us for a spirited chat about the Vikings, the upcoming Super Bowl, and Sid Hartman apparently was part owner of the Minneapolis Lakers… We talked about if this was Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford’s team going forward (from the player’s perspective), where and how much Adrian Peterson makes next year, how the evolution of college offenses have come at the expense of NFL offensive line play, why Laquon Treadwell may have struggled this season, and a whole lot more.

All that and more “Chad Greenway 2017?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

Wondering what to eat for the Super Bowl? Blue Door Pub has you covered with Super Bock IV!

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Vikings Analysis: Xavier Rhodes Solidifies Top-10 CB Status — Episode 41

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald officially establish the About the Labor format for NFL draft season with the show split in half with random Minnesota Vikings analysis and the beginning of an ongoing prospect discussion revolving around rankings and best fits for the Vikings’ needs and resources.Primary talking points include a debate surrounding where cornerback Xavier Rhodes ranks relative to professional cornerbacks, Wisconsin Ryan

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings Analysis: Debating where CB Xavier Rhodes ranks amongst his peers
  • Draft Discussion: Wisconsin’s LT Ryan Ramcyzk opens as ATL’s No. 1 offensive tackle
  • Draft Discussion: Alabama LT Cam Robinson’s run-blocking and slider status
  • Draft Discussion: Temple LT Dion Dawkins’ mauler mentality a fit in Minnesota
  • Draft Discussion: Troy LT Antonio Garcia gearing up for significant rise
  • Draft Discussion: Crash course on the potentially the best class of cornerback prospects ever

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Green Bay Packers Record at U.S. Bank Stadium: 0-1

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When the Minnesota Vikings took their first regular season snap of the year as a team back on September 11, 2016 in Tennessee, fan expectations ranged from “lost year” to “competitive in the postseason”. There was not a true, clear-cut general consensus regarding how Minnesota’s year would unfold with Teddy Bridgewater on injured reserve, Sam Bradford expected to start at quarterback sooner rather than later and question marks all over the depth chart from offensive tackle to wide receiver to safety (not named Harrison Smith).

Minnesota went down to Nashville with a chip on its shoulder and, behind an impressive game from Shaun Hill (relatively speaking) and a truly outstanding all-around defensive performance, the Vikings swatted the initial wave of extremist doubters claiming they sent a potential Top-5 draft selection to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bradford.

Then Bradford stepped in, and the next four weeks of Vikings football were surreal. It was such an outstanding and completely unexpected beginning to the season — even the most optimistic fans were taken aback — that many of those 43 days of 2016 Vikings football truly felt like a dream. And, for some looking back at those magical six weeks now, it was a dream — not of the REM sleep variety, however.

This cynical usage of the term “dream” is likely better defined as a distorted reality of cognizant formation stemming from some variation of irregular brain activity or misguided thinking — or, simply, this period may optionally be remembered as a mirage conjured up by the atmospheric conditions of professional football.

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